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Three compost products made from urban waste materials, municipal solid waste (MSW), yard trash (YT), and a co-compost made from 1 part sewage sludge and 3 parts yard trash (S-YT), were used as growing media for production of dwarf oleander (Nerium oleander L.) in 25 cm. diameter containers. In one test the composts were used as stand-alone growing media and in a second test they were blended with pine bark (PB) and sand (S) in 2 ratios: 4 compost: 5 PB: 1 S and 1 compost: 1 PB: 1 S. The S-YT co-compost produced plants with the highest biomass in both tests. Reduced growth of dwarf oleander in each test was associated with the degree to which the media compacted during the 5.5 month production period. The MSW compost compacted an average 8.5 cm. per container when used as a stand-alone medium, while the S-YT mixes compacted much less, typically < 4.0 cm.

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There is a need for Universities to encourage the continuing development of administrative skills among faculty in order to meet the challenges of the future. National and university initiatives have been developed to recognize this need. This sabbatic leave was developed to provide a significant, active, and meaningful administrative experience in the Office of the Dean at the University of Rhode Island.

This paper presents information on the structure, activities and involvement; and benefits to the participating faculty member, administrator, and institutions. The case study presented was both worthwhile and enriching for the participants, and strengthening for the sponsoring institutions.

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In many states, the resident instruction functions of the colleges of agriculture are located solely on the main campuses of the land-grant universities, which are frequently far removed from agricultural enterprises in much of the state. This organizational structure typically does not address the needs of place-bound students, who are unable to leave home to attend a university. Consequently, departments within the college of agriculture may have to expand their teaching efforts to branch research centers to meet the educational needs of place-bound students and to fill vacancies in agricultural enterprises (2).

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