Extension educator receives outstanding young alumnus award
The Southern Illinois University (SIU) at Carbondale College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society Board of Governors selected Michigan State University Extension educator Tom Guthrie as the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Young Ag Alumnus award.
The award is a competitive process, designed to recognize individuals within 10 years post-graduation who have excelled within their respective fields of the agricultural industry. Dr. Gary Apgar, interim department chair of the Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition at SIU, nominated Tom for this honor.
Tom received the award at SIU’s College of Agricultural Sciences Annual All Ag Banquet. Two hundred people attended the banquet held Feb. 22 at Giant City Lodge in Makanda, Ill.
Michigan State University Extension educator Tom Guthrie (left) receives the Southern Illinois University (SIU) at Carbondale, College of Agricultural Sciences, 2013 Outstanding Young Ag Alumnus award Feb. 22, 2013, at SIU’s College of Agricultural Sciences Annual All Ag Banquet, at the Giant City Lodge, in Makanda, Ill. Dr. Gary Apgar (right), interim department chair of the Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition at SIU nominated Tom for this honor.
Based in Jackson County, Tom has a 50 percent swine and 50 percent equine statewide Extension responsibility. He develops and provides statewide accessibility to educational programming regarding equine and swine management, including environmental management.
Tom is a three-time Saluki (Saluki is the SIU mascot – it’s a dog) receiving bachelor’s degrees in forestry in 1996 and animal science in 2001. Tom went on to earn a master’s degree in animal science with a swine nutrition emphasis in 2003.
Wendy Powers, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute director, and Tom Guthrie, Michigan State University Extension educator, were invited speakers at the national 2011 Equine Science Society Symposium in Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 31 to June 3. The two presented a session on environmental issues for the horse industry to 310 attendees. This was an honor as there were only a few invited speakers. Both Tom and Wendy presented Michigan as a leader in issues related to horses and the environment. Following the presentation, an equine faculty member requested that publications developed by MSU Extension be sent to Kentucky, which as you know, is a leader in the horse industry.
Karen Waite, MSU Extension equine specialist, presented two papers at the symposium, one co-written by Taylor Fabus, visiting instructor in the Department of Animal Science. Christine Skelly, associate professor in the Department of Animal Science, also presented. The accepted publications were peer reviewed, and the associated papers were published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.
Click here to view the line-up of presentations and posters.
The Michigan Horse Council (MHC) presented Karen Waite, Michigan State University Extension equine specialist, with the 2011 Catalyst Award March 11 at its annual meeting in Lansing. Last weekend was a great illustration of why Karen was highlighted for her catalytic effect. She had proposed two years ago that Michigan would host the annual meeting of the American Youth Horse Council (AYHC), for which she serves as vice president. Under her leadership, Michigan hosted the AYHC meeting in Lansing last weekend, which was the same weekend as the MHC’s annual Horse Expo: two horsey events in one weekend, and she had responsibilities at both. It was a great idea, because the AYHC participants were able to attend the Michigan Horse Expo as well. But it meant a pretty crazy week of preparations and very busy weekend for Karen.
Karen oversees the Michigan 4-H equine youth program and the Michigan 4-H PEP (Proud Equestrians Program), a therapeutic horseback riding program for riders with disabilities. She advises undergraduate and graduate students in the MSU Department of Animal Science. She serves as faculty advisor for the MSU Equestrian Team and the MSU Horsemen’s Association and co-coach for the MSU Horse Judging Team. She serves as chairperson of the Michigan Horse Council Education Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Quarter Horse Association and the Michigan Equine Partnership.
The award reflects her impact on the horse industry through education, leadership and innovation. We already knew of her impacts, and it’s great that colleagues at the Michigan Horse Council recognize them, too! Congratulations, Karen.
Everybody in the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education gasped in fear the morning of August 7 when a horse got spooked, reared up and landed on its owner. Later in the day, those same people breathed a sigh of relief when the owner, a young woman participating in the State 4-H Horse Show, returned to the pavilion with just a few bruises, a couple of scrapes and one big smile.
Though we do everything we can to minimize hazards to both adults and youth who work around animals, occasional accidents do happen. That’s why we have a risk management plan in place. I’m happy to report our plan worked perfectly—EMTs and veterinarians were on site to ensure that both human and horse were cared for quickly. The young woman was immediately transported to the hospital where she was treated and released.
Special thanks to Karen Waite, MSU Extension equine specialist, for calmly taking charge of the situation, and to Taylor Tenlen, an MSU graduate student, who served as spokesperson. Two Lansing area television stations were on site when the accident occurred, and both reported on the incident by telling the story about how MSU staff members reacted quickly and efficiently to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. Planning ahead and then following the plan turned this into a positive outcome for the youth, her family and her horse. Congratulations to the MSUE equine team!
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