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College of Agricultural Sciences Awards

The Charles N. Shepardson Awards

2021 Recipients

Master’s Student

  • Justine Schoenbacher Agricultural & Resource Economics
  • Lauryn Schriner Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

Doctoral Student

  • Brendon Anthony Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
  • Bridget McGivern Soil & Crop Sciences
  • Jacob Pitt Agricultural Biology
  • Meghan Thorndyke Animal Sciences

2020 Recipients

Master’s Student

  • Jenny Bennett Agricultural & Resource Economics 

Doctoral Student

  • Sean Markovic Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

2019 Recipients

Master’s Student

  • Maia Holmes Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

Doctoral Student

  • Brian Mitchell Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Eligibility: a currently enrolled (as of spring 2020) graduate student in CAS who has demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching of agriculture – related courses at CSU within the past academic year.

NOTE: The Graduate Student Teaching Award will be awarded to one Master’s student and one doctoral student.

Application materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department Head or supervisor summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application.
  • A summary of the graduate assistant’s teaching philosophy (not to exceed 1 page, single spaced)
  • Formal instructor evaluation(s) of the graduate student by their supervisor.
  • At least two letters of recommendation from students and/or faculty and staff who can attest to the impact of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.

2021 Recipients

  • Jane Stewart Agricultural Biology

2020 Recipients

  • Jennifer Martin Animal Sciences
  • Suellen Melzer Soil and Crop Sciences

2019 Recipients

  • Jennifer Bousselot Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Eligibility: a current CAS faculty member, with under 10 years teaching experience at CSU, who has demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching of agriculture-related courses at CSU within the past academic year.

NOTE: The Faculty Teaching Award will be awarded to one tenure track faculty member and one non-tenure track faculty member.

Application materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department Head summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application.
  • Supervisor’s formal evaluation of instructor based on student success in the classroom.
  • A summary of the faculty member’s teaching philosophy and investment in teaching (not to exceed 1 page, single spaced)

2021 Recipients

  • Jane Choi Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

2020 Recipients

  • John Wagner Animal Sciences 

2019 Recipients

  • Patrick Byrne Soil and Crop Sciences

Eligibility: a CSU faculty member teaching agriculture-related courses in soil and crop sciences, animal sciences, agriculture and resource economics, entomology, horticulture, plant pathology, weed science, landscape architecture, and agricultural education-related disciplines. Nominees must be current members of the academic faculty as described in section E. 1 of the Academic Faculty and Administrative Professional Manual. Nominees must have teaching experience of seven or more years.

Application materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department Head summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application.
  • Supervisor’s formal evaluation of instructor based on student success in the classroom and extracurricular activities.
  • A summary of the faculty member’s teaching philosophy and investment in teaching (not to exceed 1 page, single spaced)
  • At least two letters of recommendation from students and/or faculty and staff who can attest to the impact of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.

2021 Recipients

  • Ariana Gaston Agricultural and Resource Economics

2020 Recipients

  • Gus Gill Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Linc Thomas Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

2019 Recipients

  • Haley Dallas Agriculture and Resource Economics

Eligibility: a currently enrolled (as of spring 2020) CAS undergraduate with senior standing who has demonstrated outstanding leadership ability during their undergraduate career through employment, activities, and organizations in CAS and CSU related to agricultural sciences and has maintained a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

NOTE: The winner of the Charles N. Shepardson Student Leadership Award will be offered the opportunity to provide the student remarks at Commencement. The winner will have first right of refusal; acceptance of the Commencement speaking engagement is NOT a requirement of the award winner, and application materials do not have to attest to the student’s speaking abilities/experience.

Application Materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department Head summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application – including verification of the minimum GPA requirement.
  • At least two letters of recommendation from faculty and/or staff who can attest to the student’s impact as a leader within the nominee’s department, college, and University.

2021 Recipients

  • Cris Argueso Agricultural Biology
  • Tracy Smith Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

2020 Recipients

  • Tori Anderson Soil and Crop Sciences 
  • Cetan Christensen Agricultural Biology 
  • Carolyn Keller San Luis Valley Research Center
  • Mike Martin Agriculture and Resource Economics

2019 Recipients

  • Andrew Norton Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

Eligibility: Faculty and staff who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and/or contributions to improving the inclusiveness and diversity of the College of Agricultural Sciences and its mission through their inclusive programming and/or leadership and demonstration of CSU’s Principles of Community.

Previously recognized Aggie Community Award winners are also eligible to receive the Come to the Table Inclusive Excellence Award.

To be considered, nominees should have made a significant contribution toward creating an inclusive and diverse community through one or more of the following actions or behaviors:

  • Embedding diversity and inclusiveness into a structural/institutional aspect of the CAS (e.g., policy, procedure, tradition, vision statement, curriculum, etc.)
  • Recruitment and retention of an excellent and diverse faculty, staff, and/or student body
  • Fostering inclusion, equity, and equality of opportunity within our college/campus community
  • Encouraging diverse perspectives in our college and on our campus
  • Creating a welcoming and supportive climate through efforts such as visibility, communication, and education
  • Creating a positive impact on the college environment in ways that are aligned with CSU’s Principles of Community
  • Other areas critical to establishing inclusive excellence in the CAS

Note: Multiple nominees may be recognized in this category, including those nominees whose impact is “outreach/engagement” focused to audiences external to CAS/AES.

Application Materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s department head
    • Summarizing the nominee’s qualifications,
    • Documenting the nominee’s efforts are outside of the nominee’s scope of responsibilities (e.g., are separate from their job duties, are not supplemented by course buy-outs or similar benefit, and/or are not supplemented by monies from other entities to nominee or their department in exchange for their contributions), and
    • Listing the supplemental nomination materials enclosed within the application
  • A minimum of two letters of support from individuals who may address the nominee’s service activities (does not have to be CAS faculty or staff). External Outreach/Engagement nominees are encouraged to have at least one letter of support from stakeholder audience member addressing the nominee’s impact.

Summit Awards

2021 Recipients

  • Hemp Biology Research Team Agricultural Biology Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
  • Renewable Energy Research Team Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

2020 Recipients

  • Tori Anderson Soil and Crop Sciences
  • Cetan Christensen Agricultural Biology
  • Carolyn Keller San Luis Valley Research Center
  • Mike Martin Agriculture and Resource Economics

2019 Recipients

  • The Urban Landscape Salinity Research Team
  • The Peach Research Team
  • The Weed Science Team

Previous Years Recipients

  • 2016 Land Use and Greenhouse Gas Research Team
  • 2015 Center for Meat Safety and Quality
  • 2014 Wheat Breeding Program
  • 2013 Colorado Potato Cultivar Development Team
  • 2012 Water Team

Eligibility: Team of at least two members; one from CAS and a minimum of one faculty member who demonstrates a record of collaborative, interdisciplinary research and scholarly activities that have contributed to the advancement of science and achieved a positive impact on end users. The research program/project should be recognized nationally and/or internationally and may be multidisciplinary.

Application Materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s department head summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application.
  • Two letters of recommendation that address the impact of the research and the contributions of the research team members on the project.
  • A self-evaluation from the team describing the significant contributions and impact of the research that lists research outcomes – examples include grants, new policies, peer reviewed journal articles, and graduate students who completed research during the lifetime of the project.

2021 Recipients

  • Lori Catalano Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
  • Ana Cristina Fulladolsa-Palma Agricultural Biology

2020 Recipients

  • Janet Dill Agricultural Biology
  • Liz Hobbs Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

2019 Recipients

  • Tracy Smith Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Eligibility: CAS non-tenure instructors, advisors, faculty, and staff members who have demonstrated a commitment and impact on students’ lives within the college (undergraduate and graduate) through their advising, mentoring, guidance, and support. These activities may take place inside or outside the classroom and demonstrate the nominee’s dedication to student success and well-being. Nominees may be recognized for exceptional ongoing or situational (one-time occurrence) student-focused impact.

Application Materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s department head summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application.
  • At least two letters of recommendation that address the impact the nominee has had on CAS undergraduate or graduate students.

2021 Recipients

  • Octavio Guimaraes Animal Sciences
  • Jorge Ibarra Caballero Agricultural Biology
  • Janet Hardin Agricultural Biology
  • Cliff Schulenberg Ag Business Center
  • David Sterle AES-WCRC
  • Eric Westra Agricultural Biology
  • Karl Whitmanaes AES-ARDEC

2020 Recipients

  • Jacqueline Chaparro Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
  • Doug Couch Eastern Colorado Research Center 
  • Kristen Otto Agricultural Biology

2019 Recipients

  • Chuck Harp Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
  • Sally Jones-Diamond Soil and Crop Sciences
  • Amy KremenSoil and Crop Sciences

Eligibility: Faculty, research associates, staff (including non-student hourly employees), and graduate students, both campus-based and research center (AES) based, who contribute towards ongoing CAS research projects and make significant impact on research outcomes.

Application Materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s supervisor or collaborator summarizing the nominee’s role and impact of a research project or program. The cover letter should include the nominee’s qualifications and a list of supplemental materials.
  • At least two letters of recommendation that address the significant contributions and impact of the nominee to the research project’s outcomes.

Lee Sommers Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Career Award

Recognizes a senior faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences for their long and distinguished career based on excellence in teaching, research, and outreach.

2021 Recipient

  • Jerry Johnson Soil & Crop Sciences

2020 Recipient

  • Jim Klett Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

2019 Recipient

  • Whitney Cranshaw Agricultural Biology

Previous Years Recipients

  • 2015 Howard Schwartz, Bioag Sciences & Pest Management
  • 2014 Temple Grandin, Animal Sciences
  • 2013 John Sofos, Animal Sciences
  • 2012 John Loomis, DARE

Deadline: 5:00 pm on April 1, 2021

Submit all documents to: cas_deanmain@mail.colostate.edu

The Lee Sommers Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Career Award recognizes a senior faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) for their long and distinguished career based on excellence in teaching, research, and/or outreach.

  • Each department may nominate one current, full professor who meets all of the following criteria:
    • Current faculty appointment at CSU
    • Excellence in teaching, research, and/or engagement
    • National/international reputation in their discipline
    • Exemplary leadership in the profession
    • Excellence In service to Colorado State University
  • Nomination packet must include:
      • One nomination letter from the department head describing how the nominee satisfies the award criteria
      • The nominee’s CV or resume
  • Nominations are due by 5:00 PM, April 1, 2021.  Please submit the nomination as a single PDF to cas_deanmain@mail.colostate.edu
        • Nomination Attachment File Name: NomineeLastName_LeeSommersAward_2021
  • The College Awards Committee will review nominations and select the awardee.

The Lee Sommers Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Career Award recipient will be recognized at the annual CAS Awards Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Recognition includes the opportunity to serve as a leading speaker at the CAS Distinguished Lecture Series in Fall 2021. The recipient will present a non-technical lecture that may focus on:

  • Career development and significant accomplishments
  • Role models and mentors who contributed to the award recipient’s accomplishments
  • Factors shaping their career trajectory and performance
  • Philosophy of teaching, research and/or outreach

Submitting Nominations

Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m., on April 1, 2021.  Please submit the nomination as a single PDF to cas_deanmain@mail.colostate.edu

The College Awards Committee will review nominations and select the awardee.

CAS Awards Recognition Ceremony

All nominees and recipients will be recognized at the CAS Awards Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Please encourage your nominee(s) to attend the ceremony.

Please direct any questions to cas_deanmain@mail.colostate.edu or (970) 491-6274.

CAS Awards Recognition Ceremony

All nominees and recipients will be recognized at the CAS Awards Recognition Ceremony.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Please encourage your nominee to attend the ceremony.

Community Excellence Award

  • 2020 –Terry Engle
  • 2020 – Jeannie Roberts
  • 2011 – Laura Bonner
  • 2010 – Barb Brown

State Classified Distinguished Service Award

  • 2013 – Jennifer “Jan” Iron
  • 2012 – Janet Dill
  • 2011 – Laura Bonner
  • 2010 – Barb Brown

Administrative Professional Excellence Award

  • 2013 – Maggie Hirko
  • 2012 – Frank Johnson
  • 2011 – Jan Nayes
  • 2010 – Jessi Fuentes

Distinguished Research Associate Award

  • 2013 – David Staats
  • 2012 – Elizabeth Neil
  • 2011 – Emily Hudson
  • 2010 – John McGinley

 

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