Texas Tech College of Agriculture Honors Distinguished Alumni

Texas Tech University’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. Scherler of Parker, Colo., received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural and applied economics in 1997.

“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, received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1973. He is a cotton producer and partner with Floyd County Farms.

 • Mark Marley, of Plainview, received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education in 1984. He is owner and president of Production Plus Seeds, Inc.

 • Stanley Young, of Lubbock, received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural production in 1968, and his master’s degree in animal breeding in 1976. Today he is retired from the Lubbock County Extension Agent office.

• Alice McLarty, of McClean, Va., received her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in 1987. She is a park landscape architect with the National Park Service.

 • Terry McLendon, of Ft. Collins, Colo., received his bachelor’s degree in range management in 1971 and his doctorate in range ecology in 1979. He is the principle scientist with KS2 Ecological Field Services.

 • Thomas Holt, of Durham, N.C., received his bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1971 and his master’s degree in entomology in 1974. Today he is director of biology research and development at BASF Agricultural Products.

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