Colorado State University Honors Students, Faculty, Staff for Outstanding Accomplishments

Colorado State University students, faculty and staff were honored for their achievements today at the university’s annual "Celebrate Colorado State!" Honors Luncheon.

"Celebrate Colorado State!" is an annual campus-wide celebration highlighted by the Honors Luncheon. More than 300 students, faculty and staff gathered for the luncheon at Lory Student Center Ballroom today to honor outstanding accomplishments of the past year.

Several of the university’s most prestigious awards were announcement at the luncheon. Albert C. Yates, Colorado State president, announced the appointment of biology Professor John Wiens as a new University Distinguished Professor. Other awards announced at the Honors Luncheon included Dale Hein from the department of fishery and wildlife biology, winner of the State Board of Agriculture Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award; Mike Palmquist, associate professor of English, recipient of the Provost’s N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation; the department of design, merchandising and consumer sciences, presented the Outstanding Service Award for Diversity; and Melinda Laituri, assistant professor of earth resources, winner of the Instructional Innovation Award for Service Integration.

Distinguished Administrative Professional Staff awards were presented to Reginald Koll, manager and research associate at the Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center; Paul Shang, director of HELPSuccess Center; and James zumBrunnen, co-director of the Franklin A. Graybill Statistical Laboratory and the Center for Applied Statistical Expertise.