Awards and Recognition
The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Intercollegiate Horse Judging Contest was a HUGE SUCCESS!! Team Fearless is certainly comprised of incredible ROCKSTARS!!! CONGRATULATIONS to these Horse Judging Gators on being THIRD in the WORLD!! Out of nineteen teams: FIFTH in High Point Team-Halter; FOURTH in High Point Team-Performance; FOURTH in High Point Team-Reasons THIRD High Team OVERALL AQHA World Championship Show Intercollegiate Horse Judging Team!!! More...
The University of Florida's Intercollegiate Horse Judging
Team worked hard in the Senior College Division at the
2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress in
Columbus, Ohio, achieving a TOP TEN overall title!! Incredibly proud of these gator horse judging girls!
Katie Lloyd competed in the Limited Division and finished her first ever contest at an impressive 18th overall! This included being 12th overall in judging Halter!! 13th High Team in Halter,
6th High Team in Performance,
10th High Team in Reasons,
9th High Team Overall.
From the left: Caroline Osgood, Shelby Smith, Katie Lloyd, Leigh Ann Skurupey (Coach), Adison Murphy, Melissa Tench, Allie Anderson.
The 2016 April Spring Horse Judging Contest came with much success for the University of Florida Intercollegiate Horse Judging Team! This team truly is #TeamFearless! With only a team of four, and no fifth member for a cushioned drop score, these impressive horse judges were RESERVE CHAMPION Halter Team and FIFTH place overall! Extremely proud of these fearless horse judges!
Shelby Smith shined in halter with an 8th High Individual Overall and Melissa Tench finished with an impressive 10th High Individual in judging Performance and 9th High Individual OVERALL!
From Top Left: Rebecca TenBroeck (Assistant Coach), Leigh Ann Skurupey (Coach), Brie Bird (Assistant Coach), Allie Anderson, Shelby Smith, Melissa Tench, Adison Murphy.
Letícia Sinedino was presented the 1st place graduate student paper award at the 18th International Congress on Animal Reproduction (ICAR) in Tours, France. She presented; Effects of feeding algae rich in DHA omega-3 fatty acid (FA) on reproductive performance, interferon-stimulated gene expression and milk FA composition in Holstein cows. What an accomplishment!
Pictured; Dr. William W. Thatcher, Letícia Sinedino, Dr. José Eduardo P. Santos
UF/IFAS Awards of Excellence for Graduate Research selected Eduardo S. Ribeiro as having the best doctoral dissertation entitled “Molecular Features of Reproductive Biology Associated with Fertility in Lactating Dairy Cows”. Eduardo completed his Ph.D. in Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology in July of 2015 under the supervision of Dr. José E.P. Santos. This is an outstanding achievement! Please join us in congratulating Eduardo! Way to go!!!
Pictured; Dr. Peter J.Hansen, Eduardo S. Riberio, Dr. José E. P. Santos, Dr. William W. Thatcher
UF/IFAS Awards of Excellence for Graduate Research selected Kathryn E. Merriman as having the best master of science thesis entitled “Characterizing the Contribution of Vitamin D to Activation of Host Defenses in Dairy Cows”. Kathryn completed the master of science degree in Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology in August of 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Corwin D. Nelson. This is an outstanding achievement! Please join us in congratulating Kathryn! Way to go!!!
Congratulations Dr. Johnson!!!
American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announced that Dr. Dwain Johnson, Professor of Meat Science at the University of Florida, is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Research Award. The award was established in 1965 to recognize members with outstanding research contributions to the meat industry and is sponsored by ConAgra Foods, Inc. Dr. Johnson was honored at a special awards banquet at the AMSA 69th Reciprocal Meat Conference on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in San Angelo, Texas.
He joined the faculty of the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida as an assistant professor in 1984. Dwain’s research specifically focuses on antemortem and postmortem factors influencing animal composition and meat palatability and he has produced more than 250 publications with more than 90 being in refereed scientific journals.
The crown jewel of his research findings has received national notoriety and is named the
“Flat-Iron” steak. Today, the Flat-Iron steak is the nation’s fifth best-selling beef item. In fact, the Flat-Iron steak outsells T-bone and porterhouse steaks combined in U.S. food service establishments.
Congratulations!!! The 2016 UF/Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team finished 3rd in the Dixie National Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest, Jackson, MS. 70 students from 8 universities were represented in this contest.
Pictured; Carson Tanner, Allyson Trimble, Caroline Nichols, Lizzie King,Clay Whitehead, Sara Knollinger, Cassie Nathe, Rebekka Brown.
Coaches; Chad Carr and Kendall Vierra
Join us in congratulating Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo, Beef Cattle Specialist in the UF/Department of Animal Sciences. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Animal Scientist – Research Award during the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Southern Section, held Feb. 6-9, in San Antonio, Texas. Congratulations!
Deborah Price from the UF/Department of Animal Sciences received a student travel scholarship to attend the 2016 American Society of Animal Science Southern Section Annual Meeting, held Feb. 6-9, in San Antonio, Texas. Way to go!
Good work Leigh Ann Skurupey! After years of preparation, rigorous testing, hours of studying and practicing, judging many horse shows and coaching my own horse judging team, after many amazing ring stewarding opportunities a dream has come true. I earned the third highest combined test scores among the incredible judges I tested with. I have now been blessed with the honor of passing my American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Judges Test and being accepted as an official American Paint Horse Association Carded Judge. A field of 17 judge applicants flocked to North Texas, April 27-29 to put their equine knowledge to the test as they worked to earn their APHA judging credentials. Qualified applicants were invited to test for their cards at the 2015 Judge Applicant School, which took place in Gainesville and Denton, Texas. Testing included live judging, video judging, a closed rule book test and interviews; based on their scores, nine applicants were awarded their APHA judging card. Leigh Ann is featured in the GoHorseShow.com, the Equine Chronicle, PleasureHorse.com, and the APHA website. A dream come true!
Join us in congratulating Dr. José Eduardo P. Santos, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, who was selected to receive the University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship Award. These three year professorships were created by the UF Research Foundation to recognize faculty who have established a distinguished record of research and scholarship that is expected to lead to continuing distinction in their field. What a great accomplishment!
How exciting! Dr. Christopher Mortensen was awarded the 2014-2015 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Undergraduate Teacher of the Year. A first for the Department of Animal Sciences! A former student of his notes that Dr. Mortensen, "... could make boring topics interesting, disturbing topics intriguing, and rare occurrences, applicable." Another student said, "he is the best teacher I've had the pleasure to have at UF." What a wonderful accomplishment! Congratulations!
A warm-hearted congratulations to our own, very special, Dr. Alvin C. Warnick! Dr. Warnick, a retired UF/Department of Animal Sciences professor, was inducted into the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame on February 10, 2015. Alvin C. Warnick is credited with changing the industry from harvesting animals to managing a cow herd to higher productivity and continues to be a great influence in both innovative worldwide research and practices. Pictured with Dr. Warnick are Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of Ag., in the back ground and Dr. W. Kent Fuchs, UF's President. More…
Feb. 3, 2015 – Dr. Matt Hersom, an associate professor and Extension beef cattle specialist at the University of Florida, received the Southern Section Extension Award during the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Southern Section, held Jan. 31–Feb. 3, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The ASAS Southern Section, in collaboration with the award sponsor Boehringer Ingelheim, Vetmedica Division, is excited to present the Extension Award to Dr. Hersom.
Dr. Matt Hersom (right) accepts the Southern Section Extension Award from Dr. Roy Burris, University of Kentucky. Congratulations!
It's truly an honor! Dr. John Arthington has been named the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Southern Section President.
Incoming ASAS Southern Section President Dr. John Arthington (left) accepts the gavel from outgoing Southern Section President Dr. David Lalman.
Let's give a heary cheer to the 2015 UF/ Department of Animal Sciences ASAS Southern Section Quadrathlon Team. They took second place in the event after after competing in a lab practicum, written exam, oral presentation and quiz bowl.
Alex Wynne, Taylor Murphy, Morgan Johnson and Christian Keen (pictured left to right).
Please join us in congratulating the UF/IFAS Intercollegiate Horse Judging Team! They are the 2015 American Quarter Horse Reserve World Champions! It is an incredible accomplishment. From left: Brie Bird (assistant coach), Matt McQuagge, Rebecca TenBroeck, Katy Bissinger, Chelsea Lopez, Linsey Clark, Taylor Murphy, Cheyanne Niedringhaus, Kaley Garner, Rachel Benfield, Leigh Ann Skurupey (coach).
Congratulations! KC Jeong with the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences and the Emerging Pathogens Institute was awarded a 2.2 million dollar USDA grant. Dr. Jeong, a microbiologist is seeking the source of antibiotic resistance microorganisms in cattle. The microorganisms could come from a number of different sources, all of which will be investigated. This research has the potential to impact animal and human health as well as trade.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. William W. Thatcher, emeritus professor in the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, for receiving the Carl G. Hartman Award from the Society for Study of Reproduction. This is the society's highest award and is given in recognition of a research career and scholarly activities in the field of reproductive biology.
It is our pleasure to announce Dr. Peter J. Hansen, Distinguished Professor in the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, received the Research Award by the Society for Study of Reproduction, which recognizes outstanding research published during the previous 6 years.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Geoffrey E. Dahl, Professor and Chair
of the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, as the 2014 recipient of the West Agro Inc Award, by the American Dairy Science Association for his research contributions in the area of management of milking, milk quality, control of mastitis, and practices in production of milk.
The American Dairy Science Association named Eduardo Souza Ribeiro, a Ph.D. candidate in the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, as the 2014 recipient of the National Milk Producers Federation, Richard M. Hoyt Award in recognition of his research contributions with application to solve problems of the US dairy industry. Congratulations!!!
Please join us in congratulating Jessie Weir, a Ph.D. student in ANS, for receiving the Best Student Oral Presentation Award at the 10th International Society for Equitation Science Conference (ISES) held in Vejle, Denmark, August, 2014. Jessie's presentation titled "A Preliminary Investigation of Horses' Preference for Different Ammonia Concentrations" was selected as the best presentation out of 9 graduate student talks given at the conference. She will be attending the 2015 ISES conference being held in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The ISES conference offers an outstanding international platform for scientists and professional practitioners to present and discuss research related to equitation science. The ISES mission is to promote and encourage the application of objective research and advanced practice, ultimately improving the welfare of horses in their associations with humans.
2014 Spring Horse Judging Contest
HUGE success at the 2014 Spring Horse Judging Contest sponsored by Judging101.com and Julie Voge, held at the North Central Texas College in Gainesville, Texas. Team #1 from the University of Florida brought home the Championship Victory! There were 28 teams in the senior division that our UF Horse Judging Team beat out, with 108 students competing in the senior division.
Pictured above: Joel McQuagge (Advisor), Leigh Ann Skurupey (Coach), Logan Perry, Chelsea Lopez, Kaley Garner, Alexandra Leepack, Cheyanne Niedringhaus, Linsey Clark, Taylor Murphy, Maegan Hackett, Rachel Benfield, Matthew McQuagge, Kathryn Sheppard (Assistant Coach), Ashley Coxen (Assistant Coach).
The University of Florida Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team (Katie Douglas, Eliana Thormann, Sara Chapman, Brittany McDaniel, Morgan Johnson and Coach, Derek Griffing)recently competed in the 2014 AMSA Iowa State Intercollegiate Meats Judging Contest in Ames, Iowa. The Judging Team finished 1st overall in the processed meats division and 5th overall in specifications. Brittany McDaniel was the highest point individual in total placings for the entire contest. Sara Chapman, Katie Dougless, Morgan Johnson, and Eliana Thromann all excelled in other categories. Congratulations! More...
Dr. William W. (Bill) Thatcher is the recipient of the2014 International Embryo Transfer Society’s (IETS) Pioneer Award.This award recognizes scientists who have led research defining major advances toward improving reproductive function of the lactating dairy cow. Dr. Thatcher’s groundbreaking basic and applied research has provided tools to reverse the historical decline in lactating cow fertility. His impact as a scientist has been worldwide, changing the way dairy managers and research scientists do their work. Please join us in congratulating him as the recipient of this notable award.
Sarah White is on the roster of champions for the 2013 United States Equestrian Federation National Horse of the Year Awards. This prestigious program recognizes excellence and is regarded as an ensign of achievement within the equestrian community. Sarah, riding Faa iq Amira +/, is to be congratulated for her exceptional accomplishments!
Please join us in congratulating Dr. José Eduardo P. Santos, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, as a recipient of the 2014 UF/IFAS International Achievement Award. This is a great distinction and honor that reflects the global stature of their career accomplishments, and the high esteem in which they are held not only here in IFAS but also worldwide. At UF he has established a multidisciplinary international teaching, research, and extension program focused on nutrition, health, and reproduction of dairy cattle. Having presented 241 talks in 17 countries, Dr. Santos is recognized for his research and educational programs both nationally and internationally. He is a prominent major professor, supporting 8 Ph.D. and 14 MSc students, some of whom were from Brazil or Mexico. He has mentored 73 visiting students (six from USA; one each from Israel, Turkey, Italy, Holland, and Honduras; two from Spain, and 60 from Brazil). Dr. Santos teaches a graduate course every year in Brazil, and he is a member of a team-taught continuing education course in dairy production at the University of Barcelona. His research is well funded with over $6 million in competitive grants and research contracts. Key to the success of Dr. Santos’ program has been the long-term relationships he has developed with universities, particularly in Brazil, to conduct research, educate dairy producers through regional conferences, and teach a new generation of scientists.
2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress Collegiate Horse Judging Contest.
Congratulations to the 2013 UF Collegiate Horse Judging Team! The team did very well at the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress Collegiate Horse Judging Contest. From Left: Leigh Ann Skurupey (Coach), Brie Bird, Kayce Gross, Taylor Murphy, Katy Bissinger-Brinkley, Katelyn Sheppard, Ashley Coxen, Joanna Reeg, Linsey Clark, Rachel Benfield, Lauren Olkowski, Shelby Fussel (Assistant Coach). In the Halter Classes, Linsey Clark placed 7th; in the Performance Classes, Rachel Benfield placed 2nd; for Reasons, Taylor placed 3rd; in the Overall Limited Division, Rachel Benfield placed 4th.
11th Annual Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Show
Faa Iq Amira+/ and Sarah White traveled to Lexington, VA September 18-22, 2013 for the 11th Annual Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Show. There were over 500 horses in attendance, with competitors coming from Alaska! After a difficult week of trials and tribulations, including saddle and bridle swaps 3 days before they were to compete, Amira emerged with Top Tens in A/HA/AA 4th Level Dressage ATR and Arabian Sport Horse Show Hack ATR. Sarah was extremely proud of Amira’s first performance at the National Championship Show, and that she was able to follow in her sire's hoofsteps.
Nearly 17% of the undergraduate students in the Department of Animal Sciences made the CALS Dean’s List Spring semester 2013 and four of those students also made the President’s Honor Roll! We are indeed fortunate to have such a wonderful group of dedicated students in our department. Congratulations!
Sam Strong Run 2 End Duchenne
Leigh Ann Skurupey, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Animal Sciences, was the first woman to cross the 5K finish line in the Sam Strong Run 2 End Duchenne, an aggressive form of Muscular Dystrophy, on September 14, 2013. Leigh Ann finished with an impressive time of 22 minutes, 34 seconds, her personal best. She stated that when she felt tired, she would think about Sam, a child with Duchenne, what he faces every day, and that gave her the strength to push on. One of our former graduates, Kelsey Arellano, was the second woman to cross the finish line, in her first 5K race with another impressive time, 22 minutes, 54 seconds. There were many UF students and faculty members, among others in the community, at the race, showing their support for Sam. Kudos to Leigh Ann, Kelsey and all the great UF gators!
Dr. Ben Mather was awarded the FAE4-HHA (Florida Association of 4-H Agents) as Outstanding Specialist. Dr. Mather joined UF’s Poultry Science Department in 1979. During his career he taught several courses, assisted the egg and broiler industries, and helped conduct the State 4-H and State FFA Poultry Judging Contests. For over 12 years prior to his retirement in 2004 and as an Emeritus Associate Professor he is still responsible for the youth poultry programs. Dr. Mather stated, “My hope is that arrangements can be made to continue these programs for many years so the youth of today and tomorrow can have the same opportunities to participate in them as did the youth of past years.” Kudos to Dr. Mather for his continued dedication!
2013 EPAF Conference
We are extremely pleased to announce that Wendy DeVito was awarded the FAE4-H Friend of Extension Award by the Extension Professional Association of Florida, at the 2013 EPAF Conference, held in August, 2013. Ms. DeVito is known for tireless efforts as Coordinator of many youth programs and as the “go to” person for information and answers, by the Florida State Extension Agents, among many others, who also appreciate her attention to detail, making their events successful! Wendy says, “Thank you to all the Extension Agents and volunteers, who I didn’t realize, at the time, had so much on their plate, beyond what affected me.” Let’s congratulate her for a job well done!!!
2013 Equine Science Symposium (ESS) Mescalero, NM
Dr. Saundra TenBroeck, Dr. Lori Warren, Sarah White,
Leigh Ann Skurupey, Tayler Hansen, Angie Adkin,
Jill Bobel, Jessie Weir, Dr. Chris Mortensen (left to right)
UF professors and their graduate students attended the 2013 Equine Science Symposium (ESS) in Mescalero, NM, May 28-31. The ESS promotes quality research on equine nutrition, reproduction, production and management, and physiology. The ESS also strives to establish effective communication among researchers, teachers, extension, and production personnel regarding equine nutrition and physiology. This Society conducts symposia every two years where undergraduate and graduate students come together to compete in different sections of the equine industry. These students submit an abstract to be selected for competition. Once selected, they are invited to compete at the ESS competition, which includes giving a twelve-minute oral presentation on their research. Students are judged on the quality of his or her abstract and their oral presentation skills and ability to answer questions from the audience. The University of Florida represented this year’s competition very well with results as follows: Leigh Ann Skurupey – 2nd Place in the Nutrition Category; Angie Adkin – 2nd Place in the Reproduction Category; Tayler Hansen – 1st Place in the Production and Management Category;
Sarah White – 1st Place in the Exercise Physiology Category.
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 placing's 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
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).