College of Agriculture Student Honor Society Receives National Recognition

College of Agriculture Student Honor Society Receives National Recognition
Phi Upsilon Omicron members (left to right) Nicole McLaughlin, Jasmin Greene, Kathryn Morad, Nachi Tsukada and Deanna La Fon hold the first place National Professional Project Award.

Cal Poly Pomona was distinguished for its academic excellence in September when the College of Agriculture?s student honor society received three national awards.

The university?s Beta Psi chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society in family and consumer sciences, won first place for the National Professional Project Award at the society?s 2002 Conclave. This is the highest honor awarded by the organization, which recognizes the most successful and worthwhile contributions to the community, honor society and university.

The Beta Psi chapter had the most members from the farthest chapter participate in this year?s conclave, held Sept. 22-25 in Muncie, Ind. Those in attendance were Bonnita Farmer, Food, Nutrition & Consumer Science professor, students Nachi Tsukada, Deanna La Fon and Nicole McLaughlin, and alumni Kathryn Morad and Jasmin Greene. The College of Agriculture Dean?s Office and the Human Nutrition & Food Science department funded a portion of the travel expenses.

Tsukada was awarded the Genevieve Forthun Scholarship and McLaughlin received the Orinne Johnson Writing Award.

?These are amazing accomplishments that represented our chapter well,? says Greene. ?It was extremely rewarding to be recognized for all of our hard work last year.?

Phi Upsilon Omicron has more than 80,000 members across the United States. The organization?s purpose is to recognize and encourage academic excellence, develop leadership and encourage professional service and commitment in order to advance family and consumer sciences. The organization was founded in 1910 at the University of Minnesota and there are currently 65 chapters nationwide.