West Virginia University’s chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture, recently recognized students, faculty, alumni and friends at its annual initiation and awards banquet.

The chapter honored professors and alumni for their work with awards of merit and distinguished service. Twelve students from the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design were presented outstanding sophomore, junior, senior and service and leadership awards.

H. Steven “Steve” Conrad, a WVU alumnus and Pendleton County native, received the Distinguished Service to West Virginia Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design Award.

After graduating in 1964 with a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry, Conrad served as a Navy fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. He completed 129 combat missions and was awarded several citations for his service.

He returned to West Virginia in 1974 and has been an innovator and leader within the agricultural community for the last 38 years. His farm operation consists of 1,350 acres; he manages a herd of 200 cows and calves and also 76,000 turkeys under contract with Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative, a beef feedlot, 275 acres of corn, 80 acres of soybeans, and 175 acres of hay where he has implemented sound environmental and best management practices.

In addition to Conrad, Tom Basden, extension specialist, was recognized for Distinguished Service to the West Virginia Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta; Joseph Morton, professor of plant pathology, received the Senior Faculty Award of Merit; Yong-Lak Park, assistant professor of entomology, received the Junior Faculty Award of Merit; Debra Friend, Braxton County extension agent, received the Extension Faculty Award of Merit; and Rudolph P. Almasy, interim dean of the Davis College, received the Non-Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design Award of Merit.

The following students received the chapters Outstanding Sophomore Awards: Caitlin Shields, an interior design major from Princeton, W.Va., and Michelle Williams, an agribusiness management and rural development major from Middlebourne, W.Va.

Students who received the Outstanding Junior Awards were: Angela Martinez, an animal and nutritional sciences major from Twinsburg, Ohio; Kaylee Purpura, a biochemistry major from Proctor, W.Va.; Karina Walker, a human nutrition and foods from Grantsville, Md.; and Adam Younis, an animal and nutritional sciences major from Charleston, W.Va.

Students recognized with the Outstanding Senior Awards were: Brittany Bowman, an agricultural and extension education major from Walkersville, Md.; Amy Burt, an agribusiness management and rural development and mining engineering major from Salem, Ohio; Donald Gilbert, a wildlife and fisheries resources major from Greenville, Ohio; Katrina Lawrence, a wildlife and fisheries resources major from Carmichaels, Pa.; and Ashlee Martin, a wildlife and fisheries resources major from Perryopolis, Pa.

Students receiving Gamma Sigma Delta’s Student Service/Leadership Awards were Amy Burt and Rachel Manning, an agricultural and extension education major from Huntingtown, Md.

The WVU chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta is based in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. The honorary has welcomed more than 1,800 students, alumni and faculty since the chapter’s inception in 1959.

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CONTACT: Lindsay Willey; Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
*304.293.2381; Lindsay.Willey@mail.wvu.edu

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