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GSD initiates College alumnus, faculty at landmark 2005 banquet


Jim Smith (left), College alumnus and benefactor, received congratulations from Dr. Ken Esbenshade, director of the College's Academic Programs.
Photo by Becky Kirkland

An alumnus and three faculty members of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences were honored for distinguished service and leadership as the N.C. State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture, celebrated its 50th year.

James I. Smith, a 1959 graduate of the College, was honored as the 2005 Alumni Initiate of Gamma Sigma Delta at its annual initiation and awards banquet in April. Smith, who owns JANASTCI farm in Granville County, is retired from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where he was manager at Umstead Farm. He is a member of N.C. State's Animal Science Hall of Fame, the N.C. State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame and the N.C. Angus Hall of Fame. Smith and his wife created the James I. (Jim) and Nancy Smith Beef and Dairy Fitting and Showmanship Endowed Scholarship and the Smith Animal Science Endowed Scholarship in the College.

Named as faculty initiates were Joseph Patrick Cassady, Department of Animal Science, and Dr. Barry Croom and Dr. Elizabeth B. Wilson, both of the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education.

The GSD banquet at N.C. State was held this year in conjunction with the College's annual Undergraduate Teaching Symposium. Dr. John Hillison of Virginia Polytechnic and State University, past international president of GSD, presented a plaque to the N.C. State chapter in honor of its half-century celebration.

- Terri Leith