CALS Awards Honor Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends

Thursday, May 24 2012


MOSCOW, Idaho – The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho honored outstanding students, alumni, faculty and staff during its spring awards dinner.

Valerie Pantone, an agricultural economics major from Shoshone, Idaho, was honored as the college’s outstanding senior. She served as Agricultural Student Affairs Council president, in other leadership roles in student organizations, and as an intern to Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho.

Katie Mosman, an agricultural and extension education major from Nezperce, Idaho, was honored as the college’s outstanding junior. She served in several FFA leadership roles and traveled to China through the organization’s International Leadership Program.

Katelyn Steinkamp, an animal and veterinary sciences major from Saint Louis, Ore., was honored as the college’s outstanding sophomore. She gained research experience by assisting scientists and contributes by asking insightful questions. She is a member of the university’s trap shooting team.

Michelle Ball, an agricultural education and extension major from Kuna, Idaho, was honored as the college’s outstanding freshman. She recently presented an innovative idea poster at the Western Region meeting of the American Association for Agricultural Education. She serves as Idaho State FFA reporter.

Melisa Stilson, a junior from Lewistown, Mont., studying animal science business option and member of Block and Bridle, was honored as the outstanding member of college clubs. The Dairy Club was honored as the college’s outstanding student organization of the year.

Robert Tripepi, a 27-year member of the college’s faculty and Moscow-based professor of physiology and horticulture, received the Outstanding Academic Advising Award.

Robert Heinse, an assistant professor of soil and environmental physics who joined the college’s faculty in 2009, received the R.M. Wade Excellence in Teaching Award.

Recipients of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award were:

Duane Benson, who received bachelor’s and master’s in food science. He worked for Ore-Ida Foods for 35 years and now is teaching a product development class.

Keith Hyatt, who received bachelor’s and master’s in educational education. He taught agriculture education in Kuna and Payette for more than 30 years and now serves as Idaho State FFA Superintendent of the Agricultural Sales Career Development Event.

Milt Osgood, who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education. He taught high school agriculture classes in Middleton for more than 30 years and now facilitates the FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event.

Recipient of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences distinguished associate awards was:

Dennis Searle, who earned a master’s in guidance and counseling from the University of Idaho, and conducts research to promote the use of green manure crops and crop rotation to combat nematodes in sugar beets. He is a member of the University of Idaho’s Sugar Beet Advisory Committee.

Recipients of the College of Agricultural and Life Science’s Alumni Achievement Award were:

Shawn Dygert, who received his master’s in agricultural education from the college. He teaches agricultural education at Kuna High School and has served as Idaho Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association liaison for 10 years.

Jodi Mink, who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Idaho, and has served as a program specialist for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She currently ranches and teaches high school agriculture in Cambridge, Idaho.

Recipients of Outstanding Staff Awards included Nita Robinson for office support staff, Diane Brady for technical/lab support staff, and Kate Painter for general management support staff.