Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Callaway Gardens Internship Program

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Student Scholarship for Southern Gardening Symposium

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The 26th Annual Southern Gardening Symposium (SGS) scheduled for January 27 - 29, 2013 at Callaway Gardens.  We are offering a student scholarship to one outstanding horticulture or landscape design student to attend SGS free of charge.  The student also will be able to bring a major professor of his or her choice to the Symposium free of charge.

The Southern Gardening Symposium is a three-day garden program geared toward gardening in the South.  Program includes optional in-depth workshops or garden tour. Speakers include Dick Bir, 2011 Liberty Hyde Bailey Award winner, Tovah Martin (Infusing the Garden with Personality), Norman Winter (Hot New Plants and Captivating Combinations), Vincent Simeone and many more.

The symposium registration fee and lodging costs for both the student and professor are included in the scholarship.  Transportation to and from the symposium will be at the expense of the student and professor.

Attention Floral Design Students - First SAIFD meeting this week!

The first SAIFD meeting will be this Thursday (Sept. 27th) in HFSB 108.  If you're interested in floral design, check out this group!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Have you been an Intern? If so, you're eligible!

It’s that time of year again! GPN and Nexus Corp. are once again calling for applicants for our annual GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year. For the past 12 years, GPN and Nexus have teamed up to recognize a deserving college student who has completed a floriculture-related internship. We want other students, universities and floriculture companies to learn about these successful interns to help our industry prepare its next generation of professionals. The GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year will receive a check for $3,000; travel and lodging to 2013 OFA Short Course in Columbus next July; a full registration to Short Course compliments of OFA; and a feature article about him or her in the January 2013 issue of GPN. I have listed all of the qualifying criteria below for the intern scholarship and I have attached a one-page handout that you can pass along to any college student you know who might be interested in this program or post for students to see. There is NO application form to fill out and the deadline for applications is Oct. 22, 2012! If you or any students have any questions about the scholarship program, feel free to contact me.

Best regards,
Tim Hodson Editorial Director 
GPN, Lawn & Garden Retailer and Big Grower 
3030 W. Salt Creek Lane, Ste. 201 
Arlington Heights, IL 60005 
847.391.1019 office

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Help the reforestation efforts for Bastrop's Lost Pines!

My name is Ingrid Karklins and I am currently a student leader in the Society for Ecological Restoration Student Guild. I am contacting you today because I believe many students within your department may be interested in getting involved with our student organization.

This year, we will be collecting loblolly pine seedlings in Bastrop on October 6th and students will have the opportunity to propagate them in the greenhouses in West Campus.   Additional projects include planting seedlings on Griffith League Scout Ranch in Bastrop; a restoration project in Schob Park; opportunities to visit with the Texas Forest Service and get involved in the Bastrop Fire Recovery project; opportunities to view the effects of severe fire on soils; an opportunity to help rebuild the Houston toad (Bufo houstonensis) habitat and more!

Our first meeting will be held September 26th in Rudder Tower Room 302 at 5:30 pm.

Thank you for your time and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Ingrid Karklins
Undergraduate Chair
Society for Ecological Restoration Student Guild

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Volunteer at the Howdy Farm:

Get your hands dirty and learn by working on A&M's own Student Farm.  The Howdy Farm includes 5 acres of organic growing space behind the HORT building on West Campus and students from all around A&M pitch in to lend a helping hand.  Learn more at http://studentfarmblog.wordpress.com/
This week's volunteer hours are: 

Tues / 2-5  

Wed / 2-5 

Fri / 1-5

Contact Matt Weintraub if you're interested in volunteering:  

Friday, September 14, 2012

'Organic Gardening is My Life' - Seminar Wed. 9/19

Next week the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is hosting a speaker that I think would be of interest to students, faculty and staff in Horticulture:
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
4:00 p.m. - Heep Center - Room 103; Refreshments - 3:45 p.m.
John L. Dromgoole
Owner - The Natural Gardener; Austin, TX
“Organic Gardening is My Life”

John Dromgoole is the owner of The Natural Gardener, Austin’s organic garden center, and Lady Bug Natural Brand, His award-winning nursery is a three-time winner of Today’s Garden Center’s “Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers,” eleven-time winner of Austin Chronicle’s “Best of Austin,” and has been featured in many national gardening magazines. In 2008, The Natural Gardener was honored with the national award of “Innovative Garden Center of the Year” by Garden Center Magazine.

For 29 years, John has hosted America’s longest continuously running organic gardening radio talk show on 590 KLBJ. On television, John once hosted the first national organic gardening series on PBS, “The New Garden.” Currently he appears on “Central Texas Gardener” (over 13 years) and the “Weekend Gardener” (20 years). He has won state, local, and regional awards for his work in promoting organic gardening and farming, including “Texas Legendary Promoter of Organics.”
John’s main focus is to bring new and old gardeners on board with the organic technique, teaching them how easy, beneficial and beautiful it is to be an organic gardener.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Study Abroad Photo Contest! (and a couple of great tutorials)

Have you studied abroad?  Do you have some great pictures? Read on...
Photography for Study Abroad- Photoshop Basics

The Photoshop Basics class will be 09/06/2012 from  5:30pm-7:30pm, Student Computing Center Rm 4.114.

The Texas A&M Study Abroad Programs Office is offering a basic photo-editing class geared towards study abroad students, but the class is open to everyone.  The class will be about two hours and is designed for anyone interested in learning basic photo editing in Photoshop. We will cover basic image corrections, adjusting color and tone, cropping, and if we have time some basic masking techniques.  
Although the class is geared towards future study abroad students it is open to everyone. Please bring a photo to edit! Make sure your photo is at least 1MB in size.
Photography for Study Abroad- Matting Your Photograph
The Matting Your Photograph class will be 09/12/2012 from 5:30pm-6:30pm, Rudder, Rm  701.
The Texas A&M Study Abroad Programs Office is offering a basic photo-matting class geared towards study abroad students, but the class is open to everyone.  The class will be about an hour and is designed for anyone interested in learning how to matt a photograph. We will show you how to cut out a matte frame and how to mount your photo. We will also discuss the tools you will need and briefly cover framing options.
If you are interested in participating please RSVP to Michael Clement at mclement@tamu.edu. Although the class is geared towards future study abroad students it is open to everyone. Please bring a photo to edit! Make sure your photo is at least 2MB in size.
***Aggies Abroad Photo Contest***
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in the Rudder Exhibit Hall
Entries Due: By 5pm Friday, September 14, 2012
As part of the September 19th Overseas Day we will be holding the Aggies Abroad Photo Contest! We are looking for photos, taken abroad in the last year, which capture images that illustrate the entrant’s study abroad experience. Submissions should have excellent composition, be visually interesting, and capture the impact of the international experience. Entry forms can be found on our website at studyabroad.tamu.edu or picked up in the Study Abroad Programs Office in Bizzell Hall West. Entries (2 max per person) are due at the study abroad programs office by September 14th and each must be accompanied by a submission form, a digital copy of the entry, and a matted physical copy. Winners will be chosen by visitors to Overseas Days and will receive prizes donated by local businesses.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Study Abroad Scholarships - Apply by OCT. 1st

Now is your chance to apply for scholarship funds through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for your 2012-2013 Study Abroad plans.  If you are considering a Study Abroad program this winter, next spring, OR Summer of 2013, don't miss the October 1st Deadline!

Don't miss out on this great opportunity for financial assistance to help you realize your international study goals.  Visit http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/_customtags/ct_FileRetrieve.cfm?File_ID=050F7274704F0B72020D7077020B1C700D0A70140F7802056E05087075017071730101007174760075 for the downloadable application, BUT note that you should apply by the OCTOBER 1st DEADLINE for Summer 2013 Study Abroad.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

HORT New Student Orientation - WED/September 12th

Save the date!  New students (those who have joined the Horticulture Department within the past year either as a new freshmen, transfer students, or change of major) are *required* to attend.  FREE pizza will be provided.  Here are the details:
Horticulture Department Orientation
Wed, Sept. 12th
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
HFSB 104
--Required event for new HORT majors
--Free Pizza provided
*If you have a conflict, visit HFSB 204B to make alternative arrangements