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Meet Inga Haugen, library liaison for CALS

Life Science, Agriculture, and Scholarly Communication Librarian Inga Haugen is the library’s liaison to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Haugen is committed to helping students, faculty, and the community at their point of need, whether it’s in the library, online, in the classroom, or out in the field. Contact her at ihaugen@vt.edu and find out how she can help you.

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Register today for the CALS Diversity Showcase

CALS Diversity Showcase logo

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Diversity Council is planning a College Diversity Showcase on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 3 – 5 p.m., at Litton-Reaves Hall. As part of this event we invite faculty, staff, and students of the college and Virginia Cooperative Extension to join us as we celebrate the many ways we strive to provide academic and professional environments that support multicultural awareness, acceptance, and inclusion.

We envision the afternoon to be one of sharing ideas and experiences in a casual and safe environment. Examples of work on behalf of diversity to share are: research related to diversity, inclusive pedagogy, community service, diversity training opportunities, etc.

Refreshments will be served and fun, interactive activities will provide opportunities for building community.

Please reach out to any member of our planning committee should you have questions or concerns.

Committee:
Jen Stewart, chair jen2@vt.edu
Jamie Lucero jlucero@vt.edu
Tommy Amal tamal2@vt.edu

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Call for proposals – National Health and Extension Outreach Conference

The National Health Outreach Conference Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2016 National Health Outreach Conference All-Aboard!: Building Partnerships for a Healthy America to be held April 6-8, 2016 in Roanoke, Virginia.

Whos invited: We are soliciting presentations from a wide variety of professionals doing work that fosters health and wellness for individuals, families and communities. Those professionals may include, but are not limited to: university faculty in medical and other academic institutions; public health professionals; local, state and federal agency partners; practitioners in the health care industry; students and Cooperative Extension professionals.

When: April 6-8, 2016

Where: The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, Virginia

Conference theme: All Aboard!: Building Partnerships for a Healthy America

Conference goal: Build a collaborative approach among organizations and agencies to achieve a healthier and safer America by promoting health and wellness, advancing health equity and reducing health disparities.

Interested individuals may submit proposals for five different types of presentations:

  • Workshop  Sixty-minute interactive capacity-building workshop. Participants learn how to utilize a new approach, program, curriculum, or method.
  • Seminar  Sixty-minute session designed to help participants gain a deeper understanding of a phenomenon, concept, or issue.
  • Research/Evaluation ReportThirty-minute presentation of a scholarly paper that shares results of community assessments, applied research, programmatic interventions, or campus-community partnerships.
  • Poster  Information about a program, project, or resource displayed and hosted by the presenter during a reception.
  • iGNITE Session – 5-7 minute presentations with up to 15 PowerPoint slides. Focus on one program or evaluation. Ten presentations will be grouped together to form one fast-paced session hosted by a moderator.

Proposal Submission Deadlines:

  • Oct. 16, 2015
  • Individuals will be notified of status of proposal no later than Feb. 1, 2016

For more information, visit the National Health Outreach Conference website. You can submit your proposal via a survey web link.

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Join us for the CALS Fall Fest Homecoming Tailgate on Sept. 7

Everyone is invited to the 2015 CALS Fall Fest Homecoming Tailgate on Monday, Sept. 7 from 4 – 7 p.m. before the Virginia Tech- Ohio State game. If you are planning to attend, please make sure to register!

In addition to attending this fun event, I would like to invite all departments and units in the college to participate in CALS Homecoming by setting up an exhibit to showcase the good work going on in your programs.

Several industries will be representing Virginia Agriculture and around 30 alumni and faculty from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State will be joining us.

Below are some expanded details for the event.

  • Parking will be available at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena at 601 Plantation Road.
  • We will provide transportation for you and your display items between parking and the tailgate location both before and after the game. The shuttles will run starting at 2:30 p.m., again at 6 p.m. and then shortly following the end of the game until everyone is taken care of.
  • For on-campus groups, you may drop off your display items in the Litton Reaves Student Lounge on Friday afternoon by 5 p.m. Items can be stored in the lounge during the game but need to be picked up following the end of the game or on Tuesday morning.
  • Please check in at the registration table when you arrive to pick up nametag(s), meal ticket(s), game ticket(s), etc.
  • I will provide a 6-foot table and chair(s). If you require any special setup accommodations, just let me know.
  • The tailgate will be open to our guests 4  – 7 p.m.
  • We should have around 150-200 in attendance.

All current faculty, staff, and students are free but must register online

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Agriculture and the Environment Fall Seminar Series

Dear faculty and graduate students,

I would like to invite you to a new, interdepartmental seminar series entitled, “Agriculture and the Environment.” This seminar series will be held weekly, fall 2015, each Tuesday from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Fralin Auditorium, Sept. 1 – Nov. 10, 2015. The seminar is being co-sponsored by the Departments of Entomology, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, and Horticulture and features invited academic and industry speakers from outside the Virginia Tech community. Students are encouraged to register for the seminar for one credit under ALS 5984 or HORT 5984. Refreshments will be served and students and faculty will have the opportunity to sign up to meet with seminar speakers individually on the day of their presentations. Please direct any questions to Megan O’Rourke.

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Thank You!

Agriculture & Environment Seminar Committee

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From the Dean – May 2015

Alan Grant, dean

Alan Grant, dean

Dear Colleagues,

A number of our outstanding faculty and staff members were recently recognized for their many years at Virginia Tech at the 2014 Annual Service Recognition Program. Among those were Brenda Caldwell, who has been with the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences for 50 years; Patsy Neice in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, who has been with the university for 40 years; and Wendy Wark in the Department of Dairy Science, who has been with the university for 40 years. We thank everyone who was recognized at the program for their hard work and dedication over all these years.

We are also proud of our many faculty and staff members who were recognized in this year’s university Awards for Excellence.

  • Frenda Wall Haynie, undergraduate student advisor and program coordinator for the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, received the university’s Provost’s Award for Excellence in Advising.
  • Ruth H. Lytton, professor of agricultural and applied economics and director of the financial planning program at Virginia Tech, was presented with the university’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising.
  • Martha A. Walker of Ringgold, Virginia, community viability specialist for the Central District Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, has received Virginia Tech’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension.
  • Jennifer Bowen of Farmville, Virginia, senior Extension agent in 4-H youth development and unit coordinator for Prince Edward County, Virginia, received Virginia Tech’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension.

A number of our students also received some well-deserved accolades recently:

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Recent faculty, staff, and student award recipients

Congratulations to all of our recent award winners! We are so proud of our many faculty and staff members who were recognized in this year’s university Awards for Excellence.

  • Frenda Wall Haynie, undergraduate student advisor and program coordinator for the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, received the university’s Provost’s Award for Excellence in Advising.
  • Ruth H. Lytton, professor of agricultural and applied economics and director of the financial planning program at Virginia Tech, was presented with the university’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising.
  • Martha A. Walker of Ringgold, Virginia, community viability specialist for the Central District Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, has received Virginia Tech’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension.
  • Jennifer Bowen of Farmville, Virginia, senior Extension agent in 4-H youth development and unit coordinator for Prince Edward County, Virginia, received Virginia Tech’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension.

We’d also like to congratulate some of our students for their recent awards!

  • Jessica K. Li of Martinsville, Virginia, a senior with dual degrees in human, nutrition, foods, and exercise and biological sciences has been selected as the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Student of the Year. She is also minoring in chemistry.
  • Hope Wentzel of Alexandria, Virginia, was presented with the college’s Outstanding Senior Award. Hope is completing a bachelor’s degree in animal and poultry sciences with a minor in forestry.
  • Sarah R. McCoski of Amsterdam, N.Y., was named the college’s outstanding master’s degree student. McCoski is earning her M.S. in animal and poultry sciences.
  • Phoebe Williams of Charlottesville, Virginia, was named the college’s outstanding doctoral student. She is earning her Ph.D. in biochemistry.

Congratulations to all on their accomplishments!

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Recent hires

CALS New Hires

(between Nov. 10 and Dec. 24, 2014)

Name Job Title Hire Date Organization
Description

CALS Faculty

Hanlon, Regina Research Associate 11/10/14 Plant Pathology,
Phys., and
Weed Science
Jia, Xiaoyan Postdoctoral
Associate
11/25/14 Plant Pathology,
Phys., and
Weed Science

CALS Staff

Shewchuk, Lucinda K. Program Admin Specialist-Obesity Center 11/17/14 Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise
Hoskins, Tyler C. Research
Specialist Sr.
11/17/14 Plant Pathology,
Phys., and
Weed Science
Branisteanu, Dumitru Field Research Tech 12/01/14 Biological Systems Engineering

Extension Faculty

Slack, Suzanne M. Assoc.
Extension
Agent, ANR
11/10/14 Carroll Coop Extension Service
Opoku, Joseph Research Associate 11/10/14 Tidewater
AREC
White, LaSonya S. Assoc.
Extension Agent 4H Youth Development
12/10/14 Sussex Coop
Extension Service
Jones, Robert T. Assoc.
Extension
Agent, ANR
12/10/14 Northumberland Coop
Extension Service
Lillard, Clare K. Assoc.
Extension
Agent, FCS
11/10/14 Orange Coop
Extension Service
Nauta, Ashley M. Assoc.
Extension
Agent, ANR
12/10/14 Halifax Coop
Extension Service

Extension Staff

Slye, Bradley W. Asst. Farm Manager 11/10/14 Tidewater AREC
Smith, Miranda V. EFNEP/SCNEP Program Support Tech 11/25/14 Newport News Coop
Extension Service
Cubbage, Geraldine H. District FNP Program Support Tech 11/10/14 Northern District Office
Harrison, Holton W. Agricultural
Specialist
12/01/14 Southern Piedmont
AREC
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Save the date: Hutcheson Holiday Hall Party on Dec. 17

Mark your calendars for the Hutcheson Holiday Hall Party on Dec. 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

We will be collecting for Toys for Tots and Micah’s Backpack. The items requested for the backpack are chicken noodle soup (10.75 oz. or smaller; pop-top cans if possible) and granola bars. The items will be collected in the Dean’s office from now until Dec. 17.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Sheila Norman

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Thank you and call for representatives from CALSSA

Thanks to everyone who made our FRUIT Drive for the Montgomery County Christmas Store a success!

Also, CALS Staff Association does not have a department representative from the following departments:  Dairy Science, Agricultural Technology, Agriculture and Extension Education, and Agriculture Leadership and Community Education. If you would like to become a member of CALSSA and serve as a representative for your department please contact Sophia Leedy.

 

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