Awards & Honors
Carole Dingess is officially the IAA’s Business Services Specialist. Unofficially, she’s the mother hen whose years of maternal service to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) have earned her a new title as of April 14: Honorary Member of the AGNR Alumni Association. Read more.
IAA mother hen Carole Dingess receives her award from the Dean of AGNR, Dr. Craig Beyrouty.
Starting over, entering a second career, and returning to school can be daunting for many adults, yet for Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) student Robert "Bob" Borkowski, it has also been rewarding. Borkowski was honored on April 14 as the IAA’s Outstanding Student by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) Alumni Association. Read more.
Borkowski was selected as the IAA's 2016 Outstanding Student by the AGNR Alumni Association.
On March 23, Joi Drake (Sustainable Agriculture '16) was honored for Academic Excellence by the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE). The Academy of Academic Excellence Awards provides an opportunity for OMSE to annually recognize outstanding undergraduate multi-ethnic students within the University of Maryland community. Read more.
Sustainable Agriculture lecturer and advisor Meredith Epstein poses with Joi Drake and her award.
For the third consecutive year, a team of students from the University of Maryland took home the top prize in the Sports Turf Management Association (STMA) Student Challenge. The competition was hosted in Denver, Colorado.
Each year, students from two- and four-year colleges and universities across the country compete in the STMA Student Challenge to test their knowledge and practical skills in the sports turf industry. Winning teams receive a $4,000 cash award that benefits the institution’s turf program.
The turf team from UMD consisted of Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) student Scott Hebert, IAA graduate Brian Hogan and Ryan Higgins, a senior in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. IAA instructor Dr. Kevin “Doc” Mathias and Alex Steinman, Campus Recreation Services Field Manager, served as the team’s coaches. Read more.
Teams from the University of Maryland logged an impressive showing at the 2015 Collegiate Turf Bowl hosted by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) in conjunction with its winter conference in San Antonio, Texas on February 26. Of the 69 teams competing from around the country, teams from UMD placed 2nd, 19th and 23rd.
As the reigning champions, the Terrapins felt the pressure going into the competition. The top-placing UMD squad, nicknamed the “Big H” team (their last names all start with the letter H) included Jimmy Halley (IAA), Scott Hebert (IAA), Ryan Higgins (PSLA) and Brian Hogan (IAA).
The Turf Terps placed 2nd out of 69 teams at the 2015 Turf Bowl.
A group of four students advised by Dr. Kevin Mathias, advisor and lecturer in the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA), was rightfully nicknamed “Doc’s Fab Four” after winning first place in both the Sports Turf Management Association (STMA) Student Challenge and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Collegiate Turf Bowl. Read more.
Dr. Mathias and his winning team receive a $4,000 check on behalf of the University of Maryland.
The University of Maryland team received first place at the 2013 STMA Student Challenge Competition. The event hosted 34 teams within the two- and four-year categories, and the Terps team of Scott Hosier (IAA), Justin Patenaude (IAA), Matt Park (IAA), and Ryan Higgins (PSLA) won the gold with a stunning total of 149 points. They outpaced their second place rival Penn State by 15 points. The team competed in the 4-year division category. Read more.
Mike Goatley (President of STMA) awards Ryan Higgins (PLSA), Justin Patenaude (IAA), Matt Park (IAA), and Scott Hosier (IAA) medals and a trophy for their first place finish.
STMA Student Challenge and GCSAA Turf Bowl
The University of Maryland took home 2nd place at the 2012 STMA Competition. At the GCSAA Turf Bowl, held in Las Vegas, IAA teams placed 3rd and 7th out of nearly 100 teams. Read more about these competitions at MTC Turf News.