Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome Back!

Here's to a great fall semester!  Stay tuned for details on our HORT New Student Orientation...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Aggie Hort @ TNLA in Houston 2012

Texas A&M Horticultural Sciences and Texas AgriLife Extension Service were well represented at the Texas Nursery and Landscape Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston last weekend.  New Department Head, Dr. Dan Lineberger, attended the show as did the Horticulture advising team.

Dr. Arnold, Dr. Gu, and Dr. Hall each presented at the Education Conference held on Thursday.  Lots of former students stopped by to say, 'Howdy' and a good time was enjoyed by all.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Interested in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program?

The Undergraduate Research Scholars program provides students the opportunity to participate in an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member.  Students produce an undergraduate research thesis, present their results at a conference, and receive recognition upon completion on their transcript at graduation. 

Dr. Duncan MacKenzie, Associate Director for Undergraduate Research in the Office of Honors and Undergraduate Research, will describe the scope of the Scholars program, the procedures for applying, and the expectations for successful completion.  If you are interested in becoming an Undergraduate Research Scholar or you are a faculty member interested in mentoring a Scholar, come hear about the program and bring your questions. 

Scholars Informational Session:

      Thursday, August 30, from 6-7 pm in the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) auditorium

To qualify for the 2012-13 Undergraduate Research Scholars program, students must have completed at least 60 hours of undergraduate course work, including at least 24 credit hours at Texas A&M. Students must also have and maintain a cumulative Texas A&M GPR of 3.0 or better, be currently involved in or planning a suitable undergraduate project, and be expecting to graduate May, 2013 or later.

Applications will be accepted starting August 15, 2012
Deadline: September 19, 2012 at 5 pm

 Please contact Ms. Tammis Sherman at ugr@tamu.edu
Honors and Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

HORT 485 - GREEN Roofs on Campus

Fall 2012 Hands-on project Hort 485 - Green roofs on campus (1-3 credits)
Upon completion of this class you will be able to:
*Describe the general design of a green roof system
*Identify and propagate suitable plants
*Install green roof plants
*Maintain a green roof system
*Install devices for environmental data collection
*Develop a research protocol
*Organize and carry out an experimental design
*Collect and analyze data present a report or paper

Contact: Astrid Volder, HFSB 405, a-volder@tamu.edu


TAMU HORT Club competes in Miami

Four Aggies represented the TAMU Horticulture Club at the national meetings of the American Society for Horticultural Science held July 30th – August 3rd in Miami.  Club president Yessica Garcia was accompanied by members Cassie Warren, Janos Arnosky and Page Hamby (club treasurer) at the annual event that includes the Association of Collegiate Branches horticultural commodity judging contest.  Janos Arnosky was the high scoring individual overall and the high score in the greenhouse/floral and foliage plants division, and Yessica Garcia was the high individual in the vegetable division.  The club placed second overall to the team from Middle Tennessee State University. 
Cassie Warren served as national vice-president of the Collegiate Branches organization this year, and presented the contest results at the ASHS business meeting.  Yessica Garcia was elected ACB president for the upcoming year.
In other award news, Lauren Garcia was named a prestigious ASHS Scholar and the Horticulture Club was named the most outstanding club in the country.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Congrats to our Summer Grads!

Congratulations! Here are a few things to help you prepare for your big day.

  1. The graduation breakfast has been canceled.  It seems the majority of you will not be arriving in time prior to the commencement ceremony so we have canceled the graduation breakfast.  On behalf of the Department of Horticultural Sciences, please accept our warmest congratulations and send our regards to your family and friends.

  1. The graduation ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m. in Reed Arena.  Make sure to arrive at least 45 minutes before the ceremony.  Bring your cap and gown and wear sensible shoes because you will be walking down lots of stairs.  Graduates will enter Reed Arena by the north entrance (if you’re looking at the front of Reed Arena, it’s the side to the right).   Once you get in the door you will notice that graduates will line up in two areas depending on your major and degree.  The BA HORT and BS HORT majors will line up downstairs.  Just follow the directions.  Once you get to the room, there will be signs where each major will assemble.  Carol Nesbitt or I will be in your designated area with you.  Your guests can enter any door and tickets are not required.  If you have a large group and they want to sit together, we urge them to arrive early. 

  1. You may show your creativity by decorating your mortar board.  If you plan to bring a purse or cell phone, remember that you will carry it throughout the ceremony- there is no place to store these items. 

  1. To graduate with Latin honors requires a minimum of 60 passed hours at Texas A&M University (excluding Credit by Exam and Graduate Level courses) with a minimum GPR of 3.500.  If you fit these qualifications, you will receive a golden honor stole to be worn in the ceremony.  You can pick up your stole inside of the room where graduates will line up. 

  1. Please make sure all of your final grades from other schools, incomplete grades, credit by exams, etc. are sent to TAMU by Thursday, August 9 at noon.  All degree candidates who were enrolled in all remaining degree requirements during the semester, in which the graduation is being held, will be allowed to participate in commencement regardless of whether they pass the final audit on August 9.  Candidates who are not certified for graduation will not receive a diploma at commencement and will get an empty tube.  Due to the short time remaining on Friday to finalize honors and stack diplomas, no one will be available to assist with graduation problems until Monday, August 13. Students may go to the General Services Complex, 750 Agronomy Road, Suite 1501, to discuss problems or email inquiries to degree-audit@tamu.edu . Diplomas will not be distributed until Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Diplomas will be available to degree candidates immediately after problems are solved and certification is accomplished. You may also have your diploma sent to you by emailing degree-audit@tamu.edu  and they will provide instructions.  Degree candidates not clearing for graduation on August 9 will have until 5 p.m. the first Friday of the fall semester (August 31, 2012) to clear all problems. Candidates not cleared must reapply for fall 2012 graduation and pay the diploma fee again.  If this happens, you will need to cancel your August graduation at:  http://admissions.tamu.edu/forms/registrarForms/CancelGradForm.pdf and reapply for fall 2012 graduation by the deadline at http://admissions.tamu.edu/Registrar/Current/GradInfo.aspx

For more information, go to http://admissions.tamu.edu/Registrar/Current/GradInfo.aspx for all of the details. 
You will graduate with 609 fellow Aggies at the Friday Ceremony and it should last approximately 2 hours.  We will take a group HORT photo.  You are strongly encouraged to stay for the entire ceremony.  See you there.


Monday, August 6, 2012

What is this?

Howdy!  We're happy you asked.  This is Texas A&M Horticulture's new blog to keep students up-to-date with all the hort happenings.  Stop by often...