Brothers on the Move ➻ Aug. 2023

August 30, 2023 | Posted In Brotherhood

  Alpha Gamma Rho members are achieving success and receiving recognition. Aug. 2023, Iota (UW–Madison), Pi (Oklahoma State), Alpha Zeta (Kansas State), and Beta Eta (Virginia Tech) Chapters have Brothers on the Move...

Corey Geiger, Iota (Wisconsin–Madison)
Corey Geiger, Iota (Wisconsin–Madison)

Corey Geiger

 Iota Chapter, University of Wisconisin–Madison

  The University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences presented its 2023 Honorary Recognition Award to Brother Corey Geiger, Iota (UW–Madison).

   This title, alongside the Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards, is the highest honor bestowed by the college. For 113 years, the Honorary Recognition Award recognized individuals who made significant contributions to their professions, their communities, and the university.

   Brother Geiger authored the award-winning "On a Wisconsin Family Farm: Historic Tales of Character, Community and Culture," and is a former contributing editor of SICKLE & SHEAF.

Justin Sharp, Pi (Oklahoma State)
Justin Sharp, Pi (Oklahoma State)

Justin Sharp

 Pi Chapter, Oklahoma State University

   Brother Justin Sharp, Pi (Oklahoma State), is a Royal Scholar, receiving a $2,500 scholarship from the American Royal Association. He is studying agriculture education at Oklahoma State University and one one of ten scholarship recipients. Each will take part in a program designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding college students to represent the American Royal mission.

   Scholarship recipients must be pursuing agriculture, food, or natural resources degrees as an undergraduate student, have a cumulative grade point average equivalent to or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and interview with the scholarship committee. Winners are selected on their academic achievement, leadership excellence and community involvement.

Tim Oswalt, Alpha Zeta (Kansas State)
Tim Oswalt, Alpha Zeta (Kansas State)

Tim Oswalt

 Alpha Zeta Chapter, Kansas State University

   The new leader of the Kansas State University Alumni Associaiton Board of Directors is retired U.S. Navy Commander, Brother Tim Oswalt, Alpha Zeta (Kansas State).

   Brother Oswalt assumed the position ahead the 2023-24 academic year, following a year served as chair-elect. He will serve for four years, the term ending June 2027. This position comes after recently retiring from the U.S. Navy, during which time he earned a Master of Arts degree from the U.S. Naval War College.

   Brother Oswalt was raised in Little River, Kansas, and earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Kansas State University in 1993.

Brent Boydston, Alpha Zeta (Kansas State)
Brent Boydston, Alpha Zeta (Kansas State)

Brent Boydston

 Alpha Zeta Chapter, Kansas State University

   Brother Brent Boydston, Alpha Zeta (Kansas State), is the new chairman of the U.S. Grains Council Board of Directors. Delegates of the council elected Boydston at their 63rd Annual Board of Delegates Meeting held in Calgary, Canada.

   Brother Boydston grew up on a family farming near Centerville, Kansas, raising cattle, corn, and soybeans. He graduated from Kansas State University in 2001 and worked for the Colorado Farm Bureau before spending seven seven years in Washington, D.C.

   Brother Boydston joined Bayer Crop Science in 2016, responsible for corn, cereal grains, digital agriculture and carbon. He has been on the Council’s Board of Directors ever since.

James Huffard, Beta Eta (Virginia Tech)
James Huffard, Beta Eta (Virginia Tech)

James S. Huffard III

Beta Eta Chapter, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

   The American Jersey Cattle Association presented its Distinguished Service Award to a founder of the Beta Eta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho at Virginia Tech.

   Brother James S. Huffard III, Beta Eta (Virginia Tech), received the this award in recognition for, "outstanding and unselfish service for many years and thereby made a notable contribution to the advancement of the Jersey breed in the United States." This is the latest in a long line of awards presented to a man whose been dairying his entire life, on land his family has worked for more than 200 years.

   Among his many achievements include receiving the Virginia Tech William M. Etgen Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1986, serving on the American Jersey Cattle Association Board of Directors from 1988 to 1994, then as its president from 2001 to 2004, and Dairyman of the Year at the 2014 World Dairy Expo. Brother Huffard presently serves as a board member for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 

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