Note from the Program Leader: Celebrate

Brad GreimanCelebrate, celebrate, dance to the music are lyrics from a Three Dog Night song appropriately titled Celebrate. When this oldie but goodie is played at wedding dances, the dance floor is usually packed. I hope you might feel like dancing after you read this edition of The Enthusiast. The stories celebrate the accomplishments and experiences of our amazing students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Many thanks to Ellyn Swanson, a junior in Agricultural Communication and Marketing, for serving as editor of our e-newsletter.

Another reason to celebrate this spring is a new initiative recently announced by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). The CFANS Challenge 500 is the name of this initiative and identifies the college’s increased enrollment target of 500 new freshmen. This is a significant increase from the current freshmen target of 350 students! Please thank Brian Buhr, CFANS Dean, and Mike White, CFANS Associate Dean, for their efforts of working with the Provost to gain approval for this increase. The CFANS Challenge 500 will provide access for more students to join our College and ultimately our Ag Ed and Ag Communication and Marketing majors.

The intent of the word Challenge in the name of the initiative is to challenge alumni and other supporters to be collaborative partners in meeting the goal of 500 new freshmen each year. I would appreciate your efforts to communicate the CFANS Challenge 500 with prospective students and their parents. We welcome more students to our majors as there is a strong demand for our graduates. This is especially the case with the Ag Ed major, as we are unable to keep up with the increasing demand for high school Ag Ed teachers.

Enjoy reading the articles and have a great summer!

-Dr. Brad Greiman, Program Leader