Math and Science Division Head, Hank Miller, was honored as the Bob Steffen Pioneer Award recipient for 2019. This award was chosen by The
Center for Rural Affairs and recognizes contributions in community, building and engagement. The award ceremony was scheduled in March but was canceled due to Covid.

Miller has done environmental work with NICC as well as The Center for Rural Affairs. NICC has had nearly a ten year relationship NICC has had
with The Center through garden projects. Other projects Miller, NICC students, partners, and community has taken on include: prairie restoration, artesian well, no till garden research, and other environmental research projects. Another key development that Miller is looking forward to is the greenhouse project. Construction is completed in Macy, and Santee's greenhouse construction is underway.