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Hatterman-Valenti Honored with Faculty Excellence Award

Department of Plant Sciences professor and high value crops specialist Harlene Hatterman-Valenti was selected by the Faculty Awards and Recognition Committee as the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce North Dakota State University Distinguished Faculty Service Award.
 
 

May 12, 2017

Department of Plant Sciences professor and high value crops specialist Harlene Hatterman-Valenti was selected by the Faculty Awards and Recognition Committee as the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce North Dakota State University Distinguished Faculty Service Award for the 2016-17 academic year. She was presented with a plaque and honorarium during the Celebration of Faculty Excellence on May 11.

The award recognizes faculty holding the rank of full professor who have attained distinction in their profession and have made substantial service contributions to the community and region.

Hatterman-Valenti was nominated by her colleague in the Department of Plant Sciences, Extension horticulturist Esther McGinnis. “Harlene’s service ethic motivates her research and teaching,” says McGinnis. “Service to NDSU, the people of North Dakota, and regional local food producers inspire her to push beyond boundaries to create new value-added crops and markets for small farmers.”

Hatterman-Valenti earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, her master’s degree in Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her doctorate in Agronomy Crop Production/Physiology and Horticulture at Iowa State University. She joined the Plant Sciences faculty at NDSU in 2000. Initially appointed as a weed scientist working in potatoes, Hatterman-Valenti eventually took on the role of NDSU’s first high-value crops specialist. She has researched blackberries, raspberries, grapes, edamame, onions, pumpkins, and most recently high tunnel vegetable production. In addition, she currently serves as the department’s assistant head.

Hatterman-Valenti has advised nearly 100 undergraduates and 23 graduate students during her tenure. She teaches a course in herbaceous landscape plants (PLSC 365) and leads the horticulture senior seminar (PLSC 491). She also co-advises the Horticulture and Forestry Club with Dr. Todd West.

Hatterman-Valenti is active in professional organizations and served as chair for the American Society of Enology and Viticulture-Eastern Section during the 2016-17 term.

Hatterman-Valenti joins former Department of Plant Sciences faculty who received the award in past years: Karl Lucken (1986), Bert D'Appolonia (1984), John Nalewaja (1979), and S. S. Mann (1978).

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

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