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New "Legendary Leaders" award celebrates study abroad leaders

Inaugurating a new College of Agriculture tradition, faculty and staff recently gathered to recognize a group of Legendary Leaders who have ventured abroad to enrich their teaching and research and Extension programs. According to Gerald Shively, Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA), “Over the course of their careers, these six individuals have made exceptional contributions in leading study abroad programs in the college. Their efforts have had profound impacts on countless students and they have contributed in multiple and lasting ways to our study abroad programs.”

Colleen Brady, from the Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication (ASEC), immersed herself in cultural exchanges, enhancing her understanding of agricultural communication across borders. Mark Russell, also from ASEC, forged international partnerships to advance agricultural education and outreach programs.

Mike Dana, of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture (HLA), explored diverse horticultural practices in international landscapes, bringing back innovative insights. Since 2002, Professor Dana has led a trip called In the English Landscape, which explores the links between social and political development with changing land-use patterns, environmental history, horticulture, aesthetic and ornamental designs, scientific discoveries and technological innovations. Steve Hallett, also from HLA, embarked on botanical expeditions, uncovering plant species and conservation methods across the world.

Barny Dunning, from the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR), delved into global forestry initiatives, fostering collaborations that spanned continents. Since 1996, Dunning has led trips to 12 countries, 4 Canadian provinces and over 15 states.

Liz Karcher, with the Department of Animal Sciences (ANSC), engaged in cross-cultural research, broadening perspectives on livestock management practices worldwide.

"Study abroad leaders are the architects of transformative experiences, guiding students through the maze of cultures and ideas,” said Kara Hartman, international exchange and study abroad manager. “They don't just facilitate journeys; they sculpt minds, broaden horizons and ignite passions.” 

Visit the Agriculture Study Abroad site for more information. 

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