PCT keeps a pulse on the pest control industry with our timely reader poll questions. Our current question asks: How often do you revise your company’s employee handbook?
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The list of Pi Chi Omega scholarship recipients is long. Since awarding its first scholarship to Dr. Bobby Corrigan in 1976, Pi Chi Omega has provided more than $240,000 in financial support to entomology students. Pi Chi Omega is happy to announce, the list is getting longer.
Having awarded 165 scholarships over the years, you do not have to look far to find past recipients in every segment of the pest control industry. Tenured professors at the leading universities with powerhouse urban entomology departments, who are grooming their students to be the next generation of entomologists to advance our industry, got the support of Pi Chi Omega when they were just students themselves.
Technical gurus at some of the largest pest management chemical and manufacturing companies, many holding patents for products and formulations we depend on today, received Pi Chi Omega scholarships.
Industry leaders who guide some of the most successful pest management businesses in the country, credit the support they received from Pi Chi Omega for their industry success.
Current Pi Chi Omega President Cassie Krejci explained, “The pest management industry is enriched by the knowledge gained and research conducted by each of the students we support. Many scholarship recipients remain connected to Pi Chi Omega when they become professors or industry professionals.
“Through the scholarship program, we ensure pest management practices continue to evolve and keep pace with the ever changing structural and urban pest management landscape. And, as a bonus, the students we support now, in turn, become the supporting pillars of our Industry of the future,” she said.
This year, the committee had 10 applications, all from well-qualified individuals at various stages of their academic journey. Desiree Straubinger, the Chair of the Scholarship Committee, said, “With the new R. Randall Rollins Memorial Scholarship available, the committee was happy to select sox candidates from the pool of highly qualified applicants this year. The committee’s selection was difficult, as we can see each of the students who applied making a huge impact on the future of the pest control industry.”
The committee urges those who did not receive a scholarship this year, to apply again in 2023. The six students who were awarded scholarships in 2022 are as follows:
• R. Randall Rollins Memorial Scholarship awarded to Shannon Sked, Rutgers University for $2,000
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please visit www.pichiomega.org for more information. Scholarship applications are accepted each Spring in Mid-March, reviewed by the scholarship committee then awarded to 6 deserving students who are studying urban and industrial pest management or some closely related plan of study. If that’s you, we’d love to consider you for a scholarship in 2023!
If you would like to make a contribution to the Pi Chi Omega Scholarship program to support and encourage students to pursue a career in our industry, you can make an online donation at pichiomega.org, or contact the Pi Chi Omega staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540/376-3617.
A small study suggests invasive fire ants could be controlled by Solenopsis invicta virus 3.
An article in June’s the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology explained how researchers successfully reduced wild Florida populations of imported fire ants. The ants reduce nearby biodiversity, so the team used a virus called Solenopsis invicta virus 3 to kill them.
FAIRFAX, Va. - The National Pest Management Association’s public policy team is asking NPMA members to visit with their congressional representatives when they are in district during August. This call-to-action is to make a final push for congressional support of H.R. 7266, which would codify federal pesticide preemption (as part of the 2023 Farm Bill) as the national standard, ensuring that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state lead agency jointly regulate pesticide usage. It would preclude localities from regulating pesticides, instead ensuring that agencies with scientific expertise are able to evaluate whether a product is safe and effective, promoting a science-based policy.
Ashley Amidon, vice president of public policy, NPMA, told PCT that August visits can be effective because congressional members are looking to “take the temperature” of their constituents, especially with the mid-term elections coming up. “And from our members’ perspective, we've got so many folks that are so excited about H.R. 7266, and so ready to see preemption fixed in the 2023 Farm Bill, that I just think all the stars aligned for us to try it.”
NPMA was close to getting pesticide preemption included in the 2018 Farm Bill, and since then members have continued to educate their congressional reps (e.g., Legislative Day visits) about the importance of this issue. Also since that time, NPMA has been working with golf course, landscape and mosquito industry associations as well as Agricultural Retailers Association to hold joint congressional visits and create one-pagers. In May, NPMA spearheaded a letter-writing campaign in support of H.R. 7266 that included 159 individual associations as signatories.
“I'm optimistic in the sense that I think we've got a lot of the pieces in place, even more than we did last time, to really push this in a united way even beyond our industry,” Amidon said.
NPMA will be hosting a webinar on July 20, where they will walk members through the in-district visit request process and answer any questions they may have. They can also request a one-on-one training session with a member of the Public Policy team. For more information contact email@example.com.