Monthly Archives: September 2015

CLAHS Study Abroad Expo October 7th

Wednesday, October 7th, 11am to 2pm, in the Commonwealth Ballroom, at Squires Student Center.

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Information Session about Costa Rica Program Thursday October 1, 7pm to 8pm

Information Session about Costa Rica Study Abroad Program
Do you have plans for Wintermester? Would you like to travel to one of the most exotic and environmentally friendly countries in the World? If you are interested in learning about sustainability and its applications in agriculture, forestry, wildlife, communities, water management, renewable energy, engineering and business this could be a great learning experience for you.
Come and join us for info session that learn more details.
When: Thursday October 1, 7pm to 8pm
Where: Cheatham Hall, room 132
Contact: For any questions please email Dr. Henry Quesada, program Director, at quesada@vt.edu

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Doug Pfeiffer (Entomology) speaks about the OMALS program at the Distance Learning Symposium in Dakar, Senegal

Doug and Assa. Created by DPE, Copyright IRIS 2009

Doug and Assa. Created by DPE, Copyright IRIS 2009

In June, a symposium on distance education was held in Dakar Senegal, with an audience mainly of faculty representing Senegalese universities.  This symposium was organized by the USAID-supported project Education and Research in Agriculture (ERA).  Doug Pfeiffer, Professor at the Department of Entomology and Associate Director of CALS’ On-line Master’s in Agricultural and Life Sciences program, spoke at the Symposium about our OMALS program, and reasons for faculty involvement.
His student, Assa Balayara, supported by the ERA program, served as translator (the symposium was in French). Assa is working on oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, an invasive pest causing problems in mango production.  The pest featured on NPR on September 22, since it has been found in Florida, where a quarantine has been established.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/09/22/442329655/this-pest-has-shut-down-south-floridas-700-million-fruit-industry?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social

Doug and Assa. Created by DPE, Copyright IRIS 2009

Doug and Assa. Created by DPE, Copyright IRIS 2009

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Study Abroad Funding Available!

From the CALS Academic Programs Blog:

Scholarship funding is available for CALS students planning a Virginia Tech-sponsored study abroad experience for winter session 16 or spring semester 16. To receive a scholarship, students must be enrolled at Virginia Tech during time of travel.

To apply, please submit:

  1. The program/class you plan to participate in.
  2. A brief statement (250 words or less) relating the trip to your program of study.
  3. A breakdown of expenses and other sources of funding.
  4. A brief statement (250 words or less) explaining the long-term value of travel to your career goals
  5. Application Cover Sheet: click here:  Call for study abroad – 15-16 cover sheet

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

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US agriculture students take home the gold in the Australian Universities Crops Competition!

The competition tested student’s ability to identify grains, spot weeds, and financially manage a farm. Congratulations to faculty leader Dr. Ozzie Abaye (CSES) and students!

Read the news story here.

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