Exemplary Service Award 2018: Yvette Gibson

Yvette M. Gibson has had a remarkable career in a full, varied, and interesting life. She has managed businesses; built the financial, human resources and administrative infrastructure of a start-up company; managed portfolios for client relationships; and most recently has served as an instructor within Oregon State University’s Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences.

At OSU she has directed scholarship and teaching research culminating in a “Teaching field-based science Online” multi-initiative research program to compare learning outcomes between online and campus-based courses that have a field-based component.

She has garnered an number of outside grants to support her research and scholarship activities; she has been an invited speaker at an impressive number of professional and scientific meetings and conclaves; she has served on several committees and held memberships in three rangeland councils, societies, and partnerships; she has taught nine different rangeland and/or animal science classes at OSU; and she is the Coordinator and Academic Advisor for the Online Rangeland Science Program which she developed.

Very impressive, indeed! But what really is dramatic in the eyes of many is that Yvette designed and developed the nine classes which she currently teaches and that she, basically single handedly, led the development of the On-line Rangeland Science degree program!

Ms. Yvette M. Gibson is a valuable member of the Rangeland Science teaching and student advising staff at Oregon State University and is a strong proponent of student development. She has made an indelible mark in the lives of many rangeland students, professionals, and practitioners. She is truly deserving of recognition as the 2018 Pacific Northwest Section’s Exemplary Service Award.