September-October 2008

Fall Seminar Series - Feeding the World: Are We Making Progress?
"Uganda: ISU Student Service Learning" an ISU student presentation facilitated by Dr. Gail Nonnecke, Professor of Horticulture and Dr. Lee Burras, Professor of Agronomy, at ISU, will be the focus of the first installment of the Fall 2008 Seminar Series on September 9, 12 - 1 p.m., in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall. The series is sponsored by the M.E. Ensminger International Chair in Animal Agriculture, Raymond and Mary Baker Chair in Global Agriculture and the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods.

Stories of Teaching and Learning in Study Abroad Seminar Series
Faculty and staff program directors will share their experiences as leaders of Study Abroad programs at two upcoming seminars entitled, “What We Learned by Leading Study Abroad Programs”

Wednesday, September 17, 12-1:30 p.m., Pioneer Room, Memorial Union
John Wong, Business
Eldon Uhlenhopp, Veterinary Medicine
Andrew Manu, Agriculture and Life Sciences
Moderator: Christine Gemignani, Study Abroad Center

Tuesday, September 23, 12-1:30pm Pioneer Room, Memorial Union
Nancy T. Guthrie, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Study Abroad Center
Denise Bjelland, Global Agriculture Programs
Mark Bryden, Engineering
Moderator: Shelley Taylor, Global Agriculture Programs

This series is sponsored by the Study Abroad Center, Global Agricultural Programs, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and Phi Beta Delta.

Box lunches will be provided to those who contact Jodi Cornell by September 10.

Study Abroad for Agriculture and Life Sciences Unveils New Logo
Check out the new logo for the College study abroad office! It was created by then student Andy Devries while working in the office developing promotional materials. It is intended to communicate the search for global adventure that our students complete on a study or work abroad program.

ISUAbroad Offers New Application Process to Study Abroad Programs
Beginning August 25, students interested in study abroad will be able to apply for Spring 2009 programs using an on-line application called ISUAbroad. This campus-wide initiative is a Web-based system that will ease the application process for students and allow better access to applicant information for study abroad staff and program directors. ISUAbroad includes a sophisticated searchable catalogue of study abroad programs, electronic brochures, e-references, and a database system that will enable university officials to keep better track of students and programs. Familiarization workshops are being planned for program directors and administrators. For questions on this new application process, please contact Shelley Taylor or Jodi Cornell in the Ag Study Abroad Office.

Summer 09 and Fall 09 Study Abroad Proposal Due Dates
Professors and/or staff who are interested in leading a Summer 2009 program, please remember that the Program Planning and Approval Form has to be submitted to the SAEAC by October 1, 2008. The submission deadline for Fall 2009 study abroad proposals is January 1, 2009. Please note that the Program Planning and Approval Form has been updated with a new format and self calculating budget so please download the most recent version at  Please contact Shelley Taylor if you have any questions or need assistance filling out the form.

52 Students Take College of Ag and Life Sciences Study Abroad Programs This Fall
52 students will study abroad through 4 travel courses sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences this fall.

Extended Graduate Field Trip to the Sonoran Desert of Baja California, Mexico, - John Nason and Jeanne Serb (EEOB)

International Biology Field trip to Antarctica - Carol Vleck and David Vleck (EEOB)

Exploring Ecosystems Exploitation, Degradation and its Restitution in Southern and Northern Ghana - Andrew Manu (Agronomy)

Tropical Agricultural Production, International Business, and Trade in Panama - Russ Mullen, Ebby Luvaga, Eduarda Becerra (Agronomy, Ag Business and Global Agriculture Programs)
Note: The Panama program is still open for more applicants until September 15, 2008.

6 Student Travel Consultants Hired by the Ag Study Abroad Office
Funded by the Culture Corps Grant (sponsored by International Students and Scholars Office and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs), the Ag Study Abroad office hired 6 CALS students to work as student travel consultants for the 08-09 academic year. They are:

Adam Ebert – Ag Business
Alexandra Reyes – Animal Sciences
Amie Johnson – Biology
Elly Sukup – PSA
Min Ban – Ag Business
Samuel Bird – Ag Business

These student travel consultants will help the office promote international education among CALS students as well as encourage and recruit more students to study abroad.

International Visitors to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dates of Visit


Visitor(s) Department/Contact
July, 2008 - June, 2009  South Korea (Yeungnam University) Dr. Li

Dick Schultz

August 21 - 24  Thailand (RGJ Ph.D. Program) Aran Patanothai
Kosan Kusamran
CALS Administration
David Acker
August 21 - 26  Brazil (University Federal da Grande Dourados) Walber Gavassoni Seed Science Center
Gary Munkvold
August 22, 2008 - February 22, 2009  China (Zhejiang University) Zhou Jiehong Economics
Robert Jolly
August 22, 2008 - August 26, 2009  China (Hebel Economics and Trade) Ma Yanli Economics
Robert Jolly
August 27  Uruguay 22 farmers GAP
Eduarda Becerra
August 27  Mexico 6 farmer union members GAP
Eduarda Becerra
September 2 - 30


Natalia Mortola
Carlos Irutia

Antonio Mallarino
September 6 - 12  Bulgaria (Trakia University and Ministry of Agriculture) 4 faculty members
2 government officials
Ramesh Kanwar
September 26 - December 3  Argentina Nicolas Dagna Agronomy
Antonio Mallarino
October 1, 2008 - March 31, 2009  South Africa (Animal Production Institute) Mahlako Makgahlela Animal Science
Max Rothschild
October 8 - 18  Uganda (CSRL) 3 participants GAP
Denise Bjelland
October 8 - 23  Uganda (VEDCO) 1 participant CSRL
Robert Mazur
October 10 - November 21  India (Borlaug Fellows Program) Amaresh Nayak
Nila Rekha Peter
Ramesh Kanwar
October 13 - November 21  India (Forestry Program) 3 participants NREM
Dick Schultz
October 20  Japan (J A Fukushima) 11 farmers Animal Science
Colin Johnson

 Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?

  • Raymond Arritt, Agronomy, Switzerland, invited presentation at international conference
  • Bruce Babcock, Economics, Brazil, participate in international conference
  • Diane Birt, FSHN, Germany, participate in international conference
  • Robert Burns, ABE, Brazil, participate in international conference
  • Anna Butters-Johnson, Animal Science, Brazil, participate in international conference
  • Joe Cortes, Seed Science, Kenya, project follow-up
  • Jack Dekker, Agronomy, Italy, Denmark, France, present paper at international conference; project follow-up
  • Steven Freeman, ABE, Ukraine, project collaboration
  • Mark Gleason, Plant Pathology, France, participate in international conference
  • David Hannapel, Horticulture, Argentina, project collaboration
  • Adela Ida Harries, Seed Science, Kenya, project follow-up
  • Jay-lin Jane, FSHN, Singapore, project collaboration
  • Stephanie Jung, FSHN, Portugal, participate in international conference
  • Russell Jurenka, Entomology, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Ramesh Kanwar, ABE, Thailand, project follow-up; attend international conference
  • John Mabry, Animal Science, Australia; Thailand, research; project collaboration
  • Michael Owen, Agronomy, Honduras, teach; lead symposium
  • Palle Pedersen, Agronomy, Denmark, teach
  • Jill Pruetz, Anthropology, Slovenia, research
  • James Reecy, Animal Science, England, invited presentation at international conference
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, Bulgaria, Uganda, invited presentation at international conference; project collaboration
  • Patrick Schnable, Agronomy, France, invited presentation at international conference
  • Kenneth Stalder, Animal Science, Brazil, Thailand, invited presentation at international conference; project collaboration
  • Douglas Stokke, NREM, China, Korea, project collaboration
  • Hongwei Xin, ABE, Brazil, Japan, participate in international conferences; research

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