CALS Connection Winter 2012/2013 : Page 2

LETTER FROM THE DEAN A Year of Celebration T his has been a year of celebration and engagement in all the areas that make this a great college. The college is at the heart of the threefold land-grant mis-sion of teaching, research and Extension. And in this issue we celebrate the ability to reach a growing number of students and learners with our expanding online pres-ence. The college is also able to offer degrees in a wide range of areas in food, health and the environment. In the area of food science and human nutrition we learn about how one student gives back to underserved populations in rural areas and how another is now a physician for Congress. Other articles focus on students getting out of the classroom and engaging hands on with their learning. Finally, CALS students have been active in bridging the gap between research-ers and the public. These and many more stories demonstrate how CALS is engaged across Florida and the U.S., making a difference. We have a lot to proud of, and I invite you to stay tuned for even more great news in the months ahead! Go Gators! Teri Balser, CALS Dean TABLE OF CONTENTS 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 12 FSHN Student Takes the Fast Track to Underserved Medicine CALS Distance Education Expanding Students Learning, Growing and Getting Their Hands Dirty From CALS to the Capitol AEC Students Bridging the Gap Between Researchers and the Public Getting Students Out of the Classroom and Into the Lab 2011-2012 Scholarship and Leadership Awards Horizon and Distinction Award Winners Editor: Gretchen Wulff Adviser: Cathy Carr, Director, Alumni and Career Services and Communication Services Cover photo: iStockphoto.com 2 Cals ConneCtion Winter 2012/2013 Designer: Stacey Jones, IFAS Information

Letter From The Dean

A Year of Celebration

This has been a year of celebration and engagement in all the areas that make this a great college. The college is at the heart of the threefold land-grant mission of teaching, research and Extension. And in this issue we celebrate the ability to reach a growing number of students and learners with our expanding online presence. The college is also able to offer degrees in a wide range of areas in food, health and the environment. In the area of food science and human nutrition we learn about how one student gives back to underserved populations in rural areas and how another is now a physician for Congress. Other articles focus on students getting out of the classroom and engaging hands on with their learning. Finally, CALS students have been active in bridging the gap between researchers and the public.

These and many more stories demonstrate how CALS is engaged across Florida and the U.S., making a difference. We have a lot to proud of, and I invite you to stay tuned for even more great news in the months ahead!

Go Gators!

Teri Balser, CALS Dean

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/Letter+From+The+Dean/1308018/145215/article.html.

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