|Vol. 17, No. 35||July 9, 1998|
Lonie is one of many alumni and students who consider Carl Toensmeyer (aka Dr. T), food and resource economics, a mentor, friend and adviser extraordinaire. It was no surprise to them when he won the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Award for Advisement at a conference and competition in Dallas in the spring.
Lonie, who will be president of the Chesapeake chapter of NAMA, which sponsors the student club on campus, is active in the national organization as well. She said that Toensmeyer had stiff competition from the more than 30 nominees considered for the award.
Josh Huegel, Zack Rose and Curt Fifer, members of the student chapter of NAMA, which Toensmeyer advises, wrote a profile for the competition, noting that "anyone can be an adviser, but it takes someone with pure dedication and determination to epitomize the true meaning of adviser."
The students wrote, "Dr. T spends countless hours of his personal time keeping the UD NAMA chapter on target and focused on goals. He attends all club and marketing team meetings, whether they are on weekends or late into the evening. He takes a personal interest in the achievement of each and every student who crosses his path."
When the NAMA club members participated in a marketing plan competition, characteristically Toensmeyer was on hand to help them and keep them pointed in the right direction, the students said.
Toensmeyer gives credit to his wife and two grown daughters for their patience and understanding over the years when NAMA activities kept him from home on weekends and evenings.
"The students make all the work worth it. I get great satisfaction from what I do," he said.