Dustyn Nelson is active in the plant and flower shop, UConn Blooms. In addition, he advocates to state legislators for agriculture education. Here is what he said in an interview.
What is your major? Why did you choose this major? I am a horticulture major. I have been passionate about horticulture since I was young. My family has been involved in the horticulture industry for many years. My grandfather was a horticulture extension agent at UConn and owned a retail nursery. My father had a landscaping company, and my uncle is a turfgrass breeder. I went to an agriculture high school in Litchfield, CT and picked up horticulture naturally.
Name two or three activities, internships or jobs that have enriched your studies. I work at The Garden Barn Nursery in Vernon, Connecticut. I do a little bit of everything, but my official position is IT manager. I work on advertising for the nursery and a marketing campaigns where we send out coupons and postcards to help expand our customer base. I also work on graphic design for the nursery. I am able to take my practical business sense with what I have learned in the classroom and apply it in useful ways. I use critical thinking skills and assist the customers. (more…)
Thinking globally and acting locally are ongoing components of what the College does. Now, it has a new person to help it broaden its thinking and acting at UConn and in the world. Filling the newly formed position of assistant dean and director of global programs is Mary Holz-Clause. She plans to help the College “develop a comprehensive program of discovery, teaching and outreach for global agricultural initiatives.”
Holz-Clause is starting by meeting with faculty and staff to learn what global programs exist within the College and to hear ideas for the future. She draws on her past international experience and sees herself in the roles of assisting the College’s faculty and being a contact for global issues. (more…)
Each year, the College reports to the Connecticut Governor’s Office and the General Assembly on the research activities of the Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station. The resulting publication is the Highlights of Research and the Storrs Agricultural Station.
As its name implies, the report gives highlights of some of the College’s numerous research efforts as well as data for the year. The 2013 edition profiles the research of eight faculty members and one graduate student. For those who are interested in facts and figures, there are plenty. 143 faculty members. 587 meeting presentations. 19 PhDs awarded. $15 million spent for research activities.
“The highlights provide a nice snapshot of the diversity of research programs in CANR and also show our development of the next generation of scientists through the training of graduate students,” said Cameron Faustman, associate dean for research and advanced studies and the associate director of the Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station. Faustman oversees the Office of Communication’s production of the report. (more…)