FNR 100 Years of Excellence



The OSS Express



March 4, 2014

2014 Calendar

3/7          Graduation Tab becomes available on myPurdue for 2014 May Graduation Candidates
3/17-22  Spring Break
3/24        Last day to withdraw from a course with a W, WF, or WN grade
3/24        Last day to add/modify a course with instructor, advisor, and department head signatures
3/28        Last day to order cap and gown without $50 late fee

2014 Summer and Fall Registration

Juniors, appointments are now available to discuss summer and fall registration for 2014; see the registration binder on the Marsha’s desk in the OSS to sign up. Sophomores, we will begin meeting with you after Spring Break. Watch for an email from Marsha next week.
Note: We have a very limited amount of time to work all 260 of you through registration appointments so it is really important that you make it to your session. If you fail to sign up for a registration appointment that corresponds to your classification (senior, junior, sophomore, etc.) OR if you miss your appointment, you will have to wait until AFTER your registration window opens to meet with an advisor. This means that you may not get space in a required or desired course. PLEASE read your email, and take the time to understand the registration process. If something comes up that prevents your attendance at your chosen sessions, contact Marsha Stultz at 765-494-3591.
New Student Organization: The Student Chapter of Environmental Education (SCEE)
The Student Chapter of Environmental Education, formerly known as the Jr. Naturalist Club, will be meeting Tuesday, March 11th from 6:30-7:30 pm in FORS 216. Leaders will be discussing future events/fundraisers, the process of transitioning to the new organization, and electing officers. Pizza and drinks will be provided. RSVP to Anthony Escobedo (aeescobe@purdue.edu) if you plan to attend so that he can order enough refreshments.
Trees for Tanzania Textbook Drive
My name is Colleen Hartel, and I am currently the president of a new-this-year student organization called Trees for Tanzania Purdue. As a student organization, we work with a nonprofit that is dedicated to easing the burden of deforestation based in Kigoma, Tanzania. Although many Tanzanians rely on fuel wood for cooking and boiling unpotable water, this region has experienced massive deforestation, which leads to far-reaching detrimental impacts both socially and environmentally. One of the avenues to combat the burden of deforestation in this area is education. We have been allowed some space in a community library in Kigoma to establish a science section. We are looking to collect text books related to forestry, horticulture, soil science, plant biology, and botany. A collection box will be set up in the lobby of Pfendler Hall from March 10th through the 14th. Excess or duplicate books that we collect will be shared with Educate Tanzania, a non-profit in the process of establishing a university in Karagwe, Tanzania.
Please consider looking through your text books and donating during our collection drive. If you would like more information, you can contact me at hartel@purdue.edu or visit the website of the two organizations we are working with: http://treesfortanzania.com/ and http://educatetanzania.org/.
Applications Being Accepted for FNR Ambassador Program
Applications are now being accepted for the FNR Ambassador Program. Ambassadors are responsible for interacting with prospective students and the freshmen learning community; representing the department at various events, including the Spring Awards Program, FNR Career Fair, Distinguished Ag Alumni receptions, and more; and other miscellaneous duties. Requirements include:
·         Minimum 2.80 cumulative GPA
·         Must have completed summer practicum (for students in FAQS, FORS, and WLDL)
·         Must be classified as a junior or senior
·         Must be a full-time student for the entire 2014-15 academic year
·         Desire to represent the department in a professional manner, and help recruit student into FNR
If you are interested, please apply by visiting: https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bxUM0wwCeuWdDvf. Applications are due by 5 pm on Wednesday, March 26th. Contact Julie Pluimer (jpluimer@purdue.edu) with questions.
2014 FNR Research Symposium
The 2014 FNR Research Symposium will be held on the afternoon of Friday, April 11th. Attached to this email are four files. The first contains instructions for preparing your poster, the second includes the format to be used for preparing your abstracts (instructions are in red font), the third contains a sample abstract, and the fourth contains the form that will be used for judging your poster. Also, you might want to visit a website known as "Scientifically Speaking" (http://www.tos.org/pdfs/sci_speaking.pdf.
Abstracts are due to Dr. Cecon Mahapatra (cmahapat@purdue.edu) by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday, April 3rd and should be submitted electronically as an MS Word file attachment. Abstracts that are not formatted properly will be returned to the author for correction and resubmission.
There will be three degree levels (undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students) and two divisions (Research and Engagement), for a total of six categories. For each category, there will three awards (first, second, and honorable mention). There will be cash awards for first ($100) and second ($50) places, and all award winners will receive a certificate. In the abstract you submit, please indicate the level and division within which you will compete.
The poster session is a good opportunity for you to network with other students and learn more about their research.  All even-numbered posters (numbers will be assigned to posters in the abstract booklets that will be distributed at the beginning of the poster session) are judged during the first half of the poster session and the odd-numbered ones done during the second half. This will allow participants to mingle during half of the poster session without worrying about missing the judges assigned to their poster.
Anyone with questions should contact Dr. Mahapatra at the email address listed above.
Adding/Modifying Courses
Students wishing to add/modify a course for the current session must take a Form 23, signed by the academic advisor, course instructor, and head of the department that is offering the course, to the Registrar’s Office in Hovde Hall, Room 45. The deadline to do so is 5 pm on Monday, March 24th.
Dropping Courses
Students wishing to drop a course must take a Form 23, signed by the academic advisor and course instructor, to the Registrar’s Office in room 45 of Hovde Hall by 5 pm on Monday, March 24th. Grades of ‘W’, ‘WN’, or ‘WF’ will be recorded.
Final Summer Practicum Meeting-Attendance is Required
The final meeting for students that will be attending practicum in summer 2014 is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30th at 5:45 pm in PFEN 241 (Deans Auditorium). Attendance at this meeting is mandatory if you expect to remain eligible to attend practicum. Please contact Julie Pluimer if you have a conflict with the meeting date. You must contact her BEFORE the meeting, and can reach her at jpluimer@purdue.edu.
The Community Standards Board is Seeking Undergraduate Representatives!              
The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities is looking for students interested in volunteering their time to assist in adjudicating student conduct cases. For more information, visit http://www.purdue.edu/odos/osrr/csb.php. You can read more about the CSB and fill out an application on the website. We plan on holding trainings soon, so apply today! If you have questions, please email Corey Linkel, Student Affairs Specialist, at linkel@purdue.edu. Julie Pluimer, Academic Advisor in FNR, also serves on the board and would be happy to answer questions about a student’s role in the adjudication process.
Townsend Communication in Agriculture Program
Two communication competitions and scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students are now open for the 2013-2014 academic year. Through the generosity of the Wayne Townsend family, we are again offering speaking and writing competitions for College of Agriculture undergraduate students. Please read on for details:
The Outstanding Communicator in Agriculture Competition is a presentational speaking competition in which undergraduate Purdue Agriculture students develop and deliver a multimedia presentation on a food, agricultural or environmental issue. Students must register for this competition by March 7, and submit their presentation entry by March 14. The top three contestants will receive cash awards totaling more than $4,500. Complete rules and instructions are provided on the Townsend Communication in Agriculture Program website.
The Townsend Writing Excellence Competition is open to undergraduate students in the Purdue College of Agriculture and the College of Health and Human Sciences. Students may enter any informative, opinion or creative writing produced in the past year that crisply addresses an interesting or compelling topic related broadly to food, agriculture or the environment. Writing entries must be submitted by March 14. The top three contestants will receive cash awards totaling more than $4,500. Complete rules and instructions are provided on the Townsend Communication in Agriculture Program website.
PCGFS Student Innovation Grants
The Purdue Center for Global Food Security (PCGFS) announces a new grant competition for undergraduate students. The PCGFS Student Innovation Grants support undergraduate students in any academic discipline working in teams to develop a technology or program that may render creative solutions to a vexing food security problem for stressed communities in a developing country or for programs that support food insecure communities within the state of Indiana. Two grants of $10,000 each for international projects and two grants of $3,000 each for local projects will be awarded. To carry innovations forward, students must commit to entering their projects in subsequent national or international innovation grant competitions. The Purdue Center for Global Food Security thanks the Deans of each of Purdue’s Colleges for their financial contributions which made the Student Innovation Grants possible. For more information, please see the attached announcement. Application deadline is Friday, March 14th.
The Wildlife Society (TWS)
TWS will be meeting today, March 5th at 6 pm in PFEN G077. Elections for officers for the 2014-15 academic year will be taking place. If you have questions, contact Cole Bleke, TWS President, at cbleke@purdue.edu.
Class of 1937 Scholarship
Applications are now available for the Class of 1937 Scholarship. Each year 15-20 scholarships are given to students from funds from the Class of 1937, ranging from $500-$4000. Selection is made on the basis of leadership activities while at Purdue. Applications and information are available at http://www.purdue.edu/odos/scholarships/1937-Scholarship.pdf. Applications are due to the Office of the Dean of Students (SCHL 207) by 5 pm on Friday, March 7, 2014. 
Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship Program
This program supports college students studying arboriculture, urban forestry, or related fields with the intention of entering arboriculture. The award amount is $3,000 and applications are accepted from January 1-April 1. More information is available at http://www.treefund.org/scholarships/tree-fund-scholarships/felix.
John Wright Memorial Scholarship Program
This program supports high school seniors and returning college students pursuing careers related to arboriculture. The award amount is $2,000, and applications are accepted between February 15-May 15. More information is available at http://www.treefund.org/scholarships/tree-fund-scholarships/wright.
RTA John Mabry Forestry Scholarship
The Railway Tie Association is pleased to offer two annual $2,000.00 scholarships, available to juniors and seniors of four-year institutions, for the academic year beginning in the fall of 2014. Seniors must be enrolled in an accredited Forestry program for the full school year and not graduating mid-term. The application is available electronically at http://rtax.memberclicks.net/scholarships. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2014 and the scholarships will be awarded to the winners by phone or e-mail no later than August 10, 2014.  If you have any questions or need additional information, feel free to call or email us. Please remember, only the scholarship winners will be notified.


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Dr. W.L. Mills, Director and Academic Advisor
Julie Pluimer, Administrative Manager and Academic Advisor
Shelly Opperman, Career Services and Alumni Relations
Marsha Stultz, Secretary and Receptionist