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UF/IFAS Advancement

UF/IFAS Advancement

Dinner of Distinction

The annual UF/IFAS Dinner of Distinction recognizes alumni, friends and organizations serving as partners in the land-grant mission. Each year UF/IFAS honors awardees for their commitment and generous contribution of resources and expertise to advance our communities, state, nation and world. Together, we GO GREATER.


The 2023 event was held September 15 at Valley View in Alachua, FL.


For information about this event, contact (352) 392-1975 or email




  • IFAS Champion

    The UF/IFAS Champion award recognizes partnership and contributions to the land grant mission of excellence in teaching, research and Extension.


    Wayne H. Smith 2023
    Florida Farm Bureau Federation 2022
    Elisabeth DeLuca 2021
    Paul DiMare 2019
    Lucinda Stern 2018  
    George Wedgworth 2017  
    Hugh English 2016  
    Alto Straughn  2015  
    Vam York  2014
    Charles Steinmetz  2013
  • Volunteer of the Year presented by the UF/IFAS Advancement Council

    The Volunteer of the Year award recognizes dedicated volunteer efforts and outstanding service on behalf of UF/IFAS. It is presented by the UF/IFAS Advancement Council.


    Dana Eller 2023
    Mary Schneider 2022
    Morris Steen, Jr. 2021
    Tracy Duda Chapman 2019
    Jack Breed 2018
    Jeff Bass 2017  
    Matthew Johnston 2016
    Robert Harding 2015  
    Kevin Malone 2015
    Debbie Swindle 2014
    Wayne Smith 2013
    Ernest Sellers 2012  
    Thomas Braddock 2011  
    Ray Goldwire 2010
    Charles Syfrett 2009  
    Frank Giglia, Jr. 2008  
  • UF/IFAS Industry Partner Award

    The UF/IFAS Industry Partner Award recognizes dedicated partnership in the advancement of research and philanthropic support for UF/IFAS.


    Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association 2023
    Rayonier 2022
    Florida Sugar Cane League 2021
    FNGLA 2019
    Southeast Milk 2018
    Florida State Beekeepers Association 2017  
    Florida Cattlemen’s Association 2016  
    Mosaic 2015  
    Florida Strawberry Growers Association 2014  
    1923 Fund 2013  
  • CALS Awards

    CALS Alumni & Friends Award of Distinction

    The CALS Alumni & Friends Award of Distinction recognizes outstanding contributions to UF/IFAS, CALS and the agricultural, natural resource, life science and related professions.

    CALS Alumni & Friends Horizon Award

    The CALS Alumni & Friends Horizon Award recognizes outstanding contributions of young alumni of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

    Click here for the lists of CALS award winners

  • UF/IFAS Extension & Florida 4-H Awards

    UF/IFAS Extension Advocate Award

    The UF/IFAS Extension Advocate Award recognizes commitment to advancing agriculture through the land grant and Extension mission.


    Joan Dusky 2023
    Bank of America 2022
    Larry & Debbie Swindle 2021
    Brittany Lee 2019
    Imogene Yarborough 2018



    4-H Outstanding Alumni

    Tiffany Southwell 2017
    Rep. Jennifer Sullivan 2016
    Sean Russell 2015
    The Honorable Adam Putnam 2014
    Mamie Wise 2013  
    Colleen McCreary 2012  



    4-H Lifetime Achievement


    Jimmy Boyd & Benita Boyd 2017
    Betty Jo Tompkins 2016
    Wilmer & Melda Bassett 2015
    Linda Syfrett 2014
    Barney & Hariot Greene 2013  
    Raymond & Karola Passage 2012  


  • Friend of IFAS

    The Friend of IFAS award recognizes service and dedication to agriculture and the land grant mission.

    Ducks Unlimited 2021
    Reggie Brown 2018
    Madeline Mellinger 2017  
  • UF/IFAS Legislative Leader

    The UF/IFAS Legislative Leader award is presented to an IFAS friend in a state leadership position.


    Rep. Lawrence McClure 2023
    Senator Keith Perry 2023
    Senator Ben Albritton 2022
    Rep. Blaise Ingoglia 2020
    Rep. Lawrence McClure 2019
    Sen. Kelli Stargel 2019
    Rep. W. Gregory Steube 2018
    Rep. Jake Raburn 2015
    Rep. Bryan Nelson 2014
    Rep. Steve Crisafulli 2013  
    Senator Alan Hays 2013  
    Senator Denise Grimsley 2012  
    The Honorable JD Alexander 2012