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Awards / Honors

Animal Sciences department applauds academic and other achievements during 2012-13

April 24, 2013

The CSU Department of Animal Sciences - academic home to nearly 800 undergraduate and graduate students - celebrated student and other achievements at its 2013 Spring Branding Banquet earlier this month.

The banquet, at the Hilton Fort Collins, was organized by students and drew hundreds of attendees.

Among those honored were:

Vollmar, from Mills, Wyo., is a Daniels Fund and first-generation scholar who is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. She was a member of CSU’s 2012 Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Team and was actively involved with the Block and Bridle Club and Collegiate Cattlewomen’s Association. Animal Sciences faculty selected Vollmar for the honor from among 15 nominees. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in meat science.


Lippolis, from Castle Rock, Colo., will graduate with dual degrees in animal science and equine science; she plans to pursue graduate studies in ruminant and equine nutrition. Lippolis has been vice president of the Mountain Riders Horse Club and secretary and historian for the Agribusiness Association. She has worked since her freshman year at the CSU Equine Teaching and Research Center. Faculty members picked her for the student honor from among 20 nominees.


  • Emmanuel Caldera, outstanding graduate student, right, is pictured with faculty member Kraig Peel.Emmanuel Caldera– Graduate Student “Spur of Excellence” Award

Caldera, from Dublin, Texas, is pursuing a doctorate in ruminant nutrition after earning a master’s degree at CSU in micronutrient metabolism in beef and dairy cattle. As a first-generation scholar, he earlier earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science, with a minor in biology, from Tarleton State University in Texas. Caldera worked part-time at a dairy in high school and saw the benefits of bilingualism and science-based education in agriculture. The Spur of Excellence is awarded to an Animal Sciences graduate student dedicated not only to his or her own education, but to supporting undergraduate students in their quests for knowledge. Department faculty selected Caldera for the honor from among 10 nominees.


  • Tanja Hess, outstanding teacher, left, receives her Golden Boot award from student Amanda Summers. Tanja Hess, Ph.D.– “Golden Boot” Award for Outstanding Teaching

Hess, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, teaches several classes in the CSU Equine Science Program and the CSU Professional Veterinary Medicine Program. She also conducts research into equine insulin resistance and omega 3 fatty acid supplementation – and provides horse nutritional consultation as part of her Extension appointment. A former champion endurance rider in Brazil, Hess provides for her students the passion of an avid horsewoman and the expertise of a scientist. Students praised the professor’s dedication, and the hands-on educational experiences she provides.

These honorees were among dozens of individual students, teams, organizations, alumni, faculty, donors and friends recognized for their achievements and contributions to the CSU Department of Animal Sciences.

Gold sponsors of the event included American AgCredit and Elanco Animal Health.