College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Current Announcements

This page contains announcements which were sent to the ANSC Undergraduate Listserv on indicated dates. Please note that this does not represent ALL messages sent to the listserv, just those concerning departmental items such as courses, policies, and advising.

Announcements from previous semesters are available on the Archived Announcements page.

Spring 2018 Announcements:

4/26/18 - ANSC Peer Mentor hours end on May 8th

For students still looking for guidance in their course planning or wanting to talk about their fall course schedule, remember that we have our ANSC Peer Mentor available to help answer your questions.
 
The LAST DAY for Peer Mentor hours this spring will be Tuesday May 8th, so if you wish to see her, make sure to stop by before then. 
 
Peer Mentor: ANSC Senior Sarah Gitterman
Location: ANS 3105 (3rd Floor Conference Room)
Hours: Mondays from 2-4pm and Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:00pm
 
Appointments are not required, so feel free to stop in any time during her posted hours!
 

4/18/18 - Reminder: Registering for ANSC447 Fall 2018

This is a reminder for students who need to register for ANSC447 Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction Laboratory this fall.  Please email me (Vlake@umd.edu) by May 4th so that we can give you the electronic stamp to add the course.  After that date we will be giving away the remaining open seats to students that are not required to take the course.

In order to make sure that there are seats available for students who are required to take ANSC447, the course is set so that students have to be given individual permission to register. Students in the Animal Care and Management option and those still under the Equine Studies option are required to take this specific course.

If you are not in one of those options you can email me expressing your interest in the course.  If there are seats available once all mandatory students have registered, those seats will be awarded to students in the order in which their expression of interest was received. 

Please let me know if you have questions regarding this process.

 

4/16/18 - Using ANSC Resources

One of our goals for our students is for you to be cultivating your independent problem solving skills. While we are happy to help students when they are dealing with problems beyond their abilities to solve, it's important to be developing the habit of using resources provided to you and attempting to find answers in those provided resources. These skills will be invaluable as you move forward past your undergraduate degree, whether you are going on to professional school or directly into your career. 

Remember that there are several resources available to you when you are looking for answers to common advising questions. 

 Please make sure you are using the following resources:

1. Reading emails sent to the Undergrad listserv. If you are not getting these emails, check your junk mail and spam folders, and make sure we're on your "safe senders" list. If you are truly not receiving emails (perhaps you updated your email address and did not notify us), please let me know so we can make sure you are on the listserv. 

2. If you think you have missed an email, check the Current Announcements page on our website, which also contains an archive of announcements made in previous semesters. 

3. Check the Advising resource for answers to most commonly asked questions, course planning resources, information on our advising structure, and much, much more!

Between the emails, the Announcements page (an archive of important messages sent to the listserv concerning departmental items such as courses, policies, and advising), and the Advising Guide, you can likely find the answer to most questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question after checking these resources, or still have questions after reviewing the information, we are happy to help.

 

4/12/18 - Using UAchieve to run a degree audit

UAchieve is the degree auditing tool available to students, which populates automatically with courses you have completed that fulfill requirements. This is a very useful tool to use when updating your course plans, as it helps you keep track of which requirements you have already completed, and what you still need to take. Our ANSC Peer Mentor is a great resource in helping you interpret your audit, but there is also a UAchieve user guide from the Registrar's website that can help you in navigating reading your UAchieve report.  The instructional videos at that link will walk you through how to use the system, so you should watch those how-to videos for a quick intro to the system.

Regarding courses being displayed in UAchieve, remember that just because a course is not reflected in UAchieve does not mean that the course is not being counted for your degree requirements. Many of these edits have to be made manually, and that can take time. If you have received confirmation that a course counts for one of our requirements, whether you received an email directly, a posting to the listserv, or a posting on our website, then you are being awarded credit for that course and that degree requirement.

If there is something on your audit that you feel is truly an error, please contact the ANSC Undergraduate Office so that it can be corrected. If it is just something like a course we have posted as counting as an Advanced ANSC course isn't showing as such, you do not need to contact us, as discussed above.

 

4/11/18 - Reminder - TODAY is last day to drop with a W

TODAY - Wednesday April 11th - is the last day to drop a course with a "W". This is your last chance to drop a class this semester. Please remember that a "W" still counts as an attempt at a course.

If you are struggling in a course you are currently enrolled in, and trying to decide if you should drop with a W, please first consult our online guide to dropping a course with a W before making your decision.

4/10/18 - Reminder to read prerequisites

As you're planning your schedules and getting ready to register for courses for next semester, remember to be sure you have completed all required prerequisites for a course prior to the semester in which you will be taking that course. Many departments do not have it set so that students without prerequisites are automatically blocked from registering. Do not assume that just because the system let you register that it means you can stay enrolled without prerequisites. Many departments, including ours, do manual prerequisite checks at the beginning of the semester, and students without prerequisites are required to drop courses.

Reading and paying attention to prerequisites for courses is your responsibility as a student, and not adhering to required prerequisites can and will get you dropped from courses. Prerequisites for any given course are included in the course description in the Schedule of Classes. If you are not sure what a prerequisite is asking for, ask that department and get clarification BEFORE you register. Never assume that a prerequisite may be taken as a co-requisite.

 

4/9/18 - AREC306 requirement for management options

This is just a reminder that for students in the options that require AREC306 (Animal Care & Management and those that remain under Equine Studies), there are three different courses that you can take to fulfill this requirement. 

The following courses may be used to fulfill the AREC306 requirement:  

  • AREC306 (offered every fall - note that if you take this it counts as IN-major Scholarship in Practice, not out of major)

  • ANSC270 (offered fall of odd numbered years)

  • INAG204 (offered every spring)

     

4/5/18 - ANSC Genetics Requirement

As announced last semester, students in the Animal Care & Management option (and any students still remaining under the old Equine Studies option) now have the choice to take either ANSC327 (Molecular Genetics) or ANSC450 (Animal Breeding Plans) to satisfy the Genetics requirement for this major.  If a Care & Management student wishes to take both classes, then the second course can count as an “Advanced Animal Sciences Elective.”

Students in the Science/Pre-Professional option (and any students still remaining under the old Animal Biotechnology option) will continue to be required to take ANSC327 for their Genetics requirement, and ANSC 450 will continue to be an option to fulfill the “Advanced Animal Sciences Elective” requirement for this option.

As indicated on our Course Listing, ANSC450 will be offered every fall, and ANSC327 will continue to be offered every spring.

Students in our major may NOT take BSCI222 to satisfy our Genetics requirement. The only exceptions to this are:

  1. Students who are confirmed to be enrolled in a double major or program (such as ILS Scholars) that requires BSCI222 or an equivalent (such as HLSC322 for ILS Scholars).

  2. Students who transfer into ANSC (either from another school or another major at UMD) who have already taken BSCI222 prior to entering ANSC.

Aside from these two exceptions (barring other truly extenuating circumstances), students MUST take Genetics in ANSC. This policy is stated on our website in our Advising Guide, so please make sure you are carefully reading and checking requirements when registering for courses.

 

4/4/18 - Registering for ANSC447 Fall 2018

In order to make sure that there are seats available for students who are required to take ANSC447 Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction Laboratory, the course is set so that students have to be given individual permission to register. Students in the Animal Care and Management option and those still under the Equine Studies option are required to take this specific course. If you are in one of those two options and are planning to take ANSC447 this fall, please email me (vlake@umd.edu) by May 4th so that we can give you the electronic stamp to add the course.

If you are not in one of those options you can email me expressing your interest in the course.  If there are seats available once all mandatory students have registered, those seats will be awarded to students in the order in which their expression of interest was received. 

Please let me know if you have questions regarding this process.

 

4/3/18 - How to update your course plan

All students in ANSC create and submit a course plan in their first semester in ANSC, which is reviewed by the ANSC Undergraduate Office. Students are provided with detailed feedback, and plans are approved once they accurately represent all requirements and a workable plan for completing them. However, course plans are a living document, and students are welcome and encouraged to update their plans according to their interests and class availability. You do not have to get permission or approval to update your course plan, but you do need to make sure your plan is still workable and contains all requirements.

As you revise and change your course plan, make sure you are staying on track by asking yourself the following questions:

Have I made sure that:

  • ALL requirements (Gen Ed courses, major requirements, etc) are still included on my plan?
  • I have scheduled prerequisite courses before the course they are a prerequisite for?
  • I am planning to take courses in the semester in which they are offered?
  • My planned coursework adds up to a minimum of 120 credits?
  • I am meeting benchmarks?
  • I followed an “if I take a requirement out of one semester, make sure to put it back on the plan in another semester where it is offered” approach?

Making sure you can answer “yes” to all of these questions when updating your plan will insure you stay on track with completing your requirements, giving you the confidence you need to feel comfortable with maintaining and editing your plan. 

Students are encouraged to work with our ANSC Peer Mentor, who can help you with using our resources and updating your plan, as well as offering you valuable student perspective on the classes and workload you might be considering.

 

4/2/18 - Reminder - Wed 4/11 is last day to drop with a W

This is a reminder that Wednesday April 11th is the last day to drop a course with a "W". This is your last chance to drop a class this semester. Please remember that a "W" still counts as an attempt at a course.

If you are struggling in a course you are currently enrolled in, and trying to decide if you should drop with a W, please first consult our online guide to dropping a course with a W before making your decision.

In addition to the online resource, I am also holding open office hours on Monday April 9th, from 8:00am - 11:30am, and again from 1pm - 4pm. . I will not schedule specific appointments during this time, so open office hours will be first come, first served. Any student who wishes to discuss course struggles, personal struggles, or dropping with a W is welcome and encouraged to stop by during open hours. 

*Please note that walk-in advising is not a substitute for your mandatory departmental advising.

 

3/12/18 - ANSC359 now accepted as an Advanced ANSC Elective

Beginning in Fall 2018, we are now accepting ANSC359 (Internship Experience in Animal and Avian Sciences) as an Advanced ANSC Elective. Students interested in taking this course must have an internship already lined up, and apply to be enrolled in the course. ANSC359 doesinclude required class time, which can be viewed in the Schedule of Classes. Detailed instructions and a link to the application are available on our website: 
 
**Important note: Students can only use ANSC359 to satisfy 3 credits of the Advanced ANSC Elective requirement. Even if you take ANSC359 for more than 3 credits, it can only count towards 3 credits of the Advanced ANSC Elective requirement. 
 
Please contact Dr. VanKlompenberg (mvanklom@umd.edu) if you have any questions or need additional information about ANSC359. 
 

3/8/18 - Advising and Registration in ANSC

Registration times for fall courses will be available for viewing on your ONE.UMD portal or through Testudo beginning tomorrow, Friday March 9th. Registration does not begin until March 29th. Remember that registration appointments are determined by your number of credits, so seniors register first, while students with fewer credits will not register until late April or early May. When you check your appointment time, you should also look to see if there are any blocks (financial, health, etc) that would prevent you from registering, and get those cleared up ASAP

The registration time listed for you is just the earliest time you can register. You can register at any point after that time/date, once your advising block is cleared. Your advising requirement for spring has been communicated to you based on when you entered ANSC at UMD. 

Students who entered ANSC in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 received instructions through ELMS.

Students who were already in ANSC prior to Fall 2017 received instructions emailed directly to you. 

Remember that advising is mandatory, so make sure you are following the directions you received regarding completing your advising requirement for this semester.

3/6/18 - Counseling and Tutoring resources

As we move towards mid-terms, I want to make sure you are of some of the many resources available to help you be successful here at UMD!

To encourage our students to take advantage of the numerous tutoring and counseling resources available on campus, our website contains sections on Tutoring Resources and Counseling Resources, which contain links to some of the most helpful and widely used campus resources in those categories. 

If you find yourself struggling, whether in a class or in your personal life, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. The earlier we know about a problem, the more we can do to help figure out a solution!

 

3/5/18 - ANSC Peer Mentor - expanded hours start today!

I hope you are having a great spring semester! As you get ready for advising and registration for fall courses, remember that we have our ANSC Peer Mentor available to help answer your questions.
 
Our ANSC Peer Mentor is a current ANSC upperclassman who is available to help students with creating their course plans, questions on requirements, course recommendations, and making the most of the college experience. 
 
Whether you have questions about your course plan or how to use our resources, or are just looking for an experienced student perspective - please stop by and visit our peer mentor Sarah! 
 
Peer Mentor: ANSC Senior Sarah Gitterman
Location: ANS 3105 (3rd Floor Conference Room)
Hours: Mondays from 2-4pm and Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:00pm
 
Appointments are not required, so feel free to stop in any time during her posted hours!
 

2/27/18 - FINAL reminder - scholarship applications due by March 1

This is your final reminder that the deadline for submitting scholarship applications is THIS THURSDAY, March 1. Please make sure you are reading and following all directions for submitting applications, as submissions that are incorrect or incomplete will not be considered. Detailed directions were sent to the listserv on Feb 1, and are also available on our website, both on the Scholarship page and in the Current Announcements section.  

Faculty evaluations must also be in by the March 1 deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to identify an ANSC faculty member to fill out the evaluation, and to apprise the faculty member of which scholarship(s) they are applying for. The faculty member should fill out the Faculty Evaluation Form available on the ANSC website.
 

2/22/18 - Ag Day sign-ups close TOMORROW!

Don’t forget tomorrow is the last day to sign-up to show an animal at this year’s Ag Day competition on April 28th! If you are interested, please fill out the google form below. Mandatory orientations will be held on February 27th at 6:30 and February 28th at 7:00 (you only need to attend one) in ANSC 0408. Showing fees are due at orientation. If you have any questions about the showing process or the fees please see the attached document, or email me at umdblockandbridle@gmail.com
 
Google Form Sign-Up: 
Jake Clements
Block & Bridle Ag Day Coordinator
 

2/13/18 - ANSC Scholarship Faculty Evaluation Requirement

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting scholarship applications is March 1. Please make sure you are reading and following all directions for submitting applications, as submissions that are incorrect or incomplete will not be considered. Detailed directions were sent to the listserv on Feb 1, and are also available on our website, both on the Scholarship page and in the Current Announcements section. 
 
Please also read this NEW information regarding who can fill out the required Faculty Evaluation form:
 
We have received some questions regarding if Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) can fill out the Faculty Evaluation required to apply for ANSC scholarships, so here is our policy on that:
 
1)  We will only accept evaluations from GTAs for ANSC103, ANSC211, or ANSC212/214. After students have completed these courses, they will have had ample opportunities to interact with faculty members who can evaluate them.
 
2)  Students must still go through the faculty member who is the course instructor. You should contact the course instructor and indicate which GTA has agreed to help with your evaluation. The faculty member will then work with the GTA on the content and submit the evaluation. This means that the GTA should provide the instructor with their evaluation, and then the faculty member must be the one who submits it.
 
Best of luck in your scholarship applications! 
 

2/7/18 - AG Day Sign-Ups!

As the Ag Day Coordinator for UMD’s Block & Bridle Club, I would like to invite you to participate in this year’s Ag Day/Maryland Day livestock show occurring April 28th. The livestock show will consist of beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine and sheep for students to show. Students will be taught how to work with their selected livestock and will gain firsthand experience showing their animals in preparation for Block & Bridle's Annual Livestock Show occurring at the Campus Farm on Ag Day.  There will be student and faculty coaches to help showmen learn the skills they need to successfully prepare and present their selected livestock during our show. Sign-ups for showing have begun and will end February 23rd. Mandatory orientation will be February 27th at 6:30pm and February 28th at 7:00pm in ANSC 0408 (you only must attend one) in order to go over safety protocol and standards with the Campus Farm manager. If neither of these times work for you, please notify me immediately so we can try to accommodate you. Requirements and expectations of showmen can be seen in the Showman Guidelines document attached. Sign up as soon as possible to guarantee your spot! In the potential event of limited species availability, students enrolled in Lamb Watch will receive priority in lamb showmanship, with the rest of the slots filled on a rolling basis.

In order to show beef, you MUST have previous showing experience with beef and/or have shown in our dairy class in previous years during Ag Day. 

If you sign up for lambs, students enrolled in Lamb Watch will have the first pick of selecting their show animal. Other livestock showmen will select on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with livestock. Special note to Pre-vet students, this is an excellent way to introduce large animal experience to your undergraduate career if you have not begun to do so already.  I hope you will join us!  Please email me with questions or interests at umdblockandbridle@gmail.com. If you would like to show you must fill out the Google Form (link below) by February 23rd.  Showing fees will be due the day of orientation. Prices are listed in the Showman Guidelines document attached.

Google Form Sign-Up:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCXgUnztdvOt_C_LlzLBzfc1WRZpbkdi2GZFHNhPVAtDgnHw/viewform?usp=sf_link


If you would like to gain more information on how to join the Block & Bridle club, please email me with questions or interests at umdblockandbridle@gmail.com as well!

Also, we still have open student coaching positions we are looking to fill! If you have experience and are interested in showing, please fill out the link below as soon as possible!

Coaching Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdP2F5UPZPSJjawr_VOawPfCa5CtM7MOOlrLArz3BXdVyLcbw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you,
Jake Clements
Block & Bridle Ag Day Coordinator

 

2/6/18 - Reminder - TODAY is last day for schedule adjustment

This is just a reminder that TODAY, Tuesday February 6th, is the last day for schedule adjustment. This means you need to finalize your schedule, be enrolled in any special topics (ANSC389, 399, etc), and make sure you are in the classes you need to be for the semester before the end of the day today.

Today is also the last day to apply for graduation if you are planning to graduate in May. You can do that online through Testudo, by selecting "Graduation Application and Diploma Status". 

 

2/1/18 - ANSC Scholarship Opportunities - 2018

We are now accepting applications for ANSC scholarships for the upcoming year (to be awarded beginning Fall 2018). ONLY applications submitted between February 1 and March 1 will be reviewed! The application for all of our ANSC scholarships is available as an online form on our website. Please visit our Scholarship page for details on how to apply, and to submit the scholarship application.

You should carefully read this entire email to make sure you have all the information before submitting an application, as well as following the directions on the website. Submissions that are incorrect or incomplete will not be considered. The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is March 1, 2018.

  • All students submitting scholarship applications must also have an ANSC faculty member submit an evaluation form. Any scholarship application submitted that does not have a corresponding evaluation form submitted WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Faculty evaluations must also be in by the March 1 deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to identify an ANSC faculty member to fill out the evaluation, and to apprise the faculty member of which scholarship(s) they are applying for. The faculty member should fill out the Faculty Evaluation Form available on the ANSC website.
  • If you are applying for more than one scholarship, you have to submit a SEPARATE application for each one.
  • Please note that if you have been awarded a scholarship in the past, you need to apply again in order to be considered. For the upcoming year, you will need to follow current posted application guidelines and meet these deadlines

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the scholarships or the application process.

 

1/31/18 - Reminder - Tues 2/6 is last day for schedule adjustment

This is just a reminder that Tuesday February 6th is the last day for schedule adjustment. This means you need to finalize your schedule, be enrolled in any special topics (ANSC389, 399, etc), and make sure you are in the classes you need to be for the semester before the end of the day on Tuesday.

Tuesday 2/6 is also the last day to apply for graduation if you are planning to graduate in May. You can do that online through Testudo, by selecting "Graduation Application and Diploma Status".

 

1/30/18 - ANSC Peer Mentor Hours - Spring 2018

I hope your spring semester is off to a great start! Just a reminder that as you're getting settled into the semester, we have our ANSC Peer Mentor available to help answer questions.

Our ANSC Peer Mentor is a current ANSC upperclassman who is available to help students with creating their course plans, questions on requirements, course recommendations, and making the most of the college experience.

If you have questions about navigating campus these first few weeks, questions about your course plan or requirements, or just looking for an experienced student perspective - please stop by and visit our peer mentor Sarah!

Peer Mentor: ANSC Senior Sarah Gitterman

Location: ANS 3105 (3rd Floor Conference Room)

Hours: 

Tues 1/30 - Tues 2/27 - hours will be once a week, on Tuesdays from 3:30 -5:00pm

Beginning Mon 3/5 - hours will be Mondays from 2-4pm and Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:00pm

Appointments are not required, so feel free to stop in any time during her posted hours!

 

1/29/18 - ANSC359 Spring 2018 Application Deadline Feb 1st

For those of you that are planning on in enrolling in ANSC359 for this semester you need to apply using the online form to be given permission to enroll. 

Applications for ANSC359 for Spring 2018 will be accepted until 5 PM on Thursday, February 1st.  Applications can be found at https://go.umd.edu/ANSC359_application

Please contact me with any questions you have about receiving academic credit for your internships.

Best,

Dr. VanKlompenberg, mvanklom@umd.edu

 1/24/18 - Tips for good email etiquette

Welcome to the start of the new semester! To help you get started on the right foot, I wanted to provide you with some valuable information regarding communicating with faculty and staff here at UMD. As students, it is important to make sure that you are doing everything possible to communicate effectively. Effective communication and proper email etiquette will go a long way towards making a positive impression, and building positive relationships with faculty members is something you should strive for. As such, all students should read the following link on proper email etiquette when conversing with University faculty and staff. Please pay especially careful attention to the details regarding how to address your professor or faculty mentor as well as reasonable expectations for a response time.

http://www.wikihow.com/Email-a-Professor

Have a great spring semester!

 

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