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Meet Lizzie, OAC Grad

Lizzie Chan is a recent graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College. This newbie graduate is now working in food research and development. During her time on campus, Lizzie was actively involved, participating in various events and competitions, but still found the time to enjoy the Guelph campus. Lizzie recently shared her thoughts with us on her program, U of G and her plans for the future.

Symposium Becomes a Tradition in Animal Welfare Research

At times researchers can become so involved in their own research projects that they don't get a chance to see what their fellow experts are up to. On May 15, the 6th Annual Animal Welfare Symposium at the University of Guelph provided that chance for animal welfare researchers.

Seeing Student Designs Come to Life

It’s not everyday that class projects come to life, however for 55 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) students this is indeed the case. In 2015, the Town of Penetanguishene’s will celebrate the historic landing of Samuel de Champlain on their community’s shores 400 years ago on August 1, 1615. To commemorate this, and the fact that the town is one of the oldest in Canada west of Quebec City, the town formed a Champlain Penetanguishene committee which will oversee the celebrations.  For inspiration, the committee invited the class of BLA students to re-imagine the town’s waterfront and downtown space as a class project.

Spanish Study for APS PhD Candidate

Emily Miller-Cushon has been experiencing a “whirlwind of change” in the past three weeks. The OAC PhD candidate has taken her work across the Atlantic to Spain with the aid of the Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program. A PhD candidate in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science, Emily has been studying animal behavior with Professor Trevor DeVries. Her research specifically focuses on the effect of early management factors on the development of feeding behaviour in dairy calves.

Third Year Student Receives Diamond Jubilee Medal

Initiative can provide a student with a world of opportunity. In the case of OAC student Michelle Arsenault, her initiative also benefitted the communities and environment around her, and her community noticed. This past year, Michelle, who is currently enrolled in her third year of the Crops, Horticulture and Turfgrass Sciences program, was honoured with a Diamond Jubilee Medal for her advocacy for greener living.

Fourth Year OAC Student Wins CYSA Competition

Lydia Harrison, a fourth year OAC student, is the winner of this year’s Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture (CYSA) senior competition. The competition, which took place on November 3 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, features young people from across the nation speaking on topics in Canadian agriculture.

Making and Breaking Traditions

For first year Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) student Carrie Davenport, plowing competitions are all about making and breaking traditions. Carrie may be the 4th generation in her family to take part in plowing competitions, but this year she became the first woman to hold the title of Junior Canadian Plowing Champion.

Meet an Aggie – Ashley Knapton

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the Aggies. “Aggies” is an old but still thriving nickname for students of the OAC. If you’ve been around any of our campuses you may have seen the infamous leather jackets with OAC Aggies stitched across the back. Aggies are well known for their spirit and today I’d like to introduce you to one of the most spirited of them all.

Asparagus: Beyond Millennium

Asparagus is a plant with a pace all its own. On a hot day the stalks can grow six inches, yet it can take up to twelve years to develop a new variety at the University of Guelph’s Simcoe Research Station.

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