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… well it’s time to go!

Posted by: | April 24, 2012 | 2 Comments |

With apologies to Thornton James “Pookie” Hudson of The Spaniels: Goodbye, Beavers, well, it’s time to go, I hate to leave you, but I really must say, Goodbye, Beavers, goodbye. As I sit here mulling over my “final” observations for our College’s newsletter, The Source, Lonnie is in my office packing stuff that I have […]

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Useless degrees?

Posted by: | January 27, 2012 | 7 Comments |

In a recent blog post on Yahoo! Education entitled “College Majors That Are Useless” (http://tinyurl.com/6p3sqee), writer Terence Loose states, “Want to make sure you don’t pick a dud of a degree? Check out our list of most useless degrees,” and goes on to list Agriculture as “useless degree #1”, Animal Science as “useless degree #4”, […]

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Students: The Reason For being!

Posted by: | November 2, 2011 | No Comment |

My life usually revolves around meetings or travel or entertaining visitors, alumni, and friends or giving lectures at various venues or going on fundraising trips with Todd Bastian or Jack Holpuch, our development professionals. Typically, the conversations I am involved in are varied. They might be about budgets, or research, or teaching, or food, or […]

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Mazel Tov: Budgetarily Speaking

Posted by: | July 14, 2011 | 2 Comments |

Budgetarily, the past several months have been intensely frenetic and stressful, characterized by the expression of passionate support by OSU President Ed Ray, our students, stakeholders from practically every walk of life, newspaper editorials, and key legislators. The Governor’s recommended budget for the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, OSU Extension, and OSU Forest Research Laboratory for […]

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In the “Tale of Two Cities”, Charles Dickens wrote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season […]

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2011—start of the second decade of the millennium. This New Year brings with it—for our College—anticipation, along with trepidation. Anticipation, because our College’s enrollment is at an all time high—more than 2,000 students, the result of a 25% increase in enrollment. Enrollments have increased across the board in our undergraduate majors, but particularly so in […]

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End of summer, already?

Posted by: | September 29, 2010 | No Comment |

Summer is over, which means it’s the start of a new, academic year.  This is the favorite time of the year for me – a sort of spring-like re-awakening that occurs on campus, with the return of our students, the lifeblood of our college and the ‘land grant’ reason for our being.  During the summer, […]

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The Year That’s Been

Posted by: | July 14, 2010 | No Comment |

It has been a year since I moved from Purdue University to Oregon State University.  What a year it’s been!  From a budget perspective, I couldn’t have said it better than Will Rogers, who is quoted as saying: “Last year we said, ‘Things can’t go on like this’, and they didn’t, they got worse.” I […]

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Homeward Bound

Posted by: | December 10, 2009 | No Comment |

December 9, 2009 I don’t know if it was the fact that we were to be ready by 7:15 to head to the airport for our return trip home or the Muezzin’s call or the dogs barking or the choppers flying low, I woke up at 5:15.  I tried to roll over and go back […]

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Posted by: | December 8, 2009 | No Comment |

December 8, 2009 We were informed last night to be ready by 8:15 this morning to leave for the University of Anbar Agricultural College in Ramadi, Anbar province, which is approximately 100 km from Baghdad. In addition, Dr. Ahmed Araji had made arrangements for us to visit with the Governor of the province as well.  […]

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