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UT CASNR Chronicle, from the desk of Caula Beyl, Dean of the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources


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Celebrating Our New Name with a Vol Tradition

The Rock at the University of Tennessee is a billboard for good causes, special occasions, and momentous news. Students in the UT Herbert College of Agriculture celebrated all three when they gathered September 6 to show their spirit and excitement for the College's new name. Environmental and soil science major Will Shavers (class of 2019) began painting the rock at midnight and continued to 6 a.m. The students knew to arrive bright and early, before the Rock could be painted yet again, for formal photographs and plenty of selfies. We would like to share the special moment with you.



Unlimited Opportunities

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My Summer Was Transformational

Students view the summer months as an opportunity to explore, put into practice what they have learned in theory, and thrive. Seven Herbert College of Agriculture students share their recent adventures and impacts. The stories they tell will take you to Australia and Africa, to a prestigious arboretum at Harvard, and to farms in Tennessee and Kentucky.

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A Soil Judging Student & Coach Share an International Win

For many, a trip to Brazil sounds like vacation, but for Herbert College of Agriculture student David Gentry and his coach, senior lecturer Andrew Sherfy, traveling to Brazil was the chance of a lifetime to win the international competition in soil judging, and win they did.

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Values That Passed from Father to Son, and Now to Outstanding Student

Dr. Bobby Phillips had good reason to look up to his father. As a teacher and community member, Robert A. Phillips was vital to the West Tennessee towns in which he lived. Now a scholarship in his memory is giving a hand to a first-year student in Herbert who is well-positioned to follow in his footsteps.



Happenings in Herbert

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Have International Interests? Mark Your Calendar

On October 16, the new Peace Corps Prep certificate program at UT formally launches. The program is housed within Herbert.

Looking ahead, join us on November 16, when the Smith Center for International Sustainable Agriculture marks its own formal beginning through its official launch. Established by UT alumni Donnie and Terry Smith, the Smith International Center aims to advance the international engagement of UTIA by empowering faculty, staff, and students to think and act globally in pursuit of sustainable solutions to our world's agricultural, food, and natural resource challenges.

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New Student Success Advisors in Place

Two academic departments have added new student success advisors. Meet Cody Harrison of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science and NaQuaina Moore of Animal Science shown here enjoying a light-hearted moment at the Rock with Sharon Couch, center, coordinator of Herbert student life and diversity programs.

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Together We Grow

Together we grow. Together. It means faculty, staff, and students and alumni located across the state of Tennessee and beyond. It means you, your neighbor, your friends. Together includes all of us. September 22, 2018, marked the public launch of UTIA's most courageous campaign ever. Together We Grow has the ambitious goal to raise $175 million by the year 2022 from nonpublic sources to extend Real. Life. Solutions. to new generations. It's a big goal because we see the need for big growth so we can address big issues and opportunities. We need your help to get there. Just as drops of water can form a mighty river, when we work together, we can achieve spectacular heights. Visit together.tennessee.edu to find out how to get involved.

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We have only been the Herbert College of Agriculture for about three months now and as I reflect on the happenings in the College, I am very proud that we bear that name. It seems particularly fitting that the College is undergoing its five-year review this month and that we will be receiving the feedback and input of several distinguished and esteemed reviewers under our new name. The strategic plan that will develop as a result of the review will be our first under the new name and we look forward to the future!




Caula Beyl,
Dean, Herbert College of Agriculture

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