Graduate students from the Department of Plant Agriculture were proud to host the first Canadian chapter of the Dupont-Pioneer Symposia Series on Monday, November 14th at the University of Guelph.
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Although the weather outside was brisk, the 2015 Aggie Good Times Banquet inside the Gambrel Barn at Country Heritage Park in Milton warmed everyone’s Aggie spirit. On Friday, January 23rd the Student Federation of the Ontario Agricultural College hosted the evening including fantastic speeches, a finger licking good meal, and a spirited awards ceremony. Every component of the banquet encompassed the strong “OAC family” that Dean Robert Gordon spoke about in his opening remarks.
In 2010, Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) dean Rob Gordon met with Aileen MacNeil, director of the Agriculture Development Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) regarding the challenges the branch was facing with finding qualified employees. While scribbling ideas on a napkin at a restaurant, the two agreed on a partnership where OAC students could learn new skills under the mentorship of both OMAFRA staff and University of Guelph (UofG) professors.
This fall, the University of Guelph's Ridgetown Campus is offering a pilot Student Mentorship Program. This new program will see sixteen alumni mentors matched with sixteen students (mentees). Ridgetown Westag Alumni, who are now experienced industry managers and leaders, have stepped up to the plate to support this learning opportunity.
On the snowy first day of February, the 20th Annual Environmental Sciences Symposium captured the attention of eco-minded students, faculty, and general citizens in the University of Guelph community. This day-long event has become a tradition on campus, incorporating workshops, lectures, and discussion to present a topic that embodies the concerns and interests of environmental sciences students.
Project SOY showcased soy-based projects from 25 students from the Guelph, Alfred, Kemptville and Ridgetown campuses. Sabrina Haerle of Alfred campus won first prize in the diploma category for a soy-based alternative to industrial paper products. In the undergraduate category, second place went to Elizabeth Chan, a food science student, for Soy Pro Muffins.
From the beginning of the Eden Mills Goes Carbon Neutral project, fourth-year environmental science students in the “Project in Environmental Sciences” course have helped the community track its efforts. Over the duration of the project, School of Environmental Sciences professors Andy Gordon, Shelley Hunt, Paul Sibley and Naresh Thevathasan have been involved.
University of Guelph students’ dedication to pulling tractors for kids once a year was honoured at the 2013 Student Life Awards on March 21. The annual Tractor Tug for Tots, organized by the Student Federation of OAC (SFOAC), was one of three winners of the Be the Change award. This year, the students raised more than $6,000 for Right to Play, a global organization using sports and games for children facing adversity.
The Midland Free Press featured School of Environmental Design and Rural Development professor Stefan Bolliger and 45 of his Landscape Architecture (LA) students this week. Bolliger and the students visited the Town of Penetanguishene in preparation for a class project. They are working with local historian David Dupuis to create a heritage park for the 2015 Samuel de Champlain celebration.
The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention is once again presenting a Poster Session at their 2013 conference. The OFVC poster session is an effective venue for researchers, industry and extension specialists to present new information pertinent to Ontario’s horticultural industry.