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2016 Hokie Cow Classic Golf Tournament registration is open

Hokie Cow Classic Golf Tournament

Calling all golfers to participate in the 2016 Hokie Cow Classic Golf Tournament! This year’s event will be held on Monday, May 23 at the Blacksburg Country Club. Last year’s outing was a huge success and generated more than $18,000 of direct financial support for undergraduate student scholarships and educational programs. We strive to make the event bigger and better each year, and we count on the support of folks like you to make that happen.

You may register online.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Duncan. On behalf of our students and entire department, we sincerely appreciate your continued support of the Dairy Science students at Virginia Tech. Your contributions enable our students to learn and compete at the highest level. We take tremendous pride in their success, and hope you do as well.

We look forward to seeing you on May 23!

Kathy Duncan

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Virginia Tech represented in every level of the American Dairy Science Association

This year, Virginia Tech has elected leadership at all three levels (professional, graduate student division, undergraduate student affiliate division) of the American Dairy Science Association: President Susan Duncan from the Department of Food Science and Technology, Graduate Student Division President Adam Geiger, and the Student Affiliate Division President Elizabeth Davis. This is an international organization of educators, scientists, and industry representatives who are committed to advancing the dairy industry and is keenly aware of the vital role the dairy sciences play in fulfilling the economic, nutritive, and health requirements of the world’s population.

In these leadership roles, Duncan, Geiger, and Davis are contributing to the guidance and leadership of the future of dairy science and agriculture. As you may be aware, the Virginia Tech Dairy Club has a history of accomplishments at the regional and national level and the Department of Dairy Science has a very established record and alumni base of dairy science leadership in the country and internationally.

Congratulations to Susan, Adam, and Elizabeth!

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Scenes from the 2015 CALS picnic

Photos by William McKenzie

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Members of CALSSA hand out gift bags.

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Hethwood Market provided tasty lunch fare.


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2015 Hokie Cow Classic registration open

Calling all golfers to participate in the 2015 Hokie Cow Classic Golf Tournament! This year’s event will be held on Monday, May 18 at the Blacksburg Country Club. Last year’s outing was a huge success and generated more than $15,700 of direct financial support for our undergraduate scholarships and educational programs. We strive to make the event bigger and better each year, and we count on the support of folks like you to make that happen.

You may register online should you wish to do so. Please fill out this form to learn more about the 2015 Hokie Cow Classic and register today!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. On behalf of our students and entire department, we sincerely appreciate your continued support of Dairy Science at Virginia Tech. Your contributions enable our students to learn and compete at the highest level. We take tremendous pride in this success, and hope you do as well.

We look forward to seeing you on May 18!

Kathy Duncan
540.231.4769
kathytd@vt.edu

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From the Dean — August 2014

Alan Grant, dean

Alan Grant, dean

Dear Colleagues,

The weather was beautiful for the 19th annual faculty and staff awards ceremony and picnic on July 24.  It was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy camaraderie, share a great lunch, and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of some of our faculty and staff.

This year’s Andy Swiger Award was presented to Glenda Gillaspy, professor of biochemistry. The Andy Swiger award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated both a talent for and a commitment to the fundamental elements of the land-grant mission of serving students and citizens both directly and through the generation of new knowledge. We were pleased that Andy Swiger was in attendance to help present the award. Glenda has demonstrated both a talent for and a commitment to the fundamental elements of the land-grant mission.

Pablo Sobrado, associate professor of biochemistry, received the college’s Award for Excellence in Basic Research for his outstanding contributions to elucidation of novel enzyme mechanisms and drug discovery.

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James Nichols receives the 2014 Virginia Dairy Pioneer Award

James Nichols

James Nichols

James Nichols was an instrumental member of the Department of Dairy Science who played a major role in developing the department’s national reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Nichols arrived at Virginia Tech in 1964 from a faculty position at Penn State to serve as department head of dairy science. Within a short time of beginning his responsibilities, he hired faculty that became the nucleus of a progressive and forward thinking department attuned to the needs of the dairy industry.

Nichols created the positive team attitude and an atmosphere of cooperation, which made Virginia Tech Dairy Science faculty stand out from other schools, and brought the department to national prominence. Nichols progressed from department head to associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

James Nichols also had a tremendous impact on the dairy industry. During his time here, he took a leave of absence from his administrative position to create the Select Sires A.I. Cooperative. He then returned and served as dean until his retirement. He served on Virginia Tech faculty from 1964-1992. He has received several awards for his contributions. Now, the Virginia Tech Dairy Club is proud to present him with a special award created specifically in his honor — the 2014 Virginia Dairy Pioneer Award.

Congratulations James! We wish him the best and are extremely grateful for his contributions to our department and to the dairy industry of Virginia.

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Students recognized with Departmental Outstanding Senior Awards

Every year, each department in the college nominates one student as the Outstanding Senior from their unit. Stephanie Myrick of Woodbridge, Virginia, who majored in applied economic management with minors in civic agriculture and food systems and leadership and social change, was selected from these nominations as the college’s Outstanding Senior.

The Outstanding Seniors from other departments included:

  • Brent Ashley from the Department of Dairy Science
  • Colleen Beard from the Department of Horticulture
  • Laura Griffin from the Department of Food Science and Technology
  • Alyson Howard from the Department of Agricultural Technology
  • Shannon Lloyd from the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
  • Kimberly Pittard from the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences
  • Morgan Slaven from the Department Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Kirsten Ulmer from the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences
  • Kelly Young from the Department of Biochemistry
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Dining Services awarded 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence bronze rating

Virginia Tech Dining Services has received its first Governor’s Environmental Excellence award, a bronze rating, for its sustainability efforts on campus.

Dining Services has partnered with the college to bring milk from the Virginia Tech Dairy, meat from the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences meat lab, and produce from the research facility at Kentland Farm into dining facilities.

The Farms and Fields Project in Owens Food Court is the gold standard for sustainable dining at Virginia Tech. This shop offers sustainable, organic, and local options throughout the school year.

As Virginia Tech continues to strengthen its national reputation for outstanding dining, Dining Services continues to work to stay at the leading edge of food-service trends. In recent years, the department has focused building a stronger sustainable food system at the university.

“This award recognizes our efforts to create sustainable dining options through collaborations on campus,” said Rial Tombes, sustainability coordinator for dining services and CALS alumna.

For the full story, visit Virginia Tech News.

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2014 Hokie Cow Classic registration open

Calling all golfers!

Hokie Cow Classic

With spring fast approaching, so too is the 2014 Hokie Cow Classic. This year’s event will be held on Monday, May 19 at the Blacksburg Country Club. Last year’s outing was a huge success, and generated more than $15,000 of direct financial support for our students and department. We strive to make the event bigger and better each year, and we count on the support of folks like you to make that happen.

Within the next couple of weeks, you will be receiving materials in the mail about this year’s tournament, but we would also like to give you the opportunity to register online should you wish to do so. Please follow the below link to learn more about the 2014 Hokie Cow Classic, and register today!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. On behalf of our students and entire department, we sincerely appreciate your continued support of Dairy Science at Virginia Tech. Your contributions enable our students to learn and compete at the highest level. We take tremendous pride in this success, and hope you do as well.

We look forward to seeing you on May 19!

– Kevin Price

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Isis Kanevsky-Mullarky receives prestigious White House award

Isis Kanevsky-MullarkyIsis Kanevsky-Mullarky, an associate professor of dairy science, has been honored by the White House as one of the 2013 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government upon outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. Kanevsky-Mullarky is one of 102 recipients of the 2013 awards and one of three funded by the Department of Agriculture.

Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

“The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead,” President Barack Obama said in a press release. “We are grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America’s global leadership for many years to come.”

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