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Tom Jenkins to be Honored as Penn State's Dairy Science 2013 Distinguished Alumnus

Posted: October 14, 2013

Dr. Thomas C. Jenkins, professor emeritus at Clemson University, will be honored at a departmental ceremony on October 25.

 Dr. Thomas C. Jenkins, professor emeritus at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, has been named the 2013 Dairy Science Distinguished Alumnus by Penn State's Department of Animal Science and will be recognized at a departmental ceremony on Friday, October 25.

Jenkins received his B.S. degree in animal science from Penn State in 1973, and his M.S. degree in animal nutrition from Penn State in 1975.  He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in animal nutrition biochemistry in 1979. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Ohio State University, and an assistant professor at the Ohio State/Agricultural Technical Institute before he joined the faculty at Clemson University, where he became a Professor in the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. He has been recognized nationally and internationally for his teaching and research in animal nutrition with an emphasis on lipid digestion and metabolism in ruminants, primarily dairy cattle.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "We are pleased to be recognizing Tom for his many outstanding contributions to the dairy industry. Through his innovative thinking and cutting-edge research, he has had an enormous positive influence on his field during his distinguished career."

Jenkins said, "I am humbled and extremely proud to accept this prestigious award from the University that taught me how to grow up and be independent, from the Animal Science Department that gave me a solid education that carried me solidly on to the future, and from past and current faculty and alumni who still guide me today." He gratefully acknowledges the support from Dr. Paul Wangsness, Dr. Roy Martin and Dr. Truman Hershberger who comprised his Master's degree committee. It was their encouragement that led him to pursue his Ph.D. degree.

Jenkins has received numerous awards, including:

* 2013, Pioneers in Nutrition Award presented at the 28th Southwest Nutrition Conference for contributions in understanding of lipid metabolism in domestic animals.

* 2012 and 2000, Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence

* 2011, American Dairy Science Award for applied dairy nutrition sponsored by Nutrition Professionals.

* 2005 Godley-Snell Award for excellence in Agricultural Research by Clemson University

* 1999 American Feed Industry Award for outstanding research in dairy cattle nutrition presented by the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA).

He has presented over 100 lectures and webinars to industry, scientific meetings, symposia and conferences, and has mentored many graduate students.

Jenkins has served on the Nutrition Committee and the Discover Conference Steering Committee for ADSA, the Journal Management Committee for ADSA, and the AFIA Nutrition Award Selection Committee. He has served on the editorial boards of both the ADSA and the American Society of Animal Science, and has been a reviewer for the Journal of Dairy Science, Journal of Animal Science, Journal of Nutrition, Trends in Food Science and Technology, Journal of Microbiology, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Small Ruminant Research, and British Journal of Nutrition.

He grew up in South Fork, Cambria County, showing beef cattle at the county fair from ages 11 to 18. As a freshman at Penn State, he was president of the Pennsylvania Junior Hereford Association.

An accomplished musician, Jenkins is first trumpet player for the Anderson, SC, Symphony Orchestra, plays in a local jazz band, and manages his own jazz/swing band.

Jenkins lives in central South Carolina with his wife Elaine; they celebrated their 40th anniversary in August. He has a daughter in medical school in St. Martin and a son working in the publishing industry in Manhattan.