Perspectives Online

The spirit of giving

Dean Wynne and his wife, Jackie, who together funded a new scholarship endowment, greet guests at the 2005 CALS Donor Recognition Gala, where the College kicked off its Achieve! fund-raising campaign.
Photo by Becky Kirkland

At its annual Donor Recognition Gala September 25, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences celebrated the extraordinary generosity and leadership of benefactors who support the College's scholarships, professorships and research, extension and teaching programs. The gala also kicked off the CALS Achieve! campaign, our part of the university's comprehensive fund-raising campaign that was publicly announced three days earlier.

The Achieve! Campaign for N.C. State is a historic $1 billion universitywide fund-raising effort that will ensure our ability to transform lives for generations to come through truly innovative teaching, research, extension and public service.

The College's campaign goal is $275 million, the largest in the history of any U.S. land-grant college of agriculture. As Joseph O. Taylor, co-chair of the CALS campaign, announced at the gala, the College reached more than 62 percent of that goal during its "silent" phase. This issue of Perspectives brings you details about the College's fund-raising efforts, new endowments and the specific individuals and programs involved.

The generous spirit celebrated at the donor gala is also at work in many College programs and in the outreach efforts of our faculty, students and alumni.

"Helpful Hands, Healing Hearts" is an operation in which North Carolina Cooperative Extension and 4-H joined forces to help Gulf Coast victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The volume of donations collected and funds raised by the project has made this the largest 4-H community-service project in the state since WWII.

Alongside that story are reports of fund-raising and supply-collection efforts by our CALS students to bring relief to Extension families and to animals in the devastated regions. The assistance provided by College alumna and CNN associate producer Sara Lane, part of Anderson Coop-er's reporting team in Mississippi and New Orleans, is chronicled here, as well.

In New Hanover County, we take you to the arboretum at the county's Cooperative Extension Center, where the unique Ability Garden program offers accessible and beneficial gardening activities - horticultural therapy - to those who are physically or mentally challenged. The program has become a model for other Extension centers, public gardens, schools, camps, hospitals or nursing homes. Working with the Ability Garden this past summer, a CALS graduate student compiled a manual for creating a horticultural therapy program.

With these stories and other news of the sharing of research-based knowledge by our campus and field faculty, this first issue of 2006 takes the spirit of giving into the New Year.

Johnny Wynne, Dean
College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences