The George Washington Carver Lecture Series is a one-day event that initially began as a part of Tuskegee University’s year-long celebration in 2014, marking the 150th anniversary of Dr. Carver’s birth and honoring his now 52-year legacy of scientific achievement at Tuskegee University. In past years, the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences has alternated with the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences as host for the event. This year the two Departments, which make-up the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences, will be collaborative hosts while celebrating the 51st Anniversary of Tuskegee University’s Forestry and Natural Resources Program. The 2019 George Washington Carver Lecture Series is scheduled to take place on October 4, 2019 and will feature a series of lectures highlighting current advancements in agriculture, forestry and nutritional sciences and their relation to Dr. Carver’s humanitarian efforts and many ground-breaking accomplishments.
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The year 2014 marked the 150th birth anniversary of George Washington Carver. To mark this historic occasion, the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences hosted the inaugural George Washington Carver Lecture Series. On the heels of this momentous event, the 1890 land grant system reached a major milestone in 2015, with the celebration of 125 years of Carver’s legacy and the 1890 land grant Universities. The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has since hosted the George Washington Carver Lecture Series installments. This year’s event will feature a series of lectures highlighting the importance of scientific innovation in agriculture, forestry and nutritional sciences and their impacts, like that of Carver’s ground breaking innovations of his time, on addressing the issues of improved food production while sustaining our natural resources, both of which were key focal points of Carver’s research program.
About the Program
As early as 1965, there was significant national interest in the development of programs at black colleges that would educate students in diverse career fields. As a result of this interest, Tuskegee University collaborated with institutions across the country to help develop what would become the Forestry and Natural Resources Program (TUFNRP) we know today. With the unparalleled help of Dr. B. D. Mayberry, the Forestry and Natural Resources Program began at Tuskegee University in 1968. Participating students in this program were recruited and trained with support from professional foresters and the USDA Forest Service in order to prepare them for work in the industry. Tuskegee University is and has always been at the forefront of innovation and encouragement that leads to career opportunities for African Americans, and this program is no different. Graduates of this program have gone on to diverse careers in this field and beyond, paving the way for more individuals to experience this industry.
Fabulous 51+ Alumni Club
During the spring of 1970, the first students completing the Forest Resources Program at Tuskegee transferred to cooperating universities. Earning a Bachelor’s degree in professional forestry was a rare achievement back then. However, now, it is a relatively more common occurrence, due largely to the success of the program at Tuskegee. A significant number of African-American men and women completed the TUFNRP and moved on to earn a bachelor’s degree in forestry and/or natural resources and are now employed in rewarding careers in a variety of fields. Those who conquered this challenge make up the “Fabulous 51+.”
The Fabulous 51+ name was created by some of its members as a way to recognize those that came through this program. At the time of its inception, members began counting the graduates that had matriculated through the program, and they realized that there were 51 of them to date. Since they wanted to include the future of the program as well, they made sure to add the “+” on to the name in reference to posterity. Anyone who has graduated from TUFNRP or any related programs is eligible to be a member of this group. Graduates are commemorated with a pin for the organization, as well as access to special events, information, and the thriving network that is the Fabulous 51+ Alumni Club.
Forestry and Natural Resources at Tuskegee University Today
The TU College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences is proud to continue the tradition of the Forestry and Natural Resources Program start by Dr. B. D. Mayberry. The program continues to be housed in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as a part of the Environmental, Natural Resources and Plant Sciences degree program. Students interested in forestry, wildlife biology and fisheries participate in a 3+1+1 programs that results in the completion of their BS degree from TU after three years of study at TU followed by a year at a partner institution. Recent graduates have completed their degree through partnerships with Mississippi State University, Auburn University, University of Florida and others, which our newest partner renewal being with North Carolina State University. Students may continue at the partner institution for an additional year to fulfill degree requirements for the MS in forestry, wildlife biology and related areas.
This year's George Washington Carver Lecture Series will be held on October 4, 2019. Registration fees vary, depending on whether you are a student, general participant, or distinguished guest. Seating is limited; thus, those who wish to participate are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
Registration deadline is Friday, October 4, 2019 at 6 A.M.. CLICK HERE to register...
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Dr. George Washington Carver’s legacy has left a fingerprint on the DNA of Tuskegee University. In continued recognition of his work, the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences present the George Washington Carver Lecture Series (GWCLS). As a part of the 2019 GWCLS, we invite abstracts for the student scientific poster competition.
Abstracts should address one of the scientific areas described below and should be related to Dr. G.W. Carver’s works and legacy, but is not limited to:
The abstract should not have been previously published or presented at another conference. It should be a maximum of 200 words or less, in an Arial, 12-point font. The title of the presentation should be capitalized and centered. The abstract should include the authors’ full names (first, middle initial and last name) followed by the name of the institution of affiliation and address. Click below to submit the abstract by 5:00 pm, Friday, September 27, 2019.
The GWC Lecture series would not be possible without the generous support of our kind benefactors. All donations will help fund all aspects of this special event with residual funds to support student scholarships. For more information on becoming a sponsor, visit the "Get Involved" section.
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TThe GWC Lecture Series would not be possible without the generous support of our kind benefactors. All donations will help fund all aspects of this special event. Those interested in supporting this event may do so on an individual basis as a Donor (up to $999.99) or as a Sponsor, with contributions/Friends recognized as such starting at $1,000. Organizations are especially encouraged to become a Sponsor; for more information on becoming a sponsor please visit Current Program Sponsors.
To donate please visit the ONLINE DONATION FORM here. Your donation will be sorted through the development office. On behalf of the GWC Lecture Series, we appreciate your support and will recognize your contributions to this honored tradition in a program handed out at the lecture.