By Linda BenedictGeorge Laur, who retired from the University of Missouri in 2013, decided to use his writing, editing and photography talents for the good of the environment. Here is some of what he’s doing:
“During my last decade at MU, I became increasingly informed and concerned about climate change. You may recall that I began my career as an editor for Rural Missouri, the statewide publication for Missouri’s rural electric cooperatives. Since then I have followed the energy industry closely. I couldn’t just end a career that began in the energy industry, and ended as the director of a science-based publishing effort for a university, at the time our world was facing the biggest energy-related environmental threat in human history, and not volunteer, when I knew communication was at the center of creating the political will needed to solve the problem.
As you read in an earlier email, our friend Bill Tedrick passed away September 27. Here is a portion of his obituary.Bill received his BS in Agriculture from Ohio State in 1952, his MA from University of Maryland in 1960, and his PhD on December 14, 1968 from Michigan State University. His years teaching high school agriculture in Ohio included establishing the FFA program at Wellington HS, Wellington, Ohio. That experience and being an extension agent and 4-H specialist in Ohio and Michigan brought to him the opportunity to become Editor and Chief of the Agricultural Communications Department of Texas A&M. His
By Linda BenedictRetirement has given me the opportunity to do more reading and to keep up with controversial issues in agriculture. There is so much misinformation out there that even I get confused sometimes about who has the correct facts. But there are many enlightening and intelligent books and articles being written and documentaries being produced, and more people need to be exposed to these, which brings me to my point: ACE’s Journal of Applied Communication is looking for commentaries and reviews. That’s where ACE retirees come in. We have the capability to do the research and write the commentaries and reviews to help others understand communication strategies and how some of these issues are being manipulated. David Doerfert at Texas Tech, the current JAC editor, sent me this link for the JAC submission policies. He also said feel free to contact him with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s news from Jim Coats. Enjoy.All my life more of a grasshopper than an ant, I’m supplementing my retirement income these days with free-lance book editing (that can include YOUR books, too, fellow ACE-ers), part-time work at a music shop in Folsom, California, and teaching people to play guitar, mandolin, and ukulele (see photo of last Saturday’s ukulele class). I tell you, the uke is a very happening thing these days! But some of the best musical times I remember are of playing with the ACE X-Tension Chords. (Probably some of the best times I can’t remember, too.)
As you may recall, Lyn Jarvis received a distinctive honor from the University of Vermont. Here is a summary of the award and a photo of the big night:Lynville W. Jarvis (right) is presented the Robert O. Sinclair Cup that honors retired faculty and staff with professional accomplishments and distinction in their careers while at the University of Vermont. The award was presented at the 24th Annual Alumni and Friends Dinner for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and University of Vermont Extension System. The award, that honors Dean Emeritus Sinclair (left), recognizes retired faculty members who have served the College with distinction during their career and whose professional accomplishment involved increasing levels of responsibility and reflected outstanding performance and dedicated service.
Here’s a note from Ralph Ballew about an amazing occasion.Vera and I celebrated our 65th wedding anniversary the 4th weekend in July. We celebrated a few days early so those present could also attend the Ballew Family Reunion, which was held July 23. Our anniversary was August 8.
Here is Dave’s response to my question about taking on a leadership role in ACE:After a long stint at the University of Minnesota, I accepted a position with USDA-CSREES in 1999, retiring five years later. I had been an ACE member since 1972 but had never served it in any major capacity until I was asked by some of my colleagues to "run" for DC Region Director, to succeed Marci Hilt, in 2001-02. I say run in quotation marks because I don't recall any particular competition for the post.