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Donations to Dean’s Circle Directly Benefit CALS Students BY LAURA KUBITZ T he College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has a new way for alumni to stay engaged with the college, all while helping fund projects and initiatives that directly benefit students. The Dean’s Circle started in October 2011 as the first structured annual fund program for CALS. “Many other colleges at the University of Florida have a Dean’s Circle, and I was surprised to learn there wasn’t an annual fund program already established within CALS,” said Christy Chiarelli, the associate director for development and creator of the Dean’s Circle. “This is a great opportunity for alumni to be able to support their alma mater.” Julie Stocker, BSA ’92 agricultural opera-tions management, was the first alumna to join the CALS Dean’s Circle. Stocker currently works for Syngenta. “The dean has some great visions,” Stocker said. “She wants to develop a program that allows students from differ-ent disciplines to join together to develop innovative industry solutions.” This project is tentatively being called the Dean’s Challenge Curriculum project. The project would bring together students from different areas of study to help determine how to best feed a world population of 9 billion people. “As we all know, food will play a pivotal role in the continued survival of our planet’s people, and this project has the potential to provide usable solutions,” Stocker said. All of the funds collected through the Dean’s Circle will benefit current CALS students. Teri Balser, dean of CALS, will use the money As Dean’s Circle membership grows, so will to meet her most pressing needs, the college’s ability to serve our students. said Chiarelli. Within the Dean’s Circle, there are several giving levels for alumni to consider. Alumni can choose to donate anywhere from $500 to $10,000 annually and have the option to create a flexible payment plan that works with their budget. All donations are tax deduct-ible. Those who join will receive periodic e-mails from Dean Balser about what is going on in the college along with a small token of appreciation that recognizes their membership. Donations to the Dean’s Circle may sup-port student travel abroad, offer incentives to attract and retain innovative faculty, and provide scholarships. This will help provide students tools to lead on not only a local level, but an international level. Also, at any time, the dean has the ability to reach out Julie Stocker, BSA ’92, was the first to members of the Dean’s Circle and ask for alumna to join the Dean’s Circle for the help with projects, shadowing or mentor-College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. ing, which is a huge asset to our students, Stocker said. Those interested in joining the Dean’s Circle can contact Chiarelli at ccw@ufl.edu or visit http://bit.ly/CALS-Deans-Circle. “The Dean’s Circle is an opportunity for CALS alumni to interact with the Dean while providing funds that will directly im-pact and support students,” said Chiarelli. Spring 2012 CALS CONNECTION 5

Donations to Dean’s Circle Directly Benefit CALS Students

Laura Kubitz

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has a new way for alumni to stay engaged with the college, all while helping fund projects and initiatives that directly benefit students. The Dean’s Circle started in October 2011 as the first structured annual fund program for CALS.

“Many other colleges at the University of Florida have a Dean’s Circle, and I was surprised to learn there wasn’t an annual fund program already established within CALS,” said Christy Chiarelli, the associate director for development and creator of the Dean’s Circle. “This is a great opportunity for alumni to be able to support their alma mater.”

Julie Stocker, BSA ’92 agricultural operations management, was the first alumna to join the CALS Dean’s Circle. Stocker currently works for Syngenta.

“The dean has some great visions,” Stocker said. “She wants to develop a program that allows students from different disciplines to join together to develop innovative industry solutions.”

This project is tentatively being called the Dean’s Challenge Curriculum project. The project would bring together students from different areas of study to help determine how to best feed a world population of 9 billion people.

“As we all know, food will play a pivotal role in the continued survival of our planet’s people, and this project has the potential to provide usable solutions,” Stocker said.

All of the funds collected through the Dean’s Circle will benefit current CALS students. Teri Balser, dean of CALS, will Use the money to meet her most pressing needs, said Chiarelli.

Within the Dean’s Circle, there are several giving levels for alumni to consider. Alumni can choose to donate anywhere from $500 to $10,000 annually and have the option to create a flexible payment plan that works with their budget. All donations are tax deductible. Those who join will receive periodic e-mails from Dean Balser about what is going on in the college along with a small token of appreciation that recognizes their membership.

Donations to the Dean’s Circle may support student travel abroad, offer incentives to attract and retain innovative faculty, and provide scholarships. This will help provide students tools to lead on not only a local level, but an international level. Also, at any time, the dean has the ability to reach out to members of the Dean’s Circle and ask for help with projects, shadowing or mentoring, which is a huge asset to our students, Stocker said.

Those interested in joining the Dean’s Circle can contact Chiarelli at ccw@ufl.edu or visit http://bit.ly/CALS-Deans-Circle. “The Dean’s Circle is an opportunity for CALS alumni to interact with the Dean while providing funds that will directly impact and support students,” said Chiarelli.

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