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Constitution And Bylaws Of The Nebraska Chapter Of Gamma Sigma Delta, The Honor Society Of Agriculture (2016), Nebraska Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, Gamma Sigma Delta 2016 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Constitution And Bylaws Of The Nebraska Chapter Of Gamma Sigma Delta, The Honor Society Of Agriculture (2016), Nebraska Chapter Of The Honor Society Of Agriculture, Gamma Sigma Delta

Gamma Sigma Delta, Nebraska Chapter, By-Laws & Documents

As Amended: April 8, 2016


Gamma Sigma Delta, Nebraska Chapter Newsletter, Issue #52 Spring 2016, 2016 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Gamma Sigma Delta, Nebraska Chapter Newsletter, Issue #52 Spring 2016

Gamma Sigma Delta, Nebraska Chapter, Newsletters

President’s Message — Dana W. R. Boden, President, Nebraska Chapter

GAMMA SIGMA DELTA NEW MEMBERS

2015 Gamma Sigma Delta Awards
Award of Merit for Service, Recipient: Steven Waller
Award of Merit for Service, Recipient: Paul Hay
Excellence in Research Award, Recipient: Andrea Cupp
Excellence in Teaching Award, Recipient: Merlyn Nielsen
Excellence in Extension Award, Recipient: Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel
Lauren Skrabal –Outstanding Undergraduate
Kevin Sargent –Outstanding Graduate Student
Hillary Fischer -Arthur von Bergen Memorial Award
Elizabeth Carreiro –Outstanding Undergraduate Finalist

In Memoriam:
Charles Robert Fenster, 96, of Gering
Walter Thaine Bagley, 88, of Lincoln

Gamma Sigma Delta Committees 2016


Song Of The Dzopa: A Case Study Of Traditional Farming, Food, And, Isabella Pezzulo 2016 SIT Graduate Institute/SIT Study Abroad

Song Of The Dzopa: A Case Study Of Traditional Farming, Food, And, Isabella Pezzulo

Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection

In a plane high above the snow-capped jagged peaks and cracked earth of Ladakh, I stared down below with awe, wondering how people ever coaxed life from the soil in this mountain-desert landscape. The intention of this study is to see how traditional subsistence farming actually takes place and the social settings formed by these practices. Living in the village of Tar for a little over twenty days allowed me to observe the age-old practices in which nourishment is produced and community formed through working the land. Working with my hands and resting with cups of butter tea alongside villagers ...


Early Field Experiences In Agricultural Teacher Education, Michael S. Retallick 2016 Iowa State University

Early Field Experiences In Agricultural Teacher Education, Michael S. Retallick

Michael Retallick

The primary purpose of this dissertation was to describe the nature of early field experience (EFE) in agricultural teacher education programs nationally. The dissertation was divided into three papers. The first paper was a descriptive census study of all active agricultural teacher education programs (N=82). The results of the study provide a general profile of EFE in agricultural teacher education. EFE is a required component of teacher education and offered multiples times. The requirements include completing the experience within agricultural education, a minimum number of contact hours, and minimum number of lessons planned and taught. Placement restrictions and minimum ...


Student Perspectives On A New Online Biomass Production Module For Fundamentals Of Biorenewable Resources And Technology, Darren H. Jarboe, D. Raj Raman, Thomas J. Brumm, Robert A. Martin, Scott McLeod 2016 Iowa State University

Student Perspectives On A New Online Biomass Production Module For Fundamentals Of Biorenewable Resources And Technology, Darren H. Jarboe, D. Raj Raman, Thomas J. Brumm, Robert A. Martin, Scott Mcleod

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

In 2007, a Virtual Education Center for Biorenewable Resources was initiated that offered three online courses, one being Biorenewable Resources and Tech¬nology (BRT) 501 – Fundamentals of BRT. The objective was to assess student perceptions on two delivery methods, course assessments, module material, and student learning. Twenty students completed the survey of qualitative aspects of student experiences in BRT 501. The biomass production module brought non-farm students closer to the knowledge level of farm students as demonstrated by students’ self-assessed knowl¬edge and their BRT 501 assessment scores. Students desired a stronger connection with the course instructor and peers, whether ...


Differential Impacts Of Online Delivery Methods On Student Learning: A Case Study In Biorenewables, Darren H. Jarboe, D. Raj Raman, Thomas J. Brumm, Robert Martin, Scott McLeod 2016 Iowa State University

Differential Impacts Of Online Delivery Methods On Student Learning: A Case Study In Biorenewables, Darren H. Jarboe, D. Raj Raman, Thomas J. Brumm, Robert Martin, Scott Mcleod

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

In 2007, a Virtual Education Center for Biorenewable Resources was initiated that offered three distance education courses, one being Biorenewable Resources and Technology (BRT) 501 – Fundamentals of Biorenewable Resources and Technology, the subject of this study. The primary objective was to determine if course delivery method (video lecture format and the other in menu-driven auto-tutorial presentations (MDAP) deliv¬ered via Flash format), student major (agricultural and non-agricultural), and gender influence online student learning in BRT 501. We found that BRT 501 student performance was not significantly impacted by module delivery method. Students with agricultural majors were outperformed by students with ...


The New Adult Education: Bringing Peer Educators Up To Speed, Nancy Grudens-Schuck, Julianne Cramer, Derrick Exner, Mark H. Shour 2016 Iowa State University

The New Adult Education: Bringing Peer Educators Up To Speed, Nancy Grudens-Schuck, Julianne Cramer, Derrick Exner, Mark H. Shour

Nancy Grudens-Schuck

Stereotypes about peer educators (farmers teaching farmers, parent teaching parents) may get in Extension's way. Problems occur particularly when it is believed that peer educators' "natural" abilities are what make them great. This article provides an alternative view of peer educators, with a focus on ways to increase the educational skills of this important Extension partner. The article summarizes a new approach to adult education (constructivist and transformative) that was introduced to peer educators in Iowa (farmer cooperators and pesticide applicator educators) through workshops and support materials. The article also discusses challenges associated with adoption of new forms of ...


Insights From Spanish-Speaking Employees In The Iowa Horticultural Industry, Emilie Justen, Cynthia L. Haynes, Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Nancy Grudens-Schuck 2016 Anoka Technical College

Insights From Spanish-Speaking Employees In The Iowa Horticultural Industry, Emilie Justen, Cynthia L. Haynes, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Nancy Grudens-Schuck

Nancy Grudens-Schuck

Addressing the needs of Latino workers can help improve working conditions, job satisfaction, and productivity of both employees and the companies hiring Latino workers. The study reported here assessed educational needs, communication gaps, and technical skills of Latino workers working in the horticultural industry in Iowa—an ethnic group that is relatively new to Iowa. Focus groups were conducted with Latino workers and produced topics for educational programming and suggestions that could improve communications between predominantly English-speaking managers and Spanish-speaking Latino employees, and the horticultural knowledge of the Latino employees.


Good Intentions, Muddled Methods: Focus On Focus Groups, Beverlyn Lundy-Allen, Nancy Grudens-Schuck, Kathlene Larson 2016 Iowa State University

Good Intentions, Muddled Methods: Focus On Focus Groups, Beverlyn Lundy-Allen, Nancy Grudens-Schuck, Kathlene Larson

Nancy Grudens-Schuck

Are focus groups abused, misused, or overused in Extension? We responded to the challenge of getting Extension focused on the art and science of high-quality focus groups through an educational project. This article describes contemporary challenges of focus group practice and presents the first phase of an educational initiative, which includes a series of educational briefs.


Public Issues Education Projects: Meeting The Evaluation Challenges, Nancy Grudens-Schuck 2016 Iowa State University

Public Issues Education Projects: Meeting The Evaluation Challenges, Nancy Grudens-Schuck

Nancy Grudens-Schuck

Evaluating and monitoring routine Extension projects is hard enough. Programs that feature concepts like public issues education (PIE), public dialogue, or civic engagement are even more challenging. Familiar "rules and regs" of good evaluation still apply, but hints, warnings, and new resources can help. After 10 years of Extension PIE initiatives, there are also examples of evaluations of PIE that can guide planning.


Stakeholder Effect: A Qualitative Study Of The Influence Of Farm Leaders' Ideas On A Sustainable Agriculture Education Program For Adults, Nancy Grudens-Schuck 2016 Iowa State University

Stakeholder Effect: A Qualitative Study Of The Influence Of Farm Leaders' Ideas On A Sustainable Agriculture Education Program For Adults, Nancy Grudens-Schuck

Nancy Grudens-Schuck

This paper considers issues related to farmers' control of program planning for non-formal agricultural adult education1. Discussion is based on an empirical study of a $10 million Canadian sustainable agriculture education program that was initiated, created, and controlled by a coalition of farm organizations, supplanting a traditional role of extension. Theories of participatory extension education provide a theoretical framework for consideration of issues in the case. Participation theory guides the formation of partnerships among extension, communities, industry, and government. In the area of sustainable agriculture, however, stakeholders may conflict, presenting challenges to engagement and decision-making processes. Moreover, agricultural education researchers ...


A User Evaluation Of A Decision-Support System: The Community Assessment Model For Odor Dispersion (Cam), John C. Tyndall, Jay D. Harmon, Steven J. Hoff, Nancy Grudens-Schuck 2016 Iowa State University

A User Evaluation Of A Decision-Support System: The Community Assessment Model For Odor Dispersion (Cam), John C. Tyndall, Jay D. Harmon, Steven J. Hoff, Nancy Grudens-Schuck

Nancy Grudens-Schuck

This article introduces to the agricultural Extension community a decision-support system—the Community Assessment Model for Odor Dispersion (CAM)—that is helping Iowa swine producers minimize potential odor conflict. Additionally, we share our rationale and approach to evaluating both CAM and its outreach approach. CAM accounts for local conditions and helps producers assess odor risk from new facilities. Based on a user survey, 75% of producers rated CAM as "useful" to "very useful" in decision-making. Results suggest that CAM has passed the primary test of applied science as measured by usefulness to producers in making better decisions.


Methodology Brief: Focus Group Fundamentals, Nancy Grudens-Schuck, Beverlyn Lundy Allen, Kathlene Larson 2016 Iowa State University

Methodology Brief: Focus Group Fundamentals, Nancy Grudens-Schuck, Beverlyn Lundy Allen, Kathlene Larson

Nancy Grudens-Schuck

Focus group research can produce highly useful information about programs and services that surveys miss. Learn how to gather rich detail.


Methodology Brief: Can You Call It A Focus Group?, Kathlene Larson, Nancy Grudens-Schuck, Beverlyn Lundy Allen 2016 Iowa State University

Methodology Brief: Can You Call It A Focus Group?, Kathlene Larson, Nancy Grudens-Schuck, Beverlyn Lundy Allen

Nancy Grudens-Schuck

Focus groups don't work for every purpose. Determine appropriate use of focus groups to get high quality information for high quality decision-making.


The Impact Of Two Experiential Learning Programs: The Graduates' Perspective, B.A. Mahoney, Michael S. Retallick 2016 Lone Tree High School

The Impact Of Two Experiential Learning Programs: The Graduates' Perspective, B.A. Mahoney, Michael S. Retallick

Michael Retallick

The purpose of this descriptive census survey was to explore the impact of participation in two integrated, experiential learning programs in a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Specific objectives were to determine the influence of these programs on graduates’ (a) decisions to enter careers and graduate school, (b) level of skill improvement, (c) career development and decidedness and (d) preparation for careers and graduate school. Graduates believe their experience positively affected development of their skills and abilities and had a positive influence on their career and graduate school aspirations. Graduates report that the programs enhanced their preparation for careers ...


Undergraduate Student Mentoring: What Do Students Think?, Michael S. Retallick, Michael L. Pate 2016 Iowa State University

Undergraduate Student Mentoring: What Do Students Think?, Michael S. Retallick, Michael L. Pate

Michael Retallick

The purpose of this census study was to explore undergraduate student perceptions of mentoring in a College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS). An analysis of the responses from 532 respondents found that students believe that faculty in CALS often practice the mentoring functions except for the direct assistance, which students believe sometimes occurs. Undergraduate students take a broad view of mentoring. They view it as an engaging and interactive process where an exchange of ideas takes place and where the focus generally includes, but is not limited to, professional and career development. Students consider faculty members who are supportive ...


Mentoring Perceptions And Experiences Of Minority Students Participating In Summer Research Opportunity Programs, Marcus Glenn, Levon T. Esters, Michael S. Retallick 2016 Prairie View Cooperative Extension Program

Mentoring Perceptions And Experiences Of Minority Students Participating In Summer Research Opportunity Programs, Marcus Glenn, Levon T. Esters, Michael S. Retallick

Michael Retallick

Literature has documented the underrepresentation of minority students in higher education and the importance of mentoring programs in retaining these students in the academy. This study examines the perceptions of mentoring and actual mentoring experiences of minority students participating in two Summer Research Opportunity Programs (SROPs) at Iowa State University. Seven mentoring functions (Clarity of Project, Challenging Assignment, Training, Contact, Assistance, Feedback and Role Modeling) were identified through the literature as being important in the mentoring relationship. Findings indicated that the students’ mentoring experience was better than expected, but students also noted that mentors should devote more attention to the ...


Agriculture Faculty Perspectives On Undergraduate Mentoring: Definitions, Practices, And Processes, Ashley J. Wolfe, Michael S. Retallick, Robert Martin 2016 Grinnell-Newburg Community School District

Agriculture Faculty Perspectives On Undergraduate Mentoring: Definitions, Practices, And Processes, Ashley J. Wolfe, Michael S. Retallick, Robert Martin

Michael Retallick

Literature indicates that a wide and diverse understanding of mentoring at the undergraduate level exists. However, the literature is sparse regarding what mentors know about existing mentoring processes and related practices. This study sought to describe faculty perspectives regarding undergraduate mentoring within Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Findings indicate that faculty members realize that mentoring is a complex role and it is more than just academic advising. Based upon a synthesis of faculty member definitions of undergraduate mentoring, the following definition is offered: a form of teaching where faculty members provide advice, guidance, and counsel ...


Agriculture Safety And Health Education: Practices, Attitudes, And Needs Of Iowa Agricultural Educators, J. Rudolphi, Michael S. Retallick 2016 University of Iowa

Agriculture Safety And Health Education: Practices, Attitudes, And Needs Of Iowa Agricultural Educators, J. Rudolphi, Michael S. Retallick

Michael Retallick

This study sought to identify Iowa agricultural educators’ practices, attitudes, and needs regarding agricultural safety and health (ASH). Nearly 85% of high school agricultural educators reported teaching ASH in some capacity. The most commonly taught topics included animal safety, welding safety and power tool safety. Iowa agricultural educators rated, using a Likert scale, the importance of topic within ASH education. All topics presented were believed to be important, with machinery safety, tractors safety, and ATV safety rated the most important. Personal health topics including hearing protection and thermal protection were perceived as less important. Most educators believe the ASH materials ...


A Model For Implementing A College-Wide Experiential Learning Program In Higher Education, Michael S. Retallick, Charles Steiner 2016 Iowa State University

A Model For Implementing A College-Wide Experiential Learning Program In Higher Education, Michael S. Retallick, Charles Steiner

Michael Retallick

ScienceWith Practice (SWP) was conceptualized to provide opportunities for agriculture students to develop a planned learning component as part of their work experiences with faculty and staff in university research laboratories, farms, greenhouses, and other units. This college-wide program was designed and implemented using adult learning theory and best practices found in the literature. Activities included development of learning agreements, individual progress visits, regular student seminars, an end-of-experience symposium, a recognition banquet, and a formal evaluation. Students had opportunities to acquire technical agriculture skills; explore linkages between upperlevel coursework, research, and the world of work; develop skills related to organizing ...


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