Awards and Recognition
2013 Region12 Arabian Championships
Sarah White and Faa Iq Amira+/
Sarah White’s horse, Faa Iq Amira+/ competed at the 2013 Region 12 Arabian Championships, May 6-10. It was her horse’s first Regionals since she had splint removal surgery May 5, 2012. Their winnings include Champion 4th Level Dressage ATR, Champion Arabian Sport Horse Show Hack ATR, Reserve Champion 3rd Level Dressage ATR, Reserve Champion Dressage Type Sport Horse Mares In Hand, ATR, and Reserve Champion Dressage Type Sport Horse Mares In Hand, Open. This is a mare that Ms. White foaled and trained so we are proud of her accomplishments. Attached is a picture of Sarah, her horse, and their loot! Sarah won a belt buckle, which was donated by Mark Miller of Al-Marah Arabians.
2013 CALS Alumni and Friends Leadership Award
Dr. Terri Balsar, Dean of CALS
Lauren Mayo, Award Recipient
Dr. Joel Brendemuhl, Professor and Assistant Chair
The CALS (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) Alumni and Friends Leadership Award was established to recognize a student who exemplifies leadership, scholastic achievement and citizenship. This award is made annually to the outstanding senior from any program in CALS. The student must have an outstanding academic record and a high degree of leadership in departmental and /or college organizations.
2013 Spring Horse Judging Contest
The 2013 UF Horse Judging Spring Competition was outstanding! The lineup of professional horse farms and workouts we visited were unbelievable and very educational. This year’s team consisted of four amazing young ladies: Brie Bird, Ashley Coxen, Kayce Gross and Joanna Reeg.The team finished at an impressive 10th place overall with only four members on their team, out of 14 competitive teams. The team of four also landed 9th in judging Halter, 9th in judging Performance, and 13th in Reasons. Overall, I am extremely happy at the hard work and dedication these girls put in. The three limited girls: Linsey Clark, Hollie Munger and Lauren Olkowski also did a fantastic job at their first competition! Linsey Clark walked away with an impressive 10th high individual overall in judging Halter, out of 86 competitors!! As a coach, I couldn't be more excited to bring this team into the fall. Their great characters and personalities combined with their determination will prove to take them far in our upcoming competitions.
2013 Southeastern Intercollegiate Meats Judging Contest
Coach, Derek Griffing
The University of Florida Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team recently competed in the 2013 Southeastern Intercollegiate Meats Judging Contest in Lexington, Kentucky. Our team finished 3rd overall at the contest. We in the meat science section are proud of these students and their accomplishments. We will continue to work hard and aspire to improve as we continue to represent the University of Florida at the highest level possible. High expectations have been set for these students this upcoming fall as they compete at the Eastern National Intercollegiate Meats Judging Contest, High Plains Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest, and the International Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest. The University of Florida Intercollegiate Meats Judging Team finished 1st overall in lamb judging, 2nd overall in pork judging, 2nd overall in total placing, 3rd overall in specifications, 4th overall in total reasons, and 4th overall in overall beef. Austin Skipper posted a score of 135 in lamb judging resulting in a 2nd place overall individual finish in the category along with placing 8th overall in beef judging. Additionally, Ty Smith placed 11th overall in lamb judging and 15th overall in pork judging. Kelsey Byrnes was 10th overall high individual with a 7th place finish in pork judging, 10th overall in lamb judging, 10th overall in total placing, and 14th overall in specifications. Amy Lawhorn was the 7th overall high individual with a 7th place finish in total placing, a 7th place finish in overall beef, 10th overall in beef grading, 12th overall in specifications, and 15th overall in lamb judging. Special thanks go to Dr. Chad Carr, Mr. Larry Eubanks, Dr. Dwain Johnson, Mr. Byron Davis and Mr. Tommy Estevez and their staff at the University Meat Laboratory for their special efforts in support of the judging program. Without their effort these programs would not be possible.
2013 Superior Accomplishment Awards Committee, Chaired by Dr. Saundra Tenbroeck
Dr. Saundra Tenbroeck was chosen to serve as Chair on this year’s Superior Accomplishment Awards (SSA) Committee by Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. As a past recipient of the award and an enthusiastic supporter of the SSA, please join us in thanking her for her untiring service, making this another successful year, recognizing the special individuals, who contribute outstanding and meritorious service. Thank you!
North American Meat Association Awards
The North American Meat Association MEATXPO '13 awarded two separate awards (the Judges’ Choice University Cook-Off Award and the University
Cook-off People’s Choice Award) for the Student University Cook-Off Competition. A team of students advised by Dr. Sally Williams and Mr. Larry Eubanks was awarded the Judges’ Choice University Cook-Off Award for their “Sunshine Citrus Sausage”, an orange-infused smoked sausage. Congratulations to Tahlia Pollitt, Victoria Velinsky, Katelyn Malin, Matthew Love and Brittany McDaniel! Hannah Shetters, University of Florida Animal Sciences Senior, was awarded a 2012-2013 North American Meat Association Foundation Scholarship.
2012 Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team
Coach, Derek Griffing
The University of Florida Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team competed in the 2012 AMSA International Intercollegiate Meats Judging Contest
in Dakota City, NE against 16 other senior colleges. The AMSA International is the final contest of the year and is considered to be the national championship.The team finished 7th place overall, which was one of the highest rankings by a team from the University of Florida at the AMSA International. More…
2012 Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team
Coach, Derek Griffing
The University of Florida Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team recently competed in the 2012 AMSA Cargill Meat Solutions High Plains Judging Contest in Plainview, Texas against 14 other senior colleges. The team excelled in several areas and will continue to work hard and aspire to improve as we continue to represent the University of Florida at the highest level possible. High expectations have been set for these students this fall. They will be competing in the International Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest for a national championship on November 18, 2012. Those of us in the meat science section are very appreciative of the kind comments and encouragement given by all the faculty, staff and students within the Department of Animal Sciences. Special thanks go to Dr. Chad Carr, Mr. Larry Eubanks, Dr. Dwain Johnson, Mr. Byron Davis and Mr. Tommy Estevez and their staff at the University Meat Laboratory for their special efforts in support of the judging program. Without their effort these programs would not be possible. The University of Florida Intercollegiate Meats Judging Team placed 2nd overall in specifications, 5th in lamb judging, 6th in pork judging, and 6th in reasons. Each team member wrote over a 200, resulting in the highest overall score of the year for the team. Katelyn Malin and Tahlia Pollitt each had perfect scores of 100 in specifications resulting in overall placing of 5th and 6th in the category. Also, Victoria Velinsky placed 9th in specifications. In lamb judging, Katelyn Malin placed 6th overall and Hannah Shetters placed 11th overall. Katelyn Malin placed 11th overall in total placings and 13th overall in pork judging. Additionally, Victoria Velinsky placed 4th overall in beef grading and 17th overall in pork judging.
2012 American Feed Industry Association’s Liquid Feed Hall of Fame
Dr. William Kunkle, Ph.D., was posthumously inducted into the American Feed Industry Association’s Liquid Feed Hall of Fame, the highest award
offered by the AFIA Liquid Feed Committee and the liquid feed industry, September 13, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Kunkle served as the Beef Cattle Extension Specialist at the University of Florida for 22 years, working tirelessly on behalf of the beef cattle industry, researching cattle nutrition. Dr. Kunkle conducted several research projects specific to liquid supplementation funded by the Liquid Feed Committee’s Kenny Berg Research & Education Fund. His knowledge and skills as a scientist and teacher were exemplary. Dr. Kunkle had the unique ability to translate complex scientific concepts effectively to a general audience. He taught at the graduate level, served as an adviser and committee member for students pursuing masters and doctorate degrees, and was an excellent mentor. He also guest-lectured in beef-stocker and feedyard management and was a member of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and the American Society of Animal Sciences.
2012 Outstanding Extension Specialist Award
Matt Hersom, Associate Professor and Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, University of Florida, IFAS, Department of Animal Sciences, was named the 2012 Outstanding Extension Specialist by the Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents. Dr. Hersom is a true Extension Specialist, offering
high quality programs and research to meet the needs of not only the industry he serves, but also to the Extension Agents who call upon his valuable expertise. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hersom's outstanding dedication to his profession!
2012 Mentor of the Year Award
Peter Hansen, Distinguished Professor & L.E. "Red" Larson Professor was named the 2012 Mentor of the Year, for his guidance of graduate and
post-doctoral trainees, by the International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS). The purpose of the IETS is to further the science of animal embryo transfer by promoting more effective research, disseminating scientific and educational information, fostering high standards of education, maintaining high standards of ethics, and cooperating with other organizations having similar objectives. Please join us in honoring Dr. Hansen’s outstanding dedication to his profession.
2012 UF/IFAS Research Awards Ceremony
UF/IFAS scientists are truly changing the world through the impacts of their research. New knowledge generated by UF/IFAS researchers is evaluated and validated by the scientific community and shared through research publications. One such publication to receive recognition as having an especially important impact was "Utilizing Natural Cognitive Tendencies to Enhance Agricultural Education Programs,," authored by, Alexa Lamm, Emily Rhoades, Tracy Irani, T. Grady Roberts, Lori Unruh Snyder, and Joel Brendemuhl.
Pictured with Mary Duryea, UF/IFAS Assistant Dean for Research; Alexa Lamm, Affiliated Faculty Member, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication; Tracy Irani, Professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication; T. Grady Roberts, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication; Joel
Brendemuhl, Professor and Assistant Chair, Department of Animal Sciences. Co-authors not pictured; Emily Rhoades, Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication and Lori Unruh Snyder, Assistant Professor,
Department of Agronomy, Purdue University.
2012 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture ( NACTA) Journal Awards
Each year NACTA recognizes outstanding contributions to the NACTA Journal.
This year Honorable Mention was given to:
"Quantifying the Critical Thinking Skills of Students Who Receive Instruction in Meat-Animal or Meat Product Evaluation," by; C.C. Miller, Graduate Student, University of Florida, Department of Animal Sciences; C.C. Carr, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Department of Animal Sciences; J.H. Brendemuhl, Professor and Assistant Chair, University of Florida, Department of Animal Sciences; J.C. Ricketts, formally a Graduate Student, University of Florida, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication; B.E. Myers, Associate Professor & Associate Chair; University of Florida, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication and T.G. Roberts, Associate Professor, University of Florida, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication .
2012 Agricultural Women's Club Scholarship
Leigh Ann Skurupey, specializing in Equine Nutrition, received the Agricultural Women’s Club Scholarship, April 22, 2012. The scholarship is awarded to women enrolled in or accepted to graduate school in a CALS (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) major with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The scholarship was established by Dr. Alvin Warnick in memory of his wife Barbra Warnick, promoting community service, scholarship and diversity within the University of Florida. The Agricultural Women’s Club was originally created in 1908 to help wives of newly arrived College of Agriculture personnel to become better acquainted with each other and the community.
2012 Superior Accomplishment Awards
The Superior Accomplishment Awards program recognizes staff members who contribute outstanding and meritorious service, efficiency and/or economy, or to the quality of life provided to students and employees. Recognition by one’s peers is the highest point of achievement. Recipients of this award have accomplished noteworthy performance and have made a positive impact on the overall goals and objectives of their department. The Department of Animal Sciences was well represented in 2012 Superior Accomplishment Awards!
Standing with Geoffrey Dahl are the 2012 Superior Accomplishment Awards winners
Jan Kivipelto, Senior Technical Biologist
Ann Jocelyn Cooper, Lab Technician
Saundra Tenbroeck, Associate Professor
2012 Junior Faculty Award of Merit and the Junior Faculty Research Award
2012 Junior Faculty Award of Merit, by the Gamma Sigma Delta Chapter of the University of Florida and the 2012 Junior Faculty Research Award, by the University of Florida Sigma Xi Chapter were received by Dr. Jose Santos.
The Junior Faculty Award of Merit is received by a faculty member who has made distinct contributions to agriculture and/or natural resources through
teaching, research, extension, and/or administration.
The Junior Faculty Research Award, received by Dr. Jose Santos, recognizing his innovative and practical approaches to enhance reproductive performance, milk production and the health of dairy cattle.
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Farm CARES Award
CARES - County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship
Adam H. Putnam, President, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Jerry Wasdin, Beef and Dairy Units Coordinator
Danny Driver, Beef Units Manager
Bert Faircloth, Santa Fe Beef Unit Supervisor
John L. Hoblick, President, Florida Farm Bureau
Boston Farm - Santa Fe River Ranch Beef Unit receives Suwannee River Partnership "This Farm CARES" award. This award is for responsible environmental and stewardship practices. This award is sponsored by the Florida Farm Bureau, Suwannee River Water Management and Florida Department of Agriculture.
2011 CALS 5th Annual Scholarship and Leadership Awards Banquet
Celebrating the accomplishments of our outstanding students,
faculty and staff in the Department of Animal Sciences.
CALS is the teaching arm of UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and is dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, life science, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. Those individuals that exemplify the quality of human life by making that information accessible. Those individuals that exemplify these ideals and embrace this mission, by providing outstanding leadership and scholastic achievements, were recognized by receiving these awards at the 5th Annual Banquet.
Undergraduate Advisor of the Year
Dr. Saundra Tenbroeck, Associate Professor and Extension
Equine Specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences, regularly advises undergraduate students and clubs. She combines an extreme work ethic with a compassionate caring personality to give our students their best chance at success. She was presented the award by Drs. Joe Joyce, Executive Associate Vice President and Mark Rieger, Interim Dean of CALS. Dr. Tenbroeck maintains an open door policy for advising. She takes the time to listen to
students and in doing so is able to direct them on a path to success.
2011 J. Wayne Reitz Medal of Excellence Outstanding Senior Award Recipient
J. Wayne Reitz Medal of Excellence Outstanding Senior
Erika "Rikki" Schwartz is a senior Animal Sciences major with a minor in African Studies and plans a career in large animal veterinary medicine. She has served as a CALS Ambassador and is active in Alpha Zeta, UF Dairy Science Club and the Marine Animal Rescue Society. She is known for her genuine and honest personality.
2011 UF/IFAS Superior Accomplishment Awards
The Superior Accomplishment Awards program recognizes staff members who contribute outstanding and meritorious service, efficiency and/or
economy, or to the quality of life provided to students and employees. Recognition by one’s peers is the highest point of achievement.
Recipients of this award have accomplished noteworthy performance and
have made a positive impact on the overall goals and objectives of their department.
Department of Animal Sciences, Superior Accomplishment Award Recipients
Christopher W. Cooper,
Coordinator of Research Programs, Horse Research Unit
Toyuna Grant, Office Assistant
Rebecca Matta, Program Specialist
Wendy DeVito, Coordinator, Education/Training Programs
Thomas E. Orton, Maintenance Supervisor
Sheila Templeton, Office Manager (not pictured)
2008 American Feed Industry Association Award
Dr. Charles Staples received The American Feed Industry Association Award. It is an internationally competitive award given in recognition for outstanding work
and achievement in ruminant nutrition research. The award is given at the international meeting of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA).