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Department honors students and alumni

The Department of Grain Science and Industry hosted its 10th annual Student Scholarship and Industry Awards Banquet on April 3. Four alumni were recognized at the event.

Thanks to the generosity of alumni, friends, and corporate partners, a total of $250,000 was awarded in scholarships to undergraduate students for the 2017–2018 academic year.

Outstanding Alumnae

D’Anne Hayman ’88, ’90, vice president, global innovation and nutrition, R&D at the Kellogg Company. She serves on AACC International committees – annual meeting technical program, student research paper competition, and new product development competition – and the foundation board. Her experience spans across new product innovation, core product restage, and extensive work with open innovation partnerships.

Deirdre Ortiz ’91,’95, has been with the Kellogg Company for more than 22 years, working on virtually every snack product that Kellogg produces. She also leads the Kellogg Global Grain+ Program, which works on processing grains and potatoes from breeding, to growing and processing. Ortiz says her grain science education enriched her life in many ways and is grateful for the unique and valuable program.

Outstanding Service Recipients

Jeff Hole ’94, ’04, worked for Cereal Food Processors, Inc., Grain Millers in St. Ansgar, Iowa, and Grain Craft. In 2017, he became vice president of operations with Miller Milling Company. He serves as the vice president for the International Association of Operative Millers. Hole supports students, the department, and the Milling Science Club through wheat and flour donations and participating in campus events.

Ryan Roberts ’10, ’13, quality assurance director Animal Nutrition Inc. in Bern, has led the company in the development and maintenance of Global Food Safety Initiative. The company has hosted tours for the Qualities of Feed and Feed Ingredients (1 or 2 classes) class since 2015. He also facilitated work with the IGP Institute and led demonstrations during the annual Pet Food Innovation Workshop.