Annual ALES Awards celebrate staff and faculty

Teaching Hall of Fame also adds 2017 members

Helen Metella - 12 December 2017

Christmas cheer plus peer recognition were handed out at the annual ALES Awards and holiday celebration Dec. 11, as members of the staff and faculty received faculty awards and the 2017 inductees to the Teaching Wall of Fame were named.

"It's a chance to give each other some sense of the many accomplishments in our faculty, as we recognize and congratulate all the recipients," said Stan Blade, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, at the event held in the ALES Atrium.

Here is the complete list of awardees:

  • The Ed and Peggy Tyrchniewicz Award for Innovation in Teaching went to Anne Bissonnette, a professor material culture studies.
  • Animal science researcher Michael Dyck received the NACTA Certificate for Merit in Teaching.
  • The ALES Faculty Teaching Award went to poultry researcher Martin Zuidhof.
  • Brent Swallow, a professor of environment and development economics, received the International Engagement Award.
  • David Olefeldt, the Campus Alberta Innovates Program chair in Wetland Restoration and Catchment Management, took home the research and innovation award.
  • Agnes Pieracci, the faculty's financial administrator, received a distinguished service award.

    The Teaching Wall of Fame named these instructors to its ranks in 2017:

  • From the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science: Dan Barreda, Clover Bench, Edward Bork, Michael Dyck, Anna Farmer, Leanna Grenwich, Linda Hall, Vera Mazurak, Carla Prado, Frank Robinson, Stephen Strelkov, Feral Temelli and Craig Wilkinson.
  • From the Department of Human Ecology: Vlada Blinova, Kathryn Chandler and Matt Johnson.
  • From the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology: Ellen Goddard, Jodie Hierlmeier, Martin Luckert and James Rude.
  • From the Department of Renewable Resources: John Acorn, Rene Belland, Mike Bokalo, Scott Nielsen, William Shotyk and Janusz Zwiazek.

Also, Murphy, a Labradoodle owned by recruiter Jillian Pratt, was on hand to meet the ALES staff and faculty who he intends to periodically assist with licks and love, now that he's a wellness animal fully certified by CAAWLS (Chimo Animal Assisted Wellness and Learning Society). Stay tuned for dates that Murphy will be in the ALES Student Admissions office for cuddles.

Congratulations to all!