UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources honors exceptional personnel

Kerry Casper receives an Outstanding Staff Award from Bret Hess, interim dean in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Bret Hess, right, interim dean in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, presents an Outstanding Staff Award to Rebecca Ashley.

Outstanding staff and faculty members were recognized during the University of Wyoming College of

Agriculture and Natural Resources annual employee recognition program.

Interim dean Bret Hess Tuesday in Laramie presented outstanding staff awards to Rebecca Ashley, histotechnologist in veterinary sciences; Kerry Casper, academic advising manager, academic student programs; and Mark Davidson, computer support specialist in

veterinary sciences. Each recipient received $500.

Derek Scasta, center, received the Lawrence Meeboer Classroom Teaching Award. Students choose the award. Scasta is flanked by Warrie Means, left, director of the Office of Academic and Student Programs, and Bret Hess, interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Also nominated were Karyn Bercheni, accountant for molecular biology; Troy Cecil, assistant

Mark Davidson, left, accepts an Outstanding Staff Award from Bret Hess, interim dean in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

farm manager at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (R&E) Center (SAREC); Samantha Fulton, office associate at the Powell R&E Center; Kalli Koepke, sheep unit manager at the Laramie R&E Center; Steve Mack, director of the 4-H Foundation; Cathy Shuster, office associate in UW Extension; Tana Stith, technology and communications manager for UW Extension; and Elizabeth Traver, laboratory technician for

ecosystem science and management.

Lawrence Meeboer Classroom Teaching Award

 

Urszula Norton received an Outstanding Educator Award. With Norton is Warrie Means, left, director of the Office of Academic and Student Programs, and Bret Hess, interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The Meeboer award recipient is selected by students and receives a $500 award. Derek Scasta

John Hewlett, University of Wyoming Extension farm and ranch management specialist, was presented an Outstanding Educator Award.

from ecosystem science and management received the award.

Also nominated were Chris Bastian and Vardges Hovhannisyan, both in agricultural and applied economics; and Jeff Beck and Karen Vaughan, both in ecosystem science and management.

Outstanding Educator

John Hewlett, senior extension educator in agricultural and applied economics, and Urszula Norton, associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, received Outstanding Educator Awards. Nominations are peer-reviewed, and the winner receives a $2,500 award. This was established by an anonymous donor to bring special recognition to classroom and extension educators within the college.

Other nominees were Steve Paisley, interim SAREC director and associate professor for animal

science, and Vicki Hayman, extension

nutrition and food safety educator.