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CALS Dean’s Enrichment Grants awardees announced

Dean Richard Linton

Developed as part of CALS’ strategic planning process, the Dean’s Enrichment Grants Program is an internal request for proposals to support people, programs and partnerships in the College.

Partnerships between CALS and commodity groups celebrated at ‘essential check-in’ meeting

Dr. John Dole (left), head of the CALS Department of Horticultural Science, and Dr. Tom Monaco, CALS Commodity Relations director, get together with Jim Saylor, president of the N.C. Apple Growers Association, at the March 11 meeting.

Leaders representing 50 of the state’s commodity groups and agriculturally related organizations were in attendance March 11 at a meeting hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. One of the main objectives for the meeting was to strengthen relationships and identify collaborative ways to meet the needs of the state, nation and world.

Closing the loop

From left, in the bioreactor system team’s lab are Dr. Jim Levis, engineering post-doctoral associate; Amanda Karram, engineering graduate student; and co-investigators Dr. Ranji Ranjithan, Dr. Amy Grunden, Dr. Heike Sederoff and Dr. Joel Ducoste.

Biologists team with engineers to develop economical system for producing biofuels from algae.

The A Team

Dean Rich Linton is front and center with his administrative team, (from left) Steve Lommel, Sylvia Blankenship, Joe Zublena and Sam Pardue.

The College’s newest administrative leaders share their visions of things to come for CALS.

Handling with CARE

CVM student Danielle Lindquist, with therapy dogs Birdie and JD, began working with CARE NC as a CALS undergrad, when she was Pre-Vet Club president.

The healing power of pets is shared by Pre-Vet Club students in an award-winning community service partnership with CARE NC.

Inspired by A.S.P.I.R.E.

Rachel Huffman (left), Mindy Herman and Dr. Ken Anderson lead the program, funded by Golden LEAF, Ag Carolina Farm Credit, Cape Fear Farm Credit, Carolina Farm Credit, N.C. Poultry Federation, N.C. Pork Council, N.C. Rural Economic Development Center and N.C. State Grange.

The pilot year is successful for a program developed to help improve rural students’ college entrance exam scores – and encourage their pursuit of majors in agriculture and life sciences.

A Legacy of Leadership

The Jane S. McKimmon FCS Hall of Fame inductees have given a combined 1,200 years of service to the state and their communities.

North Carolina’s Extension and Community Association celebrates 100 years of home demonstration programs.

College Profile: C. Michael Williams

Dr. Mike Williams is head of the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at N.C. State University.

This scientist brings research, teaching and private industry experience – plus a knack for diplomacy and a problem-solving approach – to his new job leading the Prestage Department of Poultry Science.

College Profile: Amy McLean

Dr. Amy McLean, an expert in the behavior of donkeys and mules, travelled to Mexico in October to assist the Equitarian Initiative.

CALS equine specialist Dr. Amy McLean plays a key role in an international initiative to improve the health, welfare and productivity of working equids.

Visioning initiative to help map Extension’s future

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service held a listening session for its employees and others during the State Extension Conference in Raleigh Nov. 6, 2013.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning and planning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model, adapt accordingly to the current economic environment and devise a strategy going forward.

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