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Ferguson celebrates honored alumni and contributors

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The 2022 Oklahoma State University Ferguson College of Agriculture Distinguished Alumni Award recipients pose for a photo.

Oklahoma State University recognized individuals who have brought distinction to the Ferguson College of Agriculture on Oct. 28.  

These 10 individuals with ties to OSU have shown a commitment to their work in agricultural sciences and natural resources.  

Recipients of the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award and Champion for OSU Agriculture Award were honored during the OSU Agriculture honors ceremony.  

The Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, along with the Ferguson College of Agriculture, OSU Extension and OSU Ag Research presented these awards.  

“The awards celebrated during OSU Ag Honors are the most prestigious honors the division can bestow on an individual,” said Thomas G. Coon, vice president and dean of OSU Agriculture. “Each and every one of our honorees demonstrate how much we depend upon collaborations and the work of others to fulfill our land-grant mission. They make us more successful in inspiring students, making new discoveries and serving our fellow Oklahomans.” 

The recipients of the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award include John Fenderson, Karen Eifert Jones, Patsiann Nix Smith, Tammy Lee, Lenny Hughes and Jeff Hilst. 

The Distinguished Alumni Award, which was established in 1983, is given to alumni whose accomplishments allow them to serve as a role model for all current and future students of the Ferguson College of Agriculture.  

Carl Whitcomb, Elizabeth Logan and Joe Williams were recognized as the recipients of the Champion for OSU Agriculture Award. 

The Champion for OSU Agriculture Award, established in 2011, is slightly different from the Distinguished Alumni Award.  

Recipients of the Champion for OSU Agriculture Award are not graduates of the Ferguson College of Agriculture, but are nonetheless recognized for the honor they have brought to the division.  

Lyndall Stout, OSU agricultural communications services director and host of the television show SUNUP, served as the master of ceremonies for the event. 

“The OSU Ag Honors ceremony is always one of my favorite nights to celebrate the incredible honorees and learn more about them through special videos telling their life stories,” Stout said. “The 2022 recipients are among an impressive group of honorees, and we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate their achievements.”  

For more information, visit the OSU Agriculture Honors page to learn about former and present recipients.