College of Agriculture Honors Distinguished Alumni

The distinguished alumni will be recognized at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Merket Alumni Center.

Texas Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) will recognize six distinguished alumni at 6 p.m. Mon. (Feb. 21) at the Merket Alumni Center.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor alumni who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and careers have brought distinction to the college and to the professors associated with agriculture and natural resources.

In addition, program officials will inaugurate a new recognition category, the CASNR Young Alumnus Award.

"This will be our first year to present the award," said Jane Piercy, director of development and external relations at CASNR.

The recipient of the 2011 Young Alumnus Award is Lynn Scherler, regional president of CoBank.

"The measure of a college's distinction and influence depends greatly upon the achievements of its alumni and the positions they attain in their respective communities and fields of endeavor," Piercy said. "These awards were established to recognize some of our most outstanding alumni."

The recipients of this year's distinguished alumni awards are:

  • Eddie Smith, of Floydada, is a cotton producer and partner with Floyd County Farms.
  • Mark Marley, of Plainview, is owner and president of Production Plus Seeds, Inc.
  • Stanley Young, of Lubbock, is retired from the Lubbock County Extension Agent office.
  • Alice McLarty, of McClean, Va., is a park landscape architect with the National Park Service.
  • Terry McLendon, of Ft. Collins, Colo., is the principle scientist with KS2 Ecological Field Services.
  • Thomas Holt, of Durham, N.C.,is the director of biology research and development at BASF Agricultural Products.
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The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is made up of six departments:

  • Agriculture and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural Education and Communications
  • Animal and Food Science
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Natural Resources Management

The college also consists of eleven research centers and institutes, including the Cotton Economics Research Institute, the International Cotton Research Center and the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute.



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