SAES alum appointed ECSU chancellor

dr -conwaySAES alumnus Thomas E. H. Conway Jr. has been elected chancellor of Elizabeth City State University by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system. Conway, who had begun serving as interim chancellor of ECSU on Jan. 1, received the permanent appointment Jan. 26.

Conway has a long connection to both of the Tar Heel state’s Htwo land-grant universities. He received both his bachelor’s in agricultural education in 1971 and his master’s in guidance and counseling in 1976, from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University,  and his Ph.D. in counselor education from N.C. State University in 1994.

Conway, 66, previously served as vice chancellor and chief of staff at Fayetteville State University, a position he had held since 2008, and prior to that, had served as dean of undergraduate academic programs at N.C. State in 2005 – 08. During a 32-year tenure at N.C. State, Conway also served as vice provost for enrollment management and services (2002-05), associate vice provost for the Division of Undergraduate Affairs (1998-2002); and director of the First Year College (1998-2000). He earlier had served as director, or in other leadership capacities, for numerous and varied programs at N.C. State.

Active in a number of professional organizations, Conway has served as a consultant for numerous historically minority institutions and has written and spoken widely about academic assessment, mentoring and leadership.  At the UNC system level, he has served on the UNC Military Affairs Council and the UNC Task Force on Athletics and Academics.

A native of Louisburg, N.C., Conway is married to the former Mychele Jenkins of Hollywood, Fla. They have two adult children: Simon, a middle-school teacher in the Washington, D.C. public schools; and Zena, who works for a conference management company in Charlotte.

Information for this article was provided courtesy of Elizabeth City State University.

Program helps bridge the information gap

Dr. Osei YeboahSmall farmers are the backbone of North Carolina’s agricultural sector, yet too many of them still don’t know how to connect to the many resources that USDA offers. Up to 44 percent lack information about programs that could help them strengthen their farm businesses, according to Dr. Osei Yeboah, interim director of the L.C. Cooper Jr. International Trade Center. To address the issues, he has developed a project that includes conferences and workshops to connect small farmers, ranchers and veterans across the state to USDA resources.

A two-day conference Yeboah organized in January drew 110 farmers to Raleigh to learn about the programs and outreach that the department provides, including loans and technical assistance. Dr. Valerie Giddings, the SAES’s interim associate dean for research, provided opening and closing remarks.

“It was an excellent conference and was very effective in bridging the information gap,”  she said, noting that the conference included many practical “how tos” for farmers, including how to: treat the farm as a business; apply a value-added perspective to food production;  establish a strong infrastructure; form hubs and co-ops for distribution of farm products; use assistive technology; give children interest in the farm business; seek grant funding to support business innovations, and more.

The conference featured directors from USDA’s many programs, including its Office of Advocacy and Outreach.  Larry Hartsfield, N.C. A&T’s liaison for the USDA 1890 Program, a scholarship program for undergraduates, was also on the program, representing the Office of Advocacy and Outreach.

Yeboah has also facilitated a menu of learning modules on an array of topics, available to farmers’ organizations. Topics include: entrepreneurship; financial planning; direct marketing strategies; strategies for farming while disabled (AgrAbility); land-resource valuation; tax planning for farms, and for cooperatives; farm recordkeeping and accounting; organizing cooperatives; farm succession planning; product and market feasibility; farm innovation development; crop, soil and water needs; drip irrigation systems; soil analysis; specialty vegetables; value-added business planning; use of iPhone and Android in production agriculture, and more.  For more information on how to start planning a workshop on these topics, contact Yeboah at oyeboah@ncat.edu or 336-285-4727.

The conference and workshops are organized through Yeboah’s project, “Developing an Information Technology-Based Outreach Program to Strengthen the Linkage between Socially Disadvantaged Farmers, Ranchers, and Veterans and USDA Offices,” and is funded by USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach.

 

New faculty hired

extension_iconThe SAES welcomes two new teaching-faculty members, whose appointments were effective Jan. 6:

  • Carter CrawfordCarter Crawford, assistant professor of Landscape Architecture in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design, brings with him more than 35 years of teaching and professional experience in designing large- and medium-size public, commercial and private landscapes, mostly in the Triangle area. Crawford, whose Ph.D. is from N.C. State University, is president of Carter Crawford DESIGN PA. Prior to joining N.C. A&T, he served as associate professor of the practice of landscape architecture at N.C. State from 2008 – 2013. Throughout his career, he has served as president, project landscape architect, and landscape designer for numerous design and engineering firms. Crawford also has extensive experience serving in advisory capacities for various public entities, including the City of Raleigh and Town of Apex’s appearance commissions, the Landscape Architecture Advisory Council for N.C. State, and others. In addition to serving as program coordinator in the SAES, Crawford is currently teaching landscape design studios to freshman and seniors.
  • Sherrell Hicklen House is an assistant professor in the Child Development and Family Studies Program of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Her academic background includes an undergraduate degree in psychology from Howard University, a master’s degree in psychology in education from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University. While pursuing her master’s and doctorate, House amassed numerous academic honors, awards, grants, scholarships, assistantships and a fellowship. House’s teaching experience includes serving as a teaching assistant at the University of Pittsburgh for multiple courses and serving as instructor of record for Michigan State University from 2011 – 2015, teaching courses in research methods and child development and family sciences, both online and in person. Since 2006, she has assisted in 10 research studies and is co-author of multiple publications, with several upcoming publications in the pipeline. Currently, House teaches FCS 260: Introduction to Human Development, FCS 331: Family Systems, and FCS 432: Culturally Responsive Perspectives for Children and and Family.

Study sheds light on agritourism

info_iconAgritourism is a growing opportunity for North Carolina farmers, as evidenced by the hundreds of listings of farms that offer the opportunity for consumers to pick their own produce, cut their Christmas trees, meander through a corn maize or sip a taste of wine.

The North Carolina Agritourism Networking Association is in its 10th year of offering conferences for agritourism operators to share ideas.

Dr. Anthony Yeboah, chair of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education, who has been researching the trend as a tool for small farmers to improve the viability of their farms, was an invited speaker at the association’s recent annual conference. He delivered preliminary findings of his study, “Small Farm Agritourism as a Tool for Community Development in North Carolina” to the 10th annual Agritourism Conference held in Winston-Salem January 14-15.

From left, John Paul Owens, Jarvetta Bynum and Dr. Anthony Yeboah of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education, smile for a photo during a tour of Hickory Creek Farm http://www.hickorycreekfarmnc.com  in Guilford County, during the North Carolina Agritourism Conference Jan. 13 - 14, 2016. The farm, a former tobacco farm, is open to the public during the holiday season, offering fresh cut Christmas trees and handmade wreaths for sale, hayride tours, and fun activities for children.
From left, John Paul Owens, Jarvetta Bynum and Dr. Anthony Yeboah of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education, smile for a photo during a tour of Hickory Creek Farm http://www.hickorycreekfarmnc.com in Guilford County, during the North Carolina Agritourism Conference Jan. 13 – 14, 2016. The farm, a former tobacco farm, is open to the public during the holiday season, offering fresh cut Christmas trees and handmade wreaths for sale, hayride tours, and fun activities for children.

Yeboah’s study opens a window to the demographic of farmers who offer agritourism, and reveals opportunities for those who don’t.  Of the 195 responses to a survey he conducted, 68.5 percent said they provide agritourism – more than twice as many who said they do not. Other results included that most of the agritourism farms were less than 10 acres, and close to half of these had acreage deemed unsuitable for crop production. Most respondents also reported they were located very near a paved highway.

Results are still being compiled and Yeboah and his research team will use them to develop an outreach program to educate small and minority farmers about agritourism as an alternative farm enterprise.

FSU schedules Student Research Conference

documents_iconAbstracts are due Feb. 29 for Fayetteville State University’s 4th annual Student Research Conference, scheduled for April 1-2, 2016. The conference, “Students Changing Our World Through Research,” is open to all graduate and undergraduates representing all academic disciplines. Abstracts may represent either poster or paper presentations.

Dr. Valerie Giddings, interim dean for research, says the conference is a great opportunity for SAES students to practice their presentation skills to the community of science, and encourages anyone who is ready to report his or her research results to attend. All who present at the conference must also register ($35 for early birds, $45 after March 13). Registration includes a dinner and lunch. More details and registration forms are available by emailing FSUStudentResearchConference@uncfsu.edu, or by contacting Dr. Doreen B. Hilton at 910-672-1680.

Sustainable Ag apprenticeships available

leaf_iconThe Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) near Goldsboro is now accepting applicants for six- to nine-month apprenticeship programs in a variety of sustainable agriculture topics. The application deadline is January 15.

This is a hands-on work and study program that trains highly motivated participants in many aspects of sustainable agricultural production and research. The majority of each apprentices’ work will focus on a particular production system at CEFS. A wide array of topics to study are available, including: organic grain and vegetable production; small farm production; agroecological production techniques; long-term comparative farming systems; beef, dairy and swine production, and agroforestry. Apprenticeship appointments six- to-nine months long, and may be located in Greensboro, Goldsboro and/or Raleigh.

Other aspects of the program that apprentices can expect include:
• Immerse oneself in agricultural production and field research, spending up to forty hours a week as an integral part of a team;
• Work with a highly diverse team of educators from North Carolina State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services;
• Interact with otherapprentices at various research units and sites;
• Weekly lecture(s) on various topics of sustainable agriculture;
• Participate in field trips to local farms;
• Prepare a written research paper, suitable for publication;
• Give an oral presentation on your research at the conclusion of the program;
• A weekly stipend of $200 per week.
Applicants are required to apply through the North Carolina State University Jobs Website  Required information includes: A completed online application; a cover letter stating your interest in the CEFS apprenticeship program that includes a ranking of your interest in the different research programs offered, and a letter of recommendation.

Interested applicants may contact Lisa Forehand, internship coordinator, for more information at 919-513-0954 or lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu.

Cooperative Extension experts get awards at State Conference

Specialists and county agents of The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T were lauded for excellence and service awards at the N.C. Cooperative Extension 2015 State Conference, Dec. 7-10, in Raleigh. Recognized for program outreach or service are:

  • Mary Jac Brennan, agriculture and commercial horticulture agent for Forsyth County Cooperative Extension, and Danelle Cutting, agriculture and local foods agent for Rowan County Cooperative Extension. Both were among several recipients of the Grange Search for Excellence, North Central District Team. They were honored for their work with the Piedmont Farm School, an Extension outreach of the N.C. Farm School that integrates business principles and production practices through training sessions for new and transitioning farmers.
  • Traci Dixon of Nash County Cooperative Extension and Jamilla Hawkins of Edgecombe County Cooperative Extension, dual recipients of the R.E. Jones Program Award. Dixon is a community and rural development agent. Hawkins is a community resource development agent. The two agents helped develop and conduct a Teen Entrepreneurial Summer Boot Camp to engage youth in business ideas, focus on career paths and prepare for job readiness. One of their successes includes a youth group in the Conetoe community that has developed their own honey bee enterprise.
  • Erin Massie, a 4-H Youth Development Extension agent in Beaufort County who was an award winner in the Grange Search for Excellence for 4-H Youth Development category. Massie was cited for general excellence in her program area, for boundless support of 4-H youth, particularly her ability to engage limited-resource audiences; and for her unselfish support, encouragement and motivation of other 4-H agents in other counties.
  • Morgan McKnight, a family and consumer sciences agent with Brunswick County Cooperative Extension, who received one of two awards from the Grange Search for Excellence in Family and Consumer Sciences. McKnight brings broad perspective to Extension outreach in nutrition, having helped coordinate a local farmers market, working with 4-H programs, teaching youth and senior citizens about healthy eating, and organizing volunteers to help man the Speedway to Healthy interactive exhibit during its Brunswick County schools residency.
  • Der Xiong, agricultural agent for Catawba County Cooperative Extension who was also one of several winners for outstanding team work, cited through the Grange Search for Excellence, West District Team Award. Xiong was honored for her outreach with the Foothills Farm School, an Extension outreach of the N.C. Farm School that integrates business principles and production practices by training new and transitioning farmers. Xiong also recently won the Outstanding Extension Educator award at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Conference in November.

Other State Conference recognition was bestowed on Cooperative Extension employees for years of service to the organization, beginning with five years’ experience and increasing in five-year increments to as many as 40 years. Honorees from Extension at A&T are:

  • Michelle Eley, community and economic development specialist,10 years.
  • Joshua Idassi, natural resources specialist, five years.
  • Michael Lanier, Orange County Cooperative Extension area agent, who specializes in agribusiness and local foods.

NC State Extension Program Awards

Cooperative Extension 2015 Service Awards

N.C. State University Chancellor Randy Woodson congratulates each employee with 30 years, or more, of service during the North Carolina Cooperative Extension 2015 State Conference.

Williams named CEPHT director


Dr. Leonard WilliamsDr. Leonard L. Williams
has been named director of the SAES’s Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies (CEPHT), at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, effective December 1.

Most recently, Williams served as interim director, professor of food sciences, and lead scientist for food safety and microbiology for CEPHT, which is administered by the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and is a key partner at the North Carolina Research Campus. The Center extends N.C. A&T’s land-grant mission of learning, outreach and research to improve education, the state’s economy and human health. Its focus areas are food safety, functional foods, food engineering and nutritional immunology.

Williams obtained his Ph.D. in food science specializing in microbiology from Alabama A&M University in 2000. From 2000-2008, he served as assistant professor and associate professor of food microbiology and immunochemistry in A&M’s Department of Food and Animal Sciences. He joined the faculty of N.C. A&T in 2008 as lead scientist for food safety and microbiology at CEPHT.  In addition to his doctorate in food science, Williams also holds an MBA from Wake Forest University which he earned earlier this year, and also has a master’s in animal health sciences from A&T.

Ag ed majors win National Black Farmers Association scholarships

Two agricultural education majors, Kamal Bell of Durham, a graduate student, and Justin Walker of Yanceyville, a junior have been awarded National Black Farmers Association scholarships from the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of automobile manufacturer FCA US LLC.

151111Bell001ed2Bell, a lateral-entry teacher at Lowe’s Grove Magnet Middle School in Durham, received his bachelor’s in Animal Science Industry, also from A&T’s School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. He said he intends to apply his education toward attaining a teaching license and becoming an agricultural entrepreneur. To start his venture, Bell is finalizing the purchase of land, while he continues to teach biotechnology, animals and anatomy at the middle school.

151110Walker003ed2Walker, who at 23 is already a successful farmer and agricultural entrepreneur, is bucking that trend. His family has retained its Caswell County farmland for several generations, and Walker now is the sole manager, after the 2012 death of his grandfather, John O. “Pete” Walker. With experience growing tobacco, corn and soybeans, Walker is now turning his focus to conventional and organic vegetables. In addition to his college classes, this fall and winter will see him rebuilding a storm-damaged hydroponic greenhouse on his farm, and continuing to refine his mobile farmers-market venture, which he started last spring. That start-up was made possible by a Rural Advancement Foundation International grant, which funded an enclosed trailer. Walker, who accepts SNAP payments, often sets up his mobile market in communities that lack convenient access to fresh vegetables. Walker was also recognized in 2014, for placing second in the annual statewide Collegiate Discussion Meet, sponsored by the North Carolina Farm Bureau. (See http://www.ag.ncat.edu/wp/index.php/news-releases/aggie-comes-away-from-n-c-farm-bureau-competition-with-honors/ )

Bell and Walker were among 19 recipients from across the nation who were selected based upon several criteria, including academic performance, career goals and objectives, demonstrated leadership, and participation in agricultural and community activities. The scholarship was established to encourage more African Americans to pursue the many opportunities that exist in today’s agricultural professions, including food production.

“The plight of the black farmers and the loss of black-owned farms, have been major issues for well over a 100 years,” said John Boyd, Jr., president of the National Black Farmers Association. “In 1910, nearly 1 million black farm families owned over 15 million acres of land. Today, less than 45,000 black farm families own 3 million acres. The NBFA Scholarship program will begin to address black land loss.”

Information about how to apply for the 2016 National Black Farmers Association scholarship program will be available in early May at https://scholarsapply.org/blackfarmersassociation/.

 

Two candidates to present for the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in December

documents_iconCandidates for the position of Kellogg Distinguished Professor for Sustainable Agriculture at N.C. A&T will make public presentations for the position in early December. The position represents one of two endowed chairs, made possible five years ago with $3.15 million in support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The candidates are being asked to present their vision for maintaining sustainable agriculture through the SAES. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. The presentation times and candidates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1, 9-9:45 a.m., Chyi-Lyi (Kathleen) Liang, professor of Entrepreneurship and Applied Economics in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont.
  • Thursday, Dec. 3, 8:30-9:15 a.m., Kenrett Y. Jefferson-Moore, professor, Agricultural Economics in the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education, SAES at N.C. A&T.

Both presentations are scheduled for the Godfrey Conference Room, Coltrane Hall.

Retired Cooperative Extension Specialist and co-director for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) Dr. John O’Sullivan was the inaugural recipient of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation endowed professorship, which was awarded to involve A&T in its support of local food systems. O’Sullivan developed educational programming about food production and systems. The endowment also funds a second chair held by Dr. Nancy Kramer, co-director of CEFS, and supports the mission of sustaining the local-food economy as a means to improved health, and the security of small-scale agriculture.

The SAES Advisory Board reconvenes and chooses leadership

extension_iconThe 21-member SAES Advisory Board reorganized by Interim Dean Shirley Hymon-Parker, and representing business and educational leaders with agricultural interests, gathered on campus Nov. 20 in a four-hour meeting that included a tour of the University Farm.

Justin Gayliard, a BASF Corporation manager for the Demand Group in Research Triangle Park, was elected chairman of the group. Chairman elect is DeShon Cromartie, NC Farm Bureau Federation team leader for the Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee in Raleigh, and a former staff member of The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T.

The group’s core duties are to advise school leadership on the most effective strategies for achieving excellence in the food, agricultural, family, consumer and environmental sciences through instruction, research and Cooperative Extension programs – in keeping with the SAES mission.

“We seek from you, your advice, we seek your guidance and we seek your assistance on how we go about achieving the goals that we have set for the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences,” Hymon-Parker told the group, which included 20 of the 22 newly appointed members.

Dr. Joe B. Whitehead Jr., provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, thanked members for their service and urged the board to help spread the mission of SAES and to secure the image of agriculture as the $78 billion industry that it is in North Carolina. Whitehead also noted technological advances in agribusiness and agriscience, and that agricultural equipment is “computer driven and GPS guided.”

 

For a full list of Advisory Board members check out the upcoming edition of on the move newsletter: http://www.ncat.edu/academics/schools-colleges1/saes/newsmedia/index.html

 

Send in the news

If you haven’t heard by now, Alton Franklin, the long-time editor of the SAES News and its predecessor Ag-e-Dispatch, has retired. No prose can do justice to Franklin’s many storied contributions to this and other publications, so we’ll just end with a plea – and Franklin’s wish – that news contributions for this feature continue to be dispatched. For your news events, conferences, seminars and other notes of interest, please contact:

  • Laurie Gengenbach at lagengen@ncat.edu for news about SAES research and academics.
  • Cathy Gant Hill at chill@ncat.edu for news about The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T.

FCA Foundation Names National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Winners

Scholarships Support Development of a New Generation of African American Farmers

November 2, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of FCA US LLC, and the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) today awarded more than $87,000 in scholarships to support the development of a new generation of African American farmers. Established in May 2015, the National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Program funded by the FCA Foundation awarded 19 scholarships to college students who are pursuing agriculture-related study. The FCA Foundation also announced it would fund up to $100,000 for a second year of the NBFA Scholarship program.

“Empowering young people with access to knowledge is transformational,” said Lesley Slavitt, Head of Civic Engagement – External Affairs, FCA US LLC. “Supporting entry to higher education will ensure that these future leaders galvanize the tools, skills and passion necessary to make meaningful change in the world and provide access to food security for generations.”

$2,500 Scholarship Recipients
Student, Hometown School Major
Kamal Bell, Durham, NC North Carolina A&T State University Agricultural Education
Anthony Bryant, Bronx, NY Southwest Institute of Healing Arts Urban Farming
Edra Fisher, Havana, IL Lincoln Land Community College Agriculture
$5,000 Scholarship Recipients
Demetrius Arnold, Marianna, AR University Arkansas Agricultural Technology
Victoria Bradley, Memphis, TN Middle Tennessee State University Agribusiness
Cameron Bradshaw, Jetmore, KS Kansas State University Agribusiness
Michael Coleman, Raymond, MS Alcorn State University Animal Science
Mykeldren Davis, Memphis, TN Alcorn State University Animal Science
Aaron Gauff, Zachary, LA Lindenwood University Accounting
Gabrielle Galvan, Granada Hills, CA California Polytechnic State University Animal Science
Danelle Solomon, Nashville, TN Tennessee State University Agriculture
Caria Hawkins, Glen Saint Mary, FL Columbia Southern University Environmental Management
Charisma Heath, Austell, GA Fort Valley State University Veterinary Science
Zaid Hightower, Cleveland, OH Ohio State University Psychology/Agriculture
Kahmron Hymes, Crossett, AR University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Animal Science
John McKenzie, Kennesaw, GA Tuskegee University Nutrition Biology
Kristen Stigger, Memphis, TN Tennessee State University Agriculture Soil Science
Aaron Stripling, Austin, TX Prairie View A&M University Agriculture
Justin Walker, Elon, NC North Carolina A&T State University Agricultural Education

Scholarship recipients were selected based upon several criteria, including academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in agricultural and community activities, and career goals and objectives.

“The plight of the black farmers and the loss of Black-owned farms, have been a major issue for well over a 100 years,” said John Boyd, Jr., President of the National Black Farmers Association. “In 1910, nearly 1 million Black Farm families owned over 15 million acres of land. Today, less than 45,000 black farm families own 3 million acres. The NBFA Scholarship program will begin to address black land loss.”

Information about how to apply for the 2016 NBFA scholarship program will be available in early May athttps://scholarsapply.org/blackfarmersassociation/.

About the National Black Farmers Association
The National Black Farmers Association is a non-profit organization representing African American farmers and their families in the United States. As an association, it serves tens of thousands of members nationwide. NBFA’s education and advocacy efforts have been focused on civil rights, land retention, access to public and private loans, education and agricultural training, and rural economic development for black and other small farmers.

About the FCA Foundation
Since 1953, the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of FCA US LLC, has invested more $500 million in charitable organizations and initiatives that help empower people, and build strong, viable communities. The FCA Foundation invests in programs that generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts in the following areas:

  • Education – programs that inspire young minds, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM);
  • Military – programs that support financial and basic needs of military service members, veterans and their families;
  • Multicultural/Diversity – programs that promote inclusion and opportunity for diverse populations; and
  • Youth Development – programs that help young people develop the skills and leadership qualities to succeed in school, at work, and in life.

 

Additionally, FCA US seeks opportunities to support communities through its Motor Citizens® volunteer program. This innovative program enables FCA US salaried employees to use 18 hours of paid time each year to be an Engine for Change by investing their time and talents in community service projects.

Food drive in high gear

SAES faculty, staff, students, and alumni are commemorating A&T’s 125th anniversary celebration by joining with Old Dominion Freight Line, Fox 8 and the Salvation Army in collecting donations for a community food drive. The SAES 125th Community Service Project Committee will be collecting nonperishable food items at six SAES buildings, the farm, the CEPHT and at the annual Homecoming Cookout at Webb Hall Friday, Oct. 23. The goal is to collect at least 125 items per collection site. A PDF has been prepared that lists foods and packaging methods that can be accepted.  For each donation at the Homecoming Cookout, the donor will receive a raffle ticket for drawings for $25 A&T bookstore gift cards and other prizes that come packaged with “Aggie Pride.”

Remaining dates and locations for food drive contributions:

Oct. 19-23 — Benbow Hall
Oct. 26-30 — Child Development Lab
Nov. 2-6 — Sockwell Hall
Nov. 9-13 — Coltrane Hall
Nov. 16-20 — C. H. Moore Agricultural Research Station
Nov. 23-27 — Webb Hall
Through Nov. 27 — A&T State University Farm
Through Nov. 27 — Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies (Kannapolis)

Research presentations on consumer behavior and growing season extensions

 

research_iconThe Agricultural Research Program’s 2015-16 seminar series will be inaugurated on Thursday, Oct. 29 with a program that will begin at 11 a.m. in Room A-14 of the C.H. Moore Agricultural Research Station. The seminar presentations are open to all A&T faculty, staff and students. Dr. Sanjun Gu, horticulture specialist with the Cooperative Extension Program at A&T, will present a “High Tunnel Vegetables and Strawberry Research Update.” An overview of “Relative Thinking Impact on Consumer Food Choice” will be presented by Dr. Terrence Thomas of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education. Thomas will be joined by Cihat Gunden and Bulent Miran from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Ege University in Izmir, Turkey.

New IT guidance on SAES website

extension_iconThe SAES website now has two new portals for IT support: and a support FAQ. The two new Web pages list areas of IT staff responsibilities by buildings; the replacement procedure for outdated equipment; computer lab policies; accounts for new hires; policies regarding support for non-university computers; and procedures for requesting SAES IT assistance in troubleshooting hardware and software problems with university computers.

Teaching award nominations due no later than Oct. 27

award_iconNominations for the SAES’s Outstanding Teaching Award for 2015-16 should be submitted by Oct. 27 to Dr. Paula Faulkner, faculty awards committee chair. The winners of the teaching awards for the SAES and the University’s other schools and colleges form the pool of nominees for the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching that is presented annually to one faculty member at A&T and one at each of the other institutions in the UNC system. Completed nominations for the University-wide Junior Faculty Teaching Award  are also due to Dr. Faulkner by Oct. 27.. Nominees for the latter must be tenure-track, but untenured, with at least two years as full-time SAES faculty.

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