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Herbert College of Agriculture Annual Awards

The mission of the Herbert College of Agriculture is to prepare students for careers in agriculture, natural resources, and other arenas. We recognize excellence of our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and supporters through our annual awards.

Award Nomination Now Open!

HERBERT COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE NOMINATION PROCEDURES FOR FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENT AWARDS


Awards for Faculty

One faculty member with ten (10) or fewer years of faculty experience and one faculty member with greater than ten (10) years of faculty experience will be recognized at the Herbert College of Agriculture Awards reception, generally held in early April. 

Faculty may be tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure track and are nominated by Herbert student organizations (clubs, judging teams, service and honor societies), departments, or individuals. Each may recommend one faculty member in each category. Those submitting nominations should also be prepared to assist nominees in preparing the nomination packet. 

The nomination packet (12 pages maximum) includes the following items for each nominated faculty member: 

  • Letters of nomination by organization/ individual (2 pages maximum) This should include the appointment of the faculty member. 
  • Letters of recommendation (2 letters maximum) 
    • One faculty colleague (2 pages maximum)
    • One undergraduate or graduate student advisee (2 pages maximum) 
  • CV (4 pages maximum) 
  • Nominee’s statement of teaching philosophy (1 page) 
  • List of courses taught and enrollments

Only one packet need be submitted if a faculty member is nominated by more than one individual or group. Special mention of support from multiple groups should be made in the nomination letter, but letters of nomination from each group of individuals should be included. 

Committee members: Students representative of multiple majors of the College, as selected by the Dean’s office in consultation with department faculty. 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years. Recipients are not eligible if they were an award winner in either category within the past five years. 

Past recipients who are ineligible in 2022 (ten or fewer years followed by ten or greater years): 

2021: Kyle McLean, Animal Science and Andrew Sherfy, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science

2020: Karen DeLong, Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Lannett Edwards, Animal Science

2019: David Butler, Plant Science, and Bill Park, Agricultural Resource Economics

2018: Jason Smith, Animal Science, and Cheryl Kojima, Animal Science

2017: Lacey Johnston, Animal Science and Neal Schrick, Animal Science

The W. S. Overton Faculty Award of Merit is presented annually by the Herbert College of Agriculture at the College Awards Reception, generally held in early April, to a tenured/tenure-track faculty member who makes notable contributions to the development of students. Outstanding classroom teaching, effective student advising, positive contributions, and work with student organizations and/or outstanding direction of graduate student theses and dissertations would be factors considered in making this award. Recipients also receive the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit Certificate. 

The nomination packet includes the following items for each nominated faculty member:

  • A letter of nomination from the department head or their designate that discusses the merits of the faculty member’s teaching program (2 pages maximum).
  • Resume/curriculum vitae that includes contributions to the teaching/advising program. 
  • A statement of teaching and advising philosophy from the nominee.

Committee members: Selection is made by an ad hoc committee composed of faculty and students named by the associate dean. 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years. Recipients are not eligible if they were awardees in the past three years. 

Past recipients who are ineligible in 2022: 

2021: Jada Thompson, Agricultural and Resource Economics

2020: Karen DeLong, Agricultural and Resource Economics

2019: David Buckley, Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries 

The Williams-Lidvall Outstanding Teaching Award is presented annually at the Institute of Agriculture’s Awards and Promotions Luncheon. It is given to a current faculty member in the Herbert College of Agriculture with a record of success in the classroom and demonstrated commitment to the interest of students as evidenced by their performance as an academic adviser, as well as their support and participation in student initiatives and activities, such as serving as an advisor to student clubs or organizations. This award was established by Donald E. Williams from Nashville, Tennessee, to honor his former professor and mentor, E.R. “Prof” Lidvall. Williams graduated from UT in the spring of 1961 with a BS in Animal Science. 

The nomination package includes the following items: 

  • A letter of nomination from the department head or designate, 
  • Resume/CV of accomplishments (to include pertinent information pertaining to the nominee’s involvement in the teaching and advising program), 
  • Copies of student evaluations from the past three years, and 
  • Two supporting letters (at least one from a student).

Committee members: Selection is made by an ad hoc committee composed of faculty and students named by the associate dean. 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years. 

Recipients are encouraged to meet with the donor and/or provide him with a report on their activities. Correspondence should be directed to Donald E. Williams, 188 Moultrie Park, Nashville, TN 37205-4715.

Undergraduate research has become a hallmark of excellence in land-grant universities. The Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award recognizes an outstanding faculty or staff member who has made significant contributions to the development of undergraduate research. Examples include directly mentoring undergraduate student research projects (especially published results), supporting undergraduate research through developing and supporting presentation or publication, or providing other support that resulted in enhanced student accomplishment through research. 

Nominations can be made by faculty, staff, students, and alumni (including former undergraduate researchers now in graduate school). Nominators should work with the nominee to develop nomination packets. 

The nomination packet must include the following, not to exceed 10 pages:

  • Letter of nomination by the nominator (2 pages maximum) 
  • Letter of recommendation from a campus colleague (2 pages maximum) 
  • CV which includes Information on how the nominee has supported undergraduate research, which may include list of students, projects, student publications/presentations, grants/funding to support undergraduate research, etc. (4 pages maximum)
  • Nominee’s statement of philosophy on mentorship of undergraduate research (1 page maximum)

Committee members: Selection is made by an ad hoc committee composed of faculty/staff and students named by the associate dean. 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years. Recipients are not eligible if they were awardees in the past five years. 

Past recipients who are ineligible in 2022: 

2021: Doris D’Souza, Food Science

2020: Jennie Ivey, Animal Science

2019: Vermont Dia, Food Science

2018: Nour Abdoulmoumine, Biosystems

2017: Emma Willcox, Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries

One faculty member (tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure track) who serves as an academic advisor/mentor is recognized for outstanding advising of undergraduate and/or graduate students and service to student organizations. The recipient is invited to attend the Herbert College Awards Reception, generally held in early April. The recipient will also be recognized for their support of students at the spring college commencement ceremony and be asked
to address the graduates.

Nominations can be made by Herbert College clubs, organizations, individuals, and/or departments. Each may recommend one faculty member. Nominations may also be self-nominations.

Those submitting nominations should also be prepared to assist nominees in preparing the nomination packet and making sure the nomination packet is submitted by the due date.

Only one packet need be submitted if a person is nominated by more than one individual or group. Special mention of multiple support groups should be made in the nomination letter, but letters of nomination from each group or individuals should be included.

The nomination packet (not to exceed 11 pages) includes the following items for each nominated faculty member or professional staff:

  • Letters of nomination by organization/individual (2 pages maximum)
  • Letters of recommendation (limit of 2 letters):
    • One faculty colleague (2 pages maximum)
    • One undergraduate or graduate student advisee (2 pages maximum)
  • CV including role and experience in advising undergraduate and graduate students and student organizations (4 pages maximum)
  • Nominee’s statement of philosophy of advising (1 page)

Committee members: Students representative of multiple majors of the College, as selected by the Dean’s office in consultation with department faculty.

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years.

Recipients are not eligible if they were awardees in the past five years. Past recipients who are ineligible in 2022:

2021: Lacey Johnston, Animal Science

2020: Cheryl Kojima, Animal Science

2019: Chris Graves, Forestry Wildlife and Fisheries

2018: Neal Schrick, Animal Science

2017: Mike Smith, Animal Science



Awards for Faculty, Staff, and Students

The award will be presented to a faculty, staff, or student in agriculture to recognize entrepreneurial enterprises, which may include development of commercial products, services, formation of company or causing relocation/expansion of company into TN.  It may also include a faculty or staff member whose work and/or teaching helps students develop their entrepreneurial skills, particularly if they’ve resulted in an entrepreneurial venture.  Nominees will be reviewed based on evidence of any of the above.  Nominations will include a letter of nomination (can be from self) which describes how the nominee achieved the purpose of the award.  For nominations involving a product, service, or company formation/relocation, two letters from stakeholders who’ve benefitted from the venture should be included (e.g., company officer, distributer, consumer, etc.). 

For nominations focused on development of entrepreneurial skills, the nomination will consist of:

  • A cover letter (not to exceed 1 page),
  • A statement by the nominee which describes their philosophy, goals, and methods for teaching students to be entrepreneurial (2 page limit),
  • and letters (1 page limit) from 2 current and/or former students 

This award honors the memory of Dr. John B .Riley through recognizing those individuals who have had a deep, positive impact on the lives of others with whom they work, teach, or advise/mentor. Dr. John B. Riley was former dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and a professor of agricultural and resource economics. 

Dr. Riley was a servant leader, lifelong learner, and mentor that held caring for others, critical excellence, and truly making a difference in people’s lives in the highest regard. He received the College’s Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in 2003 and the Lidvall Outstanding Teaching Award in 2004. He was a president of the UT Faculty Club, active in 4-H, and an advisor for the FarmHouse fraternity. He coached the National AgriMarketing Association (NAMA) Marketing Teams at both Kansas State and UT. His teams won several national competitions, and Riley was recognized for his work with the National NAMA Careers Committee by being the only person to receive NAMA’s National Leadership Award. 

The Dr. John B. Riley Life Impact Award is presented annually to one individual by the Herbert College of Agriculture at the College Awards Reception. Faculty staff are eligible to receive the award. Nominations can be made by faculty, staff, or students. The nomination packet will include: 

  • Letter of nomination that addresses : 
    • The nature and quality of the nominees work 
    • Context(s) in which lives have been impacted (classroom, co-curricularly, day-to-day, administratively, or peer-to-peer) 
    • Description of the positive impacts the nominee has made on others’ lives 
  • Curriculum vitae or resume 
  • Two supporting letters from persons affected by, or who have noticed others positively affected by, the nominee’s efforts

An individual may receive this award no more than once.

Selection is made by a screening committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff as appointed by the College Dean’s Office. 

Past recipients who are ineligible: 

2021: Charlie Parker, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science

2020: Bill Park, Agricultural and Resource Economics

2019: William Hart, Biosystems Engineering 

2018: Arthur Leal, Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications 



Awards for Staff

One award will be given to a staff member who has displayed extraordinary service and support of the Herbert College of Agriculture mission. The recipient may be a full-time, exempt, or nonexempt clerical, technical, or professional staff member who is involved with the teaching program. The recipient will be invited to the Herbert College of Agriculture Awards Reception, generally held in early April. 

Staff members are nominated by Herbert student organizations (clubs, judging teams, service and honor societies), departments, or individuals. Each may recommend one staff member. 

The nomination packet includes the following items for each nominated staff member: 

  • Nomination letter by the student organization, the department head or designate, or a faculty member (2 pages maximum), 
  • An additional support letter from a student organization, department head, or a faculty member, and 
  • Resume of the staff member.

Committee members: Students representative of multiple majors of the College, as selected by the Dean’s office in consultation with department faculty 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years. Recipients are not eligible if they were awardees in the past five years. 

Past recipients who are ineligible in 2022: 

2021: David Paulsen, Entomology and Plant Pathology

2020: Kyla-Jo Farmer, Animal Science

2019: Lisa Widener, Foresty Wildlife, and FIsheries 

2018: Sandy Kitts, Plant Sciences  

2017: Denice Milligan, Animal Science 



Awards for Students

The Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award of Merit is presented annually at the Herbert College of Agriculture Awards Reception, generally held in early April. 

Graduate students who demonstrate excellence in the classroom and work with undergraduate students in other ways that enhance the undergraduate educational experience are nominated by department heads or faculty mentors. Graduate students may be nominated regardless of their appointment, as some departments require all graduate students to have a teaching experience. Evidence of professional development as an instructor is also considered. The recipient(s) will also receive the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Graduate Student Teaching Award of Merit Certificate. 

The nomination package should include the following: 

  • A nomination letter that addresses the nature and quality of the graduate student’s teaching efforts in the department written by the department head or the faculty member supervising the graduate student’s teaching 
  • A resume/curriculum vitae that includes contributions to the teaching program and evidence of the student’s professional development as an instructor

Committee members: Selection is made by an ad hoc committee composed of faculty/staff and students named by the associate dean. 

Research discoveries are a hallmark of land-grant universities and can create tremendous value for students performing the research, making them better prospective employees and graduate school candidates. This award was created to recognize a Herbert College undergraduate student who actively conducts research with a faculty member in the Institute of Agriculture. The award is processed as a scholarship to reduce the student’s need to work during the academic year, thereby allowing time to conduct the research. 

The nomination package consists of:

  • If the work is not yet completed, 
    • A letter from the student describing the purpose of the research, progress made, what needs to be completed, and the potential outcomes or impacts of the research 
    • A letter from the faculty member describing the work completed by the student and the student’s progress in understanding the scientific method and conducting research 
  • If the work is completed, 
    • A report or journal article prepared by the student based on the research conducted, which includes an introduction to the problem, a clear hypothesis, materials and methods, research findings, discussion, and conclusion 
    • A letter from the faculty member describing the actual contributions the student made to the research described in the report or journal article and the student’s progress in understanding the scientific method and conducting research

Committee members: Nominations will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee composed of faculty/staff and students named by the associate dean.

A maximum of ten full-time students will be honored at the annual Herbert College of Agriculture Awards Reception, generally held in early April. Up to four seniors, three juniors, two sophomores, and one freshman will be recognized. 

Selection of recipients will be based upon the candidate’s college leadership, activities, letters of nomination/reference, and scholarship. The application should include information for the preceding twelve months (spring, summer, and fall semesters). 

Emphasis will be placed on leadership and activity. 

The nominee must be enrolled in the current spring semester and be enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours in both the fall and spring semesters of the academic year of nomination) to be eligible. Class standing is determined per University guidelines and is based on the student’s status at the beginning of fall semester of the current academic year. 

FRESHMAN: Student with fewer than 30 credit hours

SOPHOMORE: Student with between 30 and 60 credit hours

JUNIOR: Student with between 60 and 90 credit hours

SENIOR: Student with 90 credit hours or more 

Classification is NOT based on the number of semesters enrolled at UT or in the Herbert College of Agriculture. Advanced placement, transfer, and departmental credits are included in the credit hour total. 

Nominations are encouraged by Herbert student organizations (clubs, judging teams, service and honor societies) or individual faculty or students (self-nominations are acceptable). Nominations prepared by a student require a letter of nomination from another student and a UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) faculty member. Nominations prepared by a student group require a letter from a member of that group and a UTIA faculty member. Nominations from a faculty member do not require a letter of support from a student or organization. 

It is the responsibility of the nominator to assist the nominee in preparation of the application, provide a letter of nomination, and request the needed support letters. 

There is no limit to the number of times a student may win the Outstanding Student Award. The Office of the Dean reserves the right to verify all information. The committee asks that nominations follow the specified format and that the materials be typed or neatly written. 

A resume or a list that describes the level of involvement under the appropriate headings should be included. The following list is provided only as a guide and should not be considered inclusive. 

Complete the nomination cover page (see page 17) and a resume that lists the following activities: 

SCHOLARSHIP: Honor society membership; national professional society membership; Gamma Sigma Delta awards; state, regional, or national recognition and awards; assistance provided to a faculty member’s research, Extension, or teaching program; honor program participation; work on an independent project under direction of a faculty member; or any research, Extension, and teaching presentations. 

LEADERSHIP: Office or committee chair with the College or any club, fraternity/sorority, or other organization; Varsity Visit or Ag Day tour guide or speaker; State 4-H or FFA officer (following high school); or conferences, conclaves, regional or national student organization officer, or committee chair. 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Departmental club and/or judging team member and/or awards, fraternity/sorority members, intramurals, band, student senate, internship, part-/full-time work, and committee membership, community service, international study, off-campus membership, and activities. 

Committee members: Selection of awardees is made by an ad hoc committee of students and faculty named by the associate dean.

The student selected to receive the cash and plaque is a full time student (fall and spring semester) in the Herbert College of Agriculture and graduate of a Tennessee high school and has earned the highest grade point average through the fifth semester.



Awards for Alumni

The Herbert College Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented annually to a graduate (at least ten years) of the Herbert College of Agriculture or its predecessors, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources or the College of Agriculture, for outstanding achievement in the academic or corporate community and/or noteworthy public service, which have brought distinction to the graduate and the University of Tennessee. 

The award recipient is invited to the Herbert College of Agriculture Awards Reception and/or the College’s spring graduation ceremony. 

The nominations, by alumni, faculty, or department heads, consist of the nomination form (see page 18) and a nomination letter (3 pages maximum) that includes the following information: 

  • Name of the nominee 
  • A statement of significant accomplishments in the academic, corporate, and/or community/public service arenas 
  • Additional comments regarding the nominee and how they distinguished themselves and/or the University of Tennessee 
  • Up to an additional three letters of support may be submitted on behalf of the nominee 
  • A CV or resume may be attached, if available.

The nominator, if not a UTIA employee, must include their full address, work and home telephone numbers, and email address. 

The recipient will be selected by an ad hoc committee named by the associate dean, and will include: 

  • Department head 
  • Faculty members 
  • Representative of the UTIA Office of Advancement

Nominations received after the second Friday in February will be held for the next year. Nomination materials for those not selected are retained and considered for the next two years. A recipient may receive the award only once. 

Past recipients who are ineligible: 

2021: Bob Sinclair, ’71

2020: Jerri Marr, 1992, BS in Forestry

2019: Mark Wilson, Animal Science

2018: Craig Bacon, Food Science & Technology 

2017: Donnie Smith, Animal Science

2016: Dilip Panthee, Plant Sciences 

2015: Not Awarded

2014: Charlie Goan, Animal Science 

2013: Dan Wheeler, Animal Science

2012: Not Awarded

2011: Not Awarded

2010: Jennifer Pine Smith, Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design

2009: James “Jim” Stocker, Agricultural Economics 

2008: Catherine Lynne Dorko, Food Science, NFS

2007: Waymon Hickman, Agricultural Education 

2006: Hollis Malone, Ornamental Horticulture and  Landscape Design

2005: James Heird, Animal Husbandry 

2004: Louis Buck, Agricultural Engineering

2003: Ed R. Lidvall, Animal Husbandry 

2002: Larry Redden, Plant and Soil Science 

2001: Don Shadow, Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design 

2000: Frank Bell, Agron

1999: W. F. “Red” Moss, Agricultural Education (first recipient)



Open Eligibility Awards

A Friend of the Herbert College of Agriculture is someone from outside the College (i.e., no Herbert College appointment) who has demonstrated noteworthy support and assistance (service) to the College. This support could be academic, logistical, or other. The award was inspired by a similar type of award within the National Education Association. Recipients can be an individual, group, organization, or company. 

Nominations can be made by faculty, staff, students, and alumni using the nomination form on page 19. Non-UTIA nominators must submit their own full address, work and home telephone numbers, and email address. 

The nomination packet must include the following and should not exceed 3 pages:

  • Letter of nomination by the nominator (2 pages maximum). The letter of nomination shall be signed by a second faculty, staff, student, or alumnus. The letter will address how the nominee has aided the higher education mission of the College. Where possible, discrete evidence of support shall be provided (e.g., dates and types of services rendered, etc.). Up to five additional letters of support may be included. 
  • Nominee information: Name, position and/or organizational affiliation, address, city, state, zip code, phone number, and/or email address
  • Friends of Herbert Nomination form (see page 19)

Committee members: Dean’s office staff, Faculty, and Students 

Nomination materials for those not selected will be retained and considered for the next two years. Recipients are not eligible if they were awardees in the past five years. 

Past recipients who are ineligible in 2022: 

2021: Roger and Sandra Elder, Elder’s Last Lap Ranch

2020: Sharon Glover, Mabel’s Cafeteria, Aramark

2019: David Bilderback, UT Extension

2018: Derek Bailey, UT Facilities Services 

2017: Tim Fawver, UT Extension 


2021 Award Recipients

We are excited to celebrate and showcase our faculty, staff, and student award recipients here on our website. Please help us recognize their accomplishments!

Nomination information for 2022 can be found at the bottom of the page.

Kyle McLean, Animal Science

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science

"In the classroom, Dr. McLean teaches with passion and excitement, encouraging students to excel in their studies." -Taylor Seay

Andrew Sherfy, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science

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Senior Lecturer in Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences

"Andrew works harder than just about anyone I know, always trying to perfect and update his course materials and make them as relevant and engaging as possible." -Joanne Logan

Doris D’Souza, Food Science

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Professor in Food Science

"Her patience and expertise quickly grew my confidence in my work in the lab, and she helped me go from shadowing other students to having projects and responsibilities of my own." -Alexia Angelos

Carlos Trejo-Pech, Agricultural and Resource Economics

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

"Professor Trejo made sure students understood what was happening in the examples and always made himself available for questions. Even with the crazy circumstances we are living through right now, he found a way to help any student who may need it." -Christina Greer

David Harper, Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries

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Professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries

"During our project related discussions, Prof. Harper’s expertise often guides the planning of activities, while his industry connections in the field allows us to find suitable project partners in the region of East Tennessee. He supports our research not only with his extensive knowledge but also with hands-on experience." -Marton Kardos

Jada Thompson, Agricultural and Resource Economics

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

"Dr. Thompson is a forward thinking, positive, encouraging, hardworking, compassionate, and resilient professor and advisor who is an excellent selection of this award." -Jordan Peterson

Lacey Johnston, Animal Science

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Lecturer in the Department of Animal Science

"Lacey is a passionate, driven, dedicated educator committed to student learning both in the traditional and non-traditional sense." -Jennie Ivey

Jada Thompson, Agricultural and Resource Economics

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

"She could have just come to class each day and provided the material that would be on the test, but she cares about us as students and wants us to succeed so, she put forth effort into making sure we understand even if it meant going through multiple examples." -Jacob Eicher

Charlie Parker, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science

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Distinguished Lecturer & Director, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science

"Charlie instilled an energy in me that continues to this day. I attribute a large part of every professional success to him and his intentionality with me." -Nick Lawrence

Cassie Johnson, Coordinator of Recruitment

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Coordinator of Recruitment for Herbert College of Agriculture

"She has displayed extraordinary talent in engaging with people, using data to develop strategy and tactics, and connect with potential students despite the uniquely online world of 2020. She also managed to enhance the student Ambassadors group despite the uncertainties and challenges created by the pandemic. We enter the 2021-22 academic year in far better position because of Cassie’s empathy and hard work." -John Stier

David Paulsen, Entomology and Plant Pathology

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Research Associate II in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

"Dave is very generous of his time, willing to assist anyone in our department who asks for his help, and very humble. In fact, he has never sought any recognition for his contributions to our teaching program – he has always felt it was his job!" -Jerome Grant

Bob Sinclair, ’71

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Bob Sinclair, class of 1971

"He and Debbie created the Bob and Debbie Sinclair Financial Excellence Endowment within the Institute of Agriculture. This endowment is used to teach young people the importance of money management."- Mark Wilson

Roger and Sandra Elder

Examples of the the extraordinary value Roger and Sandra are to the Herbert College of Agriculture:

“From our perspective, there are no more deserving individuals for the Friend of Herbert College Award than Roger and Sandra Elder.” -Jennie Ivey

“Roger and Sandra have amplified the outreach of the Herbert College of Agriculture many fold through their mentoring of current and past students of the college.” -John Wilson

“Roger and Sandra have always supported and worked to better the agriculture industry through education and leadership excellence. They have helped pave the path for many students to reach opportunities for success and to have a positive impact on their community.” -Amy Berger

“With the passing of Mr. Roger Elder in January of this year, his wife, Mrs. Sandra Elder, and
family, along with their current and former students, strive to honor his legacy with a strong
work ethic, love and support for the agriculture industry, care for the community, and continued service to the industry and community.” -Amy Berger

Jessica Klabnik, Animal Science

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Grad Research Assistant in the Department of Animal Science Research Focus: Bovine Reproduction Physiology, Comparative Clinical Theriogenology

"Jessica’s effort to incorporate professional development opportunities into our departmental graduate student association’s regular meetings, attests to her commitment to provide learning opportunities to her peers outside of the classroom." -Lannett Edwards

Marlo Black, Animal Science

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 Ashley Epstein, Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries

Ashley Epstein

Brandon Kristy, Plant Sciences

Brandon Kristy

Maddie Ashburn, Freshman, Animal Science

Maddie Ashburn

The award is processed as a scholarship to reduce the student’s need to work during the academic year, thereby allowing time to conduct the research. 

Weston Box, Junior, Food and Ag Business

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The student selected to receive the cash and plaque is a full time student (fall and spring semester) in the Herbert College of Agriculture and graduate of a Tennessee high school and has earned the highest grade point average through the fifth semester.

Freshman

Samantha Roberts
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Freshmen in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, Communication

Sophomores

Jayme Ozburn
Jayme Ozburn
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Sophomore in the Department of Animal Science.
Emma Susi
Emma Susi
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Sophomore in the Department of Animal Science

Juniors

Weston Box
Weston Box
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Junior majoring in Food and Ag Business
Sarah Cantrell
Sarah Cantrell
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Junior majoring in Food and Ag Business
Lauren Foley
Loren Foley
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Junior Majoring in Animal Science

Seniors

Benjamin Cruz
Benjamin Cruz
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Senior Majoring in Biosystems Engineering
Garrett Franklin
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Senior Majoring in Animal Science
Jerome Linyear
Jerome Linyear
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Senior Majoring in Agriculture Leadership, Education, and Communications
Niamh Schumacher
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Senior Majoring in Food Science