April 11-13: Lawn mower tune-up

April 7, 2014 under CANR News

The University of Delaware’s Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) fraternity for agriculture and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Club are once again offering a push lawn mower tune-up service on Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, rain or shine.

The event will be held at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) campus, with pick up on Saturday and Sunday, April 13.

Over 6,300 mowers have been serviced at the event since 2000.

The tune-up — provided by trained students and alumni members of the clubs — includes washing the mower, an oil change, spark plug replacement, air filter cleaning, and blade sharpening. Service performed is tune-up only; no repairs will be performed and no riding mowers will be accepted.

Richard Morris, UD farm manager and adviser for AGR, said it is a good idea to have a lawn mower tuned up every year in order to make it last longer. He also noted that the event has a lot of repeat customers and most of them are easy to find.

Jason Morris, a sophomore in CANR, said that there will be around 30-40 volunteers this year, including current members of AGR, each of whom will volunteer for a minimum of 15 hours, and SAE, and also some AGR alumni.

The cost of the tune-up is $38. Payment in the form of cash or check may be made at drop off.

Drop off times are from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.

Customers can pick up their mowers on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. for the first 300 mowers taken on Friday, or on Sunday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the remaining mowers.

All mowers must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Sunday. The owners of any mowers not picked up by Sunday will be charged a storage fee.

Richard Morris said that he wanted to “thank the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for letting us take over their parking lot and for having the full support from the dean and the college.”

Lawn mowers may be dropped off and picked up in the parking lot behind Worrilow and Townsend halls on UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources campus at 531 S. College Ave., just north of the Fred Rust Ice Arena. Look for signs for the tune-up.

For more information, contact Tim Schofield of AGR at tschof@udel.edu or 610-883-0531.

This article can also be viewed on UDaily.

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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ organizations host HungerU

October 15, 2013 under CANR News

Volunteers gather for stop hunger now eventStudents from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) hosted HungerU on Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1 as the organization made its first visit to the University of Delaware. The event was co-sponsored by Alpha Zeta (AZ), Sigma Alpha (SA) and Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR), as they share a common special interest in agriculture and food sustainability.

HungerU, a national awareness campaign that educates on the global food crisis, is currently on tour visiting college campuses along the east coast, engaging students in conversations about world hunger and food security via a mobile, interactive exhibit. The organization is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DuPont, Famers Feeding the World, Stop Hunger Now and Universities Fighting World Hunger.

The tractor-trailer arrived on campus and stationed itself between Drake Hall and Colburn Lab. It included interactive, touch-monitor screens that displayed information from the Food Security Index for 107 different countries. Students also got the opportunity to spin a wheel for free merchandise if they stopped to engage in a conversation with the three crew members at the trailer. Merchandise ranged from mugs and phone chargers to iPads and t-shirts.

On the evening of October 1, Stop Hunger Now, a partnering program collaborating on events with HungerU, hosted a meal-packaging event in the Perkins Bacchus Theatre where about 100 volunteers–ranging from students and professors to young children–came out to package and box 21,600 meals in about an hour and a half. Stations included a box making and labeling station, a funnel station for scooping rice, soy meal, vitamin packets and vegetables into baggies, and a weighing and sealing station for the bags.

“HungerU works in conjunction with Stop Hunger Now, which is an optional event, ” said Sabrina Sterlacci, a junior in CANR and the chapter assessment program chair for AZ and primary student liaison for the event. “I decided to organize it because I figured it would be silly to have HungerU come to campus to educate students without providing those students an opportunity to do something with what they learned.”

The meals packaged during the event will be sent overseas to orphanages or schools in impoverished areas.

Before the meal packaging event began, a Stop Hunger Now representative gave a small speech on global hunger facts. Volunteers learned that 2.6 million children, about one child every 6 seconds, die each year from being under-nourished. They were also told that there is enough food on the planet to feed every human 4.3 lbs per day, just in crop-foods. Spreading awareness of those statistics is the hope Stop Hunger Now and HungerU have for enacting change.

Being personally inspired by HungerU’s mission, Sterlacci said “My expectation was that HungerU would educate students about the global hunger crisis and help students gain further perspective about how fortunate most of us are in the United States.”

Before Stop Hunger Now could come to campus, AZ, SA and AGR were charged with the task of raising $1,200 to bring them and the supplies to hold the packaging event. In just under one month, the groups were able to surpass that goal. The organizations thank the efforts of their own members for their hard work in fundraising, all those that donated, the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) and Greek Council for their support.

AZ, SA and AGR plan to make the affair an annual and collaborative event, to ensure no child be stripped of their potential because they do not have enough to eat and to spread their common mission of increasing agriculture-related literacy in the United States.

Article by Angela Carcione

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HungerU heads to UD campus, Stop Hunger Now event to follow

September 25, 2013 under CANR News

HungerU will visit the University of Delaware campus on Monday, Sept. 30, and Tuesday, Oct. 1, bringing its mobile classroom to inform students about global hunger issues and the critical role modern agriculture plays in putting food on people’s tables.

The event will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, with the trailer set up between Drake Hall and Colburn Lab, off Academy Street.

HungerU is sponsored on campus by Alpha Zeta, a co-ed honors agricultural fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho and Sigma Alpha, a professional agricultural sorority.

After the event, the student groups plan to engage students by having a Stop Hunger Now meal-packaging event from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Room 209/211 of the Trabant University Center.

Those planning the event said the goal is to raise $2,500 as a University and to get 80-100 volunteers to participate in packaging meals to send overseas. Each meal costs 25 cents to package, and HungerU will match the donation up to $2,500 for a total of $5,000 to package 20,000 meals.

Sabrina Sterlacci, a junior wildlife conservation major in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Alpha Zeta chapter assessment program chair, said of the event, “In the past we have done fundraisers for events such as UDance and Relay for Life, but sponsoring HungerU has given us the awesome opportunity to help educate UD students about agriculture. We are especially excited about the Stop Hunger Now event, where students can actively make a difference by packaging meals for those in need.”

For more information on the Stop Hunger Now event, visit the website.

The corporate partners of HungerU include Farmers Feeding the World, the Farm Journal Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DuPont, Stop Hunger Now and Universities Fighting World Hunger, among others.

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UD organizations announce annual push lawn mower tune-up

March 18, 2013 under CANR News

For those looking to save a little money on lawn care in these tight financial times, the University of Delaware’s Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity for agriculture, the Society of Automotive Engineers Club and the Engineering Technology Club are once again offering push lawn mower tune-up service on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, rain or shine.

The tune-up — provided by trained students and alumni members of the clubs — includes washing the mower, an oil change, spark plug replacement, air filter cleaning and blade sharpening. Service performed is tune-up only; no repairs will be undertaken and no riding mowers will be accepted.

The cost of the tune-up is $38. Payment in the form of cash or check can be made at drop off.

Drop off times are from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 12, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13.

Customers can pick up their mowers on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. for the first 300 mowers taken on Friday, or on Sunday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., for the remaining mowers.

All mowers must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Sunday. Any mowers not picked up by Sunday will be charged a storage fee.

Lawn mowers can be dropped off and picked up in the parking lot behind Worrilow and Townsend halls on UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources campus at 531 S. College Ave., just north of the Fred Rust Ice Arena. Look for signs for the tune-up.

For more information, contact Tim Schofield of Alpha Gamma Rho at tschof@udel.edu or 610-883-0531.

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Come Help Decorate “The Mitten Tree”

November 28, 2012 under CANR News

Alpha Zeta, Alpha Gamma Rho and Sigma Alpha are looking for your help to decorate the Mitten Tree that is located in the Townsend Commons. The decorations should be new gloves, hats and scarves to benefit the Sunday Breakfast Mission.

Please join us at this time of year, to help the less fortunate keep warm during the winter!

All donations will be picked up on Thursday, December 13th.

If you have any questions, please contact Robyn White at rfwhite@udel.edu, Max Manse at maxmanse@udel.edu, or Lindsey Cook at ldcook@udel.edu.

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Agricultural issues forum to consider issues, challenges in food marketing

March 19, 2012 under CANR News

An agricultural issues forum titled “Farm to Table: Issues and Challenges in Food Marketing” will be held from 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22, in Multipurpose Rooms A/B of the Trabant University Center.

The forum is being hosted by Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) fraternity, the Delaware Department of Agriculture and the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), and is the fraternity’s second agricultural issues forum. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

“We chose this topic for our second forum because we saw a need to discuss the growing need for food on this planet, and the challenges associated with marketing it effectively in order to successfully meet demand and quality nutrition,” says Craig Parker, president of Alpha Gamma Rho.

UD students, faculty and other community members are invited to attend.

Panelists for the program include:

  • Curt Fifer, Fifer Orchards, Wyoming, Del.;
  • Haile Johnston, co-founder and director, Philadelphia Common Market;
  • Ed Kee, cabinet secretary, Delaware Department of Agriculture, Dover, and a CANR alumnus and former UD employee; and
  • Bryan Silbermann, president and CEO, Produce Marketing Association, Newark, Del.

For more information, email AGR brother Shaw Civitarese at shaw@udel.edu.

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April 15, 16: Annual UD push lawnmower tune-up

March 11, 2011 under CANR News, Events

Looking to save a little money on your lawn care in these tight financial times? The University of Delaware’s Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity for agriculture, the Society of Automotive Engineers Club and the Engineering Technology Club are once again offering a push lawn mower tune-up service on Friday, April 15 ,and Saturday, April 16, rain or shine.

Since 2000, this annual event has serviced more than 5,000 push mowers.

The tune-up — provided by trained students and alumni members of the clubs — includes an oil change, spark plug replacement, air filter check and cleaning, blade sharpening, and power washing. Service performed is tune-up only; no repairs or riding mowers are accepted.

The cost of the tune-up is $38. Payment in the form of cash or check may be made at drop off.

Drop off times are from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 15, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Customers can pick up their mowers on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. for the first 300 mowers taken on Friday, or on Sunday, April 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the remaining mowers.

All mowers must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Sunday. Any mowers not picked up by Sunday will be charged a storage fee.

Lawnmowers (no riding mowers) may be dropped off and picked up in the parking lot behind Worrilow and Townsend halls on UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources campus at 531 S. College Ave., just north of the Fred Rust Ice Arena. Look for signs for the tune-up.

For more information, email [mcarunch@udel.edu] or call the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at 302-837-3379.

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AGR Holding Coffee & Tea Fundraiser

November 10, 2010 under CANR News, Events

Alpha Gamma Rho is having its first annual coffee and tea sale.  The products are all Fair Trade Certified, Organic Certified, CarbonFree Certified and Shade Grown.

The coffee supports the possibility of a real livelihood for coffee growers, a breath of fresh air for the planet, zero net carbon emissions from “crop to cup” and healthy forests for migratory songbirds. This coffee is essentially as eco-friendly as possible and is roasted, packaged, and distributed by Ground for Change.  In addition, AGR will be donating $1 for every bag sold towards The Nature Conservancy.

For more information on purchasing coffee please contact Craig Parker at cfparker@udel.edu or Kristofer Dewberry at Dewberry@udel.edu. This sale will be running from now till the Thanksgiving Break. Listed below are AGR’s menus of coffee and tea offerings.

Our Coffee Menu, (All are offered in either Whole Bean or Ground and are being sold for $12 for a 12oz bag)

MEDIUM ROAST-Bolivia “Los Yungas”

Smooth and balanced with a fragrant aroma, this high-grown Bolivian coffee
possesses a rich, full body. When roasted to a medium level, it has a sweet flavor with
notes of almond and hazelnut.

MEDIUM-DARK ROAST-Agate Pass Blend

Agate Pass Blend is a full-bodied combination of South American and Pacific coffees
that are roasted to a medium-dark, highly aromatic level. This blend has a smooth,
nutty flavor with caramel, almond and subtle chocolate notes.

DARK ROAST-Peru “Café Femenino”

Cafe Femenino Peru is a medium bodied coffee with a fine acidity, sweet aroma and
hints of baker’s chocolate that are accentuated by a slow, dark roast. We know that
you will enjoy this unique coffee for its wonderful taste as well as for the special story
that underlies its production.

DECAFFEINATED-First Light Decaf Blend

For those who want a great all-day decaf, this full-bodied blend is roasted to a
medium-dark level to bring out a delightful aroma and smooth, mild flavor. SWISS
WATER Process decaffeinated.

In addition to coffee, we will also be selling organic teas for $6 a box.

BLACK TEAS

Earl Grey with Lavender Blossoms

Owes its flavorful foundation to the selected organic teas from India and Ceylon.
These are blended with Bergamot, a Mediterranean citrus, and then enhanced with the
lightest touch of lavender blossoms. The quintessential afternoon tea.

Celtic Breakfast

A richly flavored and robust tea. Leaf from Assam provides a rich touch of malt and
Ceylon teas from mountain estates keep the blend smooth yet striking. Delightful
whenever a strong cup of tea is the favored refreshment.

GREEN TEAS

Dragon Well Green

One of the most famous of all Chinese teas. It has a vibrant color and very appealing
nutty aroma. Particularly well known for a long finish, with a lingering bittersweetness,
this is one of the most refreshing green teas in summer heat.

Moroccan Mint Green

Blended from carefully selected green teas and the spearmint favored in North Africa.
It is a revitalizing refreshment, and a perfect cup with which to welcome guests. A cup
of hospitality and quiet grace, with only half the caffeine of other green teas.

HERBAL TEAS

Chamomile Spearmint

Infused with Bergamot, this tea offers a restful interlude at any time. Chamomile and
Spearmint are appreciated for their soothing comforts. Bergamot is the Mediterranean
citrus used to perfume Earl Grey teas and it lifts spirits while calming nerves.

Northwest Blackberry

A celebration of field and forest. Selected wild leaves and berries are honored around
the world for the herbal brews they yield. Here in the northwest, the richness of
blackberries provides a delightful cup of tea. Fantastic served over ice!

“Thank you for your continued support of our chapter and of the environment, we only have one earth.”

Submitted by AGR

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Nov. 10: UD, state to host issues forum about Chesapeake Bay

November 3, 2010 under CANR News, Events

The Chesapeake Bay is a national focal point for water quality issues. New environmental regulations will require Delaware and the other five bay states — Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York — and the District of Columbia to significantly reduce pollution entering the bay and its tributaries.

These rigorous federal and state program aims to restore the bay’s water quality by 2025.

Because the two main pollutants that are under consideration are nitrogen and phosphorous, agricultural entities in Delaware and the other bay states have a vital role in this process.

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, the Delaware Department of Agriculture and the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will host an agricultural issues forum to address agricultural and environmental concerns surrounding the health of the Chesapeake Bay as it relates to water quality.

“The Intersection of Agriculture, the Environment and the Chesapeake Bay” will be held in the Trabant University Center Multipurpose Room A from 7-9 p.m.

“The goal of this event is to bring awareness to one of the major environmental issues in our area,” says Craig Parker, president of Alpha Gamma Rho. “We hope that UD students, faculty, and other community members will join us to learn about the issues from everyone involved.”

The program will be moderated by Ed Kee, secretary of the Delaware Department of Agriculture, who is also a CANR alumnus and former UD employee.

Kee will be joined by science and regulatory advisors Rick Batiuk, science adviser for the Chesapeake Bay Program, and Kathy Bunting-Howarth, director of the Division of Water at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

Industry and government panelists for the evening include:

* Steve Schwalb, vice president, Environmental Sustainability, Perdue Farms;
* Shawn Garvin, regional administrator for Region III, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
* Dave Baker, farmer and member of Delaware Nutrient Management Commission; and
* Jim Borel, executive vice president, DuPont.

The forum will conclude with networking and free UDairy Creamery ice cream.

For more information call (302) 831-1355 or send email to [kvo@udel.edu].

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Annual UD Push Lawnmower Tune-Up April 9-10

March 10, 2010 under CANR News, Events

Looking to save a little money on your lawn care in these tight financial times? UD’s Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity for agriculture, the Society of Automotive Engineers Club, and the Engineering Technology Club are once again offering a push lawn mower tune-up service on April 9 and 10, rain or shine. Since 2000, this annual event has serviced over 4,500 push mowers.

The tune-up—provided by trained students and alumni members of the clubs—includes an oil change, spark plug replacement, air filter check and cleaning, blade sharpening, and power washing. Service performed is tune-up only; no repairs or riding mowers are accepted.

The cost of the tune-up is $35.00, the same as it has been for the past four years. Payment in the form of cash or check may be made at drop off.

Drop off times are from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 9, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 10. Customers can pick up their mowers on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. for the first 300 mowers taken on Friday, or on Sunday, April 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the remaining mowers. All mowers must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Sunday. Any mowers not picked up by Sunday will be charged a storage fee

Lawnmowers (no riding mowers) may be dropped off and picked up in the parking lot behind Worrilow and Townsend halls on UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources campus at 531 South College Avenue, across from the Chrysler Plant, just north of the Fred Rust Ice Arena. Look for signs for the tune-up.

For more information, call the AGR Fraternity at 302-837-3379 or email djbutler@udel.edu.

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