CALS Connection — CALS Connection - Spring 2012
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Letter From The Dean

Engage and Give Back

We often forget to stop and think about how lucky we are to be Gators and to have (or have had) access to all the University of Florida has to offer. In our last issue, we highlighted some of the many opportunities in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. CALS students have the opportunity to study abroad, engage in research, take classes on almost any topic imaginable, hone their leadership skills or participate in a huge selection of student clubs – to name just a few of the possibilities.And while college is a time to take advantage of these opportunities, it is also a time to reflect on who we are and who we are becoming. More than just a collection of “activities,” the opportunities available in CALS are an invitation to engage fully with the campus and community. When we do so, we often grow in unexpected ways. Further, it is a chance to give back to those who helped us along the way and to pay it forward to those who need our help.

In this issue, we highlight some of the many ways that CALS alumni and students are engaged and giving back. The CALS Ambassadors – who give willingly every day – visited China.A new program, the Dean’s Circle, allows our alumni to give back and support student programs. Some of our excellent food science and human nutrition graduate students are giving back with a curriculum to help children eat well and be active.Agricultural education students and alumni are covering Union County High School football on the radio. A CALS alumnus, Barrett Keene, is walking across the country to raise money for orphaned and abandoned children.

These and many more stories demonstrate the ways that CALS is engaged globally and across Florida. I invite you to become engaged with us and make a difference!

Go Gators!

Teresa Balser