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HAMMER NAMED 2012 OUTSTANDING EXTENSION COOPERATOR IN HORTICULTURE

HAMMER NAMED 2012 OUTSTANDING EXTENSION COOPERATOR IN HORTICULTURE

By Janlyn Thaxton

 

 

 

HAMMER NAMED 2012 OUTSTANDING EXTENSION COOPERATOR IN HORTICULTURE Dr. Rick Hammer, assistant professor of biology atHardin-Simmons University, was honored by the Taylor County Extension EducationOffice for training volunteers as master gardeners and master naturalists. Hammer is one of the Big Country’s foremost authorities onhorticulture with expertise in both botany and plant ecology and has beenconducting workshops for the Taylor County program for several years. “Dr. Hammer has been an outstanding supporter of the TexasA&M AgriLife Extension program and has been a staple instructor in both theBig Country Master Gardener training program and Big Country Master Naturalisttraining program,” says Robert Pritz, Taylor County Extension Agent for NaturalResources and Agriculture. {{more}} “Dr. Hammer has been gracious to host several of our extensiontrainings at HSU, and while fully committed to teaching and educating hisstudents, he brings that same passion to the interns he teaches in the ExtensionService program. His commitment to the horticultural community, combined withhis level of commitment to our program, makes him a natural choice for thisrecognition,” says Pritz. At HSU, Hammer teaches undergraduate courses in botany, ecology,computers in science, and various elective courses such as environmentalethics. He also teaches students in the HSU Honors Program and is a facultymember in the Environmental Management Graduate Program. Hammer recently led students in a field ecology class insearch of rare plant life located in the Big Thicket, one of only three placesin the world where Texas Trailing Phlox can be found. Earlier this year, Hammerhelped to lead a group of HSU Honors students in the study of ecosystems in theGuadalupe Mountains. He is a master educator with the Leave No Trace OutdoorEthics program, is active in his church as an adult leader for RoyalAmbassadors, a Cub Scout den leader, and serves as the Outdoor Ethics Advocatefor the 17-county Abilene area Boy Scouts of America. The ceremony and dinner were held at 6 p.m., Thursday,November 8, 2012, at the extension offices located in the Big Country Hall at theTaylor County Expo Center.