Some of the best teachers, alumni, students and staff in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources were honored April 9 at the annual Celebration of Excellence.
Those recognized at the ceremony, held at the Reynolds Alumni Center, were nominated by their colleagues.
The ceremony traditionally concludes with the announcement of the three individuals who receive the Mumford Award, which is given to an outstanding faculty member, an outstanding staff member and someone who has served the college.
The Mumford awards are in honor of Frederick B. Mumford who served as dean of the college for 27 years.
The recipients of the 2015 award ceremony are as follows:
Outstanding Freshman of the Year
Clara Knipp, Agricultural Education
Outstanding Sophomore of the Year
Samantha Coulson, Agricultural Education
Outstanding Junior of the Year
Jaelyn Bergmann, Agricultural Education
Outstanding Student Club of the Year
Alpha Gamma Rho
Past President Award
Colleen Abbott, Eldon R-1 Schools Director of Afterschool Services
Citation of Merit Award
Roger Gardner, Chief Cultural and Communications Officer, Learfield Communications
Citation of Merit Award
Richard Lane, Founder of Meridian Flavors
True Tiger Volunteer Award
William Kessle, B.S., Agricultural Education
Alumnus of the Year Award
Robert Ide, Vice-president, insurance, FCS Financial
Staff Recognition Award
Jon Schreffler, Farm Manager for the Thompson Research Center
Outstanding Adviser for Undergraduate Advising
Rose-Marie Muzika, Associate Director, SNR Academic Programs
Outstanding Adviser in Graduate Advising
Thomas Johnson, Professor of Agricultural Economics
Outstanding Teacher Award, Early Career
John Tummons, Instructor Agricultural Education and Leadership
Outstanding Senior Teacher
Anne McKendry. Associate Professor, Plant Sciences
Early Investigator Researcher Award
David Mendoza Cozatl, Assistant Professor, Plant Sciences
Distinguished Researcher Award
Steven Van Doren, Professor of Biochemistry
J.W. Burch State Specialist Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Award
Dan Downing, Water Quality Associate/SARE State Specialist
Brady J. Deaton Fellow in International Agriculture
Corinne Valdivia, Associate Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics
Inaugural Roger L. Mitchell Fellow:
William Meyers, Howard Cowden Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics
Frederick B. Mumford Awards
All three of these individuals were surprised with this honor the night of the ceremony.
Frederick B. Mumford Award for Outstanding Faculty
Michael Cook, Robert D. Partridge Chair in Cooperative Leadership, Agricultural and Applied Economics
Frederick B. Mumford Award for Outstanding Staff
Tony Thorpe, Research Specialist Senior, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, and the Director of the Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program
Frederick B. Mumford Award for Distinguished Service
Morris Burger, CEO/Chairman of Burgers’ Smokehouse, California, Mo
You can read more about all of the award winners at the Celebration of Excellence website.
Next years Celebration of Excellence banquet is already scheduled for April 7, 2016 at the Reynolds Alumni Center.