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UAM College Of Forestry & Agriculture and Natural Resources Celebrates Outstanding Contributions

Each year the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources celebrates the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of its students, staff, and faculty at the annual spring awards banquet. Though the College is unable to host a banquet this year, the College continues its tradition of recognizing award winners.

According to CFANR Dean, Philip Tappe, “It has been a notable academic year for many reasons, not the least of which is the current situation with COVID-19.  However, the one thing that remained constant was the quality and dedication of our faculty, the quality and commitment of our staff, and the quality and grit of our students.  That is what defines our College, and that is why we recognize individuals for their commitment to excellence.”

This year, CFANR award recipients are:

Outstanding Seniors

Minimum criteria to be eligible for this award includes the completion of 90 or more credit hours, and an overall GPA of 3.25 or greater.  The award focuses on academic excellence, but also considers leadership, service, and other personal characteristics and qualities.  Names of the students meeting the minimum criteria are distributed to CFANR faculty, and the faculty make the final selection.

Honorees are:

Corie Vaughan (Searcy, AR) – Agriculture (Animal Science)

Reed Sorrells (Sparkman, AR) – Land Surveying

Elizabeth Harshaw (Spring, TX) – Natural Resources Management (Geospatial Science)

Outstanding Graduate Student

The recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award is selected through a poll of CFANR faculty.  Faculty use a variety of criteria, including academic excellence, work ethic, and leadership.

The honoree is:

Aileen Lennon (Hartford, CT)

Support Staff Excellence Award

The Support Staff Excellence Award recognizes an individual for notable and outstanding contributions to the success of the College.  CFANR faculty select the awardee based on criteria such as contributions to the programmatic mission of the College, innovative problem solving, and personal growth and self-improvement in their assigned role.

The honoree is:

Rhonda Parris, Administrative Associate

Faculty Excellence in Research Award

The Faculty Excellence in Research Award recognizes an individual for notable and outstanding contributions in research.  Selected by CFANR faculty peers, criteria include development and support of programs, implementation of research strategies, productivity, contributions to science, and recognition by peers and clientele.

The honoree is:

Dr. Mohammad Bataineh, Associate Professor of Forest Health

Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

The Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes an individual for notable and outstanding contributions to teaching and instruction that positively impact students’ lives.  Selected by CFANR faculty peers, criteria include innovative teaching methods, student outcomes, continuing education in teaching, informal teaching activities, and curricula development.

The honoree is:

Dr. Rocky Lindsey, Assistant Professor of Animal Science

Dr. Tappe says he and the College extend a huge congratulation to each of its award recipients!

Each honoree will receive an engraved award as recognition.

About the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center

The College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center, a University of Arkansas System Center of Excellence, bring together interdisciplinary expertise through a partnership between the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The College and Center are headquartered at the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus, but their programs range statewide with the mission of developing and delivering teaching, research and extension programs that enhance and ensure the sustainability and productivity of forest-based natural resources and agricultural systems. Academic programs are delivered by the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources through the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Through the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, research is administered by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, and extension and outreach activities are coordinated by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

The University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offer all of their programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.

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