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MSU floral designer receives service award
BILOXI, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University Extension Service employee recently received a national award for his significant contribution to the floral industry.
Jim DelPrince, an Extension floral design specialist, accepted the American Institute of Floral Designers Award of Distinguished Service to the Floral Industry during the organization’s annual National Symposium in July.
“DelPrince was honored for his tireless and continued support of AIFD as a leader, mentor, supporter, volunteer and friend,” a statement from the institute said. “Inducted into AIFD in 1992, Jim has helped further the floral industry through his contributions to industry resources and education.”
After teaching students on the MSU Starkville campus for 23 years, DelPrince joined the MSU Extension Service in 2015. Based at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center, he offers classes, workshops and other educational opportunities to amateur floral enthusiasts, professional designers and members of Mississippi’s green industry.
DelPrince is also an AIFD Laureate member, a special distinction for individuals who have belonged to AIFD for 21 or more years and who have attended at least 10 national symposia.
The AIFD is the foremost nonprofit floral design organization in America with members worldwide. Accredited membership is selective and requires candidates pass an online test and successfully complete a four-hour, hands-on floral design evaluation. Individuals who receive accreditation must maintain their status by meeting continuing education requirements every three years.