Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

College Awards

The Jim Hicks Agricultural Achievement Award

The Jim Hicks Agricultural Achievement Award is given to an individual in recognition of their achievements in agriculture and their contributions to agricultural education. It is named after businessman Jim Hicks, who was the inaugural recipient of the award in 2015, in honor of his achievements in the agricultural industry and his long-time support of agriculture education. The award is presented at the college's annual Farm to Table Spring Harvest dinner. Submit a nomination by Aug. 7.

Past Honorees:

2019 – Susan Kellogg-Bell

2018 – Rose Epperson

2017 – A.G. Kawamura and George Soares

2016 – Karen Caplan

2015 – Jim Hicks


Distinguished Alumni Awards

Every year, the Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association presents the Distinguished Alumni Awards. One alumnus from each college and athletics are chosen for the honor. The criteria include:

  • outstanding achievement in a profession or a vocation
  • service to a local, national or global community
  • service to Cal Poly Pomona
  • nominees must have graduated from Cal Poly Pomona or the Voorhis campus
  • recipients can only receive the award once
  • current faculty and staff and members of the alumni association's board of directors are ineligible.

To nominate an alumnus from the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture, please submit the information by Oct. 1 to agdean@cpp.edu or c/o The Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture, 3801 West Temple Ave., Pomona, CA 91768.

Past Distinguished Alumni Honorees


Julian A. McPhee Outstanding Student Scholar Award

The Julian A. McPhee Outstanding Student Scholar Award is given to the college valedictorian at commencement every year.

Past Honorees

2019 – Sarah Caballero

2018 – Rose Gabrielle Mendez

2017 – Ellen Tang

2016 – Scott Rosas

2015 – Madeline E. Gross, Michaiah J. Leal

2014 – DawnKylee Klarich


The John E. Andrews Student Leader of the Year Award

The John E. Andrews Student Leader of the Year Award is given each year to an undergraduate and graduate student for scholarship, service, and contributions to others, including fellow students, their departments, the food and agricultural industry,and community.

Nominees must have been enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona for at least a year (sophomore through graduate standing) and be full-time students. A selection committee consisting of faculty staff and students will evaluate nominees based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership contributions: 60 percent
  • Grade point average (minimum 3.0 for undergraduates, 3.5 for graduate students): 20 percent
  • Faculty recommendations (coaches, club advisors, academic advisors): 20 percent.

Faculty, staff and fellow students can make nominations by submitting a letter outlining the leadership activities of the nominee for the past year and a supporting rationale for selecting the nominee. A sample of the student’s work can be included to support contributions in the area of scholarship, e.g., a thesis, senior project, research poster, or capstone paper.

The deadline to submit nominations is 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 to agdean@cpp.edu or to Penne Fode in the dean’s office.

The college honors the recipients at commencement.

Past Honorees

2019 – Mariana Garcia Rocha (undergraduate); Heidi Holmquist (graduate)

2018 – Joseph Wolf (undergraduate); Oscar Del Real (graduate)

2017 – Branden Garner (undergraduate); Andy Reynaga (graduate)

2016 – Brett Timmons (undergraduate); Bec McDorman (graduate)

2015 – Aasta Yim (undergraduate)

2014 – John Bennett (undergraduate); Nannette Ros (graduate)


Teacher of the Year

The Teacher of the Year Award is given annually to the faculty member who demonstrates exceptional teaching ability. The criteria for evaluating nominees include:

  • caring
  • the ability to managing the learning process
  • subject matter competence
  • zeal for teaching
  • effort given to planning
  • scholarly writings and other contributions
  • development of new curriculum or other teaching materials
  • professional development activities that increase effectiveness
  • peer consulting.

Nomination documents are limited to a maximum of five pages. No more than five letters of endorsement may accompany the application. The deadline to submit nominations with supporting material is 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Submit nominations to agdean@cpp.edu or to Penne Fode in the dean’s office.

The honorees will receive a plaque and a $500 cash award at commencement. 

Note: each award recipient is removed from eligibility for nomination for two years following receipt of the award. After that period, they are eligible for subsequent nominations.

Past Honorees

2019 – Ben Lehan (plant science)

2018 – Olive Li (nutrition and food science)

2017 – Gabriel Davidov-Pardo (nutrition and food science)

2016 – Joanne Sohn (animal and veterinary science)

2015 – Melissa Hulgreen (animal and veterinary science)

2014 – Terry Fujimoto (plant science)


Mack H. Kennington Advisor of the Year

The Mack H. Kennington Advisor of the Year Award is given to the advisor who does the best quality work in advising students on academics and their career plans. Honorees will receive a $500 cash award and certificate during the college's commencement ceremony in June. The university president also hosts an event where outstanding advisors are honored during the spring quarter. The honoree's name will be in inscribed on a permanent plaque displayed in the Huntley College of Agriculture.

Students and faculty members can nominate college faculty for this award. The nomination form is submitted to the nominee’s department; the deadline to submit the form is noon, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. The department must then complete a short application form and submit it to Penne Fode in the dean’s office by 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.

Note: each award recipient is removed from eligibility for nomination for two years following receipt of the award. After that period, they are eligible for subsequent nominations.

Past Honorees

2019 – Gabriel Davidov-Pardo (nutrition and food science)

2018 – Cord Brundage (animal and veterinary science)

2017 – Bonny Burns-Whitmore (nutritional and food science)

2016 – Valerie Mellano (agribusiness and food industry management/agricultural science; plant science)

2015 – Broc Sandelin (animal and veterinary science)

2014 – Michele Rash (animal and veterinary science)


Staff of the Year

The Staff of the Year Award is given to a staff member in the college who demonstrates:

  • caring
  • good communication skills
  • initiative
  • the ability to assist with the learning process
  • zeal for assisting faculty, students, or staff
  • effort giving to planning
  • contributions to a department, the college or university.
  • professional development that leads to improved job performance.

Recipients will be honored at commencement and given a $500 cash award.

Students, faculty or staff can submit nominations. Nomination letters are limited to a maximum of five pages. No more than five letters of recommendation may accompany the application. The deadline to submit nominations is 5 p.m., Feb. 24, 2020 to agdean@cpp.edu.

Note: each award recipient is removed from eligibility for nomination for two years following receipt of the award. After that period, they are eligible for subsequent nominations.

Past Honorees

2019 – Jenifer Cazares (agribusiness and food industry management/agricultural science)

2018 – Eva Jaeger (animal and veterinary science)

2017 – Frances Loya (nutrition and food science)

2016 – Tony Espinas (apparel merchandising and management)

2015 – Sarah DeLaParra (animal and veterinary science)

2014 – Duncan McKee (plant science)