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Our Sympathies: Stephen Reynolds

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Stephen Reynolds, a PhD student in the Department of Plant Agriculture, on September 21.

A celebration of life is planned for Thursday, Sept. 29 in Windsor. Condolences to Stephen’s family may be shared through an online memorial site. Campus flags will be lowered to half-mast on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in Stephen’s honour.

OAC Prof Among Eleven U of G Research Projects Awarded Federal Funding

The federal government will invest more than $1.1 million in 11 University of Guelph research projects, ranging from clean energy to food spoilage to Indigenous environmental health. 

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will fund the projects through its  John R. Evans Leaders Fund, which helps universities recruit and retain outstanding faculty and provides researchers with infrastructure required to become leaders in their fields. 

2022 Faculty Awards Presented

The annual OAC Faculty Awards were presented at the OAC Welcome Back BBQ held on September 20, 2022. Each year, the OAC Alumni Foundation presents the G.P. McRostie Faculty Award to a faculty member who plays a significant role in education and the OAC Alumni Association chooses three faculty members who have made outstanding contributions in teaching, research or extension. Congratulations to all recipients!

2022 OAC Staff Awards Presented

The annual OAC Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards were presented at the OAC Welcome Back BBQ held on September 20, 2022. These staff awards recognize excellent work performance, willingness to help others, contributions toward the betterment of workplace operations, and efforts in making OAC a better place to work overall. The recipients of these awards are nominated by their colleagues. Congratulations to all recipients!

Our Sympathies: Freeman McEwen

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Freeman McEwen on September 16, 2022. Freeman was Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College from 1983 to 1990. He also served as head of the Department of Entomology from 1968 to 1971 and then as the first head of the Department of Environmental Biology from 1971 to 1983.

Our sympathies: Dr. Gopinadhan Paliyath

It is with deep sympathy we share the passing of Dr. Gopinadhan Paliyath, a professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture, on September 11, 2022.

Funding for Student-Led Agriculture & Food Communication Projects

Funding is available to support OAC students in the completion of self-directed communication projects focused on agriculture or food extension. Successful applicants will receive $1,350 to complete their project, as well as coaching and mentorship from the OAC Dean’s Office communications staff. Projects must be focused on knowledge extension in the areas of food and/or agriculture and be connected to the research/teaching activities of the Ontario Agricultural College. The projects will be student-driven under the guidance of the OAC Dean’s Office communications staff.

Food Security, Sustainable Farming the Aims of New Chair at U of G

Growing crops more efficiently to ensure food security while keeping soils healthy are key goals of a new faculty chair funded this year at the University of Guelph.

The Martin and Denise Pick Family Chair in Sustainable Cropping Systems will be supported by a $2-million gift to the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), along with funding from OAC and an anonymous bequest.

Our Sympathies: Ben McFadyen

It is with deep sympathy we share the passing of Ben McFadyen, a Master of Science (Plant Agriculture) student, on August 29, 2022. A celebration of life for Ben will take place at McIntyre & Wilkie Funeral Home in Guelph on Thursday, Sept. 8 starting at 10 a.m. Campus flags will be lowered to half-mast Sept. 8 in Ben’s honour.

Our Sympathies: Luke MacDonald

It is with deep sympathy we share the passing of Luke MacDonald, a student entering his third year in environmental sciences, on August 10, 2022. A celebration of life will take place in Toronto on Thursday, Aug. 18. Campus flags will be lowered to half-mast on that day in Luke’s honour.

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