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2015-16 academic year kickoff set for second Friday in August

Dr. Shirley Hymon ParkerDr. Shirley Hymon-Parker, the SAES interim dean, will host the annual academic year faculty-staff kickoff on Friday, Aug. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Webb Hall Auditorium. The SAES meeting will put the finishing touches on an entire day of academic year kickoff activities that begin with the University’s Faculty-Staff Institute at 9 a.m. in Harrison Auditorium. At the SAES 2015-16 kickoff, Hymon-Parker and the associate deans on the SAES administrative team will cover highlights from the 2014-15 academic year and discuss strategic-plan goals for the academic year ahead.

Dr. Rosalyn DaleThe SAES administrative team now includes Dr. Rosalind Dale, who on Aug. 6 was named interim administrator of The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T, and Dr. Valerie Giddings, who has assumed responsibilities as the interim associate dean for Agricultural Research. Dale will lead the SAES’s outreach and engagement efforts with business, industry, government and other universities.  Giddings will provide leadership and strategic management for research priorities.

Dr. Valerie GiddingsMany members of A&T’s Cooperative Extension field staff will be coming to Greensboro the two days prior to Aug. 14 for training focused on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and the 2015 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment. The SNAP-Ed training will be provided to prepare all 4-H and FCS staff for a commitment of five percent of their time to SNAP-Ed programming (nutrition education for limited resource youth, adults and/or seniors).  The curriculum training will include: Go, Glow, Grow (for preschool age children); Learn to be Healthy (e-learning curriculum for youth K-12); Speedway to Healthy classroom activities training (companion curriculum for Speedway Exhibit); and Eat Smart, Live Strong (curriculum for adults and seniors).

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