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New CALS endowment supports weed science graduate students

October 18, 2007

Media Contact: Keith Oakley, executive director of college advancement and president of the N.C. Agricultural Foundation, 919-515-9262 or keith_oakley@ncsu.edu

Dr. Neil and Becky Rhodes of Knoxville, Tenn., recently established the Becky Eure Rhodes and Neil Rhodes Weed Science Graduate Education Endowment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. The Rhodeses, both graduates of the college's Crop Science Department, personally funded the endowment to support graduate students working toward a master's degree in weed science.

Dr. Johnny Wynne, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said the two were giving back because of their own rewarding experiences as graduate students in the college and their understanding of the need for increased financial assistance with graduate education. "This gift to support our graduate program will make a big difference in our future," he said.

Becky Rhodes is head of regulatory affairs for Arysta LifeScience, North America, based in Cary, N.C. She received her bachelor's degree in agronomy and her master's degree in crop science, both from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Neil Rhodes is head of the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. After earning his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee, he obtained his Ph.D. in crop science from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

"Going to school here was a most rewarding experience," said Neil Rhodes, of his time at N.C. State. "The professors and classes in weed science made it one of the best things I ever did. And because we realize the needs in graduate education, we chose to do this."

Becky Rhodes added, "I come from a peanut farm in Gates County (North Carolina). The positions I've held in industry have taken me all over the world. We hoped this would give that extra edge for students to be able to do things they wouldn't otherwise."

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Posted by Suzanne at October 18, 2007 11:08 AM