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Third Thursday

From Chancellor Larry Arrington


May is always a time for celebration within UTIA. On May 7 the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources conducted commencement ceremonies in Thompson Boling Arena. There were 185 students who received degrees this spring. Ashlee Ailshie spoke on behalf of the graduation class. She challenged graduates to take action. "Do not sit idly by and be the victim of circumstances. Instead be the active hero of your own life." Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson was the keynote speaker and he challenged the graduates to never fail to listen. "Effective listening is a key quality of great leaders," Johnson said.

On May 10, graduation ceremonies were held for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Seventy-nine students received their DVM degrees. Laurence Claiborne, James Lyons and Seiche Genger spoke on behalf of the graduating class. Dr. James Brace delivered the keynote address. Dr. Brace recently retired as associate dean for the college. We were pleased that President DiPietro could participate in the ceremony.

We have been fortunate to have Dr. David Golden, professor in Food Science and Technology, serve as Faculty Senate president over the past year. Dr. Golden has served in an outstanding manner. Join me in congratulating him on a job well done.

Go Vols,

P.S. Be sure to follow me and the latest Institute developments on Twitter at @UTIAChancellor.

Taking the Bite Out of Encounters With Dogs

Professor Michael Sims spearheads the UT College of Veterinary Medicine's Dog Bite Prevention Program.

By taking appropriate steps around dogs, dog bites are a largely preventable public health problem. Read about the UT College of Veterinary Medicine's dog bite education program and learn some tips to lower the risk of dog bites for you and your family.

Ag Education Surges in U.S. High Schools

U.S. News & World Report has published an article about the upsurge in agricultural education at urban and suburban high schools.

Congrats, Grads!

One hundred eighty-five spring graduates of the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources are our latest alums, as are 79 new doctors of veterinary medicine graduating from the UT College of Veterinary Medicine. Fall enrollment for CASNR is looking strong. CVM always has a full entering class.

UT Extension Launches New Strategic Plan Website

UT Extension’s new strategic plan website is a source of information and progress on its strategic plan implementation. On the site, you will find metrics to reflect its progress, descriptions of current initiatives and background information about the plan. #advancingTN

Buehler Named Torchbearer, Sherfy Honored for Teaching

Chancellor Honors 10 at Institute

Food science and technology spring graduate Ariel Buehler is being celebrated as a Torchbearer, the highest UT student honor. Lecturer Andrew Sherfy of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science has been recognized with a Chancellor's Honor for Excellence in Teaching. Read about honors to 10 Institute members.

2014 Field Day Season Kicks Off With Fruits of the Backyard

UT AgResearch is hosting 12 field days and five special events, and the first field day of the season is June 17 featuring fruits of the backyard at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill. Last weekend's Blooms Days at the UT Gardens in Knoxville, which drew 1,900 participants, was first on the calendar of special events. The next up is Summer Color, also at the Gardens in Knoxville on June 24.

Graduating CASNR Students Shine, Win EURēCA Awards

UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources senior Olivia Crisp (pictured) wants the milk you buy at the grocery store to taste better. Stephanie Kerrigan is seeking an economic alternative for farmers to survey their fields by using aerial drones. The two spring graduates entered their ideas in UT’s Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement and took home top awards. More...


Four AgResearch faculty have received big recognitions recently. See details of a substantial DOE grant awarded to Neal Stewart and read about honors for Xiaofei “Philip” Ye, Brandon Horvath and Adam Taylor. More ...

In Memoriam

Woodrow Luttrell, 97, B.S. dairy manufacturing '38 and formerly with UT Extension in Davidson, Wayne, Perry and Giles counties, as well information officer with the Tennessee and American Farm Bureaus.

Geneva Dale Potter, 93, B.S. nutrition '44, M.S. textiles and clothing '62, former associate professor of home economics.

UT Farmers Market Opens and Grow More, Give More Launches

The UT Farmers Market at the UT Gardens in Knoxville opened yesterday for the season. Visit the market from 4 to 7 p.m. each Wednesday for fresh from the field produce that's locally grown, along with arts and crafts from area artisans, fresh flowers, handcrafted products, and tasty food from local vendors. The Institute's Grow More, Give More service project also began collections on campus and at the market yesterday. Help feed our hungry neighbors by donating or growing extra produce in this zero-waste, community-focused initiative. Please consider volunteering your time to help make our second year of this important project a rousing success. #gmgm

Gamma Sigma Delta Celebrates UTIA Photo Winners

Gamma Sigma Delta, the Institute’s chapter of the international honor society of agriculture, recognized 83 images as top finishers among the 307 images entered in its third annual competition. Judges Susan Fiscor, who is the Institute’s safety officer, and plant pathology professor Bonnie Ownley chose winners for each of the contest's 22 categories. The general public may view images at UT TRACE. Institute employees and students can access high-resolution downloads here.

Institute’s Game Commissioner Alum on the Air

CASNR alum Curtis Taylor, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section for West Virginia’s Division of Natural Resources, was interviewed on the WCHS West Virginia Outdoors program last month. The program, hosted by UT alum Chris Lawrence, B.S. communications ’90, airs on 22 stations throughout the state. The episode featured Taylor, M.S. wildlife and fisheries science ’79, discussing the upcoming turkey season with he and Lawrence giving a shoutout to the university for being home to game commissioners in three states. You can listen to the program at http://wvmetronews.com/shows/west-virginia-outdoors/. Select Ram Trucks West Virginia Outdoors – April 5, 2014 for the audio.

An Evening to Remember for UT Gardens, Gala Guests

Sponsored by HGTV HOME, the second annual UT Gardens Gala: A Rainbow of Iris was held in the Gardens at Knoxville on April 25. Celebrating the Gardens’ first full year as the Tennessee’s official botanical garden, the gala took the theme of the state flower—irises were everywhere. Tom Parkhill, an award winning tall-bearded iris hybridizer and B.S. animal science ’49 graduate, was honored for his horticultural contributions. Vern Yip, HGTV host and designer, was the celebrity guest and emcee, and thrilled the crowd with his stories. Funds raised at the gala for the UT Gardens will support student internships, as well as the Gardens ability to serve its communities. View photos of the event here.

Below: UT Gardens director Sue Hamilton, right, joins HGTV host and UT Gardens Gala keynote speaker Vern Yip and gala committee member Jean Hulsey, left, assistant director of creative services with UTIA Marketing and Communications. Photo credit: Hurley Co Photography.

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