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ALUMNI NEWS IN BRIEF—Vol. 7 Nov. 2

ALUMNI HONORED BY CALS, ISU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
The following awards are conferred at the ISUAA Honors and Awards Ceremony at Homecoming each fall. The 2013 Honors and Awards Ceremony, Nov. 8, marked the 82nd year of the event.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award by the ISU Alumni Association

  • Matthew Leu (’99 animal science, MBA ’07), Pewaukee, Wis.
  • Catherine Swoboda, (’08 agronomy, MS ’10 crop production and physiology), Des Moines, Iowa

Floyd Andre Award by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • David Morrison (’69 food technology, ’71 MS chemical engineering), Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Henry A. Wallace Award by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • Jim Blome (’85 agronomy and pest management), Raleigh, N.C.

George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Award by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • Jon E. Kinzenbaw, Williamsburg, Iowa

Superior Achievement Award for Early or Mid-Career Alumni by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • Sarah A. Low (’02 public service and administration in agriculture), Arlington, Va.

LAUVER NAMED FUTURE GIANT OF SEED INDUSTRY
Andrew Lauver (’12 agricultural studies), a Frank Ross International Business Intern at DuPont Pioneer, was presented with Seed World Magazine’s 2013 Future Giant of the Seed Industry award at the American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) annual convention in June. Lauver was also nominated to serve on ASTA’s Seed Foundation Board.

ARNOLD HONORED FOR INTERNATIONAL WORK IN SOILS
Dick Arnold (’52 farm operations, PhD ’63 agronomy) received the 2013 Lomonosov Gold Medal from the Russian Academy of Sciences in recognition of more than 30 years of domestic and international work teaching about soil formation, erosion and conservation. Arnold worked for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service and through the U.S. Agency for International Development he worked with underdeveloped countries to expand the knowledge of soils.

IN MEMORIAM

Garren Benson (’71 PhD agronomy), died May 25. Benson served as an ISU Extension agronomist, specializing in corn and soybean production from 1964 until his retirement in 1996. He remained on the faculty in the agronomy department until 1999.

Roger Mitchell (’54 agronomy, ’61 PhD crop physiology) died June 4 after a prolonged illness with leukemia. Mitchell was director of the farm operations curriculum at ISU in the 1960s and led agriculture travel courses in the United States and Europe. He served as chair of agronomy at the University of Missouri, dean of University of Missouri Extension and vice president for agriculture at Kansas State University. From 1983 until his retirement in 1998, Mitchell served as dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri.

Kenneth Frey, distinguished professor emeritus in agronomy, died July 14. Frey served on the faculty for 40 years and was recognized both nationally and internationally as a plant breeder. In 2007, ISU established the Kenneth
Frey Endowed Chair in Agronomy, currently held by Thomas Lubberstedt.

Rich Robson (’64 animal science, ’66 MS biochemistry, ’69 PhD) died on Aug. 4. Robson served for more than 30 years as a professor in the departments of animal science and Roy J. Carver biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology.

Thomas Wickersham (’41 animal science, ’54 MS) died Aug. 12. Wickersham was an emeritus professor of animal science at Iowa State University where he began teaching in 1950. He also served as an ISU Extension agent and sheep field specialist for many years.

Dick Thompson (’53 animal science, ’57 MS) died on Aug. 17. Thompson was a co-founder of Practical Farmers of Iowa. He was honored by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture with the 2004 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture.

TARTÉ HONORED BY AMERICAN MEAT SCIENCE ASSOCIATION
The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announced that Rodrigo Tarté is the recipient of the 2013 AMSA Meat Processing Award. The award, established in 1977, is sponsored by Smithfield Foods. Tarté (’87 food technology, ’90 MS, ’96 PhD food science and human nutrition and animal science) was honored at a special reception and awards banquet at the AMSA 66th Reciprocal Meat Conference in June.

NEWS FROM CAMPUS -Vol. 7 Nov. 2

BRUENE CAREER SERVICES SUITE DEDICATED AUG. 31
The renovated office suite of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Services was dedicated Aug. 31 in honor Roger Bruene (’56 agronomy), the former director. A group of alumni, including Roger Underwood (’80 agricultural business), led a fundraising initiative to raise funds to name the offices on the ground floor of Curtiss Hall. Bruene is pictured with Underwood and Dean Wendy Wintersteen at the dedication. The hour-long ceremony is available to view on YouTube.

NEW IOWA NUTRIENT REDUCTION STRATEGY RELEASED
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University recently released the updated Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology-based approach to assess and reduce nutrients delivered to Iowa waterways and the Gulf of Mexico. The strategy is designed to direct efforts to reduce nutrients in surface water from both point sources, such as wastewater treatment plants and industrial facilities, and nonpoint sources, including farm fields and urban areas, in a scientific, reasonable and cost effective manner. More

IOWA STATE UPDATES METHOD FOR RATING SOIL PRODUCTIVITY
Advances in soil science necessitated an update in the Corn Suitability Rating (CSR), a system for rating the crop-growing productivity of Iowa soil. Originally established in 1971, the CSR was created in response to county assessors who needed a measure to help assess the productivity of farmland. Today, the CSR is used in many additional ways, including developing land use plans, determining land values, predicting yields and negotiating cash rents. More

CALS STUDENTS BRING IT HOME – INAUGURAL BACON EXPO

1,250 pounds of cooked bacon
1,076 attendees
248 days of preparation
100 pounds of bacon donated to a local food pantry
60 student organizers
16 student organizations participated
9 vendors: 3 restaurants and 6 companies or organizations
3 title sponsors: Iowa Select Farms, Elanco, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
1 motto: Life, liberty and the pursuit of bacon

See photos and video

CALS Creamy Blue Fruit Dip

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  • 6-ounces Neufchatel
  • 3 tablespoons Maytag Blue Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, finely chopped
  • Crimson Sweet or All Sweet
  • Seedless Watermelon
  • Chieftain apples

Combine Neufchatel and blue cheese in a food processer and process until smooth and completely combined. Add honey, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Process until everything is incorporated. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in chopped walnuts. Serve with cubed watermelon and sliced Chieftain apples.

By Lauren Grant, CALS junior in culinary science

NEWS FROM CAMPUS -Vol. 7 No. 1

HEARTY HELLOS
Jianming Yu, Pioneer Distinguished Chair in Maize Breeding, agronomy
Gretchen Mosher (PhD ’11 industrial and agricultural technology), researcher in food safety and grain quality and director of undergraduate services, agricultural and biosystems engineering
Daniel Andersen (MS ’08 agricultural engineering, PhD ’12), assistant professor, manure management and water quality matters, agricultural and biosystems engineering
Patrick Gunn, assistant professor, cow-calf specialist, animal science

FOND FAREWELLS
Dan Otto, professor of economics and ISU Extension economist, retired in October
Dennis Shannon (‘69 agronomy), ISU Research and Demonstration Farms, retired in December
Phil Spike (PhD ’75 animal science), professor of animal science, retired in January
Jean Tilley, food science and human nutrition, retired in February

WENDEL MAPS COTTON GENOME, HONORED FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE
An international consortium of scientists that includes Jonathan Wendel, distinguished professor and chair
of the Department
of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, has mapped the genome sequence for cotton in a paper published in the journal “Nature.” The sequencing of the genome will have sweeping ramifications for cotton growers, plant biologists and producers who grow other cash crops. Wendel received the 2012 International Cotton Genome Initiative Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cotton Research at the initiative’s conference in October. For details about Wendel’s research visit www.news.iastate.edu/news/2012/12/20/cottongenome.

RETALLICK RECEIVES NATIONAL TEACHING AWARD
Michael Retallick (PhD ’05 agricultural and life sciences education), agricultural education and studies, received the New Teacher Award at the Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Awards Program at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities annual meeting in Denver in November. The award honors college and university instructors who demonstrate
a commitment to a career in teaching and exhibit meritorious teaching with seven or less years of experience in higher education.

CALS WELCOMES NEW ASSISTANT DEAN FOR DIVERSITY
An agricultural educator from Tennessee has been named the new CALS assistant dean
for diversity. Theressa Cooper, former director of Academic Success Programs and Outreach Initiatives at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, began Feb. 1. She will coordinate, manage and implement the college’s existing diversity programs, such as the George Washington Carver Summer Internship program and Graduate Assistant Research Match program. She also will lead efforts to identify new opportunities to enhance diversity and connect with minority serving institutions nationwide. To learn more about Cooper and her position visit www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases.

STUDENT CLUBS WIN NATIONAL COMPETITIONS
Agricultural Business Club: 2012 National Outstanding Chapter, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (seventh consecutive title); first place 2012 Academic Quiz Bowl
Block and Bridle Club: hosted the 93rd National Block and Bridle Conference in April attended by 500 students; first place yearbook, webpage and first-place outstanding senior
Crops Team: first place crops contest and Ag Knowledge Bowl
Dairy Products Evaluation Team: fourth place 91st National Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest and third place at the Regional Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest
Food Product Development: third place AACCI Product Development Competition in Hollywood, Fla.
Livestock Judging Team: first place Sioux Empire Farm Show Livestock Judging Contest; first place Iowa Beef Expo; High Team Overall honors at the Aksarben Stock Show and Rodeo
Meats Judging Team: first place Southeastern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest
National Agri-Marketing Association: first in 2012 John Deere Signature Award Competition at the NAMA Agri-Marketing Competition
Soil Judging Team: second place overall at the 2013 National Collegiate Soil Contest hosted by the University of Wisconsin, Platteville
Turf Club: first place 2012 Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition at the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Education Conference (12th win out of the past 14 years)

ROTHSCHILD RECEIVES USAID MERITORIOUS HONOR AWARD
Max Rothschild, animal science, and fellow research team members at the U.S. Agency for International Development Bureau for Food Security received a Meritorious Honor Group Award for its outstanding vision, teamwork and dedication in designing and implementing USAID’s programs in support of the Feed the Future Research Strategy, building strong linkages that span USAID’s Missions, Bureaus and partners, especially U.S. universities, CGIAR Centers and the private sector.

Alumni News in Brief—Vol. 7, No. 1

CALS AWARD HONORS: RETIRING CAST CEO, JOHN BONNER
John Bonner (BS ’68 dairy science, MS ’71 animal science, PhD ’74 animal science), retiring executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, was presented the college’s Impact Award for Extraordinary Partnership at a reception Jan. 23 on the ISU campus. Bonner served as head of the Ames-based organization since 2005.

AG TECHNOLOGY SPEECH BY MONSANTO VP JIM TOBIN AVAILABLE ONLINE
Jim Tobin, vice president of industry affairs at Monsanto Company, presented the 2013 Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture March 28 on the Iowa State University campus. Tobin (‘78 agricultural education) presented “Agricultural Technology: Reflections on the Journey, Perspectives on the Future.”  Click here for a link to a podcast of the lecture.

CALS GRADS HONORED BY ISU FOUNDATION, ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Two Agriculture and Life Sciences graduates were honored with the highest awards presented by the ISU Alumni Association and ISU Foundation during a ceremony on April 19.
Neil E. Harl (’55 ag and life sciences education; PhD ’65 economics), left, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences and professor emeritus of economics, received the Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award
for his dedicated and long-term professional and volunteer service to the Iowa State University Foundation and Iowa State through the advancement of philanthropy. Esmail Zirakparvar (MS ’77 plant pathology, PhD ’79), right, retired chief operating officer of Bayer CropScience, was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award—presented to alumni nationally and internationally recognized for preeminent contributions to their professions or life’s work.

In Memoriam
George Beal (‘43 agricultural economics, MS ‘47, PhD ‘53 rural sociology), 95, of Kailua died Sept. 20. The Iowa State University Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Sociology served in the Army during World War II before joining the faculty at ISU. He received the Henry A. Wallace Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture. After retirement in 1977 he and his family moved to Kailua, Hawaii, where he took a position as professor with the East West Center. Beal was previously profiled in STORIES magazine and the George M. Beal Distinguished Lectureship in Rural Sociology was recently established by alumni in his honor. Visit the Iowa State Foundation to honor Beal by supporting the fund and read more about his contributions to sociology and Iowa State University.

FROM THE DEAN – Fall 2012

Over the summer, I spent an enjoyable evening at the Iowa Turkey Federation’s summer meeting, which had a baseball theme. To fit the theme, I spoke to the audience about recent success stories, or “home runs,” in the college.

Then I listed areas I thought would be “game-changers” that were in the batter’s circle for Iowa agriculture.

One was agriculture’s centrality to the continuing vision for the biosciences and bioeconomy in Iowa. I shared that, to me, these areas mean research and development unlocking new economic potential in plants and animals, stimulating new kinds of value-added products and processes in agriculture. As we look to capitalize on Iowa’s great competitive advantage in agriculture and in science and technology, biosciences are key to driving economic growth and job creation to new heights.

Another game changer is the rising numbers of students studying agriculture and life sciences. A grand-slam was the impending enrollment record, which was confirmed early in the fall semester— 3,900 undergraduates, topping the 1977 record. More young people realize agriculture and life sciences offer exciting and life-changing opportunities for those willing to work hard to accomplish something positive. They realize agriculture is where they need to be to play a role in addressing local, national and global needs.

Finally, I told my audience the ultimate game-changer is the strong partnerships we forge together to build our future. We need to work as a team, to communicate, to know where each of us is on the field, to have everyone play their position well and to keep our eyes on the ball. That’s what great teams do. The players connect the dots and great things happen.

As a team, we are partners in crossing the plate to “home” base—whether “home” is a safe, plentiful food supply; high-quality natural resources; expanding economic development; and promising futures for our children and grandchildren. Our team must include scientists, extension specialists, teachers, farmers, business people, well-prepared college graduates and many more.

For those who know me well, you know I always root, root, root for the home team—Iowa agriculture. Because when agriculture scores, society wins.

Wendy Wintersteen

Endowed Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences

FOREWORD – Fall 2012

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is all about life. Agriculture is biology in action. Biology is a precursor for agricultural science and practical application.

Whether plant or animal, soil, air or water—it’s all about life.

Here in CALS we break down the stuff of life more than half a dozen ways with faculty expertise in everything from biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology and organismal biology, to microbiology, genetics, development and cell biology. For those of you who haven’t seen the inside of a lab since organic chemistry, I hope you’ll stick around and keep reading. There’s exciting science happening here every day, chipping away at huge issues facing agriculture and society.

The following pages offer a few examples of life sciences research. Faculty like Jeff Essner and Allen Miller who are searching for deeper understanding of animal and plant diseases with hopes of using their findings to improve human health. Many faculty mentor graduate and undergraduates in their labs, providing unique opportunities for students to be involved in cutting-edge research. Brandi Malchow is a perfect example of a student making the most of every day of her student experience.

Enthusiasm, passion and a drive to help others are common themes I think you’ll pick up on throughout this issue.

Nancy Brannaman has traversed the globe working in embassies for the U.S. State Department and Dr. Anthony Davis treats patients in Ames as a chiropractor. Be sure to check out Carla Persaud, our “In the Margins” profile, who is featured for her work with United Way. Her efforts are anything but marginal. Alum Chet Boruff’s story spotlights his career in agricultural regulatory affairs protecting farmers and consumers. His story also offers a glimpse as to what to expect in our next issue, which will focus on farming and farm programs.

As always, your thoughts on this issue and others are welcome. Please feel free to contact me at stories@iastate.edu. I enjoy hearing from you and sharing your news here and in STORIES Online, our monthly e-newsletter. If you’re not already on our e-mail list please sign up at www.cals.iastate.edu/alumni.

Kind regards,

Melea Reicks Licht

Director of Alumni Relations

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

ALUMNI NEWS – FALL 2012

ALUM SELECTED AS FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR

John Carlson, a professor in Western Illinois University’s School of Agriculture, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar. He will spend August through December teaching at the Ryazan State Agrotechnological University in Russia. Carlson earned an ISU bachelor’s degree in animal science and agricultural journalism in 1974, and a master’s degree and a doctorate in 1977 and 1980, respectively, in animal breeding.

CALS ALUMNI AND FACULTY EARN NATIONAL TEACHING AWARDS

The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture honored two CALS faculty members for their teaching ability. Curt Youngs, animal science, was presented the Central Region Outstanding Teacher Award. Mike Retallick (PhD ’05 ag and life sciences education), agricultural education and studies, was presented the Teacher Fellow Award. Other CALS alumni honored as Teaching Fellows were: Nicholas Paulson (’02 ag systems technology), University of Illinois; Antoine Alston (PhD ’00 ag and life sciences education and studies), North Carolina A&T State University; and Jennifer Bormann (’97 animal science, PhD ’04 animal breeding and genetics), Kansas State University.

EVANS HONORED FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO AG COMMUNICATIONS

Jim Evans (’54 agricultural journalism) was presented the Distinguished Service Award by the American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA). The retired professor of agricultural communications at the University of Illinois was recognized for his work developing the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, a collection of information on agriculture and the profession of agricultural communications. The AAEA also named a new scholarship after Evans for his “tremendous impact on the establishment and  growth of agricultural communications programs.”

OVERCOMING CANCER, TRAGEDY TO GRADUATE VET SCHOOL

CALS alumna Sarah Myers (’07 microbiology) overcame cancer and family tragedy to complete her veterinary medicine degree in May. In the five years since earning her undergraduate degree her life has hit highs and lows most others experience over a lifetime: marriage, birthing two children, caring for and mourning the death of her mother, her own cancer diagnoses and treatment and finally, completing her doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

HOIBOAR NOT THE BIGGEST, BUT STILL CHAMP FOR KIDS WITH HEART DISEASE

Paul Kruse (’80 farm operations) and John Sweeney (’80 animal science,’84 DVM) teamed up with fellow ISU alumni and fans to raise Fred Hoiboar, named after Iowa State Men’s Basketball coach Fred Hoiberg. The tubby Yorkshire weighed in at 1,079 lbs. at the Iowa State Fair Biggest Boar contest. While Hoiboar didn’t take home the gold, he did help raise funds and awareness for heart disease benefitting Hoiberg’s cause of choice Camp Odayin for kids with heart disease.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT – Spring 2012

AGRICULTURAL WEEKEND EXPERIENCE OFFERS NEW PERSPECTIVES

The college’s Agricultural Weekend Experience (AWE) gives students majoring in agriculture and life sciences the opportunity to interact with Iowa families and the agriculture community. Participants spend the weekend as guests on a working family farm. This fall, 11 students participated in the AWE program. Carly Martin, student intern in the college communications office, coordinated the program. The ISU Agricultural Endowment Board and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences sponsor AWE. Participants say the program helped broaden their understanding of agriculture.

“I saw that farming is not as cheap as I thought it was. It made me realize that you never know how something is until you get out there and experience it, which is what this program has allowed me to do.” Khadija Brown, a freshman in animal science pre-vet from Chicago.

“The weekend answered many of my questions with first-hand examples like allowing us to use the equipment.” Chawn McGrath, a freshman in animal science from Pennsylvania.

“This program is very beneficial for any student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Whether a student has a farming background or not, it can give someone a new perspective on how farms are operated.” Katelyn Gardner, a junior in public service and administration from Vinton.

“The AWE program showed me what a true Iowa family farm is like and it was interesting to see all the hard work and challenges that go along with farming.” Kelsey Regan, a junior in agricultural biosystems technology from Davenport.

CALS STUDENTS RECEIVE ALL-UNIVERSITY SENI OR AWARD

Four of the five student-recipients of the ISU Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award were from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The award recognizes outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community activities and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. CALS recipients for 2012 were: Sam Bird, global resource systems and economics; Sagar Chawla, biology and global resource systems; Scott Henry, agricultural business, finance and international agriculture; and Amy Peyton, agricultural business, economics, public service and administration in agriculture and international agriculture.

STUDENTS ELECTED TO NATIONAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

Danielle Hamilton, a senior in agricultural and life sciences education, was elected president of the National Postsecondary Agriculture Student Organization and Logan Lyon, a junior in agronomy, was elected president-elect at the group’s national meeting in November. Rachel Owen, a senior in global resource systems and agronomy, was elected national vice president of Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences at the American Society of Agronomy in October.

CALS WOMEN HONORED FOR “IMPACTING” ISU

Four women from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences were honored by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics on the sixth annual Women Impacting ISU calendar. Molly Heintz (right), a senior in animal science; Alejandra Navarro, a senior in animal ecology; Sharon Bird, associate professor of sociology; and Shelley Taylor, assistant director of Global Agriculture Programs were selected to appear on the 2012 calendar.

SLIDE SHOW: NEW GRADUATE ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO CONTINUE THEIR ADVENTURES

Write your story and continue the adventure you started in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: That was the advice of convocation speaker Ashley Dermody, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in December. Hear her complete address and see a photo slideshow online at www.cals.iastate.edu/stories

ALUMNI NEWS – Spring 2012

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Fifty-seven individuals were honored with 28 awards at the 80th Honors and Awards Ceremony in October. Several College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni were honored by the ISU Alumni Association:

~Gerald (’53 farm operations) and Carol Hunter (’58 home ec ed) of Ames, received an Alumni Medal

~Gerald Klonglan (’58 rural sociology, MS ’62, PhD ‘63) of Ames, emeritus sociology professor and retired associate dean, received the Alumni Service Award

~Alan (’66 animal science) and Myrna Tubbs (’66 child dev) of DeWitt, received the Alumni Service Award

~Larry Ebbers (’62 ag and life sciences education, MS ‘68) of Ames, received the Award for Superior Service to Alumni

Recipients of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences awards were:

~James Frevert (’60 farm operations) of Nevada, Iowa, received the Floyd Andre Award

~Lowell Catlett (’80 PhD economics) of Mesilla, N.M., received the Henry A. Wallace Award

~Harold Crawford (’50 ag and life sciences education, ’55 MS, ’60 PhD) of Ames, emeritus agricultural education and studies professor and retired associate dean, received the George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Award

~Charles Stewart (’00 PhD ag biochemistry) of San Diego, received the Superior Achievement Award for Early or Mid-Career Alumni

VOGEL EARNS TOP HONORS FROM AMERICAN AGRICULTURAL EDITOR’S ASSOCIATION

American Agriculturist Editor John Vogel (’70 ag journalism and animal science), was honored by the American Agricultural Editor’s Association in New Orleans with the “Writer of Merit” award. He’s only the sixth person in the association’s history to attain that distinction. The award requires scoring honors in 10 of 12 writing categories, such as ag issues, on-farm production articles, technical features, economics and management, human interest, editorial opinion and blogs.

KIEFER NAMED FARM MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Ed Kiefer, vice president and office manager for Hertz Farm Management Inc., was named 2011 Professional Farm Manager of the Year by Syngenta, AgProfessional magazine and the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Kiefer (’75 agricultural business) has been a farm manager for 36 years and manages Hertz’s Geneseo, Ill. office.

HUTCHCROFT INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL 4-H HALL OF FAME

Theodore “Ted” Hutchcroft was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in October for lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H. Hutchcroft (’53 agricultural journalism) was one of 15 people inducted during a ceremony held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. He served as the information director of the National 4-H Foundation for nine years beginning in 1959. Hutchcroft retired in 1994 after serving as interim director of communications and publications of the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines.

SCHWAB HONORED FOR EARLY CAREER ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIM AL SCIENCE

Clint Schwab (’05 MS animal breeding and genetics, ’07 PhD) received the 2012 Outstanding Early Career Agribusiness Award from the Midwest sections of the American Society of Animal Science and American Dairy Science Association. Schwab is the CE O of the National Swine Registry, a company that provides genetic evaluations, breed promotions and educational materials to the swine industry.

CHLUPACH COMPLETES IDITAROD

Bob Chlupach (’71 fisheries & wildlife biology) completed 1,000 grueling miles by dogsled in the legendary Iditarod race across Alaska in March. He entered and completed his first Iditarod, longest dog sled race in the world, in 1977. He has since entered and completed 11 Iditarods over five decades. Since retiring from his career as a fishery biologist, Chlupach has worked as a carpenter and professional sports fishing guide in Alaska.

STORIES

FROM THE DEAN – FALL 2014

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This fall you don’t need to look far to see difference makers among our students, faculty and staff for our community, state and planet. Students in the Sustainable Agriculture Student Organization have been growing and cooking fresh garden produce for a program that provides free meals to hundreds of the …

FOREWORD – Fall 2014

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