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College awards its outstanding graduates

Outstanding graduates of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences were honored Oct. 9 at the College’s annual Alumni Awards Reception at the N.C. State University Club. Dr. Johnny Wynne, CALS dean, presided, as 12 Outstanding Alumni and two Outstanding Young Alumni were recognized.

Wynne and Dr. Jim Woodward, interim university chancellor, offered remarks and then were joined by Peter Daniel, president of the CALS Alumni and Friends Society, and Scott Troutman, the society’s executive director to present awards. (Not pictured are Jud Ammons, JoAnna T. Foegeding and Dr. Mary Elizabeth Carunchia Whetsine, whose awards were accepted on their behalf.)

Outstanding Alumni

Justus M. (Jud) Ammons, B.S. 1957, agricultural engineering Founder, Ammons, Inc., Raleigh
Dr. Jeffrey D. Armstrong, M.S. 1984, Ph.D. 1986, physiology/animal science
Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University, Okemos, Mich.
Dr. Alan R. Ayers, B.S. 1974, zoology, Ph.D. 1985, plant pathology
Director, State Affairs/Stewardship/Industry Relations, Bayer CropScience, Cary
Dr. Robert G. Best, M.S. 1983, Ph.D. 1987, toxicology/genetics
Director, Division of Genetics, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, S.C.
Dr. Carl E. Cerniglia, B.S. 1972, Ph.D. 1975, microbiology
Director, Microbiology Division, Food and Drug Administration Little Rock, Ark.
Raeford Daughtry, B.S. 1968, agricultural education
Owner, Daughtry Farm Supply, Newton Grove
JoAnna T. Foegeding, B.S. 1979, food science
Research Analyst, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences N.C. State University, Raleigh
Dr. Patricia Young Hester, B.S. 1973, poultry science, Ph.D. 1977, physiology
Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, Purdue University, Frankfort, Ind.
Kevin C. Martin, B.S. 1984, conservation, M.S. 1987, soil science
Cofounder and Principle, Soil and Environmental Consultants PA, Franklinton
Dr. Kevin P. McNew, M.S. 1991, PhD 1994, agricultural economics
Founder and President, Cash Grain Bids Inc., Bozeman, Mont.
Brenda T. Penny, A.A. 1979, Agricultural Institute
Agricultural Research Specialist, Department of Crop Science N.C. State University, Raleigh
Mark A. Peters, B.S. 1979, horticultural science
Owner, Piedmont Carolina Nursery, Greensboro

Outstanding Young Alumni

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Carunchia Whetstine, M.S. 2002, Ph.D. 2005, food science
Brand Innovation Product Developer, Frito-Lay Inc., Dallas, Texas
Joshua B. Williamson, B.S. 1999, agricultural business management
Director of Purchasing, Aldi Salisbury, New London
Also during the event, Dr. Calvin McNeill of Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation and Norris Tolson of the N.C. Biotechnology Center were named the College’s 2009-2010 Distinguished Alumni, in life sciences and agriculture (see related article). The CALS Alumni Awards Reception was sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance and Carolina Farm Credit.—Terri Leith

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