In This Issue
As has been mentioned previously in the Ag Magazine, Dean Scott Smith has been serving as the University's interim provost. He still serves as dean of the College, but his duties require that he delegate some responsibilities to the associate deans. I am pleased to be able to provide an overview of the Summer 2006 issue.
Our educational programs now serve nearly 2,500 students on campus, and efforts are under way to extend our programs to nontraditional students in innovative ways.
Although the School of Human Environmental Sciences joined the College of Agriculture in July 2003, HES has a rich history at the University. In this issue we highlight its 100th anniversary. HES meets the needs of society in a numerous ways, including providing excellent educational and career opportunities, working with families in need, advancing sound nutritional practices, and promoting the health and well-being of our citizens.
Mosquitoes are a nuisance, and they are involved in a number of diseases, both locally and abroad. College scientists who are involved in important research on the control of these insect pests are the focus of another story.
Also highlighted is a one-of-a-kind program, the placement of an extension agent for fine arts programming in Pike County to cooperatively build the arts there.
The Office of Academic Programs, the Ag and HES Alumni Association, and the Office for Advancement also report in this issue on their important activities in the College.
We hope you enjoy this issue. Its stories exemplify the breadth and growth of the College as we fulfill our land-grant mission of enhancing access to education, expanding knowledge through research to solve real problems, and engaging communities and people to improve their lives.
Associate Dean for Academic Programs