Dean's Message Summer 2012

Ron Pardini, Dean & Director CABNR/NAES

Ron Pardini, Dean & Director CABNR/NAES

Thanks for taking the time to read our latest newsletter. As you'll see, CABNR has been very busy in recent months, and the changes we are making to our college are designed to put us into a position to flourish in the coming years.

CABNR is a strong, vibrant and forward-looking college and we continue to grow. We now have more than 1,000 students, and we've taken steps - with the hiring or Juana Reynoza Gomez as a recruitment and retention expert - to ensure CABNR continues to grow and attract the best students. The retirement of Carol Condit, who was very central to our efforts to attract academic all-stars to CABNR majors, will be a blow for all of us, but we suspect Juana will have great success continuing the fine work Carol did for us.

Attracting top scholars, including National Merit Scholars and Presidential Scholars, has been a big part of CABNR's history of success. These outstanding students have a way of making all those around them - from faculty to fellow students - more excited about their studies.

I'm also happy to announce the hiring of Beth Padovan as the new budget coordinator for CABNR and the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station and the promotion of Dave Shintani to the post of associate dean. We are in the process right now of filling two new faculty positions in nutrition and biochemistry, and a search is under way for an endowed ruminant nutritionist. We are committed to adding another agriculture position in 2014.

Great things are on the horizon.

The last several months I've had the opportunity to travel the state and meet with a wide variety of stakeholders about their future needs and how CABNR can help meet those needs. We are in the process of crafting CABNR's long- and short-term strategic plans, and the input we received during our meetings were essential in helping us craft this vision. We have a lot of work to do, but we are very excited about the direction our college is taking. We see many wonderful opportunities in front of us, and we feel CABNR will play a central role in Nevada's future prosperity.

If you want to know more about CABNR's goals and aspirations, make plans to come to our Valley Road Laboratory Field Day Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is being sponsored by CABNR, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Nevada Agriculture Experiment Station. There will be tours of the facility, displays showing the research projects that are under way, hay rides, a barbecue by Wolf Pack Meats, activities surrounding our new High Desert Farming Initiative, activities for 4-H and Future Farmers of America, and various booths describing Cooperative Extension programs. Please make sure to join us for this informative and fun event!