The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources (CFANR) recently celebrated the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of four undergraduate students, two graduate students, two faculty members and its communications director at the annual CFANR spring awards banquet at the CFANR Outdoor Picnic at the Clippert Forest Resources Annex.

“Student awards were based on faculty votes of student performance in terms of academic performance as well as their fellowship with student peers,” said Michael Blazier, dean of the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Faculty awards were based on teaching, research, and service to CFANR. The junior faculty award was given to a faculty member at the assistant professor rank. The senior faculty award was given to a professor at the associate professor or professor rank.”

The outstanding undergraduate student award recipients are:

Mallory Kilcrease, of Hamburg, Agriculture-Animal Science; Cole Whiteaker, of Melbourne, Land Surveying; Zach Cater, of Monticello, Natural Resources Management with Geospatial Science option; and Brett Cunningham, of Palmer, Texas, overall undergraduate, Natural Resources Management with Forestry option.

The minimum criteria to be eligible for an outstanding undergraduate award includes the completion of 90 or more credit hours, and an overall GPA of 3.25 or greater. The award focuses on academic excellence as well as leadership, service, and other personal characteristics and qualities. Names of the students meeting the minimum criteria are distributed to CFANR faculty, and the faculty make the final selection.

The outstanding graduate student award recipients are:

Katherine Allen, of New Roads, Louisiana, Graduate Certificate in Waterfowl, Habitat and Rec. Management; and
Tyler Corbin, of Conway, Master of Science in Forest Resources.

The recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Certificate and Master of Science Student Awards are selected through a poll of CFANR faculty. Faculty use a variety of criteria, including academic excellence, work ethic and leadership.

Dr. Ben Babst, an associate professor of Forest Ecology and Tree Ecophysiology, received the Senior Faculty Excellence in Research Award and Dr. Rocky Lindsey, assistant professor of Animal Science received the Junior Faculty Excellence Award.

Lon Tegels, the communications director at the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, received the Support Staff Excellence Award. The Support Staff Excellence Award recognizes an individual for notable and outstanding contributions to the success of the College, such as innovative problem-solving and personal growth in their appointment.

“We are blessed with consistent quality and dedication of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Blazier. “This is what defines our college, and that is why we recognize individuals for their commitment to excellence.”