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Seevers Wins USDA/Land-Grant Association Teaching Award

LAS CRUCES -- Brenda S. Seevers, associate professor of agricultural and extension education at New Mexico State University, recently received the Excellence in College and University Teaching in Food and Agricultural Sciences Award.

The regional award, one of only eight given each year, was presented at the annual November meeting of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) in Atlanta, Ga. The award is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.

Nominiees were evaluated on their teaching ability, innovative teaching methods, scholarship and service to students and their profession.

"It's truly a tremendous honor," Seevers said.

She teaches a wide range of classes ranging from an introduction to agriculture and extension education to graduate level courses on methods of teaching agriculture.

In addition to teaching, she advises an average of nine graduate students and 22 undergraduate students each year.

She also has received the El Paso Energy Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching, the Donald C. Rousch Excellence in Teaching Award and the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit.

She is the first author of a textbook entitled Education Through Cooperative Extension that is now in use in extension education courses nationwide.

Seevers received her bachelor's degree in home economics from Bluffton College in Ohio. She earned a master's degree in home economics from Kent State University, and a doctorate in agricultural education from The Ohio State University.

Seevers is the third NMSU professor to receive this award. In 1994, Lowell Catlett received the award for teaching agricultural economics, and Thomas Dormody received the award for teaching agricultural and extension education in 1996.