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UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Names 2012 Award Recipients

September 10, 2012
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Former UW faculty member Mick Botkin received the Outstanding Alumni award.

An expert in finding and controlling biothreat agents and a 32-year former faculty member are outstanding alumni award recipients from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

Presented during Ag Appreciation Weekend Sept. 14-15 at UW, Ron and Lynne Pulley also will receive the Legacy Award, BP America the college’s Outstanding Research Partner Award and Professor Emeritus Stephen D. Miller the Andrew Vanvig Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Outstanding Alumni

Kennedy Gauger received his Ph.D. in 1981 and now is principal scientist in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas.  Mervin “Mick” Botkin graduated from UW in 1948 and received his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in 1952. He returned to UW as an assistant professor in the Animal Production Department and retired as professor emeritus in 1984.

Legacy Award

Ron and Lynne Pulley, formerly of Huntley, recently retired from their 24/7 life in agriculture. The couple established the Seneka Graduate Assistantship in 2008 to fund graduate students studying food and nutrition.

Research Partner

BP America is receiving the Outstanding Research Partner Award for its support of reclamation research and its funding for the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC) housed in the college. The funding has paid for several projects with the WRRC to identify effective and timely reclamation practices.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Emeritus Stephen D. Miller is the first recipient of the Andrew Vanvig Lifetime Achievement Award. Miller received his bachelor’s degree in agronomy at CSU in 1968; a master’s in agronomy at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in 1970; and a Ph.D. in agronomy at NDSU in 1973. Miller spent the next 12 years on the NDSU faculty before he joined UW in 1987. He became director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station in 2005 and retired in 2010.

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