Dr. Mike Collins, agronomy, was awarded a grant of $350,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to research ways to improve forage production in Kentucky for the advancement of the livestock industry.
The UK Dairy Club placed third in the national chapter contest of the student affiliate division of the American Dairy Science Association at its national meeting in Indianapolis.
Bridget Dixon, animal sciences undergraduate, won first place in the undergraduate student paper competition in the dairy manufacturing category at the American Dairy Science Associations national meeting in Indianapolis.
Dr. Patricia Dyk, sociology, received a $168,000 grant from the Kentucky Families and Children Cabinet to research and develop best practices for parental involvement in child rearing.
The UK Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture, has won its third consecutive Outstanding Chapter Award from the international organization, an accomplishment that is a first for GSD. The award came under the presidency of Susan Skees, Director of Academic Services for the College.
Dr. Lenn Harrison, Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, received a Kentucky Department of Public Health grant of $30,000 to monitor horses and birds for West Nile virus. He also received a grant of $370,000 from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to continue the work of the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center.
Dr. Bernhard Hennig, animal sciences, has been named editor in chief of the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. The journal is expected to become a major resource to the scientific and medical community to provide state-of-the-art information about molecular and biochemical mechanisms of how nutrition can modulate disease development. A $254,000 grant awarded Hennig from Elsevier Science, Inc. supports the publication of the journal.
Dr. Dewayne Ingram, horticulture, received a special U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of $677,000 to continue his departments research and Extension activities concerning new crop opportunities for Kentucky farmers.
Dr. A.D. Karathanasis, agronomy, received a grant of $60,000 from
the Kentucky Health Services Cabinet to develop a training course about basic soil morphology for operators of onsite sewage disposal treatment systems.
Dr. Janet Kurzynske, family and consumer sciences, received a grant of $147,000 from the Kentucky Families and Children Cabinet to educate consumers on nutrition topics associated with food stamp usage.
Dr. Merlin Lindemann, animal sciences, received the prestigious
American Feed Industry Associations award in non-ruminant nutrition research at the national meeting of American Society of Animal Science in Indianapolis.
Dr. J. Matthews, animal sciences, received a grant of $40,000 from IAMS Company to research the potential for peptide amino acid absorption in dogs.
Terry A. Meyer, graduate student in animal sciences, was presented the Omega Protein Innovative Research award for his dissertation research proposal at the national meeting of the American Society of Animal Sciences in Indianapolis. He also received the Hubbard Feeds, Inc. graduate scholarship award.
Dr. Fred A. Thrift, animal sciences, was named a teaching fellow of the American Society of Animal Science at the societys national meeting in Indianapolis.
Six College of Agriculture employees were honored on September 7
during Ag Staff Appreciation Day by receiving the Outstanding Staff
Award. Winners were (from left): William Bruening, Agronomy; Carol
VonLanken, Agronomy; Kay Cotton, Research and Education Center;
Christopher McCarty, West Kentucky Substation Management Operations;
Linda Berry, Ag Alumni and Development; and Darryl Cremeans, Forestry.
The six were chosen from a field of 24 employees in four categories
who had been nominated by coworkers and supervisors.
Grace Gorrell and Bill Smith
Two Ag Alumni Leaders
Garner National Awards
Bill Smith, immediate past president
of the Ag Alumni Association, received the National Agricultural
Alumni and Development Associations 2001 Volunteer Service
Award, as announced at the organizations annual conference.
Also honored was Grace Gray Gorrell, Associate Director of Ag
Alumni and Development, who won the Distinguished Service Award.
The College Truly is a Family!
This fall, attending the College of Agriculture became a larger family affair for the Wilson family of Eddyville. Lee Wilson became a freshman in the College of Agriculture, making him the third child in his family to be a current student in the College of Agriculture. Lee joins big brother Allen and sister Dailey in the College as a public service and leadership major. Their parents are 1973 alumnus Marvin Lee, an attorney, and Laura Wilson, Lyon County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. Let us know if any of you can top that number of family members in the College at one time!
Alumni Association Names
State Distinguished Alumni
Mike King, William LeGrand, and Thomas H. Porter, Sr. have been named recipients of the College of Agriculture Alumni Associations state Distinguished Alumnus Award. This award is given annually to alumni over the age of 41 who have given support to the College of Agriculture as well as to their community. The state winners were chosen from 12 area Distinguished Alumni from across the state.
King, who is from Elizabethtown in the Lincoln Trail area, graduated with a B.S. in animal sciences in 1976 and then received his M.S. in agricultural economics. He is currently the sales manager for Jacobi Sales, Inc., and he and his father also raise tobacco and alfalfa hay. He has served the St. James Church in several capacities and has worked with several youth sports leagues.
King, who is a past president of the Associations state board, was a member of the Alumni Association board that developed the faculty and Extension grants. He has helped with student recruitment at Ag Roundup; has served in leadership positions on the local, area, and state levels; and was the key individual who helped develop the associations first budget that has allowed the Association to function in a much more organized and successful way. He and his wife, Diana, have three children, Daniel, Laura and Sarah.
Thomas H. Porter, Sr. is the Pennyrile Area Distinguished Alumnus. Thomas is a 1950 graduate with a B.S. degree in dairy production. He has served as an assistant county agent for Hardin County, a field man for the Oscar Ewing Dairy, and a self-employed farmer. Porter has received numerous awards for pioneering no-till crops in Hopkins County as well as honorable mentions by the Courier Journal for the Tom Wallace Forestry Award. He also served as the soil conservation supervisor for 16 years.
Porter has shown support for his community by being involved in chartering a grade-school basketball program and by serving as a coach for 10 years. He also has made available his land for several different UK projects, including a site for geological research and fertility tests. In addition, he is a regular contributor to UK scholarships. He and his wife, Kathleen, have five sons, four of whom graduated from UK.
William L. LeGrand, a native of Gallatin County in the Northern Kentucky Area, studied animal sciences at the College of Agriculture and received his degree from Penn State in 1972. Currently, he is a family farm operator and an insurance agent in Warsaw, Kentucky.
LeGrand is an elder of the Warsaw Christian Church, a member of the Gallatin County High School Site-Based Council, and director of the Gallatin County Chamber of Commerce. He has been a perpetual supporter of the Kentucky agricultural community by his lobbying of various congressmen and senators for agricultural legislation, his student recruitment efforts for the College of Agriculture, and various volunteer efforts with FFA and 4-H. LeGrand and his wife, Sue, have seven children.