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Friday, April 22, 2016/Author: James Patterson/Number of views (1370)/Comments (0)/
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Former Purdue Dean of Agriculture & AZ Alum Vic Lechtenberg Honored

AZ alum Vic Lechtenberg (Nebraska chapter) has received the Order of the Griffin, one of the highest honors bestowed by Purdue University to individuals whose commitment and service to the university go well beyond the call of duty and whose strength and vision have greatly benefited the institution. 

When he retired in March 2015, Lechtenberg was director of the Center for Purdue Regional Development and special assistant to President Mitch Daniels. 

After earning his doctorate at Purdue, Lechtenburg joined the Purdue faculty as crop science professor. He went on to served as dean of agriculture (1993-2004), and vice provost for engagement (2004-11). He twice was called on fill vacancies on an interim basis while searches were underway for provost and vice president for government relations. 

"Lechtenberg served under six Purdue presidents and knows the university and the state of Indiana better than almost anyone," said Purdue Trustee John Hardin, who is also a Farm Foundation Trustee. "I would be hard-pressed to find any Indiana leader more respected and appreciated than is Vic." 
Wednesday, November 4, 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1802)/Comments (0)/
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Frederick Drummond Inducted Into OSU Hall of Fame

The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association is excited to announce the induction of Frederick F. Drummond into the OSU Hall of Fame on Friday, February 13, at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

Induction into the OSU Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by Oklahoma State University. It recognizes alumni and former students with outstanding lifetime achievements in society and professional life.

Frederick F. Drummond of Pawhuska, Okla., graduated from Oklahoma A&M College in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. He currently handles operations of the Fred G. Drummond Family Ranches.

While at OAMC, Drummond was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Blue Key Honor Society, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma, Alpha Zeta Agricultural Student Honor Society, ROTC and was a Top 10 graduate. From 1953 to 1955 he served in the United States Artillery before earning his MBA from Stanford University in 1957.
Friday, May 15, 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (3347)/Comments (0)/
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James Patterson Greets Humanitarian Tom Arnold

AZ alumni and Auburn University graduate James Patterson, an agricultural economist and diplomat, meets Irish agricultural economist and humanitarian Tom Arnold, at the Helen Keller International 9th annual Spirit of Helen Keller Gala in New York, May 2014. Arnold was recipient of the Helen Keller Humanitarian Award for his international relief work. Arnold currently serves as Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin. 


Patterson, a resident of East Central Alabama, has a lifelong admiration of Helen Keller, born with multiple disabilities including blindness and deafness in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She became an international advocate for the disabled and President John F. Kennedy awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Keller, who died in 1968, founded Helen Keller International in 1915 to prevent blindness and reduce malnutrition.  The play and film "The Miracle Worker" is based on Keller's life of challenge and and international accomplishment. For more information on Helen Keller International, see (Photo courtesy Helen Keller International.)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1520)/Comments (0)/
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Former Tyson Executive Buddy Wray Named to Arkansas Business Hall of Fame

Former Tyson Executive Buddy Wray Named to Arkansas Business Hall of FameThe Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame Board announced Thursday four inductees who will join the Arkansas Hall of Fame in 2015, and Donald “Buddy” Wray (Arkansas AZ Chapter), a former Tyson Foods Inc. executive, is one of them.  Wray was president of the Springdale-based company from 1991 until he retired in 2000, and he served on its board of directors ...
Tuesday, October 28, 2014/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (1299)/Comments (0)/
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Dave Drennan Awarded ASA Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Soybean Association (ASA) recognized Dave Drennan with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual ASA Banquet at Commodity Classic earlier this year. The award honors individuals who have provided outstanding leadership and dedication to ASA and helped further the interests of soybean farmers. Dave Drennan from Chesterfield, Mo. was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award – Membership Focus. Drennan started his career with ASA in 1975 as newsletter editor. He was named ...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (1256)/Comments (0)/
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AZ Centennial Honor Roll Member Jim Thrift Honored

JIM THRIFT, KEN MANNING HONORED BY AG RETAILERS ASSNDec. 13, 2012Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) reports: ARA presented two awards to recognize specific individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry at its annual conference held last week in San Diego. Jim Thrift Receives the Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award ARA was pleased to present this year's Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award to ARA's former Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2012/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (1269)/Comments (0)/
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AZ Foundation Past President, Larry Groce, Named Global Industries VP

Global Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce that Larry L. Groce has been appointed Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Accounts. According to Doug Fargo, President and CFO for Global Industries, "We are pleased that Larry has accepted this position, and look forward to having him on our sales and marketing team. Larry brings more than thirty years of experience in sales, marketing and business development, in both the domestic and international markets. ...
Monday, August 13, 2012/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (1124)/Comments (0)/
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AZ Alumni Named AgChat Foundation's First Executive Director

Emily Zweber (South Dakota, '02) will become the AgChat Foundation's first executive director. The nonprofit AgChat Foundation (ACF) educates and equips farmers with the skills needed to effectively tell their story on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, LinkedIn and other social media services.Zweber, an organic dairy farmer from Elko, Minn., known to many as @ezweber on Twitter, will focus on furthering ACF's mission of connecting farmers to diverse audiences via social media platforms. She ...
Friday, December 16, 2011/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (1177)/Comments (0)/
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AZ Centennial Honor Roll Member to Retire

Jim Thrift, Vice President of Regulatory Policy & Corporate Relations at Agricultural Retailers Association, officially retires at the end of this calendar year.Thrift has dedicated 40 years of service to the agriculture industry.The individuals who entertained the crowd at Thrift's retirement 'Roast & Toast' celebration included Karen Soule, a past coworker from American Cyanamid; Bryan Gentsch with Association Strategies; Scott Rawlins with Wilbur-Ellis, and Bill Rowland with BASF.During ...
Friday, December 16, 2011/Author: Alpha Zeta/Number of views (1354)/Comments (0)/
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