UF alumni graduate fellowships
 New faculty
 Clark returns to duty
 Students in the spotlight
 Agronomy adopts a holiday...
 Staff news
 Faculty awards

Group Title: AgroGator
Title: AgroGator. Volume 11, Issue 2. Spring 2002.
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Title: AgroGator. Volume 11, Issue 2. Spring 2002.
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Affiliation: University of Florida -- College of Agricultural and Life Sciences -- Department of Agronomy -- Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
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Publication Date: Spring 2002
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Table of Contents
    UF alumni graduate fellowships
        Page 1
    New faculty
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Clark returns to duty
        Page 4
    Students in the spotlight
        Page 5
    Agronomy adopts a holiday family
        Page 6
    Staff news
        Page 7
    Faculty awards
        Page 8
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UF Alumni Graduate Fellowships

Alumni Graduate Fellows represent
the highest graduate student award
available at the University of Florida.
Funded at nationally competitive
levels, these highly prestigious awards
support students in all programs and
departments of the University
awarding the Ph.D. degree.
The first class of the "Alumni
100" Graduate Fellows began in the
Fall of 1999. The University increased
the number of fellowships from the
initial 100 to 150 for the Class of 2001.
The Alumni Graduate Fellowships
focus on identifying and supporting
students who seek the Ph.D. degree
or selected terminal master's degrees.
To ensure that Alumni Fellows receive
every opportunity to succeed, the
Alumni Graduate Fellowships provide
a full four years of support for
qualifying students.
Most Alumni Graduate Fellows
receive a minimum of two years offully-
funded fellowship, and another two
years of research or teaching
assistantship. The University expects
Alumni Fellows to demonstrate high
standards of academic achievement and
participation inuniversity life. Successful
applicants have outstanding
undergraduate preparation, a strong
commitment to their field of study, and
demonstrated potential in research and
creative activities. Stuart Rymph and
Lyn Gettys have each received a UF
Alumni Graduate Fellowship to pursue
a Ph.D. degree in the Agronomy

Stuart Rymph
Stu was a member of the first
class of the "Alumni 100"
Graduate Fellows. He began .
his Ph.D. program in the Fall
of 1999 under the direction of
Dr. Ken Boote. Stu is from
Greenwich, New York and
received the B.S. degree from
Cornell University and the
M.S. degree from the
University of Florida.
Entering a program with
special funding provided Stu with an
added degree of freedom in
establishing a graduate program. The
Fellowship eliminated the
"traditional" financial demand on
faculty to provide funding for
assistantship and tuition waiver
assessment. Dr. Boote had an idea
for a project that involved adapting
the computer model of crop growth,
CROPGRO, to model the growth of
tropical forages.
With 12-1/2 years of experience
in the feed and fertilizer industries
working with dairy farmers, Stu had
a clear goal in mind when starting the
program. "I want to more completely
integrate animal nutrition and
agronomy in farm planning. Often
the two programs operate side by
side but independently of each other.
Integrating these two disciplines to
provide more appropriate feedstuffs
for animals while making better use
of nutrients on the farm is especially

important with the current concern over
nutrient management on dairies in Florida
and across the US." Stu is implementing
this multidisciplinary approach in his studies
by pursuing a major in Agronomy with dual
STU continued on page 6

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Spring 2002

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As previewed in the last issue of
AgroGator, the Agronomy
Department has welcomed two
new faculty members since the
summer, one in Belle Glade and one
in Gainesville.

Andrew Bennett
In mid-August 2001, Andy
Bennett began duties as an
Assistant Professor at the
Everglades Research and Education
Center in Belle Glade. A specialist
in weed science, Andy's focus will
be on the biology and control of
weeds in row crops, such as
sugarcane and rice, commercial sod,
and specialty vegetables. Andy
received the B.S. and M.S. degrees,
respectively in Crop Science and
Weed Science, from Oklahoma State
University. He earned the Ph.D. in
Weed Science from Mississippi
State University in 1999, with a
research project that investigated the
possibilities of reducing weed seed
viability by using herbicides to desiccate
weeds prior to the harvest of early-
maturing soybeans.
Andy then worked as a Research
Associate at North Carolina State
University on the development of weed
control decision aids, specifically
coordinating the testing and evaluation
of HADSS (Herbicide Application
Decision Support System). This
position gave him plenty of experience
with on-farm weed control operations

AgroGator is published semiannually for the
faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the
Agronomy Department.

Bennett in "Living History" costume at Ft.
Pickens. He is wearing the uniform and in-
signia of a Sergeant of the 13th CoastArtil-
lery in 1941.

that will be valuable in the extension
component (30%) of his appointment
at UF. Andy anticipates that his
extension activities will focus on weed
identification and herbicide trials. He
expects to provide training in weed
identification at short courses, th rough
EDIS publications, and via photos on
the Internet. His long term goal is to
use the latter mechanism to provide a
plant identification service that would

Agronomy Department
College of Agricultural and Life
Institute of Food and Agricultural

Dr. Jerry Bennett
Dr. Alison Fox

be available for growers in the field
via hand-held devices such as Palm
The main focus of Andy's 70%
research appointment will be on
weeds in sugarcane such as
nutsedges, morningglories, and
various grasses. He is particularly
interested in quantifying the impacts
of weed competition on the
productivity of sugarcane to
establish economic thresholds that
define for growers when weed
control is economically necessary.
Conducting such studies using the
traditional small plot methods will be
a challenge with a crop such as
sugarcane, so Andy is considering
some innovative methods to conduct
extensive in-field studies using the
Global Positioning System (GPS) to
locate plots.
Andy also anticipates working
with some new herbicides for
sugarcane, emphasizing economic
evaluations and prevention of
dissipation of herbicides away from
the crop. These two factors are
important if any of the less expensive
and established herbicides fail to be
re-registered and new products are to
be adopted by growers. Andy
considers that for sustainable weed
control in rice and sugarcane,
research on crop rotation may be
useful, so he is interested in learning
more about the possible rice and
Bennett continued on page 3

Eunice Mobley
Design & Layout
Rachel Tenpenny
Student News
P.O. Box 110500
Gainesville, Florida 32611-0500
Fax: 352-392-1840
AgroGator Online:

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Bennett continued from page 2
sugarcane rotations under various
growing conditions.
To relax, Andy plays bluegrass
banjo, and since his residence in
Mississippi he has become involved in
"Living History." His main interest is
in researching the history of coastal
fortifications around the world. With
colleagues from various southeastern
states, Andy visits historical sites during
special events and they use period
uniforms and equipment to provide
historical interpretation of the sites for
the public. Andy wasjoined in his move
to Belle Glade by his girlfriend, Sharon,
and their cat Maya, and we welcome
them to the Agronomy Department.

Fredy Altpeter

Fredy Altpeter took up his post as
Assistant Professor in Molecular
Plant Physiology in the Agronomy
Department on December 3rd, 2001.
Fredy is very excited about this
opportunity to return to Gainesville,
where he worked for three years from
1994 in a post-doctoral position with

regenerated from cell cultures.
Fredy received the Ph.D. in 1994
and after his three-year post-doctoral
position in Gainesville, he returned to
Germany to become Group Leader for
a new Crop Transformation Program
at the Institute for Plant Genetics and
Crop Science in Gatersleben. Located
in a rural area in former communist
East Germany, this research institute
and the surrounding villages are historic
sites. The institute was refurbished and
provided with new equipment during
the 1990s. One of 400 employees at
the Institute, Fredy appreciated the
excellent resources and interactions
there and developed a research
program that generated sufficient grant
funding to grow from one technician
to a peak of 20 group members.
After four and half years, Fredy
decided that he had satisfied his
curiosity about eastern Germany and
had enjoyed the challenge of building a
new program there, but he wished to
spend more time at the laboratory
bench and less time as a research
administrator. He was very excited by
the opportunity to return to Gainesville

laboratory work to develop advanced
crop transformation protocols for the
introduction and stable expression of
value-adding transgenes. He is also
interested in gene expression profiles,
risk assessment and risk management
of transgenic crops, molecular and
conventional plant breeding. Fredy's
office and laboratory are located in
McCarty Hall.
Although formal classes were not
taught at the Gatersleben Research
Institute, Fredy was frequently involved
in training students in laboratory
techniques and has presented his
research results at numerous
international conferences. He is now
looking forward to developing a
teaching program at UF that will
include a graduate course in molecular
plant physiology and an undergraduate
course that complements the existing
agronomy options in Plant Science.
Fredy enjoys outdoor activities
such as ocean fishing and hiking, and
he has traveled widely. But his hobbies
have changed lately as he prefers to
spend quality time with his 14 month-
old daughter, Laura. Fredy and his wife,

Indra Vasil in the Department of where Angelica, share the fun in watching
Horticultural Sciences on the molecular how Laura explores her
improvement of wheat. environment. Angelica is a
Fredy grew up in southwest professional of her own with
Germany and started his career as working experience in
farm manager, completing a two business administration in
year training program on various G ermany, Tampa and
farms in Germany. Earning the Gainesville, Florida.
Masters degree in Plant They hope that Laura
Science at the University of will become fluent in
Hohenheim, Germany, exposed both English and German.
him for the first time to a We hope that Fredy and
laboratory research project. This his family enjoy many happy
program included a two-month and productive years in
fellowship at the Plant Research Center i (-1,a nesville. )
in Ottawa, Canada, where he produced
and purified mycotoxins. Fredy enjoyed
working on projects that included both he had previously enjoyed living and Keep your ca lenda rs
laboratory and field work and entered the multi-national character ofUF. open for March 12.
into a full- time research Ph.D. Fredy's program will be 70%
program at the University of research and 30% teaching.His See Social news
Hohenheim where he studied the research will focus on the molecular
correlation of mycotoxin and fungal physiology of grasses and legumes. Ofn page 8
disease resistance of forage grasses Initially, he expects to concentrate on

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Spring 2002

Stlark 0 tur s initially termed, "...an indefinite period
C lark ets for deployment worldwide." Unit
to D y members departed St. Petersburg on
to D uty September 13th using buses and trucks
to transport the personnel, boats, and
Through the extensive budget cuts other equipment. The unit was initially
experienced ihilrughout agencies and sent to New York but was diverted to
universities of the State of Florida, most Boston due to information the U. S.
members of the Agronomy Department intelligence community had gathered
have felt indirect impacts resulting from regarding potential terrorist activity in
the tragedies of September 11th. We Boston harbor. Within 60 hours of
hope that none of our readers were arriving in Boston, the unit established
more directly hurt by the injury or loss Waterborne and Shoreside operations
of family members or friends, at the Coast Guard Marine Safety
One member of our Department Facility near the USS Constitution. The
whose life was immediately affected, unit immediately coordinated
was graduate student, Dan Clark. By
coincidence, Dan had been featured in
our last issue of AgroGator (Spring
2001) because of his deployment
in May and June with the U.S. -
Coast Guard Reserves to ---- --
southwest Asia. Dan was -t
recalled to active duty on
September 12th and we
though that our readers might
be interested in learning more
about his activities. We hope tlih
for the sake of Dan, his patient \\ ife
Kathy (a CPA working in the Grants
and Contracts Department of UF at
Tigert Hall), and Dan's M.S. research, C s d h n te f
S' Clark (seated holding the flag) with
this won't become a regular feature of
AgroGator some of his Division in Boston.
Dan has served in the Coast Guard operations with existing Coast Guard
and Coast Guard Reserve for 19 years personnel and a multitude of other law
and presently serves at the rank of enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Lieutenant, acting as the Waterborne My unit provided port security
Security Officer of Coast Guard Port training to active duty Coast Guard
Security Unit 307 in St. Petersburg, personnel which included base security


Dan's account of deployment in
September 2001:
There were 126 members of Port
Security Unit 307, including myself,
recalled to active duty involuntarily
under a Presidential Selective Recall
on September 12th in support of U. S.
military Operations "Noble Eagle" and
"-Endlur ng Freedom" following the
terrorist attacks in New York and
Washington, DC. The mission was

and small boat tactics and vessel
escorts. Many afloat and shoreside
assets were provided continuous 24-
hour security by the unit, such as all
passenger cruise ships entering and
departing the harbor, the Moakley
Federal Building, the USS Constitution,
and many others. Over 1791 underway
security hours, 91 boat escorts, and 500
training hours were provided to the
Boston area by the unit.
The unit returned to St. Petersburg
to conduct equipment repairs and

Spring 2002

Short Course:

Aquatke Weed
Aquatic Plant
Cultliure amnd


May 19-24, 2002
Contact Vernon Vandiver
954-577-6316; Sun. 459-6316
Email: vvv@ufl.edu

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repack for potential redeployment to
locations outside the continental United
States. All personnel were released
from active duty on November 1st for a
total of 49 days of active duty. Unit
members were excited and proud to be
able to serve the country during the
time of uncertainty and national tension.
Due to the presence of the unit, a sense
of safety and security was realized by
the local community and their gratitude
was expressed with a farewell dinner
at a local community church.
Currently, members have returned
to their families and civilian jobs;
however, the unit remains at a
heightened state of preparedness to
deploy worldwide at a moment's
notice. It was a very taxing but
Educational experience and I
-. was happy to provide counter
terrorism and waterborne
protection to the high-
valued assets in the area.
My Coast Guard
Subordinates who performed
the mission are consummate
professionals, performed their
ldutles flawlessly and without
incident while separated from their
families, and I hold them in the highest
esteem. I

Spring 2002

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One Moment in Time...
After nine long years, Eunice Mobley,
Agronomy's Information Specialist/
Webmaster, walked across the stage
at the O'Connell Center, received con-
gratulations from President Young and
was awarded the Bachelor of Science
degree in Public Relations.
One Moment in Time, a song by
Whitney Houston, served as Eunice's
theme song dur-
ing the difficult
journey to
graduation from
UF's College of
Journalism. A
favorite line
from the song
expresses her
sentiments sur-
rounding the
journey, "You're a winner for a life
time, if you seize that one moment in
time, make it shine!"
Eunice fulfilled her mother's wish
that all her children get a college edu-

cation. OnAugust 11, 2001, Eunice was
the last of her brothers and sisters to
receive a college degree. In the words
of her theme song, "To taste the sweet,
I faced the pain." Congratulations

Faculty News
Maria Gallo-Meagher and David
Wofford were elected to the IFAS Fac-
ulty Advisory Committee. Each will
serve a two-year term that began Sep-
tember 2001.

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The peanuts are SOLD OUT! The
next shipment is expected in late March
or early April.

* Jackie Greenwood received the C.E. Dean Award that includes a
plaque and $500. She worked with Dr. Gallaher on Impact of yard waste
compost on sweet corn yield, plant nutrition, and soil quality. Jackie is
now a Ph.D student at Cornell University.
* Amy Marshall, Judy Mullaney and Scott Tubbs received Paul Robin
Harris Awards of up to $500 in travel support to attend the CSSA meeting to
give presentations on their research. Amy, Judy and Scott are graduate
students in Agronomy, working with Drs. Gallaher, Quesenberry, and
Gallaher respectively.

* Amelia Adams received second place the in Speech Contest, and
was selected as the winner of the Div. S-6 award for best Soil and Water
Conservation speech.
* Sam Willingham was elected as Treasurer, one of five national ASA-
SAS offices.
* Tiffanie Marine was elected as committee chair for the undergrad Re-
search Symposium.
* Dawn Gibson is co-chair of a new Monsanto committee that will judge
teams of students participating in problem-solving research presentation.

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I/,. i, professor in parenthesis)
Shane Bray (Ducar)
Jacque Breman (Blount/Quesenberry)
Marcelo Carvalho (Quesenberry)
Yolanda Castelo ((C l,,,ihli, .iiei)
Corey Cherr (Scholberg)
Jose Carlos Dubeux (Sollenberger)
Stephen Fulford (Gallo-Meagher)
Lyn Gettys (il. -r. -, JI 'utton)
Brian Jackson (Boote)
Tyler Koschnick (Haller)
Gabriela Luciani (i.-ri.-, ,i
Amy Marshall (Gallaher)
Lawton Stewart (Sollenberger)
Joao Vendramini (Sollenberger)
David Yoder (MacDonald)

Hideto Furuya (Quesenberry)
Magali Grando ( %liii, ')
Jeremy Green (Gallo-Meagher)
Christopher Main (Ducar)
Yoana Newman (Sollenberger)
Lilly Sin (Hiebsch)
Jean Thomas (Allen)

Faculty Travel
In July 2001, Ken Boote traveled to
Krakow, Poland to participate in the
AEP 4th European Conference on
Grain Legumes. He continued on to
Florence, Italy to participate in the In-
ternational Symposium, Modeling
Cropping Systems Conference. In
August 2001, Dr. Boote traveled to
Benin and Ghana to visit collaborat-
ing scientists and to see peanut CRSP
experiments in Benin. Also in August
2001, Dr. Boote traveled to Montreal,
Canada to collaborate with Gaetan
Boungeois, Agriculture Canada, and
to work on modeling leafspot disease.
Raymond Gallaher was invited
in November 2001 to participate in the
25th Year No-Till Celebration in Ponta
Grossa, Brazil.
Greg MacDonald traveled to
Maracaibo, Venezuela to make a pre-
sentation at the 15th Latino-Ameri-
can Weed Association Congress and
10th Annual Meeting of Venezuelan
Weed Society in November 2001.


Spring 2002

Aq mokoy aopn A HolldAy Fwllly

A gronomy's administrative staff
Participated in Peaceful Paths

crowave oven, bicycle, wagon, dolls,
educational toys, clothes and gift cer-
tificates. Boxes of non-perishable food
were also given to the family.
The administrative staff appreciates
the many and varied contributions of
the entire Agronomy family. Special
thanks to Martin Appliance for helping
meet the family's need for a washer
and dryer. I

STU continued from page 1
minors in Animal Sciences and
Agricultural and Biological
"The bottom line," says Stu, "is
that by coordinating the nutritional
needs of the animals with agronomic
factors such as the amount of land
available and the variety of cropping
systems that may be used, we may be
able to make better use of crops
grown on the farm, lower the amount
of nutrients imported onto dairy farms,
and improve the utilization of nutrients
from animal wastes."

Lynn Gettys

Lyn was awarded an Alumni Graduate
Fellowship for the Fall of 2001. Drs.
David Sutton and David Wofford
serve as Lyn's major professors. Lyn
is from West Palm Beach and
received the B.S. degree with highest
honors in Environmental Horticulture
from the University of Florida. She
received the M.S. degree from the
North Carolina State University.

Lyn will examine the inheritance of
morphological characters of pickerel-
rush (Pontederia cordata L.), a
perennial native aquatic plant that is
common throughout Florida and the
eastern region of the country. Pickerel-
rush is utilized extensively in mitigation
and restoration of wetland areas; the
species is also one of the most
important emergent aquatic plants used
in ornamental aquascapes and water

Pickerel-rush bears attractive
inflorescences that may be up to 20
cm in length. Most plants bear blue
flowers, but varieties with white or pink
flowers have also been identified. Lyn
will perform breeding experiments to
determine the type of gene action and
the mode of inheritance that controls
flower color in the species.
Pickerel-rush utilizes an unusual
reproductive strategy called tristyly to
facilitate cross-pollination. Tristylic
species are rare and are characterized
by plants that produce one of three
different floral morphs or forms.
Inheritance of floral morph in tristylic
species has been documented in purple
loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria L.), but
the system has not been studied in
pickerel-rush. Lyn will perform
breeding experiments to study the
reproductive biology and inheritance of
tristyly in pickerel-rush.
The Agronomy Department
congratulates Stu and Lynn for
receiving the prestigious UF Alumni
Graduate Fellowship. I

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Holiday Adopt-A-
Family Program this
year in lieu of ex-
changing gifts.
Peaceful Paths (for-
merly SPARC) is a
domestic abuse net-
work that serves
four counties in
north central Florida.
0 & With enthusiasm,
the staff launched an
all out effort to
make a memorable
holiday for a mother
and her two small
children. With help
from faculty, staff and students, our fam-
ily received a washer/dryer, stereo, mi-

Look for cans of Peanuts
for sale in Late March
or Early April



Spring 2002


Rick Hill received a Special Service
Award from the United States Depart-
ment of Commerce National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration for his
many years of maintaining and report-
ing data from the Green Acres weather

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For the 2001-02 fiscal year, seven
Agronomy Department employees
celebrate many years of continuous
service. We appreciate the dedication
and hard work of these employees.
5 Traci Durden completed five
years. Traci is a member of the de-
partment office staff.
1I Eunice Mobley completed ten
years of continuous service and has
14 years of previous service. Eunice
is a member of the department office

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I)einchenko. Dani Gibson.
Thaiddeiis Ilunt. Tifflnie Marine.
J.ohanna \\elch. CliffStarling, and
Sam \\ illinnhal.

Graduate Student Council (GSC)

What's that?
he Graduate Student Council (GSC) serves as a liaison between graduate
students and the University administration and also between graduate stu-
dents and Student Government. We give voice to graduate student needs, con-
cerns, and ideas. The GSC is funded by Student Government and, in part, by
the Graduate School, and uses its budget to provide a number of services to
graduate students.
GSC has been working hard to provide services and programs to address
the needs of graduate students. Some of these programs include the following.
* Baby Gator Child Care Program: Each Fall and Spring semester, the
GSC sponsors free childcare during Dead Week and Finals Week.
* G. 0. Team: The Graduate Student Orientation is an annual event de-
signed to provide needed information to incoming graduate students.
* Graduate Research Forum: In the Spring semester, GSC sponsors the
only campus-wide multidisciplinary academic conference for graduate students.
* Travel Grant Program: The GSC offers a $150 stipend for students
attending academic conferences.
Specific committees organize each program. There are also additional
committees designated to address other concerns and ideas of the council.
These include the International Committee, Insurance Committee, Social Com-
mittee, Forum Committee, Orientation Committee, and Survey Committee.
General meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of each month at
6:30 PM, CSE E121 (Computer Science). All graduate students are welcomed
and encouraged to attend the meetings. If you would like to attend the meet-
ings or for more information, contact the Agronomy GSC representatives:
Rachel M. Tenpenny, rmtenpenny@yahoo.com or Corey Cherr,
To find out more information about the UF Graduate Student Council,
check out their website at grove.ufl.edu/~gsc/.



15 Gearry Durden completed 15 years.
Gearry works at the Forage Unit with
Dr. Quesenberry.
15 Andrew Schreffler completed 15
years. Andy works at Bldg. 350 with
Dr. Scholberg.
15 Jeffrey Seib completed 15 years.
Jeff works in McCarty Hall in Dr.
Smith's lab.
25 Margaret Glenn completed 25
years. Margaret works at the Center
for Aquatic and Invasive Plants with Dr.
J5 Doug Manning completed 35 years
of service. Doug works at Bldg. 737
with Dr. Wofford.



Spring 2002

Dan Gorbet, profes-
o t0 of Agronomy
Slbaeicd ia the North
r oi olda Research and
Fdilic.o in Center-

N la lan lnwa, received
the Coyt T Wilson
Distinguished Ser-
vice Award at the recent American
Peanut Research and Education Soci-
ety meetings in Oklahoma City. The
award recognizes distinguished service
to the society.

The annual Agronomy and Soil and
Water Science barbeque and fish fry
was held at the Livestock Pavilion on
October 5, 2001. The usual combina-
tion of volleyball, chicken, fish, popcorn,
cheese-grits, and ice-cream were en-
joyed by a record crowd of about 170!

SpArCing 2002ds

AP %

A good time was had by all at
the annual Holiday Party held
n December 7, 2001 atAus-
tin Cary Forest. Everyone enjoyed a
barbeque dinner and desserts provided
by several members of Agronomy's
extended family. Many participated
in hilarious
games coor-
d inlted by
R ii nd a I 1
Stocked and
Ahion Fox.
The highlight
of the party was the singing Christ-
mas tree; some children squealed with
delight while others were a little fright-
For more pictures, visit the our Photo
Gallery at http://agronomy.ifas.ufl.edu.

Please tell us what you are doing! We would like this newsletter to serve as a source of information on activities within
the Department and news of alumni and friends. Send us information on your recent activities and we will be pleased
to include them in future newsletters.

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Return to: Dr. Alison M. Fox, AgroGator Editor, University of Florida, Department ofAgronomy, P.O. Box 110500,
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AppRECiATiON SociAL':' i
The Agronomy Department will host
a social on March 12, 2002, 2:00-
3:30pm in the Friends of Music
Room at the University Auditorium.
Faculty, staff, students and post docs
are encouraged to attend the social
and take advantage of an excellent
opportunity to meet new members
of our department as well as visit
with old friends. Recipients of
graduate and undergraduate
awards/scholarships will be recog-
nized as well as recipients ofUSPS
service pins for 2001-02. Faculty,
staff, students and post docs who
have joined our department during
the past year will be introduced. In
the near future, you will be receiv-
ing an invitation to the Student/Staff
Appreciation Social. We hope you
will plan to attend and enjoy the good
food and fellowship.



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