NACTA Updates and Information: March 2010
In This Issue:
- 2010 Calendar
- Not too Late for Membership Renewal
- Hard Copies of 2009 NACTA Journal Available
- Registration for 2010 NACTA Conference Now Open
- NACTA Judging Conference
- NACTA/SERD 2010 Call for Abstracts (Due March 20)
- Book Reviews
- New NACTA Website and NACTA on Facebook
- Writing for the NACTA Journal - Tips
- National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (NAEAA) Call for Presenters
- March 14 - 20, National Ag Week, http://www.agday.org/
- March 17 - 20, National PAS Conference, St. Louis, http://www.nationalpas.org/conference/index.html
- April 15 - 17, NACTA Judging Conference, Redlands Community College, El Reno, OK
- April 21 - 23, Agri-Marketing Conference, Kansas City, MO; http://www.nama.org/amc/
- May 3 - 5, 2010 Western North America Ag and Food HR Roundtable, Monterey, CA; http://www.agcareers.com/
- May 9 - 12, Agriculture without Borders, U.S. Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) Conference, Purdue University; http://usain.lib.purdue.edu/
- May 21 - 23, Teaching Professor Conference, Cambridge, MA; http://www.teachingprofessor.com/
- June 7 - 9 EduComm 2010, Mirage, Las Vegas, NV; http://www.educommconference.com/
- June 22 - 25, NACTA/SERD Annual Conference at Pennsylvania State University, agsci.psu.edu/nacta
- July 13 - 15, Inquiry-Based Environmental Science and Natural Resources AgrowKnowledge Faculty
Development Workshop, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA (http://www.agrowknow.org)
- July 20 - 22, Artificial Insemination/Biotechnology AgrowKnowledge Faculty Development Workshop, Redlands Community College, El Reno, OK (http://www.agrowknow.org)
- August 2 - 4, AgCareers.com HR Roundtable in Minnetonka, MN, www.agcareers.com
If you have items for the calendar that are of interest to the members of NACTA, please email them to either the editor or the secretary.
Not too Late for Membership Renewal
If you did not renew your membership by February 20, 2010 you will no longer have access to the current issues of the NACTA Journal online at http://nacta.fp.expressacademic.org/. You can still renew your membership by emailing the secretary or obtaining a membership form on the NACTA website under Membership Applications. If you have paid your 2010 membership and have not received the 2010 password please email the secretary.
Help NACTA grow. Remember that you could double the membership of NACTA if you encouraged one associate to join at the time you renew your membership. Make a copy of the form and encourage someone else to join!
Hard Copies of Annual 2009 NACTA Journal Available
You can also obtain an electronic (PDF) or hard copy of the Annual 2009 NACTA Journal on Lulu: https://www.lulu.com/commerce/index.php?fBuyContent=8229287. All money goes to support the NACTA organization.
Registration for 2010 NACTA June Conference Now Open
Registration is now open for the 2010 NACTA Conference being held at Penn State on June 22-25. For details on the conference and to register online please visit: http://agsci.psu.edu/nacta. Register by May 1 to take advantage of the early registration discount.
We hope you can join us this summer in State College, PA for an engaging week of oral presentations, poster sessions, roundtable discussions and exciting tours as we "Collaborate, Communicate, Celebrate," teaching and learning around agricultural, human, and renewable natural resources.
2010 NACTA Conference Planning Committee, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State
NACTA Judging Conference
The annual NACTA Judging Conference is being hosted at Redlands Community College in El Reno, OK, April 15-17, 2010. The contest that will be hosted includes: Ag Business Management, Computer Applications, Crops, Dairy, Horse Judging, Livestock, Quiz Bowl, and Soils.
For registration questions:
COE Conference Facilitator
For general questions:
For complete details go to the NACTA Judging Conference website.
NACTA/SERD 2010 Call for Abstracts (Due March 20)
The 2010 NACTA conference will be held at Penn State University, June 22 – 25. This conference will be a joint meeting with National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Science and Education Resources Development (SERD) unit. The theme for the 2010 NACTA/SERD Conference is “Collaborate, Communicate, Celebrate.”
Accepted abstracts that address the theme will be given first priority for oral presentations. This year we can schedule approximately 80 oral presentations and 84 poster presentations. Authors will be given the option to request oral presentation, but it will be up to the host committee to select the 84 oral presentations from those who requested oral presentation format. All others will be poster presentations.
The 2010 NACTA Conference will serve as a venue for faculty in the agricultural, environmental, natural, and life sciences to share their information on the theme of Collaborate, Communicate, Celebrate, as well as to share innovative teaching or advising ideas, scholarship of teaching, and other pertinent information.
All abstracts must be submitted at this website: http://abstracts.nacta.expressacademic.org/login.php
Deadline: March 20, 2010. The author submitting the abstract will be notified of its status within three weeks of its submission.
You can view and download photos taken at the 2009 NACTA/SERD Conference at this URL: http://picasaweb.google.com/nactaeditor .This website contains a number of photos from past NACTA conferences. Also you can find examples of posters from past NACTA Conferences.
Books Available to Review
Currently, the NACTA Journal Editor has the following book available for review:
- William H. Miner: the Man and the Myth, (2009) by Joseph C. Burke, Langdon Street Press
Overview: Miner (1862 - 1930) transformed his homestead, near Chazy in New York's Champlain Valley, into a 15,000 acre fairyland farm and built a fame rural school, a state-of-the-art hospital and hydroelectric dams. His foundation still funds the school, the hospital and an agricultural research institute on the old Miner Farm.
If you are willing to review this book send an email to
New NACTA Website and NACTA on Facebook
Writing for the NACTA Journal - Tips
This section of the E-newsletter will feature helpful tips on preparing a manuscript for the NACTA Journal. All of the information featured here is available in the "Instructions for NACTA Authors" which can be downloaded from the NACTA website.
File names. Authors are either very creative with the file names for their manuscripts or they are very dull. Many manuscripts are given the file name "NACTA.doc," as you can imagine. Once manuscripts are submitted to the NACTA FastTrack site they receive an automatic manuscript number. This number is a combination of the year and the number of the manuscripts that have been submitted since we started using the FastTrack site. Authors need to use this number as the file name for their manuscripts. For example, manuscript number 2010-0250 will be given the file name "MS2010_0250 review copy" before it is prepared and uploaded to FastTrack for reviewers to download. When a manuscript is accepted or revised authors should prepare the final, revised, manuscript and upload it to the FastTrack site using the file name containing the manuscript number; for example "MS2010_0250 final."
Also when authors send emails to the editor about the status of a manuscript or questions about a manuscript including the manuscript number is critical to quickly finding a manuscript.
National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (NAEAA) Call for Presenters
The National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (NAEAA) announces a call for presenters at 2010 NAEAA meeting to be held July 26th – July 28th in Cazenovia NY. This possibly the most affordable conference you will ever attend! Further details available at NAEAA.com.
The National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (NAEAA) encourages and facilitates increased cooperation and information sharing on a national and international level between colleges and universities with programs in the equine discipline.
The 2010 meeting will involve presentations, posters, and interactive dialogue related to the following topics:
- "Characteristics of Excellence" in undergraduate equine education – oral presentations and workshop
- Building Relationships between equine academics and the equine industry – oral and poster presentations
- Building successful models of collaboration for both student and faculty exchange between NAEAA member institutions – oral and poster presentations
- Developing and maintaining revenue streams in equine undergraduate education – poster presentations
- Incorporating industry 'hot topics' into the curriculum – poster presentations
Reminder: Visit the NACTA website for position announcements (www.nactateachers.org). New announcements are continuously being posted and are not always listed in the E-newsletter.
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