Catching Up with CALS — Oct. 18, 2017
Dean's Message — Celebrating Success
Thanks to the many who made our Ag Days and Celebrating Idaho Agriculture events so successful.
I was proud and encouraged throughout the weekend to see nearly 200 high school students attending workshops and getting a good look at what life at the University of Idaho can offer.
And they got first-hand experience with what the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences can provide them. Our staff, interns, ambassadors and faculty offered workshops and other activities that I am sure opened their minds to new possibilities.
The weekend also offered an opportunity to play host to Sonny Ramaswamy, a longtime friend and National Institute of Food and Agriculture director.
We were able to lay out our expertise and enthusiasm for tackling issues critical to the future of agriculture.
He was able to help us think through how we might get there, and how the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency that he leads may partner with us.
Sonny’s CALS Speaker Series program on Oct. 6 was engaging and insightful in ways that we seldom have the opportunity to experience.
We will gather in the Vandal Ballroom again in the Bruce Pitman Center to connect as faculty and staff in two weeks through the all-college meeting planned Nov. 1 from 9-10:30 a.m.
There are many exciting developments that I am eager to share. I encourage you to attend in person or connect online and be prepared to share your thoughts as well.
Here is another connection to highlight: The Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The experiment station has been essential to the university and the college since the spring of 1892, months before the first classes met.
A new video gives us a look at some of the history and the present that makes the station a vital part of the college today. Enjoy!
MICHAEL P. PARRELLA
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
By the Numbers
$6,700,934 is the total amount given to CALS during the 12 months that ended June 30, representing 122 percent of the college’s annual goal. Cash donations totaled $2,780,781. Donors totaled 1,181.
Our Stories — CALS, Soil Stewards Honor Lydia Clayton
The University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the Soil Stewards student club dedicated a new barn to honor one of the club’s founders at its organic farm Tuesday.
The barn honors the memory of Lydia Clayton, a UI Extension educator and club founder. She earned her master’s degree in sustainable agriculture from the college. She worked for the University of Alaska as a horticulture educator before returning to UI in 2014. She died that year in a motor vehicle accident.
The Soil Stewards organic farm supplies fresh produce for consumers and for the UI campus food service provider Sodexo, which uses it in The Hub, the dining area that serves campus residence halls.
Jodi Johnson Maynard serves as club adviser and the college’s Soil and Water Systems Department head.
She presided over Tuesday’s dedication at the four-acre student organic farm near the intersection of A Street and Farm Road and adjacent to the UI Sheep Center.
The club provides a connection to agriculture for students from across campus. It also provides a way for students to expand their academic educations.
Clayton was active as an undergraduate in forming the club and creating the organic garden, which was originally located at the college’s Parker Plant Science Farm. She served as farm manager while a graduate student and conducted her research there.
After graduating from CALS, Clayton worked for UI Extension and University of Alaska Extension.
Oct. 26 Reception Fetes John and Barbara Foltz
After a collective 52 years at the University of Idaho, John and Barbara Foltz are moving on from the University of Idaho. In his years teaching in CALS, John impacted over 2,000 students before serving as the associate dean of Academic Programs and then dean of the college.
Barbara served as survey operations manager and operations manager at the Social Science Research Unit. In her time there, she helped develop and sustain the quality standards for state-based social science data collections. She spent a significant amount of time with undergraduate students, guiding them to produce top quality work, while helping them maintain a work/life balance.
John recently accepted a position as chair of the Animal Sciences Department at Ohio State University.
John and Barbara will leave behind a legacy that recognizes their commitment to higher education in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. By creating the John and Barbara Foltz CALS Ambassador Endowment, their impact will be felt for generations. The program provides students an opportunity to gain leadership skills while promoting higher education to high school students.
Faces and Places
CALS ambassador and intern Austin O’Neill was crowned 2017 UI Homecoming king. A senior, he has been active in college, agricultural and student activities.
CALS student Isaac Riley received a scholarship from the North American Meat Institute Scholarship Foundation. The foundation announced recently that he is among 11 recipients of its undergraduate scholarships.
Ron Hardy, director of the UI Aquaculture Research Institute, received the lifetime achievement award from the World Aquaculture Society.
- Oct. 18 — CALS Student Affairs Council Pumpkin Carving for all CALS community members. Free. Livestock Pavilion, 6-8 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — Farewell event for John and Barbara Foltz hosted by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) atrium, 4-6 p.m.
- Nov. 1 — CALS All College Meeting, Bruce M. Pitman Center Vandal Ballroom and through Zoom online. 9-10:30 a.m. PT
- Nov. 18 — 2017 Women in Ag Conference planned in 40 locations, including Bonners Ferry, Caldwell, Coeur d’Alene, McCall, Salmon, Sandpoint and Twin Falls. Registration $25 until Nov. 5, $30 after. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. PT
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