Civic Ag and Food Systems Minor Course Offering

A course you might consider registering for this Spring 2018:

ALS 4204 Concepts in Community Food Systems (3 cr): A comprehensive examination of the economic, political, socio-cultural, health and environmental issues related to community food systems and agricultural practices. Topics include: local, regional, and global food systems development and sustainability, food production and biotechnology, food sovereignty and security, and population and environmental health. Analyze models, strategies, and policies within local, national, and global food systems.

See flyer here:

ALS_4204-5234G S18 Flyer

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Agronomy Club Peanut Sale

It’s that time of year again, the Agronomy Club Peanut Sale! Help support our students and Virginia Agriculture! The attached order form with payment is due to me by November 1, 2017.

If paying by check, please make checks payable to “Agronomy Club at Virginia Tech”. If paying by credit card via PayPal, contact Jamie Hodnett at jamiekh@vt.edu.

Your support is greatly appreciated! It helps this student organization to provide professional and personal development for its members.

Agronomy Club Peanut Sale order form 2017

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Sinking Creek Land and Cattle, LLC Summer Internship

Internship: 2 weeks in July 2017

We are willing to work with you if you need more time in order to receive school credit.

We are accepting 2 interns.

Interns will receive housing plus a stipend.

Interns will:

  • Gain experience with both management of grass-fed beef and commercial beef
  • Gain an understanding of maternal herd management, terminal herd management, bull herd management, and heifer development
  • Responsible for care and maintenance of farm including barns, riding arenas, cattle working facilities, and equipment
  • Assist in record keeping of cattle herds and horses
  • Market grass-fed beef directly to customers
  • Gain experience and knowledge of Federal, State, and Non-Profit Programs overlaying the agricultural industry; EQUIP, CREP, NRCS and TNC, etc.

Sinking Creek Land and Cattle’s requirements:

  • Must be currently involved in a college or university to be considered
  • Write a one page essay during your internship
  • Bring new ideas to our organization
  • Create a presentation about what you learned, what you enjoyed, and what you would change about the farm and internship program

Application deadline: April 14th.

Application here:

Sinking Creek Internship Application

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Steger Poetry Prize

Undergraduate students at Virginia Tech in all fields are invited to submit a poem to The Steger Poetry Prize contest, established by President Emeritus Charles W. Steger and University Distinguished Professor Nikki Giovanni. The first place prize is $1,100. The second place prize is $500 and third place is $300. The prize is administered by Professor Giovanni and judged by a committee of faculty from various disciplines at the university.

Please read these instructions carefully.  Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered for the Steger Poetry Prize.

Deadline: Friday, March 17th (by 11:59 pm).

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Study Abroad Funding Available

Scholarship funding is available for CALS students planning a Virginia Tech-sponsored study abroad experience for summer and fall 17. To receive a scholarship, students must be enrolled at Virginia Tech during time of travel.

 To apply, please submit:

 The program/class you plan to participate in

  1. A brief statement (250 words or less) relating the trip to your program of study
  2. A breakdown of expenses and other sources of funding
  3. A brief statement (250 words or less) explaining the long-term value of travel to your career goals
  4. Application cover sheet (download here: call-for-study-abroad-summer-17)

ALL MATERIALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TOGETHER AND SENT TO:

Dr. Susan Sumner, Associate Dean and Director

Office of Academic Programs

1060 Litton-Reaves Hall (0334)

Blacksburg, VA 24061

sumners@vt.edu

 

Priority Review Deadline is March 1, but we will accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the semester.

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Global Challenges in Food, Energy & Water: Causes, Impacts & Solutions

Study Abroad, Fall Semester ‘17

Among the many challenges facing humanity is developing the food, energy, and water systems needed to sustain those who are leaving poverty, enjoying better health, and joining the global economy over the next several decades.

This increasing global affluence, combined with increasing population, presents great challenges in meeting global demands for food, energy and water resources. This study abroad program invites VT’s brightest minds to tackle those challenges.

For more info, click here.

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Open Student Positions- Master Health Literacy Project Support

The University Libraries is hiring two student positions to support research, planning, and development of a pilot Master Health Literacy program*:

*NOTE: If you meet the requirements for both positions and are available for 16-24 hours per week January – June 15, 2017, then you may apply for and be considered for both positions.

Project Research Assistant – 8-12 hours per week, $20/hour, 5-Month Temporary, January – June 15, 2017. (Required Qualifications: VT student standing; Excellent communication skills (oral and written); Knowledge of and demonstrated experience in library research skills, including using research databases and other searching methods; Demonstrated experience in conducting a literature review)

Instruction and Program Development Assistant – 8-12 hours per week, $20/hour, 5-Month Temporary, January – June 15, 2017. (Required: VT graduate student standing; Excellent communication skills (oral and written); Teaching experience)

Full position descriptions with additional Preferred Qualifications and application information are in the attached PDFs.

graduateassistantposition-instructionandprogramdevelopment

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Kitchen Coordinator Needed

The Campus Kitchen Project is a national organization that promotes student involvement in combating food waste and hunger. The Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech works to collect surplus food from on-campus dining halls and help transform it into healthy meals that are distributed to food insecure individuals throughout the NRV.

A new opportunity is opening up on the Leadership Team for The Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech. We would like to extend the invitation to any interested students within your department to apply for the position!

We are currently seeking an individual to fill the role of Kitchen Coordinator for the Spring 2017 semester. The Kitchen Coordinator is in charge of running weekly cooking shifts, leading student volunteers though meal preparation, and planning nutritious and delicious recipes!

Below is the application with position details and requirements. The deadline for submission is December 2nd. Please send your application and any questions to the current Kitchen Coordinator, Erica Hess, at ericanh@vt.edu.

ckvt-kitchen-coordinator-application

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Civic Ag and Food Systems Minor Course Offerings

2 courses you might consider registering for this Spring 2017:

 

ALS 3404 Ecological Agriculture (3 cr): Examines the ecological foundations of sustainable agriculture practice. It surveys the principles of ecology in the context of food production systems. It includes an overview of sustainable agriculture practices both historic and modern. Learn more here:

ALS3404 Flyer_S2017

ALS 4204 Concepts in Community Food Systems (3 cr): A comprehensive examination of the economic, socio-cultural, health and environmental issues related to community food systems. Topics include: local and regional food systems development and sustainability, food sovereignty and security, and population and environmental health. Analyze models, strategies, and policies relevant to community food systems. Learn more here:

ALS 4204_Concepts in Community Food Systems

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Agronomy Club Peanut Sale

The Agronomy Club at Virginia Tech is a student organization that provides professional and personal development for its members. Your support of this sale allows us to continue providing these opportunities. We guarantee that these products are only the finest quality Virginia peanuts to ensure your satisfaction.

To place an order, please fill out the attached form, and return it with payment by October 30, 2016.

Agronomy Club Peanut order form 2016

Please make checks payable to “Agronomy Club at Virginia Tech” and mail to:

Virginia Tech Agronomy Club, c/o Rachel Saville
CSES 238-C Smyth Hall (0404)
185 Ag Quad Lane, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Thank you for helping us support our students and Virginia agriculture.

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