Greetings to our great CALS alumni and friends, and welcome to the inaugural issue of CALS Magazine – a fresh new take on our beloved Perspectives Magazine. Each issue will now be tied to a specific theme, and we will integrate more in-depth magazine content on our newly redesigned website, online at cals.ncsu.edu. On this page, you’ll find all the stories from our latest issue, plus online extras like videos and more.
The Access Issue
Student access is an important issue. Gaining access to NC State is increasingly challenging for students. In fact, student access is a top priority for the CALS leadership team and for the university as a whole. That’s why our inaugural CALS Magazine spotlights what we are doing to create paths to CALS for all qualified students. We share the stories of a few special students who found and followed their path to our college.
CALS also provides people access to opportunities and solutions that create economic, intellectual and societal prosperity. In this issue, we tell these access stories as well.
With this information, we hope to show you how we are making a difference in North Carolina, our country and the world.
Thank you for your continued passion and support for CALS. You are an important part of our college.
Go Pack and go CALS!
Richard Linton, Dean
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
What is access, anyway? Demand for CALS research and education has skyrocketed – and we're paying attention.
We focus on connecting our community's real-world challenges with our research-based solutions.
Eavesdrop on Dean Richard Linton's access discussion with key players in agriculture and life sciences from around the world.
CALS is more than classrooms and laboratories. Learn more about our unique learning opportunities.
In September 2016, CALS Dean Richard Linton gathered representatives from industry, faculty, staff and students to ask crucial questions about student access: what it is, why it’s important and what CALS can do to ensure North Carolina’s national and global future. The results of that roundtable discussion are outlined in the story and video below.
The Access Roundtable Discussion
In a meeting of the minds at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, Dean Richard Linton heard from industry leaders, faculty and students on the urgent issue of access.
Grit. Passion. Hands-on experience.
It takes more than stellar scores and a lofty GPA to make a standout CALS student. Our holistic admissions process recognizes this. We understand that leadership experience, an agricultural background or participation in NC State pre-college programs are strong indicators for student success.
CALS has been a leader at NC State in creating alternate paths to admission, from our STEAM transfer program – the first of its kind at the university – to our ACT preparation program ASPIRE, and the new spring admission and fall gap-semester experience option.
Demand for CALS grads is greater than ever. Our industry partners and stakeholders need access to a well-educated workforce ready to solve the challenges of tomorrow.
Our goal: harvest and cultivate great students from a variety of backgrounds eager to solve the grand challenges we will all face in the years ahead.
It's Where You Finish
Jeff Mullahey's first CALS application? Rejected. Today, two NC State diplomas hang above Mullahey’s desk as he leads the largest department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Want to go to CALS?
Here are examples of four students' paths to CALS.
I’m at a small high school with few AP or standardized test prep classes. The ASPIRE Program is right for you.
Montana York credits ASPIRE as a “crucial reason” she is now a Dr. Garnett B. Whitehurst Farm-to-Philanthropy Scholar attending CALS with a double major in agricultural science and political science. With little standardized test preparation at her school, Montana drove 40 miles twice a week to attend ASPIRE classes. She went into her senior year with strong scores. “When I found out I was accepted, the first person I sent an email to was my ASPIRE instructor.”
What is ASPIRE? ASPIRE provides ACT prep classes featuring 30 hours of ACT course instruction, study manuals and practice exams with score analysis and breakdown.
I’m ready to start my career. I need some skills, but not a four-year degree. Check out the Agricultural Institute.
Durham native Roman Lawrence’s high school graduating class was just 17 students. When it was time for college, the smaller class sizes and tight focus of AGI were a good fit. He has since transferred into the four-year program as a poultry science major, a recipient of the H. Bradford Craig Scholarship for Excellence. “The Ag Institute was the most helpful college experience I’ve had – it got me more integrated into campus.”
What is the Agricultural Institute? AGI gives career-specific training with a two-year associate of applied science degree in six majors. You can even continue your studies at CALS after you graduate.
I would like to prepare a little more for CALS after high school graduation. Look into the STEAM program.
Susan Jones almost gave up on CALS after her first application was not accepted – but luckily, she kept reading. Because of the invitation to join the STEAM program, she decided to keep pursuing her dream of a CALS education. She accepted our invitation, starting out with a summer on NC State’s campus – “one of the best summers I’ve ever experienced” – before taking classes for one year at a community college while living at home.
What is STEAM? STEAM is an invitation-based program that combines a summer session at NC State with a year of classes at a community college or other institution.
I would like to start college somewhere else and transfer in. Our community college partners are here for you.
Taylor Craig always knew she wanted to attend CALS. She grew up working on a farm, and she was a lifelong NC State fan. When her first application was denied, she took two years of classes at a community college, determined to transfer in. “The second time applying, I wrote: I am going to do big things, and I would like to have NC State on my wall when I do them.” She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science in May 2016.
What is Community College Partnership? Many community colleges partner with us to provide admissions paths to CALS. We provide personalized advising support for students while they attend community colleges to ensure a smooth transition.
That’s the question that drives our researchers. We challenge unknowns to help us turn the real-world challenges of our communities into agriculture and life science opportunities.
CALS isn’t just in Raleigh. We’re in 18 research facilities around the state. We have Extension offices in all 100 counties and the Cherokee Reservation. We get to know our communities and their challenges, so our research isn’t performed in a vacuum – we listen, and we tailor our research to find solutions for our partners and the people of our state.
NC State Extension puts our research into the real world, offering a wealth of resources and programs that address public health issues, improve economic well-being, and help people make healthier, better informed decisions. We provide vital connections to research and crucial training that allows people to translate research into practice.
In the following pages, you will find examples of how our solutions expand agricultural diversity, boost yields and improve food safety.
Extension Connections, Big Results
There’s a direct connection between Assistant Professor Ben Reading’s bass research and the early success of an Aurora fish hatchery – thanks to Aquaculture Extension Agent Mike Frinsko.
The CALS experience is more than books, classes and laboratories for students on campus.
We create unique learning opportunities for a cross-section of communities across our state and nation.
The scope of these opportunities ranges from specialty education programs like the Master Gardeners, to the hands-on experience available at our research center field days, to outreach and support for young immigrants who are planning for college.
Our experts empower North Carolina citizens through shared knowledge, like understanding nutrition and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Our youth programs train the leaders of tomorrow, while NC Farm School gives hopeful new farmers access to the business and technical training they need to find success contributing to our agricultural economy without having to go back for a full-time degree.
Your education here isn’t limited to the undergraduate or graduate experience. When you want to learn, CALS is here for you.
From Dream to Reality
NC Farm School offers hopeful farmers-to-be the education and mentorship needed to create a solid business plan, benefitting individual entrepreneurs and the North Carolina economy.
We think and do the extraordinary, with extraordinary impact.
True to our land-grant charter, our mission is to transform challenges into agriculture and life science opportunities.
We do this by putting partnerships first. We actively work to find grants, develop strong public-private partnerships and be good stewards of our state and federal funding. Our alumni and friends help our mission grow by supporting student financial need and cutting-edge research, as well as endowing professorships that help us attract the best faculty from around the world.
In return, more than $1 billion in economic impact is created by our agricultural research and extension each year.
CALS graduates like this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners make a difference not only in their fields of employment, but in the everyday lives of their neighbors. Their commitment to the future of our state shines in programs like the Dale and Genia Bone Scholars, providing education to high-achieving students from rural North Carolina.
Keep reading for stories of extraordinary impact from our extraordinary donors.
The Gift of Education
The late Dale Bone believed in the power of a college education – especially for those who couldn’t afford one. So he established a scholarship for the migrant workers and their families who worked on his successful farm.
AGI Graduate Jacob Tarlton
Owner, Tarlton Helicopters, Union County
“When I was about 16, I was working on my family’s farm when I heard a loud helicopter, diving in and out of a field close by. I didn’t know what he was doing, so I got in my truck and drove. When I got there, I saw the helicopter spraying a soybean field…I was very excited watching it. It sparked something in me.
“I graduated from the Agricultural Institute back in December 2015. I majored in agribusiness, field crop technology, livestock and poultry management, and general agriculture. The two and a half years I spent at NC State tremendously changed my life, not only from the education and hands-on experience, but the relationships. It showed me just how connected farmers are throughout North Carolina. It also showed me how diverse agriculture is in North Carolina.
“Even though I am a graduate, I still feel like I am connected. I have talked to several of [my professors] about my real-life experience on my farm and my flying business to get advice. It is amazing to see the same enthusiasm in them now as when I was a student sitting in their office.”
Big Boost for Banishing Obesity
A $1.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave a big boost to a multi-agency charge to cut down obesity rates in Eastern North Carolina. The project is led by Extension specialists Dr. Annie Hardison-Moody and Dr. Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, assistant professors in the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences.
Corpse Flower Puts Up A Stink
In September 2016, the Department of Horticultural Science was able to bring the signature stink of the rare titan arum – also known as the corpse flower – to campus. Owned by horticulture student Brandon Huber, the plant took 13 years to bloom for the first time and attracted a steady stream of visitors for its three-day blooming period.
Tommy Carter of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences has helped uncover the first drought-resistant soybean cultivar as leader of a research partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The new genotype conserves water when it senses drying air. The new cultivar is a non-GMO variety, so it is available as commercial seed and parental stock.