Catching Up with CALS May 17, 2017
Dean's Message — Summer of Science
Every child in school longs for summer. This year UI and CALS will do their parts in connecting children with science during their summer vacations.
CALS is working closely with the Moscow Arts Commission this summer to increase the university’s visibility at the Moscow Farmers Market. UI faculty, staff, students and volunteers have been regulars at the market for years. We want market goers to know we’re with them.
We have already begun the season. David Hoadley, Idaho Foundation Seed Program director, was there May 6. He showed some of the crops, from mustard to beans to wheat, that we help to provide for Idaho farmers.
Last week, UI Extension 4-H Youth Development was front and center in CALS’ black and gold tent next to the clock on Friendship Square. 4-H Teen Advocates for Healthy Living Karsten Schumaker of Moscow and L.E. Swanson of Lewiston teamed up to help people better understand their dietary choices.
This Saturday, UI Extension’s popular Idaho Master Gardeners volunteers will help people with a variety of garden and landscape questions. On May 27, the CALS Nuclear Seed Potato Program’s Jenny Durrin and Matt Roth will be there to pass out minitubers to young potato farmers.
Our marquee event, the three-month schedule of activities for young scientists that we’re calling the Summer of Science, opens June 3 and runs through August.
We plan lots of activities to interest children from kindergarten through fifth grade in science. We will give them some basic tools to practice the scientific method: a notebook, magnifying glass and tape measure, among others, and a bag to keep them together.
We will give them fun science-based activities at the market and here on campus ranging from basic insect biology to information about pollinators, milk cows, water quality and growing mustard.
The university’s invitation to young people to have fun encounters with science is much broader than just CALS’ Moscow efforts. The Idaho Rangeland Center plans four Sagebrush Saturdays at Rock Creek Ranch near Hailey from June to September in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy and Wood River Land Trust.
UI Extension in Canyon County plans a weeklong series of events in mid-June to celebrate pollinators’ importance.
CALS is working on plans for an early August event in cooperation with the Sandpoint Orchard to note the importance of bees to our favorite fruits.
I hope you will find time to take in some of these events and contribute your ideas to help make science a fun adventure for children.
MICHAEL P. PARRELLA
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
By the Numbers
100 varieties of Idaho’s most important crops are the main focus of the Idaho Foundation Seed Program. The program oversees the production of foundation and registered seed that is used to grow high-quality certified seed, which farmers use to grow commercial corps. The program oversees about 150 to 200 acres of bean and small grains seed production each year.
Our Stories — 4-H Trains Straight Shooters
The University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development program can boast more than a century of helping young people learn leadership and good judgment in hitting targets ranging from learning sewing techniques to mastering animal showmanship at county fairs.
It turns out that hitting the bull’s-eye is a goal that is becoming increasingly popular — literally.
More than 1,000 Idaho 4-H members enroll in shooting sports projects each year. They learn to handle firearms and archery equipment safely and become proficient in their use.
With the popularity of shooting sports in Idaho, the goal is to double the number of 4-H youth participating in the program to 2,000 by 2021.
The NRA Foundation and Friends of NRA provide the bulk of financial support for the shooting sports program. So far this year, the groups have provided nearly $50,000 in grants to the state 4-H office and to eight counties: Ada, Adams, Bingham, Canyon, Caribou, Elmore, Latah and Minidoka to buy equipment.
The 4-H shooting sports plan requires extensive training for leaders and instructors. The state office funded national-level training for instructors, who are then certified to train and certify instructors at the state level.
“We are very excited about the Expanding Youth Involvement in Idaho 4-H Shooting Sports Programs initiative,” said Jim Wilson, Idaho shooting sports coordinator. “And we are pleased that the NRA is making a substantial investment in youth education and safety programs statewide.”
Kim O'Neill Leaving CALS for UI Advancement Post
CALS Assistant Dean Kim O’Neill has been promoted to associate vice president for development in University Advancement, effective May 29.
She has worked at UI since 2005 and has led the development and communications team in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences since July 2014.
“I am excited and eager to work with our deans and development professionals to fulfill our strategic plan to advance the University of Idaho,” O’Neill said. “This position allows me to combine my experience in developing strategies and mentoring advancement professionals, while encouraging collaboration across campus to help donors meet their philanthropic goals.”
As associate vice president for development, O’Neill will report to vice president for advancement Mary Kay McFadden and will focus on building a high-performing and effective fundraising team.
“Clearly, Kim’s departure will have a significant effect on the college,” said CALS Dean Michael Parrella in announcing the move Tuesday. “Her interpersonal skills, knowledge of how the system works and strong relationships with many stakeholders throughout the state have been invaluable to me in my first year as dean.”
“We are fortunate to have some highly qualified individuals on Kim’s team who have agreed to step up to assist in this transition,” Parrella said.
Jen Root, current director of development, will serve as the interim senior director of development. Carly Schoepflin, current director of alumni and donor relations, will serve as the interim director of communications and strategic initiatives.
“I look forward to working closely with Jen and Carly to keep CALS moving forward,” Parrella said.
Faces and Places
The National Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) Team — comprised of Lorie Higgins of CALS, Debra Hansen and Rebecca Sero of Washington State University, Scott Chazdon of the University of Minnesota and Mary Emery of South Dakota State University — has been awarded the Joint NACDEP-CDS Award from the Community Development Society and the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals. To be given at the 2017 CDS-NACDEP Conference, the special, one-time joint award was created to honor an individual or team who made community development-related efforts over the previous year. These efforts, which could be educational, programmatic or organizational, exemplify the Principles of Good Practice adopted by the Community Development Society and the Vision of NACDEP.
- June 3 — CALS Summer of Science kicks off at Moscow Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by first Saturday Academy of Science at Iddings Agricultural Science Building, 1-2 p.m.
- June 3 — Sagebrush Saturday at Rock Creek Ranch near Hailey, sponsored by the UI Rangeland Center, The Nature Conservancy and Wood River Land Trust, 9-11:30 a.m.
- June 7-8 — Idaho FFA Career Development Events, Moscow
- June 10 — CALS Summer of Science, Moscow Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon, followed by Saturday Academy of Science, UI Arboretum south entrance, 1-2 p.m.
- June 26-29 — 4-H State Teen Association Convention, Moscow
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