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OARDC Announces Winners of 2012 Service, Achievement Awards

October 12, 2012

WOOSTER, Ohio -- The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) has announced the recipients of its 2012 service and achievement awards. OARDC Director Steve Slack presented the honors Oct. 11 during the center’s annual Employee Appreciation Night.

  • OARDC Outstanding Staff Awards, which are given each year to two non-faculty employees for providing excellent service to customers and colleagues: Joe Davlin, Outlying Research Stations; Robert James, Research Operations.
  • 45 Years of Service: Harold M. Keener, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE).
  • 40 Years of Service: Linda Saif, Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP); Elizabeth Poeppelman, School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR).
  • 35 Years of Service: James Karr, Outlying Research Stations; Kathryn Stafford, Consumer Sciences; Sharon Treaster, Horticulture and Crop Science; Bruce A. Williams, Research Operations; Jerry Zeltner, Outlying Research Stations.
Joe Davlin
Manager of OARDC's Western Agricultural Research Station in South Charleston in southwest Ohio, has received one of the two 2012 OARDC Outstanding Staff Awards.
  • 30 Years of Service: John W. Anderson, Animal Sciences; Michael Davis, Animal Sciences; Francis Fluharty, Animal Sciences; Ron Kline, Information Technology (IT); Michelle Milligan, Animal Sciences; Keith Patterson, Animal Sciences.
  • 25 Years of Service: Virginia Blondeaux, Facilities Services; D. Douglas Clevenger, Animal Sciences; David J. Drake Sr., Facilities Services; Martha Filipic, Communications and Technology (CommTech); Jeffrey Firkins, Animal Sciences; Phil Harbaugh, Facilities Services; Casey Hoy, Entomology; Pablo Jourdan, Horticulture and Crop Science; Rattan Lal, SENR; Jody Lanham, IT; Michael Lilburn, Animal Sciences; Mark Loux, Horticulture and Crop Science; Jeanne Osborne, Human Nutrition; Patricia Patterson, SENR; Emilie Regnier, Horticulture and Crop Science; Sudhir Sastry, FABE; Joseph Scheerens, Horticulture and Crop Science; Robin Weimer, FAHRP; Michael Wengerd, Research Operations.
Robert James
Agricultural technician 1 in the Research Operations department on OARDC's Wooster campus, has received one of the two 2012 OARDC Outstanding Staff Awards.
  • 20 Years of Service: Veronique Beckrum, Plant Pathology; Karen Dodrill, Human Resources; Shelly Dee Jepsen, FABE; David Kraybill, Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE); Scott McIntyre, Horticulture and Crop Science; Edwin Pickenpaugh, Outlying Research Stations; Anthony Stull, Food Science and Technology; R. Mark Sulc, Horticulture and Crop Science.
  • 15 Years of Service: Joseph Cochran, Secrest Arboretum; Jonathan Bruffy, CommTech; Christopher S. Dicus, CommTech; Anne Dorrance, Plant Pathology; Parwinder Grewal, Entomology; Catherine Herms, Horticulture and Crop Science; Dan Herms, Entomology; Jyan-Chyun Jang, Horticulture and Crop Science; Lynn Knipe, Food Science and Technology; Don Kosier, Research Operations; April Martin, CommTech; John Ott, Facilities Services; Brian Slater, SENR; Alfred Soboyejo, FABE; Normand St.-Pierre, Animal Sciences; Julie Townsend, Food Science and Technology; Mary Lou Wile, Facilities Services.
  • 10 Years of Service: Robert Baker, OSU South Centers; V.M. Balasubramaniam, Food Science and Technology; Robert Birkenholz, Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership; Laura Chapin, Horticulture and Crop Science; Gwen Covert, Human Resources; Elaine Eberlin, Horticulture and Crop Science; Mauricio Espinoza, CommTech; Daniel Gladyszewski, Facilities Services; Loren D. Harper, Director’s Office; Khandaker R. Islam, OSU South Centers; Lori Jones, Entomology; Brandon Koch, Research Operations; David Mackey, Horticulture and Crop Science; Debra Shaffer, Fisher/Stone House; Sonia Walker, Horticulture and Crop Science.

Also honored during the program were OARDC’s 2012 retirees: Richard Blondeaux, Facilities Services; Terrence Graham, Plant Pathology; Eileen Kieffaber, Human Resources; William Mitsch, SENR; Julianne Serovich, College of Education and Human Ecology; Robin Taylor, Entomology; and Donna Wyatt, Animal Sciences.

OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. OARDC employees work in Wooster and Columbus and at nine outlying agricultural research stations.

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