Searle UMW Thank You. Material: wood, metal. Size: 13" W. x 15" L. Description: wooden rectangle - gold metal plate on front printed in black: "UMW Humbly, But Proudly Says Thank You Rod Searle Former Speaker of the House and Representative District 30B" - Photo etching of Rod Searle in center - "The University of Minnesota Technical College, Waseca exists today 'Because of Representative Rod Searle,' said one educational leader of Minnesota. 'Searle is known for his work in education, but he also has a deep respect for the land,' said a southern Minnesota newspaper editorial. It is fitting, then, that a man who loves the land and has referred to Minnesota as a 'gift of God' should feel that he is a part of this technical college for agriculture in Minnesota. We are proud to have had a very close association with Representative Searle, and sincerely thank him for his outstanding service and support of UMW. Given this 13th day of June, 1980. Edward C. Frederick, Provost."
In August 1912, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents purchased 246 acres of land half a mile to the south and west of Waseca on the edge of the city limits. The Southeast Demonstration Farm and Experiment Station began operations in 1913. In 1925, the Southeast Demonstration and Experiment Station became the Southeast Experiment Station. In 1941, with an additional land purchase, the station totaled 598 acres. Land was set aside for the Southern School of Agriculture (SSA) which admitted its first students in 1953. In 1969, the Southern School of Agriculture evolved into the University of Minnesota Technical College-Waseca then it was renamed as the University of Minnesota-Waseca (UMW), sharing land with the newly named Southern Experiment Station (SES). In 1992, UMW graduated its final class and then the UMW campus buildings were sold to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In 1999, the Southern Experiment Station became the Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC).