Friday, May 20, 2016

Sheila Marshman Honored by SUNY


Sheila Marshman, of Oxford, Chenango County, an associate professor of agricultural business at Morrisville State College, has received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

The honor recognizes faculty members for excellence in teaching techniques, scholarship and professional growth, student services and academic standards.

Marshman began her career at Morrisville State College in 2000. A recognized agricultural advocate, she is treasurer and past president of the New York Agri-Women Association, an organization which works on issues affecting the agriculture industry.

Her extensive agricultural experience includes attending the International Agricultural Economics Conference in Beijing, China and participating in a food system tour of rural China as an invited guest of the Renmin University of China. The trip prompted much of her advocacy and education for a local food system in the United States.

Marshman also was previously asked to present during the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women held at the United Nations, and has been a speaker for American Agri-Women 38th annual meeting (2013), and the New Hampshire Women in Agriculture Conference at the New Hampshire Farm & Forest Expo (2014).

In 2010, she was named Agricultural Advocate of the Year by Commerce Chenango.

She has made her mark on the college campus, developing the college’s four-year degree in agricultural business development and starting Morrisville Fresh, a for-profit business operated and managed by agricultural business students. 

Through Morrisville Fresh, agricultural business students work closely with the college’s Dairy Incubator and Nelson Farms (food processing facilities), adding value to locally grown commodity-based products. Students have produced their own product line comprised of sauces, dips, aquaponic lettuce, ice cream and cheddar cheese, all made with New York ingredients. 

They also market their products on campus, to restaurants, and at area farmers’ markets.

Marshman and her husband, John, reside on his family’s sixth-generation dairy farm founded in 1856. The farm has received numerous local, state and national awards for its contributions to agriculture and the food system.

A graduate of the New York State Food and Agricultural Leadership Program (LEADNY Class 11) housed at Cornell University, Marshman is also actively involved in her community, serving as chair of the town of Oxford Zoning Board of Appeals, serves on the Chenango County Dairy Promotion Committee and the Development Chenango Corporation, the Chenango County Republican Committee, and is a volunteer in Chenango County 4-H.

She also holds numerous leadership positions in various agricultural organizations and is a former board member of FarmLink/FarmNet. 

Most recently, Marshman was elected to the BOCES Board of Education for Delaware, Chenango, Madison, and Otsego counties.

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