Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville college names outstanding students

KINGSVILLE - April 29, 2013

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

The Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville recently held its annual awards program.

Two special awards given by the college include the Friend of the College Award and the Hall of Honor Alumnus Award. Ray Prewett was named Friend of the College while Dr. Susan “Susie” Wyatt Sedwick was given the Hall of Honor Alumna Award.

Prewett is the face of Texas citrus. He has been president of Texas Citrus Mutual (TCM) since 1983 and has worked nearly every day since then to promote the state’s citrus industry.

He was born and raised in Oklahoma and earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University and studied for a master’s degree at Purdue University. Before taking his position at TCM, Prewett served as a community development specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, executive director of the Texas Rural Development Commission, county and rural division director for the Texas Department of Community Affairs and was assistant and deputy commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Throughout his career, Prewett has lobbied for the university in general and the Citrus Center and the Texas citrus industry in particular, in both Washington D.C. and Austin. He works closely with the leaders of the university and college to maximize resources for the center’s research activities. Prewett has established a network of political contacts at the federal and state levels and works closely with his counterparts in Florida and California.

Sedwick is a native of Tilden and received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in home economics in 1976 from Texas A&I University. She later received her master’s degree in human sciences from Texas A&M-Kingsville and her doctorate in higher education administration from Texas A&M University.

She is currently associate vice president for research and director of the Office of Sponsored Projects at the University of Texas. She is responsible for both pre- and post-award administration units with oversight of over $60 million in annual sponsored projects expenditures.

Sedwick also is a clinical professor in the Department of Educational Administration for the Higher Education Administration Program at the university. She is an adjunct faculty member at Rush University in Chicago. She is a certified research administrator (CRA) and a frequent speaker on the topic of research data security and export controls as they apply to universities.

She authored the chapter on export controls included in the NCURA/AIS publication, Sponsored Research Administration: A Guide to Effective Strategies and Recommended Practices.

Sedwick received the National Council of University Research Administrators Distinguished Service award in 2012, having served the organization as an at-large representative to the board of directors, as chair of the Professional Development Committee, as a member of the Nominating and Leadership Development and Membership Committees and as a traveling Fundamentals faculty member.

She is chair of Phase V of the Federal Demonstration Partnership and co-chair of the STAR METRICS working group. Sedwick is a graduate of Leadership Texas and a past trustee of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation.

Student and faculty winners include: 

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awards 


Thomas Haynes; senior; Robstown 

Agriculture Science

Johnny Stevens; senior; Somerset 

Plant and Soil Science

Blake Young; senior; La Vernia Animal Science

Emma Biediger; senior; Bishop 

Range and Wildlife Management

Megan Lesak; senior; Victoria 

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Coree Lykins; senior; Alice 

Fashion and Interiors Merchandising

Cynthia Garcia; senior; Bishop 

Human Development and Family Studies

Leticia Ramirez; senior; Bishop 

Human Nutrition

Danielle Villano; senior; Spearfish, South Dakota 

Outstanding Graduate Student Awards 

Agriculture Science

Cheryl Jordan; master’s student; Sinton 

Plant and Soil Science-Citrus Center

Cecilia Lott; master’s student; Detroit, Michigan 


Justin Cantu; master’s student; Lyford 

Animal Science

Luis Ayala; master’s student; Weslaco 

Range and Wildlife Management

Lianne Koczur; master’s student; Ware, Massachusetts 

Wildlife Science

Damon Williford; doctoral student; Sinton 

Human Sciences

Dalynn DeWitt; master’s student; Raymondville

Outstanding Student Organization

TAMUK Horticulture Society 

Faculty and Staff Awards 

Staff Excellence Award

Eric Gonzalez; database specialist; Citrus Center 

Advising Award

Dr. Randy Stanko; professor; animal, rangeland and wildlife science 

Junior Teaching Award

Dr. Catherine Coccia; assistant professor; human sciences 

Senior Teaching Award

Dr. Greta Schuster; assistant professor; agriculture, agribusiness and environmental sciences 

Junior Research Award

Dr. Ryan Rhoades; assistant professor; agriculture, agribusiness and environmental sciences 

Senior Research Award

Dr. Leonard Brennan; professor and Endowed Chair for Quail Research; animal, rangeland and wildlife sciences


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