ACES 2020 Funk Awards recipients recognized
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October 14, 2020
 

URBANA, Ill. - Each year the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences recognizes faculty, staff, and graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements or exceptional service to the college.

The awards program was established in 1970 by the Paul A. Funk Foundation of Bloomington, as a memorial to the late Paul A. Funk, who attended the college as a member of the class of 1929 and devoted his life to agriculture.

The 2020 recipients include:

PAUL A. FUNK RECOGNITION AWARD
              Amy W. Ando, Agricultural and Consumer Economics
              David Miller, Animal Sciences

SPITZE LAND-GRANT PROFESSORIAL CAREER EXCELLENCE AWARD
              Karen Chapman-Novakofski, Food Science and Human Nutrition

RUNGE FACULTY DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
              Matthew Hudson, Crop Sciences

FACULTY AWARD FOR GLOBAL IMPACT
              Juan J. Loor, Animal Sciences

TEAM AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
              Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab:
              Jedi Brown, Food Science and Human Nutrition
              Brian Jacobson, Food Science and Human Nutrition
              James F. Johnson Jr., Agricultural and Biological Engineering
              Phillip Manning, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
              Ronda Sullivan, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
              Vijay Singh, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
              Eric Wolfe, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
              Senior
              Carl Nelson, Agricultural and Consumer Economics
              College
              Paul Davidson, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH
              Senior
              Kelly Swanson, Animal Sciences
              College
              Hannah Holscher, Food Science and Human Nutrition

FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN EXTENSION
              Senior
              Richard Cooke, Agricultural and Biological Engineering   
              College
              Laura E. Christianson, Crop Sciences

KARL E. GARDNER OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE ADVISER AWARD
              Paul Stoddard, Agricultural and Consumer Economics

JOHN CLYDE AND HENRIETTA DOWNEY SPITLER TEACHING AWARD
              Jonathan Coppess, Agricultural and Consumer Economics

SPECIALIZED FACULTY TEACHING AWARD
              Sarah Albert Richardson, Animal Sciences

PROFESSIONAL STAFF AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
              Innovation and Creativity
              Carter Phillips, Food Science and Human Nutrition
              Sustained Excellence—Administrative/Management or Technical Contributions
              Jessica L. Hartke, Nutritional Sciences
              Sustained Excellence—Research
              Brenda Davis Koester, Human Development and Family Studies
              Sustained Excellence— Advising, Teaching and Outreach
              Susan Helmink, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD
              M.S.
              Olivia Obenland, Crop Sciences
              Ph.D.
              Laura Chatham, Crop Sciences
              Jamison Watson, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

LOUIS V. LOGEMAN GRADUATE STUDENT TEACHING AWARD
             
Alyssa Parsons, Human Development and Family Studies
              Bryan Parthum, Agricultural and Consumer Economics

ACES ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARD OF MERIT
              David Gilmore, B.S. '89 Ag Economics of Geneseo, Ill.
              Mark C. Gossett, B.S. '83 Ag Economics of Naperville, Ill.
              Tim Hassinger, B.S. '84 Ag Economics of Omaha, Neb.
              Bob Johnson, B.S. '66 M.S. '68 Ag Engineering of Waterman, Ill.
              Penny Lauritzen, B.S. '86 Agriculture of Lanark, Ill.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, recipients were recognized in virtual ceremonies. The Funk Awards virtual ceremony is available at go.illinois.edu/FunkAwards2020video and the Award of Merit virtual ceremony will be presented on the ACES Alumni Association Facebook page later in October.