50th Anniversary Exhibit and Celebration

Posted: May 15, 2013

You are invited to join in celebrating the Grand Opening of our 50th Anniversary Exhibit of the Department of Plant Pathology to be held on Friday, June 7 from 3:30-6:00pm in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library.

Grand Opening Ceremony and Celebration

The celebration will include introductory remarks and short presentations by guest speakers in Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library) adjacent to the Special Collections Gallery, followed by a reception and viewing of the display highlighting the past and present accomplishments of the Department and our expanded mission into Environmental Microbiology, which will be in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library. The Paterno Library is located on the east end of Pattee Library.

Friday, June 7, 3:30 – 6:00pm

- Display grand opening ceremony in the Foster Auditorium and Special Collections Gallery of Paterno Library. Guest speakers will include Dr. George Abawi, President Elect of the American Phytopathological Society and Dr. Barbara Christ, Interim Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Following short presentations, a social will be combined with opportunities to view the display consisting of 11 cabinets and several posters describing significant aspects of the department through time.

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Please RSVP your intentions to attend to Sandy Beck
(Send email to: to aid planning.

If you forget to RSVP, please come anyway!

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Additional Planned Events

June 15 (Saturday), 1:30-2:30pm  The Elm story: Dutch elm disease and elm yellows and the campus elms.  Dr. Gary Moorman, Foster Auditorium, 104 Paterno Library.

June 29 (Saturday), 1:30-2:30pm  Phytophthora, the plant pathogen that won’t go away: the Irish potato famine to today’s continuing threats to food production.   Dr. Beth Gugino. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

July 20 (Saturday), 1:30-2:30pm  Mushroom production: from art to science.  Dr. John Pecchia. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

August 24 (Saturday), 1:30-2:30pm  Plum Pox Virus, a devastating disease that threatened the fruit industry of Pennsylvania and the role of Plant Pathology in Plum Pox management. Dr. Fred Gildow. Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

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Tours of Sick Plants on Campus

Members of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology will briefly introduce the public to the exhibit and to the science of plant pathology and then lead a walking tour of plants on campus, highlighting the common diseases of trees, shrubs, and ground covers, what causes them, and how they can be managed.

The following tours will meet in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library:

June 15 (Saturday), 2:30–3:30 p.m.

June 22 (Saturday),  2:30–3:30 p.m.

June 29 (Saturday), 2:30–3:30 p.m.

July 17 (Wednesday),  5:30–6:30 p.m.

July 20 (Saturday),  2:30–3:30 p.m.

The following tours will meet in the Special Collections Gallery, 104 Paterno Library:

July 24 (Wednesday), 5:30–6:30 p.m.