Category Archives: CAES

Osei Yeboah honored for service to military veterans

Dr. Osei Yeboah receives the Advocate of the Year award from Secretary Larry Hall of the N.C. Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs. On the left is Kyle Winder, president and board chairman of N.C. VetBiz.

For his years of service to North Carolina’s veteran farmers, Dr. Osei Yeboah has been recognized by the North Carolina Veteran’s Business Association (NC VetBiz).

Yeboah received the Advocate of the Year award at the group’s 2018 Procurement Summit, held in Raleigh during the summer. Presenting the award were Larry Hall, secretary of the N.C. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and Kyle Winder, president and board chair of NC VetBiz.

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Ahmedna Named Dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has named Mohamed Ahmedna, Ph.D., a renowned researcher and an N.C. A&T faculty member between 2000 and 2010, dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, effective Oct. 1.

Ahmedna has been a fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture in Washington. He also was a professor of food science and nutrition at Qatar University, where he served as associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, 2010-2016. Continue reading Ahmedna Named Dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Faculty Photo Days

CAES photographer James Parker has set aside the mornings of Wednesday, Sept. 19, and Thursday, Sept. 20, to take photos of new faculty members and other faculty who need new photos.
Parker will be taking photos 9 a.m.-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. If faculty are unavailable during the times set aside for portraits, please get in touch with Parker to schedule another time.

Summer programs offer ag insights

Another summer has passed and another crop of high school students – and potential Aggies – have graduated from the CAES’s two signature pre-college programs. More than 60 high school students participated in the Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL) and the Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP).

“Agricultural youth enrichment programs are vitally important to the future of the global agricultural industry,” Associate Dean Dr. Antoine J. Alston said. “The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at N.C. A&T State University has a long heritage of training future agricultural leaders. Programs such as RAP and IFAL are critically important to fulfilling our mission as a land grant university.”

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N.C. A&T breaks ground for farm pavilion

The first phase of $12.3 million worth of construction at the N.C. A&T University Farm began July 11, signaling an expanded era of research, education, community engagement and agribusiness development – including Aggie ice cream.

The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, which has oversight for the farm, hosted a groundbreaking that drew a standing-room only crowd of university and elected officials and A&T supporters, who came to envision what 7 acres of the 492-acre farm will look like by the year 2022.

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Minor lauded in a major way


Dr. Radiah Minor, associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences was recently named one of just 17 teaching excellence specialists for 2018 by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.  An immunologist who studies immune  regulation in mammals and teaches animal science, Minor was chosen earlier this month for the prestigious annual award along with faculty representing each of the other 16 campuses in the UNC system. She is a Ph. D. graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., who joined the CAES in 2008. Each of the winners were recognized for innovative and creative teaching methods that inspire students.

“Dr. Minor makes sure students get practical experience, as well as professional development and training,” says Dr. Shirley Hymon-Parker, CAES interim dean.

In an essay on her teaching philosophy submitted as part of her nomination for the Excellence in Teaching Award, Minor discussed her lifelong passion for learning and the many ways she seeks to inspire and engage students, to instill the same excitement in them.

“Through all the teaching tools I use, I encourage students to step further out of their comfort zones, challenging them to push themselves to grow personally and intellectually,” Minor said. “But I also drive home the point that there are few excuses for not trying or not doing your absolute best to achieve a goal. If you want it, you must do what it takes to get it.”  Continue reading Minor lauded in a major way

To the CAES goes the trophy

The CAES is the winner of the A&T Campus Walk Challenge for February, in competition with the Student Health Center. With more than 60 registered participants in the College, walkers logged 9.6 million steps for the four-week challenge.

In addition to bragging rights, the CAES was gifted with a trophy and a banner, on display in the dean’s office at Webb Hall, and a feather banner located at the building entrance.

Dr. Shirley Hymon-Parker, interim dean of the CAES, congratulated participants on the victory during a post pep-rally last month to accept the prizes from Student Health Center organizers. She notes that the true victory, though, is in developing and maintaining a healthy life and work environment, which is the goal of the campus health initiative.

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CAES leadership participates in Brazilian agriculture study mission

Dr. Shirley Hymon-Parker was among the top agricultural leaders in the state who recently accompanied N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler on a trade mission to Brazil, studying the South American country’s farms, factories and other agriculture-related industries.

Brazil is a leading exporter of some of the same commodities for which North Carolina is known --   poultry, tobacco, cotton, soybeans—and Hymon-Parker, interim dean of the CAES, came away from the tour with impressions on how agriculture in Brazil and North Carolina can be mutually beneficial. The trip also included discussion on Brazil’s role in addressing global food security.

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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

Dollar Enterprise teaches innovation

All 13 students were skeptical and nervous at the start of Dollar Enterprise, a hands-on introduction to entrepreneurship offered at N.C. A&T for the first time this fall.

“They lacked confidence,” Dr. Kathleen Liang, who teaches the course, said in late October, “but if you walk into my classroom today, you will notice a big difference in competence and confidence. The individual growth is significant, and we aren’t finished yet.”

Students in the course learned by doing, with each student assigned to one of three teams. Each team came up with a product, drafted a business plan, started a campus business and ran that business for a month. Liang provides the start-up money. Continue reading Dollar Enterprise teaches innovation

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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