Tennessee Tech honors agriculture major with top student award

thumb CUTLINE_1_James_Rose_BellTennessee Tech University has honored Chelsea Doss Rose of Hickman with the prestigious 2012 Derryberry Award.

The university’s top student award was announced Monday at TTU.

Two award finalists also were recognized for their achievements. Nicholas Schulte, a marine biology major from Apison, Tenn., is the son of Randy and Gail Schulte. His grandparents are Don and Jeri Ogden of Walton, N.Y. Beth Douglass, an international business and Spanish major from Chattanooga, is the daughter of Susan Douglass and Scott Douglass.

All three students will graduate in May.

thumb CUTLINE_2_James_Schulte_Douglass_BellEach year, the Derryberry Award is given to a graduating senior who has exhibited characteristics that demonstrate potential for future service and effective leadership in American society. The award honors the late Everett Derryberry, the university’s longest serving president. He retired in 1974 after 34 years of service.

Pat Bagley, dean of the College of Agricultural and Human Sciences, nominated Rose for the award based on her work ethic and leadership.

“In every activity she is involved in, she offers new and exciting ideas while perfecting old practices. She is the epitome of what every school longs for – a natural leader with a passion for improvement,” said Bagley. “She is a leader, a role model, an outstanding student and an outstanding person.”

An agriculture communications major, Rose has been on the Dean’s List at TTU every semester and has received multiple academic scholarships. She is a member of Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers and two honor societies, Omicron Delta Kappa and Delta Tau Alpha.

She is the daughter of Jeff and Beth Doss of Christiana and the wife of John Rose, who is also a TTU alumnus. Her grandparents are Davis and Brenda Maxey of Red Boiling Springs, Roy Bilbrey of Lafayette, and Delton and Dorothy Doss of Lafayette.

“Dr. Derryberry was the kind of person we as students strive to become. His achievements will not soon be matched, but to be recognized as a student who embodies his leadership qualities is a tremendous honor.  As a third generation Tech student, I am proud to celebrate this honor with my father and his father, Delton Doss, who inspired me to attend Tennessee Tech,” said Rose.

Throughout her time at TTU, Rose won numerous competitions in public speaking and collegiate discussion. She served on the university’s Agricultural Council and as honorary parliamentarian for the TTU Foundation. She was a Student Government Association senator for two years.

From 2009-2010, Rose served as Southern region vice president of the National FFA Organization. As a national officer, she travelled extensively across the U.S. and to Japan to promote agricultural education. In 2010, she was a guest lecturer for “Maymester” at Texas A&M University.

During her final undergraduate semester at TTU, Rose served as the legislative intern for Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. She had held earlier internships with the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and Tennessee Farmers Cooperative.

Rose is a graduate of Eagleville High School. For two years, she tutored children at Eagleville Elementary and served as a volunteer organizer for the community’s Toys for Tots program. She was also active on the community’s Angel Tree committee and with Ag-In-The-Classroom, a project aimed at teaching students ages 5-12 about agriculture and natural resources.

As a TTU student, Rose had the opportunity to live and work on the Millard and J.J. Oakley farm in Overton County, which is leased and operated by the university.

Through that experience, Rose completed an extensive Sow Production Cost Analysis. The project assessed the viability of a producer-buyer relationship between TTU and Wampler’s Farm Sausage, Inc. Rose’s research included documenting hog weight, productivity and saleable weight, creating an enterprise budget, and analyzing the profit potential for such a relationship.

“It has been a unique experience to walk the halls built by President Derryberry and to complete a rigorous education at TTU,” said Rose. “It now falls on my classmates and I to perpetuate the traditions and standards of this great institution.

“As I strive to meet that challenge, I will look to the examples of my role models, Dean Pat Bagley, President Bell, Dr. Ben Byler and, of course, our timeless leader President Derryberry.”

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