Nominations sought for top Purdue Ag awards

July 16, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University College of Agriculture and its Agricultural Alumni Association are now accepting nominations for their top two annual awards recognizing achievement and service to the agricultural profession.

The alumni association's Certificate of Distinction will be given Feb. 2, 2013, in Indianapolis during the group's annual meeting, the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry. The college's Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award will be presented at a special convocation March 1 on the Purdue campus.

The Certificate of Distinction recognizes those who have made significant contributions to agriculture through professional accomplishments, activity in organizations, community service and other activities that make the nominees a credit to their profession.

The Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award recognizes mid-career alumni of the College of Agriculture who have a record of outstanding accomplishments, have made significant contributions to their profession or society in general and exhibit high potential for professional growth.

Nomination deadlines are Aug. 31 for the Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award and Oct. 1 for the Certificate of Distinction.

The awards continue to attract a strong pool of candidates, said Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture. He encouraged agriculture, food and natural resources organizations to submit nominations.

"The significance of these awards is enhanced by the quality of each year's honorees," he said. "Our partners and stakeholders play a critical role in identifying outstanding nominees from a broad range of backgrounds and disciplines."

Further criteria for nominations and instructions on how to submit them are at The site also lists previous winners.

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722,

Sources: Jay Akridge, 765-494-8391,

                Donya Lester, Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association, 765-494-8593,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson,
Agriculture News Page

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