2008 Distinguished Animal Sciences Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Animal Sciences Alumni Award honors lifetime, mid-career and early career Purdue Animal Science graduates who have demonstrated excellence in the animal science industry, academia or governmental service. Six Animal Sciences alumni were recognized by the Department of Animal Sciences on November 21, 2008.

Eddie Creighton
Eddie Creighton
Tilden Wayne Perry
Tilden Wayne Perry
Jesse Shively
Jesse Shively

LIFETIME CAREER AWARD

Eddie Creighton, of Warsaw, Indiana, earned his bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1954. Upon graduation, he went to work on his family's farm, Creighton Brothers. He worked his way up to general manager in 1982 and by 1985, Creighton Brothers became the leading marketer of fresh shell eggs in the continental United States. Before his retirement in 1998, Creighton was instrumental in building the Crystal Lakes liquid egg processing plant, which produces 50 million dozens shell eggs and 45 million pounds of egg product. Creighton has served as a member of the Purdue Agriculture Dean's Advisory Committee, director of the Purdue Agriculture Alumni Foundation, director for Ivy Tech Community College, Kosciusko County Commissioner, and has provided leadership in numerous local organizations. In 1966 he received the Golden Egg award the highest award of the Indiana State Poultry Association.

Tilden Wayne Perry, of Van Buren, Arkansas, received his master's degree in 1948 and his doctorate degree in 1950 both in animal sciences at Purdue. He spent 43 years serving the Purdue University Animal Science Department in research and teaching. Perry's accomplishments include 150 published abstracts, 161 scientific papers, 323 departmental publications and 4 university text books. Perry served on the National Academy of Science/National Research Council Committee on Animal Nutrition, was active in the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and the editorial board of the Journal of Animal Science. He served as a charter member and historian of the American Registry of Animal Science. Perry has earned three ASAS awards for his work, including the Gustav Bohstedt Award for Minerals (1978), American Feed Industry Nutrition Research Award (1980) and the F.B. Morrison Award (1990).

Jesse Shively, of Franklin, Indiana, earned his bachelor's in 1957 and his master's in 1963 in animal sciences from Purdue. Upon completion of his doctorate from Iowa State in 1967, Shively began a 30-year research career with Pfizer. He began his tenure as a research nutritionist, became a project leader in 1974 and in 1988 was promoted to senior clinical research investigator. His research successes include the development of a feed additive and antibacterial product for swine and three U.S. patents. He was a member of the American Society of Animal Sciences and the Canadian Society of Animal Sciences. After retirement he provided consulting duties for Pfizer. In addition to his professional endeavors, Shively has served the Indiana Pork Producers for more than 20 years and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the United Methodist Retirement Community and the Cancer Care Center.

Malcolm DeKryger
Malcolm DeKryger
Alan Mathew
Alan Mathew
Pete Hanebutt
Pete Hanebutt

MID-CAREER AWARD

Malcolm DeKryger, of Demotte, Indiana. Upon earning his master's degree in 1983, DeKryger spent one year as a Purdue Extension swine specialist followed by seven years in the feed and pharmaceutical industries. In 1991 DeKryger joined Belstra Milling Company, where he currently serves as Vice President and is responsible for business development, personnel recruitment, nutritional management and pig production. Under his leadership, Belstra has added nearly 11,500 sows and 40,000 dairy cows, and the feed mill has grown from 35,000 mixed tons to nearly 120,000. DeKryger also is a member of the Board of Indiana Pork Producers, president of the board, girls' soccer coach for Covenant Christian High School and is a member of the First Christian Reformed Church of DeMotte.

Alan Mathew, of Knoxville, Tennessee, received his master's degree in 1978 and doctorate in 1991 at which time he became an assistant professor with the department of animal science at the University of Tennessee. He assumed the role of Department Head in 2003 where he provides direction to the teaching, research, and extension missions for the department. Mathew has published 66 research papers, 51 scientific abstracts, and provided more than 40 invited national and international presentations. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Animal Science and as an advisor to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine. He currently serves on the U.S. Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, on the review board for the Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and on two advisory groups for the National Pork Board. Alan and his wife, Ruth, own a family farm in Indiana and have since added a cow-calf beef production herd at their residence in Loudon County, Tennessee.

EARLY CAREER AWARD

Pete Hanebutt, of Indianapolis, Indiana, completed his bachelor's degree in 1993 and took a position as an area field representative for Indiana Farm Bureau in 1994 where he facilitated Agriculture in the Classroom programs and was heavily involved with local government. For the past 11 years, Hanebutt has been the political education specialist for Farm Bureau's public policy team. His current duties include congressional and statehouse relations, grassroots lobbying activities, and facilitating Indiana Farm Bureau activities. Hanebutt has been involved with the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry planning committee, volunteered with the Purdue Department of Animal Sciences and worked as the 4-H swine announcer at the Indiana State Fair. Along with his work in agriculture, Pete also is very involved in his church and community.


Photos from the awards ceremony (click on the photo to see a larger image)


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