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Kellie Walters Awarded Paul Ecke, Jr. Scholarship and named 2016 AmericanHort HortScholar

The merit-based and prestigious Paul Ecke, Jr. scholarship has been funded by industry contributions and the Ecke family to assist in funding the education of floriculture graduate students (MS or Ph.D.) at land-grant institutions, who will become leading floricultural scientists and educators. Kellie Walters will be pursuing her Ph.D. at Michigan State University starting in the fall, and became involved in the floriculture industry in elementary school, when she sold marigolds and spider plants on her parents' driveway. When she was a teenager she started her own business, Kellie's Floral and Landscaping, and also sold flowers and arrangements at farmers' markets. In addition, Walters worked at a local floral shop that had a greenhouse.

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Yujin Park Selected as 2016-2017 FAST Fellow

Congratulations to Yujin Park who was selected as a 2016-2017 Future Academic Scholars in Teaching (FAST) Fellow. There were a large number of competitive applications this year, so being selected for this prestigious program is quite an honor and one that the MSU Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning's Steering Committee congratulates her for such an achievement. As a member of the eleventh cohort of FAST Fellows, Yujin will join a long list of graduate students who have participated in the program, and who moved on to work at research intensive and comprehensive universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges as well as in industry and state or federal agencies. Yujin's Ph.D. research is focused on how light quality influences plant architecture and photosynthesis of ornamental seedlings and her adviser is Dr. Erik Runkle.

National Champions: MSU Places First in NALP National Collegiate Landscape Competition

Michigan State University is the 2016 national champion. No, not basketball. We are number one in landscape horticulture. The MSU Student Horticulture Association landscape team competed at the NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals) National Collegiate Landscape Competition last week that was held at Mississippi State University. The four-day event consisted of educational workshops, a career fair, and 28 competitive events which have been termed the Landscape Olympics. Team members competed against 683 students representing 63 colleges and universities from across the United States and Canada.

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Upcoming Events at the MSU Horticulture Gardens

Curious Gardener Workshops
Succulent Living Wreath - March 8, 3-5 pm
Growing and Crafting with Hard-shelled Gourds - April 12, 3-5 pm
Building Bamboo Trellises - April 26, 6-8 pm
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Spring Program: The Garden Professors (Saturday, April 9th 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Looking to bust through gardening myths and dig down to the truth? Join the creators of The Garden Professors, a blog where expert professors from around the country use science-based information to provide you with the facts about gardening from every aspect.
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Nearly $40,000 Awarded in AFE Scholarships

Edward Tuinier Memorial Scholarship - $4,600
Recipient: Ben Harcey, Michigan State University

Harcey, a senior studying horticulture, has had a love of agriculture since working on his grandfather's farm and starting his own small landscaping business when he was 14. "My career goals are to create and install landscapes with both a near and long-term perspective in regards to the landscape's form, function and integrity," he said.

Ed Tuinier, owner of Post Gardens, loved the greenhouse business, building his firm to one of the top 50 U.S. companies and inspiring his children, all of whom work in one of the two Post Gardens locations. A graduate of Michigan State University, Tuinier was a major benefactor of the MSU horticulture program and demonstration gardens. The Tuinier Scholarship is awarded to sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate students enrolled in the floriculture program at MSU.

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