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 Letter from the CALS Dean
 Teacher's College is educating...
 New specialization brings opportunity...
 CALS ambassadors make the trek...
 Books for abroad
 Packaging science student gets...
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    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Table of Contents
        Page 1
    Letter from the CALS Dean
        Page 2
    Teacher's College is educating the educators
        Page 3
    New specialization brings opportunity outside the classroom
        Page 4
    CALS ambassadors make the trek to Egypt
        Page 5
    Books for abroad
        Page 6
    Packaging science student gets Krafty at study abroad internship
        Page 7
    Awards and recognition
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
    Back Cover
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R. Kirby Barrick

One of the 10 core values of
the Coiiege of Agricultural
and Life Sciences is global
aualreness and understanding. CALS
strives to fulfill the mission
of providing "undergraduate and
graduate students with a high-
quality education that results
in knowledge and abilities for
gainful employment and additional
education, productive citizenship,
and lifelong learning. "Certainly an
important part of that high-quality
education is global awareness
and international understanding.

So how to go about addressing the mission and core values
t related to the global society? First, CALS has the goal
Sto double the nume r of students who participate in an
international .rtud' program. Whether that experience is
0 a study tour, an internship or enrollment in a foreign
university, CALS students benefit from learning about other
cultures and about the agricultural and life sciences
industries of other countries. At the same time, our
students gain a different perspective of their home country
when they interact with people who may not hold the same
values and opinions about U.S. policy, programs, and family
and community life.

Since not all students can study outside the United States,
it is imperative that an international component be added
to all degree programs not necessarily a course, but an
emphasis on the international aspects of the course content
in addition to the Western perspective. From trade policy to
family culture, CALS students need to have the opportunity
to compare, contrast and reach informed conclusions about
other societies.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is working
diligently to assist the departments in identifying how the 4
curricula can be "globalized" as a part of the curriculum 0
enhancement effort. In addition, one of the target areas for
the Florida Tomorrow capital campaign is funding for study
J abroad programs for CALS students. With adequate financial 0
support and a curriculum that embraces diversity across the 0
continent. CALS students will be well-prepared to provide
5ileadersrip in a global society.


Design & Layout, Editor in Chief:
Angelina C. Toomey

Adviser: Associate Dean Elaine Turner

Teacher's College is educating the educators


N ew faculty joining the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences are
once again in the classroom, but instead of
being instructors, they're students, learning
how to improve their teaching skills in the
Teacher's College.
"The Teacher's College provides an
opportunity for new faculty to develop
some teaching skills that they may not
have had an opportunity to do otherwise,"
said CALS Associate Dean Elaine Turner.
"Most of us, as master's and doctoral
students, were focused on our disciplines
and doing research, so we may not have
had the opportunity to gain experience in
classroom teaching."
Teacher's College participants engage
in learner-centered teaching methods that
make the student the focal point in the
classroom, Turner said.
Participants meet for 12 weeks to learn
about the principles and practices of a
faculty member, develop a teaching

philosophy and design effective
assessments to engage students, she said.
"The Teacher's College encourages
faculty to use more interactive methods,"
said agricultural education and
communication assistant professor Brian

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The Teacher's College Forum is part
of CALS Teaching Resource Center.
Turner, Myers, agricultural education and
communication assistant professor Anna

Ball, and environmental horticulture
professor Michael Kane are all
instructors in the forum, helping faculty
learn effective teaching practices.
"It all stems from the commitment
from College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences Dean Kirby Barrick to help
faculty improve teaching," Myers said.
"The participants want to become better
teachers, and that is what we want to
help them do."
Myers said, each week, forum
participants are presented with topics
they can apply in their courses, such as
the way the brain processes information,
learning styles and student assessment
"Most faculty members, when they
come in, are not focused on the teaching
aspect of university life," he said. "We
have to teach them about different
learning styles. We build a network of

CALS and IFAS expose Sunbelt to new genetic research


For the 21st straight year, the Univers
of Florida's College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences and the Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences
recruited students and showcased
current research at the annual Sunbelt
Agricultural Expo in Moultrie, Ga.
CALS and IFAS chose genetics as
this year's research theme.
"We wanted to feature what
is interesting and relevant to
agriculturalists, something that is a
hot topic," said Charlotte Emerson,
director of student recruitment and
development for CALS.
The genetics exhibits were
staffed by the breeders, scientists and
developers who created and cultivated
the new crop varieties and inventions.
"It is an opportunity for them to
showcase their research programs
and material to the public," said
Berry Treat, former assistant director
of research programs and services
for the Florida Agricultural Experiment
Station. The FAES carries out the resear
mission of UF/IFAS.



Treat said UF is currently studying
approximately 40 different crops, ranging

"We work mostly on minor crops
that other companies would not be
interested in breeding because they
H are not economically viable," Treat

Seo BRecruitment is also a major
goal of UF's presence at the expo.
"As far as the college, our
purpose for being here is to recruit
students and make sure they know
the opportunities the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences at
the University of Florida has to
offer," Emerson said.
Recruitment efforts are focused
mainly on high school students
entering undergraduate studies, she
said, but graduate students from
exhibiting land-grant universities
Senior Biological Scientist Justin McKinney displays are interested in becoming Florida
research on peanut breeding at the Sunbelt Agricultural Gators, as well.
Expo in Moultrie, Ga. McKinney is based out of the Plant "We plant a seed and hopefully
Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, Fla. that seed turns into a relationship
with that student, resulting in
from small grains to fruit to floral to him or her becoming a student at the
ch turfgrass most of which were exhibited at University of Florida," Emerson said.
the expo.

New specialization brings opportunity outside the classroom


Anew College of Agricultural and Life
ItSciences specialization does more
than just offer academic benefits. It also
adds opportunities for networking and
experience in the field.
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology
is a new undergraduate specialization,
housed in the Department of Horticultural
Sciences at the University of Florida.
While the PMCB specialization is
brand new to the college, a minor with the
same title has been in place for at least five
years. The minor, unlike the specialization,
is interdisciplinary, meaning it is co-
sponsored and coordinated by several
Melissa Webb, the academic support
services coordinator for the Department
of Horticultural Sciences, said the
new specialization will help students
when they apply for careers in the
biotechnology marketplace. Research in
plant biotechnology includes manipulation
of plant DNA to increase or decrease plant
quantity and quality.

"This type of research is vital to our
sustainability," Webb said, "not just for
UF, but for the world down the road."
The new specialization also allows
students to study crops and plants at a
cellular level, as well as to learn outside
the classroom.
"I have already been on a field trip
with almost every class," said Heather
Malone, a PMCB senior. "During an
introductory class to horticulture, we went
to an orchard."
Opportunities to learn outside the
classroom focus on hands-on research and
current laboratory techniques. One example
is the "Lab Methods" course, which is
held in the Education and Training Core
Laboratory of the Interdisciplinary Center
for Biotechnology Research.
"We have one of the most unique
research facilities in the country at the
Genetics Institute," Webb said. "Not very
many programs can offer an opportunity to
be in that setting."

Another feature the PMCB
specialization offers, Webb said, is
individual attention and advising.
The capacity of most required classes
in the Department of Horticultural
Sciences is around 20 students. Students
enrolled in these classes will receive the
opportunity to work one on one with a
member of the PMCB faculty.
"It is nice because the classes are
really small," Malone said. "I met a bunch
of the faculty in the program and have a
better idea what the program is about."
For more information on the new
PMCB specialization, visit the Department
of Horticultural Sciences Web site at

Adventur es Of a bug profeSSor


Every year, new students make their
way into the University of Florida as
freshmen. These students have all sorts
of questions, and they need someone to
answer them.
That's where the "bug professor"
comes in.
Carl Barfield, a 32-year veteran
professor of entomology and nematology
at UF, volunteers his time during Preview,
a mandatory orientation for all new first-
year students. Here, he helps freshmen
with the transition from high school to the
He is known, affectionately, to these
students as the "bug professor."
"I have to tell the students over and
over again that 'this just isn't high school
any more, folks,'" he said. "I get the
students into groups of 60 and spend 20
minutes answering any questions they may
He also gives the students his e-mail
address and office hours, just in case they

have any other questions to ask him.
"I get questions all throughout the year
from freshmen or even students that I had
met years before," Barfield said.

"I love helping the
students.That's why
I volunteer,and I am
going to
continue to do so for
many years."

- Carl BarfieldI

He said he gets questions ranging from
how to pick a major to where to park.
"I receive all sorts of questions,"
Barfield said. "I really never know what to
Barfield said the most common
question he receives from students is,

"How do I choose a major?"
Christina Whalen is one UF student
who asked Barfield that very question.
"When I was having trouble deciding
on a major, he sent me to the chairs of
each department to help me get some
direction," she said.
Barfield said students experience a
lot of pressure to select a major, and the
majority of the time that pressure leads to
the students being stuck in a major that
they don't want.
"He helped me evaluate my skills
and desires in a career and gave me
opportunities to talk to people in those
fields about the different careers," Whalen
"I love helping the students," Barfield
said. "That's why I volunteer, and I am
going to continue to do so for many


Walk like an E4 ptian:

CALS Ambassadors make the trek to Egypt


It has been said that one cannot organizations, agencies and
fully appreciate and comprehend constituencies regarding
another culture until one actually critical international needs F"As
experiences it for oneself. This and priorities.
was the idea behind the CALS The trip's main are r
Ambassadors' trip to Egypt. objective was for the we wil
The CALS Ambassadors are CALS Ambassadors to but I
a select group of students in the collaborate with Egyptian
University of Florida's College of universities in order to oth(
Agricultural and Life Sciences and gain a global perspective bee
School of Forest Resources and on agriculture.
Conservation who have demonstrated Charlotte Emerson,
outstanding achievement in the director of student L Chh
academics and student leadership. recruitment and
CALS Ambassador Erica Der development for CALS who
traveled to Egypt in May 2007 with also functions as the CALS
16 other Ambassadors
in hopes of gaining a
different perspective on
"We wanted to
connect with the
University of Florida's
educational partners,
such as Cairo and
Fayoum Universities,
and meet with their
students to discuss
agriculture and the role
it serves in their lives," The CALS Ambassadors traveled to Egypt in Ma
Der said. better understand international agriculture. This w
e U y of international trip for the Ambassadors.
The University of
Florida is currently involved in the Ambassadors program adviser, said
Midwest Universities Consortium for the international trip was designed to
International expose
Activities, the -I students to other cultures,
organization "When I left including the agricultural
that developed Egypt, I felt like I had and educational systems.
the initial a completely "When I left Egypt,
program to I felt like I had a
actually go different completely different view
to Egypt. view of the of the world," Der said.
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the interests
of member L
and educates appropriate

the Egyptian people, I
was able to see some
Erica Der differences, but mainly I
-_ saw similarities between
us as human beings."

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to do some
e sightseeing
on the trip
and saw many
xt, historical
the Giza
Pyramids, the
Nile River
and the Red
n I Sea.

favorite part of the trip was visiting a
lot of these ancient historical sights,"
Der said. "It was very
interesting to actually see
some of these religious
artifacts and grounds that
I had only read about in
Der said the
Ambassadors' normal day
was filled with activities
- ranging from discussions
with other students
to university tours to
sightseeing down the Nile
2007 to River.
Sthe first "A normal day for
us there would consist
of us having a face-to-face with
the Egyptian students," she said.
"We would do activities and have a
translator relay what was being said
in Arabic to us."
This was the first time the
CALS Ambassadors traveled
abroad, but because of the trip's
success, it probably won't be the last
international trip they take, Emerson
"As of right now, we are not sure
where we will be going next, but
India and a few other places have
been discussed," she said.

Books for abroad: CALS transfers texts to aptian universities

T he University of Florida's College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences is helping to fill the empty bookshelves of Eu\ p1' -
The Egypt Book Drive, sponsored by the Agricultural and
Life Sciences College Council. is collctmini arncihultial lc\ls and
academic journals for various Uiin c.ilSc.s t11ioiituhoIIu EL! I)p
More than a year ago, the idc .st Uin\ crsl.sii C(onsolml1ll1
for International Activities i iicd Florida and Tc'\a' uniM crsiics
to help because the soil and climalc of the I\\o states arc siniilair
to those of Egypt.
MUCIA is comprised of li\ c land-graln i scaicllh uiiii\ ci'lics..
including the University of Illinois at lrbania-C(hainpain.
Michigan State University, ilic Liim crsll, of NI'nncsola. Thi
Ohio State University and Puirdic linn rsitL Thle Uin\nii cil ol'
Illinois has sent more than .i 11111 books to Ei\ pI
CALS Alumni and Carecr Scr- iccis DIIcctor Calli\ Carr. \\ ho
serves as liaison between the ALSCC and NIUCIA. said UIF has
set a goal of collecting 10,0111 books

"L a \ car. UF collected approximately 3,000 books and
joumals for the project." Carr said.
The book dm i% is a competition among the various clubs
hlloutihouil CALS. as \\ cill as other individuals who are willing to
donate books and journals
ALSCC \icc Pic s.int Samantha Shoaf serves as the
coInmiillc chair fo ilic Iprolcc She is also the president of the
Arononiol and Soi1s Club
"Tlic Ayronomin and Soils Club was very active last year,
rais.in about 2.51int of ilhc t\cs." Shoaf said.
The collcc'c is pa\ inm for Ilic books to be shipped in a large
coinainicr. \\ Ilchi \III hold apprio\iinatcll 10,000 books.
"\\; \\anl to ill ie coniainir bclori we send it," Shoaf said.
"It docesn i' ak. sci.nsi to ship 11lte \\lhol. container with only
3.II1111 books
Canr said ilic collck look oin ihi cause because the Egyptian
ulllni' crSi.i ar; in dcSpclatic nc d of Il' ls.
"Anm iliin \\ can collci \\ ill bc a suIccess," she said.

Agricultural Trade Office intern brings C i flavor to MW


Developing a comprehensive marketing program highlighting
Cajun-style cuisine in Taiwan was a big job for one 21-year-
old University of Florida student.
Anna Flaig, an international food and resource economics
senior, ventured on a five-month internship to work with the
Foreign Agricultural Service of the United States Department of
Agriculture. She specifically worked for the Agricultural Trade
Office of the American Institute in Taiwan, assisting in the
organization of the New Orleans Jazz and Cajun Flavors
Cajun, a type of food originating in Louisiana, is not
found in Taiwan. As a result, Chinese, the language spoken in
Taiwan, does not have a translation for the word. Flaig designed
placemats in an effort to explain the word "Cajun" to the
"The placemats portrayed an alligator chef, with an arm band
of the United States flag, cooking a pot ofjambalaya," Flaig said.
"It also portrayed illustrations of a bag of U.S. rice, a lobster and
Tabasco sauce, the key ingredients ofjambalaya."
She designed most of the promotional materials for the event
and generated media coverage in local newspapers and on radio
and television stations.
"Anna has great social and analytical skills, but she surprised
us with her artistic abilities," said Keith Schneller, director of the
Agricultural Trade Office based in Taipei, Taiwan.
The goal of the program was to promote trade within an area
of the United States still trying to recover from the Hurricane
Katrina devastation two years ago. Another goal of the program
was to promote U.S. trade in the Asian market.



Anna Flaig, pictured center, assisted the Agricultural Trade Office
of the American Institute in Taiwan in the development of the New
Orleans Jazz and Cajun Flavors promotional program, which featured
a televised professional Cajun-chef competition and two Cajun cooking
training seminars for local restaurants.

"This promotion highlighted Cajun-style cuisine using a wide
variety of U.S. ingredients," Schneller said. "Anna helped me
coordinate this activity with more than 12 co-sponsors."
Flaig helped arrange the partnering ofATO with five-star
hotels and their award-winning chefs to organize culinary
promotions. She also assisted in getting more than 100
restaurants in Taiwan to place Cajun dishes on their menus
during the month-long promotion.
"It was one of the most interdisciplinary partnerships that I
have ever seen," Flaig said. 6

Packaging science student gets KRAFTY at study abroad internship


A University of Florida packaging science student is learning
ands-on through a year-long study abroad internship.
Packaging science senior Elizabeth Morris began an
internship in the packaging franchise development department for
Kraft Foods in the United Kingdom in July 2007,
and will continue working there until July 2008.
Kraft offers only one internship for packaging
science students at its U.K. plant.
"There are about 20 other students from all
over Europe working at the U.K. plant," Morris
said. "We have formed quick friendships, and
there is always something to do."
Packaging science involves the application
of science and engineering, while utilizing
marketing, design, business and research skills.
Bruce Welt, associate professor in the
packaging science program in the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences, assisted Morris in
finding the type of internship she wanted.
"One of the strengths of the packaging science program is its
strong relationship with industry; Kraft is one of many
companies that regularly visits UF to recruit packaging students,"
Welt said. "In addition to taking two students for co-ops in the
United States, Kraft also advised us of a possible opportunity for
an internship overseas."
That is how this opportunity started, he said.
"Though Kraft may not necessarily have a particular need for
an internship position, if there is an idea for one and someone has
the qualities that fit that position, one can be made."

Because such a relationship exists between UF's packaging
science program and Kraft Foods, Morris was able to learn about
the potential U.K. internship.
"Dr. Welt mentioned in class that Kraft was coming for
internships, and there was a possibility about an
internship in England," Morris said. "I jumped at
the chance, asking him how I could get that one."
Once Morris obtained the internship, she
then had to adjust to living in another country.
Doing so, she said, took a while because she
immediately began living full time in the United
"There are just little things you don't realize
you will miss until you see that they don't have
them here," Morris said. "It's weird not going to
football games and being a part of my sorority.
I used to talk to my parents and siblings almost
every day, and now it's a couple of times a
With the internship, Morris' day-to-day duties change, as
well. She often spends time in labs getting hands-on experience
and testing products.
"I spend about a third of my time in various labs doing
testing for my projects," Morris said. "The rest of my time, I
spend working on research briefs and presentations."
In addition to the internship, Morris has visited Spain and
other countries throughout Europe. Once she graduates from UF,
Morris said she intends to continue working abroad.

Carr is new driving force behind Alumni and Career Services


W ith a strong background in alumni relations and some
perfect timing, Cathy Carr is the new director of Alumni
and Career Services for the University of Florida's College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Carr's husband was interviewing at the University of
Florida, and she wanted to look into the Gainesville area and
job opportunities, as well. She came across the position on the
CALS Web site.
Carr said she was excited about the job, because it included
both alumni relations and career services. "I couldn't believe
that the position was open because those are the two areas that I
really have experience in," Carr said.
Prior to coming to UF, Carr was the membership and
marketing coordinator for the University of Missouri Alumni
Association. Before that, Carr served as the career development
graduate assistant with Oklahoma State University's College of
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
Carr said through her previous positions she has learned
the importance of collaboration among career services, alumni
relations, student development and student recruitment.
As the new director of Alumni and Career Services, Carr's

responsibilities are to work with CALS alumni and to serve as
the executive director of the CALS Alumni and Friends board.
"I work with all the alumni events of the college, including
Tailgator, the annual fishing tournament, golf tournament and
some regional Gator Gatherings throughout the state," Carr said.
She also works closely with the Agricultural and Life
Sciences College Council.
"I have truly enjoyed working with Cathy," said ALSCC
President Danielle Brewer. "She is concerned about helping us,
and I've seen that she really cares about the students."
Carr said the biggest challenge in her first year has been
learning about events that the college and UF have conducted
in the past. However, she also said that she sees this position
as an opportunity to bring everything she has learned from the
University of Missouri and Oklahoma State University and create
some new ideas.
"The best part about the job is my interaction with people and
having the opportunity to get out and work with people, whether
at alumni events or putting together a career development
workshop," she said.

Finding a cure: CALS' first Doctor of Plant Medicine f gts against


The first graduate of the University of Florida's Plant
Medicine Program now aids Florida in the fight against
invasive species.
Adam Silagyi became the first of the program's 34 graduates
in August 2003 when he received the
Doctor of Plant Medicine degree.
Now, he is one of just four pest
survey specialists working in the state
of Florida through the United States
Department of Agriculture's Animal
and Plant Health Inspection Service
within the Plant Protection and
Quarantine agency.
As part of his job, Silagyi spends
a significant amount of time educating
the public about invasive species and
pest management practices. Silagyi
said he is able to use the knowledge Adam Silagyi, the first grace
he gained in the Plant Medicine Medicine Program at UF, i
Program to do so. in South Florida for a new
"With invasive species in my job, affecting groves in the are
we deal with plant pathogens, insects, nematodes and plants;
everything that I studied," Silagyi said. "For my type of job now,


in invasive species and regulatory agriculture, the Plant Medicine
Program at the University of Florida was the perfect fit."
Plant Medicine Program Director Robert McGovern said
he attributes much of Silagyi's success in the program to his
pioneering spirit and productive work
ethic. It is these same qualities that
-Silagyi said drive him to further his
career within the PPQA.
"I see myself moving up in this
agency, possibly in international
services, where APHIS employees work
overseas, usually at an embassy or near
San embassy, and collaborate with other
countries to create safe trade," Silagyi
I"J said.
Traveling abroad won't be anything
new for Silagyi, who has spent time in
ate of the Doctor of Plant Paraguay, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Costa
pects an avocado grove Rica. Silagyi said his overseas work has
te species that has been helped him successfully work with the
agency's many partners.
"Being a people person is a very important aspect of this job,
because you can't do this job alone. This job requires you to work
with several other agencies and organizations," he said.

Graduate student wins GREEN from greenhouse industry


One food and resource economics graduate student gained
both knowledge from her undergraduate internship
experience and a $3,000 scholarship award.
Alina Lovelace Hanna was the recipient of the 2006 GPN
(Greenhouse Product News magazine) and Nexus Intern

"I learned about the scholarship from my professor, Dr.
Jim Barrett. He is the one who really
encouraged me to apply," Hanna said.
Barrett, a professor in the
environmental horticulture
department, said he first met Hanna
when she was a sophomore student in
his nursery productions class, a class
that normally consists of only juniors
and seniors.
"It is a course that is a little
bit more advanced," Barrett said.
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learn real fast and her interest in Director Tim Hodsor
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the subject, she was clearly the Association Short
outstanding student in the class from July.
that standpoint."
GPN, an industry trade publication, and Nexus Corp., a
company that builds state-of-the-art greenhouses, offer the
scholarship to encourage students who have completed a

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greenhouse internship to write about their experiences. Only one
scholarship is presented annually.
"I did an internship with Deroose Plants in Apopka, Fla.,
focusing mainly on sales and marketing but also learning all
about the business aspect of a greenhouse company," Hanna said.
"So, I applied for it and turned in my essay."
Competing for this scholarship is not an easy task. One of
the requirements is that students must be
Working toward an undergraduate degree
in floriculture or a related field.
After their greenhouse internship,
students are asked to submit a 1,000-
word essay. Hanna's essay was sent to
several industry members, as well as to
individuals within the GPN and Nexus
companies all of whom voted her essay
as the unanimous winner.
"When I was told I was one of
(left), and GPN Editorial the five finalists for the scholarship,
recognize Alina Lovelace that made me really excited because
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n Columbus, Ohio, in I had learned so much, and I wanted
other people to know about the great
opportunities and need for marketing
within the industry," she said. "The fact that
it [the vote] was unanimous really made me feel great."

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Former University of Florida student and football player
Charles "Chip" Hinton was selected as a 2007 Distinguished
Alumnus Award recipient.
Hinton was recognized during the summer commencement
ceremony and presented with the award. Nominees must have
excelled in their chosen field or must have performed outstanding
service for the university.
Hinton received both his master's
and doctorate degrees within three years,
majoring in poultry science and specializing
in products in animal nutrition. He attended
UF on an athletic scholarship, playing
football for the Gators during the 1960s.
During that time, Gatorade was invented
and tested on the UF team for which Hinton
played. He was recently featured in a
nationally broadcast Gatorade commercial.
"My greatest contribution to Florida
football was that I sweat a lot," Hinton said
After graduating from UF, Hinton began Chip Hinton (rig
working in Florida's agriculture industry and University of Flor
has supported UF over the decades. Machen (left) at
Hinton was the first president of commencement e
UF's Agriculture Alumni and Friends
organization, which today is known as CALS Alumni and
Friends. Hinton also served as the president of the Florida Ag
Council for nearly 15 years and served as the director of the
Florida Strawberry Growers Association for more than 20 years.



On the national level, he was a representative for the Council
for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching. He also
served as the president of the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Additionally, Hinton was a member on the charter board for
what is now the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture
and Natural Resources.
"[The WLI] is key in developing young minds that influence
agriculture, which I think is wonderful,"
Hinton said.
Hannah Carter, an assistant professor
in the agricultural education and
communication department at UF and the
director of the Wedgworth Leadership
Institute, said, "Chip has been a tireless
advocate for the Wedgworth Leadership
Institute and was one of the program's early
supporters who saw the need to cultivate
future leaders if the agricultural industry was
to continue and thrive."
Now retired, Hinton still serves on the
)is pictured with board for the FAHF. His primary area of
a President Bernie involvement on the board is the mentor
:he summer 2007 program, which provides approximately 15
rcises. scholarships annually.
Hinton said the achievement he is the
most proud of is the number of programs and organizations he
has been a part of that develop scholarships allowing young
people to attend college.



A distinguished University of Florida alumnus has been
recognized for his outstanding service in the field of
agriculture and for his dedication to the university.
Louis E. "Woody" Larson, a 1973 UF
graduate received a Distinguished Alumnus "
Award during the College of Agricultural and _
Life Sciences spring commencement. Lw
In doing so, he has joined an elite group.
Only 309 UF alumni have received the ii --
Distinguished Alumnus Award since the first 0..
one was presented in 1957. .
UF Senior Vice President for Agriculture
and Natural Resources Jimmy Cheek said
Larson was selected for a Distinguished
Alumnus Award because of his outstanding
service to the university and to the field of agriculture.
"Woody Larson is a progressive leader in the state for not
only the dairy industry, but for the beef industry, as well," Cheek
Larson graduated from UF with a degree in dairy science.
He said he has applied the knowledge he received from UF to

his current occupation. Larson is a stock holder in Larson Dairy
Inc., and he owns and manages two dairies and a commercial
beef operation in the Okeechobee, Fla., area and one dairy in
Lafayette County in North Florida.
Larson said he is proud to be able to
represent his family and his university. He
described receiving the award as "very
E humbling" and said that it was one of his
highest honors.
"The ceremony itself was an honor. It was
especially significant for me to be recognized at
the CALS graduation, which is all agriculture
students," Larson said. "The university does it
s L right. They make you feel very special."
Larson said he and his family members are
avid supporters of UF and of the agriculture industry. In 2005,
the L.E. "Red" Larson Professorship and Graduate Fellowship
in Animal Sciences fund was created by Larson and his three
siblings, Kathy, Barbara and John, in honor of their father "Red"
"When you love something, it's easy to give back," he said.

Hannah Carter offers her support to the agriculture industry


From researching potatoes to developing leadership skills,
Hannah Carter has always aspired to support the agriculture
While at the University of Florida, Carter has found success
in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences as an assistant
professor in the agricultural education and communication
department and as the director of the Wedgworth Leadership
Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The Wedgworth Leadership Institute gives
people involved in the private sector of Florida
agriculture the opportunity to further develop
their leadership skills.
Erin Freel Best, owner of The Market
Place, a company specializing in agricultural
marketing and video production, was a
member of the WLI's fifth class. During the
two years Best participated in the program, she
traveled throughout the country and the world
participating in leadership seminars.
"It [the WLI] was a fantastic program," Best
said. "Most of that had to do with the leadership
of Dr. Carter, because she planned such a
phenomenal two years with speakers, travel and the experiences
that she threw us into."
Under Carter's leadership, the institute was recently named
the outstanding leadership program in the nation by the
Association of Leadership Educators.
Carter, a native of Maine who grew up on a farm, said she
didn't originally plan on pursuing leadership development.


Carter received her bachelor's degree in biology from the
University of Maine and planned to support the potato industry
through research.
However, after she worked for her local Extension office for
six years, she said she came to realize her interest in leadership.
"Farmers are really good at what they do, but sometimes
they have more difficulty on the social side of things, so that
really intrigued me," Carter said. "When I found
the [AEC] department, it all kind of clicked that
maybe this was how I could support agriculture."
Since receiving her master's degree and
doctorate in agricultural education and
communication from UF, Carter made the
transition from student to teacher.
"I think being a student and now a professor
is an opportunity, because I have seen our
department from both sides," she said, "so I have
the perspective of not being far removed from a
One of Carter's goals is to further research
n- Ca^ r on leadership programs that target people in the
agriculture industry.
"No matter where you go, farmers are farmers," she said. "It
doesn't matter whether they are growing 500 acres of potatoes or
5,000 acres of Florida citrus, they still love what they do, even
with everything that is working against them. I admire that, and
that's why I feel like I am in the right position to support their


At Tailgator 2007: Celebrating Champions, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida
celebrated four of its own champions by honoring them with CALS Alumni and Friends awards.


Eubanks received a
2007 CALSAF Award
of Distinction for her
commitment to the future
of agriculture and her
active volunteerism.


Minton received a
2007 CALSAF Award
of Distinction for his
involvement with
agriculture and the
community. He has also
contributed to UF in
numerous ways.


Stice received the 2007
CALSAF Horizon Award
for his outstanding
contributions to Florida
agriculture within 10
years of his graduation
from UF.


King is the 2007-2008
CALSAF Scholarship
recipient. He is an
agricultural and biological
engineering sophomore.
King has interests in land
and water use, as well as
environmental law.

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