Agriculture Alumni Association Announces 2022 Award Recipients
On Nov. 4, the LSU College of Agriculture held the Agriculture Alumni Awards before the ninth annual Cocktails and Cuisines fundraiser.
The ceremony recognized the 2022 Outstanding Agriculture Alumni Award and Early Career Alumni Award recipients. Outstanding Agriculture Alumni Awards for 2022 were presented to two California-based alumni, Krishna Subbarao, a plant pathologist at the University of California, Davis, and Kenneth "Ken" West II, president and CEO of the Regional Medical Center of San Jose.
The Early Career Agriculture Alumni Award was presented to Elizabeth "Beth" Gregorie, principal of Mangham Junior High in Mangham, Louisiana.
Nutrition And Food Sciences Students Receive Diversity Grant to Study Food Insecurity
Nearly one-third of college students are likely to face food insecurity in some capacity. International students are a population most likely to be affected.
Two graduate students in the LSU School of Nutrition and Food Sciences have taken notice of food insecurity among international students and are looking to make an impact on LSU.
Nila Pradhananga and Kritee Niroula are international students originally from Nepal who are pursuing their doctorates in nutrition and food sciences. Their connection to nutrition and personal experiences led them to pursue a diversity mini grant offered through the LSU Office of the Vice President for Agriculture.
The diversity mini grant program provides financial assistance to LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture faculty, staff and students wanting to implement projects that promote the value of diversity.
Ag Career Prep Week: Professional Development for Students
The LSU College of Agriculture hosted the sixth annual Ag Career Prep Week Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 on LSU’s main campus. Students spent the week networking and polishing their professional skills through events like the career closet, resume review and professional coaching sessions, etiquette dinner and agriculture career fair. More than 40 organizations and nearly 300 students attended the career fair to find internships and employment opportunities, expand their professional networks, and get an updated LinkedIn profile photo at the free headshot booth.
Ag Career Prep events cater to students from all majors and year-levels within the College of Agriculture, providing opportunities for first-year students, sophomores, juniors, seniors and even graduate students.
"What I love about Career Prep Week is that it is not just a career fair," says Ashley Grant, manager of internships for the LSU College of Agriculture. "The events leading up to the fair are designed to help students feel more confident and prepared when it comes to networking with employers and industry representatives."
Back this year was the Career Closet Pop-up Shop, which allows students to select gently used business casual attire at no cost, thanks to clothing donations from alumni, industry partners, faculty and staff. More than 700 items of professional clothing found new homes with students.
On Nov. 4, the LSU College of Agriculture presented alumni with the Outstanding Agriculture Alumni Award and Early Career Alumni Award. From left, Kenneth West II, of San Jose, California; Elizabeth Georgie, of Mangham; and Krishna Subbarao, of Salinas, California. Photo by Annabelle Lang
Students network before the Etiquette Dinner, a signature event during Ag Career Prep Week. From left, Savanah Rioux, animal sciences major; Raina Washington, environmental management systems major; Lauren Hamilton, natural resource ecology and management major; and Jacob Mills, natural resource ecology and management major. Photo by Annabelle Lang
Kritee Niroula, left, and Nila Pradhananga received a diversity mini grant from the LSU Office of the Vice President for Agriculture to study food insecurity among international students. Photo by Annabelle Lang