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Table of Contents
Letter from the Dean.................................
CALS Students Attend
USDA Conference...................................
CALS Alumna Becomes
Disease Detective..........................................
Achieving and Attaining Excellence...........
Back in the Saddle.....................................
Cooking for a Cause.................................
FYC Puts the Hands in
Hands-On Learning..................................
In the Loop............................ ..............
Student-Produced Videos Promote CALS
Undergraduate Programs...........................
CALS Leadership and Scholarship
Aw ards................................. ................
Alpha Zeta Takes Home
Founders' Cup........................................

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Letter from the Dean

The legislation that created what is
now the University of Florida includes
the Morrill Act of 1862, the Hatch Act
of 1887 and the Smith-Lever Act of
1914. These three acts of Congress set
forth a system of public universities
that have as a part of their mission to
serve the people of the states. More
recently, major universities have
broadened that thinking to literally
serve the entire world. The College
of Agricultural and Life Sciences, as
a part of the UF Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences, holds true to
the mission of education for all, sound
research and extending knowledge to
and serving the public at-large.
Students in CALS have opportunities
to earn degrees and start down a career
pathway of service to humankind.
Degree programs, minors and
specializations in CALS can lead to
professions, to social agencies, to
politics, to leadership opportunities in a
variety of fields. All students, however,
are challenged and encouraged to
develop skills that will be useful
to society. Those competencies are
identified by employers and graduate
and professional schools as key factors
for success. Developing and enhancing
those skills can be achieved through
formal courses and through programs



that are available in a wide variety
of ways, including clubs, Solutions
Seminars, internships and foreign
Many CALS graduates continue
on the path of service through
national programs that are designed
to improve communities and lives
throughout the world. Peace Corps,
Teach for America and AmeriCorps
are just three examples of how our
graduates give back to society as
they prepare for the next phase of
their careers. Hopefully, every CALS
graduate leaves the University with
competencies to serve, as well as the
desire to be a caring and concerned
cili/cn of the global society.



CALS Students Attend USDA Conference


sponsors 15 to 18 juniors and seniors U.S. agricultural system. Both
to attend the two-day forum. students said events such as the
Food and resource economics Agricultural Outlook Forum are
associate professor James Stems important for students to gain a
attended the forum when the Student better understanding of the industry.
Diversity Program was first started "To me, agriculture is a very
and wondered why the University of rewarding career, and I think that
Florida was not represented. He then programs, such as the forum,
led the effort to encourage CALS are extremely important for
students to submit applications to the policymaking," Watson said. "I was
program. very interested to hear what the
Students write a one-page essay on new Secretary of Agriculture, Tom
the topic of agriculture as a career Vilsack, planned to do for the future
choice. Because of the exceptional of domestic agriculture."
quality of their essays, Stems said, Essay submissions for the Student
McWaters and Watson both were Diversity Program are usually due in
nominated by CALS to attend the October, with the forum taking place
conference, and both were selected in February.
to attend. Students must submit their
Jonathan Watson
"The forum is a great opportunity essays to the program's on-campus
for undergraduates," Stems said. coordinator. In 2008, Stems
T wo College of Agricultural and "It was a great experience for both coordinated the UF portion of
I Life Sciences students gained Jonathan and Kati to learn about the event. Currently it is being
a more in-depth understanding of what is happening in agriculture at a coordinated by agricultural education
American agriculture by being national level." and communication professor
selected to participate in an all- McWaters' father is an agriculture Ricky Telg.
expenses-paid U.S. Department of teacher in Okeechobee, Fla. She
Agriculture program. said he influenced her passion to
Agricultural education and be an advocate for agriculture.
communication senior Kati The forum allowed her to network
McWaters and food and resource with agricultural producers and
economics senior Jonathan Watson policymakers from around the
were two of 18 students selected country.
from across the country to attend "Attending the forum opened
the USDA Agricultural Outlook many doors for me," she said. "I had
Forum's Student Diversity Program the opportunity to meet and converse
in February in Arlington, Va. with many of the leaders in the
The Agricultural Outlook agricultural industry."
Forum, in existence for almost 90 Watson, the son of two
years, brings together producers, veterinarians, said he found the
policymakers and government forum's speakers to be educational.
agency representatives to exchange He even had the opportunity to share
ideas and discuss issues related to his opinions about the agricultural
the U.S. agricultural industry. The industry at the conference.
Student Diversity Program was McWaters and Watson attended
created three years ago to increase sessions on obstacles and
I Il the present and future diversity of opportunities to the agricultural
participation in the forum. USDA industry and ways to improve the Kati McWaters


like Elaine Turner [CALS associate global eradication of smallpox and
dean and professor] and Lynn Bailey discovering how the AIDS virus was
[food science and human nutrition transmitted.
professor]." Today, EIS officers are fighting
"People [in CALS] are doing stuff a wide range of medical problems,
to improve the world around us, so including bioterrorism, tobacco use
having mentors like that makes you and the obesity epidemic.
follow your passions." Although Foltz always planned
Another CALS mentor was her on pursuing medicine, she said she
father, John Foltz, an associate didn't want to do something that
professor emeritus in the department dealt with actual clinical practice.
of entomology and nematology. "I liked the idea of the science of
Foltz conducted research in medicine and working with people,
M medical mystery TV programs population dynamics of forest but I never pictured myself working
such as "House" are insects affecting trees, potentially in the clinic every day," she said. "I
popular with many people. Now influencing his daughter's interest in went into pediatrics and realized I
one University of Florida graduate population health. couldn't take care of children in the
will be playing the role of a real-life "Her interest in community health 15 minutes that you spend with them
medical detective. and acting at the level of populations in a clinic visit. There are things
Jen Foltz is helping the U.S. relates to my interests in forest from the environment that they live
Centers for Disease Control and entomology, what's happening over in or from policies that affect their
Prevention solve some of the world's the wider area and why do we see health at school."
dangerous medical Foltz researched
mysteries through the childhood obesity as part of
Epidemic Intelligence "People [in CALS] are doing stuff her fellowship.
Service. to improve the world around us, so "A part of the reason
Foltz's time at UF hving mentor s like that makes youI went into pediatrics
and the College of having mentors like that makes you is because a lot of it is
Agricultural and Life follow your passions." preventive medicine," Foltz
Sciences introduced her Jen Foltz, CALS Alumna said. "I can affect more of
to inspiring mentors who health besides just in the
encouraged her to follow clinic, because I want to take
her passion for nutrition through the differences, and what we can do to care of their health and lead them to
EIS. manipulate it," he said. have healthy lives."
A native of Gainesville, Fla., In July 2009, Foltz began a two- Certain diseases, once thought of
Foltz graduated from UF with two year assignment with the EIS. Prior as only adult diseases such as Type 2
bachelor's degrees in food science to that she lived in Rochester, N.Y., diabetes and high blood pressure, are
and human nutrition and in zoology working as an academic pediatric being seen in children.
in 1998. She then completed medical fellow. Most EIS officers are assigned
school and her residency at UF. The EIS was established in 1951 to CDC headquarters, while some
Foltz's extensive studies weren't under the U.S. Centers for Disease spend their two years in state or city
the only things to help prepare her Control and Prevention following departments of health.
for the EIS and her current research the beginning of the Korean War "I hope to prevent chronic
in pediatrics and population health. when biological warfare and man- disease or just make a difference in
"The University of Florida has made epidemic threats were on the our environment," Foltz said.
encouraged a lot of things other than rise. Since then, EIS officers have
just my classes and bookwork," she helped combat major epidemics
said. "I also had wonderful mentors, all over the world, including the

Achieving & Attaining Excellence

The College of Agricultural and the program include automatically grade point average of 3.75.
Life Sciences is home to the qualifying for UF Latin honors Participants in the program are
only upper division honors program upon successful completion of the required to complete nine to 10
at the University of Florida. program and gaining a competitive credit hours of both pre-determined
The program is designed to help edge over other students going and program-approved honors
students work towards a higher level into post-graduate occupations or courses, maintain an upper division
of excellence through a variety of graduate school, Rieger said. GPA of 3.75 and complete an
classes and tasks, said the program's Participants in the program are honors thesis to graduate as a CALS
director, CALS Associate Dean Mark also able to work one-on-one with Scholar.
Rieger. UF professors and mentors, which Students who are invited into the
Rieger schedules challenging, allows them to build valuable program are considered to be "the
cutting-edge classes designed to contacts, he said. cream of the crop" academically,
complement the coursework for Students must qualify to take part Rieger said. Being a part of the
students seeking CALS majors. in the honors program by declaring CALS Honor Program allows them
"We try to make this program work a major, completing one semester in to make a valuable investment in
effectively," Rieger said. CALS, accumulate between 60 and their future, he said.
The benefits for students who enter 90 credit hours and have an overall


ago, this is the first time in nine years
that a full year of competition was
planned," said assistant professor
Chad Carr, the team's advisor.
Graduate student and team coach
Travis Arp kept team members
S prepared with weekly practices. They
traveled statewide to various county
Stairs and ranches to keep their eyes
sharp, Arp said.
"We got to see some really high-
end ranches," he said, "and we
visited some of the really elite
producers in the country."
Arp started working with the team
at the end of the fall 2008 semester.
The spring team consisted of five
members including, Audra Colgan,
The 2009 Livestock Judging Team includes (from left) J.R. Richburg, Richelle Miller, Crystal Hale, J.R.
Crystal Hale, Assistant Coach Brett Wheeler, Richelle Miller, Audra Richburg and Will Sapp. Assisting
Colgan, Will Sapp and Coach Travis Arp. Arp with the coaching was Brett
The team's season began in
The University of Florida's place at the Dixie National Livestock January and ran through the spring
livestock judging team made Show in Jackson, Miss., in February. semester with Colgan and Miller
its strongest showing in nine years "Although UF competed at the (Continued on the next page)
when the team brought home sixth Dixie National Contest two years competing at one fall contest.

Both competed as individuals at that we got to see," Arp said. revival of the livestock judging team,
the Keystone International Contest in Colgan said she also enjoyed the elaborated on the helpful industry
Harrisburg, Pa., where Colgan was travel, but that she really appreciated experience that team members' gain.
fifth highest individual overall and the experiences she gained through "Regardless of whether you're
Miller placed 17th overall, the team. talking about livestock, horse or
During the season, the team "After graduating, I plan meat judging, those experiences are
traveled to places such as San on becoming a food animal pretty unique in that you get such
Antonio; Jackson, Miss.; Houston, veterinarian," Colgan said. "A lot of intense training," Carr said.
and Harrisburg, Pa. the ailments that you see on these "There is no other opportunity in
Arp said that the opportunity to meat animals come from structure; any club or any class through which
travel was his favorite aspect of this so this experience helped me to you would gain the understanding of
experience. evaluate structure and see where the our industry that you gain through
"A lot of these kids don't get the animals might have lameness." participation on these teams."
opportunity to travel to these places Carr, who Arp credits for the

Cooking fora a.

O ne College of Agricultural Because of the legal issues cafeteria at P.K. Yonge.
and Life Sciences student surrounding the handling and The chapter runs two cooking
organization is taking the phrase redistribution of food, it was not until and two delivery shifts per week.
"waste not, want not" seriously by spring 2009 that the chapter became Campus Kitchens is currently
reclaiming food from the University officially affiliated with the Campus serving five community groups in the
of Florida to feed the mouths of Kitchens national organization. Gainesville area.
some of Gainesville's less fortunate. Participating in the tedious start- In addition, one goal of the
The UF chapter of Campus up process taught Johnson valuable organization is to offer unemployed
Kitchens is helping feed the lessons about persc \ chance men and i omen the opportinit\
Gainesville community with recycled "Bcin' able to start solunctllll,. to \ olutcr % ith the oranization.
food. heann_ the \ ord 'no and still become certified in Sci\ Safe i'
"We take leftover food donated making it happen has been an protocol and gam a set of skills that
to us by a variety of sources around imminsce larnin: expcelnce can bb used in the job imarkct
Gainesville, and redistribute it to for Ic and has stirenthened n .. For students there are nlllumrous
the hungry, said Nicole Johnson, professional 'oals. Johnson sid.. \as to beconi in\ oh cd in the
president of UF's Campus Kitchens A reason for the dela\ is that organization. say.s Nlclahoni
chapter and management senior. hosting a Canapus Iitchens chapter i\'e need to be responsible I
Campus Kitchens first came to at a ini\\ requires kitchen stewards to reduce hiin'cr in Alacllia
UF in fall 2006. Two students from space. a great deal of cooperation CountI." said klrlahon "JLst as
outside disciplines seeking a minor ithl the administration and a CALS reaches out to thle state. \\ c
in family, youth and community hi'h lc\ cl of trustworthiness. a\s ar doing' the same thing at alocal
sciences began the accreditation Johnson LF is currently\ the lari'et Iel"
process and found that the mission of unni ersit\ housing' a Camnpus Accordin to Jo hnson. an one
the organization best fit with that of Kitchens chapter. who becomes Im\ ol\ d witli CampLus
CALS. The chapter goes to different Kitchens \\ ll not Lg a\\a\ n cimpty-
"We (in CALS) are about serving organizations that have committed handed
people who are hungry, and hunger is to participating and plans a menu gBe ing ol cd (\ ith CampusJ
an issue that goes across all areas of based on what is a\ ailable Tie Kitchens) has a tremendous impact."
agriculture, food and nutrition," said organization currently prepares Johnson said.
Pamela McMahon, senior lecturer in and stores its food in the basement "It is great to know that with a
the food science and human nutrition kitchen of the Reitz Union before little bit of time and effort, you can
department and co-adviser of UFs it is redistributed. When the make a tremendous difference in a lim
Campus Kitchens chapter. organization formed, it was using the person's life."

lC VL4 4e Ha if Hanon Lein

O ne family, youth and contacted me. She has 80 youth, for everyone," said family, youth and
community sciences course and they need structured activities," community sciences senior Melissa
has incorporated a learning activity Fogarty said. "I thought that I Hurst.
that immerses "But the children
students in local were very energetic so
youth development it was still a lot of fun,"
work. said Shelby Hicks,
FYC assistant family, youth and
professor Kate community sciences
Fogarty said she undergraduate.
was inspired by "Each group of
a speech from a students went on 14
Louisiana State different days to either
University professor the Majestic Oaks
who spoke at the neighborhood on
2008 College of Wednesday evenings
Agricultural and or the Tower Oaks
Agricultural and evelOne of the groups from FYC 3201 poses with some of the youth they or the Tower Oaks
Life Sciences' interacted with for the day at the Tower Oaks Glenn Apartments. The neighborhood on
Teaching goal of this group's project was to teach the youth about healthy eating. Thursday evenings.
Enhancement Fogarty said her
Symposium about students got something
incorporating service learning could incorporate this into my class out of the service-learning project
activities into course curriculum. and provide a youth development besides a grade.
Fogarty took the presentation to experience." "Once the students were there,
heart. Students were divided into even students who don't normally
"I work in Cooperative Extension groups of 10, and each group had to participate much were engaged.
and 4-H youth development, and incorporate one life skill to focus on When they were with the youth, they
I often keep my practice side when volunteering with the kids. were on," Fogarty said.
of working with 4-H and youth "This wasn't my ideal experience; "The service learning project really
directly separate from my teaching I would have preferred for my helps the students to get experience
life because that's my extension students to volunteer consistently putting together and designing a
life," Fogarty said. "But I realized with the same youth over time lesson that they actually get to try
putting those together makes a huge so they could build relationships out and learn from," Hurst said.
difference when you are talking with them," Fogarty said, "but the "It helped me figure out what age
about youth and hands-on work with students ran with the assignment. groups I'm good at working with."
them." They had to come up with their own While the students were making
The service learning project curriculum and lesson plans, and friends and teaching the youth,
in the FYC 3201: Foundations they all did great." Fogarty was creating a memorable
of Youth Development course The students were faced with experience for her students.
required students to volunteer in two several challenges while working The service-learning project in the
neighborhoods of Alachua County, with the youth, she said. One in Foundations of Youth Development
where the highest rate of 911 phone particular was the age difference course was an opportunity for
calls are received. among the youth. students to apply what they learned
"Leesha London, a police officer "The kids ranged from very young in class to a real-world situation right
in Alachua County who works to much older, so it was difficult to in their own community, Fogarty
with these after-school programs, find one activity that was appropriate said.

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A local scholarship
one student the op
to spend her fall semester
a U.S. Congressman at hi
Ashley Allen, an agricu
education and communic
senior at the University o
Gulf Coast Research and
Center in Plant City was
as the fall 2009 Carl B. L
Legislative Internship Prc
Scholarship recipient.
The scholarship was esl
by Florida Farm Bureau i
Carl B. Loop, Jr. who ser
Farm Bureau Federation
from 1983 to 2006. It pro
undergraduate and gradual
in the College of Agricult


Twenty-eight student
an agricultural educ
and communication course
produced promotional vid
undergraduate programs
the College ofAgricultur
The videos will be used
recruitment tools for CAI
departments to promote tl
undergraduate programs t
school and community co
Students produced the
in AEC professor Ricky 1
Digital Media Production
fall 2008. Telg approach
Director of Student Deve
and Recruitment Charlott
with the idea of producing
to reach a broader student
"We did not have stude
videos to recruit other stu
or to let people know wh
here in the College of Ag
and Life Sciences or in ar

has given Life Sciences with financial resources graduation, Allen says the internship
)portunity to complete a legislative internship at has also shown her the importance
aiding the local, state or federal level, of educating the public on legislative
s district Since May, Allen has been issues.
interning with Congressman Adam Allen has used her education
ltural Putnam's District Office in Bartow, background to help people
action Fla., and will continue through understand what is happening in
f Florida December. Allen is currently Washington, D.C., she says.
Education gathering research. "Receiving the scholarship and
chosen "I am archiving every article, that taking the internship has allowed me
oop, Jr. mentions his (Putnam's) name since to make sense of the world from a
gram 2001," said Allen. "So far, I have political standpoint versus only from
filled 40 notebooks with over 600 the classroom," Allen said. "I believe
tablished articles." the experience has made me a more
n honor of In addition to her research, well-rounded educator."
ved as the Allen answers the phone, talks For more information on the
president to constituents and assists with application process, contact Cathy
vides legislative activities. Herren Carr, Director of Alumni and
ite students With the hopes of becoming Career Services.
ural and an agricultural educator upon

uced videos promote CALS undergraduate programs
ts in the departments," Telg said, "so I video production skills needed to
cation met with Charlotte Emerson and shoot and edit a video, Telg said.
e mentioned to her the idea we had "I thought the hardest part of the
leos for about the videos." process was the editing," said Dara
Offered in "(Recruitment) comes better from Strickland, a student in the digital
al and Li fc sdents. somlctles. than a parent media course. "But I did like how
0o profes.sor.i Eicrson said "\n' Di Tclg threw us into the process so
as time \ ou can get the prspx'%cti c \L c Icould learn as we went."
S of current students. that al\ a\ The malor goal of the project was
heir inirgus other st ntos or potential to promote undergraduate programs,
o lhi students Emerson said.
lletce The initial gioup of LindcigadLate "\\-c anted to show what the
pro,'rain \i decos included ag nciltinal colhlc'g is about," she said.
video and biological enlinlccrini. A Ithough the subject matter for
el's a'Inclltiual education and each \ video was different, they shared
coillrs in colllnnication. animal sciences. coinnmon themes and graphics to give
d CALS entollllog and nlellatolo,\. fanil\. tlhni a standard look, Telg said.
lopment \outhi and coiniunit\ sciences. Tlh departments featured already
e EmeIIson food sceincc and human initrtionl ha\ c made use of the videos.
g thle \i deo horticuiltial scicnccs, landscape and "I think the students enjoyed
t audience. nursery horticulture; agronomy; and making something that has real
nt-produced soil and water sciences. world use," Telg said.
dents The video production process The videos can be viewed at
it we do taught students how to obtain
ricultural information, develop scripts and I
ly of storyboards, and incorporate the

College of Agricultur

Amie Marie Taylor I Alumni and Friends Leadership Award
Amie Taylor graduated with a B.S. degree in animal sciences and agricultural
education and communication in 2009. An Alachua County native, she is active
with the Alachua County Cattleman's Association and the Alachua County Youth
Fair and Livestock Show Association. Dr. Edward Osborne, chair of agricultural
education and communication, said, "Amie is a joy to get to know and work with
in any project. She's an initiator, doer and supporter of others great leadership
traits in any setting."

Jocelynn M. Ortega I Larry J. Connor Medal of Excellence
Jocelynn Ortega, from Miami, is a dental student who completed I
her B.S. degree in food science and human nutrition in 2009.
Jocelynn has been an active leader and volunteer with Friends for !
Life of America and Pre-Dental ASDA. She also has extensive
research experience in the zoology laboratory of Dr. David Julian
who says, "She is extremely bright, absolutely reliable, caring and
compassionate, generous with her time and energy, modest about her
(remarkable) accomplishments, and patient."

Stephanie S. Stopka I E.T. York, Jr. Medal of Excellence
Stephanie Stopka, from Gainesville, is a senior pre-medical student majoring
in food science and human nutrition. Stephanie serves as a volunteer lifeguard
for Camp Boggy Creek and Endeavor Sports: Adapted Aquatics and traveled
to Peru on a medical mission with UF Heal the World. Also, she was selected
to participate in the Summer Institute in Anatomy at Johns Hopkins School of
Medicine. Dr. Susan Percival, professor of food science and human nutrition,
describes Stephanie as, " amazing young woman ... selfless and
completely dedicated to helping others live better lives."


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Andrew James Migliaccio I J. Wayne Reitz Medal of Excellence
Andrew Migliaccio received a B.S. degree in food science and human nutrition.
He was president of Heal the World and volunteered with Interface Youth
Program, where he spent time each week with runaway teens. Andrew is also
an accomplished researcher, having worked in the laboratory with Dr. Susan
Percival, professor of food science and human nutrition for more than two years.
Dr. Percival cites his, "... global awareness, academic excellence and acceptance
of diverse populations" as key elements of his personality and his success.

Karen J. Cannon I Jack L. Fry Graduate Student Teaching Award
Karen Cannon is seeking a Ph.D. in agricultural communication. Karen was
chosen as lead instructor forAEE 3033C: Research and Business Writing. She
taught more than 100 students and supervised three teaching assistants. Karen
views her role as a teacher to be not only a guide in the process of learning,
but also a facilitator of imbedding knowledge gained into the context of life.
Drs. Ed Osborne and Tracy Irani of the department of agricultural education
and communication wrote, "Although she's just beginning her college
teaching career, Karen has demonstrated excellent potential as a future faculty

:al and Life Sciences
... Sebastian Galindo-Gonzalez I Jimmy G. Cheek Graduate
* * Student Medal of Excellence
S,. a# Sebastian Galindo-Gonzalez received a Ph.D. in extension education
|sm in 2009. Originally from Mexico, Sebastian is currently developing an
undergraduate course titled Leading Personal and Organizational Change
46 e to teach spring 2010. According to Dr. David Sammons, director of IFAS
S' International Programs, "It was evident that his leadership in that course
e has been met with enthusiasm from his students ... Sebastian's teaching
style creates an open and inviting classroom."

I e Dr. Angeleah A. Browdy I Undergraduate Adviser of the Year
i._ Dr. Angeleah Browdy is a lecturer in the food science and human
kho np *S nutrition department where she teaches a course in food sicence. Dr.
S" Browdy has worked with students through advising, Preview orientation
"/. ( I ,and serving in the UF Minority Mentor Program. Dr. Browdy's ultimate
goal is "... to empower students to be self-directed in all aspects of
decision-making that will be necessary to navigate a successful academic

Christine A. Holyoak I Undergraduate Adviser of the Year
S' I Christine Holyoak is an undergraduate program administrator and
Academic adviser for the microbiology and cell science department,
* ~ advising more than 800 undergraduate students. Ms. Holyoak strives
. to provide her students with "... a home base so they don't feel like
small fish in a big sea." Students describe Ms. Holyoak as insightful,
understanding, engaging, responsive and involved.

Dr. Pamela S. McMahon I Undergraduate Teacher of the Year
Dr. Pamela McMahon is a senior lecturer in the food science and
human nutrition department and is director of the Didactic Program
in Dietetics (DPD). Dr. McMahon teaches two key DPD courses: DIE
3310: Community Nutrition and DIE 4125/4125L: Foodservice Systems
Management and Laboratory. Students value Dr. McMahon's patience,
professionalism and tireless efforts to help them succeed.

Dr. Eboni J. Baugh I Undergraduate Teacher of the Year
Dr. Eboni Baugh is an assistant professor in the family, youth and
community sciences department where she specializes in family
life and exploring relationships between ethnic identity and eating
disorders. Students describe Dr. Baugh as approachable, humorous, fair
and enthusiastic. Dr. Baugh says she wants to "... plant the seeds that
education cultivates, supports and nurtures."

Dr. James W. Jawitz I Graduate Teacher/Adviser of the Year
Dr. James Jawitz is an associate professor and graduate coordinator in
the soil and water science department where he works in the area of
environmental hydrology. Julie Padowski, one of his students, writes,
"Dr. Jawitz invests himself wholeheartedly in his students; he always
provides each student with guidance, encouragement and challenges they
have needed to pursue and enjoys projects that push the boundaries of
what they know."

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