Anja Geitmann, PhD
Dean and Associate Vice-Principal (Macdonald) Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The beginning of each new fall term is always so exciting for faculty and students. This year marks a full return to in-person teaching, out-of-the-classroom activities, and the continuation of important research and lab work – all taking place against the backdrop of the Macdonald campus! We have been through a lot over the past two years, professionally and personally, but I am reminded every day that the community we build helps us continue forward, fosters opportunities for creative thinking and supports our learning environment.

We hit the ground running this September and have hosted several public events, including the A.J. de Grandpré Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Raven Swamp, Turtle Clan of Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, on Building Community from Indigenous Food Security, and the Margaret A. Gilliam Lecture in Food Security with Dr. Jeffrey Coull, Head of Strategic Initiatives and Projects at the Weston Family Foundation, on the Foundation’s signature initiative around food security: the Homegrown Innovation Challenge. The 23rd annual Food for Thought Lecture Series focusing on the Food-Water-Energy Nexus continues and will run as a hybrid event every second Wednesday until mid-November. Please join us!

Locally, more than thirty truly exceptional Undergraduate Student Research Awardees presented findings of their summer-long research projects at the Faculty’s annual USRA Poster Presentation. In late September, students in this summer’s Alton and Dianne McEwen and Family Internship Program inspired us with the lessons they learned about the world outside our doors, their future career hopes and aspirations, and what they learned about themselves at the Internship Poster presentation.

Our annual Macdonald Homecoming celebration will take place in person on Saturday, October 22nd, and the day-long programming will celebrate exceptional alumni, will highlight some of the important research we are undertaking in the Faculty, as well as the work of our student researchers and interns, and will include a visit to our newest research facility.

We are extremely proud of what we are accomplishing in the Faculty, and I look forward to sharing these accomplishments with you, our alumni, donors and friends, at Homecoming 2022.

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