Ever heard of Auburn referred to as “The Farm School” or “The Cow School?” Well if you have, it’s because Auburn is highly recognized for our College of Agriculture. The College of Agriculture here at Auburn dates back to 1872 with the establishment of the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College as a land-grant college.
The college has helped advance Alabama’s agricultural economy while improving the nutrition, health and standard of living for all people. The mission of the College of Agriculture is the dedication of educating people and discovering knowledge that improves the lives of all Alabama citizens through our research, instruction and outreach programs.
The college has 8 academic departments, 15 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, 1,024 undergrad students, 270 graduate students, 164 faculty members and 240 students received scholarships in 2009 totaling $745,342. Outstanding numbers don’t you think?
Even better, the faculty contains 3 alumni professors, 2 eminent scholars and 3 distinguished university professors. The College of Agriculture is also the only recipient of the AU Student Government Association’s Outstanding Faculty Advisement award.
Scholarships are a strongpoint in the College of Agriculture. On Auburn’s campus, their scholarship program is one of the largest, both in number of awards and monetary value. Scholarships can range from full-tuition to grants of $100 to $1000 from organizations or individuals.
The College of Agriculture also includes the Office of International Agriculture. The Office of International Agriculture supports faculty, staff and student travel; study abroad, research and outreach; as well as international visitors and exchange students.
The study abroad trips that have been scheduled for 2011 include Belize, China, Ecuador, England, Vietnam and Italy. All trips count as college credit toward the students degree program.
The poisoning of Toomer’s Oaks has allowed the College of Agriculture to play a huge role and show off their knowledge and success. The Department of Horticulture has done a multitude of research and testing to uphold their promise to try and save Toomer’s Oaks.
The survival of the trees is still very slim, but the Horticulture faculty and staff are still doing their best in hopes of survival. Sadly, the department had to tell the Auburn community to not roll the trees anymore simply because that would put the trees through more stress.
If it wasn’t for our College of Agriculture, our beloved Toomer’s Oaks would already be dead. The College of Agriculture can be noted for academics, research and outreach all day long, but nothing can relate to our Auburn community like the Toomer’s Oaks situation.
The College of Agriculture website is http://www.ag.auburn.edu/about/. As always, War Eagle!