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College benefactors celebrated at 2009 Donor Recognition event

Dr. Durward Bateman (left), former College dean, and his wife, Shirley, (right), are joined by Lauren Forbes, a CALS senior in environmental sciences and recipient of a scholarship endowed in the Batemans’ name.

This year’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Donor Recognition event was scaled down a bit in the spirit of economic good stewardship in these budget-watching times. However, the on-campus dessert reception was a hit with the College donors who applauded the frugality and the opportunity to get together with scholarship students and other recipients and to tour the many College exhibits on display in the McKimmon Center on Oct. 25.

“Campfire Delight”, the 4-H centennial ice cream winner, and a bevy of gourmet sweet treats were provided to the guests at the dessert reception.
Dr. Johnny Wynne, dean of the College and reception host, welcomed the donors and thanked them for their outstanding support and leadership. Also present were a number of CALS student scholarship and fellowship recipients, as well as faculty benefiting from professorships and other endowments. 

“Our College is very fortunate to have more than 700 endowments supporting our many wonderful programs and departments,” Wynne said.

“For those of you who have attended the Donor Recognition Gala in the past, you will notice we’ve changed this event a bit,” he said. “We felt it important to provide our donors and recipients the opportunity to meet and socialize at a College event, but in light of the current economy, we felt it appropriate to reduce costs this year. We hope you are enjoying the dessert reception, but most of all enjoying the fellowship and learning about our College by visiting the displays set up around the room.”

Among those displays were exhibits of College-related efforts in farm safety; aquaculture research programs; soil science; watershed management and ecosystem restoration and protection; the 4-H Campaign for the Clover, Museum and History Center and youth educational programs; ice cream production; and Kannapolis-based “N.C. MarketReady” and “The Produce Lady.”

In closing, Wynne told the group, “In these especially hard times, your investments and efforts are more critical than at any time in our history. You are the difference in making our College not just a good College but a great College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.”

Terri Leith

Dr. Ken Esbenshade, CALS associate dean and director of Academic Programs, greets one of the College’s benefactors at the Donor Recognition Reception at NCSU’s McKimmon Center.

At the 2009 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Donor Recognition event, Dr. Tom Losordo, professor and Extension aquaculture specialist in the CALS Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, tells guests about the sturgeon in the aquarium, part of an exhibit of his work with aquaculture systems for raising sturgeon for caviar.

N.C. State freshman and 4-H member Michael Atkins shows reception guests some of the biofuels experiments 4-H’ers conducted during their N.C. Youth Science event in October.