Horticulturist recognized for his remarkable achievements
Texas A&M AgriLife Uvalde horticultural specialist Larry Stein, Ph.D., received the 2021 Distinguished Achievement Award from Texas A&M and the Association of Former Students.
Stein has been recognized for his outreach, awareness, continuing education and professional development.
The Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to faculty and staff who exhibit the highest level of excellence at Texas A&M.
Stein is a longtime AgriLife Extension horticultural specialist who is universally recognized as a world-class authority in pecan production. His contributions through applied research and educational programs have kept Texas pecan growers competitive in the market, according to the appointment.
“His love of horticulture, his desire to see people succeed in horticulture and his passion for teaching combined to make him one of the most successful people at AgriLife Extension we know,” said an industry stakeholder who nominated Stein.
In all, 25 staff, two supervisors and two teams were selected for Meritorious Service at Texas A&M. Each individual recipient receives a prize of $ 1,000, a commemorative plaque and a pin.
“We are proud of each of these faculty and staff for receiving these prestigious awards for their hard work and exemplary service on behalf of Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife,” said Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of Texas A&M AgriLife, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research.
In addition to Stein, Jennifer Strong, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, was honored for her teaching.
Strong consistently receives excellent course ratings – 4.85, which is above his department and college average. She has received seven teaching awards at Texas A&M. Its innovative teaching methods are inspired by action research coupled with interesting seminars and workshops.
“Passion is the first word students and peers use to describe Dr. Jen inside the classroom,” said one student. “His passion and knowledge of leadership theories is contagious.”
Clarice Fulton, graduate program coordinator in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, has been selected as the recipient of the President’s Meritorious Service Award 2021. According to a nominating colleague, the ethics of Fulton’s work and commitment to student success is unparalleled and she is an example of each of Aggie’s core values.
Fulton works closely with the Associate Department Head and with graduate students to ensure that classes and students are prepared for each semester. According to the appointment, she works tirelessly on behalf of graduate students, spread across the globe and in time zones from Australia to Kenya.
“Its student-centered approach to solving complex problems serves distance graduate students well,” the application read.
The foregoing information was provided by Blair Fannin, Head of Internal Communications Support at Texas A&M AgriLife.