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Alumni Honored with Outstanding Alumni Award

Posted: November 30, 2011

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored seven of its graduates with 2011 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni.

The recognition ceremony was held at the Nittany Lion Inn on October 21, view pictures from the event.  

The Penn State graduates named Outstanding Alumni are Carlos Aguilar, John Graham Sr., Larry Hull, Renfu Lu, Laurence Moore, and Michael Nolan. Jennifer (Flinchbaugh) Beidel was named Outstanding Recent Alumna, an award that honors alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years. 

-- Carlos Aguilar, who in 1993 earned his doctorate in food science, is the director of global research and development operations for Latin America at Mead Johnson Nutrition, a global leader in pediatric nutrition.

-- John Graham Sr., who graduated with a degree in animal nutrition in 1953 after serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II, is a retired head cattle buyer for Swift & Co. He is co-founder of First National Bank of Missouri in Lee's Summit.

-- Larry Hull, who graduated in 1977 with a doctoral degree in agriculture, is a Penn State professor emeritus in the Department of Entomology. He retired from the University in June 2011. While on the faculty, Hull attracted more than $10 million in research grants for development of integrated pest management programs for deciduous fruit systems.

-- Renfu Lu, who graduated in 1990 with a doctorate in agricultural engineering, is a supervisory research agricultural engineer and research leader with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service Sugar Beet and Bean Research Unit. He is a leading expert in sensors and sensing for food-quality assessment and has made significant contributions to spectral imaging and spectroscopic technologies for food-quality inspection.

-- Laurence Moore, who earned a master's degree in 1961 in plant pathology and a doctorate in 1965, is a professor emeritus of plant pathology at Virginia Tech. He has received teaching and service awards from his department, college, university and professional societies/organizations. His research involved disease physiology and air pollution.

-- Michael Nolan, who received his bachelor's degree in rural sociology in 1965, a master's degree in 1967 and a doctorate in 1970, is a retired professor at the University of Missouri. He served for 16 years as the director of the Division of Applied Social Sciences in that university's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

-- Jennifer (Flinchbaugh) Beidel, who graduated in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in animal sciences and graduated summa cum laude from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law in 2006, is currently an attorney at Saul Ewing LLP. She counsels clients in many industries, including agriculture, aquaculture and food service.