Outstanding students, staff acknowledged at 2015 CFAES Recognition Banquet

Hundreds filled the Archie Griffin Ballroom at The Ohio State University’s Student Union Thursday night to take part in one of the great traditions of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The 62nd Annual CFAES Student Recognition Banquet was themed “Should Have Seen It In Color” and took time to acknowledge those faculty, staff, students, and organizations of the College that made an outstanding impression in the past school year.

“Tonight at the CFAES Recognition Program, we honored students, staff, and faculty for their outstanding achievements throughout the year,” said Stacie Seger, student chair of the banquet. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together in terms of our family, community members, donors, and supporters to really join around and celebrate the wonderful things our students are doing here in the college.”

The Buckeye Decade Dancers on the dance floor
The Buckeye Decade Dancers on the dance floor

The banquet is also seen as a last hurrah for seniors soon to graduate from OSU. Seger is one of the Class of 2015.

“I’m so thankful to be a part of the CFAES family,” she said. “It was a little challenging this evening to say goodbye and sing Carmen Ohio for that final time with my fellow classmates.

“This college and this university have really shaped me into the individual that I am today and I’m so excited to start that new chapter. I’m truly a Buckeye for life.”

The Buckeye Dairy Club won the 2015 Ed Johnson Outstanding Student Organization Award
The Buckeye Dairy Club won the 2015 Ed Johnson Outstanding Student Organization Award

Maurice Eastridge is a professor and Extension dairy specialist for Ohio State and was recognized with multiple awards for his devotion to students. He is also advisor of the Buckeye Dairy Club, this year’s winner of the Ed Johnson Outstanding Student Organization Award.

“Kudos from me to the Buckeye Dairy Club for winning the Ed Johnson Outstanding Student Organization Award here tonight. It’s a great group of kids and it’s a pleasure to work with them,” Eastridge said. “I was a fortunate recipient of a couple of awards. I enjoy doing the academic advising and just interacting with the students. Fortunately tonight there was a couple of awards there on that behalf, but all the recognition goes to the students.”

The graduating seniors of the Class of 2015
The graduating seniors of the Class of 2015

Guests were also treated to the surprise appearance of the “Buckeye Decade Dancers,” a group comprised of students and staff moving to the beat of hits from throughout the decades.

Here’s a look at some of those recognized at the banquet:

Banquet Dedication – Ray and Linda Miller

Rodney F. Plimpton Teaching Award – Monica Giusti, Dept. of Food Science and Technology

Outstanding Service to Students – Maurice Eastridge, Dept. of Animal Sciences and David Hahn, Dept. of AEDE

IMG_8224CFAESBanquet15Lee Johnston Leadership Awards – Alissa Finke, Megan Fuerst

Outstanding Academic Mentor Award – Maurice Eastridge

CFAES Internship Awards – Kelly Fager, Kayla Starlin, Natalie Jurcak, Olimpia Ferguson, Ryan Riddle, and Jessica Stacy

Meritorious Service to Students – Natalie Bumgarner, Dept. of Plant Sciences and Ron Harris, Food Innovation Center

New Activity Award – Collegiate CattleWomen’s Club at Ohio State, “Buckeyes for Beef”

Gama Sigma Delta Scholarship – Caitlyn Mullins

Towers Faculty Award – Mary Maloney, Dept. of Horticulture and Crop Science

Ray A. Miller Council Scholarships – Joey Brown, Jordan Bonham

Jill A. Pfister Outstanding First Year Students – Marina Sweet, Ashley Rose

Ed Johnson Outstanding Student Organization – Buckeye Dairy Club

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