PPCP International Luncheon, 2016

It is fast becoming the tradition of the PPCP GSA to host an international luncheon every year to raise scholarship funds for students’ professional development. This tradition came alive again with over 10 different dishes, and at least 4 continents meeting to share ideas, and culture. It was simply difficult to decide what tastes best in a bowl of deliciously prepared meals from over 6 different countries.

According to the international luncheon committee, we might have hit our financial target to send at least 2 students to the next professional meeting of their choice. Below are pictures from the event which took place on the 21st of October, 2016.



2016 Fall Satsuma picking at Dr. Overstreet’s

Annually, Dr. Charles Overstreet lets all Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology students harvest Satsuma from his garden after being treated to delicious American dishes. Over the weekend, we again enjoyed Dr. Charles Overstreet and his amiable family’s benevolence.

It was heart warming to feel there could be a home away from home most especially for our internationals. Saturday, 12th November, 2016 was beyond Satsuma picking, we had Sugarcane and some lemons too, and it was a time away from the labs/classes to again feel the magic of sincere hugs from one’s colleagues.

I guess pictures can speak louder…

Satsuma picking at Dr. Overstreet, Fall, 2016.

PPCP GSA celebrates 2015 Halloween

30th October turned out to be great fun for the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology graduate students of LSU! Since the fall break came with a promising weekend, stealing some time for fun was convenient.

Halloween is an annual celebration marked in most regions of the western world. History has it that it used to be a day set aside for remembering the dead and all departed faithfuls. (Bet we all have that one person we think of when such topics are mentioned…). Although October 31st is the official date for Halloween celebrations in countries like the United States, Canada and England, we went ahead of the world on the 30th of October. With much costuming, pumpkin carving (you never know what great artists we’ve got until a time like this!), sharing riddles, dancing/seeing horror musical videos and lots of snacks and drinks, it was easy to look forward to next year.

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