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April 17, 2007

Purdue Agriculture recognizes outstanding faculty and students

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The College of Agriculture honored four faculty members and several students on Sunday (April 15) at the Agriculture Awards Reception.

"We have a number of outstanding faculty within the College of Agriculture that go the extra mile to help the students learn and grow," said Dale Whittaker, associate dean and director of academic programs. "It is important to recognize this excellence in teaching and supporting our students both inside and out of the classroom."

The Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award was presented to Christine Wilson, who is an assistant professor of agricultural economics. Wilson teaches courses in marketing management, research methods, farm business accounting and finance. Besides teaching undergraduates, Wilson also leads the department's honors program. She joined the Purdue faculty in 2001.

Mark Balschweid, associate professor in the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education, was named outstanding counselor. Balschweid advises students in the agricultural education major. He is also teaches graduate level courses in curriculum integration, program planning in agricultural science and business programs. He has been with Purdue since 1998.

The outstanding graduate educator was awarded to Kenneth Foster, professor and associate head of the Department of Agricultural Economics. Foster teaches applied economic time series and applied economics and leads the department's graduate program. He also serves as an Extension specialist in the area of livestock production economics. Foster has been with the department for 17 years.

The Outstanding Service to Students Award was presented to Tracie Egger, assistant director of academic programs. She is involved with student leadership and undergraduate recruitment. She is the contact for prospective College of Agriculture students and serves as faculty adviser to the Purdue Ag Ambassadors.

Four students, one from each year of study, were honored as outstanding students.

Outstanding senior was awarded to Rachel Cumberbatch of Lebanon, Ind., student member of the Purdue board of trustees and an animal science major. Dustin Potts of Newburgh, Ind., was named outstanding junior and has a double major in horticulture science and public horticulture. Outstanding sophomore was Ryan Crane, who is a farm management major from Exeter, Maine. Erin Kischuk, a biochemistry major from Muncie, Ind., was named outstanding freshman in the college.

All students who received an outstanding student award within their department were considered for this award.

The college also recognized students maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average during their Purdue tenures. Those students who were named outstanding freshman, sophomore, junior or senior within their department were recognized at the reception as well.

Writer: Becki Francis, (765) 494-8402,

Source: Dale Whittaker, (765) 494-8472,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes,
Agriculture News Page

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