° The 150th Anniversary of Land Grant Universities, made possible by the passage of the Morrill Act in 1862.
° The 50th Anniversary of the McIntire-Stennis Act creating federal funding for forestry research and graduate studies.
° The 50th Anniversary of the enrollment of Harvey Gantt, the first African American student to graduate from Clemson.
° CAFLS freshmen enrollment is up by 30 percent.
° We have 12 new faculty members and 5 new staff members. This is the first time in several years we have been able to add significantly to our faculty and staff.
° The new Life Sciences Center will open for faculty and students in January 2013. CAFLS will have a Grand Opening celebration on February 8, 2013. I hope you all will attend.
Providing our students with an excellent education is our highest priority. This year we are better equipped than ever before with more faculty and staff, our first new research and education building in many years, renovated labs and new equipment in our older buildings, and our continued dedication to student success.
I look forward to seeing faculty and staff at the College-wide meeting on Friday afternoon. (See sidebar for details.)
Tom Dobbins, PhD, and Greg Yarrow, PhD, have been named division chairs in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences (SAFES). Dobbins will chair the Agriculture Division and Yarrow will chair the Forestry and Natural Resources Division.
The departments of Animal and Veterinary Sciences; Biological Sciences; Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences; and the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences have added new faculty and staff members this year.
Margaret Owens brings significant advancement experience to her position, including leadership in fundraising, membership recruitment, and strategic and organizational development. She will be leading the CAFLS development team which includes Kim Arp, Assistant Director of Development, and Regina Olson, Administrative Coordinator. Owens joins Clemson from North Strand Helping Hands where she served as the Executive Director. She received a BS in Animal Science and an MS in Agriculture Education (Public Relations and Communications) from Clemson University.
Drew Lanham, PhD, professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences and Lesly Temesvari, PhD, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, have been named Clemson University Alumni Distinguished Professors. Selection was based on dedication to and excellence in teaching, and their continuing commitment to Clemson University and Clemson students. Evaluation criteria encompassed all achievements in teaching, research, public service, and other professional activities.
G. Graham Segars is president and owner of Segars Development. He is a 1966 Clemson graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy. Segars is chairman of the Coker College board of trustees, a former board member of the Florence Darlington Technical College Educational Foundation and chairman of the Heritage Community Bank Board. He recently was awarded Clemson University’s highest alumni honor: the Distinguished Service Award. He served on the Clemson University Board of Visitors prior to joining the Foundation Board in 2006. He and his wife, Pat, have five children.
CAFLS has announced the recipients of graduate fellowships for the 2012-2013 academic year. Wade Stackhouse Graduate Fellowships in the amount of $10,000, went to 14 students. Alexander P. and Lydia Anderson Fellowships in the amount of $750 went to three students. South Carolina Rural Rehabilitation Corporation Fellowhips in the amount of $$5,835, were given to four students. The Robert Coker/SC Farm Bureau Foundation Travel Fund in the amount of $1,815, was awarded to one student.
The Advanced Plant Technology program will provide a bridge to 21st century agriculture using traditional plant breeding and molecular genetics to develop new crops and crop-based products. "The program will increase the per-acre value of crops, develop new crops that can expand the market for South Carolina farm products and attract private investment in research and development," said George Askew, Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture.
The Clemson University Turfgrass Program professors and researchers presented their latest findings at the Research and Education Field Day on August 14 at Clemson. During the day, John Brown, president of NewLife Turf, Inc., a grower of golf-course quality turfgrass in Norway, SC, presented a check to Bert McCarty, Turfgrass Program Director.
For the second year in a row, a team of students from the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences (FNPS) brought home the first place prize of $10,000 from the Danisco Knowledge Award Competition. The team's product was Harvest: Run Blue, a fresh fruit and whole grain smoothie. This year another FNPS team also brought home the third place prize of $3,000. Last year a team from FNPS won first place with "Farmer Chad's Very Veggie Dip with Gluten-free Chips." Entries are judged by food industry product developers.
For the second year in a row, the Clemson team won the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association College Bowl for the Southeast. As regional finalists, the team received travel expenses to the Institute of Food Technologists annual convention in Las Vegas in June. Unfortunately, they didn't place, but the the students had the opportunity to network with industry professionals, meet students from other schools and experience the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo. Since 1985, the Institute of Food Technology Student Association College Bowl has tested the knowledge of student teams from across the United States in the areas of food science and technology, history of foods and food processing, food law, and general IFT/food-related trivia. The College Bowl is designed to facilitate interaction among students from many universities, stimulate the students' desire to accumulate and retain knowledge, and provide a forum for students to engage in friendly competition.
Clemson's winning team — composed of graduate students Jason Raines of Orangeburg, Sarah Stancil of Six Mile and Katie Queen of Clemson — was sponsored by the ’55 Exchange, a student-run business enterprise that produces and sells Clemson ice cream. The competition sponsored by the Dairy Research Institute was open to undergraduate and graduate students. The winning team, selected from 18 entries, received $8,000. Participants in the New Product Competition were asked to create a dairy beverage that included more than 51 percent fresh milk, dry milk or other dairy ingredients. The Clemson team developed tOATal Milk using low-fat milk as the primary ingredient, enhanced with a blend of protein, probiotics, conjugated linoleic acid and fiber. The team marketed the product as a post-workout beverage that allows consumers to shed fat, increase muscle mass and improve digestive health while receiving the complete nutrition of traditional milk.
Heather Stowe, a graduate student in the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, has been selected to present her research at the 24th National Association of Animal Breeders Conference on Artificial Insemination and Reproduction, September 20-21 in Milwaukee, WI. An abstract of her poster will be published in the conference proceedings.
In June, Paula Beecher and Katie Black, both staff members in the William B. Bookhart, Jr. Student Services Center, began serving on the Board of Directors of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA). Beecher’s and Black's terms of service began on June 20 during NAADA’s 37th Annual Conference hosted by the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Beecher also received the "NAADA Professional Achievement Award," given to recognize individuals for their significant career accomplishments and their leadership activities in professional and community organizations. Black received the "Make Your Mark" award for her innovative "Destination Clemson" program.
John H. Rodgers, Jr., PhD, Professor of Aquatic Toxicology in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences (SAFES), has been honored by the Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) with the T. Wayne Miller Distinguished Service Award. The award, named for society founder T. Wayne Miller, recognizes Rodgers for his many years of service to APMS and his outstanding scholarship in the areas of aquatic toxicology and aquatic plant management. Rodgers has chaired the APMS strategic planning committee since the committee’s creation in 2008. He served on the APMS board of directors from 2003 to 2006 and has championed student involvement in the society. He also has authored or coauthored more than 100 publications and numerous books, book chapters and monographs on the subjects of aquatic toxicology and aquatic plant management.
“I’m honored to accept the T. Wayne Miller Distinguished Service Award,” Rodgers said. “It’s special to me because it comes from a great group of people dedicated to improving impaired water resources.”
"I am very excited about the opportunity that the Service Alliance Fellowship provides for Clemson students to assist South Carolina communities and nonprofit organizations in dealing with a variety of community development and economic development issues," Hughes said.
(Pictured at left, Hughes is in the top row center.)
Beth Kunkel, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Nutrition, has been appointed as Chair of the Research Committee for the prestigious Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She will serve a joint appointment to the Board of Directors and the House of Delegates for the 2012-2013 program year. The Research Committee supports work that will empower members to be the nation's food and nutrition leaders. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association, was founded in 1917 and is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.
Angela Fraser, PhD, Professor in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences, was interviewed on National Public Radio's Science Friday in July. If you want to make sure your grills and favorite picnic dishes will meet food safety standards, check this out.
School chefs in Colleton County opened their cafeterias this year with a new menu of healthy and tasty choices for students. In August, the school chefs spent eight hours with members of the "Cooking with a Chef" program coordinated by Marge Condrasky, PhD, Professor in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences. Keri Lipscomb, a graduate student in the department helped with the training. The new menu items use less sodium and include more fresh fruits and vegetables. A goal of the program is to help reduce obesity rates. ABC News 4 in Charleston reported on the training and the county"s "Eat Smart, Move More" program.
Split Creek Farm is a magical place to visit. When the farm opens to the public, as it does several times a year, the place charms children and adults alike. Baby goats can be petted, Border Collies can be seen demonstrating their herding skills with the goats, music fills the air, arts and crafts are sold, a gift shop and quaint buildings complete the atmosphere. Split Creek Farm is the life long dream of Evin Evans who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Clemson. So when she became ill and her lungs began to fail she was devastated—until a double-lung transplant and successful recovery brought her dream and her love of farming and animals back into focus again. Reporter Charmaine Smith-Miles of the Anderson Independent Mail went to visit Evans and tells her story.
In August 2012, Huifeng Hu, PhD, began his academic career with the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Botany, in Beijing, China. Hu graduated from Clemson University in December 2011. His graduate advisor at Clemson was G. Geoff Wang, PhD, Professor of Silviculture and Ecology in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences.
The Mizzou Tigers now have a Clemson Tiger on their team. Benjamin O. Knapp, PhD, has joined the Forestry faculty in the School of Natural Resources, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Knapp will be teaching silviculture courses and his research will focus on understanding the ecological effects of silviculture, and synthesizing that information to better apply forest management practices to meet specific objectives. His graduate advisor at Clemson was G. Geoff Wang, PhD, Professor of Silviculture and Ecology in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences.