CASNR Awards presented to outstanding faculty, staff at BBQ fete
By: Norman Martin
Nine faculty and staff members were honored for service and support of Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources on Thursday (Aug. 23) during a special evening ceremony at the Department of Animal and Food Sciences livestock arena.
The 2018 CASNR award recipients included:
• Teaching Award: Samuel Prien, Professor of Reproductive Physiology/Assisted Reproduction, Department of Animal and Food Sciences
• Research Award: Jyotsna Sharma, Associate Professor of Plant Ecology & Conservation, Department of Plant and Soil Science
• Junior Faculty Award: Blake Grisham, Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources Management
• Service/Outreach Award: Ed Hellman, Professor of Viticulture & Enology, Department of Plant and Soil Science
• Student Advising Award: Courtney Meyers, Associate Professor/Graduate Studies Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications
• Instructor Award: Gretchen Neary, Instructor, Department of Animal and Food Sciences
• International Impact Award: David Lawver, Professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications
• Staff Award: Savannah Chambers, Program Manager of Undergraduate Studies, CASNR Dean's Office
• Research Staff Award: Tanya Jackson, Research Associate, Department of Animal and Food Sciences
On Friday (Aug. 24) morning CASNR faculty participated in a retreat at the university's McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center that focused on student trends. An overview of the college was provided by CASNR Dean William Brown. This was followed by presentations on emerging adult populations by Nichole Morelock, an assistant professor in Tech's Department of Community Family and Addiction Sciences, and Bobbi Britton-Stroud, a case manager and senior administrator with Texas Tech's Student Counseling Center.
The day before (Aug. 23), CASNR leaders met with members of the CASNR Advisory Board for a half-day meeting at the McKenzie-Merket Center. The session included a state-of-the-college and thoughts-for-future presentation by CASNR Dean Brown.
In addition, there was a strategic plan discussion that centered on what are the top three characteristics needed in a new employee; what is CASNR doing well and what changes are needed; what trends should CASNR incorporate into its programs; what areas of research and new technology are needed; and how can CASNR improve in supporting internships. The program ended with an update from Jane Piercy, CASNR's Director of Development and External Relations, followed by departmental meetings with department board members.
CONTACT: William Brown, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
0824NM18 / PHOTO: (Top Row) Samuel Prien; Jyotsna Sharma; Blake Grisham (Middle Row) Ed Hellman; Courtney Meyers; Gretchen Neary (Bottom Row) David Lawver; Savannah Chambers; and Tanya Jackson
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