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Plant sciences professor receives NDSU’s Gunkelman Award

Ed Deckard, NDSU professor of plant sciences, has been selected to receive the 2020 Mary McCannel Gunkelman Award. A virtual presentation ceremony hosted by the NDSU Staff Senate was held Oct. 15.

Ed Deckard

The annual honor recognizes the NDSU student, staff member, administrator or faculty member who has made the most significant and unselfish contribution to creating a happy campus environment for students.

Deckard has been nominated a total of nine times for the honor. This year, he was nominated by six students.

“Ed genuinely cares about his students dearly and has a lot of understanding for them when questions arise,” said sophomore Cole Rasmusson, who is majoring in agricultural economics. “He always tells his students to come to him with his ‘open door’ policy if they have trouble of any kind. He will sit with you and help you through your tough time relating to class or not – he will be there for you. He is truly a dedicated professor.”

Landon Sprague, a junior majoring in crop and weed sciences, said, “The nominee is a very kind and fun professor who I can see has touched the lives of many students. He has made campus a much happier place through his attitude and fun class activities.”

Deckard, who is the plant sciences and horticulture graduate programs coordinator, joined the NDSU faculty in 1970. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana and his doctorate in agronomy and crop physiology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.


Source: NDSU News

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