Weld County’s Alvie Rothe wins 50-year recognition from CSU
October 24, 2010
Alvie Rothe of Greeley is the first recipient of the 50-Year Club Public Recognition Award given by the Colorado State University Alumni Association.
Rothe, 75, served as an agent with the Weld County office of CSU Extension from 1964-91 and after his retirement he continued to serve as an instructor in the dairy cattle judging class at CSU. During his career, he was also involved with the Colorado State Fair as the 4-H horse show superintendent, assistant horse show director and the U.S. Western National 4-H Horse Classic management committee. He was also the co-superintendent of the National Horse Judging contest.
Rothe accepted his award during homecoming activities at CSU earlier this month and was introduced to the crowd, along with his wife of 43 years, Janet, on the field during the CSU football game against the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
The award recognizes a graduate of CSU who has shown exceptional involvement in community service, events or organizations, and demonstrated support of CSU.
“I’m very humbled at being recognized like this. I always considered those things as part of my job,” Rothe said. “I am thankful for my co-workers over the years, whether it was at the county, state or national levels.” He also credited his family for their support over the years.
Rothe, who was raised in Kuner, east of Kersey, enrolled at what was then Colorado A&M in 1953 and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in 1957 and 1964, respectively.
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He is a lifetime member of the CSU Alumni Association and said the education he got at the university propelled him into a lifelong profession, which gave him the opportunity to work with people from all levels and avenues of life. Many of those went on to become very successful, particularly those he worked with in the dairy industry.
In addition to the latest award, Rothe is a member of the Colorado FFA Association’s Agriculture Hall of Fame, has been given the Colorado Livestock Association Top Hand Award, the Colorado Holstein Association Distinguished Service Award, a 25-year service award from CSU, and the CSU Alumni Association Distinguished Extension Award.