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CALS Alumni & Friends Awards

Click here to nominate an individual for the CALS Alumni and Friends Award of Distinction or the CALS Alumni and Friends Horizon Award. Nominations are due Dec.1.

Nominated individuals who meet eligibility criteria will be invited to complete an application for the Award of Distinction or Horizon Award. Individuals may also self-nominate by completing an application for the Award of Distinction or Horizon Award. Applications are due Feb. 1.

All applicants will be notified of their selection status in April 2017.

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.

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 2007). 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.

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

  • 2016 Award Recipients
    • 2016 Award of Distinction

      BSA '56 agricultural education

      Wherever he has served and in whatever he has accomplished, Bill Gunter has always strived to enhance the agricultural industry, the University of Florida, IFAS, and, specifically, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

      Bill's connection to agriculture began early. He was raised on a dairy farm near Live Oak and was active in FFA, serving as chapter president, state vice president, and the organization's national president in 1954-55.

      An agricultural education major, Bill served as the managing editor of the Florida Alligator student newspaper and was inducted into Florida Blue Key and the University of Florida Hall of Fame. Following college, he spent two years in the U.S. Army before returning to Florida. After a year spent teaching, Bill joined the insurance business.

      In 1966, Bill was elected to the State Senate where he served until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972. In 1975, he left Washington to return to Florida where he was elected State Insurance Commissioner, Treasurer and Fire Marshal, a Cabinet position he held for 12 years.

      Bill's numerous honors include UF's Stephen C. O'Connell Distinguished Service Award and the Florida FFA Hall of Fame. He has been a strong supporter of UF, IFAS and the college both through talking to prospective students about opportunities in agriculture and financially. Bill resides in Tallahassee with his wife Kathy. He was nominated by The Hon. J. Wayne Mixson.

      2016 Horizon Award

      ashley hughes
      bsa '06 food and resource economics, MS '08 animal sciences

      As many freshmen do, Ashley Hughes began her journey at the University of Florida as a pre-veterinary medicine student. She found a part-time job at the UF Dairy Nutrition Lab which cultivated her love of cattle nutrition and science and her career path quickly changed directions.

      An undergraduate degree in Food and Resource Economics provided a business background which is complimented by her master's program in Animal Sciences. She was an active member of Gator Collegiate CattleWomen, Dairy Science Club, Agricultural and Life Sciences College Council, and Animal Sciences Graduate Student Association.

      Ashley began her professional career with the Georgia Cattlemen's Association and Georgia Beef Board, but returned to Florida when offered the opportunity to work for the Florida Beef Council and Florida Cattlemen's Association.

      Outside of her time with the Florida Beef Council, Ashley volunteers with the UF Animal Sciences Department and raises awareness for Parents Project for Muscular Dystrophy, specifically as a part of the Sam Strong Team, with Run for Our Sons. Last January, she represented Sam Strong while completing the Dopey Challenge during the Disney World Marathon Weekend, running four races in four days for a total of 48.6 miles.

      Ashley is a rising star in the Florida agriculture industry. She was nominated by Woody Larson and Don Quincey.

  • Award of Distinction Recipients
    • Award of Distinction recipients

      Year Name Hometown
      2016 Bill Gunter, BSA '56 Tallahassee
      2015 Henry P. Davis, BSA '50 Perry
        Jesse Godbold, BSE '63 Green Cove Springs
      2014 Ernest A. Sellers, BSA '59 Live Oak
        Roger L. West, BSA '68, MS '70 Gainesville
      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 Award Recipients

      Year Name Hometown
      2016 Ashley Hughes, BSA '06, MS '08 Saint Cloud
      2015 Keri Milligan Sidle, BSA '10 Plymouth, MN
      2014 D. Flint Johns, BSA '04, MAB '06 Okeechobee
        Luis F. Martinez, BSA '05, MS '07 Jacksonville
      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
      2016 Jonathan Heavner, Agricultural Education and Communication
      2015 Alexandra Lemus, BSA '15 Animal Sciences
      2014 Weier Liu, BSA '15 Biology
        Meagan Lamothe, BSA '15 Food Science and Human Nutrition
      2013 Kendra Harmon, BSA '14 Food Science & Human Nutrition
      2012 Daniel Leckie, BSA '13 Agricultural Education & Communication
      Katelyn Malin, BSA '13 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

Keri Milligan Sidle, BSA '10, was recognized with the CALS Alumni and Friends Horizon Award at the 2015 UF/IFAS Dinner of Distinction.