Linda Samsel shows students the weather pibal used for the smoke management program.By Katie M. Ralls

Guest writer

Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center is pleased to announce Linda Samsel has been presented with the 2013 Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences Classified Employee Award.

The award was created by CAS administrators who felt that recognition should be given to employees who help make the college, its programs and efforts successful.

Recipients receive a $1,000 cash reward, sponsored through E.R. Jackman by gifts from CAS administrators, and have their picture displayed in the CAS building. The awards were handed out at a CAS Faculty and Staff Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

In order to be eligible for the award, nominees must have worked with the college for a minimum of three years and are evaluated on the following criteria: job performance, innovativeness, willingness to accept new and/or extra activities, evidence of favorable peer respect and continued professional growth and university-related outside activities.

Samsel has demonstrated exemplary service to the OSU organization, local growers and industry since her employment with COARC as a seed certification aid in 2003. She also holds a second position as a biological sciences research technician providing technical support to the Jefferson County Smoke Management Program, assisting COARC’s director with agricultural research, overseeing the onsite research garden and serving as COARC’s liaison with the Central Oregon Master Gardener Program.

Since 2008, Samsel has volunteered over 164 hours with the Master Gardener program, and since 2005 has been a co-author on over 30 COARC research publications. She also helps organize and instruct at the annual Seed of Science Field trip at COARC, hosting local fifth-grade students, and at pruning and gardening workshops in the spring.

Samsel is always willing to go the extra mile to serve the local industry and shows the same enthusiastic attitude whether working in the research garden, assisting with a field trip or releasing pibals for the smoke management program.

When seeking input reviewing Samsel’s work in the community, COARC always receives positive remarks. Congratulations, Linda Samsel on your recent award and all that you do for COARC and the community.

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