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2009 Resource Development Awards presented, 4-H fund-raising campaign announced at annual foundations luncheon

Displaying their 2009 Resource Development Awards are Courtney Autumn Parnell (left), president of the CALS Agri-Life Council; Dr. Jeffrey Hinshaw, Department of Biology; Dr. George Barthalmus, professor emeritus of zoology; and Marcy Bullock (below) of the CALS Career Services.(Not pictured is Dr. Thomas Losordo, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.)
All photos by Becky Kirkland

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented its 2009 Resource Development Awards April 8 during the annual joint luncheon of the N.C. Agricultural, Dairy and Tobacco Foundations at the N.C. State University Club. The awards, sponsored each year by the N.C. Agricultural Foundation Inc., recognize faculty, retired faculty and staff members, as well as student organizations, for outstanding efforts in raising funds in support of College programs. At the same time, Dr. Johnny Wynne, CALS dean, and Larry Wooten, N.C. Farm Bureau president, announced the Campaign for the Clover, a five-year fund-raiser launched in support of North Carolina 4-H and in celebration of the program’s centennial anniversary.

Dr. Thomas Losordo, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and Dr. Jeffrey Hinshaw, Department of Biology, were honored with the Faculty Resource Development Award. Dr. George Barthalmus, professor emeritus of zoology and former director of CALS Academic Programs, received the Retired Faculty Resource Development Award. And Marcy Bullock of the Office of Career Services in CALS Academic Programs received the Staff Resource Development Award. The student organization award winner was the CALS Agri-Life Council, represented by Courtney Autumn Parnell, club president, and co-advisers Dr. Andy Hale, professor of biological and agricultural engineering, and Anne Porter of CALS Advancement.

Wynne presided as he and Nevin Kessler, vice chancellor for university development, presented plaques and monetary awards to the winners.

Marcy Bullock
Through a combination of joint and individual projects, Losordo and Hinshaw have brought in more than $5,022,000 in corporate and foundation contracts and grants. In addition, they have attracted hundreds of thousands of dollars in corporate gifts in support of their aquaculture research and extension work.

Barthalmus, who returned after his 2001 retirement to work in N.C. State’s Office of Undergraduate Research, composed a murder-mystery novel. After working with the N.C Agricultural Foundation to publish the book, he is donating all the proceeds to benefit his life sciences scholarship endowment in the College. More than $17,000 has been raised to date, through fundraising and book sales, with additional printing runs planned for the future.

Over the past three years Bullock has led the CALS Career Fairs that have raised more than $10,000 to support Career Services. She also has obtained sponsorships for Career Services’ programs, totaling more than $16,000 in outright and in-kind gifts during this past year.

Since 2007, the Agri-Life Council has raised more than $12,000 in sponsorship dollars and in-kind gifts for its Masquerade Ball. The 2009 ball was so successful that the Council voted to create a new CALS Agri-Life Student Leaders Annual Scholarship. In addition, with the Ag Institute Club, the Agri-Life Council took on a leadership role in the creation and fundraising efforts for the Lynn and Beth Turner Student Leaders Scholarship Endowment. The Council has pledged to support this endowment through an annual $1,000 gift to the endowment.

Prior to the awards presentation, foundations board members heard from Steve Troxler, state agriculture commissioner, who said, “These are perilous economic times across the state. I’ve never seen a time when it was more important for us to be united in the cause of agriculture, especially agricultural research.”

Then Wynne invited the group to attend the 4-H Centennial Homecoming July 21 during 4-H Congress and introduced Wooten to talk about the Campaign for the Clover.

“The goal is to raise $11 million over the next five years,” said Wooten, campaign co-leader. Adding that agriculture and agribusiness will be major players in the success of the campaign, Wooten said, “We’ve got to make this happen to make sure 4-H is here for another 100 years.”

– Terri Leith