Outreach and Engagement Awards
The College of Agriculture PK-12 Council's Outreach and Engagement Awards were established to recognize, reward, and celebrate faculty and staff involved in successful outreach and engagement activities and to encourage the improvement and expansion of those activities. In 2016, there were 12 excellent nominations, exhibiting the tremendous work in the College of Agriculture expanding the pool of students interested in, and prepared for, careers in food, agricultural, life, and natural resource sciences.
The Purdue College of Agriculture's PK-12 Council selected three winners of the 2017 PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Awards. The Indiana Council for Economic Education (ICEE) team of Jeff Sanson, JW Fansler, and Shelly Surber received the PK-12 Excellence Staff Award, Bryan Pijanowski received the PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award, and Roger Tormoehlen received the PK-12 Sustained Faculty Impact Award. Each recipient received a reward of $5,000 to expand and improve their PK-12 Engagement activities in order to increase impact.
Jeff Sanson, JW Fansler, and Shelly Surber are each members
of the Indiana Council for Economic Education (ICEE) team in the Department of
Agricultural Economics. The ICEE team promotes and supports learning opportunities
in economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship for K-12 students across
Indiana. Approximately 10,743 students in grades K-12 directly participated in
ICEE student programs in 2016.
Faculty Impact Award
Bryan Pijanowski is Professor of Forestry and Natural
Resources and Director of Center for Global Soundscapes. He innovatively
developed and pilot-tested an interactive film experience via iMax medium to
engage over 200 blind and visually impaired children to learn and experience
ecology. He developed a mobile phone application, informal curriculum, and
interactive website to extend learning beyond the interactive film experience.
The film will be released to 16 science museums across the United States and
Faculty Impact Award
Roger Tormoehlen is a Professor in Agricultural and
Biological Engineering, and Youth Development and Agricultural Education. Since
1989, he has developed curricula that has been accessed via printed manuals
(over 175,000 copies), electronic-based media (over 27,000 sold/downloads), and
web resources (nearly 155,00 unique visitors accessed over 2.2 million site
pages). He developed precollege workshops to engage over 1,200 youth to
experience engineering and technology. He has shared outcomes of his PK-12
activities in numerous journal articles and conference presentations.
2016 PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Award Winners
PK-12 Excellence Staff Award - John Cavaletto
PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award - Dr. Rod Williams
PK-12 Sustained Faculty Impact Award - Dr. Tom Turpin