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Jim Westwood receives Award for Excellence in Basic Research

Jim Westwood, a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, was recognized for his pioneering contributions to genomics research aimed at understanding how parasitic plants manipulate their hosts and cause devastating crop losses.

 

 

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Congratulations to Gamma Sigma Delta award winners

The honor society of agriculture, Gamma Sigma Delta, recently held its Initiation and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 19, and presented their awards to the following people. Congratulations to all our award winners!

Undergraduate awards

  • Junior: Samantha Wilson
  • Senior: Woong Sik Shin
  • Agricultural Technology: Junior Beauvais

Graduate Dissertation award: Neelam Redekar

This award is given to an outstanding graduate student completing the Ph.D. requirements in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Natural Resources and Environment, or the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine within the last 18 months.

In August 2015, Redekar successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences under the direction of Saghai Maroof. In addition to her dissertation, Redekar has been first author on two refereed journal papers, co-authored a third paper, and has two more under preparation.

Redekar is currently serving as a postdoctoral research associate in the soybean genomics program.

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Alexander Niemiera receives William E. Wine award for teaching excellence

Alex NiemieraAlexander X. Niemiera, professor for the Department of Horticulture and assistant dean of student programs in the college, has received the university’s 2016 William E. Wine Award.

The William E. Wine Award was established in 1957 by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association in memory of William E. Wine, Class of 1904, who was a former rector of the Board of Visitors and Alumni Association president. Following a college-level selection process of candidates nominated by students, faculty, and alumni, each college may put forth one nominee. From this group, three faculty members are selected annually. Each Wine Award winner receives $2,000 and automatic induction into the Academy of Teaching Excellence.

In addition to teaching  five routine courses per year, Niemiera has taught seven other courses for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He consistently receives above average SPOT evaluation scores from students who often describe his dedication to his students and the material.

See the full story on Virginia Tech News.

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Calling all award winners

The Office of Communications and Marketing will again this year produce a brochure acknowledging the awards and recognitions received by the employees of the college and Virginia Cooperative Extension. The brochure will be distributed at the Annual Faculty and Staff Picnic on August 10, 2016.

Representatives for each department and district will soon receive an email with specifics and a deadline for submission, but now would be a great time for staff and faculty members to start gathering the information we need.

Please list only those awards received during the period of July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.

We need the following info about each award:

  1. Full name of the employee. If it is a team award, include the names of all team members.
  2. Employee’s department (CALS) or district (VCE).
  3. Complete name of award. If applicable, include whether it is a district, state, regional, national, or international award.
  4. If it is a calendar year award, is the award for 2015 or 2016?
  5. Full name of awarding organization or agency.
  6. The date the award was received (not when it was announced).

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bobbi Hoffman.

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Theodore Ellmore receives Staff Career Achievement Award

Theodore EllmoreTheodore Ellmore, retired programmer in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, has received the university’s 2016 Staff Career Achievement Award.

Ellmore retired from the university in February 2015 after 43 years of service.

Created in 2011 to recognize retiring staff members, the Staff Career Achievement Award is presented annually to as many as five individuals who have distinguished themselves through exemplary performance and service during their university careers. Nominees must have worked a minimum of 10 years at Virginia Tech. Each recipient is awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

Ellmore began as a laboratory and research technician, running various assays on forage materials, but was a man of many talents. As the university moved into the technological world, Ellmore became a self-taught computer technician, which resulted in his role changing to information technology specialist. He served as the department communications and network liaisons, webmaster, and photographer.

See the full story on Virginia Tech News.

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Nada Tamim receives Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising

Nada TamimNada Tamim, director of undergraduate programs for the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, has received the university’s 2016 Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising.

Established by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising is presented annually by the Office of the Provost to a Virginia Tech faculty member who has been particularly dedicated and effective while advising undergraduate students. Recipients may be nominated by university colleagues or students, are selected by a committee of former award winners, receive a $2,000 prize, and are inducted into the university’s Academy of Advising Excellence.

“Nada Tamim is an outstanding and gifted undergraduate advisor,” wrote David Gerrard, professor and head of the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences. “She has a commitment to excellence and expects her advisees to adopt this approach to education. Through our undergraduate advising office, the classroom and a number of informal settings, Nada exudes a positive attitude and helps students reach their dreams.”

See the full story on Virginia Tech News.

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Call for nominations for Andy Swiger Award

The CALS Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award recognizes faculty whose creative accomplishments help fulfill the Land-Grant mission of addressing state and national needs through teaching, research, and extension.

This award is made possible by an endowment established in honor of former Dean Andy Swiger. The award includes $2,000, plus an additional $2,000 in operating funds for the winner.

All full- and part-time, regular and restricted appointments, academic- and calendar-year faculty with teaching, research, or Extension appointments (including Extension agents) in the college are eligible.

A committee of faculty and agribusiness representatives will review nominations. The winner will be selected based on his or her creative accomplishments and impacts.

Nomination Guidelines

Please include a copy of the nominee’s CV. The nomination letter should be no more than five pages and include a:

  • Description of the nominee’s activities that emphasizes creative accomplishments in applied or basic research, teaching, and extension.
  • Description of the impact that the nominee has made toward solving practical problems and how this impact has enhanced production and profit in the industry.
  • Clear identification of the time period and who has benefited from the nominee’s accomplishments.
  • Short summary of the nominee’s education, experience, and responsibilities.

Colleagues, department heads, staff, or members of the community who are familiar with the nominee’s work are encouraged to submit nomination letters. You can resubmit an updated nomination letter for a previous year’s nominee.

A certificate will be presented to the selected individual. The award winner will be recognized during the CALS faculty and staff picnic in early August.

Each nominee will be considered by the award committee for two additional years, if not selected the first year of consideration, for a total of three years.

Please send a copy of the CV and nomination letter and direct questions to Robin Williams. All nominations must be received by June 3, 2016.

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From the Dean — May 2016

Alan Grant, dean

Alan Grant, dean

Greetings,

This is the time of the year when the university announces many faculty and staff members and students for the annual Awards of Excellence. Congratulations to those in CALS who are being honored:

  • Alex Niemiera, professor of horticulture and CALS assistant dean of student programs is receiving the 2016 William E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence. The selection process includes nominations of candidates by students, faculty, and alumni in each college, and the selection of three faculty members across the university. Each Wine Award winner receives an automatic induction into the Academy of Teaching Excellence.
  • Nada Tamim, director of undergraduate programs for animal and poultry sciences is receiving the university’s Alumni Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising. Established by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the award is presented by the Office of the Provost to a Virginia Tech faculty member who has been particularly effective and dedicated to undergraduate student advising. Recipients are nominated by colleagues or students and are selected by a committee of former award winners.
  • Ted Ellmore, retired programmer in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences is receiving the university’s 2016 Staff Career Achievement Award. Created to recognize retiring staff members, the award is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves through exemplary performance and service during their university careers.
  • David Close, consumer horticulture specialist and Virginia Cooperative Extension state master gardener coordinator, is receiving the 2016 Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension – Specialist Category. Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension is presented annually to two Virginia Cooperative Extension faculty members – one specialist and one agent – who have made outstanding contributions to the land-grant mission of the university.
  • Steven B. Hopkins, Virginia Cooperative Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Orange County, Virginia, is receiving the 2016 Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension – Agent Category.

Over 160 CALS faculty and staff members with were honored recently at the University’s Service Recognition luncheon and dinner events. The events recognize employees who have served the university for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 or more years. We appreciate and thank everyone for their dedication over their many years with us.

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Dave Close receives alumni award for excellence in Extension

Dave CloseDavid Close, consumer horticulture specialist and Virginia Cooperative Extension state master gardener coordinator, has received the 2016 Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension.

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension is presented annually to two Virginia Cooperative Extension faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the land-grant mission of the university. One award goes to an Extension specialist and the other is given to an Extension agent. Each award winner receives $2,000.

Since assuming the position in 2004, Close has developed several resources to improve the work the Extension master gardener can accomplish.

He worked directly with the Virginia Master Gardener Association  and the College of Agriculture and LIfe Sciences development office to establish the State Master Gardener Coordinator’s Endowment as a means to solve the persistent lack of stable funding for the state master gardener coordinator position. The endowment has a goal of $1 million and is currently at more than $500,000.

See the full story on Virginia Tech News.

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Congratulations to our VAAEA poster contest and communication award winners

We would like to congratulate our 2016 VAAEA poster contest and communications award state winners. We have remarkable work being conducted across the state, so let’s keep working hard to make Virginia Cooperative Extension a household name!

Poster contest winners:

  • Extension education: Central Virginia agriculture spotlight brings the farm to readers
    Author: Laura Siegle 
  • Applied research: Establishing FSMA water quality profiles
    Author: Theresa Long

Communication award winners:

  • Audio recording: Laura Siegle
  • Program promotional piece: Theresa Long
  • Personal column: Laura Siegle
  • Feature story: Laura Siegle
  • Video presentation: Laura Siegle
  • Fact sheet: Laura Siegle
  • Web page: Laura Siegle
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