A new fund has been established in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University to provide resources in support of students and faculty gaining global experiences related to food and agriculture.

Hiram Larew, who earned a masters degree in botany and plant pathology and a doctorate in entomology at Oregon State University, said he seeks to increase international opportunities for students and faculty. To help encourage their interest and participation in global agriculture, Larew has committed to provide five years of funding for the College of Agricultural Sciences Global Experiences Fund.

The Fund, established through the OSU Foundation, is intended to help introduce and broaden international perspectives--especially those related to agriculture--in the College’s teaching, extension, and research programs.

Larew, who was recognized in 2010 with the College of Agricultural Sciences Legacy Award, is director of International Programs in the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. In that role, he helps oversee several of USDA’s international programs that are implemented in close collaboration with Land Grant colleges and universities.  Those programs have included agricultural marketing efforts in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Central America.  Larew also works closely with U.S. colleges and universities as they globalize their campus programs in agriculture and related fields.

With the ever increasing importance of faculty and students being aware and involved in global agriculture, Larew's gift is also intended to encourage other alumni and friends to add to the new Global Experiences Fund.

“My hope is that other donors will become interested in contributing to it as a way of expressing support for promoting the College’s global reputation,” Larew said.

"Our College’s goal is to ultimately see the fund underwritten by an endowment," said Stella Coakley, associate dean of the College.

It is anticipated that up to five awards will be made annually on a competitive basis. Recipients of the award will contribute a report on how their program of study, outreach effort, or research project has been enhanced as a result of the global experience. Activities made possible by the new fund will be reported in the College's quarterly online newsletter, The Source. Award recipients also will discuss their experiences with students enrolled in the College's World Agriculture course. The popular course is offered annually and includes an optional international travel experience.

Larew has also contributed to the creation of a Student Travel Fund in the College of Science and was responsible for the dedication of an office in the Linus Pauling Science Center to the late Harry K. Phinney, a professor of botany at OSU from 1947 to 1983.

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