The N.B. and Jacqueline Giustina Professorship in Turf Management

The late N.B. "Nat" Giustina, a 1941 OSU graduate and owner of an Oregon timber business, was well-known for his love of golf.

In the mid-1960s Giustina established the Tokatee Golf Club on the McKenzie River in Blue River, Ore. He was a long time volunteer for OSU, serving 25 years on the OSU Foundation Board and spearheading the effort to create the Trysting Tree Golf Club, a championship 18-hole golf course in Corvallis, the proceeds of which benefit OSU.

Giustina, who died in August 2005, asked that his family make a gift to The Campaign for OSU after he passed away. In 2008 his wife, Jacqueline, and his children, decided to direct a $1 million of that gift to create a professorship in turf management.

The N.B. and Jacqueline Giustina Professorship in Turf Management is designed to support a faculty member to build on the work of Tom Cook, who established the program and planned to retire in fall 2008. Under Cook's direction, OSU's turf management program has earned national recognition and produced graduates who have served as superintendents of prominent golf courses including Bandon Dunes, Pebble Beach, and Pronghorn. Cook also devised new approaches to making golf courses environmentally "green."

The turf management professorship was part of a larger $4 million gift by the Giustina family in support of The Campaign for OSU; the other portion of the Giustinas' gift created an endowed professorship in forest management.

 

Alec Kowalewski

Alec KowalewskiFormerly an assistant professor of turf management at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Georgia, Alec Kowalewski came to OSU as the N.B. and Jacqueline Giustina Professor in Turf Management in late 2012. His research background includes turfgrass sustainability, water use efficiency, maintenance economics, improved wear tolerant bermudagrass hybrids, and organic weed control.

In 2007 and 2008 he served as an adviser to the company that built the portable athletic field used in the Bird's Nest stadium during the Beijing Olympics. Kowalewski earned his doctorate, master's, and bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University.

 

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