College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Week Wraps up With Awards Dinner


A highlight of each College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Week is the annual Awards and Honors Banquet. The evening brings together students with scholarship donors and highlights a number of student and faculty achievements.

Awards were presented to six students and a staff member for her outstanding service to students, in addition to two alumni honorees. Videos about each award winner are available for viewing online at CAAS.usu.edu/awards/.

Vern Budge was selected as the 2018 CAAS Alumni Hall of Honor inductee. Budge graduated from USU in 1965, with a degree in landscape architecture. He went on to graduate school at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, returning to USU as a part-time instructor and then as a faculty member. He invested 35 years in what is now the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, mentoring students who now shape designs for public and private spaces around the world.

This year’s award for Distinguished Service to the college also went to an alumna of the landscape architecture program, Jan Striefel, a founding principal and president of Landmark Design. She has broken boundaries as the first woman to be named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and provided the largest gift in USU’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP) history to establish an endowment for student scholarships. Striefel was previously named a member of the department’s Distinguished Alumni Council, has been a member of the LAEP Advancement Board for 16 years, and currently serves as co-chair of the board.

Student awards were presented to: Lacee Boschetto, Graduate Student Teacher of the Year; Katie Slebodnik, Master’s Student Researcher of the Year; Justine Britten, Doctoral Student Researcher of the Year; Kathryn Orme, Legacy of Utah State; Michaela Brubaker, Scholar of the Year; Elizabeth Park, Undergraduate Researcher of the Year.
Award-winning staff members were School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education (ASTE) Business Manager, Lauren Anderson, for Service to Faculty, and ASTE Academic Advisor, Misty Balls, for Service to Students.

Awards honoring CAAS faculty members and staff were presented just prior to the start of fall semester at a gathering of college faculty and staff. Those recognized this year are: Jeff Broadbent, Distinguished Professor of the Year; Young-Min Lee, Faculty Researcher of the Year; Simon Wang, Graduate Research Mentor of the Year; Mateja Savoie Roskos, Teacher of the Year; Rebecca Charlton, Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year; Sheryl Aguilar, Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year; Jeffery Hall, Faculty University Service Award; David Wilson, International Professor of the Year. 


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