Recognizing outstanding faculty and alumni

Dean Alan Grant (center) congratulates Richard Saacke (left) and Paul Siegel (right) on their inclusion into the college's Hall of Fame.

Dean Alan Grant (center) congratulates Richard Saacke (left) and Paul Siegel (right) on their inclusion into the college’s Hall of Fame.

By Jamie Lucero

Richard Saacke and Paul Siegel were honored as the 2015-16 inductees into the college’s Hall of Fame at a recent ceremony at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Anh Tran of Roanoke, Virginia, received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.

Saacke, a professor emeritus of dairy science, joined the faculty in 1965 and devoted his career to excellence in research, teaching, and mentoring graduate students in the field of bovine reproductive physiology and artificial insemination. Nearly 3,500 undergraduate students have been impacted by his Physiology of Livestock Reproduction class. His guidance of 23 graduate students through his laboratory continues to have a global impact on the dairy and livestock industries.

Siegel, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Animal and Poultry Sciences, joined the faculty in 1957 and has dedicated his career to advancing poultry education and research. More than 2,000 students have benefited academically from his instruction, and he has directed more than 50 master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. The chicken lines he developed benefit poultry research around the globe to this day.

Grant and Debbie Day, (right) the university's associate vice president of alumni relations, present Anh Trahn with the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.

Grant and Debbie Day, (right) the university’s associate vice president of alumni relations, present Anh Trahn with the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.

Tran earned her B.S. in biochemistry in 2006 and is a senior research associate at Novozymes Biologicals Inc. She serves as the Virginia Tech alumni representative to Novozymes’ Research and Development Recruiting Team, for which she regularly visits campus to share opportunities, expectations, and preparation for careers in the biotechnology industry with students.

Other award winners included

  • Outstanding Ambassador — Amanda Marx of Oakton, Virginia, a senior majoring in food science and technology.
  • Outstanding Faculty Service Award — David Winston, dairy science, ’87, ’98, of Radford, Virginia, an Extension dairy scientist in the Department of Dairy Science.
  • Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award — Scott Stevens, animal science, ’92, of Fincastle, Virginia, manager of the Rockingham Co-op, Troutville branch.
  • Outstanding Alumna in International Programs —Ozzie Abaye, agronomy, ’92, of Blacksburg, Virginia, a professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences.

For more information on these and other departmental award recipients, visit www.cals.vt.edu/alumni/awards.

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