CALS Connection — Fall 2011
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Letter From The Dean


One of the most important things about coming to a university, particularly a land-grant university, is the exciting range of opportunities offered. College is so much more than a collection of classes that combine to make up a major. It is a time to grow and explore.

The people you meet and your extracurricular activities can help define the path for the rest of your life. How many of us still remember the answers to the midterm exam of chemistry 1025? But how can we ever forget the road trip we took with the entomology club to bring the world of insects to a local high school, or the visit to Auburn to discuss the situation in Haiti and engage in a coffee-selling competition?

The more than 5,000 College of Agricultural and Life Sciences students enrolled today have the opportunity to study abroad, engage in research, take classes on almost any topic imaginable, hone their leadership skills or join a number of student clubs – to name just a few of the possibilities. There are opportunities to learn, to grow, to make friends and to meet world-class researchers. Academically, CALS students can choose from among 21 undergraduate majors and 23 graduate programs.

Personally, students have the chance to meet people from more than 88 countries, 47 states and Washington D.C. CALS is truly a place where anything can happen!

In this issue, we highlight some of the many opportunities available. We have new majors in the works, including the recently launched plant science major. The Agronomy-Soils Club and local gardeners are hard at work in the Student Agricultural Gardens, and the Entomology Club continues its excellent outreach work. We make note of new distance education courses, internships in Alaska and finally, opportunities to do research in the Everglades. Clearly, CALS is a very special place with a lot going on, and we hope you will enjoy reading about all the opportunities available here. I also invite you to come visit, get involved and create your own opportunities…

Go Gators!

Teresa Balser Dean