Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Grants for Student Organizations - Apply Now!

The College of Agriculture Development Council (COADC) is a volunteer organization that was established in 1981 and has become an avid supporter of undergraduates in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The COADC created the Student Service Work Group in 1996 to institute the Student Organization Proposal program which offers financial support to student organizations
by awarding grants to be used for specific projects and activities
. Through this program, undergraduate student organizations have received more than $120,000 from the COADC.

*Deadline:  Friday, December 14th* Proposals are LIMITED TO ONE PAGE ONLY and must be submitted via e-mail to: in MICROSOFT WORD format.

The following format should be used in submitting proposals:

Student Group Requesting Funds:
Account Number at MSC: (REQUIRED)
Title of Project/Activity:
Amount Requested: (NOT TO EXCEED $500)
Contact Persons (Phone & E-mail Address): INCLUDE STUDENT REP. & ADVISOR
Number of Students Involved:
Proposal Objectives:
Benefit to COALS/Others:
Anticipated Results:

For more information about the COADC visit the website at:

Must be a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences undergraduate organization possessing an account at MSC at time of proposal submission
* Proposal limited to one (1) page
* No “Brick/Mortar” projects eligible
* No more than one (1) proposal will be accepted from an organization
* Only one (1) proposal per activity/project will be accepted
* Amount requested shall not exceed $500

Contact Brandy Douglass
Phone: 845-3792

Monday, October 29, 2012

Career Center Work Abroad Summer 2013 Internships

Career Center Work Abroad Summer 2013 Internships:
Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Toronto, Singapore, and more
Deadline to apply Monday, November 5th

Contact: Mrs. Marti Marberry for more details

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Meet Corey Wahl, the new Howdy! Farm Technician:

If you haven't met Corey at the Howdy! Farm yet, you will soon.  Hailing from the Northwest, he's a great addition to the Howdy! Farm team.  His office is temporarily located on the 2nd floor in the HFSB and students can reach him by email at Here's a little bit more about him:
'My name is Corey Wahl and I hold a Bachelors of Science in Horticulture, which I received at Washington State University. After I graduated I was promoted to Biological Science Technician with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Washington State.  The main focus of my work was germplasm maintenance and conservation. My hobbies include cooking, playing guitar, photography, attending concerts and festivals, and writing.    I am very interested in organic and sustainable farming and feel very fortunate to be working with the Howdy Farm as it continues to grow.  My goal is to help the Howdy! Farm become a fully sustainable demonstration garden that provides education and inspiration to the university as well as the community.  Some of the specific sustainable practices I hope to integrate into the farm include: rainwater harvesting, no-till soil management, intensive raised bed gardening, compost production, and intercropping.'
Join us in saying, 'Howdy, Corey!'

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Earn HORT credit & Study Abroad!

INFO SESSION: Monday, NOV. 5th, 5:00-6:00pm in HFSB 102

Come and learn about 2 Horticulture Department Study Abroad Trips.  Dr. Tim Davis, Dr. Mengmeng Gu, the Study Abroad trip advisor, and Katie Marek will all be present to answer your questions.

Honduras Agriculture & Life Sciences in Zamorano, Honduras: July 23-August 15, 2013 (Dr. Tim Davis)


Season Extension Horticulture in China: May 12-26, 2013 (Dr. Mengmeng Gu)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Noble Foundation Summer Research Scholar Program

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fujian Agriculture & Environmental Sciences Seminar

Tuesday/ October 16, 2012 / 1:00-2:00pm
 Dr. Zonghua Wang
 Professor and Vice President Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University
 Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University: Education and Research in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  Plant Pathology and Microbiology
LF Peterson Bldg Room 112

Reminder from your Advisor: Fall Emphasis Electives

This is a reminder that fall 2012 Study Emphasis Elective Appeals must be submitted this week (Mon, Oct. 15th-Fri, Oct. 19th) for consideration this semester.  As you know, the BS HORT requires 30 hours of study emphasis electives and the BA HORT requires 34 hours of study emphasis electives.  If you have courses applicable to your Horticulture interest that are not already in the approved list of study emphasis electives, this would be a scenario for submitting a study emphasis elective appeal.  Attached is the study emphasis elective appeal form.  Completed forms should be turned in to HFSB 204B.  You can slide them under the door if I am in a meeting. Questions let me know. - Katie Marek

Note: This does not apply to everyone.  Only those Horticulture majors who had courses in question and wanted to submit a study emphasis elective appeal for consideration.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

England ~ International Horticulture

FROM:  Alice Le Duc, Ph.D l Adjunct Professor l Department of Agriculture l Texas State University:
I taught Horticulture at TAMU from 1977 – 1983 and Fall of 1986. Currently I am retired from Duke University and teaching part time as an Adjunct Professor at Texas State University.I have an International Horticulture Study Abroad program in England for Summer 2013. I am attaching the information for the trip & courses and hope there might be some interest among the students at A&M. Students can receive transfer credit from Texas State University for the program.

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Graduate Student Council Travel Awards

APPLY NOW, DEADLINE OCT. 19th for travel between 12/1/12 and 02/28/13: 

Horticulture Internships in NW OREGON:

Carlton Plants is a wholesale grower specializing in bareroot trees (shade, ornamental, and fruit), ornamental shrubs, and rootstocks.  We are pleased to announce our Internship Program for Spring & Summer 2013.  The program is designed to provide professional education and hands on experience to college students.  This is paid, on the job training that includes exposure to all phases of bareroot production - from the tissue culture lab or greenhouse to the field and eventually to the customer.  Additionally, specialized internships in Propagation are available.
Northwest Oregon is a wonderful place to spend a few months and provides a unique opportunity to apply the knowledge gleaned from the classroom. Weekends may be used to enjoy the fabulous recreational activities throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Carlton Plants has been growing in the Willamette Valley of Oregon for over 100 years.  The nursery now consists of over 1,750 acres of bareroot fields and approximately 8 acres of propagation facilities.  We are excited at the prospect of sharing our many years of experience and knowledge with domestic and international students alike.  These internships will be most applicable to students in Horticulture, Botany, Plant Pathology, Crop and Soil Science, and Agriculture Education majors.

Deadline to apply for spring 2013 is November 15, 2012; for summer 2013 the deadline is January 15, 2013.

 For more information or an application, contact Sonia Fernandez at:

Carlton Plants
Attn: Sonia Fernandez
PO Box 398
Dayton, OR 97114
Office: (503) 868-7971    
Fax: (503) 868-7503

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Borlaug Institute Seminar: 'IRAQ: Lessons Learned from the Field'

LIVE: Watch IRAQ Lessons Learned from the Field at the #BorlaugSeminars

The Borlaug Institute Seminars are weekly presentations in international agriculture and development

Join us on Friday, October 12th, for a special Borlaug Institute Seminar of the Fall 2012 co-sponsored by the Borlaug Institute and the Plant Breeders Circle.
The rescheduled panel of the Borlaug Institute Iraqi programs is THIS week! The panel includes speakers: Gary Briers, Glen Shinn, Roland Smith, and Kate Whitney. The topic of discussion is their personal experiences in Middle Eastern countries and insight from working for programs such as the Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Program (IAER).
The seminar will be held in Room 440 at the Heep Center Building on West Campus at Texas A&M. For directions to the building and to share the flyer with your friends and colleagues, visit>>

OCT. 22nd 1:00-2:00 pm: Energy, Innovation, & Sustainability

Monday, October 22, 2012, for the second event in this year’s Blue Bell Lecture Series with a special lecture by BP Chief Bioscientist John Pierce.
October 22, 2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The AgriLife Center

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thinking about Grad School?

Graduate & Professional School Day. October 5, 10 am - 2 pm, Rudder 1st FloorAre you considering Graduate or Professional school? Explore your options, visit for more information.

Oct. 10th~Learn how to market your international experience

Market Your International Experience. You should consider attending the Marketing Your International Experience to Employers presentation on Oct. 10 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the MSC 2502 to learn how to better market your study abroad experience to future employers.