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2014 Outstanding Awardees



2014 Provost’s Awards for Excellence, Excellence in Service

The University continues to recognize the accomplishments of our faculty with the Provost’s Awards for Excellence. These awards are given in the areas of teaching, service, and scholarly and creative activity and they acknowledge the central role of the faculty in making Cal Poly Pomona the superb place of teaching, service, and scholarship that it is. Awardees are chosen in a rigorous process and must meet the very highest standards of excellence in their fields.

Dan Hostetler, Plant Science

Professor Hostetler has served the campus for the last 38 years, starting as Farm Supervisor, and then teaching in and chairing the Plant & Soil Science department, while also overseeing the Agronomy Farm. Dan has been a permanent fixture on the Farm and generations of students have learned from him.

During his tenure, Professor Hostetler has served in numerous capacities; he served as Plant Science department chair for 20 years; served as interim chair of the Agribusiness, Food Industry Management, and Agricultural Science department for 3 years; served on the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Board of Directors; and Partnered with the Orange County Farm Bureau to offer farmers markets in Irvine. We have him and his team to thank for Agriscapes and the Farm Store. He was named the Kika de la Garza Fellow for Educators in Hispanic Serving Institutions in 2007 and invited to serve as a Fellows Advisor in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Additionally, he has been recognized by the College of Ag students as Outstanding Advisor and as Outstanding Teacher.

His primary focus was raising money for student scholarships, in-kind support for farming operations to provide lab equipment and materials for student and faculty research projects, and production support for the farm, which employs student workers and generates revenue from crops that are sold in the farm store and at local farmer’s markets. Dan also worked to obtain cash donations to support extracurricular activities for students to participate in intercollegiate competitions, club activities, and special projects.  It is individuals like Dan who give selflessly and tirelessly to our students, foster an environment in which they can learn, thrive and achieve their educational goals.


Dan Hostetler

Dan Hostetler

2014 Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Terrance Fujimoto, Plant Science

For over 35 years, Dr. Fujimoto has taught, advised and supported students, faculty and staff.  He was instrumental in the creation of the new greenhouses and even started up a hydroponics program to grow greenhouse tomatoes and other vegetables. The numerous nominations on his behalf were a testament to not only being an outstanding teacher, but also an outstanding co-worker.  We wish you the best of luck as you start your new journey as a retiree.

Terrance Fujimoto

Terrance Fujimoto

2014 Outstanding Advisor of the Year

Michele Rash

As one of the first advisors freshman interact with, Michele Rash becomes the glue that a new student needs as they travel through college life.  Professor Rash is highly respected by her students and many think of her as a “second mom.”  One student shared how “She saw the potential in me, and gave me that extra push to better myself and my experience in Cal Poly Pomona.” Professor Rash’s students remain with her for years, long after graduation.  Without a doubt, she deserves the Mack H. Kennington Advisor of the Year Award for 2013-2014!

Michele Rash

Michele Rash

2014 Outstanding Staff of the Year

Duncan McKee

Duncan is the Instructional support technician for the soils lab in the Plant Science Department.
However, for those of us that know Duncan, we know that this title should include distributor of course materials, stocker, tutor, lecturer, landscaper, safety trainer, record keeper, and most importantly, handyman.  Duncan can be seen across the campus assisting anyone who needs help. 

A faculty member stated “As most of us know, Duncan exudes much warmth and sincerity, has an excellent personality, gets along well with others and is always so willing to please.”  This is obviously a well-deserved honor.

Duncan McKee

Duncan McKee

2014 John E Andrews Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader of the Year

John Bennett

John is a true scholar and leader.  Not only has John managed to maintain a near perfect GPA in his pursuit of a degree in Plant Science, he has done so while being president for Los Rancheros and the Crops Judging Team,  participating in several competitions, and assisting in a major campus research project.  One of his professors said “You will find John to be an extraordinary, inquisitive, and hardworking student.”  Last year John was named as one of twenty, nationwide, American Society of Agronomy Golden Scholars. 

John has been accepted to graduate programs at both UC Riverside and Texas A&M.  John, congratulations and best of luck as you begin your next educational journey at Texas A & M.

John Bennett

John Bennett

2014 John E Andrews Outstanding Graduate Student Leader of the Year

Nanette Ros

Nanette Ros is currently pursuing her Master in Agriculture with a sub plan in Nutrition and Food Science.  In addition to her classes, Nanette has been involved in Pumpkin Festival, baking 1,400 loaves of pumpkin bread, is a member of the Food and Nutrition Club & Phi U Club, is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and California Dietetic Associations as well as the Orange County Dietetics Association.

One of her professors describes her as “an excellent student, a fast learner, she is responsible, mature, organized, has the heart and intellectual ability to become a Registered Dietitian, and she has an excellent work ethic.”

Nanette Ros

Nanette Ros

2014 Julian A. McPhee Outstanding Student Scholar

DawnKylee Klarich, Apparel Merchandising & Management

Each year the college recognizes the Outstanding Student Scholar with the Julian A. McPhee award. This award is named for the first President of Cal Poly Pomona.
Dawn is a giver to her community.  She works as a child development mentor and coaches children in gymnastics.  After graduation, Dawn will continue her education in the San Diego State University’s Nutrition Science Master’s Program.  It is there that she hopes to conduct research that will find cures through treatment with nutrition.

DawnKylee Klarich

DawnKylee Klarich

Previous Award Recipients

2013 Outstanding Awardees (read 2013 Agricolumn)

Student Scholar: Rachel Broguiere, Apparel Merchandising & Management
Student Leader: Rana Saldano, Foods and Nutrition
Teacher: Kimberly Miller, Agriculture Science
Advisor: Lisa Kessler, Foods & Nutrition
Staff: Donna Ha, Human Nutrition & Food Science Department  

2012 Outstanding Awardees (read 2012 Agricolumn)

Student Scholar: Samantha Hammergren, Animal Health Science and Jessica Moody, Foods and Nutrition
Student Leader: Andy Tuy, Food Science
Teacher: Oscar Chavez, Animal Health Science
Advisor: Nancy Merlino, Ag Business Management
Staff: Kate Smith, Arabian Horse Center

2011 Outstanding Awardees (read 2011 Agricolumn)

Student Scholar: Jeannie Knuchell, Animal Science
Student Leader: Courtney Habegger, Plant Science
Teacher: Frank Yee, Plant Science
Advisor: Muditha Senanayake, Apparel Merchandising & Management
Staff: Sharon Roth, Dean’s Office

2010 Outstanding Awardees (read 2010 Agricolumn)

Student Scholar: Leo Holguin, Animal Health Science
Student Leader: Vihaney Gonzalez, Animal Science & Animal Health science – undergraduate
Student Leader: Jeanette Hand, Foods & Nutrition – graduate
Teacher: Lisa Kessler, Foods & Nutrition
Advisor: Broc Sandelin, Animal Science
Staff: Sherri Reichardt, Animal Health Science – college level
Staff: Rhonda Ostrowski, Recruitment Officer – university level

2009 Outstanding Awardees (read 2009 Agricolumn)

Student Scholar: Amanda Spikerman, Animal Science
Student Leader: Christine Crocker, Foods & Nutrition – undergraduate
Student Leader: Paul Nurre, Plant Science – graduate
Teacher: Douglas Lewis, Foods & Nutrition
Advisor: Fred Roth, Plant Science
Staff: Mike Moran, Plant Science - college
Staff: Penne Fode, Animal and Veterinary Science Department - university