SAES student facilitates workshop

Trequan McGee
Trequan McGee, president of the SAES chapter of Collegiate FFA, helped organize this workshop for Collegiate FFA members.

extension_iconThe SAES chapter of Collegiate FFA joined forces with the Center for Creative Leadership to bring a leadership workshop to students in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Saturday, April 23.

Trequan McGee, a junior majoring in Urban and Community Horticulture,  was a driving force behind coordinating the workshop. In fact, McGee has built a reputation for leadership and networking acumen around the SAES — skills he credits to his participation in the Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program. The competitive four-year scholarship and training program is for students from counties transitioning from economic dependence on tobacco. (McGee is from Enfield, in Halifax County.) Many of the projects and workshops in that program are provided by the Center for Creative Leadership, which is how McGee developed contacts for the campus workshop.

“The Center has just been really helpful to me in my development, and I just knew it would be helpful to our students,” McGee said. “Most of our members are freshmen, and can really benefit from these kinds of workshops.”

The lessons in leadership have not been lost on McGee either. Although still an undergraduate, he already seems to be about giving back, and is frequently seen around the School, developing his ideas for outreach or partnerships to enhance the learning environment.

The workshop was just the latest example. McGee recently coordinated a visit from a local chef for a healthy meals cooking demonstration to the Food and Nutritional Sciences Program,  and also invited a representative from Kansas State University to advise students in the Department of Animal Sciences  about how to prepare for veterinarian programs. He also reached out to the N.C. Farm Bureau to create a new FFA committee, Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers. While not an official chartered organization, the committee status means that FFA members can now access the events and workshops offered by Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers.

“I just always try to strike a balance among my connections and see who would be a good fit to bring to our school,” he said.

McGee also serves as president of the SAES chapter of Collegiate FFA as well as on the Dean’s Advisory Council, and as a participant in the SAES’s prestigious USDA Scholars Program. McGee takes an active role in outreach component of his major too. His recent community horticulture contributions include helping to coordinate a rooftop garden for the wolf exhibit at the Natural Science Center, and a healing garden at Wesley Long Cancer Center.

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