Perspectives Online

Earning Appreciation

Dr. Johnny Wynne,  with Eric Brinsfield
Dr. Johnny Wynne (right), here with Eric Brinsfield, one of the College's 2004 Outstanding Alumni Award winners, became the College's 11th dean in December.
(Photo by Becky Kirkland)
Hurricanes Frances and Ivan this past September brought death and destruction to North Carolina. In this issue of Perspectives, we tell you about the rescue, relief and recovery efforts of Cooperative Extension personnel in the western counties devastated by the winds and floods that washed away millions in crops and sent deluges through homes, fields, roads and businesses. Whether braving floodwaters to move livestock, helping growers estimate damage sustained or delivering disaster preparedness, cleanup and recovery guidance, Extension agents and volunteers were there with helping hands and pertinent information

In times of crisis and in good times, as our College faculty and staff move about the state, we often hear words of gratitude and encouragement from citizens who appreciate what the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences does for them.

Often those comments pertain specifically to this publication. At the 2004 N.C. State Fair livestock showing competition, one parent of a Pitt County 4-H'er commented on how useful the magazine is in providing information for her daughter and other high- and middle-schoolers to use in reports for science classes. At fall media training sessions for statewide Extension staff, attendees stood and expressed thanks to Communication Services Department staff for producing a publication that can be displayed with pride at county Extension centers. And at our November Donor Recognition Gala, a frequently given comment was how well the magazine represents our College.

We are pleased to hear from our readers and encourage your response. We intend that each issue will be useful, informative and inspiring, as we bring you the news of our research, extension and academic programs.

This issue, among a variety of research news inside is a feature on Dr. Steven Clouse, professor of horticultural science, and Dr. Michael Goshe, professor of biochemistry. They are conducting plant proteomics research, studying the role of naturally occurring plant hormones that bind with cellular proteins and regulate growth. From our academic programs, we offer a look at recent study-abroad programs, at Career Services "Kick Start" seminars and at the Extension experiences of a Philip Morris intern. And featured here are Cooperative Extension's roles in helping a Transylvania County family implement a conservation easement and in guiding an Avery County landowner as he becomes a Christmas tree farmer in his retirement years.

Along with reports about our students and our faculty are several stories about alumni from across the state. The richness and diversity of our College and its 22 departments are reflected in those articles.

We hope Perspectives includes something engaging and informative for everyone among our readers and will continue to deserve and evoke your appreciation.

Johnny Wynne
Interim Dean, College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences