AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Three Auburn University College of Agriculture students have teamed up with Alltech, an international agriculture company, to sell Haitian coffee to help the people of Haiti rebuild sustainable economic growth, jobs, agriculture and education in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake.
Katie Brennan, Casey Randle and Alexandra Hawkins began selling bags of coffee at the beginning of fall semester as part of the SEC Alltech Challenge, with the goal of 1,500 bags sold before the competition deadline in April. They are competing with students from the University of Georgia, University of Florida, Mississippi State University and Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College for the opportunity to travel to Haiti and help restore the devastated area.
Sixty-five percent of the proceeds goes into a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit fund; the other 35 percent goes to the College of Agriculture’s Ag Council, which works with agricultural organizations on campus.
AUBURN – Valentin Abe, an Auburn University Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures alumnus who was included on Time magazine’s 2010 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, will return to his alma mater Thursday, Nov. 4, as the fall 2010 E.T. York Distinguished Lecturer. His lecture is at 7 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
The Time honor was in recognition of Abe’s untiring efforts to establish a fish-farming industry in Haiti. In his York presentation, titled “Development in Haiti: A New Approach,” Abe will discuss his work in the impoverished Caribbean country and his mission to make a long-term difference in the lives of Haitians.
By Katie Jackson
Being in the right place at the right time sometimes requires being in the wrong place at the worst possible time.
That seems to be the case for Dennis Shannon, a professor of agronomy and soils at Auburn who arrived in Haiti on Monday, Jan. 11 – the day before the small island nation was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
Shannon, who has worked extensively in Haiti over the past 20 years on soils and agroforestry projects, returned there in January with U.S. Department of Agriculture and University of Florida colleagues on a food security project for the U.S. Department of State. The team spent Tuesday formulating a plan for soil sampling and testing to help Haitian farmers rapidly increase food and crop production in the country. Arriving back at their hotel, the Villa Creole in Petion-Ville just outside Port-au-Prince, at about 4:30 p.m., Shannon and UF agronomist Ed Hanlon were in the hotel lobby when the quake hit.
AUBURN – The Lee County Red Cross and a group of Auburn University students have joined to raise money for Haiti with “A Meal to Heal for Haiti,” on Monday, Feb. 1, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Auburn University Student Center ballroom. The home-cooked meals will be provided courtesy of Pannie-George’s Kitchen. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross’ International Relief Fund in support of disasters like the recent earthquakes in Haiti.
A total of 2,000 tickets at $5 each will be available for “A Meal to Heal for Haiti.” Four seatings, serving 500 guests each, are scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m.; 6 to7 p.m.; 7 to 8 p.m.; and 8 to 9 p.m.
AUBURN – The Committee of 19, Auburn University’s student leadership group for the War on Hunger, is donating $15,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme for Haiti relief. The money was collected over the past 18 months through various fundraisers by Auburn’s individual schools, colleges and organizations, as well as campus-wide activities.
The World Food Programme, or WFP, is the largest humanitarian agency in the world, feeding on average over 90 million people in 82 countries annually. As a first responder in the current crisis, WFP is attempting to bring weekly rations to more than 2 million people in Haiti over the next few weeks.
AUBURN – An Auburn University professor in the College of Agriculture who was on the ground when a massive earthquake devastated Haiti last week and who provided medical care to many of the victims will present a seminar about his experience on Friday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. in 207 Comer Hall on the Auburn campus.
Dennis Shannon, professor of agronomy and soils, arrived in Haiti the day before the earthquake struck and was standing in his hotel lobby when the tremors began. Shannon, along with a U.S. Department of Agriculture economist and two University of Florida agronomists, were in the country to work on a food security initiative for the U.S. Department of State.