Nominations sought for Purdue Ag's top awards

July 8, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Nominations are now being accepted for the top two annual awards of the Purdue University College of Agriculture and its Agricultural Alumni Association recognizing achievement and service to the agricultural 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.

The alumni association's Certificate of Distinction recognizes those who have contributed to agriculture through professional accomplishments, activity in organizations, community service and other activities that make the nominees a credit to their profession.

Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture, encouraged organizations in agriculture, food, life sciences and natural resources to submit nominations.

"Our partners and stakeholders play a critical role in identifying outstanding nominees from a broad range of backgrounds and disciplines," he said. "We want to reach out as widely as possible to find people deserving of these recognitions through their service and accomplishments."

Nomination deadlines are Aug. 30 for the Distinguished Agriculture Alumni and Oct. 1 for the Certificate of Distinction.

The Certificate of Distinction will be given Feb. 1, 2014, in Indianapolis during the alumni association's annual meeting, the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry.

The Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award will be presented at a convocation March 7, 2014, on the Purdue campus.

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, 765-494-8593, 

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