The new students of the pedagogical careers in Basic General Education and Agronomic Engineering, were received by the university authorities, headed by the Rector, Dr. Nibaldo Avilés, in an activity in which the works and new exercise machines were also inaugurated. Bodybuilding Workshop and the Laboratory of Microbial Control of Plague Agents.
The welcome activity was attended by the Mayor of Ovalle, Claudio Rentería, members of the Board of Directors, senior authorities, directors, academics of the institution, and representatives of the Student Centers of the Campus, who had the opportunity to share and enjoy a pleasant moment at the start of the first semester 2014.
'' With this breakfast we start the teaching activities of our University of La Serena and we wanted to do it in this commune where two important careers are given, from which professionals who have distinguished themselves in the workplace and you, of course, graduate they are called to follow that same path, "said the university's top authority, urging them to make their studies compatible with fun and extra-curricular activities organized by the ULS.
"Feel welcome, our greatest commitment as academics and as a school is to accompany them in this process and for that we need your commitment," said the director of the School of Agronomy, Dr. Hector Reyes. While the coordinator of Pedagogy in General Basic Education (Ovalle), Mg. René Barraza, explained to the students that "they are adportas of a professional formation that is going to allow them to cooperate with the development of our region and country", emphasizing in addition the presence of the Rector and the university authorities in this activity.
Meanwhile, the mayor of Ovalle, Claudio Rentería, called on young people to strive and always have as a horizon to train as good professionals and people. "Here they will be given the tools to be good professionals," said the mayor.
Equipment for Body Building Workshop
After this breakfast to the new students, the inauguration of the implementation and works of the Body Building Workshop of the Limarí Campus took place. This is 6 new exercise machines that are available to students of these careers, '' thus responding to the requirements of our students, '' said Dr. Nibaldo Avilés.
In this regard, the president of the CEC of Agronomic Engineering, Rodrigo Muñoz, said that the implementation of the Workshop was "something that we had been managing and that the Campus students needed (...). We are very grateful to the Rector and all those who made this possible. ''
For his part, the general director of Student Affairs, Mg. Miguel Zuleta, explained that these quality machineries will help the comprehensive training of students, encouraging the practice of physical exercise and sports in young people, which is one of the objectives of the Department of Physical Education and Sports, dependent on the DGAE.
Microbial Control Laboratory of Plague Agents
During the day, the new Laboratory of Microbial Control of Pest Agents of the Department of Agronomy was also inaugurated, implemented thanks to the project '' Preparation of a mycoinsecticide for the control of black conchuela (Saissetia oleae) in citrus fruits, based on entomopathogenic fungi ' ', by academics and researchers, Dra. (c) Carmen Jorquera (coordinator), Mg. Carol Krausz, and the agronomist engineers, Marcia Yáñez and Leticia Jofré.
The director of the Department of Agronomy of the ULS, Dr. Adriana Benavides, said that the initiative, funded by the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA), aims to develop a mycoinsecticide with commercial potential based on Entomopathogenic Fungi (HEP). Native and / or naturalized, for the control of the black shell When the project ends, it is expected to obtain a commercial prototype of a mycoinsecticide to transfer it to the market through a company specializing in bio-inputs.
The laboratory is projected as a center of reference in the research and development of bio-based inputs to microorganisms, to meet the needs of the silvoagricultural sector of arid and semi-arid areas of the country.