Perspectives Online

Marking major milestones

Dean Johnny Wynne prepares to direct the October signing of the William P. Edwards and W. Parker Edwards Scholarship Endowment. (Read the story here) Photo by Marc Hall

Every year brings significant milestones, but this year it’s particularly true for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Featured prominently in this issue of Perspectives is the celebration of the 100th anniversary of North Carolina 4-H. Cooperative Extension’s youth development and education program began in 1909 in Ahoskie with a corn club for boys (and, within a short time, for girls, too) and has evolved to now include 239,000 young people and diverse and extensive curricula. Here we take a look backward at the rich history of North Carolina 4-H and forward to things to come — including planned centennial commemoration activities.

Our Department of Plant Pathology turned 50 in 2008, but March 2009 is when the two-day celebration of this milestone is scheduled. To mark the occasion, the department that houses one of the largest plant pathology programs in the nation will hold a banquet and scientific meeting. Additionally, a history, From Laboratory to the Field, has been published, which traces the department’s work not only from 1958, when it was formally created, but also includes plant pathology work at N.C. State dating back to 1900.

This new year will find the College playing major roles in Kannapolis at the new North Carolina Research Campus, which recently marked a milestone as it held an open house and dedication of main laboratory and office buildings. That dedication event is reported here along with details about two College programs at work there: the Program for Value-Added and Alternative Agriculture and the Plants for Human Health Institute.

Our College Profile celebrates the career of Sue Counts as she retires as Watauga County’s Cooperative Extension director. She leaves a legacy of dedicated service and innovative programming in farmland preservation, sustainable tourism, sustainable energy, land-use planning, economic and social programs, family and community development programs — a formidable list of accomplishment that is being commemorated with a community development endowment in her honor.

Finally, you’ll see in the Noteworthy Giving news section that our College Advancement Office has much to be proud of going into this new year. N.C. State University’s Achieve! Campaign totaled $1.3 billion in funds raised, and of that the College raised $347 million — the most of N.C. State’s 10 colleges. Furthermore, CALS Advancement’s 2008 fund-raising total of $96 million was a record for the College, the university and any college of agriculture in the nation.

As these funds support scholarships, fellowships and professorships, as well as teaching, extension and research programs, they ensure academic history — and more milestones — to come.

Johnny Wynne, Dean
College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences