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Students and Faculty in the News
Valentine's Day Rose Sale
The Horticulture Club has one of it's annual fundraiser coming up.  The Valentine's Day Rose sale will be Friday, February 12, in the main lobby of Throckmorton, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
New Green Wall in the Lobby Area
A new green wall was recently added to HFRR's lobby area on the first floor.  The wall of living plants has transformed the lobby environment and offers hands-on learning for students taking the HORT 377 Interior Plantscaping course. A beautiful new addition--swing by to check it out!

Turf Paper Highlighted in CSA News Magazine and Website
A peer-reviewed turfgrass manuscript, published in the September-October 2015 issue of Crop Science, was highlighted in the December issue of Crop, Soils, Agronomy (CSA) News; CSA News is the official monthly magazine of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), and American Society of Agronomy (ASA). The article “Evaluation of Atmometers within Urban Home Lawn Microclimates”, by Kenton Peterson, Dale Bremer, and Jack Fry, was selected for promotion in the “Research Highlights” section of the magazine.

PMC Faculty to Travel to Africa
This January Jeff Skibins and Ryan Sharp, assistant professors of Park Management & Conservation will be traveling throughout Kenya in conjunction with the Human Dimensions of Wildlife conference (https://sites.warnercnr.colostate.edu/pathways/). The PMC program is an official sponsor of the event and Dr. Skibins is serving on the advisory council. Both Skibins and Sharp will be presenting research papers at the conference. Additionally, Skibins and Sharp will be meeting with several community conservation program leaders, including the Il Ngwesi EcoLogde (http://ilngwesi.com) and the Melako Conservancy program (http://www.nrt-kenya.org/melako/ ). Developing these networks will provide opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students for research, travel courses, and exchange programs.

PMC Faculty Awarded National Park Service Research Grant
Ryan Sharp and Jeffrey Skibins, both assistant professors of Park Management & Conservation have been awarded a research grant to study resource and visitor management at Ozark National Scenic Riverways (http://www.nps.gov/ozar), a unit of the National Park Service, in southwestern Missouri.  The research will focus on recreational use patterns of hikers and horseback riders; recreation ecology; and the impact of psychosocial constructs such as experience use history and sense of place.  The research will provide park managers and legislators vital information for the development of a long-term management plan. The grant also includes provision for a new graduate student. The research team will begin data collection in the spring of 2016.