Betsy James, a Laurel High School teacher, was chosen as a Jostens Renaissance Coordinator of the Year for her efforts in helping her school achieve the highest attendance level and the most students on the honor roll and achieving a 4.0 grade point average in Prince George's County.
Jostens Renaissance is a national program that recognizes and rewards academic achievement from elementary school through college.
As a reward, she received two tickets from Northwest Airlines and a replica of the American eagle, the centerpiece of the Jostens Renaissance logo. Both were presented to her at a ceremony in San Diego this month.
Tiffanee Green, a 1999 graduate of Elizabeth Seaton High School in Bladensburg, received a total of $1,750 in scholarship awards from the Prince George's County Medical Society, the Prince George's Society of Health Professionals and the Alliance of the Prince George's Medical Society. She will use the money toward her education at Yale University, where she plans to major in biomedical engineering in the fall.
U-Md. Official Named
After a nationwide search, Richard Erdman has been named chair of the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has been on the University of Maryland faculty since 1979 and will assume his new position in mid-August.
Erdman received his bachelor's of science in animal science and agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, then went on to receive his master's and PhD in animal sciences at the University of Kentucky. He has written nearly 60 articles in journals, as well as a chapter on vitamins for the book "Large Dairy Herd Management." He is also the author of numerous Extension bulletins and co-editor of the newsletter Dairy Talk, produced three times a year for all dairy producers in Maryland.
During his years at the University of Maryland, Erdman has taught classes in applied animal nutrition, animal production systems, energy nutrition and special topics in ruminant nutrition. Throughout his career, he has won various awards, including the Young Scientist Award at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Sciences and the Excellence in Research Award from the University of Maryland Agricultural Alumni Association.
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