Four alumni of West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design were recently honored at the College Alumni Association’s annual banquet.
H. Stephen “Steve” Conrad, Sam Tuckwiller and Jean Woloshuk received the Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Nathan Taylor received the Young Distinguished Alumni Award.
Profiles of the honorees:
H. Stephen “Steve” Conrad, a native of Pendleton County, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry in 1964. After graduation he entered the pilot training program of the U.S. Navy where he served as a fighter pilot from 1964 to 1974. Conrad returned to the family farm in 1974 and has been an innovator and leader within the agricultural community of West Virginia. Conrad Farms received Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.’s 2003 Environmental Stewardship Award for outstanding commitment to environmental practices. In 2008 the farm was recognized by the West Virginia Poultry Association as its Environmental Award winner.
Sam Tuckwiller, a native of Lewisburg, W.Va., earned a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from WVU in 1956. He is a lifetime farmer and now farms in partnership with his two sons. He contributed to the college research program by supporting research in reproductive physiology and management of sheep for many years. Tuckwiller represented the West Virginia Beef Industry Council as a beef director on the National Livestock and Meat Board, also serving as vice-chairman and chairman of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee and on the Research Product Technology, Promotion, Executive, Food Service, and Market Research Committees, Oversight Task Force, and Beef Healthcare and Education subcommittees. In 2008 he was inducted into the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame.
Jean Woloshuk earned a bachelor of science and master’s degree in agriculture from WVU in 1976 and 1977, respectively. She earned a doctorate of education in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in agricultural education from WVU in 1988. For more than 34 years, Woloshuk has been a tireless advocate for lifelong learning and remains dedicated to improving the quality of life of those she serves. Her hard work and dedicated efforts have benefitted many youth and adults across the state and nation. She is invested in the University, WVU Extension Service, and her work.
Nathan Taylor earned a bachelor of science in agriculture with an emphasis in agricultural and environmental education from WVU in 2005. In 2006 he earned a master of science in agricultural and environmental education. He served as state president of the West Virginia FFA Association. Upon completing his master’s, Taylor was employed as and agricultural science teacher at Wirt County High School in Elizabeth, W.Va. During his brief teaching career, Taylor distinguished himself as one of the best in the classroom. His success led to his present position as coordinator for agriculture, science and natural resources with the West Virginia Department of Education, where he also serves as State FFA Executive Secretary.
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