On Oct. 1, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University held its annual Alumni Awards reception, recognizing 14 graduates as Outstanding Alumni and two as Outstanding Young Alumni. The College also presented its annual Distinguished Alumni awards to Michael V. deGruy and Dr. Prabhu L. Pingali during the event (see related article). Among the CALS graduates honored for exemplary achievement:
2010-2011 CALS Outstanding Alumni
Dr. Robert A. Bashford, B.S. 1967, biology
Associate dean, Admissions; professor, departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
Dr. Fuller W. Bazer, Ph.D. 1969, animal science
Regents Fellow, Distinguished Professor and O.D. Butler Chair, Department of Animal Science Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Dr. Donald R. Durham, Ph.D. 1978, microbiology
Senior vice president, manufacturing, TenX Biopharma Inc.
Principal, Durham Consulting LLC, Chapel Hill
Lester L. Gray, B.S. 1983, poultry science
Vice president of operations, Perdue Farms, Salisbury, Md.
Richard W. Hartlage, B.S. 2007, horticultural science
Partner, AHBL Inc., Seattle, Wash.
Dr. Ronald A. Heddleson, Ph.D. 1995, food science
Project manager, Progresso Soups Division, General Mills Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
Dr. Barrett L. Kays, M.L.A. 1973, landscape architecture; Ph.D. 1979, soil science
Owner, Landis Inc., Raleigh
Charles L. Keels, B.S. 1956; M.Ed. 1968, agricultural and extension education
Retired, lead consultant for Agricultural Education and state FFA adviser
N.C. Department of Instruction, Cary
Dr. Jeremy N. McNeil, Ph.D. 1972, entomology
Battle Professor of Chemical Ecology, Scientific Director
Biotron Research Faculty, University of Western Ontario, Cap-Rouge, Quebec, Canada
Joseph W. Reardon, A.A. 1991, Agricultural Institute
Director, Division of Federal-State Relations, Food and Drug Administration
George H. Scott, B.S. 1998, agronomy; M.S. 2000, crop science
Vice president, Universal Leaf North America U.S. Inc., Wilson
Dr. Charles W. Stuber Sr., Ph.D. 1965, genetics
Professor Emeritus, Genetics and Crop Science, N.C. State University
Director, Center for Plant Breeding and Applied Plant Genomics, Raleigh
Dr. Charles W. Suggs, B.S. 1949; M.S. 1955; Ph.D. 1959, biological and agricultural engineering
Professor Emeritus, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, N.C. State University, Raleigh
Dr. Elizabeth J. Tran, Ph.D. 2004, biochemistry
Assistant professor of biochemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Outstanding Young Alumni
Ray A. Starling, B.S. 1999, agricultural and extension education
General Counsel, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Raleigh
Dr. Jennifer M. Zurney, B.S. 2003; Ph.D. 2008, microbiology
Study director, Burleson Research Technologies Inc., Raleigh.