Dean’s Update

Alan Grant, dean

Alan Grant, dean

Greetings from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. We hope you enjoy this issue of Innovations, much of which is focused on CALS students and their educational experiences.

In this issue, you can read about Brian Walsh, an agribusiness major who was recently elected president of the National FFA Organization, a role that will take him around the country for the next year as he meets with agricultural industry and government leaders.

You can learn about our Residential Learning Communities, which are interactive learning environments that help students succeed by grouping them with others who share their academic or personal interests.

And you can find out how the college is preparing students for rewarding careers by immersing them in a capstone project that gives them the tools needed to thrive after graduation.

These are only a few examples of how the college is training the next generation of leaders in agriculture and life sciences. We believe that we are not just educating students on how to approach issues and solve problems, we are also preparing them for fulfilling careers where they will help the agricultural and life sciences communities grow and expand. This philosophy is at the heart of our land-grant mission.

No matter if our students become veterinarians or researchers, educators or agribusiness CEOs, they leave the college ready for the working world and able to speak the language of the companies, agencies, and organizations for which they will work.

Our college had excellent participation in the career fair on campus last fall. Students networked and explored career opportunities while employers were able to see firsthand the high-caliber students who are preparing to enter the working world.

Alumni and friends play a big role in helping the college prepare our students for life after graduation by providing internships, mentoring, and hands-on experiences.

I hope you will find the stories about our students as inspiring as I do. They are an extraordinarily bright group who, with your help, are going to make a big difference in the world.


Alan Grant