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 2019 Announcements:

5/3/19 - Internships/Course Planning: ANSC359 - ANSC Internship course for Fall 2019

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. If you wish to enroll in the course but cannot attend the required meeting, please still submit an application before the start of the fall semester. Based on interest, a 2nd meeting time might be added. However, we can not guarantee that this will happen. 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 (mvanklom@umd.edu) if you have any questions or need additional information about ANSC359.

 

5/1/19 - Genetics requirement for ANSC major

This is just a reminder about the Genetics requirement for our major. This information is also posted in our Advising Guide and reflected on our curriculum worksheets. 

Students in the Animal Care & Management option (and any students still remaining under the old Equine Studies option): 

  • May take either ANSC327 or ANSC450 to meet the Genetics requirement
  • If a Care & Management student takes BOTH ANSC327 and ANSC450, the second one will count as an Advanced ANSC Elective. 

Students in the Science/Pre-Professional option (and any students still remaining under the old Animal Biotechnology option): 

  • Required to take ANSC327 to meet the Genetics requirement
  • If a Science/PreProfessional student takes ANSC450 as well, ANSC450 counts as an Advanced ANSC Elective

**Students in our major may NOT take BSCI222 in place of this 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.
  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 students MUST take Genetics within the ANSC major, as described above.

 

4/26/19 - 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. 

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 about things like courses, policies, or advising, 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 a detailed guide with answers to most commonly asked questions, course planning resources, information on our advising structure, and much, much more!

Between these three comprehensive resources, 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.

 

4/25/19 - Course planning/Policies: Minimum grade requirement reminder

As you're planning/registering for your courses and looking at course prerequisites, make sure you are also keeping in mind our minimum grade requirement. You must meet minimum grade requirements in all prerequisite courses before you can go on to the next course in a sequence.

As an example, you must meet the minimum grade requirement in BOTH ANSC204 AND ANSC205 before going on to take ANSC212 and ANSC214. A course will not count as meeting a prerequisite unless you have earned the minimum required grade.

 

4/24/19 - Counseling and Tutoring Resources

As we move towards final exams, I want to make sure you are aware 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!

 

4/23/19 - Course Planning/Resources: 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?
  • My plan represents workable semesters - no more than 3 labs in one semester, a reasonable amount of credits (recommended no more than 17), not too many challenging courses at once
  • 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.

 

4/22/19 - Course Planning: AREC306 requirement for management options

This is just a reminder that for students in the options that require AREC306 (Animal Care & Management and those still under the old Equine Studies option), we also accept INAG204 (Agricultural Business Management) as fulfilling that requirement. 

This means students have three options available to satisfy that requirement: 

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

  • ANSC270 (offered fall of odd numbered years)

  • INAG204 (offered every spring)

 

4/19/19 - Course Planning: Reminder to read prerequisites

As you're registering 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. 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. 

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.

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.

 

4/17/19 - Reminder: Deadline to request ANSC447 permission is May 1

 Just a reminder that if you are in the Animal Care & Management option (or still under the old Equine Studies option)  and plan to take ANSC447 this fall, you need to email me before May 1st to obtain permission to register. Please include your UID. If you need this course in Fall 2019, you MUST contact me before May 1 or run the risk of not being able to get a seat in the course.

After May 1, I will offer any available seats to students who have contacted me to express interest in this course (see below.)

If you are not in one of the options stated above, you can email me expressing your interest in the course. If there are seats available after May 1, those seats will be awarded to students in the order in which their expression of interest was received.  

 

4/12/19 - TODAY is the last day to drop with a W

Remember that today (Friday April 12th) 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 still trying to decide if you should drop with a W, please consult our online guide to dropping a course with a W to learn more about the possible repercussions of your decision.

 

4/8/19 - Advising/Deadlines: Reminder - Friday 4/12 is last day to drop with a W

This is a reminder that Friday April 12th 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 to learn more about the possible repercussions of your decision.

In addition to the online resource, I am also holding open office hours as follows:

Tues 4/9 from 1:30pm - 4pm

 Wed 4/10 from 8:00am - 11:30am, and again from 1pm - 4pm 

Thurs 4/11 from 8:00am - 10:30am, and again from 1pm - 4pm 

I will largely NOT be available on Friday 4/12. 

I will not schedule specific appointments during these hours, 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.

 

4/3/19 - ANSC250 not offered Spring 2020

ANSC250 (Companion Animal Management) will not be offered in spring 2020. If you have this course on your plan for that semester, please adjust your plan now, while you have plenty of time to look for alternatives. If you need help with adjusting your plan, please visit a Peer Mentor.

For those intending to use this course for part of your Scholarship in Practice (SP) requirement, remember that the SP requirement does not specify that you have to take an in-major SP course - you can take either one in major and one out of major, or two out of major.

 

4/1/19 - Advising/Deadlines: Friday 4/12 is last day to drop with a W

This is a reminder that Friday April 12th 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 to learn more about the possible repercussions of your decision. 

If you are debating dropping a course and are still unsure about what to do after reviewing that resource, I strongly encourage you to not wait to get help with this decision. Please reach out NOW to me or to your instructor or faculty mentor to set up a time to talk about why you're struggling and what your options might be.

 

3/29/19 - Registering for ANSC447 Fall 2019

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 before May 1st to obtain permission to register.

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.

 

3/27/19 - PHYS131 & PHYS132

PHYS131 and PHYS132 are approved to meet our Physics requirement. Therefore, if you are in the Science/Pre-Professional option (which requires Physics), you may choose to take PHYS131 and PHYS132 in place of PHYS121 and PHYS122 if they work better in your schedule. Please let me know if you have any questions on this.

 

3/5/19 - ANSC Peer Mentor - Expanded hours start this week!

I hope you are having a great spring semester! As you get ready to think about registration for fall courses, we have our ANSC Peer Mentor available to help answer your questions.

Remember that our Peer Mentor can help with more than just course planning! She can also talk to you about course recommendations, how to get involved, and making the most of the college experience. Our current Peer Mentor can also talk to you about her experience with the vet school application process.

Whether you have questions about your course plan or how to use our resources, or are just looking for an experienced student perspective - please visit our peer mentor Katie!

ANSC Peer Mentor: ANSC Senior Katie Collins

Location: ANS 1408 (first floor conference room)

Hours: Wednesdays from 4-6pm and Thursdays from 5-7pm

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

 

2/28/19 - Tutoring@UMD has been updated!

The Student Success Office is pleased to inform you that the www.tutoring.umd.edu website has updated to both provide information on tutoring and to provide a wide range of academic resources and services available on campus, from our peer institutions, and other non-university websites. Topics include: procrastination, time management, note-taking skills, stress, and much more!  

If you are struggling in a course or just looking to improve your study habits, the Tutoring website is a great place to start! Remember, the earlier you start looking for help, the more options you have available to you. 

 

2/26/19 - ANSC Scholarship applications deadline is THIS Friday!

A final reminder that all scholarship applications (and required faculty evaluations) must be submitted before midnight THIS Friday, March 1st. Late materials will not be accepted. 

Please note that all of the ANSC scholarships (including the Hartsock Scholarship) posted on our website are available for eligible ANSC students to apply for this year. Traditionally the Brocksmith (pre-vet) scholarship is very competitive with a high number of applicants, but some of our other scholarships may have fewer applicants. As long as you meet the criteria for a specific scholarship, we encourage you to apply!

** Note, this message also contained a forward of the email originally sent on 2/1/19, which is also posted below.**

 

2/18/19 - Free tutoring with Academic Achievement Programs

The Academic Achievement Program offers free tutoring services for several campus courses. Please view the attached flyer (attached to the email sent out) for which courses have tutoring available, and visit their website to make an appointment: umdtutoring.mywconline.com

If you are struggling in a course, do not wait to get help! The earlier you ask for help, the more options you have, so please take advantage of these resources.

 

2/14/19 - 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:

1)  We will only accept evaluations from GTAs for ANSC103, ANSC204/205, 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! 

 

2/7/19 - TOMORROW is last day for schedule adjustment/applying to graduate

This is your final reminder that tomorrow, Friday February 8th, 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 in for the semester before the end of the day on Friday 2/8. 

If you are planning to graduate in May, make sure you have applied for graduationFriday 2/8 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".

 

2/4/19 -  *2/8/19 is deadline to apply for May Graduation!

If you are planning to graduate in May, make sure you have applied for graduation. Friday 2/8 (last day for schedule adjustment) is 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".
 

2/1/19 - ANSC Scholarship Opportunities - 2019

We are now accepting applications for ANSC scholarships for the upcoming year (to be awarded beginning Fall 2019). 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 late, incorrect, or incomplete will not be considered. The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is midnight on March 1, 2019

  • 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.

 

1/31/19 - Friday 2/8 is last day for schedule adjustment

This is just a reminder that Friday February 8th 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 Friday 2/8. Although you have until next Friday, I strongly recommend you be enrolled in all classes you want to be in by the end of this week, lest you get too behind.

 

1/30/19 - 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. 
 
http://www.wikihow.com/Email-a-Professor
 
Have a great spring semester!

 

1/30/19 - FINAL CALL to sign up for ANSC Internship course

(ANSC359) for spring

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: http://ansc.umd.edu/undergraduate/internships/ansc359

The deadline to apply to enroll in this course for Spring 2019 is Tuesday February 5th @ 5:00 PM.

Please contact Dr. VanKlompenberg (mvanklom@umd.edu) if you have any questions or need additional information about ANSC359.

 

1/29/19 - ANSC Peer Mentor Hours - Spring 2019

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 Katie!  She is holding hours THIS Wednesday, so stop in and say hi!

Peer Mentor: ANSC Senior Katie Collins

Location: ANS 1408 (first floor conference room)

Hours: 

Wednesday 1/30 - Wed 3/6: hours will be once a week, on Wednesdays from 4-6pm

Beginning Thursday 3/7: hours will be twice a week, on Wednesdays from 4-6pm and Thursdays from 5-7pm

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

 

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