2013 Award Recipients
Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching
This award recognizes, encourages, and rewards superior classroom teachers—the individuals whose command of their respective discipline, teaching methodologies, pervasive caring, communication skills, and commitment to the learning process exemplify the meaning of teacher/mentor in its highest sense. This award is designed to distinguish those teachers who maintain high expectations of their students and ensure academic rigor in their courses. These teachers recognize their responsibilities in motivating and contributing to the overall development of their students as learners and future professionals.
Dr. Tryon Wickersham, an associate professor in the department of animal science, is a 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award for teaching. He teaches graduate level courses and laboratories in animal nutrition. He also directs research in ruminant nutrition with an interest in forage utilization and nitrogen metabolism. His previous research has focused on protein supplementation to cattle consuming low-quality forage and nitrogen metabolism in cattle consuming diets that are deficient in nitrogen. Future research goals include determining optimum supplementation strategies for ruminants consuming forages of divergent nutritive values and furthering our understanding of nitrogen metabolism in ruminants.
Patricia K. Smith, Ph.D., is an associate professor in biological and agricultural engineering, employed for 12.5 years with a teaching and research appointment. Dr. Smith has been recognized for her teaching accomplishments at the departmental, college (COALS and COE) and university levels, including most recently the Cintron University Professorship for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. She has been particularly effective in efforts to increase diversity in BAEN at both the undergraduate and graduate levels through grants from the USDA Multicultural Scholars Program, USDA National Needs Program and the participation in the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She currently holds the position of Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the BAEN degree program and is very active in assessment. Dr. Smith has been the major or co-advisor for 12 graduate students and a member of over 25 graduate committees from departments across campus.
Distinguished Achievement Award for Extension, Outreach, Continuing Education and Professional Development
This award recognizes, encourages, and rewards a staff member, faculty member, or administrator who has brought credit to Texas A&M University through dedication, enthusiasm, attitude, and effectiveness in accomplishing his or her mission in a particular field of extension, continuing education, or professional development.
Dr. Saqib Mukhtar carries multiple titles; chief among them is Extension agricultural engineer—his position of more than 14 years with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Dr. Mukhtar is renowned for his contributions in Extension education, technology transfer and research to reduce the air and water quality impacts of manure and wastewater from animal feeding operations. Since 1998, his efforts have received grant support exceeding $15 million, including more than $2 million in direct support of his extension and research work. His publications (156 total) are referenced by producers, technicians, engineers and scientists worldwide. In fact, his publications on proper lagoon closure, animal mortality management, and managing odors and dust are part of the guidance provided by Texas and other states to help poultry and livestock operations meet regulatory requirements. Dr. Mukhtar and colleagues developed the first-ever annual emission factors (EFs) regarding ammonia from dairies in the southwestern United States. Producers use these EFs to meet federal reporting rules. Dr. Mukhtar has served on expert panels regarding ammonia emissions control for the National Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, National Dairy Air Quality Taskforce and Oregon Dairy Air Quality Taskforce. Dr. Mukhtar was an early adopter of eXtension, a national online learning environment in which he helped establish the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center in 2008. In 2011, Dr. Mukhtar and seven other university leaders of the center received an eXtension team award for Outstanding Community of Practice. Dr. Mukhtar speaks often at livestock and poultry industry conferences, including keynote addresses or consultations in Brazil, El Salvador and Pakistan. For his achievements, Dr. Mukhtar earned the AgriLife Extension Superior Service Award and the G.B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Distinguished Achievement Award for Staff
This award recognizes, rewards, and encourages a staff member who has contributed to the welfare of Texas A&M University through outstanding staff support beyond the expectations of the position. This award is designed to recognize individuals whose normal scope of service has been other than teaching, research, student relations, continuing education/extension/professional development, or administration.
Ms. Charlene Boggus serves as the lead office associate for the department of agricultural leadership, education and communications in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Charlene graduated with her Associate’s degree from Brazosport College in 1978 and began working at Texas A&M University in 1987. She has committed 26 years to working for the university and has served in her current role as lead office associate for six years. Charlene’s service has been honored with her recognition as a winner of the President’s Meritorious Service Award, the Dr. John J. Koldus Advisor Award, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence and her distinction as a Fish Camp Namesake.
2012 Award Recipient
Dr. Kerry Litzenberg
Dr. Kerry Litzenberg, a Regents Professor in the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University, is a recipient of a 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award for teaching. The awards are given by Texas A&M and the Association of Former Students in recognition of outstanding faculty members. This is the fourth time Litzenberg has received honors from the Former Students Association. Litzenberg has been at Texas A&M since 1979 and has taught more than 10,000 students during his academic career. He also received a teaching excellence award earlier this year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture – one of two given annually in the nation. In 2010, he was awarded a Presidential Professor of Teaching Excellence Award and was recognized as a Regents Professor for The Texas A&M University System in 2009. Litzenberg earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Purdue University.
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