Nominations sought for Purdue Ag’s top awards

July 16, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University’s College of Agriculture and Agricultural Alumni Association are now accepting nominations for two of their top awards that honor the achievement of alumni and others.

"We encourage our friends, partners and stakeholders to help us identify outstanding nominees from a broad range of backgrounds and disciplines,” said Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture. “We want to reach out as widely as possible to find people deserving of this recognition through their leadership, service and accomplishments."

The Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award recognizes mid-career alumni of the college 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 accomplishments of these nominees do not have to be in agriculture. The nomination deadline is 8 a.m. Sept. 15. Purdue Agriculture employees and recipients of a Purdue honorary doctorate are not eligible for the award. For more information contact Becky Rice at

The alumni association's Certificate of Distinction recognizes those who have contributed to agriculture through professional accomplishments, active participation in organizations, community service and other activities that make them valuable to their profession. Nominees do not need a degree from Purdue. The nomination deadline is Oct. 1. Current members of the Purdue Ag Alumni board of directors, Purdue administrators and elected officials still in office are ineligible. For more information contact Donya Lester at

Additional criteria for nominations for both awards and information on how to submit them are available at

Writer: Emma Hopkins, 765-494-8402,

Sources: Jay Akridge, 765-494-8391,

Donya Lester, 765-494-8593,


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