Alumni and Friends of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,
Opportunities for professional development for graduate students are essential to the total educational experience offered in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. For 24 years, our Office of Career Services has provided one-day, intensive workshops to graduate students in all areas of study. You can play an important role in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' graduate programs by supporting our annual Graduate Student Professional Development Workshop. Our aim is ambitious -- but necessary -- in order to continue this program into the future. We will raise $500,000 to create endowment that will support the GSPDW for generations to come.
These workshops build upon and enhance our academic programs through professional experiences beyond what is normally encountered in the classroom or lab. We know our graduate students are afforded outstanding teaching and research experiences, but subject matter knowledge is just part of what is needed to compete successfully in their chosen fields. The GSPDW gives our students a competitive edge as they progress toward their chosen careers.
Please take a few minutes to browse this Web site and read a few of the graduate student profiles. I think you will agree our students are impressive and poised to make important contributions to society. I hope you will also read some of the comments that students have made about this workshop and come to understand how much they value their time spent developing these key professional development skills.
Your contribution now will help us reach our $500,000 goal. Making your tax-deductible gift is easy. Just follow the "Giving" links on this Web site. You may also contact Scott Troutman (email@example.com or 919-515-7857) if you would like to discuss other ways of supporting the GSPDW.
Thank you for your consideration of this invitation to support a critical program in your College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. We are proud to count you among the CALS family.
Dean and Executive Director for Agricultural Programs
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences