Category Archives: Accolades

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.”

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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.

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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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