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.

Fall 2019 Announcements:

9/18/19 - Sheep Management (new Lamb Watch course number) - beginning spring 2020

We are delighted to let you know that starting this Spring of 2020, the course popularly known as "Lamb Watch" will change from ANSC235 (Applied Small Ruminant Parturition) to ANSC245 (Sheep Management). Sheep Management will be 3 credits instead of 2, and it will count as an ANSC approved Management Course.  This new, 3-credit course will be similar in format to the previous course; however, it will include an additional 50 minutes of weekly classroom instruction to cover sufficient material to make it equivalent to other ANSC management courses.  The labs and watches at the campus farm will be similar to the time/work effort in the previous ANSC 235 course.

Please note the following:

  • If you took ANSC235, it does not count as a management course, as it was only 2 credits.
  • Students can only get credit for ANSC235 OR ANSC245, so if you already took ANSC235 you are not eligible to take ANSC245.

Please let me know if you have any questions on this.


9/9/19 - TODAY is last day for schedule adjustment/applying to graduate

This is your final reminder that TODAY, Monday September 9th, is the last day for schedule adjustment. This means you need to make sure you are in the classes you need to be in for the semester before the end of the day today. 

If you are planning to graduate in December, make sure you have applied for graduationToday is also the last day to apply for graduation if you are planning to graduate in December. You can do that online through Testudo, by selecting "Graduation Application and Diploma Status".


9/4/19 - WellTrack App for mental health and well-being

Please see below for a description of WellTrack, an app offered through the Health Center and Counseling Center. WellTrack is an interactive self-help app to support your mental health and well-being. Based on cognitive-behavioral approaches, the app focuses on two primary concerns: Anxiety/Stress and Depression.

WellTrack provides the following features:

  • Take wellness assessments that rate your depression, anxiety, and stress and track your progress in each of these areas.

  • Use WellTrack’s moodcheck feature to track your mood and better understand how your activities, social network, and environment affect how you feel.

  • Take advantage of WellTrack’s online educational videos for each primary concern

  • Apply what you have learned from the cognitively-based courses and several tools, including Activity Scheduler, Thought Diary, Fun Achievement, and the Zen Room.

WellTrack can be found in the Appstore or Google Play. UMD students can register using their UMD email to get full access. I encourage you to take advantage of this great resource to help support your mental health and well being!


9/3/19 -  December 2019 graduation - Monday 9/9 is the deadline to apply

If you are planning to graduate in December, make sure you have applied for graduation. Monday 9/9 (last day for schedule adjustment) is the last day to apply for graduation if you are planning to graduate in December. You can do that online through Testudo, by selecting "Graduation Application and Diploma Status". 


8/30/19 - Monday 9/9 is last day for schedule adjustment

This is just a reminder that Monday September 9th is the last day for schedule adjustment (to drop or add a course without a W.) This means you need to finalize your schedule and make sure you are in the classes you need to be in for the semester before the end of the day on Monday 9/9. 

I strongly recommend that by today (Friday 8/30), you should be enrolled in all classes you need to be in, lest you get too behind.  Adding a course beyond the first week of classes will leave you having to do a lot of catch up on the material, so if you're not in a class by the end of the day today, consider taking it a different semester.


8/28/19 - Tips for good email etiquette

To help you get going on the right foot in this new semester, 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 having reasonable expectations for a response time.
Have a great fall semester!

8/27/19 - FINAL CALL to sign up for ANSC Internship course (ANSC359) for fall

ANSC359 - Internship Experience in Animal and Avian Sciences

Students interested in taking this course must have an internship already lined up, and apply (see below for link) to be enrolled in the coursePrerequisite: completion of at least one approved ANSC Management Course.  ANSC359 counts as both an Advanced ANSC Elective and an in-major Scholarship in Practice (SP) course.

ANSC359 does include 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:

The deadline to apply to enroll in this course for Fall 2019 is Tuesday September 3rd @ 5:00 PM.

Please contact Dr. VanKlompenberg ( if you have any questions or need additional information about ANSC359.


8/26/19 - ANSC Peer Mentor Hours - Fall 2019 - AVAILABLE TODAY!

Happy first day of classes! As you're getting started here at UMD or 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 Aparna!  She is holding hours TODAY, so stop in and say hi!

Peer Mentor: ANSC Senior Aparna Mukerji

Location: ANS 1408 (first floor conference room)


Monday 8/26 - Monday 10/7: hours will be once a week, on Mondays from 4-6pm. 

*SPECIAL NOTE* - due to Labor Day being 9/2, Peer Mentor hours that week will be Tuesday 9/3 from 5-7pm instead of Monday. 

Beginning Tuesday 10/15: hours will be twice a week, on Mondays from 4-6pm and Tuesdays from 5-7pm

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





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