53rd Annual Meeting Minutes

Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Entomological Society
October 4, 2007
Clemson PeeDee Research and Extension Center
Florence, South Carolina

Business Meeting
A meeting of the membership of the South Carolina Entomological Society was held at 11:00 am on October 4, 2007 at the Clemson PeeDee Research and Extension Center near Florence. A quorum was present.

President Eric Benson called the meeting to order. Historian Mike Hood gave the invocation and the lunch blessing. Dr. Bruce Martin of the PeeDee REC welcomed the members and thanked Francis Reay-Jones for making the meeting arrangements. He discussed developments at the REC including a new plant technology program that will require the eventual hiring of 10 new staff members.

Benson asked for any corrections to the last annual meeting minutes. Randy McWhorter moved the minutes be accepted as written, Hood seconded the motion. The minutes were accepted.

Executive Director's Report
Executive Director Randy McWhorter welcomed visitors to the meeting including Lynn Smith and Janet Ciegler of Palmetto Insect Naturalists and South Carolina Association of Naturalists, Andrew Gosnell of the South Carolina Governors School, Laurie Reid of the South Carolina Forestry Commission, Ed Farnsworth a new adjunct faculty member at Clemson, and Said El Salamouny Fulbright Scholar at the Clemson Coastal Research and Extension Center. He also thanked individual and corporate contributors to the society. Jay Chapin requested and received a $1000 donation from Resource Seed Company. Jeremy Greene contacted Cheminova, UPI, Chemtura and AMVAC. A total of $2915 was contributed to the Society this year.

McWhorter presented the current incorporation documents from the state as well as the framed original 1955 document of incorporation for the society to Historian Mike Hood to be hung in the Clemson Entomology Department conference room.

Program Committee
Chairman Jeremy Greene discussed the meeting program which includes 9 student papers, 8 non student papers, 5 posters (3 of which are students'). The symposium on biodiversity will be this afternoon followed by the society's first bioblitz. Benson added that here are evaluation forms in the registration packet and asked that attendees turn the forms in so that the meetings can be improved. He recognized the hard work by Greene on assembling the program.

Local Arrangements Committee
Chairman Francis Reay-Jones reviewed the meetings meal arrangements and welcomed questions. He offered to help with any needs attendees might have.

Nominations Committee
Merle Shepard presented the nominations for Chairman D. Michael Jackson. They were: Francis-Reay Jones for president and Laurie Reid for secretary.

Chairman Shepard stated that the society is on very solid ground financially with a total worth of $81,796. Most of this is invested. Interest for 2006 was $3170.

Awards Committee
Pat Zungoli reported that the awards will be announced tomorrow. She also thanked the judges selected to judge presentations.

Membership Committee
McWhorter reported that membership was down slightly‹now there are 87 members (down 6 from last year), 49 agency memberships (down 2), and 15 international subscribers.

Publicity Committee
Alvin Simmons said that this year's program is more exciting than ever. He has contacted Clemson News for dispersal of meeting information. Peter Kent from Clemson's PSA department is here to cover the bioblitz.

Resolutions Committee
There were no resolutions.

Historian's Report
Mike Hood's manuscript on the first 50 years of the Society will be published in the next issue of the journal. He expressed hopes that the article will heighten appreciation of the Society and suggest ideas for the future development.

McWhorter moved that the Society support the publication of this article by paying 50% of costs. Gerald Carner seconded the motion. Ed Farnsworth recommended covering all of the publication costs. McWhorter explained that there were some restrictions of the funds. A vote on the original motion passed unanimously on a voice vote.

Long Range Planning Committee
Carner recognized the members of the committee including Eric Benson, Randy McWhorter, Merle Shepard, and Francis-Reay Jones. The committee was established in 2003. The members reviewed the operation and future of the Society and made 6 recommendations. These recommendations have been the basis for discussion of long term planning each meeting year.

1. Expand the membership base. The membership base is critical. The base has expanded, but the number of members has dropped. Zungoli challenged each member to get one other person to join and proposed that the person bringing in the most new members be formally acknowledged.
2. The Society should reach a broader audience. Thirty-thousand persons listen to the Clemson Radio program Got Bugs every other week. There is a lot of interest in the general public and the society and profession could benefit with more outreach programs. He also encouraged the Society to continue interacting with other entomology and naturalists groups.
3. Incorporate new activities at the meetings. We have done this through symposia, workshops, and now the bioblitz.
4. Improve communications. The committee recommended publishing a newsletter.
5. Clarify committee responsibilities. The Society needs a manual of committees and responsibilities. This is in the works.
6. Reassess support for the journal. Only 43 of the current members are in-state. The others are members mainly because they subscribe to the journal. Society membership would swindle rapidly without the journal.

Carner recommended the long term committee report be put on the website and he asked that members comment on the report.

JAUE Committee
McWhorter stated that the journal is still behind in publication and submission of manuscripts has been very slow. We are now 1 year and 1 issue behind. He is getting inquiries from subscribers about the backlog.

Tom Shanower has stepped down as editor. James Austin of Texas A&M has taken on the editorship. He is very interested in urban entomology. The Society still needs to discuss the future directions of the journal‹going digital. This will cost quite a bit up front, but may reduce publication costs in the long term. Carner stated that catching up the publication should be a priority. Benson said that most of the effort on the journal in the past year has focused on finding an editor. He said he will meet with the former editor and some subject editors at the national ESA meeting to discuss going electronic.

New Business
Melvin marks was recognized as a new member from the Charleston area. Jonathan Cammack and Elizabeth Burdel were recognized as new student members. All students attending the meeting were welcomed. Don Manley, recently retired, was recognized and welcomed.

Nominations from the floor for VP/President Elect and Secretary were requested. Since there were no nominations Carner moved to close nominations and accept those of Francis-Reay Jones and Laurie Reid, respectively for the 2 offices. Zungoli seconded. The motion was approved and the 2 elected unanimously.

The date and site of the next annual meeting were discussed. McWhorter said that there may be a joint meeting with the North Carolina Entomological Society so perhaps the site should be closer to North Carolina like rock Hill. If the Society meets with Georgia then that meeting will be in the spring possibly in 2009. Jeremy Greene said that Georgia was interested in doing a bioblitz associated with their meeting.

Zungoli recommended putting students on the arrangements and program committees and perhaps members of related organizations as well. Benson reminded members that the president of the Clemson Entomology Club is an ad hoc member of the SCES board. Dustin Swanson moved that the Society donate $100 to the Entomology Club. The motion passed.

Benson thanked McWhorter, Greene, and Reay-Jones for their hard work on the meeting this year recognizing that the bioblitz took a lot of extra work. He stated that McWhorter has worked diligently on changing investments to earn more interest for the Society. He thanked contributors and the members who contacted them.

Benson welcomed members of Palmetto Insect Naturalists and South Carolina Association of Naturalists to the meeting. Benson mentioned accomplishments of the past year including having a new editor and subject editors for the journal and changing the website. Richard Reeves moved and Zungoli seconded that the Society send a letter of thanks to the web designer, Cerice Benson. The motion passed. Benson also commended Hood for the production of the history manuscript.

Benson adjourned the 53rd annual business meeting.

12:00-1:00 LUNCH (Rooms 279 & 282)

*** Symposium on Biodiversity (Auditorium) ***

1:00-1:45 Keynote Speaker
The Natural Communities and Native Plants of the Pee Dee/Waccamaw Region and Associated Interactions with Insects ­ Patrick McMillan, Curator ­ Campbell Museum and Lecturer ­ Biological Sciences, Clemson University

1:45-2:00 Exotic Insects: Potential Threats to SC Forests
Laurie Reid, Forest Health Specialist/ Entomologist
South Carolina Forestry Commission

2:00-2:15 Biodiversity of Spiders in South Carolina
Robert Wolff, South University and Adjunct, Clemson
University. Doctor Spider Solutions, Columbia, SC

*** Insect Bio-blitz 2007 (PDREC) ***

2:15-2:30 Briefing on Format of Bio-blitz, Distribute Collection Supplies (Auditorium)

2:30-5:00 Bio-blitz Collecting (PDREC)
5:00-6:30 Hospitality Hour, Bio-blitz Sorting and Identification (Rooms 279 & 282)

6:30-till Social & Dinner, Continued Sorting/Identification and Summarization of Bio-blitz Data (Rooms 279 & 282)

Friday, 5 October 2007
Student Papers
Pat Zungoli, Moderator

8:00 1. (High School) A new species of Mystacides (Trichoptera:
Leptoceridae) in the southeastern United States. Andrew Gosnell1 and John C. Morse2. SC Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, Hartsville, SC1; Department of Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC2.

8:15 2. (M.S.) Density and distribution of stink bugs (Hemiptera:
Pentatomidae) in cotton, Gossypium hirsutum (L.), as influenced by surrounding ecotones. Richard Reeves1, J. Greene1, F. Reay-Jones1, A. Khalilian2, P. Adler1, and S. Turnipseed1. Department of Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC1; Department Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC2.

8:30 3. (M.S.) Microsatellite analysis of isolated spermathecae from
Pachcondyla chinensis (Emery) queens. Andrew Tebeau, Patricia Zungoli, and Matt Turnbull. Department of Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

8:45 4. (M.S.) Review of the 2007 pest status of the Argentine Ant,
Linepithema humile, in selected South Carolina state parks. Brittany C. Russ1, Eric P. Benson1, Patricia A. Zungoli1, and William C. Bridges2. Department of Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC1. Department of Statistics, Clemson University, Clemson, SC2.

9:00 5. (M.S.) 35 years of change. Michael Biondi. Department of Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

9:15 6. (M.S.) Nepal: A potential hotspot for Simuliidae biodiversity. Dustin
A. Swanson and Peter H. Adler. Department of Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
9:30 7. (M.S.) Mark-recapture techniques for the small hive beetle. Maxcy P.
Nolan IV and Michael Hood. Department of Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

9:45 8. (M.S.) The potential use of proteomics to identify forensically
important fly larvae. Jonathan A. Cammack1, A. Mulenga2, J. K.
Tomberlin2, and J.K. Olson2 . Department of Entomology, Soils, and
Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC1. Texas A&M
University, College Station, TX2.

10:00 BREAK

Non-Student Papers
Richard Reeves, Moderator

10:15 9. Seasonal activity of swarmers and workers of Pachycondyla chinensis (Emery) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Patricia Zungoli and Eric Benson, Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

10:30 10. Management of southern chinch bug on St. Augustinegrass. Juang-Horng Chong, Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Pee Dee Research & Education Center, Florence, SC.

10:45 11. Impact of the Master and Apprentice Termite Technician Training Programs in South Carolina. Eric P. Benson, Department of Entomology, Soils and Plant Sciences, Clemson University, SC.

11:00 12. Black tea and lignin as UV protectants for the beet armyworm nucleopolyhedrovirus. Said El-Salamouny, Martin Shapiro, Kai Ling and Merle Shepard. Department of Economic Entomology and Pesticides, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, 12613- Giza, Egypt; Coastal Research and Education Center, Clemson University, Charleston, SC; Vegetable Laboratory, USDA, Charleston, SC.

11:15 13. Invasion of South Carolina by the Cosmotropical Brown Widow Spider (Latrodectus geometricus): Influence of Global Warming. Robert J. Wolff, South University and Adjunct, Clemson University. Doctor Spider Solutions, Columbia, SC.
11:30 14. Breeding sweetpotatoes for pest resistance. D. Michael Jackson, USDA-ARS, US Vegetable Laboratory, Charleston, SC.

11:45 15. Two bugs and two plant feeders: detection of predation by molecular analysis. Alvin M. Simmons1, Daniel L. Rowley2, and Matthew H. Greenstone2. USDA, ARS, U.S. Vegetable Laboratory, Charleston, SC1. USDA, ARS, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD2.

12:00 16. Performance of transgenic Bt cotton technologies in 2007 under intense pressure from bollworm, Helicoverpa zea (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Jeremy Greene and Dan Robinson. Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Edisto Research & Education Center, Blackville, SC.

12:15 17. Bees in warfare. Mike Hood. Department of Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

Poster Presentations

1. (B.S.) Survey of butterflies and moths in Kings Mountain National
Military Park, Kings Mountain State Park, and Crowders Mountain State Park. Sherri Wegner, Casie Smith, and Joe Culin. Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

2. (Ph.D.) The Effects of Iron and Manganese on Burrowing Organisms in Kentucky Lake. Amanda Nelson and David White, Hancock Biological Station, Murray State University, Kentucky.

3. (M.S.) Captures of stink bugs in pheromone traps in agroecosystems in South Carolina. Richard Reeves and Jeremy Greene. Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Edisto Research & Education Center, Blackville, SC.

12:30-1:30 Awards Luncheon
President Eric Benson welcomed members to the awards luncheon. He asked for recommendations to the board for meeting sites next year. He presented a check for $100 to Richard Reeves President of the Clemson Entomology Club. Benson read a plaque commemorating the service of Tom Shanower as editor of the journal.

Pat Zungoli, chairperson of the Awards Committee presented the awards. She expressed appreciation to the students presenting papers. The undergraduate award of $100 for a poster presentation went to Sherri Wegner and Cassie Smith's joint display which was accepted by Dr. Joseph Culin, Department Head ESPS in their behalf. The graduate student poster award went to Richard Reeves. Awards for presentations went to: Andrew Gosnell for the high school category, Angela Gomez undergraduate, Dustin Swanson graduate student, and Juang-Horng Chong non-student. All except the non-student award included $100 as well as a certificate.

The J.H. Cochran Memorial Scholarship Award was presented to Ian Stocks. He is a Ph.D. student of John Morse. He has spent 3 years as an insect diagnostician and gives tours of the insect museum. He has been a good ambassador for the profession and Clemson. He was awarded and plaque and a check for $1000.

Resolutions Committee
Paula Mitchell, chairperson of the Resolutions Committee, offered the following resolution to the membership:

Whereas our 53rd annual meeting has been a great success;
Therefore, be it resolved; that we thank the staff of the PeeDee Research and Education Center, the program and local arrangements committees, the poster, paper and symposium presenters, and especially the Bioblitz organizers and participants for their hard work and effort.

The resolution was unanimously approved by the membership.

President's Comments
Benson discussed the accomplishments of the Society over the past year including the new website, new journal editor, the good financial state, and Mike Hood's history manuscript. He thanked the executive board, Francis Reay-Jones and the members of the local arrangements committee, Jeremy Greene and the program committee. He thanked secretary Dwight Williams and Executive Director Randy McWhorter for his hard work.

At this point Merle Shepard and Mike Hood escorted Vice-president/President-elect Jeremy Greene to the front of the room. Benson presented the gavel to Greene. Greene recognized the service of Benson to the Society. He presented Benson a plaque commemorating his service.

Greene adjourned the meeting.

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