Dr. Rebecca Creasy, Lecturer in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, received the Gail W. and David P. Marion ’65 Teaching Award in Memory of Dr. Richard C. Potts ’45 at the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ 61st Annual Convocation on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
The award is given to a professor who is an exceptional teacher and who has demonstrated outstanding mentorship to underclassmen in our college. It was established by the Marion family through the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University in memory of Dr. Potts to recognize a faculty member in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who teaches and mentors freshmen and sophomore students and is an effective communicator. Recipients of the award are selected by the members of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council.
Dr. Richard Potts ’45 was a respected administrator and faculty member in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who contributed to the success of Texas A&M University. He loved and respected his students like his own children, knowing that sometimes they just needed someone to talk to. Dr. Potts was a great mentor to David Marion, who benefited greatly from Dr. Potts mentorship during his time as a student at Texas A&M University, and the award was begun in 2012 by his family as a tribute to Dr. Potts.
Creasy’s experience in food science and nutrition spans from the food industry to higher education and community outreach. Her instructional focus at Texas A&M has been on introductory nutrition courses, study abroad programs, and undergraduate food science courses. She enjoys mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students as a Leadership Coach with the Maroon & White Leadership Program, as well as an advisor for the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association, the Aggie Golden Arrows Women’s Leadership Organization, and the Omega Phi Alpha Service Sorority. She has also led Study Abroad Texas – Food Science and co-led the Mediterranean Nutrition and Food Processing Study Abroad, and recently coordinated the 2018 Texas FFA Food Science Career Development Event Clinic.
Creasy received a BSA in Food Science from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Food Science and Human Nutrition, and minor in Agricultural Education and Communication, from the University of Florida.