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University of Minnesota, Crookston Students and Professor Win Top Awards at Minnesota Chapter of Wildlife Society Annual Meeting
February 20, 2008

Contact: John Loegering, associate professor, 218-281-8132 (jloegeri@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu), Stephanie Onken, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (onken015@umn.edu)


CROOKSTON, Minn. (February 22, 2008) – University of Minnesota, Crookston
(l to r) Dan Svedarsky, head of the Natural Resources Department at the U of M, Crookston and current president of the national chapter of The Wildlife Society, Gary Forsberg, Jessica Holmes, Mary Jo Geldert and Associate Professor John Loegering.  (Forsberg, a conservation officer in Ottertail County, was awarded the Law Enforcement Award.)
Pictured (l to r) Dan Svedarsky, head of the Natural Resources Department at the U of M, Crookston and current president of the national chapter of The Wildlife Society, Gary Forsberg, Jessica Holmes, Mary Jo Geldert and Associate Professor John Loegering. (Forsberg, a conservation officer in Ottertail County, was awarded the Law Enforcement Award.)
students Mary Jo Geldert, Annadale, Minn., Jessica Holmes, Gilbert, Minn., and Associate Professor in Natural Resources John Loegering, Ph.D., earned top honors at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society held recently.

Mary Jo Geldert, an ’07 graduate in natural resources management, received the Student Conservationist Award, the top award presented to students by the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

“This is the seventh time in the last eleven years that a natural resources student from the U of M, Crookston has won this prestigious award,” commented Loegering. “This award recognizes leadership achievement, service contributions, academic achievement and potential to make contributions to the profession of wildlife management.”

Jessica Holmes, who is double majoring in wildlife management and natural resources aviation, received the Fedeler Scholarship Award for Professionalism which provides a full, one-year membership in the national level organization of The Wildlife Society.

Loegering was also recognized at the annual meeting, receiving a Service to Chapter Award for his many contributions o the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society, including serving as webmaster and newsletter editor. He was also elected the 2008 president-elect of the Minnesota Chapter. He will serve one year as president-elect and then serve as president in 2009.

The Wildlife Society is the professional organization of wildlife biologists, managers, researchers and professors from agencies, conservation organizations, and educational institutions. For more information about the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society, visit http://www.crk.umn.edu/tws/MN/.

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