17 Faculty and Staff Honored at Spring 2024 Awards Celebration

April 24, 2024

Teams, researchers, and business staff among the honorees at April 23 hybrid ceremony.

Congratulations to all the award recipients honored at the hybrid ALVSCE Awards Celebration on April 23, 2024!

Cooperative Extension Faculty of the Year Award
Ayman Mostafa, Maricopa County Cooperative Extension

Early Career Research Award
Aaron Lien, Natural Resources and the Environment

Eminent Researcher Award
Markus Tuller, Environmental Science

Outstanding Staff Awards
Jennifer Gardner Smith, Extension Administration
Kristen Vann, Southern Arizona Experiment Station

Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award
Belinda Oden, Extension Administration

Outstanding Staff in Research Award
Rachel Crookston, Research Administration

Outstanding Team Award
Arizona Livestock Incident Response Team (ALIRT), Cooperative Extension: Betsy Greene, Debbie Reed, Ashley Wright, Nate Brawley, Ashley Hall, Anita Thompson, Juan Arias, Trent Teegerstrom, Andrew Brischke, Kim McReynolds

Special guest Cindy Davis (University of Arizona Life and Work Connections) recognized more than 12 ALVSCE teams from across the state who participated in the 8-week MOVE ARIZONA workplace movement initiative, which concluded on April 23. Competing in this year's MOVE ARIZONA program were teams from Career and Academic Services, Pinal County Cooperative Extension, the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, ALVSCE Administration, Cochise County Cooperative Extension, Gila County Cooperative Extension, Pinal County Cooperative Extension, and the Norton School of Human Ecology. Congratulations to all teams for completing the program!

Davis, an alumnus of the School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness, also thanked the staff and faculty who have volunteered as Wellness Ambassadors for their departments, including Taylor Grogg (Division Business Services), who shared more about what it means to serve in this capacity.


A special thank you to the Disability Resource Center for providing real-time CART captioning for in-person guests and those participating via Zoom.