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Scholarship endowment honors 4-H’s Thearon and Vanette McKinney

Vanette and Thearon McKinney

As Dr. Thearon McKinney retired from N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a new scholarship endowment was created by his friends and family to honor McKinney and his wife, Vanette. The Thearon and Vanette McKinney American Youth Foundation Leadership Conference Scholarship Endowment was announced Sept. 7 at a retirement celebration for McKinney at the university’s JC Raulston Arboretum.

New CES endowments, funds announced at fall meeting

Rich Linton, Wanda Denning, Reba Green-Holley, Travis Burke, Joe Zublena and Marshall Stewart

The foundations that support North Carolina Cooperative Extension celebrated a whopping 23 new endowments and enhancement funds at their annual fall meeting.

Plant pathology department and Bayer CropScience team to create new graduate student fellowship

Present for the signing: (seated) Dr. Mark Parrish, director of herbicide, trait, and PGR development, Bayer CropScience; (left to right) Dr. David Monks, interim associate dean and director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service; Dr. Eric Davis, Williams Neal Reynolds Professor and director of graduate programs in the Department of Plant Pathology; Dr. James Moyer, department head and professor of plant pathology; Dr. Richard Linton, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Dr. Mike Schwarz, senior crop development manager, Bayer CropScience; and Dr. Sam Pardue, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences interim associate dean and director.

The Department of Plant Pathology and Bayer CropScience have partnered to establish the Bayer CropScience Fellowship for Graduate Students, a training program designed to prepare students for success in private industry.

Prestage family teams with NC State for holiday turkey challenge

Katie Prestage (in blue jacket) at the Food Bank with students and lecturer Lynn Worley-Davis (far right) of the Prestage Family Department of Poultry Science.

As part of a fundraising campaign through the North Carolina State University Annual Giving Program, the Prestage family – who recently made a $10 million gift to endow the Department of Poultry Science – donated 200 turkeys to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Wayne and Judy Skaggs create endowment for water resources and hydrology research

Dr. R. Wayne Skaggs signs the memorandum of understanding for the new endowment, along with his wife, Judy, and Dr. Robert O. Evans (left), head of the CALS Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department.

The Wayne and Judy Skaggs Endowment for Water Resources and the Hydrology of Poorly Drained Lands was created Nov. 9 as part of festivities in commemoration of Skaggs’ career.

Distinguished service honored at foundations’ fall joint meeting

David Thompson (center) receives the Distinguished Service Award from Jim Smith (right) and Dr. Joe Zublena.

David Thompson of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners received the Distinguished Service Award during the Nov. 13 meeting of the North Carolina Agriculture, Dairy and Tobacco foundations. The event included a special presentation to Sharon Rowland, executive director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Foundation.

$10 million gift names Poultry Science Department for Prestage family

Picture of Marsha and Bill Prestage, Chancellor Randy Woodson, Sam Pardue, Mike Williams and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Richard Linton.

North Carolina State University’s Poultry Science Department has been renamed for the Prestage Family. Chancellor Randy Woodson announced a 10 million gift that will name and endow the department in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

New scholarship endowment honors 4-H’s Thearon and Vanette McKinney

The contributions to 4-H of Vanette and Thearon McKinney were celebrated Sept. 7 at the JC Raulston Arboretum.

The endowment will provide opportunities for N.C. 4-H members to attend the American Youth Foundation Leadership Conference.

Mowrey endowment established to support 4-H horse program

Dr. Bob and Peggy Mowrey

After 30 years of service to the N.C. 4-H Horse Program, Dr. Bob Mowrey retired in January and established an endowment that will continue to provide support for the program and young people he nurtured for many years.

Innovation fund announcement among highlights of gala celebration for Dean Johnny Wynne

The newly created Wynne Fund for Innovation will support activities to address future agricultural and life sciences challenges. From left with the check showing the current fund-raising total are Jim Oblinger, Randy Woodson, Johnny Wynne, Bill Collins, Kendall Hill, Charles Davenport, Lawrence Davenport and Bill Culpepper.

Dr. Johnny Wynne, who retired this summer as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was honored June 12 at a gala celebration at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center.

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