Dennis Brink joins Concordia Univ. |

Dennis Brink joins Concordia Univ.

SEWARD, Neb. — Dennis Brink has been appointed by Concordia University, Nebraska’s Board of Regents as the university’s first professor of agricultural science.

Brink has already begun his work at Concordia, teaching an introductory course in agriculture and assisting in the development of partnerships and outcomes for the agricultural science program. He retired from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in February, completing a 40-year career teaching animal nutrition and management and conducting nutrition research with feedlot cattle, beef cows and lambs. At the time of his retirement, Brink was the Kermit Wagner Distinguished Professor in Animal Science and coordinator of undergraduate teaching and advisement. Concordia’s bachelor of science degree in agricultural science takes an innovate, integrated approach to agriculture. Focusing on the four primary sectors of the agriculture industry — agribusiness, animal science, food science and plant science — the program, through sector coursework, field trips, hands on learning experiences and internships, will equip students with the communication skills and broad knowledge necessary to work in agriculture today. Brink earned all three of his degrees from Kansas State University — a B.S. in agriculture in 1971, a M.S. in animal science in 1975 and a Ph.D. in animal nutrition in 1978. From 1971-1975, Brink worked for the Kansas State Cooperative Extension Service as a County Extension 4-H agent. He started at UNL in 1978 as an assistant professor before working his way up to professor in 1989, a position he held until his retirement last month. Throughout Brink’s four decades at UNL, he received multiple awards and accolades for his dedication to education and agriculture. In 1992, he received the Outstanding Teacher, Central Region award from the National Association of Colleges and Teachers, as well as the Livestock Service Award in 1994. Additional honors include 12 Recognition Awards for Contributions to Students by the UNL Parents Association and Teaching Council, the 2003 L.K. Crowe Outstanding Undergraduate Student Advisor Award, presented by the UNL College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources and was named an American Society of Animal Science Teaching Fellow in 2013. Outside of the classroom, Brink is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture and the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. Brink is married to Joan (Grother), and the couple have three adult children: Kelly, Lauri and Matthew. Lauri and Matthew are Concordia Nebraska graduates.

Western Growers hires Bilderbach in learning and development

IRVINE, Calif. — Western Growers is proud to announce the recent hire of Anna Bilderbach, who will serve as the learning and development manager on the human resources team. Bilderbach brings more than two decades of experience in HR-related training. In her role as learning and development manager, Bilderbach is responsible for conducting all training for Western Growers member farmers and the agricultural community, in both English and Spanish. Additionally, she will be supporting the learning and development initiatives within the Western Growers. Having extensive experience in financial services, non-profit and manufacturing as a career coach, project manager and trainer, Bilderbach has perfected her abilities to coach and develop talent in both small businesses and large corporations. Additionally, she has a proven track record of increasing organizational effectiveness, improving healthy company cultures and helping employees better improve customer experiences. Bilderbach received academic training at the University of California, Irvine, in human resources management. She also studied business at Riverside Community College. ❖

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