The Ag e-Dispatch The newsletter of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences en Copyright 2013 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 16:32:26 -0500 2010-11 academic year kickoff set for second Wednesday in August Dr. Donald McDowellDr. Donald McDowell, the SAES interim dean, will be hosting the annual academic year kickoff meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Webb Hall Auditorium. The SAES meeting will put the finishing touches on an entire day of academic year kickoff activities. New faculty and staff will be introduced at the university-wide opening day program that morning.]]> SAES University Wed, 28 Jul 2010 16:32:26 -0500 Best back-to-school specials come early in August info iconNorth Carolina’s annual sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 6 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8. With the stroke of midnight on Aug. 8, state sales taxes on merchandise exempted from sales taxes during the holiday will resume. Computer equipment retailers are cautioning those planning to take advantage of the sales tax holiday that it will be a wise precaution to order equipment in advance to ensure they don’t find the supplies sold out the first weekend of August. (The tax exemption is good for computer equipment retailing for less than $3,500, so equipment just under that cap will probably be most in demand.) Other back-to-school considerations in the sales tax holiday listing are school instruction materials of less than $300; computer supplies of less than $250; school supplies of less than $100; and clothing and footwear retailing for less than $100.

The University Bookstore has a reminder on its Web page that although textbooks for fall semester won’t be in stock until Aug. 1, students can nonetheless take advantage of the tax holiday by placing online orders Aug. 6, 7 or 8. ]]> SAES University Wed, 28 Jul 2010 16:30:14 -0500 Galyon can be the gateway Many high school seniors put off serious work on picking a college or university until the summer before their senior year is almost over. SAES faculty and staff fielding somewhat desperate inquires from procrastinators should keep this tip at their fingertips: During the summer months Amtrak's Campus Visit Discount promotion will be an option for prospective Aggies who would like their visit to Greensboro — along with a parent or guardian — to begin at the Galyon Depot. Parents and guardians of high school juniors and seniors get their own ticket for half-price when traveling to prospective college campuses on Amtrak routes. ]]> SAES University Wed, 28 Jul 2010 16:29:05 -0500 Longstanding riddle finally resolved info iconAlthough it’s frequently noted in both profound writings and curt, informal memos that “all good things must come to an end,” only recently has an exact date been set for that eventuality. The summer flextime option expires the last workweek of July, and consequently, all SAES departments that were taking advantage of flextime to close up early on Fridays will be back to regular 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. business hours on Friday, Aug. 6.]]> SAES University Wed, 28 Jul 2010 16:24:14 -0500 Opportunities for improved financial resource management grant iconThe window during which SAES faculty and staff could arrange to have their on-campus parking fee handled as a payroll deduction closed in mid-June, but annual permits became available for lump sum purchases ($490 for a reserved space in a faculty/staff lot; $248 for just a permit to park in one of those lots) on July 21.

Through July 31, the University Bookstore is having a 30 percent off sale on gifts and apparel, including many items that will be appropriate to present during Homecoming 2010, which will radiate around the football game with Morgan State on Oct. 9.

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Tip for high-quality high school seniors headed to the SAES in 2011-12 academics iconThe Ron Brown Scholar Program — named to honor the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce who lost his life in a plane crash in 1996 — awards high school seniors who are selected with $10,000 a year for four years at the college or university of their choice. (Students who have graduated from high school and begun their college educations are not eligible.) The program — which has a mission statement commitment to “accelerate the progress of African Americans into the mainstream of leadership in business, education, government and a wide spectrum of professions, while instilling a strong dedication to leadership and public service” — is highly selective: last year only a dozen students out of more than 10,000 applicants were awarded scholarships. But the scholarship program’s website notes that: “Applicants to the Program, in addition to displaying academic excellence and a capacity to lead, must also demonstrate a commitment to service and community involvement.” That part of the selection criteria may be of particular interest to rising high school seniors planning to matriculate at the SAES at the start of the 2011-12 academic year. Skim through the bios of recipients and you’ll notice that backgrounds in 4-H helped several of the Brown Scholars get a leg up on other high-achieving high school students who applied.

The Ron Brown Scholar Program has two application deadlines. Applications received by Nov. 1 will be evaluated for the Brown Scholar Program and also forwarded along to other scholarship programs that seem appropriate. Applications received between Nov. 1 and Jan. 9 will be evaluated for the Brown Scholar Program alone.]]> Academic Departments Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Animal Sciences Natural Resources and Environmental Design SAES University Wed, 14 Jul 2010 16:47:41 -0500