The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award is Dr. Douglas Zalesky from Laramie, WY.
Dr. Zalesky earned his Associate of Science degree in Ag Business from EWC in 1975. He then went on to earn a B.S. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in Animal Science and Production. He earned his M.S. from the same institution in Animal Science and the Physiology of Reproduction and Endocrinology. Lastly, he earned his Ph.D. from Texas A & M University in Physiology of Reproduction and Endocrinology.
For Dr. Zalesky, EWC has been a family affair. His son Sam, earned a degree in 2010, his brother Tim earned a degree in 1977, and sister Rita, graduated from EWC in the early 80’s.
Dr. Zalesky has a fondness for EWC stating that “EWC will always hold a special place in my heart, it’s where I developed a passion for education, and an ability to be more independent and think critically.”
Additionally, according to Todd Peterson, President of the EWC Foundation, “Dr. Zalesky’s professional resume is a testimony to the importance and influence EWC can have on students’ lives, particularly in the area of agriculture.” Peterson continued, “I would like to congratulate Dr. Zalesky for receipt of this recognition and also to all former and present EWC instructors who have made a significant impact on students’ lives.”
Since 2011, Dr. Zalesky has served as the Assistant Resident Scientist and Director of the Laramie Research and Extension Center at the University of Wyoming. He currently oversees a herd of livestock for research, a greenhouse complex, lab animal facility, and assists with student research projects. Before UW, he was a manager and research scientist at Colorado State University, San Juan Basin Research Center, in Hesperus, CO. Zalesky has also served as an Extension Beef Specialist for South Dakota State University and Louisiana State University.
Dr. Zalesky has published and co-published a large numbers of research publications and his current research focus is on high altitude disease in cattle and early detection. Through Dr. Zalesky’s research endeavors, he stays at the forefront of animal science.
Dr. Zalesky will be recognized and provide the commencement address at EWC’s 67th Annual Commencement to be held May 6, 2016.