LEADelaware Accepting Applications for Class IV

LEADelaware, the state’s agriculture and natural resources leadership program, is accepting applications for its fourth fellowship class, which will run for two years starting in January 2016.  Applications must be received by November 13.  Applicants will be notified of their selection in early December.

LEADelaware is an agriculture and natural resources leadership program helping to build the next generation of leaders in the food and fiber industries.  The Fellows (participants) learn more about agriculture from a local, national and global perspective, policy making at the state and national level, and basic leadership skills that all good advocates need – communications, conflict management, change leadership, and more.

“The development of leaders in today’s agricultural and natural resources fields is more important than ever,” says Dean Mark Rieger of the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources which is a lead partner in the program. “Delaware farmers must have the skills to discuss critical issues with public and policy makers at the local, state and even national levels.”

The program consists of ten sessions throughout Delaware and the District of Columbia, as well as an international agricultural visit.  Fellows will learn about agriculture, food systems, policymaking, and hands-on leadership skills.

Applications are available at http://sites.udel.edu/leadelaware or by contacting Holly Porter at the Delaware Department of Agriculture at holly.porter@state.de.us or 302-698-4503.

LEADelaware is a partnership between CANR and the Delaware Department of Agriculture, as well as sponsors including MidAtlantic Farm Credit, and the Delaware Soybean Board.  For more information on the program, visit http://sites.udel.edu/leadelaware.

Brochure: LEADDEBrochure2015
Application: LEADDEApplicationFinal

Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures- VIDA

Interested in human medicine, dentistry, nursing, or veterinary medicine?
VIDA (Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures) is a non-profit humanitarian volunteer organization whose mission is to provide sustained veterinary, medical, and dental health care to underserved communities in Latin America. Our goal is to promote global health awareness and provide hands-on educational opportunities for  students. We plan various trips and events, actively fundraise, bring in guest speakers, and work with professionals in each field.  We even send our donations to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala!

If you’re interested in traveling abroad to Latin America to gain hands-on professional experience, VIDA is perfect for you! Students work in small groups with a translator and a native veterinarian/physician/dentist. The medical team sets up a mobile clinic, performs full physical exams and collects patient history information. Not only do you learn about diseases and illnesses, but you’ll be able to suggest diagnoses and treatment! The veterinary team students perform full physical examinations, administers vaccinations and medication, and heavily assist in spay/neuter surgeries. The dental students are able to provide oral examinations, teeth cleaning services, and even perform dental extractions!

Don’t worry- it’s not all work! You have three recreation days and get to explore the natural beauties of Central America and visit hot springs, beaches, lagoons, and jungles. You might even get to go ziplining on Mt. Mombacho! It is a really valuable multicultural experience that is great if you have an interest in global health, or just want a new clinical setting other than an American hospital. Not to mention, it’s a great resume booster for those of you need more experience!

Come out and meet us October 1 at 8:00 in Memorial Hall 110 or email vida.udel@gmail.com for more information!

We hope to see you there!
VIDA eboard

Study Skills Assistance

Need to brush up on your study skills, or maybe you don’t even know where to start?  The Office of Academic Enrichment (OAE) has several resources available to help you.

  • Online workshops: Your Roadmap to Success (http://www.udel.edu/AEC-workshop/). These workshops are designed to help students identify skill areas they need to improve in, to practice new techniques, and to evaluate their progress.
  • Academic Intake appointments. Any student can meet with a staff member to assess his/her current study strategies and develop a plan for strengthening those strategies. In particular, students in academic difficulty can benefit from this one-on-one academic counseling.

Free Screening and Panel Discussion of Farmland

Free Screening and Panel Discussion of Farmland

Alpha Gamma Rho is hosting a screening of the documentary Farmland followed by a panel discussion of the film with local farmers and the Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, Ed Kee. This free event will be on October 1st in the Trabant Theater starting at 6:30. Farmland is a documentary highlighting a couple farmers across the country growing a variety of different crops and livestock. The film touches briefly on the challenges facing the industry such as public perception of farming, GMOs vs. Organic, and women in agriculture. Our panel discussion will build on these topics, and you will have the chance to ask our panelists directly any question you may have about the industry as well!

View the trailer for the film here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p3BZwJ4xt0) and let us know you’re coming on Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/events/985814778106810/) We hope to see you there!