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Marjorie Stieve to Receive WALSAA Daluge Red Jacket Award

MADISON, Wis. (August 1, 2019) — Continuing with its newest tradition, the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) will present the fourth WALSAA Daluge Red Jacket Award at the WALSAA Football Fire-Up event on September 7. This year’s recipient is Marjorie Stieve.

Stieve was named this year’s recipient because of her dedication and support of WALSAA for many years. She has served on the WALSAA Board for four three-year terms and was president of the organization last year. For more than two decades, Stieve has helped clerk the Fire-Up Silent Auction. She played a crucial role in the establishment of the WALSAA Impact Grants for CALS student organizations, the execution of the 40th anniversary celebration and can even be credited with naming the “Red Jacket” Award she will be honored with next month.

Stieve graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, now life sciences communication, in 1991, and she has a master’s degree in servant leadership from Viterbo University.

Since graduating from UW-Madison, Stieve has not only volunteered with WALSAA, but also chaired or served on the board of directors for the Cows on the Concourse event, Association of Women in Agriculture, Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, National Agri-Marketing Association, WDE Management Inc., and Community Support Network. She’s also served on several other dairy industry and special event committees. Her service-first mindset, community involvement and steadfast support of her alma mater make her truly deserving of this recognition.

Stieve is currently the marketing services manager and employee owner at Vita Plus, where she has worked for over 13 years. Her prior work included roles at Capital Newspapers/Agri-View and World Dairy Expo.

The WALSAA Daluge Red Jacket Award honors Rick and Peggy Daluge. Rick was WALSAA’s Executive Director for many years and a founding member of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA). Rick served as CALS Placement Director and CALS Assistant Dean before retiring as FISC Director in 2008. A red jacket is presented in their honor to someone who has made a significant contribution to WALSAA and the future of the organization.

To be a part of Stieve’s recognition, go online at to purchase tickets for this year’s WALSAA Fire-Up event. The WALSAA Daluge Red Jacket Award will be presented at 11:30 a.m.

WALSAA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the connection of students, faculty and alumni to the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. For more information email, call (608) 438-1994 or go online to


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