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T HE AMBASSADO R Ag & HES Alumni Association

December 2017

Alumni Focus:

Charles H. Canter '89 02 Dean's Corner Ed Student named 12 Ag National FFA Officer

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Dean's Corner A

s we wrap up 2017, I wanted to take this time to share with you information about some of our wonderful students who will soon be joining you as alumni of this great college. Our enrollment continues to grow in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, thanks to our quality instruction and family atmosphere, and our students continue to be among the best and brightest to enter this university. The 2017 freshman class joining us this fall was 10 percent larger than the year before. We are also proud that 16% of these freshmen are underrepresented minorities. We celebrate diversity as we prepare for a global society. During Roundup week activities, we heard inspiring comments from students Michaela Mineer and Fabian Leon. Michaela is a senior double majoring in family sciences and communications, and minoring in community and leadership development. Fabian is a junior agricultural and medical biotechnology student, national undergraduate student parliamentarian for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, and a U.S. Department of Agriculture Wallace-Carver Fellowship recipient. It was rewarding to listen as they told university, community and government leaders about their passion for the college, the great support they receive from their professors and the exciting opportunities they have encountered on our campus. Our students are engaged in research on campus and across the world. For example, Emily Major, a junior agricultural and medical biotechnology student, recently received an NSF Kentucky EPSCOR Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Zachary Tyler, a 2016 biosystems and agricultural engineering graduate, received a 2017-18 Fulbright Research Grant to study the environment in Brazil. Our students are national and international leaders taking on the world's most pressing challenges. Gracie Furnish, an agricultural education sophomore from Harrison County, was recently elected East Region vice president of the National FFA Organization. Abdelaziz Lawani, an agricultural economics doctoral student, was noted for his international work in a Boston Globe article by Chelsea Clinton. Our Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences chapter and Agricultural Economics’ Academic Bowl team are top notch. MANNRS has been named the nation’s best chapter for the past five years while the Ag Econ team has earned back-to-back national championships. This is just a small sample of our many outstanding students. To help our students combat the cost of an education, we continue working to provide as many scholarship opportunities as possible. This year, we were able to award more scholarships to deserving students than in previous years. For the 2017-18 year, $1,010,526 we awarded to 490 students. This compares to last year when $625,213 we awarded to 425 students! You play an important role in our students’ lives through scholarships, internship opportunities, mentorships, and recruitment. As Alumni, you show our students all the many career paths and successes that are open to them through the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Thank you for your continuing support of our students and your college. It is a distinct honor to represent and support this wonderful college. -Nancy Cox Dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

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Roundup 2017

It starts with us Bastin named 2017-2018 SEC ALDP Fellow Sandra Bastin '79, '87, '95, chair of the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition and one of four University of Kentucky faculty members, was named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development program. The SEC ALDP, now in the programs tenth year, seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. It has three components: a university-level development program designed by each institution for its own participants; two SEC-wide workshops held on specified campuses for all program participants; and a competitive fellowship designed to provide administrative growth opportunities for former fellows. "It is our strong belief that helping to prepare administrators for the next phase of their careers has the potential to impact all of higher education, both now and in the future," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "Our universities make a significant investment in these individuals, and we are proud to work with them through this program."

Lucas inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame Anna Lucas '63 of Waynesburg recently was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame for her lifetime achievements and contributions to the nation's young people. Lucas, a former Kentucky 4-H youth development specialist, was one of 16 people inducted. Raised on a Lincoln County farm, Lucas graduated in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in home economics from the University of Kentucky. She was offered a job as a home demonstration agent prior to graduation; begining a career spanning five decades with Cooperative Extension Service. Lucas has served on numerous curriculum development and planning committees in Kentucky, the region and nationally. She has made a lasting impression on thousands of youth, volunteers and agents. Upon retirement, Lucas returned to her hometown and serves in multiple leadership roles. She remains a vital part of Kentucky 4-H and provides statewide leadership.

Johnson named extension Educator of the Year The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences named Janet Johnson their Educator of the Year. Johnson, a University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agent in Allen County, was recognized for her tireless work for the betterment of the citizens in her community. The association annually gives the award to a family and consumer sciences extension educator who conducts outstanding programs that positively affect families. The recipient must have been a member of the association for at least 12 years and must have already received its distinguished service and continued excellence awards. Johnson is committed to extending UK's research knowledge to Kentuckians to build strong families. The community is her classroom, as she delivers programs focusing on resource management, family development, civic engagement and nutrition and health. Through weekly and monthly television programs, she brings extension education directly into the homes of Kentuckians and Tennesseans. Much of Johnson's work has revolved around community and economic development. She helped secure nearly $20 million in funding for Allen County to support beautification, renovation, transportation and built environment efforts. She was also integral in the development of Plate It Up Kentucky Proud, a program UK family and consumer sciences agents conduct in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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Barnett selected chair of UK Agricultural Economics Barry Barnett '84, '93 will return to his alma mater to assume the role of chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. A Woodford County native, he has earned three degrees from UK including his doctorate in agricultural economics. "I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty and staff in the department to educate our students and to develop knowledge-based solutions for the important challenges facing the commonwealth, the nation and the world," said Barnett. "We are honored that Barnett will be taking the helm of this department," said Nancy Cox, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. "His background and experiences have prepared him for this role in a department that is fundamental to the agricultural economy of Kentucky and beyond." Barnett, who has more than 21 years of faculty experience, is currently a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State University and a visiting scholar at Humboldt University in Berlin. His chief research interests are agricultural risk, insurance and public policy. Barnett has also taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, receiving teaching awards at both levels.

McCulley named chair of UK Plant and Soil Sciences Rebecca McCulley was recently named the chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. "We are please to have Dr. McCulley at the helm of this distinguished department," said Nancy Cox, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. "Her vision for continuing the tradition of excellence and inclusiveness is compelling, and we look forward to success." Since coming to UK in 2006, McCulley has led a research program focused on grassland agroecology in CAFE. As a professor, McCulley has taught numerous courses and mentored many students. She has been the primary advisor to nine graduate students. Originally from Houston, McCulley received her bachelor's degree from Rice University, her master's from Texas A&M University and her doctorate from Colorado State University. "I appreciate the support of my colleagues, and look forward to interacting with faculty, staff and students in Plant and Soil Sciences, CAFE administration, and the larger CAFE community in this new role," she said.

Alum Jon Carloftis designed dream career at UK One business card. That's the only resource UK College of Communications and Information alumnus Jon Carloftis '86 had at his disposal when he left his Kentucky home for New York City in the late 1980s. "I had the chance to move to New York for the summer," said the Rockcastle County native. "I made cards up that said 'Jon Carloftis Rooftop Garden Designer,' I'd never been on a rooftop in my life!" Nobody seemed to notice that fact. The nationally know garden designer's ingenuity, coupled with the business communication classes he'd taken, drove his entrepreneurial spirit. Through word of mouth, his career soared throughout New York City. He designed gardens for celebrities like Julianne Moore, Edward Norton and Mike Myers, as well as countless rooftops across the area. "I learned all the things from my professors at UK," Carloftis said. "I also learned growing up in Kentucky about nature, beauty and the natural beauty, rather than the fake. My work was very popular in New York because that's what they wanted. They wanted the real deal." Carloftis also credits his year of courses in horticulture where he learned about trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials at the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Today, after a successful 27 years in New York City, he's back in Lexington. "We're doing these amazing distilleries, like Makers Mark, Castle and Key, a lot of rooftop gardens. I just can't imagine my life truly without going to the University of Kentucky. It opened me up to so much that a smaller college would have not's a place I am so proud of!" 11 | December 2017

UK agricultural education student elected to FFA national office By Carol Lea Spence

Gracie Furnish, a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment sophomore, was elected FFA Eastern Region vice president at the organization’s recent national conference in Indianapolis. The Harrison County native, who is majoring in agricultural education with a minor in agricultural economics, will take a year off from her studies to fulfill the responsibilities of her new position. The Eastern Region comprises 18 states that stretch from Kentucky to Maine. Furnish is among six officers who will lead the national organization in the coming year. FFA is the largest youth organization in the United States. As an ambassador for FFA, the college and the agriculture industry in general, Furnish’s responsibilities will include attending state and national FFA functions and working with sponsors, policymakers and agricultural industry leaders. “I’m super excited. I’ll get to do a lot of traveling and visit with lots of amazing people,” Furnish said. She will visit Japan in January for an international experience, just one trip out of the 300 days she will be on the road. “As an FFA kid myself, I know being elected a national FFA officer is a high honor that very few members achieve,” said Commissioner Ryan Quarles in a news release from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. “Congratulations to Gracie, and best wishes on her term as FFA Eastern Region vice president.” Furnish is looking forward to her year in office. “I’ve always been so passionate about agriculture and agricultural education. Anything I can do to advocate for that is important to me. This is an amazing opportunity to get to do that,” she said. “I know how big of an impact FFA has had on my life. I have found a place to grow and be challenged and also succeed, and I want to be able to offer that to other people as well.”

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Alumni Focus Charles H. Canter Agricultural Economics '89 By Aimee Nielson

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rowing up on a Jessamine County farm, raising tobacco, cattle, hay and a little corn, Chuck Canter knew he always wanted to live a life connected to agriculture in some way. So when he graduated from high school, it was only natural for him to enroll in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “It was obvious to me that I need to go to an ag school, and UK was just up the road,” he said. “I knew I could continue to farm while I went to school, and that’s just what I did.” Canter got a quick dose of reality his first semester at UK. He said he’d made good grades all through high school without having to study much. “College chemistry and plant biology kicked me,” he admitted. “I got a D, and I still don’t know how I managed to pass them at all. I just couldn’t grasp or comprehend the subjects. I ended up with a 2.1 grade point average, and I had never had one that low in my life.” However, Canter wasn’t deterred; he knew he needed to continue college, but he had to find a new path. Canter was good with numbers and business, so he was placed with agricultural economics professor Loys Mather for advising. Turns out, it was the perfect fit. “My goodness, he kept me on track,” Canter said. “He is the main reason I got through college and graduated. He really helped me find my way. He made me feel like I was part of something more than a college. He made it feel like I was part of a family.” Canter said he had similar experiences with nearly every CAFE faculty member. He enjoyed being able to freely ask any of them for help—and they would help, without hesitation, he recalled. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1989, Canter went back to the farm. He soon realized he would have 15 | December 2017

to do more as tobacco was changing and it wasn’t nearly as lucrative as when he used it to pay for college. He decided to put his degree to work and apply for an off-farm job. “I had a friend who worked for a local lumber company, so I went to work there for about a year,” he said. “My heart was really still in agriculture, and I knew I had to get back to it.” Canter began working at Southern States, first in Georgetown, then Lexington and finally closer to home in Nicholasville. He was the manager there for 10 years and then followed an opportunity to work with Ag Credit in Lexington, where he also worked for 10 years. In 2014, Canter made another move to become a loan officer for First Southern National Bank in Nicholasville. He mainly deals in commercial and agricultural loans. He also serves as the current president of the UK Ag & HES Alumni Association. continued on pg. 16

Although it’s been a few years since Canter has been in school and he realizes students won’t be able to finance it on 1.5 acres of tobacco and five head of cattle, he believes students can still buckle down and be successful. In fact, with technology advances, Canter said students have more opportunity now than ever before. “There’s such a wide array of subjects students can pursue now—computers, drones. Technology in general has really widened their opportunities,” he said. “But one thing that hasn’t changed is the need to be able to adapt to change and to stay focused. I studied hard during the week so I could have a break on the weekend, and that prepared me for the kind of schedule I have now in my career. I would tell them just do the right thing; that makes things pretty simple. If you keep your priorities straight and work hard, good things will happen.”


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Student Spotlight Josey Moore - Agricultural Economics & Management

Minor: Internantional Business Graduation Year: 2019 Hometown: Fallon, Nevada Activities: Agricultural Economics Quiz Bowl team, Agribusiness Club, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Sigma Pi Q: What led you to choose the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment? A: Growing up in a small farming community in northern Nevada, I was developed a healthy respect for agriculturalists at a young age. As I grew older, I became truly passionate about the industry. In high school, I attended the National FFA Convention held in Louisville and from my first visit I was hooked on the state of Kentucky. Upon graduation my incredible mother, the local agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, encouraged me to truly consider all of my college and field of study options since I wasn’t completely confident I wanted to follow in my family’s footsteps. After some self reflection, I realized that studying agriculture was a perfect fit for me because I wasn’t just looking for a career, I was looking for a lifestyle that I could be invested in and stay passionate about throughout time. Q: What does the College mean to you/describe your best/overall experience? A: Over the past three years, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has simply become my family. Not only have I found some of my closest friends within the college, I also found my role models among the staff and faculty. I have been able to experience incredible opportunities and to see a variety of different locations that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to visit. 17 | December 2017

Since coming to the University of Kentucky, I’ve traveled to two countries and half a dozen cities learning about agriculture and how I can make a difference. I’m genuinely appreciative of all the individuals within CAFE that have helped me to not only become a better version of myself but also made my transition to college almost seamless. Q: How is the College preparing you for your future? A: One of The College’s primary focuses is developing students into successful professionals regardless of the career path they plan on taking. A unique aspect of our college is that many of our lecturers are still active in the agriculture industry and go out of their way to help students establish connections outside academia. I’ve personally gotten a great deal of constructive and informative advice from staff/faculty with regards to where I see myself in the future and the necessary steps I will need to take to get there. From my resume to business cards and even professional development conferences, I’ve had an extensive group of individuals to turn to for advice. Q: Where do you see yourself in 15 years? A: It’s hard to say where exactly I see myself in 15 years, especially because some of the best advice I’ve gotten in college is to always keep my options open and to not be afraid of new opportunities or experiences. I do

plan on continuing my education and getting experience within agricultural distribution and policy. My primary goal for my future career is to help the agriculture industry become more innovative and efficient to better serve consumers while offering producers necessary support. Q: Why would you recommend the College to future students? A: I would recommend the College to future students because it is a place where your potential is recognized and fostered by individuals who truly enjoy their profession. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t pass someone I know within the College and as trivial as that seems that familiarity makes a world of difference when getting comfortable in your classes or internships. In addition, students here have access to abundant resources tailored to fit their specific needs so they feel like they are more than just occupying a seat in a classroom. I have gotten jobs, internships and professional networking experiences from being a part of this College and each of those serve as a building block for my future career. Therefore, I say Go UK and Go CAFE.

Gluck Equine Research Center: Celebrates 30 Years By Jenny Evans

Philanthropy The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center.

More than 250 equine industry representatives attended the celebration dinner in the Woodford Reserve Room at Kroger Field. Stuart Brown, chair of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute veterinarian, hosted the program honoring Peter Timoney, Gluck Center professor, for his lifelong contributions to equine infectious disease research. “This evening was an exciting opportunity to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this unique program. Coupled with the recognition of the distinguished career of my colleague, Dr. Peter Timoney, through a gift by Mr. Ted Bassett, this was truly a night not to be missed by anyone in our industry that has played a part in the successful legacy of this institution,” Brown said.

further enhance our service to and partnership with the equine industry.” The center opened its doors June 5, 1987, with a promise to fulfill Thoroughbred breeder and entrepreneur Maxwell Gluck’s legacy of furthering the UK Department of Veterinary Sciences’ research and distinguished service to the equine industry. The mission of the Gluck Center, a UK Ag Equine program in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is scientific discovery, education and dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of the health and well-being of horses. The Gluck Center faculty conducts equine research in seven targeted areas: genetics and genomics, immunology, infectious diseases, musculoskeletal science, parasitology, pharmacology/ toxicology and reproductive health. Their continuing efforts build upon a tradition of excellence in equine research dating back to 1915.

Additionally, more than 100 people attended the 30th anniversary research seminar, luncheon and open house at the Gluck Center. The seminar featured the inaugural Teri Lear Memorial Lecture, given by frequent research collaborator and friend Terje Raudsepp, associate professor from Texas A&M University’s Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Lear was an equine genetics research and associate professor at the Gluck Center. “I was proud to be on hand as we celebrated generations of researchers dedicated to the horse and particularly gratified that our audience was made up of families from our equine industry representing several generations of support to the Gluck Center,” said Dean Nancy Cox. “The support and focus from this event positions us well to

We extend our thanks to Billy Toombs '03 for his years of service to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the AG & HES Alumni Association. Billy has effectively led the association to new heights and we wish him well with his future endeavors. To wish Billy well, email him at

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We're excited about the IRA Charitable Rollover... and you should be, too!

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Satisfy your minimum required distribution. Exclude the distribution from your gross income. Fulfill an annual gift or outstanding pledge. Support your favorite passions at the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, including establishing an endowed fund or scholarship. If you are considering an IRA charitable rollover gift of up to $100,000 and will be 70 1/2 or older, we will be happy to give you more information.

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College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Office of Philanthropy and Alumni

E.S. Good Barn - 1451 University Drive - Lexington, KY 40546-0097

Philanthropy & Alumni Staff Pamela Gray

Senior Director of Philanthropy


Marci Hicks

Director of Philanthropy

Danielle Jostes

Director of Equine Philanthropy

Tressa Neal

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Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving 859-257-2146

Jonathan Furnish Communications Coordinator & Assistant Director of Alumni 859-257-7211 TaNeshia Bridges

Philanthropy Business Officer

Brooke Stone

Philanthropy Assistant

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Alumni Board of Directors Executive Board Charles Canter '89 - President Sue Whitaker '64 - Vice President Jill Conway '00 - Secretary Bill McCloskey '84 '87 - Treasurer Diana Doggett '75 '77 - At Large Representative Matt Koch '01 - At Large Representative Whitney Stith '90 - Past President Michelle McDonald '84 '93 - UK Alumni Association Liaison Affilliate Network Representatives - Bluegrass Area Hannah Forte '16 - Fort Harrod Area Darla Kirkland '00 - Green River Area Les Radford '73 - Lake Cumberland Area Stephanie Chamberlain '99 '01 - Licking River Area Jeremy Hinton ' - Lincoln Trail Area Rick Ryan '98 - Lincoln Trail Area Beth Allison '00 - Louisville Area Grant Hildabrand '07 - Mammoth Cave Area Danny Bailey '68 '71 - Northeast Area Jay Hellman '85 - Northern Kentucky Area Amanda Conrad '06 - Pennyrile Area - Purchase Area

Camille Creech '98 '00 - Quicksand Area - Wilderness Trail Area Hannah Niebielski '13 - Equine Courtney Calnan '12 - Equine Antomia Farrell '12 - MANRRS Natasha Saunders '15 - MANRRS Dale Morgan - MANRRS Sandra Bastin '79 '87 '95- Dietetics & Human Nutrition Jessica Coffie '06 '10 - Dietetics & Human Nutrition Cristina Hiten '06 '10 - Dietetics & Human Nutrition Kate Robie '76 - Forestry & Natural Resources Student Directors Michaela Mineer - Family Sciences Major Fabian Leon - Agricultural Biotechnology Major Amelia Iliohan - Individualized Studies in Agriculture Faculty Directors Will Snell '83 '85 '89 - Teaching Representative Rick Bennett - Research Representative Gary Palmer - Extension Representative

Committee Members Ben Conner '16 Bart Giles '03 Brandon Gilles '12 James Gilles '10 Kim Henken '92 '95 Kate Hildabrand '15 Tony Holloway '91 Brooke Jenkins-Howard '00 '05 Kyle Kelly '14 Liz Kingsland '87 '97 Martha Nall '70 Bill Smith '70 Daniel Smith '01 Megan Tennison '13 '17 Melissa Tomblin '02 Administrative Personnel Nancy Cox - Dean of CAFE Drew Graham '83 '85 - Sr. Asst. Dean of Government Relations Larry Grabau '17 - Associate Dean for Instruction Quentin Tyler '02 '05 '11- Asst. Dean & Director for Diversity Wayne Centers '08 - Director of Student Relations Amanda Saha '02 - Dir. of Career Development & Enrichment

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is an Equal Opportunity Organization.