Gamma Sigma Delta
Honor Society for Agriculture
North Carolina State University

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2009 Initiation Program and Awards Banquet

Gamma Sigma Delta The Honor Society of Agriculture, held its 55th Initiation Program and Awards Banquet at the Jane S. Mckimmon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University.  Forty-six undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni were initiated.

Undergraduate Initiates

The Undergraduate Initiates were presented by Dr. Kenneth L. Ebenshade, Associate Dean, CALS, and by Dr. Adrianna G. Kirkman, Academic Dean, College of Natural Resources with assistance from Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President.

College of Agriculture and Life Science

College of Natural Resources

College of Veterinary Medicine Initiates

The College of Veterinary Medicine Initiates were presented by Dr. J. Ed Smallwood with assistance from Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President.

Graduate Initiates

The Graduate Initiates were presented by Dr. Gary Moore, President-Elect, Gamma Sigma Delta with assistance by Dr. Kenneth L. Ebenshade, Associate Dean, CALS, and by Dr. Adrianna G. Kirkman, Academic Dean, College of Natural Resources with assistance from Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President..

College of Agriculture and Life Science

College of Natural Resources

Faculty and Staff Initiates

Ms. Kathryn Kennel
lf. to rt. Dean Johnny Wynne, Ms. Kathryn Kennel, Director of N. C. Ag Foundation and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President.  

 

Dr. Wanda Sykes
lf. to rt.Dean Johnny Wynne, Dr. Wanda Sykes, NC Cooperative Extension and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President.  

Alumni Initiates

Dean Johnny Wynne introduced the Alumni Initiates and their guests then read a citation of in recognition of their selection to membership in Gamma Sigma Delta as an Alumni Initiate.

Mr. Tommy Burleson
lf. to rt. Mr. Tommy Burleson and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President.  Mr. Tommy Burleson, Fraser Fir Christmas tree grower and North Carolina 4-H leader.

 

Mr. Charles Keels
lf. to rt. Mr. Charles Keels and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President.  Mr. Charles Keels, former NC Supervisor for Agricultural Education and State FAA Advisor.

 

Mr. Walter Smith
lf. to rt. Mr. Walter Smith and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President. Mr. Walter Smith, Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency for Yadkin County.

 

Mr. William Upchurch, Jr.
lf. to rt. Mr. William Upchurch, Jr. and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President. Mr. William Upchurch, Jr., Executive Director of the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. 

Honorary Initiate

Dean Johnny Wynne introduced Mr. H. Frank Grainger as an Honorary Initiate and his guests then read a citation of in recognition his selection to membership in Gamma Sigma Delta as an Honorary Initiate.

H. Frank Grainger
lf. to rt. Mr. H. Frank Grainger and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President. Mr. H. Frank Grainger  board member of the NC Tobacco Foundation, Inc. and a General Assembly-elected member of the University of North Carolina Board Of Governors.

CALS Outstanding Instructor Award

The CALS Outstanding Instructor Awards is presented at the Gamma Sigma Delta Banquet by Dr. Kenneth Ebenshade, Associate Dean & Director of Academic Programs with assistance from Dean Wynne and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President.

Dr. Michael Vepraskas
lf. to rt. Dean Johnny Wynne, Dr. Michael Vepraskas, and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President

 

CALS Kenneth R. Keller Research Award

The Kenneth R. Keller Research Award is presented for the most outstanding doctoral dissertation in the preceding calendar year by Dr. Sylvia M. Blankenship, Associate Dean for Administration and Interim Directore of the CALS Research Office with assistance from Dean Wynne and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President.

Dr. Stephanie L. Hansen
Dr. Elsa Youngsteadt
lf. to rt. Dr. Stephanie L. Hansen and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President lf. to rt. Dr. Elsa Youngsteadt and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President

CALS Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

The CALS Outstanding Teaching Assitant Awards are presented at the Gamma Sigma Delta Banquet by Dr. Kenneth Ebenshade, Associate Dean & Director of Academic Programs with assitance from Dean Wynne and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President.

Elizabeth Rueschhoff
 Krista A.  Sondergaard
lf. to rt. Dean Johnny Wynne, X (advisor), Elizabeth E. Rueschhoff, X (advisor) and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President lf. to rt. Dean Johnny Wynne, Dr. Ted Emigh (advsior),  Krista A.  Sondergaard, and Dr. Greg Upchurch, GSD President