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Spring Reception Showers Awards on Students, Installs Officers
Individual and group photos from the reception are available by contacting:
Margot Emery at (865) 974-7374 or memery2@tennessee.edu

The UT Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the international honor society for agriculture, held its annual spring awards and initiation reception on April 21, 2009, in room 156-157 of the Plant Biotech building.

Gamma Sigma Delta is a faculty-governed society that selects its members from junior and senior students, graduate students, faculty, and alumni for the promotion and recognition of high achievement. While Gamma Sigma Delta is an honor society of agriculture, it may elect members from related fields such as biology, botany, chemistry, economics, entomology, forestry, home economics, plant pathology, sociology, statistics, veterinary medicine, or zoology when the work of the individuals is related to agriculture. Officers, committee chairpersons, and others leading the chapter are faculty or alumni.

The GSD Outstanding Senior award winner for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is Amber Bowling, an Animal Science major.

Amber Bowling

The GSD Fourth-Year student award winners for the College of Veterinary Medicine is Julie Elaine Bishop.

Undergraduate students inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta were as follows:

Elizabeth Ball (Plant Sciences - Landscape Design)
Caryn Amanda Carter
(Animal Science - Sci-Tech/Pre-Vet)
Ryan Willis Hensley (Agricultural Economics & Business)
John Kruckeberg (Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science/Biosystems Engineering)
Quarrinna (Nikki) N. Land (Agricultural Economics & Business)
Michael Matthews (Agricultural Economics & Business)
Miranda Lynn Rogers (Animal Science - Sci & Tech/Pre-Vet)
Sam Wicker (Animal Science - Pre-Vet)


Graduate students inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta were as follows:

Ryan H. Blair (Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science)
Monica Brandon (Food Science & Technology)
Sarah Broughton (Plant Sciences/Organic & Sustainable Crop Prod.)
J. R. Candlish (Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science/Biosystems Engineering Technology)
Dustin Graham (Environmental & Soil Science)
William Haselbauer (Plant Sciences)
Misty Huddleston (Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries-Forest Entomology)
Sarah Jo Jenkins (Animal Science/Physiology)
Lauren Omer (Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness)
Amanda M. Pierce (Wildlife & Fisheries Science)
Michelle Rosen (Wildlife & Fisheries Science)
Ran Ye (Biosystems Engineering)
Xia Zhou (Agricultural Economics)


College of Veterinary Medicine students inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta were as follows:

Rosalie Akins
Max Jones

Faculty and Staff inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta were as follows:

Dr. Bryan Q. Patterson (Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communications)


As a service project, GSD supports the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA) program by awarding the first 10 registered participants from CASNR or CoE as well as the winner an unrestricted cash award. This year's participants and winner were recognized during the reception.

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

James Adam Gobrecht
Project: Stanley’s Botanical Garden & Arboretum
Faculty Advisor: Garry Menendez

Alex McLemore and Adam Duncan
Project: Coal Deposits Located in the Mouth of the Clinch River
Faculty Advisor: Paul Ayers

Glenis Moore
Project: Biofilm Production by Streptococcus Uberis Associated with Intramammary Infection
Faculty Advisor: Maria Prado

College of Engineering

Yue Cao
Project: Multilevel DC-AC Converter Interface With Solar Panels
Faculty Advisor: Leon Tolbert

Crystal Kelly, Ken Swinson and Will Rutemeyer
Project: Optimization Protocol for Nitrogen Removal from Domestic Wastewater
Faculty Advisor: John Buchanan

John Kruckeberg, Mitch Groothuis, William Nichols, Abdoulaye Samba and Chase Shaver
Project: Automated Foldable ROPS
Faculty Advisor: Paul Ayers

The reception also introduced the 2009-2010 officer slate. Dr. Kelly Robbins will serve as president, Dr. Mark Fly will serve as president-elect, Dr. William Hart will continue as treasurer, Emily L. Tipton will continue to serve as secretary, and Emily Gray will continue to serve as historian. Dr. Fred Allen will further assist the officer slate as the immediate past president. Dr. Allen, Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, was thanked for his service as the 2008-2009 chapter president.

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