OCTOBER 3, 2007

Good morning! Here's a brief look at news from the College of Agriculture:

* FarmLinks is calling all golfers
* And speaking of golf . . .
* Catch the bus to Sunbelt Expo
* Come to Comer for World Food Day Teleconference
* One month and counting to Ag Roundup '07
* AU equestrians bolt out of the starting gate
* Back for an encore: The Market at Ag Heritage Park
* Funds available for international travel support
* PICTURE THIS! picks Patterson
* Stay secure with super-safe password
* Ag scholarships set a record
* AU Bass Club reeling in new members
* Mullen featured speaker in Discover Auburn series
* Bergen brings home research honor
* Bartol tells Germans about relaxin research
* Fisheries seminar Friday
* Microsoft Office 2007 available


FarmLinks is calling all golfers
The fifth annual Henry P. Orr Memorial Golf Classic is slated for Thursday, Nov. 8, at FarmLinks Golf Course on Pursell Farms in the Talladega County town of Fayetteville. Registration begins at 10 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Cost to enter is $250 per player, which covers golf, cart, driving range, lunch, social, tee prizes, beverages and a rib-eye dinner. All proceeds for the tournament and a silent auction to be held during the afternoon support the Henry P. Orr Endowed Fund for Horticultural Excellence at Auburn University. In its first four years, the tourney has raised more than $57,000, which has gone to fund educational opportunities beyond the classroom for students in AU's Department of Horticulture. Registration deadline is Nov. 2, but the tournament's limited to 120 players, so register today. For more details, contact Katie Hardy in the college's Development Office at 844-1475 or hardykc@auburn.edu.

And speaking of golf . . .
For tournament action a little closer to home, the College of Agriculture and the Lee County Auburn Club are co-sponsoring the Dean's Scholarship Scramble on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Auburn University Club, with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. The entry fee of $100 per player includes 18-hole green and cart fees, use of driving range, arrival gift, lunch and awards reception. All proceeds will go to the Auburn Club's Academic Scholarship Fund, with the goal of providing a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student from every high school in Lee County. For details, contact Katie Hardy at 844-1475 or hardykc@auburn.edu. The deadline for registering is Friday, Oct. 19.

Catch the bus to Sunbelt Expo
If you want to go to the 2007 Sunbelt Ag Expo but dread the 160-mile drive to Moultrie, Ga., take the bus. The College of Ag has lined up a 47-passenger one that will head out early Wednesday, Oct. 17, and pull back into town around dusk. Cost is $25 per person. See Megan Ross in the Dean's Office (107 Comer) to reserve your space. This year's Expo runs Oct. 16-18 and promises to live up to its reputation as the largest farm show in the Southeast. Admission is $7.

Come to Comer for World Food Day teleconference
Be in Room 109 of Comer Hall Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. if you want to participate in a three-hour World Food Day teleconference that will feature a panel discussion and a couple of films, followed by a question-and-answer session. Get details on the event at the World Food Day Web site, www.worldfooddayusa.org. Anyone interested in submitting questions should contact Kelley Terry at 844-3209 or terrykl@auburn.edu beforehand so that necessary equipment will be available.

One month and counting to Ag Roundup '07
It's a little early yet, but go ahead and make plans to head to campus a few hours before kickoff on homecoming Saturday, Nov. 3. That way, you'll have plenty of time to tank up on the virtural plethora of fantastic foods you'll find at Ag Heritage Park and the 28th annual Fall Roundup and Taste of Alabama Agriculture, sponsored by the College of Ag and the AU Ag Alumni Association. Ag-related businesses and organizations interested in reserving an exhibit space - for free! - can call 844-3204 or 844-3596 for details. Call those same numbers, too, if you've got items to donate to Roundup's live and silent auctions, proceeds from which go toward College of Ag scholarships. Roundup will be from 9 a.m. to noon; admission is $5, with kids under 6 admitted free.

AU equestrians bolt out of the starting gate
It came down to a tiebreaker, but the Auburn University equestrian team defeated a tough South Carolina team at the Auburn Equestrian Center Saturday (Sept. 29), giving the Tigers a perfect 2-0 start to the 2007-08 season. Auburn opened the season Sept. 21 with a convincing win over Texas Christian University. The team's 39 members come from across the Auburn campus, but the lion's share are College of Ag majors. They include, in Ag Econ, Chelsea Anheuser, Jennifer Barbero, Jessica Braswell, Annie Loar, Ashley Milton, Avery Sams and Mary-Elsye Winchester; in Animal Sciences/Pre-Vet, Amy Bohan, Mary Casey, Bailey Dymond, Shannon Hinton, Jennifer Jordan, Rebecca Rifkin and Kimberly Tidwell; in Animal Sciences/ Equine Science, Lindsay Rane and Sarah Whitaker; and, in Agronomy, Kim Pope. And, by the way, head coach Greg Williams is a 1986 Animal Sciences alum. The Tigers' next home meet is Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m., when they'll take on the Kansas State Wildcats. That's an off week for football, and admission is free, so be there.

Back for an encore: The Market at Ag Heritage Park
The Market at Ag Heritage Park's 2007 season will officially come to a close this month with two fall farmers' markets, slated for Thursday, Oct. 11, and Thursday, Oct. 18. Along with many seasonal vegetables, you'll find honey, goat cheese, baked goods, stone-ground grains and more. Hours both days are 3-6 p.m. For more information, touch base with Katie Jackson at 844-4887 or smithcl@auburn.edu.

Funds available for international travel support
Faculty members and graduate students in agriculture or natural resources have until Wednesday, Oct. 31, to apply to the College of Agriculture's York International Scholars Program for financial support to take their research, teaching and outreach programs to developing countries next year. Endowed by E.T. and Vam York, the ISP is designed to help give participants international experiences that will better prepare them to deal with the global nature of agriculture and natural resource issues in the world today. For a full description of the program and the format for submitting proposals, go to http://www.ag.auburn.edu/oia/faculty/ISPProposalGuidelines.php. The Oct. 31 deadline is for funds to support international activities and travel in the spring and summer of 2008. For more information, contact ISP Committee chair Ken McNabb at mcnabb@auburn.edu.

PICTURE THIS! picks Patterson
The Red Barn at Ag Heritage Park is picturesque any time, but around sunset on a recent June evening, veteran College of Ag employee Martha Patterson captured it in a special light. See for yourself at http://www.ag.auburn.edu/adm/comm/news/picturethis.php. Yep, Patterson's "Red Barn at Sunset" is the first "winner" in PICTURE THIS!, a new online feature showcasing great shots taken by folks on Ag Hill. The easy how-tos of submitting photos are outlined on the site. As for this week's featured shutterbug, Patterson is an administrative support associate who's coming up on 24 years at AU, 17-plus of those in the College of Ag. She's now in the Land and Resource Management unit but in the past as worked as secretary to the dean, development officer, events coordinator and Ag Alumni Association secretary/treasurer. Want to hit us with your best shots? Find the easy how-tos at the link above.

Stay secure with super-safe password
October is National CyberSecurity Awareness Month, and the ACES/AG IT Unit is joining with the AU Office of Information Technology to offer tips and resources that will help protect you, your computer, your data and your identity. This week, the focus is on password security - how to choose a strong password and then keep it safe. Check out http://KeepITsafe.auburn.edu for valuable advice and information. Coming next week: Combatting worms and viruses.

Ag scholarships set a record
The Scholarship Recognition Program the college hosted last month yielded some impressive numbers. Student Development coordinator Don Mulvaney says that, for the 2007-08 year, the college awarded a record $692,654 in scholarships to 219 Ag majors. Ag scholarships range from full-tuition awards to $100 grants. The deadline for submitting scholarship applications for 2008-09 is Dec. 1.

AU Bass Club reeling in new members
Hey students, if you love bass fishing, the newly organized and fully sanctioned Auburn University Bass Club wants you! The group, which was officially granted "club sport" status at Auburn in late September, meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Facilities Division training room and holds a hands-on workshop the third Wednesday of the month. Competitive tournaments, weekend road trips and plain ol' recreational fishing are what this group's all about. Several College of Agriculture students are among 25 charter members of the club, including senior Anthony Goggins, sophomore Brandt Givens and freshman Jonathan Brown, all Fisheries majors; Poultry Science juniors Trae Martin, Richard Peek and Sam Rochell; Clay Messer, a Biosystems Engineering senior; and Adam Murphree, an Ag Communications sophomore. If you're interested and want to know more, e-mail club adviser Jann Swaim at swaimjb@auburn.edu, or call him at 844-9442 (work) or 334-559-0343 (home).

Mullen featured speaker in Discover Auburn series
Just a reminder that Entomology and Plant Pathology's Gary Mullen will give a presentation tomorrow (Oct. 4) at 3 p.m. in Special Collections and Archives on the RBD Library's ground floor. Mullen's topic: British naturalist and insect watercolor artist extraordinaire Philip Henry Gosse, who, in 1838, lived ever so briefly in Dallas County, Ala. Mullen, who's in his 32nd year as an AU entomologist, currently is conducting in-depth research on Gosse, uncovering facts that he eventually will use to pen a biography recounting Gosse's early years. His Thursday presentation is part of the Discover Auburn Lecture Series, cosponsored by the AU Libraries, AU Bookstore and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities. We're all invited to hear Mullen and attend a reception that will follow.

Bergen brings home research honor
Werner Bergen, biochemistry professor in Animal Sciences, has been named a 2007 Fellow of the American Society of Animal Science in the research category. The society's Fellows Award recognizes distinguished service to animal science and the livestock industry over a long period of time. A native of Germany, Bergen immigrated to the U.S. in 1955 and earned bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University. He joined the AU faculty in 1995. Bergen's current research emphasis is on genomic and molecular regulation of fattening and muscle growth in food animals. His data establishing high rates of fattening in pigs and cattle were among contributions that led the livestock industry to adopt practices resulting in leaner muscle foods.

Bartol tells Germans about relaxin research
Animal Sciences professor Skip Bartol's expertise in the area of reproductive-tract development in large domestic animals earned him an invitation over the summer to present a lecture at the University of Leipzig School of Veterinary Medicine in Leipzig, Germany. His presentation focused on the role that the female hormone relaxin plays in the reproductive tract development of newborn pigs. Bartol currently is working with researchers from the University of Leipzig and Germany's Anhalt University of Applied Sciences on a study to investigate a naturally occurring estrogen-like compound called zearalenone and its effects on the reproductive development of newborn pigs.

Fisheries seminar Friday
Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures hosts an afternoon seminar every Friday throughout the fall. This week's features Lin Jiang, a Georgia Tech assistant professor whose research focuses on ecosystem function and biodiversity. The 1 p.m. seminars, held in 303 Swingle Hall, are open to everyone. For info on this week's seminar or to schedule a time to meet with Jiang, e-mail Alan Wilson at wilson@auburn.edu.

Microsoft Office 2007 available
Microsoft Office 2007 is now available to install free on AU-owned computers. Here's how: Connect to the Auburn network, then click Start, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs and Add New Programs. Next, click Microsoft Office 2007 and Add. The installation process, which will include removal of earlier versions of Office, will take 45 to 90 minutes. For assistance with the installation, contact the ACES/Ag IT Unit at 844-9660 or acesag@auburn.edu. Office 2007 has a markedly different interface from previous versions. To help users get familiar with the changes, the ComputerWorld Web site offers a "Word 2007 Cheat Sheet" at http://tinyurl.com/2loryn and an "Excel 2007 Cheat Sheet" at http://tinyurl.com/yq2qsj.

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