UT AgResearch Administrative Specialist Rader Wins the E.J. Chapman Outstanding Service Award​



Amelia Rader, UT AgResearch

Amelia Rader, an Administrative Specialist with UTIA’s AgResearch and Education Center in Greeneville, is the winner of the E.J. Chapman Outstanding Service Award. ​Also pictured are UTIA Chancellor Tim Cross (right) and Bill Brown, dean of UT AgResearch. Photo courtesy UTIA.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts. More than two dozen people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville July 28, 2017. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Amelia Rader, an Administrative Specialist with UTIA’s AgResearch and Education Center in Greeneville, is the winner of the E.J. Chapman Outstanding Service Award. This honor was established by the late E.J. Chapman, who served the university in a wide range of capacities from agronomist to assistant vice president for agriculture.

“I am so excited and honored to receive the E.J. Chapman Award,” Rader says. “I have loved working for the university for 32-plus years, and I’m thankful for the wonderful faculty and staff I have worked with over those years – especially the ones at our AgResearch and Education Center in Greeneville, who are just like family.”

Rader has worked her whole career at the Greeneville center. Her wide range of responsibilities include payroll, invoicing, budget and insurance matters, and coordinating field days and research projects. Director Rob Ellis says if there’s a piece of equipment needed, Amelia will find it, and at the best price. Rader also developed an online system to monitor yields from tobacco harvests that cut data collection time from one week of tedious work down to about half an hour. She also handles the data the center collects for the National Weather Service.

Rader is quite the cook, and never lets a birthday go by without baking a co-worker’s favorite cake, and she’s known to keep ice cream and popsicles handy for hot summer days. Co-workers joke you’d better not be between Amelia and the phone when it rings. She never lets it ring more than twice, and has been known to dive for the phone between rings two and three.

UTIA Chancellor Dr. Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people at the UT Institute of Agriculture word hard every day to deliver real life solutions to our many stakeholders,” Cross says. “Recognition of the outstanding work by our award winners inspires all of us to strive for excellence and make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans.”
 
Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.

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Contact: 

Charles Denney, 865-382-8058 (mobile), cmdenney@utk.edu

Amelia Rader, 423-638-6532, arader1@utk.edu


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