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K-State Department of Grain Science and Industry Holds Annual Award Banquet

Date Posted: May 8, 2014

Manhattan, KS—The sixth annual Department of Grain Science and Industry awards luncheon and banquet was held Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

The luncheon honored outstanding alumni and also the service award recipients.

There were four outstanding alumni who were recognized along with three outstanding service awardees.

Following the luncheon, a student scholarship and awards banquet took place during the evening.

Students in the Department of Grain Science and Industry were recognized for their accomplishments in the program.

Faculty and staff members recognized the contributions of undergraduate programs, graduate programs, student clubs, and faculty and staff. A full list of the awardees is below.

Outstanding Alumni Awardees:

Bill Barr

A 1967 graduate of the department in what was then called Feed Technology, Bill Barr worked both in the Shellenberger Hall feed mill and the wet chemistry laboratory, and was an active member in Alpha Mu.

Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was on active duty from 1968-1970.

Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Bill joined his father’s business, Bradley Barr and Company and became president in 1972 and the business name changed to Bill Barr and Company.

The business still operates out of Overland Park.

Barr has served as the President of the Kansas Grain and Feed Association and also served as President of the Kansas City Feed Club.

During his membership in the National Feed Ingredients Association, he served on the Board of Directors and became Chairman of the Board for 2011-2012.

He has also served on the Grain Science and Industry Advisory Council, has been appointed as Co-Chair for the College of Agriculture Vision 2025 fundraising initiative, and was named the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Awardee in the College of Agriculture.

Charlie Fahrenholz

Charles Fahrenholz and his wife, Christina moved to Kansas in 1974.

Fahrenholz enrolled in the feed science program in 1980.

He received both his master’s degree and Ph.D from the department in 1983 and 1989 respectively.

In 1992, Fahrenholz took a job at Smithkline Beecham Animal Health as Senior Investigator in the Department of Clinical Sciences.

In 1995, SBAH was purchased by Pfizer Animal Health and Fahrenholz remained there until 2002.

Currently, Fahrenholz is the Director of Global Formulation Development for the Phibro Animal Health Corporation.

He has employed both undergraduate and graduate students since 2012 and has helped to create a Phibro scholarship for undergraduate students in the Feed Science and Management program.

Dave Pfefer

Dave Pfefer was raised in Shawnee Mission, Kan., and attended K-State to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Bakery Science and Management in 1970.

During his time at the university, Pfefer was an active member in Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, and participated in bakery internships.

After graduation Pfefer worked as a sales representative for Roman Meal Milling Co., Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Watson Foods and as the General Sales Manager for Vitamin Blends at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM).

Pfefer then worked both as a Product Manager for Vitamin/Mineral Premixes and Product Category Manager for Fortification at Caravan Ingredients (now Corbion).

Currently, Pfefer is the general manager at Advanced Food Services, Inc in Lenexa, Kan. He has been the treasurer for the K-State bakery science alumni organization for over 25 years and is a member of the K-State Alumni Association.

Pfefer is also a member of the Institute of Food Technologists, American Association of Cereal Chemists and the American Society of Baking.

Venkat Reddy

Polamreddy V. Reddy was born to an agricultural family in Andhra Pradesh state, South India.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1969, master’s degree in milling science in 1982, and a Ph.D in grain sciences in 1996 from Kansas State University.

Reddy recently retired from General Mills, Inc. as senior technology manager after 16 years of service.

He joined Pillsbury in 1997 as senior principal engineer and became part of General Mills after they bought out Pillsbury.

He was awarded the Pillsbury International Division Innovation of the Year Award in 2001.

He also received the General Mills Technical Innovation Award in 2003.

Prior to his time at General Mills,. Reddy served on the faculty for the Department of Grain Science and Industry from 1989-1997.

He has also served as a consultant to USAID and the World Bank through KSU’s Food and Feed Grain Institute.

In 2012, for only the 19th time in the 116-year history of the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM), the Gold Medal Award was presented to Reddy in honor of his work in the industry as well as his countless hours of work on the revision of the IAOM correspondence course.

In 2013, Reddy was appointed adjunct professor in the Department of Grain Science and Industry and became a member of the K-State graduate faculty.

In early 2014, he became the managing technical director of the USAID-funded Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss, which is housed in the IGP Institute.

Outstanding Service Awardees:

William Nelson

William Nelson is the vice President for corporate citizenship for CHS Inc. and president of the CHS Foundation.

Under his leadership, the CHS Foundation made a $250,000 donation in support of the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center.

The CHS Foundation has provided $10,000 in annual support of the department’s study abroad trips since 2011.

As a part of a $3 million agricultural safety and health initiative, the CHS Foundation donated $500,000 to the GEAPS Foundation.

He also serves on the National Council on Farmer Cooperatives’ executive education committee and the board of directors of the National Cooperative Business Association, as well as the Minnesota Council on Economic Education.

He is a member of the Farm Foundation’s Steering Committee for A Dialogue on Food and Agriculture in the 21st Century.

He is also a founding member and chair of the board of directors of the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America.

Rene Steiner

Rene Steiner has been president of Buhler North America since 2005.

He received his mechanical engineering degree in 1972, completed the Swiss Milling School in 1977 and completed a business executive development program in 1992.

He has over 40 years of experience within Buhler.

As the chief executive officer for the North American operation, he is responsible for the long-term strategy established by the Buhler corporate office.

In support of the milling industry, he has also served on the industry advisory board of the Northern Crops Institute.

Thanks to his interest in strengthening university partnerships, the company has established the Buhler Instructor of Milling faculty position.

Additionally, Buhler pays for the tuition of a K-State milling student selected to study one semester at the Swiss Milling School.

Ron Stevenson

Ron Stevenson came to work in the Department of Grain Science and Industry in 1978 as a classified employee.

Ron worked as a mill technician for instructors, maintaining lab equipment and assisting students in undergraduate labs and graduate research projects.

He helped maintain the outdoor marquee welcoming visitors to the department as well as keeping the flowers alive around it.

There were uncountable numbers of 50 pound flour sacks that he carried out to the customers parked on the dock.

Undergraduate Student Recognition:

Outstanding Senior Awards:

Sam Cook, Feed Science and Management

Jodi Roberts, Milling Science and Management

Emily Jackson, Neal Drabbe Outstanding Bakery Science and Management Senior

Other Awards:

Sam Cook, Dr. Dick Hahn Leadership Award

Ira Parsons, Max Straube Outstanding Junior in Feed Science and Management College of Agriculture Ambassadors:

Ashley O’Neil, Bakery Science and Management

Amanda Dainton, Feed Science and Management

Karl Janke, Milling Science and Management

Emily Jackson, Bakery Science and Management

Graduate Student Recognition

Outstanding Graduate Student Awards Sponsored by Ingredion:

Abhay Patwa (MS)

Kyle Probst (PhD)

Anheuser-Busch Company Scholarship

Michael Joseph (PhD)

Rene Buhler Memorial Scholarship

Jennifer Frederick (PhD)

Cain Land and Grain Value Added Agriculture Scholarship

Johnny Wilson (PhD)

Grace Bokelman (MS)

Ming Long-Liao & Paul A. Seib Achievement Award

Yixing Zhang (PhD)

Lola Lee Jackson Animal Welfare Travel Award

Deanna Scheff (PhD) Kaliramesh Siliveru (PhD)

Majel MacMasters Memorial Award

Yadhu Guragain (PhD)

Dr. C.E. Walker International Graduate Student Fellowship

Jingwen Xu (MS) Zhenhua Sun (PhD)

Paul A. Seib Graduate Student Fellowship

Meng Xue (PhD)

K-State Alumni Association Graduate Student Award for Service & Leadership

Kyle Probst (PhD)

KSURF Stipend Supplement for Innovation Excellence

Jennifer Frederick (PhD)

Timothy R. Donoghue Graduate Student Scholarship

Orelia Dann (PhD) Deanna Scheff (PhD)

Roger Cochrane (MS)

K-State International Coordinating Council Scholarship

Yadhu Gurajain (PhD)

AACC International Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Oscar Ramos (PhD) Juhui Jeong (MS)

2013 AACC International Engineering & Processing Divison Best Student Paper Award

Pavan Harshit Manepalli (MS)

Graduate Student Council Travel Award

Abhay Patwa (MS)

USDA National Needs Graduate Student Fellowships

Jennifer Frederick (PhD)

Deanna Scheff (PhD)

Sarah Byington (MS)

Distillers Grains Technology Council (DGTC)

Kaliramesh Siliveru (PhD)

Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre Ph.D. Fellowship

Benjamin Plumier (PhD)

ASABE Section Young Member of the Year Award

Josephine Boac

PST Council Summit Travel Award

Young Hui Li

K-State Research Forum

Johnny Wilson (PhD)

2nd place in Agricultural Sciences Oral Presentation Session “Nutritional enhancement of dried distiller’s grains with solubles vis sporoboomyces roseus fermentaion” Kyle Probst (PhD)

2nd place in Agricultural Sciences Poster Session “Utilization of Hemicellulose-rich biomass feedstocks for the production of single cell oils” Jennifer Frederick (PhD)

3rd place in Interdisciplinary Oral Presentation Session “Characterizing the effectiveness of commercial heat treatments” Faculty Recognition: Commerce Bank Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award Subramanyam Bhadriraju

College of Agriculture David Mugler Teaching Award

Dave Krishock

Jim and Carol Brown Associate Professor in Feed Technology

Charles Stark

The Andersons Cereal & Oilseeds/ NC 213 Early in Career Award

Kingsly Ambrose

AACCI Board of Directors

Jon Faubion

2014 ASABE Best Paper Award

John Lawrence, Dirk Maier and Richard Stroshine

2013 Intellectual Property Disclosures:

“Granule Swelling and Starch Saccharification” Y. C. Shi and Z. Li

“Resins from Plant Oils and Their Derivatives and Applications” X. S. Sun, Y. Li and D. Wang

“Gums from Camenlina Seeds Coat and Meals” D. Wang, X.S. Sun, N. Li and G. Qi

Staff Recognition:

Department of Grain Science & Industry Classified Employee of the Year

Beverly McGee

2014 Classified Employee Meritorious Service Award

Anita McDiffett

Classified Senate President

Jan Taggart

Dr. Evangelina Villegas Excellence in Post Doctoral Research Award

Jhinuk Gupta

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