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Brenda Deckard Honored during NDSU Ag Week

Department of Plant Sciences Student Services Director Brenda Deckard was awarded the Open Door Award during the annual NDSU Ag Week. This award is given to an individual who exemplifies agriculture by always being there for their neighbor.
Brenda Deckard Honored during NDSU Ag Week

Brenda Deckard (left) with husband and professor Ed Deckard

April 30, 2020

The NDSU Agriculture Collective hosted a virtual version of the annual NDSU Ag Week event April 20-24, 2020. Online festivities included social media challenges, live video farm tours, trivia, alumni spotlights and faculty/staff recognition. Department of Plant Sciences Student Services Director Brenda Deckard was among the faculty and staff honored; she was awarded the Open Door Award. This award is given to an individual who exemplifies agriculture by always being there for their neighbor; someone whose “door is always open to students whether it be for course assistance, advising, or just to talk about life.”

Deckard co-instructs World Food Crops (PLSC 110), Skills for Success (PLSC 189), and Expanding the Boundaries of Learning with Service (PLSC 312) with her husband and Plant Sciences professor, Ed Deckard. She also serves as an academic advisor. 

“Students are our [referring to Ed Deckard] passion, and to be able to assist them in obtaining success in their academic endeavors is very rewarding,” she says. “Working with students is more than helping them achieve academic excellence with their education. It’s about being there to assist when they are dealing with some of life’s tougher challenges; those personal challenges where the necessary knowledge doesn’t come from within the classroom, but rather inward reflections from the heart."

Learn more about the virtual NDSU Ag Week by visiting the NDSU Agriculture Collective’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NDSUAgCo/.

Source: Brenda Deckard, NDSU Agriculture Collective
Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu

Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu

 

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