Thirty Department of Agronomy and Horticulture students made the CASNR Dean’s List for the spring semester 2018. Students must complete 12 credit hours of course work (courses must be started and completed in one semester) by the census date of the grade reports and attain a minimum semester GPA of 3.75.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy students Michaela Cunningham, Rodger Farr, Kolby Grint and Samantha Teten were awarded scholarships in May by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. Cunningham, Farr and Grint were awarded Golden Opportunity (GO) Scholarships and Teten a Greenfield Scholarship.
Benjamin Hintz, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Agronomy and Horticulture student, received a six-month Disney Agricultural Internship in Orlando, Florida. Hintz graduated in May with a bachelor's of science in agronomy with minors in horticulture, Engler Entrepreneurship and math.
Humberto Blanco, University of Nebraska–Lincoln associate professor of Agronomy and Horticulture, is in the third year of leading a project titled “Enhancing Soil Ecosystem Services with Cover Crops” with funding provided by the Nebraska Environmental Trust. Co-investigators include Sabrina Ruis, postdoctoral research associate, Richard Ferguson, agronomy and horticulture professor and interim department head, and Paul Jasa, extension engineer in Nebraska’s Biological Systems Engineering department.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Crops Judging Team took top honors at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Judging Conference National Collegiate Competition at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, April 19 and 21.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln conferred a record 3,223 degrees during commencement exercises May 4 and 5 at Pinnacle Bank Arena and the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The graduates were from 60 countries, 45 states and the District of Columbia, and 250 Nebraska communities. Fifty-six graduates from the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture were invited to participate.
Pi Alpha Xi, the national horticulture honor society, inducted new members and elected officers April 14 in Plant Sciences Hall on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. The Nebraska chapter, Alpha-Gamma, began in 1982, and this year, inducted their 350th member.
Four Department of Agronomy and Horticulture faculty will receive promotion and/or tenure in 2018. They were honored April 24, along with 85 fellow University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty members, during a celebration at the Rococo Theatre.