Horticulture professor Jim Nienhuis is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for International Service from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (ITCR). Nienhuis received the award during a ceremony at ITCR on Feb. 11.
Horticulture chair Irwin Goldman believes this is the first time the award has been granted to an individual outside of ITCR, and the award is a testament to Nienhuis’ work developing ties between Wisconsin and Costa Rica over the years.
“Jim has singlehandedly built our tropical horticulture program, developing both a classroom experience and a study abroad trip for our students over a period of fifteen years. The program builds on many connections Jim has developed in Costa Rica and Nicaragua over the years, and gives students a very personal look at tropical agriculture. One of the close partners for the course is the Instituto Tecnológico, and this relationship has been incredibly beneficial for our students and for Costa Rican students who have traveled to Wisconsin,” says Goldman.