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CALS Alumni & Friends Awards

Award of Distinction

The CALS Alumni and Friends Award of Distinction is presented to UF/CALS alumni or friends in recognition of their outstanding contributions to UF, IFAS, CALS and the agricultural, natural resource, life science and related industries and professions.

Award of Distinction Nomination Information
Due Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Horizon Award

The CALS Alumni and Friends Horizon Award is presented to a UF/CALS alumnus who has completed his or her most recent UF degree within the last 10 years (since 2004). The award recognizes an individual for his or her outstanding contributions and potential as a leader in the agricultural, natural resource, life science and related industries and professions.

Horizon Award Nomination Information
Due Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

CALS Alumni and Friends Scholarship

The CALS Alumni and Friends Scholarship supports outstanding CALS undergraduate students who are involved in college, departmental or major activities. Selection is made from the the CALS Undergraduate Scholarship Application. The annual TailGATOR silent auction as well as individual donations support this scholarship endowment.

Awards Recipients Listing

  • Current Award Recipients
    • 2013 Award of Distinction

      Andy Andreasen Andy Andreasen
      BSA '74 Animal science
      MAG'82 Ag & Extension Education

      Numerous panhandle farmers and ranchers credit the success of their operations to Andy Andreasen.

      He received his training at UF and began working for Extension in 1983. Andreasen had a distinguished career in both Jackson and Washington counties, establishing the Northwest Florida Beef Production Conference and pioneering the UF/IFAS Beef Cattle Reproduction Management Schools. He is passionate about working with youth and coached numerous livestock and meats judging teams, giving young people the life skills they need to pursue careers in agriculture, veterinary medicine, human medicine and law.

      Following retirement in 2012, Andreasen returned to his 98-year-old family farm to carry on a cow-calf operation, enjoy nature and do a little fishing. He resides in Marianna with his wife Jenny and was nominated by Shepard D. Eubanks.

      Arlen Jumper Arlen n. jumper
      BSA '53 animal husbandry and horticulture

      Attending UF on a football scholarship, Arlen Jumper received his bachelor's degree in 1953. After spending three years in the U.S. Navy, he returned and received his master's degree in 1958.

      Jumper has been a leader in Florida agriculture for more than 50 years, having worked in the citrus, peach, timber, pasture and sod industries in Marion, Alachua, Lake, Polk, Orange, Martin and Palm Beach counties. He has been a major cooperator with IFAS in testing new varieties of grasses as well as new materials and methods for control of insects, weeds and diseases. Jumper has been instrumental in providing funds for research in turf through serving as director of Florida Turf Grass and Florida Sod Growers Co-op, both major contributors to IFAS Research

      Jumper was inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2003. He resides in Ft. McCoy with his wife Celete and was nominated by T. Richard Barber, Jr.

      2013 Horizon Award

      Kelly Padgett MosleyKelly Padgett Mosley
      BSA '04 Agricultural education and communication

      Raised on a 5th generation family farm, Kelly Padgett Mosley has been an ambassador for agriculture her whole life. While pursuing her bachelor's degree at UF, Mosley served as a CALS Ambassador, Block and Bridle President and Gator Collegiate CattleWomen Vice President.

      After graduating, Mosley began working for the Clay County School District where she has served as career and technical education specialist since 2008. Mosley never misses an opportunity to promote CALS, taking students to her local CALS Gator Gathering and arranging campus visits. Most notably, she organized and implemented the Clay County Agriscience College and Career Fair to expose students to college and career opportunities.

      Mosley serves on the board of directors for Clay County Farm Bureau, Clay County 4-H Foundation and Clay County Cattlemen. Mosley and her husband are opening the Amazing Grace Crop Maze in their hometown of Green Cove Springs in October. She was nominated by Bridget Carlisle.

      Crystal Kelts Snodgrasscrystal kelts snodgrass
      BSA '03 entomology and nematology
      Ms' 05 entomology and nematology

      Like many CALS students, Crystal Kelts Snodgrass' initial aspiration was to attend medical school; however, an internship with Bayer CropScience opened her eyes to a whole new world. She served as a CALS Ambassador and received bachelor's and master's degrees in entomology and nematology.

      Snodgrass began her role as the Manatee County Vegetable Extension Agent in 2008. Some of her major impacts include coordinating the annual "Farm City Week Farm Tour," educating approximately 150 citizens per year on the importance of agriculture and working closely with vegetable growers to provide them with the latest fertilizer strategies. Surveys show that Manatee County growers have reduced fertilizer rates by an average of 80 lb/acre, resulting in total savings of more than $1.1 million dollars and a reduction of approximately 1.6 million pounds of nitrogen fertilizer applied in the environment.

      Snodgrass resides with her husband John in Wimauma and was nominated by Monica Ozores-Hampton, Ph.D.

  • Award of Distinction Recipients
    • Award of Distinction Winners

      Year Name Hometown
      2013 Arland Andreasen, Jr., BSA '74, MAG '82 Marianna
      Arlen N. Jumper, BSA '53, MAG '58 Ft. McCoy
      2012 Richard Barber, BSA '61 Ocala
      Wayne H. Smith, BSA '60 Melrose
      2011 Chuck Allison, BSA '78, MS '81 Orlando
      Don Quincey Chiefland
      2010 Victor "Frankie" Hall, Jr., BSA '79 Gainesville
      John "Jack" Vogel, BSF '69 San Antonio
      Paul K. Willis, BSA '83 Tifton, GA
      2009 Donald T. Bennink Bell
      Carrol Wayne Hawkins, BSA '60 Orlando
      H. Ed Jowers, BSA '64, MS '78 Marianna
      2008 Sherwood "Buddy" Johnson, BA '66, MA '68 Fort Pierce
      2007 Kathleen R. Eubanks, BS '75, MAG '81 Micanopy
      The Hon. Oma "Rick" Minton, Jr., BSA '72, MAMRD '73 Fort Pierce
      2006 *William "Pat" Cockrell, BSA '68
      Louis E. "Woody" Larson, Jr., BSA '73 Okeechobee
      2005 W. Bernard "Bernie" Lester, BSA '61, MSA '62 Labelle
      Frank "Sonny" Williamson, Jr., BSA '50 Okeechobee
      2004 Martha Rhodes Roberts Tallahassee
      Eleanor M. Green, BSA '00 Millican, TX
      2003 Neal Palmer "Pal" Brooks, BSA '61 Homestead
      Gale A. Buchanan, BSA '59, MSA '62 Adel, GA
      2002 *The Hon. Doyle E. Conner, Sr., BSA '52  
      Hugh M. English, BSA '58 Labelle
      2001 Reginald "Reggie" Brown, BSA '69, MSA '73 Oviedo
      *Sidney P. Marshall, BS '38
      2000 The Hon. Bert J. Harris, Jr., BSA '43 Lake Placid
      *Fred Y. Montsdeoca, BSPEH '51
      1999 Louis E. "Red" Larson Okeechobee
      Carl B. Loop, Jr., BSA '49 Jacksonville
      1998 *B. E. "Barney" Greene, Jr., BSA '47  
      John Clover "Jack" Norris, BSA '56 Palm City
      Norman Todd, BSA '54 Labelle
      1997 Charles "Chip" Hinton, III, BSA '69, MSA '71, Ph.D. '72 Brandon
      Larry K. Jackson, MSA '63, Ph.D. '72 Auburndale
      *Richard F. Kelly, BSA '60, M.Ed. '63


  • Horizon Award Recipients
    • Horizon Awards

      Year Name Hometown
      2013 Kelly Padgett Mosley, BSA '04 Green Cove Springs
      Crystal Snodgrass, BSA '03, MS '05 Palmetto
      2012 James T. DeValerio, BSF '81, MS '10 Starke
      Brian Estevez, BSA '04, MS '07 Live Oak
      2011 Cindy Sanders, BSA '91, MS '05 Micanopy
      Jim Spratt, BSA '01 Tallahassee
      2010 Bridget Carlisle, BSA '95, MAG '05 Highland City
      Gillian Folkes Dagan, BSA '00, Ph.D. '04 Gainesville
      2009 Sharon Spann Spratt, BSA '00, MS '02 Tallahassee
      2008 Emily Eckhardt Eubanks, BSA '01, MS '04 Micanopy
      2007 E. James Stice, BSA '97 Highland City
      2006 Erin Freel, BSA '96 Weirsdale
      2005 Anita Arvind Dhople, BSA '92, MD '96 Melbourne
      *Mason G. Smoak, BSA '97
      2003 The Hon. Adam H. Putnam, BS '95 Bartow


  • CALS Alumni and Friends Scholarship Recipients
    • CALS Alumni and Friends Winners

      Year Name
      2012 Daniel Leckie, Agricultural Education & Communication
      Katelyn Malin, Animal Sciences
      2011 Christine Johns, BSA '12 Horticultural Science
      Alexandra Rozin, BSA '12 Soil & Water Science
      2010 Sarahlynne Guerrero, BSA '11 Entomology & Nematology
      2009 Benjamin Anderson, BSA '10 Entomology & Nematology
      Zachary Hirsch, BSA '10 Microbiology & Cell Science
      Christopher Marth, BSA '11 Microbiology & Cell Science
      2008 Kristin Harrison, BSA '10 Animal Sciences
      2007 Alexander King, AA '09 Biology
      2006 Jamie Eisenberg, BSA '07 Family, Youth & Community Sciences
      2005 Matthew Fournier, BSA '07 Microbiology & Cell Science
      2004 Jason Beutke, BSA '07 Food & Resource Economics
      2003 Elizabeth Raburn, BSA '04, MS '05 Agricultural Education & Communication
      2002 Joshua Brown, BSA '03 Agricultural Education & Communication
      2001 Kyle Hudson, BSA '02 Agricultural Education & Communication
      2000 Christina (Fulford) Bosse, BSA '01 Plant Sciences
      1999 Ralph Yoder, BSA '01 Food & Resource Economics
      1998 John Eubanks, BSA '00 Agricultural Operations Management
      Amanda (McKoy) Huber, BSA '92 Agronomy, MAG '02 Agricultural Education & Communication
      Ronald Pearl, BSA '96, MAB '00 Food & Resource Economics
      1997 William Farmer, BSA '98 Animal Sciences

  • NAADA Awards Recipients
    • NAADA Awards Recipients

      The National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association provides education and support for professionals, volunteers and student leaders who are dedicated to expanding the human resources and financial support for land-grant colleges of agricultural sciences and related programs.

      Volunteer Service Award

      Year Name Hometown
      2010 Charles "Chip" Hinton, III Brandon
      2006 Roger Scarborough Gainesville
      2004 K. Scott Emerson Bell
      2002 Kevin Huesman Lake City
      2000 George Pickhardt Venice
      1998 Bruce Christmas, Sr. Cottondale

      Jane Longley-Cook Volunteer Service Award

      Year Name Hometown
      2006 Kevin Huesman Lake City

      Ruby C. McSwain Outstanding Philanthropist Award

      Year Name Hometown
      2010 Joel and Shirley Wahlberg Houston, TX

      Professional Achievement Award

      Year Name Hometown
      2000 Paul Willis Tifton, GA

      NAADA Founders Distinguished Service Award

      Year Name Hometown
      2008 Paul Willis Tifton, GA



Richard Barber, BSA ’61, was recognized with the CALS Alumni and Friends Award of Distinction

Kelly Padgett Mosley, BSA '04, was recognized with the CALS Alumni and Friends Horizon Award at the 2013 UF/IFAS Dinner of Distinction.