Nominees sought for Purdue's Hovde Award

July 28, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Nominations are now being accepted for this year's Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence, given annually to a member of Purdue University's faculty or staff who has displayed outstanding educational service to rural Indiana.

Any active member of the faculty or staff is eligible. A person's contributions may have been in the classroom, in counseling, in research or through Purdue Extension.

"It is important that Purdue honors one of its own for his or her commitment to rural communities through excellence in work and service," said Jason Henderson, director of Purdue Extension. "We look forward to recognizing yet another faculty or staff member who fits the criteria for the Hovde Award and has demonstrated outstanding support for the people of Indiana."

More details about the award and how to nominate are available by contacting Becky Rice at

The nomination deadline is Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. EDT. Nomination packets, consisting of a nomination form and 1-5 letters of support, should be sent to Rice by email, fax at 765-494-7420 or by mail to the Dean of Agriculture, 615 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053. Nomination forms and guidelines can be found at

The recipient will receive a cash prize of $800 and a plaque. The winner's name also will be added to a permanent display in the Agricultural Administration Building on the West Lafayette campus.

The award, sponsored by the Indiana Farm Bureau, is named after Purdue's seventh president, who served from 1946 to 1971. The award has been given annually since 1972.

The 2013 recipient was Donald J. Biehle, superintendent for the Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center

Writer: Emma Hopkins, 765-494-8402,

Source: Jason Henderson, 765-494-8489,

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