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Riley Wilgenbusch, senior in agronomy and global resource systems, was named this semester's CALS Outstanding Senior. The award recognizes a senior who has shown exceptional effort in leadership, service, and academia.

"I'm truly humbled to receive this award. To be considered among such a talented group of individuals is such an honor. I know that this isn’t solely my work being recognized," said Riley. "The faculty and staff have so well supported me in the Agronomy and Global Resource Systems Departments, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences administration, and university administrators, plus countless other peers, friends, and family who all helped me achieve these goals, push myself to do the next right thing, and comfort me when things were particularly challenging."

One senior in the Department of Agronomy is given the Outstanding Senior Award yearly. Students are selected based on high academic standing, leadership in activities (especially relating to agriculture and agronomy), and good character. The selection is made by members of the senior class in agronomy as well as advisors.

In high school, Kaleb Baber wouldn’t have pictured himself studying abroad. But, after discovering his love of travel as an undergrad at Iowa State, he’s serving as an officer for an international student organization.

Baber, a senior in agronomy from Weston, Missouri, maximizes his experiences at Iowa State through extracurriculars on campus as well as serving as the vice president of the International Agriculture Club at Iowa State.

“Once I came to Iowa State I realized how affordable studying abroad is and how we have such great opportunities to travel. Various scholarships were also offered, so it was kind of a no-brainer for me to go,” says Baber.

Jack Pieper, a senior in agronomy, is spending his semester studying abroad in the Netherlands after finding the opportunity on the CALS study abroad website. 

Austin Day, senior in agronomy, spent several months studying abroad in New Zealand this past year.

“I chose to study in New Zealand because I wished to learn about alternate forms of agricultural production and hoped to find methods that could improve our own,” said Austin.

Austin was able to take classes that fulfilled requirements in both his agronomy major and animal science minor. These classes included animal nutrition, animal production, and understanding plant protection.

Riley Wilgenbusch, senior in agronomy and global resource systems, spent his summer traveling the world. He visited Rome during May and through the beginning of June and then spent a week exploring central Europe. Riley then traveled to Uganda through the end of July.

Kaleb Baber recently got back from a study abroad trip to the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He went through Iowa State University’s Study Abroad Center. Kaleb was there from July through November, and he took three classes; Genetics, Pasture & Animal Science, and Soil Formation.

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