E-Newsletter Spring 2016 | COAS | SIU

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Welcome from the Dean

We finish this academic year looking ahead rather than looking back. We have many fine students graduating and preparing to take their places in agricultural industries at all levels. Other students are one step closer but will return in the fall or stay through the summer researching, studying and gaining the skills that come from participation in our college community. And we are looking forward already to the next group of new students, freshmen, transfer and graduate, who will bring their unique personalities and strengths to our agricultural family.

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Walters Brings Vegetable Savvy to Morocco

Walters in MoroccoConsumers want consistency. They want to buy a pepper that’s the same size as other peppers, and they want carrots the same color as other carrots. That seems simple enough. Except that it’s not simple – not in Morocco, where even fertile fields and Mediterranean climate can give way to drought all too easily. Small family farms in Morocco grow what they can, and consistency in size, shape and color is not necessarily the first focus.

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Field Camp Leads to Park Service and Forestry Service Careers

For Logan Park, it was a five-month hike on the Appalachian Trail that set him on his career path. For A.J. Neilan, it was a summer of volunteer work – and Park’s forestry summer camp. Park, associate professor of forestry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, leads SIU’s Park and Wildland Management Field Camp every summer. Students in the field camp travel to several national parks, national forests, wildlife areas and state parks where they learn management lessons such as dealing with border issues between public and private land, regulating multi-use trails and even marine recreation management.

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Annual Bull Test Sale Includes Video Bidding

Sale DayThe 2016 performance-tested bull sale at SIU resulted in the highest sale average at the event in the past 10 years and the second highest sale average yet. The sale was March 11 at the SIU Bull Test Station, also known as the Beef Evaluation Center. This year’s sale featured the option of online bidding.
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Meet the College of Agricultural Sciences Academic Advisors

COAS AdvisorsThey can make the difference between graduating on time and taking an extra semester, they can help students narrow focus to a major that suits them best or they can help students see the bigger picture and discover a career goal they never knew they had. They are the academic advisers for the College of Agricultural Science. The current team is Charlotte Sarao, assistant dean as well as chief academic adviser; Kathy Elson and Kim Taylor. All together they have more than 40 years of experience helping students find the best way to make their way through higher education and onto a career path. Naturally that means they have to be up to date on the details: class prerequisites, course name changes, projected changes for degree requirements, new opportunities that come with new faculty, research and scholarship and internship opportunities. But the resource they all agree is the most important – people.
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