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Horticulture honors alumni and friendsJames N. Moore, BSA ’56 MS’57, and Daryl Revelle, BSA’78, were named OutstandingAlumni of the Horticulture Department,and Allen Canning Companywas named Outstanding Friend.The awards were presented at anawards reception Oct. 5 in theJanelle Hembree Arkansas AlumniHouse.James N. “Jim” Moore, 2001Outstanding Senior Alumnus,received a Ph.D. degree at RutgersUniversity in 1961 and became aleading USDA fruit breeder atBeltsville, Md. He joined the UAfaculty in 1964 and became internationallyknown for developingimproved varieties of strawberries,blackberries, peaches, grapes andblueberries. More than 35 cultivarsthat Dr. Moore developed havebeen released by the U of A Divisionof Agriculture as commercialvarieties.Dr. Moore has written fourbooks on fruit breeding and genetics,among a total of some 300scientific publications. He taughtundergraduate and graduate coursesand was major advisor to 31 graduatestudents who worked in hisresearch program.Daryl Revelle received the 2001Outstanding Junior Alumnus Awardrecognizing achievements in thelandscape horticulture industry.After graduating in 1978, he wasemployed by landscaping companiesin El Dorado and Bentonville beforestarting his own business inSpringdale in 1983.Revelle Irrigation Systems andLandscaping Co. is now the leaderin its field in northwest Arkansas.Revelle donated the irrigationsystem for the Horticulture DisplayGarden north of the AgricultureBuilding.The 2001 Outstanding FriendAward for Allen Canning Companywas presented to Josh Allen, vicepresident for operations, and SteveBrown, BSA ’74, director of rawproducts.Allen Canning, which is celebratingits 75th anniversary, cansproduce for 20 of the company’sown labels, including PopeyeSpinach, and some 450 other storelabels. Allen Canning was foundedby Earl Allen in Siloam Springs andnow employs about 3,000 peoplewith operations in several states.UA vegetable breeder TeddyMorelock said Allen Canning hasbeen a major supporter of vegetableresearch programs and academicprograms. Brown said the companyuses several vegetable varietiesdeveloped by the U of A Division ofAgriculture, including spinach andsouthern peas. ■The Department of Horticulturewishes to thank the following sponsors and donorsfor their support for theGolf and Turf Sports Classicat Stonebridge Meadows Golf Club, April 2001Corporate Sponsors:Ozarks Electric Cooperative CorporationArkansas Electric Cooperative CorporationFRIENDS & FAMILY — Josh Allen, left,and Steve Brown accepted the 2001Outstanding Friend Award from theHorticulture Department during anOct. 5 awards reception at the Janelle Y.Hembree Alumni House. Daryl Revelleand Distinguished Professor EmeritusJames N. Moore, right, received thejunior and senior Outstanding Alumniawards.Arkansas Farm Bureau FederationAg Heritage Farm Credit ServicesGarden City NurseryMerlin E. Seamon Associates, Inc.Clear Creek Golf Car & Equipment Co.The Keeling CompanyGolf Course SuperintendentsAssociation of ArkansasBayer CorporationLonghills Country ClubArkansas Turfgrass AssociationDonors:Nelms Auto SalesMike Catlett, P.A.Pinnacle Country ClubPleasant Valley Country ClubDennis Shephard / SyngentaBella Vista Village POAThe Country Club of Little RockChenal Country ClubStephens, Inc.Quail Valley FarmUniversity of ArkansasDivision of AgricultureFall/Winter 20015


Dear AlumniIn my last letter as Alumni Society president Iwould like to reflect on our Society’s history. Byluck or tenacity, I am the only founding membernow on the board.Fueled by the vision of former Dean CharlesScifres, we became a “glimmer” in 1994 when webegan to meet in the conference room of theUniversity systems office in Little Rock. VicePresident for Agriculture Milo Shult sponsored ourmeetings and provided support.The task of defining our structure immediatelyled to collaboration with the ArkansasAlumni Association. Our bylaws, based onthose of the AAA, went through manydrafts. Eager to be the “first” Society to bechartered, we submitted our bylaws toAAA and were officially recognized in thesummer of 1995.Many people have contributedgreatly to the Society. Each boardmember brings a unique perspective that helpsguide our development. Mike Macechko, executivedirector of the AAA, was instrumental in guidingour board through many crossroads. He continuesto be an adamant supporter and steadfast resource.Through his guidance, CAFLS has an AAA boardrepresentative and is included in AAA board meetingsand events. In January 2000, Melissa Lesterwas appointed Society director, with an office in theJanelle Y. Hembree AlumniHouse, as a part-time positionin addition to her faculty duties.Dr. Lester has greatly expeditedthe Society’s communicationand organization. JackieMcMorris, AAA associateGlenyce G. Estes FeeneyPresidentCAFLS Alumni Societydirector, provides additional support for CAFLS andthe other AAA societies.Activities, in addition to board meetings, haveincluded Land Grant Days on campus, districtmeetings and social events, including a baseballgame party last spring. Board members havespoken at commencement, attended awardsceremonies, served on faculty recruitmentcommittees and attended Leadership DevelopmentCouncil meetings.“You’ve come a long way Baby” onlybegins to describe the growth of theSociety, which is still in adolescence. Ournew president, Ewell Welch, will need all our supportto continue the growth. We have great opportunitiesto develop a relationship with a new dean and toimpact our College. I’m proud of our “beginning.”Please join us as an active member and help shape ourfuture.ALUMNI COLLEGE — Bumpers College alumni attendedthe University of Arkansas Alumni College Sept. 28 inthe Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center. From leftare Harley Watts ’51, Milton Scott ’51, Carl Koone ’51,May McKnight Ferguson ’41, Warren Barham ’41 andMelissa Lester, Bumpers College Alumni SocietyDirector. The Alumni College is part of the annual 50thYear Golden Tower Reunion, for alumni who graduatedat least 50 years ago. The event is sponsored by theArkansas Alumni Association.6THE GRADUATE


CareerSnapshotAlumni Society president likes solving problemsThe day of her interview for aGraduate article, GlenyceFeeney was handling “a routinecrisis” as nutrition and food servicessystem director for Baptist Health inLittle Rock.The electricity went off at the DayCare Center after the children arrivedthat morning. Feeney’s staff arrangedfor the several dozen infants andtoddlers to be bused to Baptist HealthMedical Center’s conference facilityand provided meals and snacks.“I thrive on challenges,” Feeneysaid. “It’s wild, but I’d be bored doinganything else.”The 2000–2001 CAFLS AlumniSociety president manages a staff ofabout 300 people who feed patients,staff and visitors to Baptist MedicalCenters and auxiliary units in LittleRock, North Little Rock, Arkadelphiaand Heber Springs and ParkwayVillage retirement community. As ifthat weren’t enough of a challenge,Feeney developed a Baptist Healthdivision to market food managementservices.Feeney’s many professional honorsinclude the prestigious Silver PlateAward in 1983 from the InternationalFood Service Manufacturers Association.She was then managing foodservices for the Oklahoma State Prisonsystem. She was the first person todevelop a system tocoordinate multi-unitfood service operationsfor the prison system.Some of thechallenges were a menubased on the day’sdeliveries to 21 kitchensscattered over the state,inadequate facilities andequipment, workerswho could be removedfrom the kitchen at any time, and useof food deprivation for inmate discipline.Feeney said prison officials,“It’s wild,but I’d be boreddoing anything else.”— Glenyce FeeneySERVICE WITH A SMILE — Glenyce Feeney visitswith Justin Hale from the Baptist Health daycare center, which was moved to the MedicalCenter due to a power outage. Justin is theson of nutrition and food services staff memberLorie Hale, BSHE ’86.motivated by a federal court order,supported her efforts to bring foodservice up to basic standards.As Alumni Society president,Feeney promoted membership andalumni support for the College.Membership hasgrown, slowly butsteadily, to about2,000 members,which includes anincrease of more than11 percent in 2001.She was an originalmember of the boardof directors and was aleader in drafting theCAFLS Society’sbylaws and strategic plan in 1995.Being an active alumna is just oneexpression of Feeney’s passion forhigher education in her profession.She has written a foodpreparation curriculum, taught asadjunct faculty in undergraduateand graduate dietetics programsand developed educationalprograms.Feeney’s decision to major indietetics at the U of A wasencouraged by her father, O.C.Estes. He was administrator ofBoone County Hospital whenGlenyce was in high school andknew the need for dietitians inhealth care. After receiving theBSHE degree at the U of A indietetics, she completed aninternship at the University ofOklahoma Medical Center andearned a master’s degree from St.Louis University. She is a RegisteredDietitian and LicensedDietitian and a fellow of theAmerican Dietetic Association.During her internship,Feeney said, she decided clinicaldietetics was too calm and routinefor her disposition and focused onadministration.“I liked the kitchen work, all theproblems, all that chaos,” she said. “Iwanted to be where the action was. Ilike solving problems.“I would encourage students topursue dietetics and food servicemanagement careers,” Feeney said.Majors in dietetics and in restaurantand hospitality management areoffered by Bumpers College in theSchool of Human EnvironmentalSciences.“Management career opportunitiesin health care and industrial foodservice have mushroomed in the pastfive years,” Feeney said. “It is arewarding career for anyone whoenjoys taking responsibility and solvingproblems.” ■Fall/Winter 20017


AAA honors biotech entrepreneurKevin Clark, BSA ’86, who helped turn afledgling Arkansas biotech company intoa profitable enterprise, was named YoungAlumnus of the Year at the Arkansas AlumniAssociation Awards Banquet Nov. 9.The award recognizes exceptional achievementsin career, public service and/or volunteeractivities that bring honor to the University ofArkansas.Clark is chief operating officer forImmunoVision, a company that purifies markerproteins that spark autoimmune responses inhumans. These proteins are used by diagnosticmanufacturers to produce diagnostic kits that areused by doctors to test patients for about 20autoimmune diseases.“We develop the raw material used bydiagnostic manufacturers that make the test kits,”Clark said. “We isolate and purify the markerproteins. The manufacturers coat them and makethe kits.”After earning his degree in animal science,Clark began working as a graduate studentassistant when ImmunoVision was having somecontract work done by the U of A and Pelfreeze.Within six months he was working in thecompany’s lab. Six months later he was keepingall the company’s books. Six months after that hewas writing all the checks.“The parent company, Dynamic Enterprisesof Rogers, made me COO, handed the companyover to me with a $375,000 debt, and told me tomake a profit,” he said. He had the company inthe black in six months. “We’ve been paying taxesever since.”Clark said 30 percent of ImmunoVision’ssales are to countries on the Pacific Rim; another30 percent are in Europe. The rest are Americancompanies.Dynamic Enterprises sold the company toIvax Pharmaceuticals, its largest customer, in1995. Last March, Ivax spun off its diagnosticdivision, including ImmunoVision.“It’s been a wild ride,” Clark said. “I’ve beenso blessed it gets scary at times.”Kevin Clark, BSA ’85, is chief operating officer forImmunoVision, a Springdale company that purifiesmarker proteins used in diagnostic kits used to testpatients for about 20 autoimmune diseases.The company employs 11 people in itsSpringdale plant. Most are U of A graduates withdegrees in animal science, chemistry or biology.Clark, a Springdale native, is president of theArkansas Biotechnology Association and serves onthe Arkansas Bioventures Advisory Board and anadvisory committee for Sen. Tim Hutchinson’sCaucus on Biotechnology.He operates a 240-acre cow-calf farm nearGoshen with his wife, Leah Ann, their daughterKatie and son Connor. ■8THE GRADUATE


The Poultry Science Alumni board held its first meeting Aug. 17 in theJohn W. Tyson Poultry Science Center.Poultry Science alumniplan fall and spring eventsDirectors of the newly-formed Poultry Science Alumni metAug. 17 to plan fall and spring events.Directors include Lionel Barton of Fayetteville, president, andBernie Murphy of Columbus, Ind., president-elect; Lloyd Keck,Springdale; Tye Anderson, Little Rock; David Andrews,Fayetteville; Buddy Wray, Springdale; Micah Townsley, Batesville;Claud Rutherford, Prairie Grove; and John Payne, Russellville.Diana Bisbee, program director, is executive secretary. PoultryScience Department Head James Denton and CAFLS AlumniSociety Director Melissa Lester are ex-officio members.In a letter to Poultry Science alumni, Barton said the groupwas organized “to promote communication and friendship amongalumni, faculty and friends by providing a forum for informationexchange through organized events and other activities.”“Our group is the first to be formed within the CollegeAlumni Society, and we expect to be the strongest,” Barton said.Poultry Science alums and friends held their fourth annualtailgate party before the Oct. 27 football game, and the group isplanning a membership meeting in the spring.Poultry Science Alumni membership is automatic for ArkansasAlumni Association members who were poultry science majors. Amembership drive is underway to increase the current number of145 members out of 571 who are eligible.“Graduates from the years before poultry science was a departmentin 1992 can join the Poultry Science or Animal Sciencegroup, or both,” Barton said. “Friends of the department who arenot graduates are also invited to join.”Call 1-888-275-2586 for membership details. ■AWARD WINNER — The Graduate received the Silver Award (second place)in the 2001 national competition for alumni publications sponsored by theAgricultural Communicators in Education professional society.Fall/Winter 20019


A powerful allianceDivision and Collegejoin forces for campaignThe University of Arkansas’Campaign for the Twenty-FirstCentury was officially launched Oct.26 by an impressive group of Arkansans,including a group working onbehalf of Bumpers College of Agricultural,Food and Life Sciences and theU of A System’s statewide Division ofAgriculture.The campaign burst out of a“quiet phase,” which started in July1998, with commitments already madefor more than half of the $500 milliongoal for the University and the combined$69 million goal for the Divisionand College.Campaign co-chairs, all UAalumni, are Wal-Mart board chairmanRob Walton, Micro Images ownerTommy Boyer, Arvest Bank GroupCEO Jim Walton and UA men’sathletic director Frank Broyles.Volunteers are working as committeesto advance the developmentobjectives of each college or major unitof the University.The Division of Agriculture is astatewide campus within the U of Asystem. It includes the statewideArkansas Agricultural ExperimentStation and the Cooperative ExtensionService.The Division is participating in thecampaign by virtue of its connection toBumpers College on the Fayettevillecampus. Division of Agriculture facultyteach courses for more than 1,300students in 17 academic majors inBumpers College.“The partnership of the Divisionand the Fayettevillecampus is a powerfulalliance for meaningfulresearch, teaching andextension,” VicePresident for Agriculture Milo Shultsaid.“Our students benefit by havingteachers and mentors who are conductingdynamic research programs,” saidBumpers College interim dean GregWeidemann, who is also ExperimentStation associate director.Chancellor John White said theleaders of Arkansas commerce andindustry are donating their money,influence and time to the campaignbecause of its importance to Arkansas’future.“The economic battles in the 21stCentury will be won by states havingthe smartest people, not the cheapestlabor pools,” White said.“States that will prosper are thosethat nurtureknowledge-basedand high-techbusiness andindustry whilecreating a culture and quality of lifethat attracts and holds on to highlytalented people. A world-class researchuniversity is an essential ingredient inthat recipe for prosperity.”“It is private gift support that willprovide the margin of excellence forattracting and retaining excellentstudents and faculty and creating theenvironment in which they can thrive,”White said. “The best way to dramaticallyincrease private gift support isthrough an intensive fundraisingcampaign.” ■10THE GRADUATE


Phenomenal returns justify ambitious goalsLeland Tollett andStanley Reed are co-chairs ofthe Campaign for the Twenty-First Century committee ofdistinguished alumni andfriends of Bumpers College ofAgricultural, Food and LifeSciences and the U of ADivision of Agriculture.The committee is helpingto generate support for theUniversity’s drive to enter theranks of the top 50 publicuniversities in the country.Reed, of Marianna, hasB.S.A.E. and J.D. degreesfrom UA. He farms more than 6,000acres and is a member of the UASystem Board of Trustees. He ismarried to CAFLS Alumni Societyboard member Charlene (Berner)Reed, BSHE and MSHE.Tollett, retired chairman and CEOof Tyson Foods, has B.S.A. and M.S.degrees from the U of A. His manyefforts on behalf of the Universityinclude support for the Center ofExcellence for Poultry Science, whichestablished the U of A as one of thenation’s top universities for educationand research in poultry and aviansciences.The campaign is a family projectfor the Tolletts, with Leland’s wife,Betty, also serving on the committee.Betty has a bachelor’s degree ineducation from the U of A. They livein Rogers.“We have ambitious goals, andthey are justified by the phenomenalreturns that are documented oninvestment in higher education,” Reedsaid. “We are playing catch-up toprovide the level of investment Arkansasneeds. Private giving is only aboutone percent of our total funding. Thiscommittee has the mindset and theability to turn that around.”“Our faculty have done well inobtaining research grants, but there isalways room for improvement,” ReedLeland TollettStanley Reedadded. “As agriculture moves moreinto biotechnology it will take morefunding for research and extension tokeep Arkansas producers competitive.“As the land-grant university, weare the backbone of the agriculturalindustry for research, technologydevelopment and higher education.The Division of Agriculture also helpsmeet the needs in our communities foreconomic and human development.“We have an outstanding committeethat represents a cross-section ofagriculture, industry and commerce.Our commitment to this cause reflectsour commitment to the future ofArkansas.”Other Committee MembersSherman Cullum, BSA, ofHickory Ridge is a consultant andformer president of Cullum Seeds andformer member of the Arkansas StatePlant Board.George Dunklin Jr. of Pine Bluffis a member of the Rice Research andPromotion Board, chair of the DucksUnlimited RICE Project steeringcommittee and chairman of the board,Bank of West Memphis.Tommy Hillman of Carlisle ischairman of the board of RicelandFoods, CEO of Winrock Farms and amember of the board of directors ofFirst United Bank, Stuttgart.Robert L. “Bob” McGinnis,BSA, of West Memphis was amember of the Arkansas GeneralAssembly from 1979 to 1999, chairof the Cotton, Inc., State SupportCommittee and a member of theGovernor’s Legislative Liaison.Montine McNulty, BSE, ofLittle Rock is executive director ofthe Arkansas Lodging Association,Restaurant Association, TravelCouncil Association and HospitalityAssociation. She is a member of theParks, Recreation and TravelCommission and the OperationFood Safety Coalition.Don Pattillo, JD, is immediatepast president of the Arkansas BankersAssociation; state director of theArkansas Chamber of Commerce;president, CEO and director, Farmersand Merchants Bank of Stuttgart; andpresident and CEO of The Farmersand Merchants Bankshares, Inc.Ned Ray Purtle of Hope is aformer member of the UA Board ofTrustees, a member of the ArkansasFarm Bureau Federation board ofdirectors, owner of Purtle and SonsRanch, a member of the NationalCattlemen’s Association board ofdirectors, vice president of the ArkansasState Fair Board, and chairman ofAutomated Solutions, Inc. of Knoxville,Ark.Mark Simmons, BSBA, of SiloamSprings is chairman of Simmons Foods,Inc.Neill Sloan, BSBA, of LakeVillage is a member of the ArkansasNatural Heritage Commission; vicepresident of Wilmot Gin Co.; andserves on the board of directors ofDelta Trust & Bank and UnitedMethodist Children’s Home. ■Fall/Winter 200111


Ohlendorf professor to focus on the DeltaA bequest of $1.66million from the late HaroldF. Ohlendorf of Osceola isbeing used to establish anendowed professorship inagricultural economics.In keeping with thedonor’s wishes, theOhlendorf Professorship willprovide extension andresearch support for theadvancement of agriculturein the Arkansas Delta. The OhlendorfProfessor will be based at the U of ADivision of Agriculture’s NortheastHarold F.OhlendorfResearch and ExtensionCenter at Keiser in MississippiCounty.Mr. Ohlendorf wasintimately involved indevelopment and growth ofthe economy in easternArkansas. He was successfulin broadcasting, banking andother enterprises, includingfarming, which he proudlylisted as his occupation.Vice President for AgricultureMilo Shult said, “Mr. Ohlendorfhelped in many ways to move theregion’s agricultureinto the modern era,including 16 years ofservice as president of the ArkansasFarm Bureau Federation.“We share his devotion to thatcause and are honored to continue hislegacy of service to the people ofeastern Arkansas.”When Mr. Ohlendorf died at age90 in August 1999, he left resources tohelp new leaders chart the future ofagriculture with his bequest to theAgricultural Development Council. ■‘The Farm’ transformedinto research and extension centerPrivate gifts and grants fromfoundations and industry provide “themargin of excellence” through supportfor research, extension and teachingprograms and facilities, scholarships,graduate fellowships, faculty chairs andprofessorships.A remarkable example of how thisworks is the transformation in the lastfive years of the area formerly knownsimply as “the farm” north of theFayetteville campus. It is now theArkansas Agricultural Research andExtension Center.Division of Agriculture programsbased at the AAREC have developedthrough partnerships with industry andprivate stakeholders and governmentagencies combining expertise andresources in strategic areas of economicdevelopment. It also provides a uniquelearning environment for BumpersCollege students.The Division of Agriculture hastargeted strategic development objectivesto move the AAREC into theranks of the nation’s top universityresearch, extension and educationalcenters.♦ The Institute of Food Scienceand Engineering needs expandedfacilities. Through the IFSE, Universityscientists work directly with thedynamic food industry on critical issuessuch as energy efficiency, food safety,functional foods, and developing betterproducts and systems.♦ The Animal Science complexnow includes an indoor arena andequine pavilion built with fundsprovided by private donors, founda-tions and the USDA. These facilitiessupport programs that have propelledthe UA Animal Science program tonational prominence. A Youth Pavilionis the last major facility needed tocomplete the complex.♦ A nationally recognized horticulturalexhibit hall and display gardenis planned to increase support for thestate’s increasingly vibrant “greenindustry” and the gardening public. ■Abernathy Trust sponsorsAgriScience Education LabConstruction has begun on an 8,400-square-foot AgriScience EducationLaboratory for the department of agricultural and extension education inBumpers College.The building, located at the Arkansas Agricultural Research and ExtensionCenter in Fayetteville, is being built with a grant from the WilliamAbernathy Charitable Trust.The new lab will be used as an interactive classroom and laboratory forthe study and practice of contextual learning. It will also be used for agriculturalsystems technology management courses. The Abernathy Trust alsofunded a six-year AgriScience project that developed contextual learningcurriculum material now used nationwide. ■12THE GRADUATE


Donald White endowment will strengthenpremier UA grain merchandising programWWhite CommercialCorporation, a leader in thegrain merchandising industry,is a long-time supporterof one of the nation’spremier programs in grainmerchandising in theUniversity of ArkansasDepartment of AgriculturalEconomics and Agribusiness.“Don White and WhiteCommercial provide notonly financial support but also curriculumsupport, including an annualworkshop for students,” DepartmentHead Mark Cochran said.The program will be strengthenedin the future by a $2 million deferredgift to establish the Donald StuartWhite Endowment for Grain MerchandisingEducation. The endowment willprovide a professorship and scholarshipsin addition to those alreadyfunded, Cochran said.Two $1,000 J.I. Morgan Scholarshipshave been awarded annually sincethe mid 1980s. These scholarshipswere named in honor of the late J.I.Morgan, with whom Don Whitefounded the company, based in Stuart,Fla. The company provides merchan-Donald StuartWhitedising programs for farmercooperatives and independentelevator companies.A third scholarship wasadded in the year 2000 whenWhite’s clients and colleagueshonored him by creating theDon White EndowedScholarship.White Commercial andthe UA curriculum taught byDr. Andrew McKenzie stressa disciplined method of using futuresmarkets for grain merchandising.McKenzie is developing an educationalcomputer simulation program that,unlike its predecessors, emphasizes theuse of futures markets for price riskmanagement rather than speculation.“Since 1971, Don White hasworked passionately alongside countrygrain elevators to bring more moneyinto rural communities through grainmerchandising programs that giveelevators and farmers the opportunityand skills to operate more profitably,”Interim Dean Greg Weidemann said.“He has strengthened hundreds ofrural agribusinesses and built a successfulcompany, putting together a teamof co-workers who share his vision andAEED LAB — Artist's rendering of the AgriScience Education Laboratory for thedepartment of agricultural and extension education, now under construction at theArkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Fayetteville.desire to help others. The professorshipand scholarships willensure that his vision will continue.His legacy will includefuture graduates with a solidfoundation of practical, disciplinedgrain merchandising skills,”Weidemann said. ■PlannedgivingThe Harold F. OhlendorfProfessorship and the DonaldStuart White Endowment forGrain Merchandising Educationare excellent examples ofwhat can be accomplished byplanned giving that benefitsthe giver now and the Universityin the future,” said MarkPower, director of developmentfor Bumpers College.“Planned gifts, or deferredgifts, allow individuals orfamilies to leave a legacy thatwill benefit future generations,”Power said. A bequestin a living trust or will is themost popular way to make aplanned gift. Others includegiving through retirementfunds, life insurance, giftannuities and charitableremainder trusts.“There’s a lot of flexibilityin planned giving that providesfavorable tax advantages andmakes them good estateplanningtools,” Power said.“They allow a donor to make alarger gift than an outrightcash donation.” ■Fall/Winter 200113


Donations help modernize classroomsContributions by alumni andfriends to the Classrooms for Tomorrowinitiative are updating the learningenvironment for Bumpers Collegestudents in the Agriculture and PlantScience buildings.AGRI 332 was transformed overthe past year into one of the bestequippedclassrooms on campus. Itincludes state-of-the-art computerizedmulti-media equipment, and it isequipped for computer interactivevideo (CIV) distance education classes.The U of A Division of Agricultureand Riceland Foods Foundationfunded the project.Renovations began this fall to turnanother Agriculture Building roominto the Pat Sullivan Memorial Classroomwith computer connections atstudent workspaces.Funds were providedby a cornerstone giftof $50,000 from theWilson Trust, donationsfrom friends ofthe late James PatrickSullivan, BSA ’61, anda capstone gift fromhis wife, Gail Sullivan,and family.Mr. Sullivan of Burdette, whoJames PatrickSullivanpassed away in July 1999, was a leaderin Arkansas agriculture. He helpedestablish the Arkansas Wheat PromotionBoard, which allocates producercheck-off funds for wheat research andpromotion.A modernized Plant SciencesAuditorium moved closer to realitywith the donation of $25,000 fromEntomology Department HeadWilliam C. Yearian. Dr. Yearian’s giftbrings the total to $75,000, whichincludes $50,000 from Zeneca AgriculturalProducts (now Syngenta) inmemory of the late Larry Coombes ofGreenville, Miss.The auditorium is to be named inhonor of Dr. Coombes, a formerZeneca executive and a leader in thepest management industry. He earnedM.S. and Ph.D. degrees in entomologyfrom the U of A. His bachelor’s degreewas from Arkansas Tech where he wasan outstanding basketball player.Syngenta executive and UA alumnusCraig Sandowski was instrumental inthe company’s decision to help fundthe project.Additional donations are beingsought for anestimated $100,000needed to renovatethe 101-seatteaching auditorium.A secondphase will includecomputer connectionsat studentworkspaces andother multi-mediacomponents at anestimated cost of $50,000.Dr. Yearian said he hopes otherfaculty members, alumni and friendswill contribute to this and otherClassrooms for Tomorrow projects.“All of my career has been withthis university, this college and thisdepartment,” Dr. Yearian said. “Theyhave been good to me, and I ampleased to be in a position to givesomething back.”Interim Dean Greg Weidemannsaid the reason for the fundraisingThe reason … isto modernize thelearning environmentin landmark buildings.initiative is to modernizethe learningenvironment in landmark buildings.“The faculty and students areextremely grateful to these alumni andfriends. They are helping to provide alearning environment that is currentwith that available to their peers acrossthe campus and inother universities,”Dean Weidemannsaid.Public fundspaid for otherrecent renovationsof offices, labs anddesign studios inthe Home Economics,Agriculture andAnimal Science(now Agricultural, Food and LifeScience) buildings.Among other rooms needingrenovation, one of the highest prioritiesis the Human EnvironmentalSciences teaching auditorium in theHome Economics Building, DeanWeideman said.For information on namingopportunities and other ways toparticipate in the Classrooms initiative,contact Development Officer MarkPower. ■SMARTBOARD — Eric Wailesleads a class in agriculturalpolicy in the College's firstclassroom renovated in theClassrooms for Tomorrowinitiative. The room featureslecture hall-style seating,computer networkconnections and a“Smartboard” display thatallows faculty and studentsto use the internet andcomputer presentations.The room is equipped fordistance education classesusing computer interactivevideo.14THE GRADUATE


COOPERATIVE LIVING — Thisis the last photo of Boys’ 4-H House residents (in 1942)printed in the Agriculturist student magazine in 1943.First row: Troy Phillips, Herbert Honeycutt, Hubert Blanchard,Talmadge Stallcup, Mrs. R.M. Gorey, Robert Anderson, Jesse P.Wilson Jr., Ben McCollum, Oscar McCoy; second row: AlbertJohnson, Loyde Hudson, Elbert Keener, Monroe Kirkpatrick, JackKeeling, J.L. Lancaster Jr., Charles Laster; third row: WalterHendrickson, William Estes, Amos Underwood, John Hubbard,Bill Gibbs, Troy Cox; fourth row: Howard Bishop, Everett Horton,Elsey Harris, Quenton Lynd, Charlie Alter; fifth row: Cleoh Smith,Leon Smith, Guy Martin, Hilton Gant, Dan Wofford; sixth row:Mack Forsee, Raydus James, Terrel Gordon, Wade BIshop.Boys’ 4-H House legacylives on in scholarshipBoys’ 4-H House alumni met for their annualreunion Oct. 19 at the Mt. Sequoyah Campground.The Boys’ 4-H House was organized in 1936 as acooperative residence for agriculture students. Eachmember furnished 120 quarts of fruits, vegetables,preserves, jellies, meat and other supplies from home.The members were organized into committees to runthe house, and each paid $12.50 per month to coverexpenses.Other cooperative residences were the Girls’ 4-HHouse, which was the first of its kind in 1932 and was inoperation until 1975; and the Future Farmers’ CooperativeHouse, 1936–43.A modern version of the cooperative living experienceis still available in two fraternities composed mostlyof agriculture students — Alpha Gamma Rho, charteredin 1934, and FarmHouse Fraternity 1954–96, recharteredin 1998.Most Boys’ 4-H House residents entered the armedforces at the start of World War II, and the house wasclosed. Furnishings were stored until after the war, andreturning members decided not to reopen the house.Proceeds from sale of the furnishings went into a scholarshipfund, which has grown with contributions from 4-HHouse alumni.The Collegiate FFA and 4-H Club carries on thetraditions and values of scholarship, citizenship andcommunity service as they prepare for careers in agricultural,food and life sciences. ■FUTURE STUDENTS — Members of the Collegiate FFAand 4-H Club help introduce high school students to theU of A during the annual 4-H O’Rama and FFA CareerDevelopment Events. FFA members, above, write storiesfor an agricultural communications activity in April.Douglas Fitzhugh of Little River County 4-H, left,competes in the 4-H O’Rama bicyle event.Fall/Winter 200115


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Alumni NewsTerrel Gordon, BSA ’42, and his wife,Lois Davis Gordon, BSHE ’42, haverecently celebrated their 59th weddinganniversary. He served in the Army fromJuly 1942 until April 1946 and served withMacArthur’s Headquarters in Manila towardthe end of his term.They reside inFayetteville.Dr. Jack T. Harrington, BSA ’56 MED’63, of Magnolia retired from teachingagriculture and biology at Southern ArkansasUniversity after 37 years of service. He iscurrently serving as president of theColumbia County Farm Bureau, vicechairman of Columbia County ConservationDistrict; justice of the peace on QuorumCourt, Area IV; and director of ArkansasRetired Teachers Association.John Grady Goodman, BSA ’65, ofTrenton, N.J., has been named the firstexecutive director of the Garland CountyChapter of Habitat for Humanity. Goodmanis a retired Air Force Chaplain and anArkansas native who has circled the globetending his military flock since he wasordained as a minister in 1964 while still astudent at the University of Arkansas.David Holcombe, BSA ’69 MED ’74,and Gayla were recently honored by theOklahoma Beef Industry Council with the2001 Beef Environmental StewardshipAward. They reside in Jay, Okla.Shirley E. McAllister, EdD ’69, BSHE’62, of Sun City, Ariz., was elected secretaryof Maricopa County Democrats for a twoyearterm, 2001-03. Maricopa is the sixthlargest county in the United States.What’s Up?Send your alumni news tomlester@uark.eduLen Cotton, BSA ’68 MS ’72, ofDardanelle was appointed to the AmericanLegion Arkansas Boy State Commission.Cotton is a veteran of the US Army 4thInfantry Division and has been employed bythe Arkansas Department of Health for 28years, working in the environmental healthfield.Sara Elizabeth Spayd, MS ’77 PhD ’80,of Prosser, Wash., was elected to the boardof directors to the American Society ofEnology and Viticulture. Dr. Spayd hasworked in research and extension with theWashington Wine Industry as a member ofthe faculty of Washington State Universitysince the completion of her degrees in 1980.Lance M. Bogoslavsky, BS DVM BSA’82, and his wife have recently celebratedtheir twentieth wedding anniversary. Theyreside in Sherwood.Mark E. Hartz, BSA ’82, of Almyra hasrecently accepted a position as treasurer ofthe National Agricultural Aviation Associationand is also vice president of the ArkansasAgricultural Aviation Association.Clete Youmas, PhD ’85, of Dyersburg,Tenn., was promoted to southern regioncommercial development manager for BASF.Keith Alan Childress, BSA ’86, hasbeen promoted to global marketing managerfor the Global Poultry Business Unit.Childers began with Fort Dodge AnimalHealth in 1997. He has been the marketingmanager for the domestic poultry businessGot a new job or promotion? Moved to a different city? Addition to the family?Let us know about those milestones and anything else you’d like to share withthe alumni. Feel free to attach additional pages or newspaper clippings.Name ____________________________________________ Maiden ________________Address _________________________________________________________________City/State ______________________________________________ ZIP ___________Phone ____________________ Graduation Year(s) ____ Degree(s) _______________What’s the news? (new job, promotion, award, etc.) _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Clip or photocopy this form and mail or fax to: Melissa Lester, CAFLS Alumni Society, P.O.Box 1070, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72702, fax 501-575-5177, or e-mail:mlester@uark.edufor the past two years and resides in OverlandPark, Kan.Suzanne Herzog, BSHE ’88 MS ’95,has recently taken a position as LCC TeamLeader with Proctor and Gamble inFayetteville, Ark.Mark J. Davis, BSA ’89, is currentlyemployed as a veterinary surgeon at BayArea Veterinary Specialists Hospital inKemah, Texas.Dr. John Nwoha, BSA ’90 MS ’93, hassuccessfully defended and deposited hisdissertation. He will be graduating with adegree in Agriculture Economics from theUniversity of Illinois in May. He resides inUrbana, Ill., and is temporarily employed asa computer coordinator/specialist withLincoln University Cooperative Extension.Michael Leo Scott, MS ’90, has recentlyreceived his Ph.D. in physiology fromMississippi State University in the Departmentof Animal and Dairy Science. He isemployed in a post-doctorate position withthe Center for Veterinary Medicine/Officeof Research, Food and Drug Administrationand resides in Beltsville, Md.Casey Ann Sams, BSHE ’91, is adietician at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rogersand has been selected by the AmericanDietetic Association as the EmergingDietetic Leader of 2001.Phillip Owens, BSA ’93 MS ’97, wasrecently appointed to a CongressionalScience Fellowship to consult with membersof the United States Congress on issuesinvolving the nation’s soil. In January he willbegin a one-year term on the staff of asenator, representative, or congressionalcommittee as an advisor on issues related tohis scientific expertise. He is on schedule toreceive a doctoral degree in December atTexas A&M University in pedology — thestudy of the origins, characteristics and usesof soils.Elizabeth Benton, BSHE ’94, ofColumbia, Mo., has recently joined HunterDouglas Window Fashions as district salesmanager after previously being employed asa territorial manager at Key Wall Coverings.Scott Thomas Hill, BSA ’94, andTracey Anderson Hill, BSBA ’95. Scott hasrecently earned his doctorate degree indentistry at the University of Tennessee andis practicing in Little Rock. Tracey earnedher CPA title and works at BKD in LittleRock. They are expecting their first child inFebruary 2002 and reside in Cabot.Josh Kinsey Cunningham, BSA ’96MS ’99, is currently employed at Rice Tec,Inc., as a technical representative and residesin Lonoke.18THE GRADUATE


Can you help?Some of the CAFLS graduates from the 1990sfor whom we don’t have addresses are listed below.If you have a phone number or address for any ofthese alumni, please call CAFLS Alumni SocietyDirector Melissa Lester at 501-575-2801, e-mailher at mlester@uark.edu, or write to her at P.O. Box1070, Fayetteville, AR 72702.Lost Alumni■ 1990Wendolyn Moore BakerAndrea Anthony BrooksClaude Gerard FerrerNidia A. HernandezDeborah Elaine McCoolDon Dewitt RobertsonJean RugerinyangeRene J. SalomonShamoun F. ShamounScott Allen SmithChristopher Paul WebbDianne Carolyn WolfLonnie Eugene Young■ 1991Eta BuchbergerJeffrey Paul CarltonDawn Gaye GravesIslah HayatiSorel JacquesLaura E. MacaulayJeffry Shannon MillerJohn Vorkpanah Miller Jr.Kelly Dawn MitchellRenae E. MoranDonald Craig PerryJames Steven PhillipsPriyono PrawitoMicah C. RossTharcisse Sebushahu■ 1992Juan R. BoschAbdulkadir A. ElmiDaniel Milburn HainlineClinton Alan HarpAgus KardinanSherry Michelle LoydJeffrey Len MainSixte NtamatungiroSusan Ellen PenixMark David RockwellSarah L. RushAisling Catherine RyanJennifer Lynne ShellhornHolly P. SmithHamim Sudarsono■ 1993El Hachmi AouraghKatrina Michele BreedenDenise Elaine CaseyJeffrey Ealem DoyleS. Craig DunhamWilma Charese EdwardsSalvator KabonekaJian LiXin-Yu LiCari Stephens McCaigDieudonne KamdemPoneJohn Mark ReddishJerri Ann RogersGlenda Faye SamuelsDonna Ruth StillwellShane Edward Taylor■ 1994Zahoor AhmadMaria Cristina ArcosBhaskar Rao BondadaJeffrey Paul CarltonJimmy Shawn CarltonHongtao ChiShawn ClarkHortense Atta DialloSusan HoschBetsy E. JacksonMeei-Huey LeeRobert David McCallSalvator NkunzimanaTamara L. SaylesStephanie LynSchnebelenSrikanth A.SomayyajulaMarc Wilhelmus VanIerselKaren Young WatersJerry Wesley WestMs. Catherine ZookYiqiao Zou■ 1995Sharon ShillingCrawfordRayma W. HamannMisty Ann MorrisMelissa Dawn MoseleyLori Ann NoblesShaun Ray RhoadesLea Ann TrenaryBing WangRick Fred ZeiglerSincereThanks…to these supporters of theDelta Scholarship Classic Golf TournamentJuly 30 at the Helena Country Club.The tournament raised $13,200 to fund scholarshipsfor Arkansas students inCrop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences.Darrin Malone, BSA ’88 MS ’90, of Paragould,was tournament director.BASFCoco DistributorsDGB EnterprisesDow AgroSciencesDupont Crop ProtectionFarm BureauGillette Grain CompanyTournament Sponsor:Isle of Capri CasinosCorporate Sponsors:Helena Chemical Co.Hickory Hills Pharmacy &Economy Drugs, Inc.Mary Louise Demoret &V. Poindexter FiserMonsantoSyngentaDonors:Agro Distribution LLC H&M Lumber CompanyBayer Helena National BankBlackhawk Warehouse Malone’s OK TireDelta King Seed Planters ServiceDeWitt Bank & Trust Jimmy WebsterFirst National Bankof Phillips CountyMany thanks also to the CSES alumni, friends, facultyand staff who assisted with the golf tournament:Brian Adams, Merle Anders, Jim Barrentine, Dean Bell,Michael Finch, Kevin Fisher, Gloria Fry, James Gibbons,Claude Kennedy, Glen Kernodle, Alan Hopkins, Otis Howe,David Lane, Randy Luttrell, Darrin Malone, Mark Morris,Dick Oliver, Dale Reed, Johnny Roach, Scott Rushing,Ron Talbert, Jerry Williams, Gerald Wilson and Holly Yeatman.Jennifer Keaton, BSA ’96, has taken anew position as a veterinarian with theAnderson Animal Hospital in Anderson, Mo.Terry Wayne Griffin, BSA ’97 MS ’99,is the extension educator for Farm BusinessManagement and Marketing at the Universityof Illinois Extension Office.Jeff Priebe, BSA ’98 JD ’01 has recentlyearned his judicial doctorate degree. He isnow an assistant attorney general in theArkansas Attorney General’s office in LittleRock.Hugh Porter Phelps, BSA ’00, hasrecently accepted a position with ImpactAgronomics of Washington, N.C.Tracie R. Webb, BSHES ’00, andMichael Amos Ahrens, BS ’90, weremarried in June 2000, and she recentlycompleted her dietetic internship in May2001 at UAMS in Little Rock.Dr. Philip A. Moore Jr., BSA ’79 MS’81, received the USDA AgriculturalResearch Service 2001 Scientist of the YearAward for the Southern Plains Area. Theaward is for research that led to dramaticreduction in the phosphorus content ofrunoff water from fields where animalmanure is applied as fertilizer. He is a soilchemist with the ARS Poultry Productionand Product Safety Research Unit and is anadjunct member of the UA Department ofCrop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences inFayetteville. ■Fall/Winter 200119


Dean and Associate VP search narrowed to threeAlumni, friends, faculty andstudents met in October andNovember with three finalistsfor the position of dean of BumpersCollege of Agricultural, Food and LifeSciences and associate vice president ofthe Division of Agriculture in charge ofthe Arkansas Agricultural ExperimentStation.U of A System Vice President forAgriculture Milo Shult and Fayettevillecampus Provost Bob Smith said thefinalists were recommended by a searchcommittee of faculty, students andstakeholders chaired by EntomologyDepartment Head William C. Yearian.The committee began a nationalsearch in January when former associatevice president and dean CharlesScifres left the U of A for an administrativeposition at Texas A&M University.The finalists selected from 14applicants were:Gregory J. Weidemann, associatedirector of the Arkansas AgriculturalExperiment Station and interim deanof Bumpers College. Dr. Weidemannjoined the UA Department of PlantPathology in 1983 and was namedassociate director and associate dean in1995.Dr. Weidemann has a bachelor’sdegree in zoology and a doctorate inplant pathology from the University ofWisconsin.John C. Nye, University ofDelaware dean of the College ofAgriculture and Natural Resources anddirector of the Delaware AgriculturalExperiment Station and CooperativeExtension Service. Dr. Nye has hadresponsibility since 1991 for thecollege, experiment station andextension service programs at theUniversity of Delaware.From 1984 to 1991, Dr. Nye washead of the biological and agriculturalengineering department at LouisianaState University.Dr. Nye was a professor of agriculturalengineering at Purdue Universityfrom 1972 to 1984. His degrees, all inagricultural engineering, include a B.S.degree from Kansas State Universityand M.S. and Ph.D. degrees fromPurdue.Donald C. “D.C.” Coston,associate director of the OklahomaAgricultural Experiment Station. Dr.Coston has been associate director ofthe state experiment station based atOklahoma State University since 1995and was interim associate director ofthe extension service from 1998 to2000.From 1988 to 1995, Dr. Costonwas associate dean for research andassociate director of the South CarolinaAgricultural Experiment Station atClemson University. He joined thehorticulture department faculty atClemson in 1978. He has a B.S.degree from North Carolina StateUniversity and M.S. and Ph.D. degreesfrom Michigan State University, all inhorticulture. ■Thanks to Our SponsorsAgHeritage Farm Credit ServicesAlpha Gamma RhoArkansas Farm BureauArkansas Green Industry AssociationBayer-Pursell, LLCBryant Preserving Co.Butterfield Veterinary & Farm SupplyCaldwell FoodsCreative AwardsConsumer Testing Laboratories, Inc.Entopath, Inc.Farm Credit ServicesFarmHouse FraternityFort Smith Livestock Auction Co., Inc.Hancock Farms Equipment & SupplyHelena Chemical Co.Kraft KitchensMatteson FarmsMidAmerica Farmer GrowerMiller-Newell EngineeringOzark Food Processors AssociationOzark Mountain Poultry Inc.Post Familie VineyardsProducers Rice Mill, Inc.Progressive FarmerQuail Valley FarmsRice JournalRiceland Foods, Inc.Sugar Hill Farms, Inc.Trans-American TireTyson FoodsUphill FarmsYork Pecan Co.CAFLS Alumni SocietyP.O. Box 1070, Fayetteville, AR 72702ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED

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