Alumni Association


We are using Eventbrite to take registration for the UMW / SSA Reunion that will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2021 (8.7.2021) follow the link to register today: .

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Scholarships Available

Two $500.00 scholarships will be awarded to a child, grandchild or great grandchild of an alumnus with a GPA of 3.0 and above, and who is pursuing a 2- or 4-year post secondary degree.

Criteria and how to apply.

2020 Scholarship Recipients

Sara Gartner, daughter of Dennis (1987) and Jill Gartner, Mankato MN
Zachary Mohr, son of John and Bonnie (1982) Mohr, Glencoe, MN

2019 Scholarship Recipients

Max Salzer - Son of Troy & Christine, Barnum, MN

Rebecca Morgan - Daughter of Keith & Lori Morgan, Waseca

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Ethan Arett - Son of Bob and Michelle (Thurnau) Arett

Beth Stevermer - Daughter of Dale and Lori (Bentz) Stevermer

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Dillon Gratz - Son of Bradley and JoAnn Gratz

Juliana Pedrson - Daughter of Bruce and Jane Pederson

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Sabrina Portner - Daughter of Tom and Mary Portner

Haely Leiding - Daughter of Todd and Stacy (Fingerson) Leiding


The Alumni Association works to support agricultural education, career opportunities, personal growth and development for fellow alumni members and their communities. The Association provides scholarships, networking opportunities, and provides this newsletter to keep the members informed about the activities of the Association. It also is a forum for everyone to catch up on what our fellow members are doing in their careers.

Southern School of Agriculture (SSA)


The Southern School of Agriculture, a high school with grades 9 through 12, specialized in agriculture, business and homemaking, operated six months each in residence and in work experience. The talented and dedicated faculty, staff and nearly 1000 students, continue to have a lasting impact in their communities.

University of Minnesota - Waseca


The University of Minnesota - Waseca, a two-year college, provided a unique blend of technical training and courses in arts and sciences. Students were prepared in agriculture and services to rural areas for career opportunities or for college transfer options. This nationally recognized college touched the lives of nearly 20,000 students. Their achievements attest to the commitment of the student-oriented faculty and staff of UMW.


The mission of the UMW/SSA Alumni Association is to help support ag education, career opportunities and personal growth and development of the UMW/SSA alumni and their communities. The Association shall provide opportunities for members:

A. To support and recognize alumni who have become outstanding leaders in their communities.
B. To support ag education in their communities by providing assistance and services to ag programs (eg., 4-H, FFA, Extension).
C. To develop networking for further enhancement of career building and opportunities.
D. To support rural development.
E. To support outreach programs of the U of M Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca.
F. To develop and foster skills and talents related to becoming capable leaders and successful individuals.
G. To develop friendships and to find support within the Association.


The purpose of this Association shall be to encourage, foster, and support the SSA/UMW alumni, U of M Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca, and the career areas of our alumni.

Alumni Board

Name Class End of Term
Patrick Bowen 1978 2021
Colleen Carlson 1984 2019
Bill Chard 1956 2020
Rochelle Compart 1988 2019
Dennis Gartner 1987 2021
Cindy Glamm 1978 2021
Sonia Henderson 1988 2021
Dale Huelsnitz 1958 2020
Jane Mittelstaedt 1975 2020
Barb Paulson 1976 2019
David Schlauderaff 1989 2019
Kevin Schulz 1984 2020
Ginny Truwe 1955 2019
Dave Weinand 1990 2021

Deanne Nelson

Ex Officio Members
Ed Frederick
Tim Penny
Roger Walker

If you are interested in carrying on the tradition of UMW/SSA in a more active role contact:

Deanne J. Nelson
University of Minnesota
Southern Research & Outreach Center
35838 120th Street
Waseca, MN 56093-4521
Phone: 507-835-3620

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