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Call for nominations for Andy Swiger Award

The CALS Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award recognizes faculty whose creative accomplishments help fulfill the Land-Grant mission of addressing state and national needs through teaching, research, and extension.

This award is made possible by an endowment established in honor of former Dean Andy Swiger. The award includes $2,000, plus an additional $2,000 in operating funds for the winner.

All full- and part-time, regular and restricted appointments, academic- and calendar-year faculty with teaching, research, or Extension appointments (including Extension agents) in the college are eligible.

A committee of faculty and agribusiness representatives will review nominations. The winner will be selected based on his or her creative accomplishments and impacts.

Nomination Guidelines

Please include a copy of the nominee’s CV. The nomination letter should be no more than five pages and include a:

  • Description of the nominee’s activities that emphasizes creative accomplishments in applied or basic research, teaching, and extension.
  • Description of the impact that the nominee has made toward solving practical problems and how this impact has enhanced production and profit in the industry.
  • Clear identification of the time period and who has benefited from the nominee’s accomplishments.
  • Short summary of the nominee’s education, experience, and responsibilities.

Colleagues, department heads, staff, or members of the community who are familiar with the nominee’s work are encouraged to submit nomination letters. You can resubmit an updated nomination letter for a previous year’s nominee.

A certificate will be presented to the selected individual. The award winner will be recognized during the CALS faculty and staff picnic in early August.

Each nominee will be considered by the award committee for two additional years, if not selected the first year of consideration, for a total of three years.

Please send a copy of the CV and nomination letter and direct questions to Robin Williams. All nominations must be received by June 3, 2016.

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National Health Outreach Conference on April 6-8 in Roanoke

Virginia Cooperative Extension will host the 2016 National Health Outreach Conference in Roanoke, Virginia, from April 6-8.

The 2016 National Health Outreach Conference theme is All Aboard: Building Partnerships for a Healthy America. This conference was formerly referred to as the Jeanne Priester Health conference and is intended for health professionals, health educators, health policy makers, and anyone interested in learning more about physical and mental wellness. The goal is to offer a participatory and collaborative conference joining organizations and agencies to encourage working across systems locally, regionally, and nationally to address current and future health and wellness education, practices, and needs. The conference is designed to share innovative and creative strategies to develop and disseminate health and wellness information in neighborhoods, communities, and states.

The objectives of the conference are to increase participants’ knowledge of

  1. Successful practices that lead to healthy and safe community environments.
  2. Applications that help people access clinical and community preventive services.
  3. Models for empowerment in health practices for individuals and families.
  4. Best practices that lead to addressing health disparities and health literacy in communities and families.

The conference begins on April 6 at 12:30 p.m. with participants having the choice of either several tours or the preconference.

Visit the conference website for more information and the conference schedule. For more information, please contact Eric Bowen at 434-645-9315.

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State Department seeking young scientists in the field of food security

The APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education is an annual prize that recognizes young scientists who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in scientific research and cooperation with scientists from the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Each year, the host economy selects a theme to guide the ASPIRE prize.

The 2016 APEC host economy Peru selected Technologies for Food Security as the theme for ASPIRE nominations. This theme focuses on innovative technologies that enhance food security, food safety, and nutrition to build resilient and healthy communities across the Asia-Pacific region.

Each APEC member economy is eligible to nominate one young scientist under the age of 40 to be considered for the 2016 ASPIRE prize. These finalists will then be considered by the full APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation for selection as the 2016 ASPIRE prize winner, with prize money in the amount of $25,000. 

For interested candidates from the United States, the U.S. State Department is hosting a U.S. ASPIRE competition to identify this year’s U.S. ASPIRE nominee. The competition will invite a winner and five finalists to be honored at an award ceremony in Washington D.C. The winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize and be nominated as the U.S. representative for ASPIRE. The five finalists will receive cash prizes of $1,200 each.

The U.S. ASPIRE competition application is open until April 10.  Interested applicants can find more information online.

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Seeking nominations for CALS Excellence in Research Award

Dear colleagues,

We are seeking nominations for two research awards: CALS Excellence in Basic Research and CALS Excellence in Applied Research Awards. The deadline for nominations is May 27, 2016. Each award winner will be receiving $5,000 from the college to be used in support of his/her research program. The award winners will be recognized during the CALS faculty and staff picnic in early August.

Please share this information with your unit’s awards committee and let me know if you have any questions. These nominations should be made by the department head or the chair of the award committee and should be sent to Robin Williams. Previous nominees will be considered by the award committee for up to two additional years, if not selected the first year of consideration, for a total of three years.  


Saied Mostaghimi 

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Register now for the CALS Alumni Awards Program

Please join us as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Organization hosts the annual awards program that recognizes our outstanding alumni.

The event will be held Friday, April 1 at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Please RSVP for the event by March 18. For assistance with online registration or other questions, please contact Jamie Lucero, director of alumni relations.

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Nominations due April 1 for Diversity and Inclusion Service Award

Nominations for the college’s Diversity and Inclusion Service Award (formerly called the Diversity Enhancement Award) are due April 1.

The award will include a letter of commendation, a plaque, and a monetary award of $500.

Faculty, staff, and students in the college are encouraged to apply. Nominees must be current faculty and staff employees in the college or students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program of the college at the time of the nomination. Self-nominations are encouraged. Previous winners cannot apply for the same award category (faculty, staff, or student).

The Diversity and Inclusion Service Award was established in 2006 to recognize outstanding diversity accomplishments of faculty, staff, and students in the college. Individuals should exemplify excellence in advancing the college’s mission of promoting diversity in the college. In 2013, the award was changed to create separate categories for faculty, staff, and students. Award recipients will be recognized at a reception in May. The student award is named for Randolph Grayson, who students continuously cite for the encouragement and support he has given them over the years.

For more information contact CALS Diversity Chair Isaac Magana at 540-231-9650 or CALS Diversity Council Recording Secretary Karen Barnhart at 540-231-5659.

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Submit your nominations for VAAEA Communications Awards

It’s time to start preparing your submissions for Virginia Association of Agricultural Extension Agents Communications Awards. Below are the 14 categories to choose from:

Award categories (more details):

  1. Audio recordings
  2. Published photo and caption
  3. Computer generated graphics presentation with script
  4. Program promotional piece
  5. Personal column
  6. Feature story
  7. Newsletter, individual
  8. Newsletter, team
  9. Video recordings
  10. Fact sheet
  11. Publication
  12. Website/online content
  13. Learning module/notebook
  14. Bound book

Submissions are due by 5 p.m. March 15.

Communication Awards are open to all members of VAAEA. The Communication Awards Program is defined in more detail in the December 2015 edition of The County Agent. The abstract format, including a sample, are provided to help with your submissions.

Communications Awards submissions are not only a great way to critique your work against your peers, but they are also accompanied by a financial incentive. State winners will receive $50. Sponsors permitting, national finalists receive $250 and national winners receive $500.

Please be mindful that if you apply for an awards category as a collaborative effort, you must receive the collaborators permission prior to submitting the application. Once again, thank you all for the outstanding work and commitment to extending knowledge across the Commonwealth.

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Register for the 2016 VAFCS Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the 2016 Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference on April 21-22. Early bird registration fees end on March 20. The conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Charlottesville, Virginia. Conference attendees can earn PDUs from AAFCS.

For more information or questions contact Debbie Dunn-Frederick at 540-421-2148 or 540-828-5460.

Also happening at the conference:

Silent auction: Bring an item for the silent auction. Money raised from this event supports college student conference attendance at VAFCS/VEAFCS.

Local student service project: Bring canned or non-perishable food or gently used clothing to help support Hope Distributed Food Bank located in Harrisonburg, Virginia and servicing people below the poverty line of all ages living within a 150 mile radius of the food bank.

National student service project: Students will also be doing a Cardz for Kidz service outreach project. At the conference, cards will be available for people to make. All homemade cards will be sent to hospitalized and/or traumatized children across the globe. Contact Nicholas Zimmerman if you would like to provide craft materials for the cards.

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Save the date: 2016 Virginia Governor’s Conference on Agriculture, March 7-8

Registration is now open for the 2016 Virginia Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade: The New Virginia Economy – Expanding Agricultural Opportunities WorldwideRegister now!

Lodging is at the Hilton Richmond Downtown. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations and getting reimbursed (fund 141493; org 002800 for lodging only). Either use the information online or call the hotel directly at 1-800-344-4300 and reference the Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade. Hotel reservations must be made by Feb. 18 in order to receive the special meeting rate.

Deadline to register is Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. No cancellations or changes can be made after this date!

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Register now for 2016 South Atlantic Hops Conference

We are pleased to share this announcement about the 2016 South Atlantic Hops Conference, which will be held in Richmond on March 4 and 5 at the Clarion Hotel Richmond Central.

This event is a prime opportunity for beginner and experienced hop growers alike to learn and network. Brewers and other industry stakeholders may also wish to participate. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are still available.

This conference is an expansion of last year’s NC-VA Hops Conference and is being planned through a collaboration between faculty from North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, and Virginia Cooperative Extension and grower members from Old Dominion Hops Cooperative.

On a related note, please be sure to visit the new Hops at Virginia Tech page on Facebook! There is also a Facebook Event page for the conference.

Virginia Cooperative Extension resources for hop growers can also be found on our hops topic page

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