The Irrigation Foundation has named Lou Anella, PhD, of Oklahoma State University, the recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Education Award. Anella received his award at the 2015 Irrigation Show & Education Conference in Long Beach, Calif.
The Excellence in Education Award recognizes a person who is actively teaching irrigation, water management and/or water conservation in affiliation with a two- or four-year institution. The award honors academics who are playing a critical role in developing educated professionals with the knowledge and skills to create efficient irrigation solutions that will protect water and the environment.
Anella is recognized for his efforts in developing the first irrigation course for the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture department, introduced at OSU in 2007. Nearly a decade later, the highly regarded course is still taught to students majoring in landscape management, turf, public horticulture, landscape architecture, and to some students outside of the department.
“I consider myself to be one of the [Irrigation] Faculty Academy’s success stories. Although I knew next to nothing about irrigation, [attending] Faculty Academy helped me quickly get up to speed, and now I have a very successful irrigation course at Oklahoma State University,” said Anella.
Anella went from an annual Faculty Academy attendee to someone who has had an important impact on the organization and structure of the event. He now regularly gives presentations and helps to plan the event through his service on the Faculty Academy task group. He has also served on the Foundation Board of Trustees for the past five years.
“Dr. Anella has a heart for training students to be effective and valuable people within their fields,” wrote Lynn Brandenberger, PhD, a fellow professor at OSU, in his nomination. “His efforts have resulted in many students going into successful careers that include planning, installing, and maintaining irrigation systems for landscapes.”