140th Anniversary Celebration & Faculty Awards

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Written by Alanna Pot

The Ontario Agricultural College celebrated its 140th anniversary by hosting an event filled with entertainment, refreshments and conversations among friends.

On September 18th, alumni, staff, students, faculty and friends attended a celebration to honour 140 years of OAC’s established excellence.

Guests had the opportunity to connect with each other over a glass of Aggie Spirit beer and enjoy the “140 Faces of OAC” posters set up throughout the room. The “140 Faces of OAC” project, designed to capture the diversity of people who make up the identity of OAC and its history, was released online the day of the celebration. It features profiles of OAC staff, faculty, students, alumni and historical figures.

Rob Gordon, Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College, welcomed everyone as part of a short program. He highlighted the fact that the OAC is what it is today because of its people. Gordon thanked everyone involved in the celebration, whether it was by planning, donating or attending, as “The strength of OAC has always been and always will be its people”. Photos from the event are available online here.

As part of the celebration four faculty members were presented with the 2014 OAC Alumni Association and Foundation faculty awards.

Professor Andy Robinson from the Department of Poultry and Animal Science was awarded with the OAC Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award for his expertise in the scholarship of learning and teaching. Robinson is caring, responsive and effective in the classroom and has been instrumental in the new Educational Leadership in Teaching Excellence program at the university.

Rob Gordon and Clint Buttar present Prof. Andy Robinson with framed award
L to R: OAC Dean Rob Gordon, Prof. Andy Robinson and Clint Buttar of the OAC Alumni Association

The 2014 OAC Alumni Association Distinguished Researcher Award was presented to Professor Claudia Wagner-Riddle of the School of Environmental Sciences. She was recognized for both her fundamental and applied research on greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural fields and livestock operations and the mitigation of those gases.  Wagner-Riddle has published 53 research papers and six book chapters, and also commits time to the scientific community in various ways. Her ability to balance commitments while maintaining a high standard of research is commendable.

Rob Gordon and Clint Buttar present Claudia Wagner-Riddle with framed award
L to R: OAC Dean Rob Gordon, Prof. Claudia Wagner-Riddle and Clint Buttar of the OAC Alumni Association

Professor Jay Subramanian received the OAC Alumni Association Distinguished Extension Award for his work in the Department of Plant Agriculture. Subramanian has been instrumental in the release of several new improved cultivars of tender fruit at the Vineland Research Station. He participates in extension activities in the local community as a key member in the Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair Committee, as well as the global community by successfully implementing a post-harvest project in India and Sri Lanka to reduce food waste from post-harvest problems.

Rob Gordon and Clint Buttar present Jay Subramanian with framed award
L to R: OAC Dean Rob Gordon, Prof. Jay Subramanian and Clint Buttar of the OAC Alumni Association

Lastly, the OAC Alumni Foundation G.P. McRostie Faculty Award was presented to Professor Steve Marshall of the School of Environmental Sciences. Marshall is a world-renowned entomologist specializing in the taxonomy and systematics of flies. He has influenced the professional landscape of insect taxonomists across North America because of his role as an advisor and mentor. He is encouraging, supportive, and gives students the confidence to succeed with their work making him a very effective advisor.

Rob Gordon and Brian Little present Prof. Steve Marshall with framed award
L to R: OAC Dean Rob Gordon, Prof. Steve Marshall and Brian Little of the OAC Alumni Foundation

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