Bumpers College Names Yearly Academic Award Winners, Ambassadors Honored

Robby Edwards

Bumpers College’s student ambassadors, who represent the college at on-campus and off-campus functions and events, were recognized at the annual Honors and Awards Reception on April 21.

Six students in four different majors from U of A’s Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences received annual academic awards from the college earlier this month.

Colin Keady, an agricultural education, communication and technology and political science double major was a double-award winner. He received the college’s Presidential Scholar award as well as the Spitze Public Policy Legislative Internship Award.

Thadeus Beekman, Tristen Avent and Shianna Brasel were named Dale Bumpers Distinguished Scholars. Beekman, in food science, is the Ph.D. recipient; Avent, in crop science, is the master’s degree winner; and Brasel, in animal science, is the undergraduate transfer honoree.

Laykin Rainbolt, an agricultural education, communication and technology and animal science double major, was presented the John W. White Outstanding Student Award.

Anna Mathis, an agricultural education, communication and technology major, with double concentrations in agricultural communications and agricultural leadership, was the Stanley E. Reed Internship Award honoree.

The college also recognized its ambassadors for 2021-22. The group represents the college at on-campus and off-campus functions and events and assists the Dean’s Office with multiple projects. This year’s group included Rainbolt (lead ambassador), Emilee Block (AECT), Cheyenne Britt (AECT), Madison Estepp (AECT), Kaitlyn Hope (food science), Emory Johnson (agricultural economics and agribusiness), Tanner King (crop science), Payton McGinnis (poultry science), Isabella McPherson (human nutrition and dietetics), Logan Moss (AECT), Isabella Norsworthy (horticulture), Golda Nunneley (apparel merchandising and product development), Kole Rector (animal science) and Haley Stanton (animal science).

They were recognized at a reception on April 21.

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A provides an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to Arkansas’ economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activity while also providing training for professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the U of A among the top 3% of U.S. colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. See how the U of A works to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

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