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Animal Sciences recognizes outstanding achievement

April 30, 2014

Students, alumni, industry partners and supporters of the CSU Department of Animal Sciences were recognized with numerous awards at the 2014 Animal Sciences Spring Branding Banquet.

Animal Sciences students are honored at the 2014 Spring Branding Banquet.Over 300 attendees

The banquet brought more than 300 students, parents, faculty members and staff to the Fort Collins Hilton on Saturday, April 12, for the event which was emceed by faculty members Associate Professor Shawn Archibeque and Instructor Ryan Brooks.  The ceremony opened with a welcome from Kevin Pond, Head of the Department of Animal Sciences.

Awards were given in six different categories: American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Awards, “Spur of Excellence” Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Outstanding Student Awards, “Creating the Mold” Young Alumni Awards, Industry Partnership Awards, and the “Golden Boot” Teaching Award.

A total of 71 ASAS Awards were given to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in Animal Science and Equine Science.  This award recognized the top 10 percent of students from each class, who this year earned a minimum 3.7 grade point average.

'Spur of Excellence'

The “Spur of Excellence” Outstanding Graduate Student Award was given to Sarah Matlock, who was chosen out of eight nominees selected by faculty members. 

“I was a TA for [Sarah] in the ANEQ 102 Intro to Equine Science Lab last semester and there is nothing she loves more than helping undergraduate students. An outstanding nominee indeed,” said Katlin Pittman, an Equine Science major.

Outstanding Student Awards

One freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior was selected in the Outstanding Student Awards category, in both Animal Science and Equine Science.  Professors in the department selected these winners from a pool of nominees.  The senior categories had ten top students recognized at the banquet, from which one was selected.

'Creating the Mold'

To recognize young alumni making a positive impact in animal agriculture, the “Creating the Mold” Young Alumni Award was awarded to one alumnus from both Animal Science and Equine Science. 

The Animal Science award was given posthumously to the family of Filogomes Alves de Carvalho Neto, a 2011 CSU graduate.  Professor Keith Belk, who accepted the award on the family’s behalf said, “Filo had potential to become a leader in an increasingly global livestock and meat industry.  He had maintained high academic standards, and he was intelligent and highly motivated.  I can honestly tell you that Filo was an outstanding young man.”

The Equine Science award was given to Tiffany Perelman Sherbondy.  Sherbondy graduated from CSU in 2004 and now has her own riding and training business, Elite Show Stables, in Poway, CA. 

Industry Partnership Awards

The Industry Partnership Award is the highest honor given to an industry representative from the Department of Animal Sciences. 

The 2014 Animal Science Industry Partnership Award went to Bill Rupp and John Ruby, Ph.D. of JBS North America.  The relationship between CSU and JBS dates back to Warren Monfort feeding cattle in the 1940s, and the development of the Gary and Kay Smith Global Food Innovation Center will further the long-standing JBS/CSU partnership by serving as a research and development center with a focus on meat safety and quality.

The 2014 Equine Science Industry Partnership Award went to Terry Crofoot from Crofoot Cattle Company, Inc.  Crofoot has served on the CSU Equine Advisory Committee for the past six years, and is currently chairman.  He is a strong supporter of equine-assisted therapy programs for the treatment of Epilepsy.

'Golden Boot'

Finally, the “Golden Boot” Teaching Award is given each year to outstanding teachers.  This year, the award was presented to Professor Brett Kaysen, who has been described by students as one of the most influential people, if not the most influential person, in their lives.  Kaysen said, “Receiving this year’s Golden Boot Award for teaching is both a huge honor, as well as a humbling experience, to be chosen among such an exceptional group of peers.”

This event was sponsored by American AgCredit and the Colorado State University Equine Science and Animal Science Programs.

For more information on the awards, as well as names of the winners, visit the website.