CALS Connection — Summer 2013
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Letter From The Dean
Teri Balser

Success Comes in Many Forms

Students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences have many opportunities to enhance their education with organized activities both inside and outside the classroom. Hands-on experiences make our students competitive for a variety of professions or continued studies after graduation.

Stories in this issue of CALS Connection focus on student success – whether that be reaching out to a new audience of students through Coursera and distance education or a particularly successful graduate student who has served his home country while at the same time researching jaguars, one of the keystone species in wildlife conservation. Our students participate in innovative classes that give them the kinds of hands-on experiences that will one day be valuable on a graduate application or resume and events such as AgFacts Day help them to gain an understanding of related industries.

I hope you will enjoy learning about just a few of the opportunities that make CALS uniquely focused on helping our students in this issue of CALS Connection. If you know students who would like to become a part of CALS, please direct them to for more information.

Go Gators!
Teri Balser, CALS Dean