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A Flock of New Experiences (10/19/2021) by Olivia Doyle - Animal sciences senior Dakota Teems spent the summer of 2021 working around the cluck, gaining real-world experience in the poultry industry while interning with Pilgrim's, a subsidiary of JBS Foods located in Live Oak, Florida. Teems connected with Pilgrim's at the 2021 UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Career Expo last February. As… 1
Tall Timbers, a Forest of Possibilities (9/14/2021) by Olivia Doyle - UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences student Genevieve Printiss is working toward her bachelor's degree in forest resources and conservation, housed in the UF/IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences. Over the summer, Printiss completed an internship at the Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee, Florida, where she gained hands-on experience before her… 1
An Internship Sweet as Sugar (9/9/2021) by Olivia Doyle - UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) student Austin Lee is currently pursuing his bachelor's degree in agricultural operations management (AOM). Lee landed a summer internship with U.S. Sugar to gain experience and explore employment opportunities before his expected graduation in fall 2022. U.S. Sugar's headquarters are located in Clewiston, Florida, on the south… 1
Digging Deeper into Potato Production (8/31/2021) by Olivia Doyle - UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) food and resource economics (FRE) student Paul Hawkins spent his summer in Windsor, South Carolina, as an operations intern for Walther Farms. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree and plans to graduate in Spring 2022. Walther Farms is a third-generation family-owned business that grows potatoes specifically… 1
Extension Intern Applies Knowledge in Family, Youth and Community Sciences (8/10/2021) by Olivia Doyle - This summer, Zyreshia Jackson, a UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences student studying family, youth and community sciences, completed an internship at the UF IFAS Bay County Extension Office in Panama City, FL. When she found out about this opportunity, Jackson knew she wanted to experience it before graduating. As an extension intern, Jackson… 1
Through the Mill for a Summer (7/26/2021) by Olivia Doyle - UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) student Jay Lynch is pursuing his bachelor's degree in forest resources and conservation from the UF/IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences. This summer, he is completing an internship on Amelia Island in Fernandina Beach, Florida, gaining professional experience before graduating in the spring. As a… 1
CALS Alumnus Highlight: Ben Grubbs (5/4/2021) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumnus Ben Grubbs graduated in 2019 with his degree in environmental management in agriculture and natural resources (EMANR). He is currently a site/contract manager for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. What brought you to CALS? The summer after my freshman year, I worked two different… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Ilana Korchia (3/31/2021) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumna Ilana Korchia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in food science in 2019. She currently works as a law clerk at Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, and attends Seattle University School of Law. What first sparked your interest in your major? Having grown… 1
CALS Alumnus Highlight: Terry Baker (3/31/2021) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumnus Terry Baker graduated in 2004 with his degree from the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC), now known as the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences (FFGS). He is currently the CEO of the National Society of American Foresters. What first sparked your… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Cecilia Lepa (3/31/2021) by Olivia Doyle - Cecilia Lepa graduated with both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in forest resources and conservation. She is currently an AmeriCorps VISTA serving with Southern Oregon's Education Service District's College and Careers for All/STEAM working to build and create the first fire ecology education curriculum… 1
CALS Alumnus Highlight: Andrew Walmsley (3/19/2021) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumnus Andrew Walmsley graduated with his bachelor’s degree in agricultural operations management (AOM) from the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 2006. Now in his career, he works as the Director for Congressional Relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation. What first sparked your interest… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Cara Huntley (2/25/2021) by Olivia Doyle - Cara Huntley graduated with her bachelor’s degree in entomology and nematology in 2012 and her master's degree in forest resources and conservation in 2014. She is currently working as the Camping Services Manager for Girl Scouts of West Central Florida and the Camp Wildwood Summer Camp Director. What brought you to CALS and your department?… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Lauren Taylor (2/5/2021) by Olivia Doyle - Lauren Taylor graduated with her bachelor's degree in environmental science in 2011. In her career, she now enjoys the opportunity to work with biologists, hydrologists, wetland specialists, geologists and several disciplines within the engineering world. What brought you to CALS and your department? What first sparked your interest in your major? I have always been… 1
CALS Alumnus Highlight: Robert Carter (1/21/2021) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumnus Robert Carter graduated with his degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a specialization in dietetics in 2016. He is currently working as a registered dietitian at the Southwest Center. What brought you to CALS and your department? What first sparked your interest in… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Verena Vancil (1/21/2021) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumna Verena Vancil earned a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department in 2019. She works as a Senior Public Health Nutritionist for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) at the Florida Department of Health. What brought you to CALS… 1
CALS Alumnus Highlight: Trey Warnock (1/5/2021) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumnus Trey Warnock earned his undergraduate degree from the Animal Sciences Department in 2008 and his M.S. from the department in 2010. He is currently working for Amarillo Brokerage Company. What brought you to CALS and your department? What first sparked your interest in your major?… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Myriam Allen (1/5/2021) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumna Myriam (Lopez) Allen graduated with her bachelor's degree from the Animal Sciences Department in 2003. She is currently working as an embryologist in a fertility clinic. What brought you to CALS and your department? What first sparked your interest in your major? I was a… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Dr. ArNelle Wright (12/16/2020) by Olivia Doyle - Majoring in nutritional sciences, University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumna ArNelle Wright earned her undergraduate degree from the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department (FSHN). She is currently working as a Doctor of Dental Medicine. What brought you to CALS and your department? What first sparked your interest in your major?… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Christina Criser Jackson (12/16/2020) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumna Christina Criser Jackson graduated with her master's degree from the Family Youth and Community Sciences (FYCS) Department in 2010. She is currently serving as President and CEO of United Way of Central Florida, serving more than 50,000 Central Florida community members each year but shares… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Nakita Shim (12/10/2020) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida alumna Nakita Shim earned her undergraduate degree from the Horticultural Sciences Department in 2012. She was hired on the spot at the CALS Career Expo and now works as the Florida Keys Branch Manager and Branch Safety Leader for BrightView Landscape Services. What brought you to CALS and your department? What first… 1
Alumna Highlight: Pam Hyatt (12/3/2020) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florid alumna Pam (Ciemniecki) Hyatt earned her undergraduate degree in surveying & mapping, now geomatics, in 1990. Today, she runs Hyatt Survey Services, alongside her husband Russell Hyatt. Their company has been honored in the Gator100, the world's fastest-growing Gator businesses not only once, but twice. What brought you to your major? What… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Shelby Thomas, Marine Sciences (11/24/2020) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumna Shelby Thomas earned her undergraduate degree in marine sciences in 2017, her master's degree in interdisciplinary ecology in 2018 and is currently working towards her doctorate in fisheries and aquatic sciences at the University of Florida. She also works for Ocean Rescue Alliance, a non-profit… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Tiffany Lane (11/18/2020) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumna Tiffany Lane earned her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (WEC) in 2014. She has worked in wildlife conservation on various projects including aerial observation of whooping crane populations and using air boats and kayaks to capture and band geese. What brought you to… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Marci Levine (11/13/2020) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumna Marci Levine earned her undergraduate degree from the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department (FSHN) in 1999. She majored in Nutritional Science and is currently working to change policies and practices to diversify the faculty at Lehigh University. What brought you to CALS and your… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Danielle Cummings (11/4/2020) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumna Danielle Cummings earned her undergraduate degree in marine sciences in 2016. She is currently serving as Director of Institutional Giving for the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida working to fund raise for the Fish & Wildlife Commission and its partners. What brought you to… 1
CALS Alumnus Highlight: Jonathan Heavner (10/28/2020) by Olivia Doyle - Agricultural educator Jonathan Heavner is a 2017 graduate of the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication. He is currently working at Braden River High School. What brought you to CALS and your department? What first sparked your interest in your major? I always knew I wanted to be an agriculture teacher. The University of… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Farrah Johnson (10/28/2020) by Olivia Doyle - As a 7th grade student Farrah Johnson earned her spot on the FFA parliamentary procedure team over two older students. This sparked her interest in FFA and agricultural education. Soon after, she decided she wanted to be an agricultural educator, a dream and goal she followed through with as a 1999 graduate of the University… 1
CALS Alumna Highlight: Dr. Valerie Sledd (10/28/2020) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumna Valerie (McKee) Sledd earned her undergraduate degree from the Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC) Department in 2014 and her Ph.D. from the Department in 2019. She is currently working as a Learning & Development Specialist for The Climate Corporation, Bayer's global, subsidiary digital agriculture company.… 1
CALS Alumnus Highlight: Adam Midgett (10/26/2020) by Olivia Doyle - As an active FFA member with a family background in agriculture, Adam Midgett found his place in CALS. Midgett, BSA '15 Animal Sciences, is working in Seoul, Korea in executive recruitment and as an advisor providing guidance on the current market conditions in Korea for companies thinking about investing in office space there. What brought… 1
CALS Alumnus Highlight: Kenny Etienne (10/9/2020) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumnus Kenny Etienne is a 2011 graduate of the Family Youth and Community Sciences (FYCS) Department currently working as an Engineering Program Manager at Google supporting Google's Firebase and Flutter product areas. As a former CALS Ambassador, Etienne shares Charlotte Emerson and Jenai Collins were particularly… 1
CALS Alumnus Highlight: Raymond Odeh (10/9/2020) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumnus Raymond Odeh earned his undergraduate degree in plant science in 2012. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors at the American Horticultural Therapy Association. What brought you to CALS? What first sparked your interest in your major? Upon acceptance to the University of… 1
CALS Alumnus Highlight: Bernie LeFils (9/30/2020) by Olivia Doyle - University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumnus Bernie LeFils is a 2011 graduate of the Food and Resource Economics (FRE) Department currently working as a Certified Public Accountant and a registered investment advisor. He is studying to become a Certified Financial Planner and also helps manage his family's timber and cattle ranch.… 1
CALS Alumnus Highlight: Dr. Sundeep Rawal (7/13/2020) by Christine Krebs -   Dr. Sundeep Rawal (BS '03, DMD '06) is one of seven College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumni selected as a UF 2020 40 Gators under 40 honoree. Dr. Rawal is Senior Vice President, Implant Support Services, for Aspen Dental, the largest branded dental service organization in the USA. The University of Florida's B.S.-D.M.D.… 1
Top 5 Virtual Career Resources for UF CALS Students (5/28/2020) by Cathy Carr - By Sammie Walker Herrera (she/her), Career Connections Center (C3) Manager of Integrated Partnerships and liaison to CALS Experience changes everything. This is our motto and driving force as the UF Career Connections Center (C3). Your experience building both self and industry knowledge is a huge part of this! My name is Sammie Walker Herrera and… 1
UF/IFAS Extension agent helps two girls plant seeds in a garden From Intern to Agent at UF/IFAS Extension (10/9/2019) by Dana Edwards - By Cassidy Dossin, UF/IFAS Extension Agent in Clay County (’19 animal sciences major) My internship with UF/IFAS Extension in the summer of 2018 was pivotal in shaping my college experience and gave me direction in my pursuit of a career after graduation. In the fall semester of 2017, as a junior animal sciences major in… 1
Internships and Semester Study Abroad with WEC student Adrian Dougherty (9/30/2019) by Christine Krebs - This fall, Adrian Dougherty traded in the flat landscapes of Gainesville for the mountains and grasslands of Ecuador through a study abroad program. This past summer, the senior wildlife ecology and conservation major interned at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge through UF's biology department. Last summer, Dougherty worked at Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area… 1
CALS Professional Development: Five Tips to Get You Ahead (1/22/2018) by Dana Edwards - Written by Cat Cropsey, junior microbiology and cell science major When it comes to cultivating your professional skills, it’s easy to get lost in all the options UF has to offer. Luckily, our very own College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has made these resources easy and accessible to all their students. Here are five… 1
Corey Graf and Cathy Carr Start the New Year with a Career Resolution (1/8/2018) by Cathy Carr - At the turn of the new year, many individuals set resolutions such as getting healthier, saving money or studying more. I would like to encourage CALS students to consider a career resolution. What will you do this year to prepare for your future? Perhaps your goal is small and you want to start by creating… 1

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