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Larry Felton

Class of 1969
I have completed my one year as President of the Missouri School Boards' Assocation (MSBA). I will now serve as Past President for this year and will be in charge of the MSBA Foundation along with Leadership development and officer Nominations.

Larry Felton

Class of 1969
On June 5, 2016, Larry Felton (Computer Science, 1969), became President of the Missouri School Boards' Association (MSBA). This organization represents 400 school districts and 2,800 school board members. Larry is currently serving his 4th term on the Mehlville R-9 school board in St. Louis County, Missouri.

Gary MacNoll

Class of 1977
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.

Rob Stout

Class of 1978
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.

Jeffrey Sindelar

Class of 2006
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.

Steven Larsen

Class of 1998
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.

Josiah Dykstra

Class of 2004
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.”

Dean Fagner

Class of 1987
Dean Fagner receiving the "Spirit of Durango" Award with his staff.
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.

Josiah Dykstra

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

Bruce Stewart-Brown

Class of 1985
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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.

Andrew Lauver

Class of 2012
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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.

Sterling Ainsworth

Class of 1955
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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.

Lisa Berreau

Class of 1994
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Utah State University professor Lisa Berreau has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the nation’s top national science honors. One of 391 honorees recognized nationwide, she will be formally honored in a Feb. 18 ceremony during the association’s 2017 annual meeting in Boston.

An inorganic chemist, Berreau is recognized for her innovative work in understanding reaction involving metals and dioxygen that led to carbon-carbon bond cleavage and the influence of hydrogen bonding on metal-centered reactivity. Her work investigates the role metal ions play in human health, the environment and catalysis.

“Dr. Berreau is a most deserving awardee and Utah State is thrilled she is receiving this prestigious recognition,” says Maura Hagan, dean of USU’s College of Science. “She promotes the role of science not only as an accomplished researcher, but also as a dedicated educator and administrator.”

In addition to her administrative and research efforts at Utah State, where she teaches and supervises a team of graduate and undergraduate students in research, Berreau serves as treasurer of the American Chemical Society of Inorganic Chemistry.

At USU, Berreau was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Research Fellowship and was also named a Herman Frasch Foundation Fellow. In 2006, she was named “Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year” for USU’s College of Science.

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of a number of academic journals, including the association’s flagship publication “Science.”

Carl Bern

Class of 1973
Carl J. Bern, P.E. (A)(PhD '73 ag engr), was the inaugural recipient of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' (ASABE) Sukup Global Food Security Award at the ASABE's annual international meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Jami Larson

Class of 1974
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Jami Larson (L)('74 indus admin & accounting) has been named Delta Upsilon Fraternity's 2016 Chapter Advisor of the Year for his work as advisor of Iowa State University's DU chapter and leader of the chapter's recent 80-year-old house restoration at 117 Ash Ave.

Joseph Wood

Class of 1987
Arkansas Deputy Secretary of State Joseph Wood (L)('87 management) has been selected to participate in one of the nation's premier leadership development programs for state government officials, The Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellowship program.

Wood said that ongoing leadership development is critical for state officials. Through the Toll Fellowship program, he hopes to learn from other policymakers who are leading the way in solving complex problems in their own states.

Robert Ashby

Class of 1992
At the National Association of Regional Councils' 50th annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, this summer, R. Todd Ashby (L)('92 community and regional planning) -- executive director of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization -- received the organization's Walter Scheiber Leadership Award. The award recognizes the significant impacts an executive director has made at the local, state, and national levels.

Janika Eckert

Class of 1974
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Janika Eckert ('74 distributed studies), a breeder for Johnny's Selected Seeds in Fairfield, Maine, was awarded the All-American Selections Breeder's Cup at the AAS annual summit in Madison, Wis. Eckert produced four AAS-winning varieties: 'Diva' spineless sweet cucumber, 'Carmen' early sweet red Italian pepper, 'Escamillo' early sweet golden Italian pepper, and, most recently, 'Cornito Giallo' -- a half-size sweet golden Italian pepper.

James Schipper

Class of 1972
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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad presented James M. Schipper (L)('72 ag bus) with the Iowa Bankers Association's James A. Leach Leadership Award during the IBA's annual convention Sept. 19 in Des Moines, Iowa. Schipper has 40 years of experience in community banking and currently serves as chairman of American State Bank in Des Moines.

Daniel Reschly

Class of 1966
Delta Tau Delta Fraternity presented its Alumni Achievement Award to Daniel J. Reschly (L)('66 history) at its 93rd biennial convention in Orlando, Fla.
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