Students/staff appreciation
 Faculty news
 In memoriam
 Faculty travel
 Student news
 Agronomy-soils Club students work...

Group Title: AgroGator
Title: AgroGator. Volume 12, Issue 1. Fall 2002.
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Title: AgroGator. Volume 12, Issue 1. Fall 2002.
Uniform Title: AgroGator
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Creator: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Affiliation: University of Florida -- College of Agricultural and Life Sciences -- Department of Agronomy -- Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Publisher: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication Date: Fall 2002
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Table of Contents
    Students/staff appreciation
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Faculty news
        Page 3 (MULTIPLE)
    In memoriam
        Page 4
    Faculty travel
        Page 5
    Student news
        Page 6
    Agronomy-soils Club students work with Rainee High School students
        Page 7
        Page 8
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I Vol e T e Iu O

Chairman s


\e are pleased to
provide this issue
of .4groGator (the
newsletter of the Agronomy Depart-
ment at the University of Florida) to
an expanded mailing list. Our goal is
to increase contacts with our alumni,
former employees, collaborators, sup-
porters, and others with ties to, or in-
terest in, the department. Important
linkages for our department reside
world-wide and we seek renewed in-
teractions with some of those with
whom we may have lost contact
through the years.
The old adage that "the cream
rises to the top" quite appropriately
describes the actions and behaviors
of successful people we observe.
This phrase takes on an even more
special meaning during times of un-
certainty and change similar to those
the department has experienced over
the recent past. As has been the case
in many states across the country,
state revenue short-falls in Florida led
to a budget call-back for IFAS and
the Agronomy Department in 2001,
followed by a significant base budget
reduction for the present fiscal year
(2002-03). While we have had to
make some significant programmatic
reductions, re-assignments and other
difficult decisions, the faculty, staff
and students of the department con-
tinue to demonstrate tireless dedica-
tion and excellence.
Chairman continued on page 2

Dr. Bennett recognizes students and staff at annual appreciation social.

Student/Staff Appreciation

Faculty, staff and students gathered at the Friends of Music Room at the Univer-
sity Auditorium on March 12, 2002 for the annual Student/Staff Appreciation
Social. Students were recognized for academic excellence at the University of
Florida and for achievements at the national level of professional organizations.
USPS personnel were recognized for years of service to UF/IFAS. Dr. Bennett
introduced new faculty, and faculty advisors introduced new graduate and under-
graduate students, post doctoral associates and visiting scientists. Everyone en-
joyed the good food and fellowship of the annual social.


Chairman's Message......................... 1
Student/Staff Appreciation .............. 1
Faculty News ....................................... 3
Farewell Social .................................. 3
In Memornam ..................................... 4
FacultyTravel .................................... 5
Service Pin ........................................ 5
Social Scene ..................................... 5
Upcoming Events................................ 5
Field Days ........................................... 5
Student News
Undergraduate Scholarships......... 6
Society Awards............................... 6

Department Awards............................ 6
CALS Ambassador............................. 6
Agronomy/Soils Club Officers............ 7
New Students..................................... 7
Alum ni News ....................................... 7
Graduate Student Reps..................... 7
Recent Graduates............................... 7
Students at Raines High (Jax) .............. 7
Important Response requested ............. 8


Ag omy De a-rn

Fall 2002


Chairman continued from page 1
All organizations should frequently
remind themselves of the mission for
which they exist, and a refocusing on
the core mission is needed from time to
time. In response to budget reductions,
the department has attempted to focus
even more closely on the cornerstones
of our mission, which is accomplished
through teaching, research, and exten-
sion programs led by faculty located in
Gainesville and throughout the State of
Florida. Presently, the Agronomy De-
partment consists of 40 faculty mem-
bers (33 state faculty plus 7 USDA-
ARS courtesy faculty) located at 10 lo-
cations across the state from Jay/Milton
in the northwest to Ft. Lauderdale in
the southeast. Thirty-three outstand-
ing administrative and support staff
members and post-doctoral associates
at Gainesville are critical to the success
of our programs. A dedicated and com-
mitted mix of faculty, staff, and students
ensure the success of the Agronomy
Department. In the following para-
graphs I wish to highlight only a few of
the exciting things that are going on in
the Department, with emphasis on those
activities that are at the core of our
A few years ago the faculty of the
department committed themselves to
strengthening course offerings at the
undergraduate level. They envisioned,
developed and implemented several
new courses that would reach out to
students well beyond those within the
Plant Science major or, for that matter,

within the College of Agricultural and
Life Sciences (CALS). The positive
effects of those efforts are now clearly
apparent. Seeds of Change (taught by
Dr. Maria Gallo-Meagher) appeals to
a breadth of students. Plants that
Feed the World (taught by Dr. Ken
Quesenberry), Pests, Pesticides, and
People (taught by Dr. Bill Haller) and
Environment, Food and Society
(taught by Dr. Ken Buhr) are illustra-
tive of the types of courses that appeal
to numerous students from across the
campus. Another example is Biologi-
cal Invaders (taught by Dr. Alison
Fox), a relatively new course, that is
now attracting over 60 students this se-
mester, including students from over 25
majors from both inside and outside of
CALS. These are a few examples of
new courses faculty in the Agronomy
Department have developed to attract
non-traditional students into our teach-
ing programs.
Increasing the number of graduate

often enhanced by spending time and
conducting research at the centers and
our programs are strengthened by the
contributions of graduate students to
various centers across the state. Many
centers now offer financial assistance,
on-site housing, and other support for
graduate students. The graduate pro-
gram of the department remains strong
with seven new students joining ourpro-
gram this semester, bringing the total
number of graduate students in the de-
partment to 37.
Successful research and extension
programs rely heavily on extramural
funding (grants and contracts and do-
nations through SHARE). Recently,
Agronomy faculty have been very com-
petitive and successful in attracting
funding to support the department's
programs. It is a credit to our faculty
that extramural funding for departmen-
tal programs has doubled in the past
year. Agronomy's research programs

students continues to be ,.. .. are broadly focused in
a top priority in the de- -- these four areas: manage-
partment as well as in ment and nutrition, physi-
the College and Univer- ology and ecology, weed
sity. The Agronomy science, and genetics. The
Department has a rich many significant contribu-
tradition in graduate __ m tions of these programs
education, and we seek Graduate Student Judy Mullaney were recently compiled
to increase the number and summarized in the
of graduate students in the department form of impact statements. I encour-
in part by more involvement of faculty age you to take a look at the impact
located at the state-wide research and statements, descriptions of new courses
education centers in graduate educa-
tion. Graduate student experiences are Chairman continued on page 3

,~* ~r Agronomy Department Eunice Mobley
College of Agricultural and Life Design & Layout
Sciences Rachel Tenpenny
Institute of Food and Agricultural Student News
Sciences P.O. Box 110500
Gainesville, Florida 32611-0500
Dr. Jerry Bennett Phone:352-392-1811
AgroGator is published semiannually for the Chairman Fax: 352-392-1840
faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the Dr. Alison Fox AgroGator Online:
Agronomy Department. Editor http://agronomy.ifas.ufl.edu


Fall 2002


Faculty News

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Gallo-
Meagher on receiving tenure and be-
ing promoted to Associate Professor.
Dr. Ken Boote was one of 33 UF
faculty members named UF Research
Foundation Professor for 2002-05.
Sponsored by the university's Division
of Sponsored Research, the professor-
ships are awarded to tenured faculty
members who have established a dis-
tinguished record of research and
scholarship that is expected to lead to
continuing distinction in their field. The
honor includes a $5,000 salary increase
for three years, and a one-time $3,000
award for research support. The de-
partment congratulates Dr. Boote for
this recognition and honor.
The American Peanut Research
and Education Society presented the
2002 Bailey Award (Golden Peanut) to
Dr. Maria Gallo-Meagher. The
Bailey Award recognizes the senior
author of the outstanding oral presen-
tation and submitted manuscript from
the previous year. Dr. Gallo-Meagher's
research on peanut genes responsive
to phorate treatment was highlighted in
the oral presentation and the subse-
quently submitted manuscript.
Dr. Bill Haller received the Max
McGowen Friendship Award from the
Aquatic Plant Management Society
which recognizes long-term contribu-
tions to the society. Dr. Haller has
served the society in various capaci-
ties for many years and this award rec-
ognizes his generous spirit in welcom-
ing new members.

(L to R) Vernon Vandiver, Clif Hiebsch, Joyce Tredaway Ducar, and Nancy Carter

Farewell Social
The Agronomy Department hosted a Farewell Social on June 27 at the Keene
Faculty Center to honor four departmental employees who had recently retired
or resigned from the University of Florida. Dr. Vernon Vandiver (Aquatic Weed
Management) and Ms. Nancy Carter (Senior Laboratory Technician) retired af-
ter 28 and 37 years of service, respectively. Dr. Vandiver was located at the Ft.
Lauderdale Research and Education Center through his career, but in retirement
has now relocated his residence to Gainesville. Nancy continues to reside in
Gainesville and will certainly be missed after serving the Forage Evaluation and
Support Laboratory in the department for a number of years. Dr. Joyce Tredaway
Ducar (Weed Science) and Dr. Clif Hiebsch (Crop Ecology) have departed the
University in pursuit of other opportunities and we will miss both of them. Ex-
pressions of appreciation and best wishes, along with UF shirts, coffee mugs and
other memorabilia, were given to those honored.

Chairman continued from page 2
mentioned above, along with many
other items of interest on our website
at http://agronomy.ifas.ufl.edu.
Extension programming is critical
to our mission and extension faculty
have recently updated and revised most
all of the Agronomy extension publi-
cations that are available electronically
through IFAS' Electronic Delivery In-
formation System (EDIS). Our depart-
ment makes a significant contribution
to the extension publication database
which can be viewed at http://
edis. ifas. ufl. edu.
In this fall issue ofAgroGator, we
are pleased to share some of our suc-
cesses and accomplishments, updates
on activities of our faculty, staff, and
students, along with other items we
hope will be of interest.

On the back page of this news-
letter we are providing a tear-off sec-
tion that requests your response (by
email or regular mail) to a couple of
items. We are required to purge our
mailing lists periodically, so we will
need a confirmation that you wish to
continue receiving AgroGator. Sec-
ondly, we would like to know if future
distributions of the newsletter to you
by email would be convenient. If so,
we would appreciate receiving your
e-mail address. We prefer e-mail distri-
bution because of the increased effi-
ciencies in both staff time and mailing
costs, and we plan to move toward this
method of delivery. However, if email
is not convenient we will continue to
provide hardcopy mailings to your ad-
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In Memoriam

Mr. Fred Clark
Mr. Clark, Professor Emeritus in
the Agronomy Department, died June
30, 2002 at the age of 86. He received
his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the
University of Florida. He joined the
Agronomy Department in 1938 as an
Assistant-in-Agronomy and retired as
Professor of Agronomy in 1976.
During his career, Mr. Clark con-
ducted research involving tobacco,
vegetables, peanuts, sugar cane and
corn. He is recognized for participa-
tion in studies involving tobacco man-
agement, disease control and chemi-
cal growth regulators. In recognition
of his research accomplishments, the
Soil and Crop Science Society of
Florida dedicated Volume 40 of its
proceedings to Mr. Clark. In 1987,
he received the Cattleman's Award
for service to the Florida cattle indus-
try and the Florida Farm Bureau rec-
ognized him in 1993 with the Distin-
guished Service Award.
Mr. Clark was a mason and a
member of the Gainesville Lodge. He
was a member of the University of
Florida Alumni Association and be-
came a member of the Grand Old
Guard at the University of Florida in
1989. He was known as a "local his-
torian" and was a member and elder
of the First Presbyterian Church of
Mr. Clark is survived by his wife
Christine, two daughters, a son, and
three grandchildren.

Dr. John Richard Edwardson
Dr. Edwardson, Professor Emeri-
tus in the Agronomy Department, died
August 9, 2002 at Shands at AGH fol-
lowing a long illness. He was 79 years

of age. Dr. Edwardson received his
M.S. degree from Texas A&M Col-
lege and his Ph.D. degree from
Harvard University. He joined the Uni-
versity of Florida faculty in 1953 as an
assistant professor and retired in 1997
after 44 years of distinguished service
to IFAS and the Agronomy Depart-
Dr. Edwardson was internationally
known for his work with the
Potyviridae and published numerous
research papers and books on the sub-
ject of virus classification. He coau-
thored "Viruses Infecting Legumes"
and several multi-volume monographs.
Two of his scientific articles were rec-
ognized as "Landmarks in Plant Pa-
thology." He was a fellow of the
American Association for the Ad-
vancement of Science and the Ameri-
can Phytopathological Society. In
1992, the American Phytopathological
Society recognized Dr. Edwardson
with the Ruth Allen Award.
A Celebration of Life for Dr.
Edwardson was held on August 23, 2002
at Sweetwater Branch Inn.
Survivors include his wife, Mickie
Edwardson, two daughters, a son, six
grandchildren and a great grandson.

Dr. O. Charles Ruelke
Dr. Ruelke, Professor Emeritus of
the Agronomy Department, passed
away June 10, 2002 in Gainesville. Dr.
Ruelke was 79 years of age. He re-
ceived the B.S. degree in Agricultural
Education in 1950, the M.S. degree in
1952 and the Ph.D. degree in 1955
from the University ofWisconsin. Dr.
Ruelke joined the faculty of the
Agronomy Department as an assistant
professor in 1955, later being promoted

to associate professor and professor.
During Dr. Ruelke's career, he
taught over 3,500 students, directed
many graduate students and served on
the committees of over 50 M.S. and
Ph.D. students. He was named
Teacher of the Year at the University
of Florida in 1976-77 and in 1990 he
received the Distinguished
Grasslander Award from the Ameri-
can Forage and Grassland Council in
recognition of his outstanding career
contributions to research and teach-
ing in grassland science. Dr. Ruelke's
research focused on the physiological
and ecological responses of forage
crops to various management prac-
tices. Much of this work was con-
ducted with new forage species intro-
duced into Florida, where his research
was important in the release of six new
forage cultivars. Communication of
these efforts led to the publication of
over 175 articles. Dr. Ruelke was an
active member of ASA, CSSA, the
American Forage and Grassland
Council, the Soil and Crop Science
Society of Florida, and numerous hon-
orary and scholastic societies. He
served as program chairman, vice
president, and president ofthe Soil and
Crop Science Society of Florida, as
chairman of the Southern Pasture and
Forage Crop Improvement Confer-
ence, and vice president and president
of the Florida chapter of Gamma
Sigma Delta. Dr. Ruelke was a mem-
ber of the First Presbyterian Church,
served as treasurer of the Boy Scouts
of America Troop 92 and as vice presi-
dent of the Experimental Aircraft As-
sociation Chapter 93.
Survivors include his wife,
Mildred Leonora Ruelke of
Gainesville, a daughter, two sons, two
sisters and five grand children. *




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Fall 2002

Faculty Travel


In mid-February 2002, Ben Whitty
toured agricultural and related indus-
tries in Chile. With extension col-
leagues from other states, he visited
fertilizer and chemical mining, pro-
cessing, and transportation operations
in the Atacama Desert of northern
Intensive agricultural production
is in the Central Valley, south of
Santiago. Grapes for the fresh mar-
ket, wine, and raisins are a maj or crop
produced mostly with drip irrigation.
Agronomic crops include forages,
wheat, corn and tobacco. Alfalfa
grows very well on the high pH soils
and there are several active corn
breeding programs. Irrigation has
grown rapidly in recent years and
further expansion is expected.
There are a number of agricul-
tural colleges and experiment stations
in Chile. A visit to a station near
Santiago included discussions on crop
production, soil testing, irrigation, and
biotechnology. There was evidence
of University of Florida connections
as a Student Agricultural Council
bumper sticker was displayed on the
side of a file cabinet.
Raymond Gallaher received an
honorary plaque for service in edu-
cation and promotion of no-till mul-
tiple cropping in Brazil. The award,
presented in Ponta Grossa, included
complimentary travel to and from
Brazil plus expenses for a one-week
farm tour.
During July/August, Ken Boote
spent a month in Spain traveling to
Madrid, Cordoba and Lugo. He at-
tended the European Society of
Agronomy meetings in Cordoba and
participated in discussions related to
the war on world hunger. In Octo-
ber, he will travel to New Delhi, In-
dia to present an invited paper on le-
gume crop growth modeling. *


ISocial Scene & Upcoming Events!

Mark you calendar for the upcoming Agronomy/Soil and Water Science De-
partments' Annual BarBQ and Fish Fry scheduled for October 18, 2002. Plan
to stop by the UF Livestock Pavilion to N isit \\ ith old friends, make new friends and
enjoy the always great food. Call 392-1811 ext. 202 for information.
The Agronomy Holiday Party is scheduled for December 13, 2002. Visit our
website for additional information as plans for the holiday celebration are finalized.
Congratulations to students Derek Horrall, Rachel Tenpenny, Travis Teuton
and Jimmy Wilkerson on their recent marriages.

Silage Field Day at the Dairy Re-
search Unit: A corn silage field day
was held on June 6 at the Animal Sci-
ences Dairy Unit north of Hague,
Florida. The field day was held in sup-
port of Florida's Dairy Industry which
is the major user of corn silage.
This field day was ajoint effort by
the Agronomy Dept., Animal Sciences
Dept., and agri-business representa-
tives. Approximately 100 producers at-
Peanut Field Day at North
Florida Research and Education
Center (Marianna): The always suc-
cessful Peanut Field Day was held at
Marianna on August 21. Near 200 at-
tendees toured research plots and heard
presentations by university faculty on
topics including disease, nematode and
insect control; the Florida peanut breed-
ing program and new varieties; tillage;

crop rotation; and other crop manage-
ment practices.
Beef Field Day at North Florida
Research and Education Center
(Marianna): Agronomy, Animal Sci-
ence, and County Extension Faculty
held a Beef Field Day in Marianna (at
the newly-developed Beef Unit) on Au-
gust 29. Among topics discussed and
demonstrated were grazing of annual
peanut, various pasture grasses, weed
identification and management in pas-
tures, hay storage, and reproductive
management in cattle.
Deep South Weed Tour at West
Florida Research and Education
Center (Jay): The annual Weed Sci-
ence field day was held at the West
Florida REC-Jay research station on
July 9, 2002. Dr. Barry Brecke hosted
the field day, which had nearly 100 par-
ticipants. *



Service Pins
For the 2002-03 fiscal year, four Agronomy Department
employees will be recognized for years of continuous ser-
vice. We appreciate the dedication and hard work of the
employees being recognized this year and congratulate them '
on a job well done.
Jim Chichester completed 35 years of continuous service in August 2002.
Jim is a Chemist in Dr. Gallaher's research program and we congratulate him for
the many years of dedicated service. Nancy Byrd received a service pin recog-
nizing 35 years of service to the University of Florida. Nancy is the Administra-
tive Assistant for the department. Sid Jones received a 20-year pin for his
service to IFAS and the department. Sid is a Biological Scientist working in Dr.
Sollenberger's forage research program. Loan Ngo was presented a 15-year pin
for her service to the department as a Biological Scientist in Dr. Quesenberry's
research program.

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Fall 2002

Fall 2002luWi

In the spring, the Agronomy-Soils Club/
Florida Foundation Seed Producers
awarded scholarships to six outstand-
ing students majoring in plant science.
The following students received a
$600 scholarship in recognition of aca-
demic achievement and service to UF
and national organizations:
* Leslie Demchenko received the
Senior Scholarship. She is past presi-
dent and secretary of the Agronomy-
Soils Club. In addition to the scholar-
ship, Leslie was recognized by SAS-
ASA as an "Outstanding Senior in
Agronomy" for 2001-02.
* Amy Van Scoik received the Jun-
ior Scholarship. Amy is an Agronomy
major and secretary of the Agronomy-
Soils Club.
* Thaddeus Hunt received the At-
large Scholarship. He is past treasurer
of the Agronomy-Soils Club.
* In addition to the special scholar-
ships awarded, the achievements of
three other students were recognized
with $600 scholarships:
* Dawn Gibson served as National
Student Chair of the SAS-ASA
Monsanto Case Study Contest Com-
mittee and is president of the Agronomy/
Soils Club.
* Sam Willingham served as Na-
tional Treasurer of the Student Activi-
ties Subdivision of the American Soci-
ety of Agronomy.
* John McQueen served as Co-
chair of the CALS Council Ag Gardens
Committee. The Ag Gardens is a ser-
vice project of the Agronomy-Soils

* In June at the Soil and Crop ScienceSbciety mring held in Clearwater,
the following Agronomy students were recognized for presentations in
the Student Paper Competition:
1st Place Ronald D. French Monar
2nd Place Amy Marshall
3rd Place Jacque Breman
* In January, Rachel Tenpenny placed second in the Southern Weed
Science Society Student Paper Competition in Atlanta, Georgia.
* Judy Mullaney received second place in the Southern Branch ASA
Student Paper Competition in February in Orlando. She received a $150
cash prize and a plaque.
* In late February, four Agronomy graduate students were recognized for
student presentations at the Florida Weed Science Society meeting in
Apopka. Travis Teuton received first place, Shane Bray received
second place and Rachel Tenpenny and Nasir Shaikh tied for third
* Travis Teuton was recognized as the Outstanding Weed Science
Graduate Student at the annual meeting of the Florida Weed Science
Society held in Apopka.

Joanna Newman was the recipient of the
Agronomy Department's Outstanding Dissertation-
Award of Excellence for Graduate Research for
Jackie Greenwood was the departmental
recipient of the Outstanding Thesis-Award of Ex-
cellence for Graduate Research for 2001-02.
Scott Tubbs was nominated for the prestigious
Mott Graduate Student Award in Crop Science


Amy Van Scoik has been selected to serve as a CALS Ambas-
sador for the 2002-03 academic year. CALS Ambassadors are
a select group of students in the University of Florida's College
of Agricultural and Life Sciences and School of Forest Re-
sources and Conservation who have demonstrated outstanding
achievement in academics and student leadership.
CALS Ambassadors assist with alumni gatherings throughout the state of
Florida and provide a vital link between alumni and the College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences. They support activities throughout the state of Florida in an
effort to create awareness of the academic programs and career opportunities
in food, agriculture and natural resources among students, teachers, advisors
and the general public.




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Fall 2002

In late spring, the following students were elected to serve as officers for the
2002-03 academic year.

Vice President

Emily Barnett / Fox
Melissa Barron / MacDonald
Katherine Dover / Haller
Colette Jacono / Fox
Nicholas Pool / Brecke We
Atul Puri / MacDonald
Kimberly Seaman / Gallaher
Samuel Willingham / Brecke

Dawn Gibson
Scott Prospect
Amy Van Scoik
Matt Timmons

Lane Selman (1996 B.S.) lives in Port-
land, Oregon and works in the forest
products industry for Georgia-Pacific
Corp. as the Western Region Environ-
mental Coordinator. She designs and
implements a forest certification pro-
gram covering California, Oregon,
Washington, and British Columbia.

Graduate Student Representatives for
the 2002-03 academic year are Rachel
Tenpenny and Corey Cherr. These
representatives serve as liaison be-
tween Agronomy faculty and graduate
students. They attend faculty meetings
and meet regularly with the department

Dorothy Brazis / Stocker
Dan Clark / Stocker
Gretchen Lindstrom / Fox
Elkana Nyambati / Sollenberger
Brett Wade / Hiebsch

Agronomy-Soils Club Students Work With Raines High School Students

April 12, 2002, Jackson- Working with theRainesHigh
ville, FL Students from the students is one of several
University of Florida challenging activities of the
Agronomy-Soils Club vis- Agronomy-Soils Club. Other
ited Environmental Studies activities for the past aca-
Program (ESP) students at demic year included:
William M. Raines Senior mentoring a newly organized
High School. UF Plant Sci- club at Florida Agricultural
ence undergraduates Leslie and Mechanical University,
Demchenko, John McQueen, F. continuing the management of
Scott Prescott, and Amy Van the CALS Ag Gardens lo-
Scoik hosted a series of g cated north of Lake Alice, in-
workshops consisting of seed voting stimulating speakers to
preparation and planting for address members at the Club
Raines High environmental meetings, attending and par-
science students. During ticipating in the Student Ac-
these workshops, Raines High School that allows students to learn in the con- tivities Sub-division ofthe American So-
students participated in projects and en- text of community service while devel- city of Agronomy, and continuing the
gaged UF students in discussions about hoping career/academic readiness. annual Peanut Sales project that sup-
academic careers at the University of The Environmental Studies Program ports six Agronomy-Soils Club/Florida
Florida, specifically in the areas of ag- at Raines High School is engaged in a Foundation Seed Producers, Inc. Schol-
riculture and the environment. variety of learning projects through the arships.
William M. Raines High School is St. Johns River Water Management Club members are planning to host
a University of Florida Alliance part- District's Legacy Environmental Educa- the Southern Regional Student Activi-
ner high school. The UF Alliance is a tion Program. More than 100 ESP stu- ties Subdivision of the American Soci-
long-term partnership program with five dents in grades 9-12 serve as stewards ety ofAgronomy in Spring 2003.
at-risk urban high schools across the of the Pumpkin Hill Creek State Buffer Raines High information and pho-
state of Florida. The Environmental Preserve, a 3800+ acre nature preserve tograph contributed by Dr. Mickie
Studies Program at Raines High School on Jacksonville's North Side. In addition, Miller, Assistant Director, UF Alliance,
is an innovative approach to ESP students maintain projects on the mickiem@coe.ufl.edu, 352/392-0728 x
multidisciplinary project-based learning Raines High School campus. 309. *



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