Smith named Ferguson College of Agriculture Outstanding Senior
Friday, March 25, 2022
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Leslie Smith of Mutual, Oklahoma, was recently named Oklahoma State University’s Ferguson College of Agriculture 2022 Louis and Betty Gardner Outstanding Senior.
Smith is majoring in agribusiness and animal science. She is a 2018 graduate of Woodward High School and is the daughter of Gina Smith.
The Louis and Betty Gardner Outstanding Senior Award is the highest award given to a senior in the Ferguson College of Agriculture. The Outstanding Senior receives a bronze sculpture and a scholarship. In addition, the Outstanding Senior represents the Ferguson College of Agriculture by wearing an orange cap and gown as the college gonfalon carrier at commencement. Smith will participate in this tradition during the Class of 2022 graduation ceremonies in Stillwater on Saturday, May 7. The award is supported by an endowment established by Brent and Kent Gardner, both previous recipients of the award, in honor of their parents, Louis and Betty.
During her time as an undergraduate student, Smith has served the Ferguson College of Agriculture and Oklahoma State University in various capacities. At the college level, she has participated in Block & Bridle and is currently the club’s president. She served as a career liaison as part of the Student Success Leader team. Smith has also participated in the OSU Horseman’s Association, OSU Collegiate Cattlewomen, Beekeeping Club, OSU Ranch Horse Team and OSU Equine Judging Team.
“It’s a gift to be constantly surrounded by people who share the same values as you and are pushing you to be better,” Smith said. “The mentorships and friendships I’ve created over the last four years have been so impactful on my life and my success. That’s something I will always be extremely grateful for.”
Smith demonstrated a commitment to academics, research and community during her time in the Ferguson College of Agriculture. She has served as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the OSU Department of Agricultural Economics and in the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences. She is a member of the Oklahoma AgCredit Student Board of Directors and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She also serves as an undergraduate research scholar for Dr. Blake Wilson.
“Leslie is a very engaged student,” said Dr. Cynda Clary, associate dean of the Ferguson College of Agriculture. “She is pursuing a dual degree, which takes a significant commitment, and yet she finds time to participate in both academic departments through teaching assistantships, club participation and research. She has demonstrated a great combination of academic excellence, involvement and service to the Ferguson College of Agriculture.”
The Ferguson College of Agriculture emphasizes hands-on learning and prioritizes a well-rounded student experience. The college’s award-winning faculty members are dedicated to developing students and are passionate about adding value to the total educational experience. With a diverse set of majors and study options, plus more than 60 student organizations, the college is committed to expanding minds and inspiring purpose. Learn more at agriculture.okstate.edu.