From the Dean – April 2014

Dear Colleagues,

Alan Grant, dean

Alan Grant, dean

The March 21 grand opening of the new Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building got off to a wonderful start with the sun and temperatures cooperating for the long-anticipated event.

More than 250 guests attended the opening ceremony in the building’s pilot plant laboratory, which included remarks by President Steger and graduate students Daniel Wolozny, of biological systems engineering, and Alexandra Walsh, of food science and technology. Following the ceremony and ribbon cutting by President Steger and department heads Joe Marcy and Mary Leigh Wolfe, visitors could opt to go on student-led tours of the labs or gather in the building’s atrium for a reception. The building is one of the finest facilities of its kind providing state-of-the-art space for faculty and students to work collaboratively in addressing issues important to agriculture, food, energy, water, and health.

Later in the day, I was delighted to host the Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner to recognize and congratulate our outstanding and distinguished alumni. Fifteen of our award recipients who attended were from out of state; 200 guests attended the awards ceremony and 226 attended the dinner. Please join me in congratulating all of our extraordinary award recipients.

The following morning, the CALS Alumni Organization Board met for their annual retreat. Department heads gave short briefs at breakfast. Later in the morning Associate Deans Susan Sumner, Saied Mostaghimi, and Ed Jones gave administrative updates, and Bobbie Potter discussed student recruitment and dual enrollment. In the afternoon, the Board enjoyed a working lunch with some of the CALS Ambassadors, and regrouped for a presentation by James Anderson, who reported on the recent progress of the Online Masters in Agriculture and Life Sciences program. The CALS Alumni Organization, directed by Jamie Lucero, has developed a number of events and activities that offer many opportunities for the alumni to stay engaged with the college.

Thanks to all who made these events such a tremendous success.  I appreciate all who participated and those who worked so hard to bring this to fruition.


Alan Grant

Outstanding Alumni award

Alan Grant (left), dean and Loke T. Kok (right), department head of entomology, present Kimberly Lane Tabor Kreitlow of Apex, N.C. with the annual Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.

Hall of Fame Alumni award winners

Alan Grant (right), presents Shane, Donald, Diane, and Ryan Horsley with an award as they are inducted in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Hall of Fame. Ryan’s wife, Anne, is also pictured.

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