For the last fifteen years our department has sent students to PLANET student Career days. This is a great opportunity for students not only to network with over 85 different companies in the landscape industry, but to show them what they can do as they graduate. There were 65 different schools from all over the nation totaling over 850 students. Students get a chance to show what they have learned in classes at almost 30 different events. Some of these events include Arboriculture techniques, business management, construction cost estimating, irrigation troubleshooting, and more. They even include identification events like interior plant, annual & perennial, and turf & turf pest. Most of these students have been practicing all year to show companies the skills they have honed. We had several students being handpicked by companies to come work for them. We have received 1st place multiply times; which tells the rest of the nation just how hard our faculty work to maintain such a great curriculum, and how hard our students work to not only learn the knowledge put before them but to apply it as well. This year we placed 2nd place out of 65 schools. We brought with us 17 students participating in 26 events. When you see them walking around congratulate them on a job well done. If you would like to review the scores click here.
AEF Scholarship winners – Dan Quakenbush, Trevor Stevens
2nd Place in 3D Exterior Landscape Design – Ali Strate 84.50
2nd Place in Computer Aided Landscape Design – Garret Slezak 87.00
3rd Place in Exterior Landscape Design – Leanne Thompson 87.00
1st Place in Irrigation Troubleshooting – Dan Quakenbush and Cameron Rutter 200.00
1st Place in Maintenance Cost Estimating – Trevor Stevens 100.00
3rd Place in Wood Construction – Trevor Stevens and Garret Slezak 176.00
3rd Place in Irrigation Design – Cameron Rutter 86.00
3rd Place in Leadership Skills – Garret Slezak 92.33
1st Place in Tractor Loader Backhoe Operation – Eric Anderson 99.00
Students & Faculty had a lot of fun celebrating their 2nd place win!
AmericanHort was officially established on the first day of this year. Their mission is to “unite, promote, and advance our industry through advocacy, collaboration, connectivity, education, market development, and research.” They are the result of the merging of the Association of Horticultural Professionals (OFA) and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) voting in an almost unanimous decision. They have been working for the last two years to consolidate these organizations. So what does this mean for you? AmericanHort has kept the “OFA” scholarship which is available to students. This scholarship includes a one year student membership, the student short course fee, and room and board to attend the short course in Columbus, Ohio in late July. Most of all, this means a greater voice in government issues, one official industry standard, and a broader reach for helpful information. This
exemplifies their vision “to be the leading and unifying organization for the horticulture industry in order to cultivate successful businesses, and for our industry to enhance lives through the benefits of plants.” The benefits of membership include free education resources, access to free webinars, the Garden University, and many discounts on events, magazines, rental cars, shipping, and more. Their website is up and running beautifully and we encourage you to check it out and see the great information they have available.
To kick off the winter 2012 semester, Brother Toll’s Nursery Managementclass took a trip to Boise, ID to attend the Idaho Nursery and Landscaping Association (INLA) expo. This event is a great way to network with and see the different businesses around the country that are making waves in the Horticulture industry. The trip lasted three days and was filled with classes and seminars that were taught by leading national businesses. The students were taught about current topics that are pertinent to the Horticulture industry and various other subjects. The students were also able to attend the INLA Horticulture Trade Show and saw booths run by dozens of companies that provide materials and services for the Horticulture industry. The students had the opportunity to run a booth for the BYUI Horticulture Department. There are several scholarships that are offered through the INLA. Out of the four scholarships awarded, our students came home with three of them! The scholarships were $750 each and were given to Micah Woods, Ashley Barkow, and Ismael Ruelas. Bryan Randall also won an award in a plant identification contest. His prize was a brand new Kindle. The trip was fun for all who went and we are now looking forward for next year’s trip! For information on the scholarships and how to apply, click here.
Stephanie Petersen was the recipient of the Garden Writers Association Scholarship! The Garden Writers Association is an organization of over 1,800 highly respected professionals in the gardening industry that communicate to the public about horticulture, gardening, and the environment. They offer scholarships to students majoring in Horticulture to develop skills and further their education to a career in home gardening media communications.
Each application must be accompanied by a supporting letter from the student's major professor. Each student must also submit at least 2 written compositions or photographs demonstrating their interest in garden communication and/or garden photography. Scholarships are given annually and vary in number (2-6) and amount ($250-$2000).
Stephanie learned about this scholarship from Brother Nelson. She submitted her two essays to the foundation but she also included a poem, so she could show that she could do something other than essays. Congratulations to Stephanie!
We also had a handful of students receive the PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation Scholarship this year. We'd like to extend a congratulations to Micah Woods, Ben Johnson, Adam Sink, Kyle Steadman, Matt Rich, Chris Reed, Lanae Ricks, Vallie Pond, and Andrea Hansen. Together, these students received a combined amount of $10,500 in scholarship money! Well done guys! And good luck with PLANET this week!
There are scholarship opportunities everywhere! If you're looking for money for school, talk to the financial aid office, teachers, and even other students! Scholarships are also posted under the scholarship tab above.
Kristie received the Garden Writers Association Scholarship.
It is award for people studying Horticulture with an interest in journalism/English and the other way around. Kristie found the scholarship on the department's website and filled out the online application , submitted two articles (designed and professionaly printed), a letter of recommendation, short essays about herself, and a signature from Brother Toll. She submitted two different articles to the Association for consideration. A copy of one of the articles can be found here.
Kristie was given $1000 for this semester!
Here is the link to the Garden Writers Association website for more information. http://www.gardenwriters.org/gwa.php?p=index.html
If you would like to contact Kristie for more information, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim Stevenson found out about the Idaho Nursery & Landscape Association scholarship last year on the Horticulture blog. He applied for the scholarship then, but didn't receive it. He put a reminder on the calender in his phone to apply again this year and it definitely paid off. One thing he did that really made a difference was he actually went to Ann Bates (the INLA director in Idaho Falls) and hand delivered it. This was good because she got to meet him in person. Tim received $750!
If you have questions for Tim, you can email him at email@example.com.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.