Zeyen Awarded U of MN Alumni Association’s 2017 Service Award

December 20, 2017

Plant Pathology Emeritus Richard Zeyen University of Minnesota Alumni Service AwardProfessor Emeritus Richard Zeyen was granted a 2017 University of Minnesota’s Alumni Association’s Service Award. It was presented to him by University President, Eric W. Kaler in a ceremony on October 19, 2017 at the Commons Hotel on the Minneapolis Campus. The award recognizes the service of a volunteer who has had a major impact on the University, its schools, colleges, departments, or faculty.

An alumnus (Ph.D., 1970 - Plant Pathology & Physiology) and faculty member of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) for nearly four decades, Professor Emeritus Richard Zeyen has left a legacy that will have far reaching impact. Aside from defining a personal legacy as an educator in the Plant Pathology Department, Richard is noted by his peers as a master storyteller. His volunteer work has included endowment fund raising; initiating, directing and crafting content for a number of historical and educational initiatives; and helping digitally archive Plant Pathology’s historical documents and the papers and activities of important departmental alums.

Among his efforts are: helping found the Stakman-Borlaug Center for Sustainable Plant Health; providing all content and photos for the CFANS Norman Borlaug website; helping initiate, fund, and produce the Twin Cities Television-University of Minnesota regional Emmy awarded documentary –“Saving Wheat: Rusts Never Sleep”; helping digitize historical Plant Pathology materials and the Aurora Sporealis from 1924 to the present; helping initiate and gather materials for preservation and the digitization of a Green Revolution Collection within the University of Minnesota Archives; and, writing text and providing photos for the departmental history portion of Plant Pathology’s Living Legacy Project.

“I hope it is evident from this brief list that Richard Zeyen has and continues to contribute significantly to our institution, our college, and the Department of Plant Pathology,” says Department Head Jim Bradeen. “His passion and hard work are essential to our efforts to engage alumni and friends. Richard remains a steadfast, enthusiastic, and engaged advocate for Plant Pathology, CFANS, and the University of Minnesota. He has played very significant roles in fostering institutional connections with our alumni and friends for the betterment of CFANS.”