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Deckard Honored with Mary McCannel Gunkelman Award

Dr. Ed Deckard was awarded the 2020 Mary McCannel Gunkelman Award for making NDSU a happy place for students. Deckard has taught in the Department of Plant Sciences for 50 years and was nominated for the award by six students.
 
 

October 27, 2020

At a virtual ceremony hosted by the North Dakota State University Staff Senate last week, Dr. Ed Deckard was awarded the 2020 Mary McCannel Gunkelman Award for making NDSU a happy place for students. Called “the award that honors those who make NDSU smile,” the award was established in 1987 by the Gunkelman family. 

Deckard has taught in the Department of Plant Sciences for 50 years and was nominated for the award by six students. He is the plant sciences and horticulture graduate programs director and teaches five classes including World Food Crops, Skills for Success, Expanding the Boundaries of Learning with Service, Cropping Systems: An Integrated Approach, and Advanced Crop Management Decision Making. 

He teaches several courses with his wife, Brenda, and as a team they have advised and mentored many undergraduate students studying crop and weed sciences.

Forty-five other faculty, staff, and students were nominated for the Gunkelman Award this year. The Zoom ceremony was recorded and can be viewed on Youtube at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9wClDxls00&feature=youtu.be.

More information on the Mary McCannel Gunkelman Award and the NDSU Staff Senate can be found at https://www.ndsu.edu/staff_senate/. 

Read more about the award ceremony and see photos at https://www.ndsu.edu/news/view/detail/59831/.

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

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