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Deckard and Hatterman-Valenti Receive Awards

Plant Sciences faculty members Brenda Deckard and Harlene Hatterman-Valenti were two of seven faculty honored at the annual NDSU Celebration of Faculty Excellence on May 8. The event is sponsored by the NDSU Development Foundation and the Office of the Provost.

Two members of the NDSU Plant Sciences faculty received recognition for outstanding work with students at a recent NDSU awards ceremony. Brenda Deckard and Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti were honored at the 2014 NDSU Celebration of Faculty Excellence held on May 8 at the McGovern Alumni Center.

Deckard received the Service-Learning Award, which is awarded to teachers who utilize service-learning as a teaching tool in partnership with agencies that work to help with community or campus needs. Deckard is the Director of Plant Sciences Student Services and teaches World Food Crops (PLSC110), Expanding the Boundaries of Learning with Service (PLSC 312) and Agriculture Orientation (Agri 150). While teaching, she formed partnerships with local elementary and secondary schools to start school gardens and include agriculture education in the social studies curriculum. 

Hatterman-Valenti received the Outstanding Faculty Advising Award, which is one of two awards established by the NDSU Office of the Provost in 2012 to “recognize the excellent work advisers already are doing,” according to Larry Peterson, director of Accreditation, Assessment and Academic Advising. Hatterman-Valenti has worked at NDSU since 2000. She heads the High Value Crop Production project and teaches Herbaceous Landscape Plants (PLSC 365) and Horticulture Senior Seminar (PLSC 491).

NDSU Development Grants were also awarded to19 other NDSU faculty members. The Celebration of Faculty Excellence is planned and sponsored by the NDSU Development Foundation and the Office of the Provost. For details see

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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