Herbert Chronicle Archives

The Herbert Chronicle is the Herbert College of Agriculture’s quarterly newsletter, providing updates and highlighting the accomplishments of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. If you’d like to send suggestions for future issues, please email Maci Heffelfinger at mheffelf@utk.edu.

From the Desk of the Dean

2023 Issues

August 2023 Issue

  • Something Sweet This Fall
  • Smith Center Endeavors
  • Herbert Alum Spotlight
  • New Faces at Herbert

May 2023 Issue

  • Spring Semester with Keith Carver
  • Welcome, Emine!
  • Training the Next Global One Health Workforce
  • Where Has Herbert Been and Where Are We Going?

February 2023 Issue

  • A Message from Interim Dean David White

2022 Issues

2022 Dean’s Holiday Message

  • A Message from Dean Beyl

October 2022 Issue

  • Thank You, Dean Beyl
  • Welcome, Jay!
  • Big Orange Give Turns Ten
  • The Herbert Difference and the Student-Athlete Experience

August 2022 Issue

  • Traveling the Globe–Herbert in Guatemala
  • Welcome, Ally Lay!
  • Save the Date–International Showcase

June 2022 Issue

  • ALEC Receives New Endowment for Graduate Students
  • Welcome, Hannah Leyhew!
  • After Two-Year Hiatus, UT Forestry Club Hosts Conclave
  • Herbert Alumnus Cultivates Career Readiness at Texas A&M

April 2022 Issue

  • The Scoop on the UT Creamery
  • Welcome, Mary Beth Johnson!
  • Live-and-Learn Internship Provides Hands-on Experience
  • Herbert’s Academic Advisors Shine

February 2022 Issue

  • One Big Happy Family: The Herbert Life LLC
  • ALEC Receives National Award for Agricultural Education
  • A Path to Horticulture and Beyond
  • Faculty Spotlight: Hao Gan, winner of the 2020 Giuseppe Pellizzi Prize

2021 Issues

2021 Dean’s Holiday Message

  • A Message from Dean Beyl

October 2021 Issue

  • Herbert Students Shine at American Dairy Science Association Meeting
  • Welcome, Megan Myers!
  • New Exploratory Site Eases Challenge of Major Selection
  • Biosystems Engineering Students Receive National Recognition…Again!

August 2021 Issue

  • Campus Changes–Remembering the Past, Valuing the Present, Celebrating the Future
  • The Inside Scoop on a Career in Veterinary Medicine
  • Herbert Welcomes Haslam Scholar to incoming Class
  • Q&A with Hunter Hammock, 2021-2022 Graduate Student Senate President
  • EdTPA Scores Rank Above State and National Averages

June 2021 Issue

  • Coming Home to the Herbert College of Agriculture
  • A High Honor for Pro Fishing’s Biggest Star
  • Historic Morgan Hall Turns One Hundred
  • ALEC Opens Doorways with Online Degree Program
  • Interview with Distinguished Alumnus Bob Sinclair
  • Meet Spenser Smith
  • Mexico and Argentina Study Abroad Courses Offered for New UT Winter Term

April 2021 Issue

  • Missions that Make Waves
  • Q&A with Craig Pickett, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Department of Animal Science Welcomes New Advisor
  • One Health, One World
  • New Partnership in Haiti Creates Opportunities for Collaboration

February 2021 Issue

  • Black History Month at Herbert
  • Mindfulness: Finding Peace in an Unusual Time
  • Student Success Reminders
  • Q&A with Rob Williams
  • Get the Scoop on the Creamery
  • Going Above and Beyond: Faculty Edition

2020 Issues

December 2020 Issue

  • A Message from Dean Beyl

October 2020 Issue

  • Bean to Bar
  • College, One Day at a Time
  • Opportunities Gone Virtual
  • Graduation Ceremonies Ahead
  • End Hunger NOW!
  • How Scholarships from Supporters Lead Students to Success

August 2020 Issue

  • Our Return to Campus
  • Welcome Home to Herbert
  • Cheers and Fears
  • No More Horsing Around
  • Herbert Belongs to All of Us

June 2020 Issue

  • Students Seek Summer Success
  • Top in Turfgrass Heads to Graduate School
  • After Graduation
  • Distinguished Alumnus: Jerri Marr
  • Welcome, Cassie Johnson!
  • Incoming Herbert Freshman Selected as Haslam Scholar
  • UTIA: We’re Here for You

April 2020 Issue

  • Commencement Plans Proceed for Spring Graduates
  • Herbert Senior Celebrated as Torch Bearer
  • Being Social While Social Distancing
  • One Health Amid the Global Pandemic
  • Our Nationally Ranked Program
  • Clark to Lead Department of AREC

February 2020 Issue

  • You Can Find It Here at Herbert
  • Three Minute Thesis Competition
  • Globally Engaged

2019 Issues

December 2019 Issue

  • A Holiday Tale from Herbert

September 2019 Issue

  • What Does it Take to be a Champion Judging Team?
  • USDA Report Cites High Demand for Ag Majors, Especially Ag Business
  • One Hundred Years of Ag and Resource Economics Studies

April 2019 Issue

  • We’re Agog about Virtual Reality Goggles
  • Herbert Leads UT-China Partnerships
  • Livestock Judging Team Wins Southeastern Expo
  • Two Masters of Learning by Doing
  • Remembering Arthur Leal
  • Top Recognition for Student Chapters
  • High Spirits Aplenty at Ag Night with the Vols
  • Student Success Advisor Wins Upgrade for Students
  • Farewell to Two High-Impact Professors

February 2019 Issue

  • Using NASA Geospatial Images for Earth’s Environmental Issues
  • Missing Class by 8.000+ Miles
  • Wins in Forestry, Livestock, and Central Park
  • Three Elevator Speeches about Our College
  • On the Emerald Isle, Opportunities Thrive
  • Hello, Christie Banks
  • Five Years, Six Team Members, and Positive Results
  • Daylilies, Pumpkins, and the Sustainability of Farms

2017 – 2018 Issues

December 2018 Issue

  • A Very Special Season in a Very Special Year

October 2018 Issue

  • Celebrating Our New Name with a Vol Tradition
  • My Summer was Transformational
  • A Soil Judging Student & Coach Share an International Win
  • Values that Passed from Father to Son
  • Have International Interests? Mark Your Calendar
  • New Student Success Advisors in Place
  • Together we Grow

August 2018 Issue

  • The Herbert College of Agriculture
  • A World Away
  • UnBelizeable
  • Blazing Career Paths for 4-H’ers
  • Farewells and Beginnings
  • “It was Wild”

April 2018 Issue

  • First in the Nation for Wildlife & Fisheries
  • A Graduation of Milk, Ice Cream, and Honest Advice
  • Soil Vols Capture National Title
  • Peace Corps Prep Kicks Off at UTIA
  • The Gift Too Big to Wrap
  • There’s a positive to Amaranth? A Students Win
  • This Undergrad Shines in Biotech
  • Our Forestry Student Makes the Cut
  • The Bsal Rap
  • Policy Smarts for Our Students
  • Celebrating UTIA’s 50th Anniversary
  • Share Your Magic Moments
  • Our Youngest Recruiter
  • Late-breaking and Wonderful News

February 2018 Issue

  • Perspective on the Future of Ag Leadership
  • Meet Sharon Couch, New Student Life Coordinator
  • A Racing Course for Mini-Team
  • Rabbits, Life Skills, & Our LLC
  • Introduction to International Student Ambassadors
  • Tips for Life Success
  • Herbert Scholars Say Thank You

December 2017 Holiday Issue

  • Reflections on the Holidays

November 2017 Issue

  • Fall Enrollment Sets New Record
  • Third Academic Advisor in Place
  • BESS Students Chalk Up International Wins
  • Soil Vols Take Home First Place
  • Temple Grandin Visits Ag Campus
  • Ag Day Recap
  • A Boot Camp for our Graduate Students
  • On the Ground in Swaziland
  • CASNR Trio Honored with National Awards
  • A Forestry Leader & White House Fellow
  • CASNR’s Man on Mars
  • Honoring our Veterans

Fall 2017 Issue

  • Alum in Montana to Advance Blackfeet Nation
  • Tops in a Prospective Student Survey
  • Excellence Honors for CASNR Deans 
  • New Advising Model, Advisors in Place
  • We Say Farewell to Craig Pickett
  • Celebrate Ag Day With Us 
  • Two Career Fairs
  • Alum Takes Grain Elevators to New Heights
  • Exciting International Opportunities for Students 
  • How Student Scholarships Really Make a Difference

April 2017 Issue

  • Preparing for Graduation
  • First Prestigious Herbert Scholars Named
  • Spring Commencement Speakers To Address Inspiration 
  • Our 17-year-old Graduate—Wow! 
  • Chancellor Honors Ten CASNR Standouts 
  • Student Team Wins 
  • Alumna Alison Williams Leads

March 2017 Issue

  • Students Prepare for Commencement 
  • CASNR’s New Advising Model Prepares Students to Excel 
  • Introducing the Distinguished Herbert Scholars Program 
  • Neogen’s President on Where CASNR Degrees Can Take You
  • Meet Our Top VOL Dalton Teel
  • Biosystems Lectuer Honored
  • Thinking Globally
  • A Can-Structured Bridge 
  • Meet Genomics Professor Feng Chen 
  • HungerU Inspires Us All

2015 – 2016 Issues

2016 Dean’s Holiday Message

  • Awarding Our First Honorary Doctorate
  • Tosha Triumphs Over The Odds
  • Donor Support Establishes Student Emergency Fund
  • Fire Relief Efforts
  • Operation Christmas Child

2016 Fall Issue

  • Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries’ Fall Camp
  • Constructing Tomorrow
  • Students Complete 1,157-Mile Tennessee River Tour
  • Fabulous CASNR Faculty
  • Challenges Veterans Face Returning to Study
  • A Bridge to the Future
  • Students Experience Gardens and Culture of Japan
  • Fall Festival Fun and Competition
  • Big Orange Give
  • CASNR Team Participates at National FFA Convention
  • Distinguished Honor for UT Forestry Student

2016 Summer Issue

  • H.S. Team Wins at International Science & Engineering Fair
  • Annual Fall Kickoff Success!
  • Stellar Hands-on Learning for Our Students
  • UT Turfgrass Student a Part of Wimbledon History
  • UT International Programs Showcase
  • Nick Baker Serves as National FFA Secretary
  • Connect with Farmhouse Fraternity
  • Cultivating aGIRLculture
  • UT Farm Credit Scholars Start Their Internships
  • Top 10 Reasons to Join the UT Livestock Judging Team
  • Real World Learning
  • Important Dates Ahead

2016 May Issue

  • Battle of the Habitat Playhouses
  • UT Forestry Club Thrives at Forestry Center
  • A Big Orange Win
  • Wildlife Society Places 3rd in the Wildlife Conclave
  • Big Orange Joins Blue and Gold Once More!
  • VOLstarter
  • CASNR Takes on Atlanta for the College Student Career Program
  • Farm Credit Scholars
  • Seniors, It’s Your Turn
  • CASNR Students Excel in UT Exhibition of Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievement
  • No fooling: New BESS Department Head Arrive April 1st
  • From Serving to Learning—Challenges Today’s Veterans Face Returning to an Academic Setting
  • Karen Vail Serves as Interim Department Head of EPP
  • Spotlight: Nine in college Celebrated at Chancellor Cheek’s Honors Banquet

2016 March Issue

  • Spotlight: First Term in CASNR
  • Dean Beyl Serves as Delegate at Summit on Women in Agriculture
  • Grads Capture Win in Nat’l Farm Bureau Challenge
  • UT Welcomes First China Scholars Class
  • Graduates Head West to San Antonio
  • Impact of an Ag Degree on Landing a Job
  • VOLstarter
  • CASNR Beautifies Campus
  • Big Orange Accomplishments
  • Seniors, It’s Your Turn
  • Horsing Around

2015 November Issue

  • Spotlight: Leadership Opportunities Within CASNR
  • Students Thrive in Leadership Summit
  • Get InVOLved
  • College Prepare Students for Success with Career Fair
  • MANRRS Students Take Over Atlanta
  • Big Orange Give Benefits Students & Faculty
  • It Was a Magical Day on the Ag Campus
  • National FFA Convention Offers Big Orange Welcome
  • Sterges Biosystems Learning Hub Debuts
  • CASNR in the Community
  • Brewing a Big Idea
  • Say Cheese, All Vol Cheese
  • You Can’t Have Football without Ag
  • International Experience Learning at its Finest

2015 August Issue

  • Spotlight: Student Internships
  • WWOOFing Isn’t Just About Puppies Any More
  • CASNR Believe It or Not
  • Living With a Desire to Inspire
  • Smith Chair Tom Gill Encourages CASNR Family to Engage in International Exchanges
  • 2015 Class of China Scholars
  • Students Thrive in Summer Bridge Program
  • CASNR Hosts 300 4-H Members on the Agricultural Campus
  • Our Students Define What it Looks Like to be Leaders
  • Future is Bright for Ag and Resource Economics Grads
  • John Stier Promoted to Associate Dean of CASNR
  • At 99 Years, One of Our Oldest Alums Still Farming
  • A Really Crappy Day

2015 Spring Issue

  • Spotlight: ALEC
  • What’s Happening with FFA
  • From Orange Country to Rainbow Country
  • March a Busy Month for FFA State Officers
  • Elena Smith Reminisces on FFA Experiences
  • Ambassadors: CASNR Students Are True Volunteers
  • Five Things Agriculture Students Are Tired of Hearing
  • In Memory of Dr. Riley
  • AGR Makes Its Mark Academically and in the Community
  • Forestry Alum Jerri Marr to Address Spring Graduates
  • One of CASNR’s Own is UT Hooding Ceremony Speaker
  • EPP’s Proposal for a New Doctoral Program Moves Forward
  • Adam Willcox Steps Up as CASNR Student International Experiences Coordinator
  • CASNR Welcomes New Leader of Tennessee 4-H/ALEC
  • Director of Advising for CASNR Launches the Online Petition Process
  • Plant Sciences Professor Presented with National Teaching Honor
  • Career Focus
  • Tennessee Farmers’ Cooperative Provides Career Opportunities for Students
  • CASNR ACEs Visit
  • CASNR Constructs a Model of Success
  • Experiential Learning: First-time Competitors Win National Honors!
  • AREC Students Experience Learning
  • Powell High School Students Get Hands-on with Turf Research
  • Students Attend Thirtieth Annual MANRRS Conference in Houston
  • Crops, Cancer, and Chickens, OH MY!
  • Interviews Abound at the International Production and Processing Expo
  • Wildlife: Things Seem a Bit Batty Around Here
  • She Started from the Bottom
  • Congratulations to our Southeastern Wildlife Conclave Champion

2014 and Earlier Issues

Fall 2014

  • Spotlight: PlanET
  • CASNR’s Outstanding Student Services Group
  • International Page VP of Sustainability Visits Forestry Club
  • Tyson Foods, Inc. Designates First College Campus Ambassador
  • FAA Student Leadership Has Lunch with Chancellor Cheek
  • Forestry Club Hosts Weyerhausen’s Representative
  • Landscape Construction Students Repair Morgan Hall Bench
  • UTIA Student Team Captures National Honors in Dairy Products Evaluation
  • CASNR Career Fair a Resounding Success
  • BRIDGE for the FUTURE Symposium: Building Research Interest & Developing Global Engagement in USDA-NIFA Priority Areas
  • Jobs, jobs, jobs — Ag is the Place to Be
  • Third Creek: A Real Experience in Surface Water Issues
  • UT Organic Farm Internship Program
  • A CASNR Student in Napa Valley
  • CASNR’s Study Abroad Program
  • Farm Credit Scholar Program–New Experience, New Class
  • TN Farmers Cooperative (TFA) Opportunities Popular with Students
  • CASNR Promotes Student Involvement and International Awareness
  • Harmony By Design
  • Upcoming Events: CASNR Looks to Promote Leadership and Civic Engagement in 2015

Summer 2014 Issue

  • Achievement Pins for CASNR Graduates
  • Coming to America-100 Chinese Scholars
  • Faculty-led International Trips
  • International Experiences
  • Summer Internships
  • Incoming Students
  • Alumni Profile
  • New Recruitment Coordinator
  • LeaderShape
  • Summer Bridge Program
  • Student Award Winners
  • NACTA Honors

Spring 2014 Issue

  • Students Value CASNR Faculty
  • CASNR Launches Strategic Plan
  • Governor’s Rural Challenge
  • Julius Johnson at Graduation
  • FFA Honors Cheek and Beyl
  • The Job Picture – Mars Petcare, Poultry Expo, Sanderson Farm, and CSAW Workforce Census
  • Internships – Duke Energy, Royal Botanical Garden in Kew, In Washington D. C., and At Blount Farm
  • Gamma Beta Phi
  • Competitions – EUReCA Results, Discussion Meet, and Conclave Results
  • Trip to the Capital
  • IAAS Summit
  • CASNR LLC – Explores the Great Outdoors, Gets New Teaching Assistant, and Honors Dr. Smith
  • Recruiting Diversity – MANRRS, JUMP, Sneak Peek, and Teen Step Show

Fall 2013 Issue

  • CASNR Enrollment Picture for Fall
  • Dean’s Scholars
  • Farm Credit Scholars
  • Ag Ambassador Retreat
  • Career Fair
  • Bivens from AgriGold Hybrids Visits Classes
  • International Fair
  • Students in China
  • West TN FFA Students Visit
  • Halloween Mixer
  • CASNR Students of Distinction – Baker and Buehler
  • CASNR Student Attends Youth Ag Summit in Canada
  • Turf Students Sod the Rock
  • Wildlife Quiz Bowl Team Takes Third
  • LLC Paints the Rock
  • Science Fair Winner and Flies
  • Buggy Buffet
  • Sigma Alpha Wins
  • Brad Collett – Quest Scholar
  • Loss of John Riley
  • Craig Pickett Joins the Dean’s Office
  • Students Construct Wetlands
  • Happy Holidays

Summer 2013 Issue

  • CASNR is a Family Tradition – Welcoming New Freshmen
  • Two of our Legacy Families
  • TEAL Classroom
  • Outdoor Classroom for the UT Gardens
  • Farm Credit Scholars Go to DC
  • CASNR Students Attend IAAS World Congress in Chile
  • Learning in Jamaica
  • Learning in Italy
  • CASNR Students on Summer Internships
  • Undergraduate Research and its Impact
  • Prize Approach to Entrepreneurship in the Classroom
  • Graduate Scientific Writing Class Goes Global
  • Joint MLA Program Gets a New Chair
  • The Job Outlook for Agriculture

Spring 2013 Issue

  • New Facilities
  • Donnie Smith at Graduation
  • CASNR Enrollment Growth Exceeds National
  • Learning Community
  • International Poultry Expo
  • Chancellor’s Award Recipients
  • Advising Corner
  • FST Program Review
  • FWF Program Review
  • Urban Forestry Concentration
  • Sigma Alpha Sweeps Awards
  • Wildlife Team Takes Second
  • Forestry Team Takes Eighth
  • Food Science Team take Second
  • Turf Students Excel
  • CASNR Students Shine at EURECA
  • Innovative Recruitment (Step Show, Gadget Girls)
  • Congratulations Graduates