Steiner recognized with national award

November 30, 2017

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Dr. Charles Steiner, director of University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Pioneer Farm and professor of agribusiness, recently received national recognition as the recipient of the Outstanding Adviser Award from the Alpha Gamma Rho national chapter.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Alpha Gamma Rho for my role advising the Beta Gamma Chapter here at UW-Platteville,” said Steiner. “The fact that the chapter nominated me makes this award extra special. AGR is a professional fraternity that develops leaders in the agricultural industry; as an agribusiness faculty member instructing the future leaders in agriculture I find this award very gratifying. To be effective, advising any organization takes commitment and dedication and I believe this award recognizes this time and effort.”

Dr. Charles Steiner is one of many UW-Platteville faculty who dig in to make a difference on campus, volunteering his time to advise student organizations and enrich the student experience.

Along with David Heimerdinger, program coordinator for UW-Platteville’s Integrated Supply Chain Management Master’s Program, Steiner co-advises the organization. This role includes serving as liaisons between the chapter, university, community and the national fraternity's home office, as well as attending weekly meetings to provide guidance and counseling to the members and assisting with strategic planning. They also provide continuity over the years as brothers graduate and become alumni. 

Steiner was nominated for the Outstanding Adviser Award by the UW-Platteville chapter of AGR. “We nominated Dr. Steiner this year for the Outstanding Adviser Award for many reasons,” said Patrick Killelea, noble ruler of the UW-Platteville AGR chapter and a senior agriculture business major. “Dr. Steiner has always demonstrated what a model AGR brother should be. He always encourages us to come to him, no matter how big or small the issue is. He always does what he can to help us. Dr. Steiner leads by example and lives out the values of AGR from the classroom, to his personal life.”

According to the Alpha Gamma Rho national organization, “The Outstanding Adviser Award is given to three individuals who go above and beyond when it comes to engagement and assistance to their chapter, as well as being a living testament to the AGR promise and values.


Written by: Ryan Kotajarvi, Student Writer, Communications, 608-342-1194,


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