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$2 million gift from Gail and Joe Dunn to N.C. State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences funds new student leadership program

Dunn family and CALS administrators at the endowment signing event

The late Adolph Warren of Sampson County’s Midway community, who served as a high-school agriculture teacher in the county for 30 years, was a 1952 graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. Warren’s legacy is being honored through a $2 million gift to the college from his daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Joe Dunn of Raleigh, to establish the Adolph Warren Leadership Program Fund and Endowment.

Gifts from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Universal Leaf Tobacco Co. and Alliance One bring Collins endowment closer to $10 million goal

Dean Rich Linton (top photo, second left), Chancellor Randy Woodson (back, center) and Ann and Bill Collins (right) accept the donation presented by the team from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco.

Sizeable donations from tobacco companies R.J. Reynolds, Universal Leaf and Alliance One have brought a recently established tobacco program endowment in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences closer to its funding goal.

Wilder Visitor Center dedicated, donors honored at midsummer JCRA event

Dr. John Dole (left), Bobby G. Wilder and Dr. David Monks cut the ribbon at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center dedication, July 13.

Friends of JC Raulston Arboretum assembled July13 to honor those who have consistently supported the work of N.C. State University’s nationally renowned teaching and research garden. Specifically, they came to dedicate the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center and the Legacy Brick Circle Entrance. Wilder, a longtime benefactor of the JCRA, was honored for his many hours of volunteer service, years of financial commitment and generous planned gifts.

CALS benefactors recognized for their support

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The Ruby C. McSwain NAADA Outstanding Philanthropist Award was given to Bill and Marsha Prestage and the Prestage family. Dr. William K. Collins was named a 2014 recipient of the NAADA Volunteer Service Award.

2014 Gala in the Garden is a special celebration of North Carolina

A '53 Chevy truck, filled with North Carolina products, was the centerpiece of the gala.

Forget the vernal equinox. For multitudes of gardening enthusiasts, the true first day of spring is the day of the annual Gala in the Garden at N.C. State University’s JC Raulston Arboretum. This year the theme of the May 4 gala was “Celebrating North Carolina,” so the emphasis was on the state’s finest food, botanicals, products and people.

4-H scholarship endowment created by Wilson couple

Kathy and Ellis Williford speak to the audience as they prepare to sign the endowment agreement.

The endowment will be used to provide scholarships for Wilson County 4-H’ers enrolled in an agriculture, business or health sciences undergraduate or two-year curriculum in any school in the UNC system or N.C. Community College system — including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its Agricultural Institute.

‘Apostle for horticulture’ Bryce Lane creates student travel endowment

Bryce and Susanna Lane are joined at the signing table by their grandsons (from left), Tate, Ellis and Lane, and, behind them, daughters Meghan Newkirk and Sarah Ivy, holding granddaughters, Daphne and Paige.

During his 32-year career, Bryce Lane led students on many national field trips and competitions, as well as international excursions, where he introduced students to world horticulture practices. Creating a fund to support travel opportunities for horticulture students seemed a natural choice as his parting gift to the Department of Horticultural Science when he retired.

Bruneau Golf Tournament sponsor gives back to turfgrass program

Teamed as a foursome at the tournament are (from left) Art Bruneau, Ken Heltemes, Paul Brooks and John Roberts.

When Ken Heltemes moved to Raleigh from Ohio in 1987 to start a new Barefoot Grass Lawn Service franchise, he didn’t know much about turfgrass. That changed when he crossed paths with Dr. Art Bruneau, namesake for an annual golf tournament that raises funds for CALS’ turfgrass program.

CALS donors and retirees celebrated at December reception

William D. Toussaint Agricultural and Resource Economics Scholar Evan Chappell (right) of Candor sits with scholarship donor Eunice Toussaint at the Dec. 8 reception.

The Retiree and Donor Appreciation Event, celebrating the contributions of donors and retirees to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, this year included an opportunity for the guests of honor to participate in a special Cooperative Extension Visioning Initiative.

North Carolina FFA gets grant to improve ag education programs

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The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission has awarded $180,000 to the North Carolina FFA Foundation to improve high school agricultural education programs throughout the state.

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