Citrus Research and Education Center- News and Information
' January 2001
Volume 18, No. i
In This Issue
CREC Employees of the Year ....... 1
ISC Congress 2000 Wrap-Up ..... 1
Scenes from the ISC Congress 2000
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Jerry Fojtik Retires ....................... 3
for Jerry Fojtik ............................ 3
ISC Congress 2000 Poster Session
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CREC Service Pins ..................... 4
News Around CREC
From Personnel, Welcome, Farewell.
Congratulations, Sympathy....... 5
Diaprepes Task Force Annual
Scientific Meeting .............. .. 5
Citrus Engineering Conference ..... 5
CREC Hosts Open House
Photos, page 6 ......................... 6
Classes at CREC this semester .... 7
More photos from the ISC Congress
2000 ..............7..... ...... 7
For photos of the ISC
Congress, Open House at
CREC and the Staff Meeting.
see pages 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7.
We welcome your contributions
Editor: Public Relations. Monica
Lewandowski; Production and
Distribution: Word Processing,
Barbara Thompson, Supervisor.
Kathy Snyder. Karia Flynn and
Linda Murphy; Customer Service,
Kathy Witherington. Supervisor.
and Nancy Burke.
CREC Honors Employees of the Year
Dr. Uli Hartmond, Kathy Snyder
and Janice Stewart Recognized
Dr. I li HllarurnnJ k fi- accept. a plaque
from last year's Technical Employee
of the Year, Kcll Morgan (right) and
Dr. Harold Bromn nng i center i.
CREC honored three people as 2000
Employees ofthe Year at the Centerwide Staff
Meeting on December 15.
The award winners received a plaque and a
monetary award. They were nominated by their
supervisors and selected by a committee
comprised of past Employees of he Year. The
awards are presented each year to CREC staff
members in Technical, Administrative/Clerical
and Trades categories. Faculty, students,
postdoctoral and visiting scientists are not
eligible for the awards.
Kalh. Snyder was Dr. Harold Broning with Janice
awarded the Administra- Stewart, Trades Employee of the
tive/Clerical Employee of Year. i'/owh hby G Baur.
Dr. Ulrich Hartmond
Dr. Hartmond works with Dr. Walter Kender
on the citrus abscission research r rogTam Dr.
Hartmond was commended for his diverse skills
in plant physiology agronom,. engineering
and computers. He has worked closely with
Dr. Kender on the planning and executing of
their research, and will be a senior author of
three manuscripts and a co-author often other
refereed and two non-refereed journal papers.
The ISC Congress 2000, held December 3-7
at DisneyWorld's Coronado Springs Resort.
drew nearly 1100 participants. "We believe that
this was the largest Congress ever," beamed
Dr. Gene Albrigo, ISC President.
Congress thank-you's were prevalent at the
CREC I holiday StaTl Meeting, as Center Direc-
tor Dr. Harold Browning gratefully acknowl-
edged the extra work and effort put into the ISC
Congress, noting that probably everyone at
the Center played a part.
For photos of the ISC Congress, Open
House at CREC and the Staff Meeting, see
pages 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7.
Dr. Harold W. Browning, Center Director
UNIVERSITY OF citrus Research & Education Center
F O7RDCA 700 Experiment Station Road
SIJJ J Lake Alfred. FL 33850-2299
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Tel. (863) 956-1151
Fax (I6r.1 956-4631
see Emplin c. s. page 4
ISC Congress 2000 Draws
Jerry Fojtik Retires After 35 Years
Jerry Fojlik will retire in
January after a 35-year career
at CREC. "I came to work here
in June, 1965," recalled Jerry.
"I've enjoyed my work, I really
He first worked for Dr.
Robert Brooks, and later for Dr
After Dr. Simanton retired,
Jerry joined Dr. Cla.
McCoy's laboratory when Dr.
McCoy arrived in 1972. "I've
been with him ever since," il
Jerry said, who noted that
he's been in entomology and Building 3 his entire career.
Jerry, originally a Texan, played football for Xavier in Ohio for a
year, before an injury forced an early retirement. He attended junior
college in Texas, then completed his degree at Florida Southern in
Jerr} admits to mixed emotions about retiring and and is making
plans to continue his involvement with some citrus projects. Jerry and
his wife have fi-e children, four in Florida and one in Arkansas. They
also have 01e grandchildren, with whom "I spend as much time as I
Dr. MlcCoy has invited the CREC community to a retirement luncheon
for Jerry on January 19. Please sign up at the Switchboard by January
15 so that we can get an accurate headcount for food and table setup.
ISC CONGRESS 2000
A new offering during the ISC Con-
gress were the Featured Posters.
Each day, a poster in each category
was selected for special recognition
The authors were projected by
videocamera onto a large screen and
invited to speak briefly about their
posters during the afternoon ses-
sion. Above, left, Brandon
Hockema. CREC graduate student
working with Ed Echeverria, was a
Featured Poster winner on Decem-
ber 7. .
Above right: Pete Schmeiser and ,
Dr. Jim Syvertsen prepare for the
video-projection of the Featured
Sunday, Dec. 3 was a busy day at the ISC Congre,' 2000 as presenters set up posters. From
left, J.L. Chandler assisted with the poster session; Dr. Chunxian Chen and Dr. Yuan RSi.L'L.I set
up their posters.
1ri rime wt
LEASE JOIN US TO
CELEBRATE THE RETIREMENT OF
Mr. Jerry Fojtik
Friday, January 19, 2001
11.30 am Luncheon
Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. Citrus Hall
Please RSVP by jan. 15 at the
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Spwq% Res& t
Dr. Dilip Ghosh (above) at the Dr. Fred Gmitter (above left) registers at the Congress with Barbara Thompson (above left) and Angle
Coronado Springs Resonr the assistance of Dr. Uli Hartmond. Grant right were among many people who
worked long hour- at the Congress.
Dr. Gene \lhrtgo t aboh e left) and Dr. Clay
McCoy right) at the Coronado Springs Reso
Dr .- I ri go was the 1SC Congress 2000 Gene
Chair, and Dr. McCoy handled Local Arrange
ments for the event.
Linda Murphy (above) at the
rt. registration desk. Hundreds of
ral participants registered on Sunday.
- December 3. as the event opened
with a Welcome Reception that
Above: a FloridJ fresh citrus fruit display was prominent in the lobby of the Coronado
Springs Resort. Organized by Dr. Rilt Miller. Florida packinghouses donated fruit for the
eye-catching display, which drew onlookers at the Congress. Shelby Graham, Kathy
Miller, 13oh Ioobin, Jack Smoot, Tom Rohncn. Tam Nguc n. Sherrie Buchanan,
Gretchen Baut, Monica Lewandowski and others provided local assistance.
SCENES FROM THE
ISC CONGRESS 2000
Left, ISC President Gene Albrigo add esses
the Concress ;t the Farewell Banquet at the
Disney Coron.do Springs Resort on
December 7 The next Congress will be held
in Morocco in 200-
CREC Employees of the Year: Hartmond, Snyder and Stewart ..... from page I
Lauded as a major asset to the citrus abscission program, Dr.
Hartmond also contributed greatly to the ISC Congress 2000. He
was also commended for his dedication to his work and to the
The Administrative Clerical Employee of the Year is Kathy
Snyder from the Word Processing Department. She was
recognized for her efforts with the ISC Congress 2000, serving as
the primary word processor and program secretary. She processed
over 600 Congress abstracts and did the majority of editing and
formanting for the Congress Program and Abstracts booklet. "She
did an excellent job keeping the ISC Program organized and up-
to-date," said Monica Lewandowski, who noted that Kathy is
current\ editing the ISC Proceedings. to be published this spring.
Kath\ also serves as backup to Barbara Thompson, Word
Processing Supervisor, who noted that she has contributed greatly.
to the ISC and to CR EC.
The Trades Employee of the Year. awarded to a CREC employee
with maintenance, custodial, grove crew or processing pilot plant
duties, was awarded to Janice Stewart. Janice is the custodian
lor Buildings 3 and 35 (east side of Experiment Station Rd ) Janice
was commended for taking pride in her work, and for her remarkable
recovery from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
According to her supers isor. Jeanell Pruitt, she traveled a tough
road to recovery, regaining her strength and learning to %alk
again. "She made it back and is doing a lot of physical work,"
CREC Employees Receive Service Pins
Congratulations to the following employ ees who were awarded
service pins at the CREC Holhday Staff Meeting on December 15:
- 30 Years -
- 25 Years -
- 20 Years -
Margie Wendell i Gmitter Lab)
Kevin Hostler (Alva Lab)
Jerry Dunn I
Kathy Witherington (Cust Scr icel
Jim Vaughn (Groundskccping)
- 15 ears -
Deborah Howd (Brlansky Lab)
Tam Nguyen (Packinghousec
Rudene Scott (Business Office)
Gary Test (Singh Lab)
Above: left to right, Tam Nguyien. Gary Test and R udene
Scotl lacing Dr. B13r.,ning
K. Wiiherington, M. Wendell, J. Vaughn
10 Tears -
Huang Shu iGmitter Lab) .%A
Roy Sweeb (Sa Il an Lab) -
- 5 Tears -
Connie Noxel (Mailroom)
Phillip Mitchrll (Grove Crew)
Troy Gainey (Childers Lab)
Jason Zellers (Dunc an Lab)
Highl Dale Price i far right and Dr. Bront ing (center leill pre.'nl 5-
syear pins to Connie Noxel (I'r left) and Troy Gainey (center righi)
- NEWS AROUND CREC -
Time Cards Due:
Dr. Martin Luther K ing Day Jan. 15
Wedding Bells and
Roy Sueeb and wife Gloria
Diane (Bannwi art) Bright
and husband David Bright
Baby Congratulations to....
Diana and Greg Droudllard,
on the birth of their son
Alexander on Dec. 20,
8 Ibs. I1 oz.
CREC Welcome to...
Thomas Graham (OPS)- Kelly Morgan
Luz Rodrieuez (OPS)- Dr. Childers
Heather Vhaldow (OPS) Dr. Albrigo
Robert Ar\a\ (Bin Sci) Dr. Chung
Dr. Ezzedine Bensalem (IPosdoc) Dr.
S\nipalhy to Ro\\ Hoover on the loss of
his father, to Dr Bill Castle on the loss of
his mother, and to Bill Clayton on the
loss of his father.
Farewell and Congratulations...
Sto Dr. Graham Barrn. who
completed his Ph.D. with Dr.
Bill Castle. He and his wife,
Linda, and daughter Shannon
(below), returned home to
South Africa in December.
DIAPREPES TASK FORCE
February 9, 2001
9:00 am 4:00 pm
Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. Citrus Hall
Open to the public: registration is free.
CREC Contact: Dr. Clay McCoy
The Dinprepes Task Force Annual Scientific Meeting
morning session will feature scientific research
updates on the biology of and management efforts
for the Dmrprerpte root wee il,. an insect pest of
citrus, ornamentals and other crops. The afternoon
session will feature research poster presentations
and offer ample opporrunin, for discussion between
growers, industry personnel and scientists. The
meeting will benefit growers that have a Di~prepi7.
problem or have groves near Dl.prtper-in'cstcd
areas. All those interested should attend to learn the
latest news about this deii tatin_ pest,
CITRUS ENGINEERING CONFERENCE
arch 22, 200oo A. S. M. E.
47th Annual Citrus Engineering Conference
March 22, 2001
Ben Hill Griffin. Jr. Citrus Hall
The program is directed toward the citrus processing industry and includes the
1. Manufairuring Execution Systems
2. Mechanical ilanr e'ing
3. Aseptic quality; critical control points, sampling and testing
4. Preventative/predictive maintenance excellence
5. Ammonia refrigeration: automation and efficiency
6. Evaporator automation
This program provides an es*cellIen opportunity for citrus industry personnel to
obtain current information in all areas ih.r -ilect citrus processing. The program is
sponsored :. the Florida section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Addition information may be obtained by contacting Dr. \ llhJm Miller
i mm r n tal 1 eJu or Ext. 229).
CREC Hosts Open House for the ISC Congress 2000
Nearly 350 people visited CR EC on December 6 as part of the ISC Congress 2000
fe'ti\vities. The event culminated with a BBQ dinner. Special thanks to all those that
assisted with the event! Photos by Gretchen Baul and Monica Lewandowski.
Most of the participants arrived by bus. Tours to local Old photographs, postcards, crate Kathy Snyder i let and Karla
areas of citrus and biological interest were offered as labels and other items were on FI% nn (riegh l greeted guests in
part of the ISC Congress 2000. display in Bl I( G the BUG lobby.
Around the Center....
Above right, Dr. Jim Graham speaks to Several visitors sampled the new citrus Above, Dr. Richard Lee demonstrates Ecoport. a website
visitors in his laboratory, products, on display by the Florida forecological and biologic-il information and data
Department of C(iiru,. (m"" c copnrt coml.
k e, *f
Above, r to 1: Dr. Jodie Whitney, Sherrie Buchanan, Dr. lan Jackson, center, in discussion with visitors Denise Dunn, above clt. with a
Siza Turnbo and Dan Crews demonstrate precision ag about their Diaprepes root weevil research. visitor in Dr. Duncan's laboratory.
equipment and technology.
Classes at CREC This Semester
Citrus Pest Management (PMA 5205) reviews the latest tactics and strategies available to manage
diseases and arthropod, nematode, and weed pests of cirus. Emphasis is given to techniques by
which pest and disease organisms are monitored and how this information is used to e lTcctil el
manage pests with the least risk to the environment.
Students will learn:
Identification and biology of diseases and pests of citrus
Pest and disease monitoring
Ecological and economic principles as a basis for pest management
Economic thresholds and pest management models
Integrated pest management in citrus
PMA 5205 is a graduate-level course offered to Urniersi[\ students and to industry persons
working in the area of Pest Management. It can be taken for University credit (3) or for audit
credit. CE U's will be given. The class will be offered Spring Semester (January 11 May 3, 2001)
at CREC on Thursdays from 3-6 PM in the BHG Teaching Laboratory. For further information,
contact Dr. Larry Duncan at 863-956-1 l 51,or by E-mail at lw dn,; lal ufl edu.
More from the ISC Congress 2000 ....
At CREC via
UIS and World Food Sh stems
(AEB 6225). Tuesday s, 5:00 -
7:00 pm, BHG Confer :nce Room
Dr. Evan Drummond, UF.
Principles of Agribusiness
Management (AEB 3133).
Thursdays, 5:30- 8:30 pm, BHG
Dr. Suzanne Thornsbury, UF
R to L, enin ing the Congress: Hugo Aguilar, Dr. Maria Angclc Dr. Luis Pozo at the poster session. Zhencai Wu sets up his
Ayllon, Dr. Cova Arias, Dr. Jaime Cubero and Dr. Aruro Goldazaren. poster.
More from the CREC Open House ....
Dr. John Jifon disusses his research with Jeanette Barnes hosted visitors in the
a visitor, insectary,
Left to right: Barbara Thompson, Reva Lea- itt and Pat
Paramasivam at the BBQ.
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2 3 4 5
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Citrus Production CCA Training CCA Training
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Holiday meetingiFAS Luncheon for
Martin Luther Computers via Jerry Foltik
King Jr videoconf
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 ".
18 IFAS Computers, Info Tech meeting,
videoconterence. 10 am 12 pm BHG
19 Retirement Luncheon for Jerry Fojtik 1130
am. BHG Rooms 2-4.
Classes This Semester
Citrus Pest Management
Dr. Duncan, Thursdays, 3-6 pm
US and World Food Systems (AEB 5225)
Tuesday, 500 7:00 pm, BHG Conference
Room. Dr Evan Drummond, UF.
Priclptes of Agribusiness Management IAEB
3133). Thursday 5:30 8:30 pm, BHG
Dr. Suzanne Thomsbury, UF IRREC
Saturday 10 Production Managers Meeting
10 00 am 200 pm. BHG Rooms 1 and 4.
11 Supervisors Meeting 8:30 am 12 am
Packinghouse Conference Room
11 Certified Crop Advisors Training 8 a,m 5
pm BHG Room 4
12 Certified Crop Advisors Training 8 am 12
pm BHG Room 4
17 Faculty Meeting 8:30- 10 am BHG Room