Animal Science Professor Wins Webster Pendergrass Award for Outstanding Service

Dr. Henry Kattesh, UTIA Award
Dr. Hank Kattesh, Professor in Animal Science, is the winner of the Webster Pendergrass Award for Outstanding Service.  Pictured are (top row) UTIA Chancellor Tim Cross (left) and Dr. Caula Beyl, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; (bottom row, left to right) Betty Eliassen, Kattesh, Jack Eliassen, and Jim 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.​

Dr. Hank Kattesh, Professor in Animal Science, is the winner of the Webster Pendergrass Award for Outstanding Service. This award is presented in memory of former Vice President of Agriculture Dr. Webster Pendergrass and recognizes a teaching, research or Extension faculty member who has contributed most to the fulfillment of the Institute’s goals and objectives.

“Receiving the Webster Pendergrass Outstanding Service Award is a very special honor for me in that Dr. Pendergrass was Vice President for Agriculture when I was hired in 1979,” Kattesh says. “I am grateful to UTIA for giving me the opportunity over the past 38 years to share my passion for the study of animal science with so many undergraduate and graduate students,
and to see them succeed in pursuing further studies in specialty areas of their choice.”

Food-producing animals are exposed daily to environmental stressors that can inhibit performance and well-being. Dr. Kattesh’s specialty is in reproductive physiology -- studying the challenges that impact livestock. He has researched such topics as heat stress on animals and how that affects an animal’s blood, plasma levels and organs.

In the classroom, Kattesh teaches courses such as “Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals.” He also mentors graduate and undergraduates, personally in charge of more than 50 students now, and over his career, he’s mentored more than 4,000 students. Students say he is interesting, very funny, but you’d better write fast when taking notes because he covers a lot of material.

Kattesh has been honored with the Buford Ellington Faculty Award, the Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award, and the Provosts Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has also served on UT’s Institutional Animals Care and Use committee, UT’s Tenure and Promotions committee, the Honor Society of Agriculture, and as President of Gamma Sigma Delta. Kattesh is also praised for his contribution over the years to 4-H livestock projects and academic conference – a natural fit, animals, kids and science going together nicely.

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.



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