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Posted: June 15, 2009

Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus; Distinguished Dairy Science Alumnus; Annual Spring Dinner Dance, Third Annual Football Tailgate...

William W. Saylor, Ph.D., Butler County native and professor in the Department of Animal & Food Sciences at the University of Delaware, Dover, was recognized as the 2009 Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus during Little I/Dairy Expo weekend in April at a reception held by the department at the Little International and Dairy Exposition on April 18 and at the Penn State Stockmen’s Club Banquet on April 17.

Saylor received his B.S. in animal industry in 1970, his M.S. in animal nutrition in 1973 and his Ph.D. in animal nutrition in 1978 after working as a research associate for Dr. Roland Leach. He has worked at the University of Delaware since then, first as a professor, then as Associate Dean for Research and Associate director of the Delaware Agricultural Experiment Station. He returned to his full time faculty position in the Department of Animal And Food Sciences in 1999. Throughout his career, Saylor has taught the introductory animal nutrition course to animal science and pre-veterinary medicine students, and has taught an honors section of the course for the past seven years. He is primary instructor in a sophomore careers course and teaches an upper-level undergraduate and a graduate-level course in advanced non-ruminant nutrition. He has offered special session courses in Techniques in Nutrition Research and in Contemporary Issues in Animal Agriculture.

He has directed four-week study abroad programs in Australia. He currently serves as advisor to the Agricultural College Council, and has been an advisor to the Animal Science Club and to Alpha Zeta. As a Faculty Mentor to LIFE (learning Integrated Freshmen Experience) students, he assists first year students in forming small learning communities.

Saylor has taught more than 2500 undergraduate students, and has advised more than 50 students in undergraduate research projects. He has served as mentor to nine Science Scholars (undergraduate recipients of summer research internships), and four Degree with Distinction candidates. At the graduate level, he has supervised twelve MS and three PhD students and served on the committees of some 35 graduate students. He has received several awards including the University of Delaware Agriculture College Council Excellence in Academic Advising Award, the College of Agriculture Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Land-O-Lakes/Purina Mills Excellence in Teaching Award.

Saylor has directed broiler nutrition research focused on mineral metabolism, and for the past 10 years his research has focused on exploring nutritional strategies for reducing nutrient emissions, especially phosphorus, to the environment through improved nutrient utilization. He has conducted collaborative research with colleagues at Delaware, the University of Maryland, Purdue University, and Iowa State University. Saylor and his collaborators have been recognized for the impact that this “feed to field” approach to nutrient management has had on the environmental footprint of the poultry industry on the Delmarva Peninsula. He received the 2008 Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. Medal of Achievement in recognition for his research and service to the industry.

An active member of the Poultry Science Association (PSA) since 1978, he has served on numerous committees and as secretary-treasurer, and as first and second vice presidents before serving as president in 2000-2001. He is currently president of the PSA Foundation Board of Trustees, and he was elected a Fellow of the PSA in 2008, a tribute to his research, teaching and service to the industry. Saylor and wife Karen Klugh, are the parents of two children – Adam, a Penn State graduate, and Michelle, a University of Delaware graduate.

H. Duane Norman will be honored as the 2009 DAS Distinguished Dairy Science Alumnus during the weekend of the Dairymen’s Club Banquet and Nittany Lion Fall Classic Sale (November 20th and 21st).

The Penn State Stockmen’s Club hosted 20 graduating seniors for dinner at the annual Spring Dinner Dance on April 17 in State College. The 1959 Livestock Judging Team celebrated their 50 year anniversary. The Booster award was given to Bill and Cheryl Fairbairn of Coatesville in recognition of their service and dedication to the club.

The Penn State Dairymen’s Club and the Penn State Stockmen’s Club will host the third annual football tailgate on September 26 at the Snider Ag Arena prior to the PSU vs. Iowa game. The tailgate is a joint effort of these two affiliated program groups of the College of Ag Sciences Alumni Society. Tailgate ticket will be available to club members on a first come-first served basis. Detailed information will be mailed to members in June.