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.


2017 Outreach and Engagement Award Winners
2017 Excellence Staff Award

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.

2017 Emerging 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 Canada.

2017 Sustained 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​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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