Category Archives: CAES

CAES student writes his own ticket to USDA diversity program

Jabril Wright, who is majoring in agricultural and environmental systems with a concentration in environmental studies, is headed to Washington, D.C., thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Student Diversity Program.

Dr. Antoine Alston, professor and associate dean for academics, and Larry Hartsfield, the CAES’s liaison for the USDA 1890 Program, helped Wright apply to the program. The session provides participants a weeklong trip to Washington capped by their attendance at the Agricultural Outlook Forum, the USDA’s largest annual meeting, Feb. 22-23 in Arlington, Va. Now in its 11th year, the program gives undergraduate and graduate students real-world learning opportunities in contemporary agribusiness, scientific research and agricultural policy.

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Board of Governors to see CAES students’ research, tour farm

When the University of North Carolina Board of Governors meets at N.C. A&T on Jan. 30, the CAES will be in the spotlight.

A&T undergraduate researchers, including two CAES students, will share their poster presentations with the board. CAES students La’Neesa Holmes-Cobb and Courtney Richard won first and second place, respectively, for their poster presentations at the university’s Undergraduate Research Symposium in October. Continue reading Board of Governors to see CAES students’ research, tour farm

Merry Monday

Monday is being made merry this season, as CAES Interim Dean Shirley Hymon-Parker hosts her annual holiday reception. The fete is scheduled from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in the student lounge area of Webb Hall.

Refreshments will be served. Music will be played. Spirits are expected to be festive. All CAES faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the floating reception to celebrate the successes of the semester and fellowship with one another.

Dr. Antoine J. Alston completes prestigious program

Dr. Antoine J. Alston, associate dean of academic studies

Dr. Antoine J. Alston, CAES associate dean for Academic Studies,  graduated from the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) in November. The program offers leadership development to upper-level leaders in higher education, government and industry. Alston has taught, advised and mentored countless students in his teaching and administrative career. Through the FSLI, he proved that he also is a life-long learner.

The program provides fellows with strategies to handle leadership challenges and opportunities for the future. Alston was a member of the FSLI’s cohort 11 and participated in the program from 2015-2017. He was presented with a special acknowledgement at the annual meeting of the Association for Public and Land-Grant Universities held in Washington.

DeShawn Blanding thrills National FFA Convention

Biological Engineering major DeShawn Blanding concluded his yearlong term as Southern region vice president of the National FFA with an electrifying speech.

The South Carolina native delivered his retiring address at the 90th annual National FFA Convention and Expo, an event held Oct. 25-28 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Among the messages he shared with the audience was the importance of hope Continue reading DeShawn Blanding thrills National FFA Convention

CAES students shine at Undergraduate Research Symposium

CAES students La’Neesa Holmes-Cobb and Courtney Richard won first and second place, respectively, for their poster presentations at the university’s Undergraduate Research Symposium on Oct. 19.

Holmes-Cobb, a senior majoring in Laboratory Animal Science, presented “Comparison of Immunoglobulin M and Degranulated Neutrophil Levels in the Serum and Lung Lavage of Indoor and Outdoor Reared Pigs.” Dr. Jenora Waterman, associate professor in the Department of Animal Science, mentored Holmes-Cobb. Continue reading CAES students shine at Undergraduate Research Symposium

CAES food pantry opens to students in need

What started out as a conversation about hunger among graduate students and faculty has turned into the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences food pantry, open to any student in need.  For some graduate and out-of-state students, the expense of tuition and housing leave little money left for food.

“We found out that some CAES students were having to make the choice between paying for books or buying food,” says Dr. Jane Walker, interim chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

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Smith named Cooperative Extension associate administrator

Dr. Claudette Smith, who has more than 35 years of experience in program planning, development and implementation, has been appointed associate administrator of Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, effective Oct. 1.

As the Cooperative Extension associate administrator, Smith’s responsibilities include providing leadership to county operations and state programs. She will guide the development and maintenance of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, issue-based programming agenda that addresses the complexity of issues faced by North Carolina’s small, limited-resource farmers, communities, youth, families and individuals.

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Kudos for Carver’s new look

Carver Hall, one of N.C. A&T’s oldest buildings, is poised to show off its new makeover—one that increases its face value and provides a more functional environment for students and faculty. The improvements will be formally celebrated by the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. Carver is located at the intersection of Sullivan and Lindsay streets, and is one of the gateways into campus.

Renovations at Carver during the past several months include a new patio plaza with seating, at the front of the building, and a first-floor classroom that was transformed into a student lounge with new furniture. The new amenities are accessible to physically disabled people, and round out a series of improvement projects performed on Carver Hall over the last few years that include upgrading a class for smart-classroom technology.

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Extension employees recognized for excellence

Cooperative Extension campus-based and field staff have received numerous awards and recognitions in recent months, including ones for:

  • Michelle Eley, community and economic development specialist at N.C. A&T, served as a member of a rapid response team on Civil Disclosure on Race Relations within N.C. Cooperative Extension, which received the Excellence in Teamwork Award at the National Association of Community Development Extension Professional Conference in June.
  • Misty Blue-Terry, 4-H STEM specialist at A&T, has received the 1890 Excellence in Extension Award for 4-H Youth Development from the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. She provides statewide direction with special emphasis on educational strategies for increasing technical and soft skills needed to succeed in STEM careers for limited-resource and socially disadvantaged audiences.

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Not on vacation: how CAES students spent their summers

More than 90 CAES students are expected to present an enormous array of their summer academic experiences during the annual Showcase of Excellence, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 6 in B.C. Webb Hall. The student experiences will span the gamut of agricultural fields, including corporate and Cooperative Extension internships, study abroad, and independent research projects at N.C. A&T and other universities or government agencies.

Students will present research posters on their experiences and will discuss their work with audiences who stop by the individual student stations. Participants will also receive a certificates and awards. CAES faculty and staff are encouraged to attend to support the experiences.

Alston Speaks at Urban-Ag Academy

Dr. Antoine J. Alston, associate dean of academic studies

Dr. Antoine J. Alston, associate dean of academic studies in the College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, delivered the keynote address – The United States’ Cooperative Extension Service: Historical Perspectives, Current Programming, and its Potential Impact for Urban Agriculture – at the sixth-annual Urban-Ag Academy at Iowa State University on July 12.

The Urban-Ag Academy provides an opportunity for urban and minority legislators to learn more about agricultural and rural issues. The national conference brings urban, minority and rural policymakers together with experts in agriculture, rural development and other relevant areas.

Alston received his baccalaureate and master’s degrees in agricultural education from North Carolina A&T State University and his doctorate in agricultural education from Iowa State. He joined the N.C. A&T faculty in 2000 and progressed through the ranks to become a full professor. In 2012 he was appointed the associate dean for academic studies on an interim basis; in 2014 the appointment became permanent.

Faculty Photo Day

The Ag. Communications & Marketing photographer, James Parker, has set aside the mornings of Thursday, Aug. 31, and Friday, Sept. 1, to take photos of new faculty members and old faculty members who have made alterations in their appearance (dramatic enough to where they no longer look as they did when they had their photo taken previously).

Parker will be taking photos from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room B-29 of the C.H. Moore Agricultural Research Station. His strong suggestions for a top-quality photo that looks good in publications and reflects professionalism are:

  • Wear business dress (tie and jacket for men)
  •  Avoid white clothing
  • Avoid seasonal clothing (such as sleeveless summer clothing for women that would look strange in a January newspaper)
  • Avoid extensive or highly reflective jewelry

If you have any questions about clothing or other photo session details, please contact Parker, at 285-4713, before you come to C.H. Moore on Aug. 31 or Sept. 1. If faculty are unavailable either morning, please get in touch with Parker to request an appointment on the afternoon of Aug. 31.

CAES Collects Faculty Awards

The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences cleaned up at the university’s Celebration of Faculty Excellence in the spring. CAES faculty members won six awards for community engagement, intellectual property and teaching:

  • Terrence Thomas, a professor in the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education, won the Community Engagement Award for his leadership of a local initiative designed to address the negative health consequences of a food desert affecting residents of northeast Greensboro. The project offers nutrition workshops to promote healthier eating and has created an urban farm to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Shengmin Sang, an associate professor in the Center for Excellence in Post-harvest Technologies, won the Intellectual Property Award for his research investigating the potential of bioactive components from functional foods and herbal medicines to prevent chronic diseases.
  • Guochen Yang, a professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design, and Sang each won a 2016 Patent Award. Yang received a patent for “Micropropagation of Alexandrian Laurel”; Sang received a patent for “Ginger Metabolites and Uses Thereof.”
  • Chastity Warren English, an associate professor in the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education, won an Outstanding College Teaching Award. She is a mentor and role model to her students, who describe her as dedicated, tech-savvy and innovative.
  • Devona L. Dixon, an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, won a Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. She strives to create an environment where students feel empowered by their skills and knowledge, optimistic about their future, and supported in their academic and professional growth.

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The CAES is inspired by two alumni of note

Two CAES alumni, Michael S. Regan and Dr. Frankie Jones,  are blazing distinguished career paths that have made news this month in areas of leadership and advocacy.

Dr. Frankie Jones, center, flanked left-to-right by Dr. Shirley Hymon-Parker, interim dean, and Dr. Richard Robbins, CAES facilities coordinator, at the dedication.

Jones of Phoenix One Enterprise, who was responsible for several thousand dollars’ worth of student scholarship and corporate in-kind donations from a national retailer, visited the CAES last week to dedicate a new student collaborative research study area. He also touted his roots in agriculture and his experiences at A&T.

“It gives me great pride to be able to say—and I’ve said this to the chancellor—that the “A” in A&T stands for agriculture,” said Jones, who bought and resides on the Alamance County farm that his family once worked as sharecroppers.

Meanwhile, Regan, North Carolina’s new secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality,  has garnered extra attention as an A&T alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in earth and environmental sciences.

Regan was named by Gov. Roy Cooper on Jan. 3, to head the state agency that leads and protects the quality of the state’s air, land, water, coastal fisheries, and the public’s health. After a round of legislative committee hearings, Regan’s nomination was finally approved by the N.C. Senate earlier this month.

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CAES Ag Hall of Fame claims new names

Two legendary leaders of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University – Dr. Arthur P. Bell and the late Dr. Howard F. Robinson – have been inducted into the college’s Agriculture Hall of Fame.

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Dr. A.P. Bell, fourth from left in black suit, stands alongside his portrait and is surrounded by family and CAES administrators.

 

A renowned teacher and mentor, Bell, of Greensboro, influenced innumerable students toward productive careers in the agricultural sciences during his more than 40 years in education. His former students can be found today in leadership positions locally, nationally and internationally. Robinson led research divisions at the university from 1965-82. Credited with increasing the college’s annual research budget many times over, Robinson’s testimony before Congress in the 1970s was a key factor in federal officials releasing funding directly to N.C. A&T and other 1890 institutions to support their research and Cooperative Extension programs.

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Dr. Howard F. Robinson was posthumously inducted, and his widow Vivian Robinson (foreground) said her late husband was a humble man who worked tirelessly for A&T.

The induction ceremony, the first in 17 years, included the unveiling of framed photographs of both men. Bell and Robinson were lauded by CAES Interim Dean Shirley Hymon-Parker as leaders who left indelible footprints and smoothed out bumpy roads for others to travel. Continue reading CAES Ag Hall of Fame claims new names