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Graduate of Distinction Award

Graduate of Distinction Award

Graduate of Distinction Award Recipients 2018

This award, presented annually since 1949, recognizes graduates with a B.S. degree in Animal Science at OSU who have compiled outstanding records of achievement and service, particularly in the field of Animal Agriculture. Jane and Mike Dewall, Ronald Nimmo, and Ron Ramming received this award in 2018.

Mike Dewall

Michael Deewall graduated from Chelsea High School in 1966. He was active in FFA and showed steers at the county and state levels. Mike showed the Reserve Champion Hereford Steer at the Tulsa State Fair in 1965. He was on the livestock judging team and received the State Farmer Degree in 1966.

Mike was second in his class in the College of Agriculture at Oklahoma State University when he graduated in Animal Science in 1970. Mike was on the President’s and Dean’s Honor Roll; and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Zeta. He was on the 1969 OSU Livestock Judging Team that won cattle in Denver, Ft. Worth, and the American Royal. Mike was 4th high individual at the American Royal. Mike was active in Block & Bridle and was Grand Champion Showman at the Little International in 1966. Mike was a student employee of the Department of Animal Science for four years.

Mike has managed and bred Hereford cattle since he graduated from OSU. He started his career as herdsman in charge of show and sale cattle at Winrock Farms – Turner Ranch Division in Sulphur, OK. He exhibited the Champion Hereford Bull at the National Western Stock Show and the Reserve Champion Hereford Bull at the American Royal. After the Turner Ranch dispersal, Mike became Herd Manager at the OSU Purebred Beef Center for 2 years. Mike continued his excellence with cattle as Manager of Higgins Hereford Ranch in Nowata, OK and as Herdsman for Middleswarth Herefords in Torrington, Wyoming.

Mike spent 15 years as Manager of LeForce Herefords near Nash, OK, where he was responsible for the production and marketing of a 400 cow registered Hereford herd. Mike activities included eight production sales, feedlot and carcass testing, promotion of Hereford cattle, and support of OSU judging teams.

Mike and Jane initiated their ranch near Coldwater Kansas with the purchase of registered Herefords from Jane’s father, Mr. Franklin Nash. These cattle were from one of the few line bred Hereford herds in the U.S. Their commercial cattle are from the Orville Deewall (Mike’s father and former Beef Cattle Herdsman at Oklahoma A&M) cattle that trace back to the Par-Ker Ranch cattle that Orville managed for 25 years. Mike and Jane sell bulls and heifers, are active in the Kansas Hereford Association, and participate in feedlot and carcass testing. From 2005-2014, Mike was the Agriculture Extension Agent in Comanche County Kansas. This job gave him an opportunity to share his livestock knowledge with ranchers, farmers, and students.

During his career Mike has been dedicated to Hereford Cattle, animal agriculture, and the OSU Department of Animal Science. He was President of the Oklahoma Hereford Association, Vice President and Board member of the Kansas Hereford Association, and member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen and Kansas Livestock Associations. The Deewalls has received the Kansas Farm Bureau Centennial Farm Award and the American Hereford Association Centennial Breeders Award. Mike and Jane Deewall were recognized as Kansas Hereford Breeders of the Year in 2016.

Jane Dewall

Jane Nash Deewall graduated from high school in Canon City, CO in 1968. She was active in 4-H, showed cattle and was on the Livestock Judging Team. She graduated with a B.S in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University in 1972, and was the only woman in many of her classes. She was on the OSU Livestock Judging Team in 1971, and was the high individual on the team at the International in Chicago. Jane was active in Block and Bridle and received the Outstanding Woman of Agriculture in 1971-1972.

Jane was a Professional Cattle Photographer from 1971-1985. She worked closely with Hereford breeders and was an advisor for the Oklahoma Junior Hereford Association.

Jane assisted her husband, Mike, with the management of several Hereford ranches. They managed the OSU Purebred Beef Center (1973-74), Higgins Hereford Ranch (1977-78), Middleswarth Hereford Ranch (1979-1983), and LeForce Herefords (1983-1998).

In 1991, Jane and Mike began Deewall Herefords. They continue activity with the Hereford Association and sell bulls and heifers private treaty. They produced cattle with the top ribeye and top yield grade in the 2004 American Hereford Association Genetic Outreach Test. In 2000, Deewall Herefords showed the Reserve Champion pen of Junior Yearling Bulls at the National Western Stock Show. They donated the right to flush the top selling cow in the LeForce Herd Reduction Sale (which they purchased) to OSU.

Jane is an entrepreneur in addition to her cattle photography and cattle management expertise. She started Western Shirt Manufacturing Company in 1991 and managed the business for 12 years. Jane also developed Nash Originals LLC, and owns and operates a gift box business.

Jane has always been very active with Hereford cattle. She was President of the Oklahoma Hereford Women for 5 years, Vice President and Treasurer of the Kansas Hereford Women and a 4-H beef leader in Comanche County Kansas. Jane was recognized as the “Outstanding Hereford Woman of the Year” by the American Hereford Women in 2004. In 2007, her family was recognized with a Century Farm Award by the Farm Bureau for farm families who have been on the land for 100 years.

In 2014, the Franklin Nash Family/Deewall Family received the Century Breeder Award for breeding registered Hereford cattle continuously for 100 years. The cattle herd was started by Jane’s grandfather, Walter Nash, in 1914. Her father, Franklin Nash, developed an outstanding herd of line bred Herefords, that formed the basis for the herd Jane and Mike are now raising near Coldwater, KS. The Nash and Deewall families are providing two annual scholarships to OSU Animal Science students, and 2 OSU Art Scholarships to the Taos Summer Art Program.

Ronald Nimmo, Ph.D.

Dr. Ronald Nimmo graduated high school from Duncan, OK in 1969. He then attended Murray State College and received an Associate of Science degree in Animal Science in 1971. Ron then attended Oklahoma State University where he graduated in 1973 with a B.S. in Animal Science. While at OSU, he worked at what was known as the OSU sixth street swine farm and then he served as Manager of the Oklahoma Boar Test Station. Following graduation, he served as the Executive Secretary for the Oklahoma Pork Commission. He also served two years as Extension county agent for McClain County prior to attending graduate school at the University of Nebraska. He received his M.S. (1978) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees from the University of Nebraska. Ronald began his career with Feed Specialties in Ankeny, IA in 1980 and then joined Continental Grain Company in 1981. He served as Manager of Research and Product Development as well as served large account technical service. In 1991, he joined Carroll Foods in Warsaw, NC serving as Manager for Nutrition Feeding Programs/Diet Formulation, Feed Milling Operations, and Lab Services. While at Carroll’s Foods (later Smithfi eld Foods), Ron helped grow the business from 30,000 sows to 187,500 sows in six U.S. states, Mexico, and South America. He managed a 30 million pig database that contained production and fi nancial data on pigs produced as well as carcass information and ingredient value while at Carroll’s. He also was responsible for approximately two million dollars per week in ingredient use in formula feeds over a ten year period.

In 2001, Ron joined Phibro Animal Health as Director of Nutrition Technical Services. He currently manages large account nutrition technical services for feed additives and nutrition products. He also manages antibiotic and non-antibiotic swine research efforts with responsibilities for design, management and reporting of results of all potential new and existing feed additives and nutrition products to upper management. Research locations include university as well as FDA approved contract facilities throughout the U.S. During 37 years of research activity, he has either authored or co-authored over 450 private industry research projects in the area of swine nutrition and production management.

Ron is the owner of Triangle Concepts Consulting which provides animal production records analysis, feed formulation assistance and research direction to animal production systems in the U.S. and internationally. He has served clients in the integrated swine industry, as well as feed manufacturers, animal breeding companies and human vitamin and OTC product companies.

Dr. Nimmo is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Carolina Feed Industry Association, and North Carolina Pork Producers Association.

Ron and his wife Melissa reside in Clinton, NC. They have a daughter who is a public school administrator in Mebane, NC and a son, Ryan who is a software specialist for a cloud based logistics fi rm in Austin, TX.

Ron Ramming, Ph.D.

Dr. Ronald S. Ramming was raised on a diversifi ed livestock and crop farm in Hinton, Oklahoma. He graduated from Hinton High School in 1983 and began his undergraduate career at Connors State College where he graduated in 1985 with his Associate of Science Degree in Agriculture.

After attending Connors State, Dr. Ramming then completed his undergraduate studies at Oklahoma State University in 1987 earning his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Animal Science. While earning his degree, he was a member of the Livestock Judging Team and worked at the OSU swine farm. Ramming is a second generation graduate of the OSU Animal Science Department. His father, Bob, earned his degree in Animal Science in 1964.

Ramming was offered a graduate teaching assistantship position in the Animal Science Department at the University of Tennessee. His responsibilities there included coaching the Livestock Judging Team and teaching the live animal evaluation courses as well as the meat animal sections of the department’s introductory course.

In 1990, Dr. Ramming began his career in higher education at Connors as an Agriculture Instructor and Assistant Livestock Judging Team Coach. He earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration at OSU in August of 1997 and became the Director of Distance and Extended Education in 1998 at Connors State College and then Dean of Enrollment Services in 2004. In 2009, he assumed the role as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services as well as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs. He served as Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs from 2014-2016 and as Interim President of the college from 2016-2017. On April 20, 2017, Ramming was named the 17th President of Connors State College by the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma A&M Colleges.

Dr. Ramming resides in Warner, Oklahoma. His son Bobby is currently a junior at Oklahoma State University and his daughter Madison is a senior at Warner High School.

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