9 – 9:30 am – Registration and refreshments
- Turf Plots near East Campus north entrance (38th and Huntington). See map for parking.
9:30 – 9:40 am – Welcome – Anne Streich, Associate Professor of Practice
9:40 – 10:00 am – Turf undergraduate program focus – Cole Thompson, Assistant Professor
- Students learn to think critically about turfgrass management and to develop management strategies through a thorough understanding of science, rather than by defaulting to recipes and historical recommendations. Learn about some of the projects and hands-on lab activities that students experience in the turf program.
- Turf managers and researchers use a variety of tools to help them produce high-quality turf while efficiently using resources and to understand how management practices influence turf growth. Observe and use some of these tools including greensmowers, Stimpmeters, thermal imaging cameras, moisture sensors, and drones. Also, learn about undergraduate student work and research experiences.
10:25 – 10:40 am – Travel to Keim Hall
- Receive a parking permit upon arrival in the morning.
10:40 – 11 am – Landscape management undergraduate program focus – Kim Todd, Associate Professor
- Landscape managers understand the complex and interesting relationships between all aspects of landscape systems, including soils, plants, insects and diseases, and human actions from design to implementation. Students actively engage in landscape management projects on campus and in communities, and create comprehensive, fact-based recommendations through interactions with clients and faculty.
11 – 11:25 am – Teaching gardens and courtyard – Kim Todd, Associate Professor
- A quick overview of the gardens deliberately created for student engagement provides a snapshot of the many opportunities for landscape management and design in the industry. Both public and private spaces need landscape design and management for rain gardens, ponds, bioswales, walls, and edible landscapes – all of which are accessible for learning in our gardens.
11:25 – 11:40 am – Internships and careers – Anne Streich, Associate Professor of Practice
- Internships are key components of a student’s academic experience. They allow students to explore different areas of turfgrass & landscape management, make connections with future employers, and experience a professional work environment. Discover where current students are interning in 2017 and where recent graduates started their professional careers.
11:40 am – 12 pm – New residence hall tour
12 – 12:30 pm – Lunch at the Nebraska East Union
12:30 – 12:50 pm – Recent graduates and young professionals
- What is it like to be a student in the program? How tough is it to get that first job? Ask your questions to some recent graduates and young professionals during an informal discussion.
12:50 – 1 pm – College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Experience
1 – 1:30 pm – Optional East Campus Tour
Contact Anne Streich.