CFAES Award Recipients from Undergraduate Student Council

CFAES Award Recipients from Undergraduate Student Council

Outstanding Undergraduate Employee Award

Elizabeth Fannin

Elizabeth is a junior studying agricultural communication and minoring in nonprofit management and rural sociology. She is originally from Jackson, Ohio, which is where she got her start in agriculture with organizations such as 4-H and FFA. Elizabeth is an active student leader in Alpha Sigma Upsilon, Collegiate 4-H, CFAES Peer Mentors, and the CFAES Ambassador program.

Elly Motter

Elly is an agricultural systems management major from the Mansfield, Ohio area. She has served as a student assistant with the CFAES Academic Programs’ Office f or Teaching, Learning, and Assessment team since January 2021. In addition to maintaining her academics, where she has been recognized by making it onto the Dean’s List, she has been an active member and leader of the Alpha Sigma Upsilon agricultural sorority, CFAES Ambassador Team, and the Agricultural Systems Management Club professional student organization. One of Elly’s most memorable experiences from her undergraduate career has been her education abroad experience, where she traveled to Costa Rica. After graduating at the end of this semester, Elly is keenly interested in exploring professional opportunities within OSU Extension.

Meritorious Service to Students Award

Julie Shull

Julie is the director of events at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. She began her career with the organization in 1995. Throughout her tenure, she facilitated collaboration with field staff, promoted membership growth, and led leadership development initiatives. Her ongoing dedication extends to providing vision and leadership in organizing and executing major events for the organization. A graduate of Amanda-Clearcreek High School, Julie furthered her education at Fairfield Career Center and Columbus State Community College. Beyond her professional endeavors, Julie dedicated numerous years to coaching youth sports in the Pickaway County area. Currently, Julie and her family reside in Ross County.

Outstanding Service to Students Award

Pat Whittington

Pat is the assistant dean for student development within CFAES. In this role, he oversees student financial aid, honors, undergraduate research, and career services. Whittington has advised several student organizations, including Ohio Stater’s Inc., Romophos, and Delta Theta Sigma Professional Agricultural Fraternity. He served as president of the National Agricultural Alumni Development Association (NAADA) from 2020-2022, and he is currently a member of its executive board of directors. Whittington collaborates with various university offices, including Student Life, Academic Affairs, and Enrollment Planning, to support student success. He has been a faculty mentor for the Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) since its inception in 2013, aiming to enhance the student experience.