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Awards and Honors
 
MacNoll, Gary Posted: 1/31/2017 11:46:20 AM
Class of 1977 Posted by an administrator
 
Gary MacNoll (’77 ag business), a beef producer near Abilene, Texas, who recently retired from the FBI, was named the 2017 Rancher of the Year by the Middle Clear Fork Soil and Water Conservation District. MacNoll was honored for his work in land stewardship and conservation including planting native grass, brush control and other efforts to reduce soil erosion.
 
Stout, Rob Posted: 1/31/2017 11:43:57 AM
Class of 1978 Posted by an administrator
 
Rob Stout (A)('78 farm op) was presented the Iowa Soybean Association's (ISA) 2016 Environmental Leader Award Dec. 15 in Ankeny, Iowa. The award recognizes an ISA member’s commitment to conservation and championing water quality practices.
 
Sindelar, Jeffrey Posted: 1/31/2017 11:35:12 AM
Class of 2006 Posted by an administrator
 
Dr. Jeff Sindelar (PhD '06 meat science, food science and tech), associate professor of animal science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was recently named one of "25 future icons who will change the meat and poultry industry over the next decade," by The National Provisioner magazine as part of the publication's 125th anniversary celebration.
 
Larsen, Steven Posted: 1/31/2017 11:28:25 AM
Class of 1998 Posted by an administrator
 
Dr. Steve Larsen ('98 animal science, ’00 MS animal science, meat science, food science and technology, ’04 PhD veterinary microbiology), assistant vice president of science and technology for the National Pork Board, was recently named one of "25 future icons who will change the meat and poultry industry over the next decade," by The National Provisioner magazine as part of the publication's 125th anniversary celebration.
 
Dykstra, Josiah Posted: 1/31/2017 11:19:31 AM
Class of 2004 Posted by an administrator
 
Josiah Dykstra (MS '04 information assurance) was honored Jan. 9 by President Barack Obama with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Josiah was recognized for his exemplary work with as a computer systems researcher with the U.S. National Security Agency.

“I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work,” President Obama said. “These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that Federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us and contribute to our economy.”
 
Fagner, Dean Posted: 1/28/2017 3:12:07 PM
Class of 1987
 

Dean Fagner receiving the "Spirit of Durango" Award with his staff.
 
Dean Fagner ('87 Marketing) was presented with the "Spirit of Durango" award by the Durango Chamber of Commerce. This annual award recognizes the contributions made by a local business benefiting and promoting Durango and the four corners area.
 
Dykstra, Josiah Posted: 1/17/2017 4:43:30 PM
Class of 2004
 
Josiah Dykstra, PhD (MS, 2004) has been honored by President Obama with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The White House press release can be found at:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/09/president-obama-honors-federally-funded-early-career-scientists
 
Stewart-Brown, Bruce Posted: 1/10/2017 12:30:01 PM
Class of 1985 Posted by an administrator
 

 
Dr. Bruce N. Stewart-Brown (L)('80 an sci, DVM '85) of Perdue Farms was recently named one of "25 future icons who will change the meat and poultry industry over the next decade," by The National Provisioner magazine as part of the publication's 125th anniversary celebration.

Stewart-Brown serves as Perdue's senior VP of food quality & safety, where he has provided leadership in elimination of routine antibiotics use and improving animal care.
 
Lauver, Andrew Posted: 1/10/2017 11:31:40 AM
Class of 2012 Posted by an administrator
 

 
Andrew Lauver (L)('12 ag studies) was presented the Iowa Soybean Association's (ISA) 2016 New Leader Award with the help of DuPont Pioneer Dec. 15 in Ankeny, Iowa. The award recognizes an ISA member’s outstanding involvement and commitment to promoting the soybean industry and agriculture. Lauver was raised on a fifth-generation family farm near Lake City. An ISU graduate, Lauver is active in ISA, 4-H, Farm Bureau, the Agriculture Future of America Alliance and Iowa Corn Growers Association. Lauver is pursuing his Master of Agribusiness from Kansas State University, farms and is a sales representative for DuPont Pioneer.
 
Ainsworth, Sterling Posted: 1/10/2017 10:53:50 AM
Class of 1955 Posted by an administrator
 

 
Celebrated patron of the arts Sterling (Stu) Ainsworth ('55 horticulture) was a guest conductor for the Elgin (Ill.) Symphony Orchestra's (ESO) “This Christmastide” holiday concert Dec 11, 2016.

“'This Christmastide' was a favorite of my late wife. She passed away soon after hearing it performed, and felt it was a true reflection of what Christmas was all about,” Ainsworth said in a press release issued prior to the concert. “I have had the privilege of conducting this work with the Elgin Master Chorale and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. However, this will be the first time I am honored to conduct members of both organizations from the podium. I will be doubly honored by having the composer, whom I have known over 15 years, in the audience.”

An ESO board member, Ainsworth has been involved with many area community organizations.

“Stu Ainsworth is an amazing supporter of the entire arts community in the Fox Valley area,” noted ESO Chief Development Officer Cheryl Wendt. “He is a tireless advocate for the ESO who especially understands how exposure to art and music education can change the life of a child. In recognition of this, we recently named our youth concerts, which serve over 8000 students a year, Ainsworth Concerts for Youth.”

Mr. Ainsworth also served as a Board member, as well as Board President, of the Elgin Choral Union from 1992-2000; he was a board member and event chairman for the St. Charles (Ill.) Art & Music Festival and has co-chaired seven of the past eight American Grand presentations; and he has participated in performances of the Berkshire Choral Festival in Santa Fe, N.M.; Canterbury, England; Salzburg, Austria; and Sheffield, Mass.

Ainsworth is also highly involved with Kiwanis International as a past president and is a current member of the St. Charles Noon Club, as well as a past lieutenant governor of Division 10. A native of northwest Iowa, Ainsworth's entire professional career was devoted to commercial agriculture, with emphasis on control of insects and weeds. Prior to his retirement from Abbott Laboratories in 1990 as manager of Global Agricultural Projects, Ainsworth held positions in field sales, marketing, product management, and sales management for large chemical businesses, including Dow Chemical, CIBA-Geigy, and International Minerals & Chemicals.
 
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