UA's Bumpers College presents student, faculty awards
 

April 17, 2008
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Howell Medders or Fred Miller, U of A Division of Agriculture Communications
479-575-5647
hmedders@uark.edu / fmiller@uark.edu

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Dean Greg Weidemann presented awards recognizing accomplishments of students and faculty of Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas during an Honors Day Banquet Thursday, April 17, in the Arkansas Union's Alltel Ballroom.

Student Awards

Laura Sossamon of Ozark received the John W. White Outstanding Student Award and is a Bumpers College First Ranked Senior Scholar, signifying her achievement of a 4.0 grade point average during four years as a Bumpers College student at the University of Arkansas. An agricultural business major in the pre-law program with a Spanish minor, she is one of 17 students nationally selected for the USDA 2008 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

Lydia Rice, a food science major from Van Buren, received the John W. White Outstanding Student Award and the Senior Scholar Award, which signifies a 4.0 grade point average with some credit hours from other colleges. Rice has studied at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark and the University of Valencia in Spain through the Bumpers College global studies program.

Megan Norton of Lincoln received the Senior Scholar Award, which signifies a 4.0 grade point average with some credit hours from other colleges. A poultry science major with a minor in agricultural business, she was on the UA Poultry Judging Team, is a Poultry Science Club member and has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kid's Sake and a Lincoln Lake clean-up project.

Jacquelyn Amber McKern of Fayetteville received the Dale Bumpers Distinguished Scholar Award for a doctoral student. Her dissertation research is on the classification of insect species using molecular genetic markers. She captained the UA Linnaean Team, which won a national championship this year, and is the Arkansas student representative to the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America.

Jon Zawislak of Fayetteville received the Dale Bumpers Distinguished Scholar Award for a master's student.  He is studying methods for control of the varroa mite, a major pest of honey bees and a factor in "colony collapse disorder." He is secretary-treasurer of the Arkansas Entomological Society and a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Isely-Baerg Entomology Club and the Entomological Society of America.

Kristen MacKenzie Hopper of Rogers received the Dale Bumpers Distinguished Scholar Award for an undergraduate transfer student. She is an agricultural education, communication and technology major, is active in the Sigma Alpha student society, and has been a volunteer worker at the women's shelter, Red Cross and other community organizations.

Megan Cunningham of Carl Junction, Mo., an agricultural business major with minors in global studies and communications, received the Spitze Public Policy Legislative Internship Award and will be a summer intern for U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln. She has already served an internship in the Scottish Parliament through the Bumpers College global studies program. She is a member of the Dean's Advisory Board and the UA and College Ambassadors.

Holly M. Minard of Shreveport, La., received the Presidential Scholar Award as the student with the highest grade point average after having earned at least 45 credit hours. She is a junior animal science major in the pre-veterinary medicine program and will be a summer intern in the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a Northwest Quad senator, Honors College Ambassador, Pre-Vet Club officer and Fayetteville Animal Shelter volunteer.

Jordan Love Fisher, an apparel studies major from Tulsa, received the Bumpers College Alumni Society Scholarship. She will be employed by a design firm in New York City after graduation and plans to attend Fashion Institute of Technology there.

Christopher Francis Peluso of Fort Smith received one of two Bumpers College Alumni Society Ring Scholar awards. A food science major, he has worked as a chef in New York and Florida and plans to pursue a career in medical research related to food. He is a member of the Washington County Search and Rescue Team, Alpha Phi Omega, Golden Key Society and Alpha Epsilon Delta.

Chelsey Lehn Castrodale
of Little Rock received one of two Bumpers College Alumni Society Ring Scholar awards. She is founder and president of the first collegiate tennis club in Arkansas at the U of A. She is a food science major, is conducting an honors research project, and is a member of the Bumpers College Student Advisory Board, the Food Science Club and Alpha Zeta honors fraternity.

Faculty Awards

Jason Emmert, associate professor of poultry science, received the Alumni Society Outstanding Advising Award. As undergraduate curriculum coordinator in the poultry science department, he promotes a high standard for faculty advisers by example and by his leadership. He coaches the 2008 national champions Poultry Judging Team, teaches a variety of courses and conducts poultry nutrition and management research.

Jefferson D. Miller, associate professor of agricultural and extension education, received the Jack G. Justus Award for Teaching Excellence. He has built the agricultural communications program into a position of national prominence. In addition to extensive teaching and advising duties, he conducts research in agricultural communications methods and applications.

Casandra Cox, an agricultural and extension education instructor, received the John W. White Outstanding Teaching Award. She teaches courses in leadership and computer applications. She also has led the department’s recruiting efforts and directed the department’s student representatives. As an adviser and mentor, students rely on her for help with job searches and other personal issues as well as advice on scheduling courses.

Departmental Honors

Outstanding seniors and graduate students pursuing master of science or doctoral degrees named by each academic department in Bumpers College were as follows.

Agricultural Economics and Extension Education: Laura Sossamon of Ozark,  Outstanding Senior. Navinderpal Singh of India, Outstanding M.S. Student.

Agricultural and Extension Education: Ronald J. Koch of Paris, Outstanding Senior. Garris Taylor Whiteside Hudson of Siloam Springs, Outstanding M.S. Student.

Animal Science: Kathryn Y. Murphy of North Little Rock, Outstanding Senior. Jana Reynolds of Fayetteville, Outstanding M.S. Student. Jason T. Sawyer of Fayetteville, Outstanding Ph. D. Student.

Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Jacob Irwin of Fayetteville, Outstanding Senior. Leslie D. Bartsch of Fayetteville, Outstanding M.S. Student.

Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences. W. M. "Bodie" Drake of Fayetteville, Outstanding Senior. Franklin Lyons IV of Sherrill, Outstanding M.S. Student. Mark S. Reiter of Fayetteville, Outstanding Ph.D. Student.

Entomology. Jon Zawislak of Fayetteville, Outstanding M.S. Student. Jackie McKern of Mount George, Outstanding Ph.D. Student.

Food Science. Lydia Joann Rice of Van Buren, Outstanding Senior. Stephen J. O'Brien of Springdale, Outstanding M.S. Student. Vishal Jain of Fayetteville, Outstanding Ph.D. Student.

Horticulture. Kara Oney of Lockwood, Mo., and Joshua Anderson of Mannsville, Ok., Outstanding Seniors. Joshua Summerford of Fayetteville, Outstanding M.S. Student. Bruce Dunn of Fayetteville, Outstanding Ph.D. student.

Plant Pathology. Kimberly A. Cochran of Fayetteville, Outstanding M.S. Student. Maria Valeria Avanzato of Fayetteville, Outstanding Ph.D. Student.

Poultry Science. Megan Rochelle Norton of Lincoln. Outstanding Senior. Vikrant Dutta of Raleigh, N.C., Outstanding M.S. Student. Fausto Solis de los Santos, Outstanding  Ph.D. Student.

School of Human Environmental Sciences. Lindsay Marie Irion of Fayetteville, Outstanding Senior. Lydia K. Kaume of Fayetteville, Outstanding M.S. Student.