Perspectives Online, The Magazine of The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Summer 2009 Issue

Real World Solutions

In May, Dean Johnny Wynne (left) hosted a reception honoring Randy Canady (right) and his wife for their creation of a new scholarship endowment in the College. (See the Story)
Photo by Marc Hall

At a June gathering of the university community to welcome Dr. Jim Woodward, N.C. State’s new interim chancellor, Woodward told the group that our university is “the most important institution in the state” in terms of the value of its programs to the future of our state. Certainly, in these times of economic challenges, our state’s citizens are dependent upon the university and this College to listen to the needs of the state and respond with real world solutions. More than ever we are counted upon to offer the solutions that make an impact in the areas of economic development, preparing leaders, environment and energy, health and well-being and educational innovation.

This Summer 2009 issue of Perspectives again shows how the College is answering that call, and, significantly, our students play prominent roles.

Dean Wynne inspects a plant for sale at the JC Raulston Arboretum’s spring Gala in the Garden. For more on this and other spring (and, soon to come, fall) events, see Perspectives Latest News online.

Photo by Becky Kirkland

A particularly good example is the feature “Poised for Impact.” This article presents seven research projects entered by CALS students in the university’s Graduate Student Research Symposium — research that promises to make health, economic, environmental and educational impacts upon the state. Also exemplifying our preparation of students to be future leaders is news about Kristy Kenney — a CALS Food Animal Scholar, Wolfpack women’s basketball player and May graduate — who is headed for the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine to become a large-animal vet.

Public schools in Wake, Lee and New Hanover counties have benefited from innovative educational programs in nutrition, water quality practices, environmental design and crop production shared by our research and Extension faculty members. Local foods and food safety, renewable energy, pest management, green industry research, storm-water management and agritourism are also among the areas of College activity you’ll learn about in this issue. All are areas of importance to the state and its citizens.

One other note: You perhaps have noticed that this is but the second issue of the magazine you have received this year. To conserve resources and address the current economic challenges, we have cut our print version of Perspectives from four to two issues a year, the Summer and the Winter. During the spring and fall news periods, news articles are being posted online to a page called Latest News, accessible via a link on the Perspectives magazine Web site The site also features our current issue, along with archives of past magazines.

This way we can serve our readers who prefer their news in print form or do not have online access, while bringing news of the College on an ongoing and timely basis between issues to online readers. If you prefer not to receive a print issue and just want to view Perspectives online, please contact the editor with that request.

We plan to continue to serve the communication needs of our alumni and clientele and report to you our research, teaching and extension efforts as we persevere in our efforts to fulfill our land-grant mission.

Johnny Wynne, Dean
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences