Alumni and Friends Update
Distinguished Animal Sciences Alumni Winners
LIFETIME CAREER AWARD
Frank M. Clark received his bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences in 1954. Currently, Clark owns and operates a farm operation including corn, beans, wheat and a cow-calf enterprise. Clark is a past president of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, past National Cattlemens' Beef Association dues director and an active NCBA committee member.
Thomas M. Means graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry in 1949, a master's degree in 1952 and his doctorate in 1956. He joined Eli Lilly and Company as a biochemist in 1956 and was involved with cattle, sheep and swine research.
George W. Thrasher received a bachelor's degree in animal sciences in 1952, a master's degree in 1954 and a doctorate in 1958 from Purdue. Thrasher was an assistant professor in animal sciences at Purdue in 1958 and 1959, during which time he served as state swine Extension specialist and taught courses at Vincennes University. In 1964, he joined Pfizer Inc. where he served as a research scientist until 1986 and then as a senior scientific advisor until 1996.
Roy D. Riggs received his Purdue bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences 1979 and completed the Harvard Agribusiness seminar in 2001. He now serves as director for the U.S. Cattle Business Unit for Elanco Animal Health. Riggs also assists in providing direction for the U.S. and worldwide Elanco business operations.
Gary M. Weber graduated with a bachelor's degree and master's degree in Animal Sciences from Purdue in 1977 and 1979 respectively. In 1984 he received a doctorate degree from Michigan State University. Weber currently serves as the executive director of regulatory affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in Washington, D.C. He works closely with several agencies including the USDA, FDA, EPA and in public policy issues pertaining to meat inspection, animal health, beef safety research and education.
EARLY CAREER AWARD
Christie S. Chavis received her bachelor's degree in animal sciences in 1992 and her master's degree in growth and developmental biology in 1994 from Purdue, and a master's in business administration from Washington University in 2004. Chavis is the commercial strategy leader for Monsanto Choice Genetics, a division of Monsanto Company headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. She is responsible for the commercial development and strategy for identifying corn hybrids.
Brian P. Demos graduated with a bachelor's degree in animal sciences from the Ohio State University in 1990. In 1992, he received his master's degree in Animal Sciences at Purdue under the tutelage of John Forrest and he received his doctorate in 1995 from the University of Nebraska. Demos now serves as Vice President of Product Quality & Development for ConAgra Foods Food Service.
Please nominate individuals for the 2005
Distinguished Animal Sciences Alumni Award
See this website - www.ansc.purdue.edu/alumni/ - or call Barry Delks at 765-496-7234
Due May 1, 2005
College of Agriculture Distinguished Alumni Named
The Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Award honors midcareer graduates who have made significant contributions to their profession or society in general and have a record of outstanding accomplishments. The Department of Animal Sciences had two alumni award recipients and they were:
Lesa G. Sterling Griffiths, of Newark, Del., director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Delaware. Griffiths received the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003 and the USDA Excellence in College and University Teaching National Award in 1998. She received master's and doctoral degrees in animal sciences in 1983 and 1986, respectively.
William A. Nuerge, of Independence, Ky., former CEO and president of Shire US Inc., a pharmaceutical company with 1,800 employees worldwide and revenues in 2002 of $1.04 billion. He earned a bachelor's degree in animal sciences in 1978.
Brennan honored with a Sagamore of the Wabash
Paul Brennan (B.S. 1976), was awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash award by then-governor Joseph Kernan. The "Sagamore of the Wabash" was used by northeastern United States Native Americans to describe a lesser chief or other great person among the tribe to whom the chief would look to for wisdom and advice.
American Society for Nutritional Services
Bill Baumgardt, Professor Emeritus, has earned the designation as Fellow of the American Society for Nutritional Services. Baumgardt is president of Discover Opportunities in West Lafayette, where he organizes and directs a science conference series.
Livestock Judging Team Celebrates 50 Years at Reunion
1954 Livestock Judging Team (L to R): Dick Klipsch, Wayne Beehler, Bud Myers, Stuart King, Walt Waitt
More than 300 alumni and friends attended the Department of Animal Sciences reunion on October 16. Recognition was given to the members of the 1954 Livestock and Dairy Judging team. Five members from the 1954 Livestock Judging Team returned. They shared a special breakfast together to reminisce old memories and enjoyed attending the Reunion lunch together.
AFIA Liquid Feed Hall of Fame
Professor Emeritus T. Wayne Perry (1948-1989) and Purdue Alumnus (M.S 1948, Ph.D. 1950) was inducted into the Liquid Feed Hall of Fame of the American Feed Industry Association. Dr. Perry was cited, "For significant contributions to the science and growth of the liquid feed industry." His research at Purdue was responsible for the development of complete formulations of liquid supplements by the incorporation of insoluble agents. Oftentimes Dr. Perry is cited as the "father of liquid supplements."
ILBA Honoree Recognized at Reunion
David L. Smith was selected to the Indiana Livestock Breeders Association Hall of Fame in 2004. As Herd Manager, Stewart Seeds, he has improved the cow herd for 31 years and is known across the country. There is no doubt David is an outstanding breeder of Angus cattle and through his leadership he has made a lasting impact to the cattle industry in Indiana. David is part of the rich heritage of Angus breeders and Stewart Seeds. Four family members of the Stewart family have been selected to ILBA Hall of Fame including T.G. Robbins, John L. Robbins, John A. Stewart and Gilman C. Stewart.
Lindsay Crosby (BS '04), Mason, Ohio, is the Specification Writer for John Morell and Company. Her position includes writing fresh pork product specifications as well as working with the Quality Assurance department to establish and maintain product safety and customer satisfaction. Lindsay is also involved with Humane Handling procedures to produce wholesome food products for company customers. Among many other tasks, she makes customer visits and educates the sales force on various fresh pork products.
Bruce Cubberley (BS '84), Kennett Square, Pa., is the Arboriculture and Grounds Manager for Longwood Gardens. He is married to Yvonne (Coen) Cubberley and they have two children, Phillip and Joshua. Bruce and Yvonne are expecting their third child, one more boy, in May.
Chelsie Culler (BS '04), works as a Vetronics Sales Administrator with Bioanalytical Systems, Inc., in West Lafayette. Her main functions are with sales and marketing, which includes working a company booth at various continuing education veterinary conferences, in-clinic demonstrations, customer service, manual writing, and updating the company website.
Brian Demos (MS '92), has accepted the position of Vice President of Technology for ConAgra Foods Food Service Company in Omaha, Neb. His wife, Kim (MS '92) and their three children will be relocating from Chicago to Omaha.
Curt Edmondson (BS '01), recently accepted the position of Region Business Manager for American Dairy Brands, a division of Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., based out of Chicago, Ill. In this role, he is primarily responsible for the sales execution of Borden cheese. He covers all of the major retail grocery chains in seven states and oversees four Business Managers and a sales force of 55 Account Managers.
Dale Griffin (BS '81) was named the Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Conservation Education Teacher of the Year for 2005. This award recognizes the achievements of an educator whose efforts have resulted in a greater awareness of natural resource issues and the need for protection and conservation of these resources.
Matt Hill (BS '01), went to work for ADM in May 2001 as a commodity merchandiser in LaSalle/Peru, Ill. He has quickly moved up, taking a position of specialty grain coordinator for domestic and international export programs of specialty grains. As of December 2004, Matt moved into a position of a regional sales manager in ADM's packaged oil division. He is responsible for a sales territory in the central Midwest where foodservice size packages of oil and shortening are sold.
Ross Jabaay (BS '68, MS '73), Ames, Iowa, is the Executive Director of Food and Safety Quality at Burke Corporation.
Melissa Kasper (BS '97), Tampa, Fla., will be going back to get her 2nd Bachelor's degree at the University of South Florida in Special Education to help her continue training for work in the therapeutic equestrian field.
Travis Ross (BS '04), Guymon, Okla., is a Production Supervisor for Seaboard Farms in the processing facilities. Besides work, Ross spent four months last year going through a firefighter academy outside of work, and now is a paid, on-call volunteer with the local department. He recently started training to become an EMT. Ross has also started working on his private pilot's license, so in the future he can visit Purdue easier.
Tom Scholz (BS '97), Rensselaer, Ind., married Annie Langdon (BS '01) on February 7, 2004.
Adam Zelt (BS '97), Monroeville, Ind., is working as a Livestock Specialist with Archer Daniels MidlandľAlliance Nutrition. His current position has him working in the newly built ruminant intensive research center, milking the canulated dairy herd.
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