Staff honored at awards luncheon

Shana Gerdes
Pictured receiving the Outstanding Employee Award is Shana Gerdes, Nebraska LEAD.
November 29, 2023

Lincoln, Neb. —Staff from the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln were honored at the annual IANR staff appreciation luncheon on Nov. 28 at the Nebraska East Union. 

 Awards presented and recipients:  

  • OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE AWARD: The Outstanding Employee Award recognizes employees who go above and beyond their job responsibilities. Each of the recipients received $750, and a certificate. 
    • Samantha Link, Agricultural Research Division, Greenhouse Innovation Center
    • Julie McManamey, Food Science and Technology
    • Melisia Bieber, Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design
    • Shana Gerdes, Nebraska LEAD
  • EXEMPLARY SERVICE AWARD: The Exemplary Service Award recognizes employees who have made significant and sustained contributions to the university during their career.  
    • Dee Ebbeka, Conservation and Survey Division, School of Natural Resources
  • OMTVEDT SERVANT LEADER AWARD: The Omtvedt Servant Leader Award recognizes outstanding managerial/professional and office/service employees. This award is made possible through the generosity of Lee Harlan and her late husband, Neal, in honor of Irv Omtvedt and his distinguished career at the university.  
    • Sherri Pitchie, Animal Science

To learn more about IANR faculty and staff awards, visit 

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