Commencement speaker Anna Maria Chávez and five other leaders in arts, humanities, business and public service received honorary degrees during the 2014 Commencement celebration at the University of Arizona. In addition, the UA Alumni Association presented its Alumni Achievement Award.
Alumni Achievement Award
The 2014 Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Turki Faisal Al Rasheed. This award is given to alumni who have attained prominence in their field of endeavor and demonstrated outstanding service to the UA.
Mitch McClaran, professor in the CALS School of Natural Resources and the Environment, was elected as a Fellow in the Society for Range Management on February 12, 2014 at the Society’s 67th Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.
Laura López-Hoffman, assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment in the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is among the recipients of the 2013 U.S. Forest Service Excellence in Research Application Award.
López-Hoffman received the award for her research collaboration with Darius Semmens and Jay Diffendorfer, both with the U.S. Geological Survey, on the value of migratory species and wilderness.
Robert Torres and James Knight, both faculty in the Department of Agricultural Education in the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, were honored last summer for their contributions to agricultural education in Arizona.
Marianna Yanes, a senior majoring in biosystems engineering at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, received the Centennial Achievement Award from the University of Arizona during her Winter Commencement.
The award is given to two seniors graduating during the current academic year who have demonstrated academic integrity, overcome challenges to achieve a college education, made a contribution to self, community and family, and who are the first to graduate from college in their family.
Ramon Valadez, Chairman of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, presented the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension’s Garden Kitchen team with the Community Leadership Award on Saturday, October 26 at the Mulcahy YMCA at Kino Community Center in Tucson.
Award recipients included Dr. Dan McDonald, Cheralyn Schmidt, Jennifer Parlin, Stacy Peercy, Louisa O'Meara, and Erika Alvarez.
Collier’s research on heat stress has allowed farmers to predict when cows are in danger of overheating and has led to altered management of dairy cows during late pregnancy to reduce environmental heat load. The reduced stress improves calf birth weight and increases milk yields.
Joel Cuello, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, was honored by his alma mater, the University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB), with a 2013 Outstanding Alumnus Award. He was selected for this recognition by the UPLB Alumni Association in honor of his contribution to community transformation and nation building. Cuello traveled to the Philippines to receive the award at a ceremony held October 9 during homecoming festivities.