TEMPE, ARIZ. — Dr. Michael Tomaszewski has been named the 2012 Outstanding Dairy Industry Educator/Research of the Year by Western DairyBusiness magazine.
Tomaszewski was honored on Feb. 23 during the Southwest Nutrition and Management Conference in Tempe, Ariz.
According to a letter by Ron Goble, editor of Western DairyBusiness, Tomaszewski has made major contributions that have impacted the lives of countless animal science students.
“You have been recognized for your leadership in the use of microcomputers for on-farm decision making, and have been a major contributor through serving Dairy Herd Improvement on a national policy level,” stated Goble.
Tomaszewski received a doctorate in dairy cattle breeding from North Carolina State University. He joined the Department of Animal Science in 1975 and currently serves as a visiting professor and professor emeritus.
He teaches a campus-based and web-based introductory dairy management course. The web-based course has seen increasing enrollment numbers with interest from a variety of students who wouldn’t ordinarily have access to a dairy course.
Tomaszewski also serves as coordinator of the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium – Teaching program, a multi-university effort created specifically to address the need to improve the availability of dairy science education at universities in the Southwest and to ensure the growing dairy industry a well qualified pool of prospective employees for future employment. Under his leadership, the teaching program has grown in student enrollment as well as university and industry support.
Tomaszewski’s other awards include the Association of Former Students’ Distinguished Achievement Award in Continuing Education, the Vice Chancellor for Agriculture’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Team Research, the Texas Agricultural Extension Service’s Award and the National DHIA Outstanding Service Award.
The editorial content for Western DairyBusiness is focused on the latest time saving, income maximizing and practical management strategies for the region. Emphasis is given to producer proven techniques for herd health, feed and nutrition, milk quality and production, crop management, waste handling, environmental concerns and financial management.