Events and Save the Date: Staff retreat

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with the CALS Staff Association will be hosting a staff retreat on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. This will be open to all on- and off-campus staff members. More details to follow soon. Please mark you calendar!


Apr. 2: Dairy Science Graduate Seminar — Choline Supplementation Affects Liver Metabolism of Periparturient Dairy Cattle

Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: 1770 Litton-Reaves
Price: Free
Contact: Becky Michael (rlmichael@vt.edu | 231-6331)
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Apr. 5: AAEC Spring Seminar Series

Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Fralin 102
Price: Free
Sponsor: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Contact: Ashley Clark (aclark06@vt.edu | 540-231-0913)
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Apr. 9: Dairy Science Graduate Seminar — The Effect of Milk Removal on Blood Metabolites and Immune Function in the Peripartum Period

Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: 1770 Litton-Reaves
Price: Free
Contact: Becky Michael (rlmichael@vt.edu | 540-231-6331)
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Apr. 10: Wednesday Garden Walks/Talks “Useful Monsters: How Abnormal Flowers Helped Geneticists test Goethe’s 200-Year-Old Theory That Flowers Evolved From Leaves” with Dr. Eric Beers

Time: 12-1 p.m.
Location: Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion
Price: Free
Contact: Stephanie Huckestein (vtgarden@vt.edu | 540-231-5970)
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Apr. 13: Sex in the Garden: Hidden Secrets! with Dr. Brian Jackson

Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: TBD
Price: $15 Friends of the Garden/$20 general public
Contact: Stephanie Huckestein (vtgarden@vt.edu | 540-231-5970)
Take advantage of our low admission prices and prepare to be informed, entertained, and inspired! Become a Friend of the Garden and enjoy our member discounts! (visit “Memberships” for membership form and more details). Pre-registration is required for workshops and highly recommended for seminars. Call Stephanie at 540-231-5970 to register by phone or email vtgarden@vt.edu. Registration form can be found on our website — print and mail in!
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Apr. 16: Dairy Science Graduate Seminar — Masquerade of Immune Cells – Regulation Fine Tuned

Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: 1770 Litton-Reaves
Price: Free
Contact: Becky Michael (rlmichael@vt.edu | 540-231-6331)
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Apr. 17: Business Assistance Resources for Virginia Beginning Farmers and Ag Entrepreneurs

Time: 3-4 p.m.
Location: Online through Adobe Connect
Price: Free
Contact: Matt Benson (mcbenson@vt.edu) or Kim Niewolny (niewolny@vt.edu)
Politicians love small businesses; they also love farmers.  As a result, farmers and entrepreneurs in Ag-based businesses enjoy a bigger suite of government assistance programs than just about any other group.  However, there is also a lot of confusion about what really is available:  reasonable loans to beginning farmers (yes), grants to raise alpacas (no).  To help sort all this out, Stephen Versen, a Project Manager in the Agriculture and Forestry Development Services unit at VDACS (Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services), will be discussing some of the most useful state and federal programs and answering your questions about accessing them.  Major topics to be discussed are USDA loan and grant programs, as well as assistance available through the Commonwealth of Virginia, including:  the Virginia Grown/Virginia’s Finest programs and the new Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).

Apr. 19: AAEC Spring Seminar Series

Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Fralin 102
Price: Free
Sponsor: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Contact: Ashley Clark (aclark06@vt.edu | 540-231-0913)
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Apr. 22: Creating eBooks with the iPad Lab

Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Online through Adobe Connect
Price: Free
Contact: AHNR-IT Help Desk (aghelp@vt.edu)
Registration: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1364226226990
Presented by Mark Sumner, Information Technology Analyst. In this Adobe Connect webinar we will review how to use the Book Creator app to create interactive eBooks with photos, audio, and video. Book Creator is a simple app that allows anyone to create an eBook. The app creates EPUB 3 eBooks that can be read on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or on a Mac or PC using the Google Chrome browser. Book Creator is suitable for children to use and is included in the iPad Lab. Please consider attending this session to learn more about how you can work with your 4-Hers to create eBooks.

Apr. 24: Wednesday Garden Walks/Talks “Plant Sale Preview!”

Time: 12-1 p.m.
Location: Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion
Price: Free
Contact: Stephanie Huckestein (vtgarden@vt.edu | 540-231-5970)
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Apr. 27: Annual Bob Duncan Memorial 5K

Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Virginia Tech Cross Country Course
Price: $20 by Apr. 20/$30 day of race
Contact: Melissa Toulouse (melisyt@vt.edu)
More information: VMRCVM website
The sixth annual Bob Duncan Memorial 5K will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 on the Virginia Tech cross country course to honor Bob Duncan, a beloved professor who passed away in May of 2007. All profits from the race benefit the Bob Duncan Memorial Diagnostic Veterinary Pathology Scholarship which awards a 4th year veterinary student for a commitment and zeal for diagnostic veterinary pathology.

May 1: Abstracts due for the ILSB Research Poster Symposium

Time: 4-7 p.m.
Location: ILSB Atrium
Price: Free
More information: HNFE website
Abstracts due by Apr. 25

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