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CALS students raise funds for LSU hurricane victims

Presenting their contribution to Dean Johnny Wynne (center) for Hurricane Katrina relief were (from left) students Chelsea Bradshaw, Edward Stephens, Ginny Stephens, April Madison, Emily Weston, Heather Latta and Jason Thornton.
Photo by Daniel Kim

In November, CALS students led by April Madison, president of the AgriLife Council, presented Dean Johnny Wynne a check for $4,000 to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. The check represents funds collected by the AgriLife Council - which consists of two representatives from each College of Agriculture and Life Sciences departmental student club - and students in ALS 103, the College's introductory agriculture and life sciences topics course, as well as donations from outside sources. Because N.C. State is a land-grant university, the CALS students decided to reach out to families and students at sister institutions in Louisiana. They learned that Louisiana State University had established an AgCenter Relief Fund to assist area research and extension employees affected by the hurricane. Trey Williams, executive director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation, worked with the AgriLife Council to see that donations will benefit AgCenter families. Responding to the students' efforts, Williams wrote, "On behalf of Chancellor Bill Richardson and the rest of the LSU AgCenter family, I can't begin to tell you how appreciative I am to you and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State. The devastation left by Hurricane Katrina has left many of our research and extension agents homeless. Thanks to the generosity of this financial contribution, many of our agents can begin to rebuild their lives."

-Terri Leith

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