BILSA honors UWP alumni

October 30, 2002

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PLATTEVILLE-Making the way to the top of their profession and never forgetting one of the sources of their success, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville honored four alumni of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture. Bruce Albrecht of Miller Electric in Appleton, Mark Andrew of Vernon Memorial Hospital of Viroqua, Michael Sargent of GTC International in Bedford Park, Ill., and Scott Langkamp of Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., in Roseville, Calif., were honored recently at the BILSA Alumni Banquet.

Albrecht, a 1985 UWP graduate with a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology and a minor in electronics and business, received the 2002 Friend of the College Award. Albrecht currently serves as vice president and general manager for industrial products at Miller Electric. While taking on additional challenges from his employer, Albrecht extended his energies to professional development and industry service.

"Bruce has given back to higher education in several ways, serving as an adjunct instructor for Fox Valley Technical College and as a member of UWP BILSA advisory boards," said BILSA Dean Duane Ford. "Through his efforts, Miller Electric has donated equipment to help enhance our educational efforts at UW-Platteville. These contributions to the industry, to higher education initiatives and to students improve educational quality and the future of the industry."

Andrew, a 2002 Outstanding BILSA Alumnus Award recipient, earned a bachelor of science degree in zoology from UWP in 1976. After graduating from UWP, he pursued a medical degree from the UW-Madison School of Medicine. He completed the five-year general surgery program at Southwestern Michigan Area Health Education Center and has been board-certified in general surgery since 1986. Andrew is a general surgeon at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua and serves as president of the Wisconsin Medical Society. He has been involved with Cub Scout and Boy Scout activities for the past decade and worked with the Viroqua Athletic Booster Club, the basketball club and other community organizations.

"A noted community and professional leader, Mark is truly deserving of our recognition as a 2002 outstanding alumnus," Ford said. "He encourages his three children to pursue positive, healthful activities and with his wife, Marcia, earned 'Family of the Year' recognition from local Boy Scout and Girl Scout councils."

A 1967 UWP graduate with a bachelor of science degree in economics, Sargent was also recognized as a 2002 outstanding BILSA alumnus. Sargent is a licensed CPA who served as an instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College and at Keller Graduate School. Currently, he is the executive vice president, CFO, and general manager for Gas Turbine Cogen International, the world's largest supplier of low-cost door mirrors and glass cutting boards, sold by various retail outlets.

"Working hard makes for a wonderful employee, but being a valuable citizen and balanced person requires more of us," Ford said. "Mike met this challenge by giving of his time and expertise on the community level, volunteering for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and serving as director of the Junior Leader Training Program for the Potawatomi Area Council of the Boy Scouts. In his spare time, he returns faithfully to UW-Platteville for homecoming activities and volunteered for the alumni booth at the Wisconsin State Fair."

Unable to attend the December 2002 alumni banquet, Langkamp was also recognized as an outstanding alumnus of UW-Platteville. He received a bachelor of science degree in agribusiness from UWP. After graduation, Langkamp joined the Ciba-Geigy Corporation, now known as Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., as a sales representative. Working his way through several positions in the company, he now serves as the Western Business Unit Head in Roseville, Calif.

"As the Western Business Unit Head, Scott leads a 60-person sales and marketing team and manages $200 million in annual sales," Ford said. "He is responsible for recruiting, training and career development for the employees in his unit."

The BILSA Outstanding Alumnus Award goes to individuals who provide unique and memorable service to their chosen professional field, to their community or to higher education. These individuals serve as role models for UWP students, staff and faculty, providing a benchmark for lifelong achievement.

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