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Fall 2013

BRAGGIN’ rIGHTS an annual publication from the Department of Agricultural Sciences at West Texas A&M University

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National Champion Equestrian Team




RIDE EVERY STEP WT Equestrian wins the 2013 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Western National Championship and they are ready to do it again.

On the ten-year anniversary of the WTAMU Equestrian Team’s first National Championship, the Lady Buffs repeated history winning their second western national championship last May at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships in Harrisburg, Penn.

time or practice on the horse. The national champion is decided by the cumulative placings of each team’s rider for each division.

“Every year I feel like we have a team that could be successful at nationals, but this year was different,” head coach Amanda Love said. “I just knew it was going to work out. We had a great showing at the qualifier for nationals by winning the Western Semi-Finals and we just kept that momentum going from there.”

Competition was close throughout the weekend between WT, St. Andrews University, and the University of Findlay. The Lady Buffs competed over a period of three days before finally clinching the title on May 5. The national championship wasn’t decided until the final class of the last day of competition when WT’s Julia Roberts’ reserve national championship ride in the team open horsemanship pushed WT to the top of the points rankings and solidified WT’s second national championship.

In IHSA competition, riders are split into six different divisions ranging from beginner to open and reining division according to their experience. After drawing their horse, riders mount and enter the arena without any warm-up

“Winning nationals has always been a goal of mine since I joined the equestrian team. The whole team worked extremely hard last year toward becoming truly a champion team. We pushed one another to the limits every practice,

workout, and show and it all paid off,” Roberts said. The Lady Buffs ended the team competition with two national champion rides. Kayla Wells from Aurora, Ill. was the national champion in team advanced horsemanship and Rachel Foster from Cuba, Mo. was the national champion in team beginner horsemanship. Addie Davis from Vashon, Wash. placed third in team reining, Katie Callaghan from South Bend, Ind. placed fifth in team intermediate horsemanship and Jessica Read from San Diego, Calf. placed sixth in team novice horsemanship. “This is a great team that sets high goals and will sacrifice and work to get it done, I am so proud to see their hard work finally pay off. This wasn’t just the final day of one week of work, but the culmination of work for the entire team over the past few years,” Love added.

Agricultural Teams

Every year I feel like we have team that could be successful at nationals, but this year was different.

National titles for the Lady Buffs did not end with team competition. Roberts was also the national champion in individual open horsemanship and Wells placed third in the individual novice horsemanship. “My individual national championship means the world to me, but to share a national championship with my teammates and coaches was an unforgettable experience. It created a bond between us all that will never cease to exist,” Roberts said. After competing in both open horsemanship and reining, Sammi Gallagher from Grand Blanc. Mich. tied for third place in the American Quarter Horse Association High Point Western Rider Cup, a class made up of the regional highpoint riders from across the nation. A total of 393 schools and 9,441 riders make up IHSA competition across the nation.

Senior Equine Business and Industry major, Julia Roberts, IHSA 2013 National Champion Individual Open Horsemanship and Reserve National Champion Team Open Horsemanship

Still on Top Lady Buffs lead the region in western competition at the end of the fall semester. Information courtesy of Redlands Community College Western Show The West Texas A&M equestrian team opened its season by winning high-point team out of seven teams for both shows held Sept. 21-22 at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla. The show was also a huge success individually. William Wright from Louisburg, Kan. was highpoint rider in both events. He placed first in Reining and Open Horsemanship in Show 1 and first in Reining and second in Open Horsemanship in Show 2. Rebecca Alden from Amarillo tied for reserve high-point rider for Show 1

Photography Courtesy of Rik Andersen

and 2 along with Marilyn Brandt from Andover, Ill. who tied for Reserve High Point Rider in Show 1. The team was strong in both the reining division and Horsemanship classes with all WT riders placing in the top six. “What a way to start off a promising year for WT

Equestrian,” said team captain Julia Roberts from Clovis, N.M. “Winning both shows at Redlands [was] such a confidence boost for our team. West Texas A&M University Western Show The team competed in two Western shows at the WT Horse Center Oct. 26. They Lady Buffs claimed High Point Team honors for Show 1 while taking the Reserve High Point Team for Show 2. The event was the first home competition for WT this season. Among the teams competing were Texas Tech University, North Central Texas College, Redlands Community College, Tarleton State University and Southern Nazarene.

The defending Western National Champions Lady Buffs won the first show with a score of 38 points. They narrowly fell to North Central Texas College by nine points in Show 2. It was an exciting day both for the team as a whole and individually. Roberts was Reserve High Point Rider for Show 1 and High Point Rider for Show 2. Kayla Bridgeman from Nelsonville, Mo. and Angela Bradley from Cedar Park earned their points in Novice Horsemanship to qualify for the Regional Championship, which will be held at North Central Texas College Mar. 1-2, 2014. This show concluded the Western shows for the fall semester. The Lady Buffs will continue to prepare for the spring semester.

The Lady Buffs competed against strong competition and fell short to earn the top spots, despite some excellent individual performances.

the Reserve High Point Team for both shows, falling close behind Tulane in Show 1 and Louisiana State in Show 2.

“This weekend was one where we really had to take into account the things we could control and turn loose of the rest,” said Jessica Bass from Boerne. “As a team, we pushed through our rides and did the best we could. Overall, it was a great weekend for WT equestrian.”

Among the teams that competed were North Central Texas College, Texas Tech University, Tulane, Trinity, Southern Nazarene, Rice, Oklahoma, Tarleton State, Texas State, Louisiana State and The University of Texas.

There are several aspects that determine the outcome of IHSA competitions. Riders draw an unfamiliar mount, do not have warm-up time, and are judged by

This show concludes the fall semester for the WT Equestrian teams. The Lady Buffs will continue their season at Rice University in January for two hunt seat shows. “I am so proud of how everyone did this weekend,” Hunt Seat team captain Katie Kaegi from Lake Oswego, Ore. said “We have stepped up our game since the last show at Oklahoma but we will always have room for improvement. Now it is just about fixing very small problems and having this break until the next show gives us time to work hard and start the spring semester off stronger than ever.”

“What a way to start off a promising year for WT Equestrian!”

“This show was a great end to the fall semester,” said Lindsey McNeill from Houston. “We worked really hard and it showed. We are ready to come back after winter break just as strong.” University of Oklahoma Hunt Seat Show The WT Hunt Seat team opened its season with a fifth place finish in Show 1 and a fourth place finish in Show 2 at the University of Oklahoma competition. Tulane University took top honors in Show 1 while Louisiana State University earned firstplace in Show 2. Among the other teams competing were North Central Texas College, Texas Tech, Trinity, Southern Nazarene, Rice, Oklahoma, Tarleton State University, Texas State University and The University of Texas.

a single judge. The judge at every show is different and may have a different judging style. Riders must perform to the best of their ability given their current horse and situation. Individually, the Buffs had several riders earn top awards. McNeill earned her points in Advanced Walk Trot Canter while Wright earned his points in Novice Fences, qualifying them both for Regionals, which will be hosted by West Texas A&M on Mar. 9, 2014. Tulane University Hunt Seat Show The West Texas A&M Hunt Seat team competed in two hunt seat shows at Equest Farms in New Orleans, La. hosted by Tulane University. The Lady Buffs claimed

Individually, Carley Hankins from Pflugerville won High Point Rider in Show 1 and Rachel Foster from Charlestown, Ind. qualified for Regionals in Beginning Walk Trot. Hunt Seat regionals will be hosted by West Texas A&M on March 9, 2014. “Everyone had tremendous individual success,” Hankins said. “It’s so awesome to be a part of a team where everyone supports and encourages you every step of your ride. Where there is individual success and team support, team success is sure to follow, which we saw this weekend.”

Riding for the Brand The WT Rodeo Team continues to improve under new leadership with departmental support.

The Eastern New Mexico University College Rodeo was a solid first rodeo for West Texas A&M University. In Calf Roping, Logan Dee Harkey from Vernon was a 10.1 in the long round and Quay Howard from Canyon was a 10.2 to come back sitting good in the average. Harkey placed in the short round and ended up third in the average in Calf Roping. In the Goat Tying, Jordan Fabrizio from Pueblo, Colo. was an 8.9 and came back in the short go round and ended up seventh in the average. Vernon was the second rodeo of the season and WTAMU students performed well. In Calf Roping, Howard was a 9.4 in the long round, but had tough luck in the short go. Clay Casper from Balko, Okla. and Rylan Ferbrache from Mutual, Okla. won the long round of the team roping with a 6.7 and won the short round with a 6.7 to win second in the average of the rodeo. Nicole

Espenson from Sunnyside in the barrel race placed fifth in the average. Perryton was a great rodeo for WTAMU. In Calf Roping, Howard won third in the first round with a 10.2 and sixth in the average. Fabrizio and Matt Shieck won third in the long round with a 7.3 and the short round ended up third overall in the average. Owen Dineen from Keenesburg, Colo. also qualified in the Team Roping with his partner Trenton Herod and placed seventh overall in the average. Espenson made it back in the barrel race with a 17.86 and had tough luck in the short go round. The Texas Tech University College Rodeo proved to be a good all-around showing for the Team. Four of the men’s team made the short round, and two of the women’s team made the short round. In Calf Roping, Howard, Harkey, and Sterling Jameson from Llano qualified to the short round and made amazing runs.

Jameson and Harkey finished in the fifth and sixth positions, overall. In the Breakaway, Fabrizio won the short round and placed second in the average with a 5.3. Harkey and Dineen made it back in the team roping short go where Dineen placed second with his partner and Harkey placed fifth with his partner. Alpine was the final rodeo of the semester and three riders on the women’s team made the short round. Heather Knerr from Grassrange, Mont. won second place in the long round of the goat tying and placed fourth overall. Harkey made the short round in the Team Roping and placed fourth overall. Overall, the WT men’s and women’s teams had a very successful semester. They qualified in every short go round at all five rodeos throughout the semester and are currently ranked sixth overall in men’s and women’s in the Southwest Region Standings.

Practice Makes Perfect Stock Horse team starts off the year with new, young members.

WT’s stock horse team competed in the Stock Horse of Texas Association’s Western Horseman World Championship show in Abilene on Nov. 1 - 2. This was the first competition for the team, which has a lot of new riders this year. WT took two full teams of riders to this show, taking 12 riders and two student helpers. The highlights of the three-day weekend include: Taylor Hadden from Rye, Colo. finished second place in Non Pro pleasure and seventh place in Non Pro trail. Luke Abraham from Canadian placed 10th in Non Pro Working Cow. Quincy Carlton from Happy placed 10th place in the overall standings for Open riders, competing against some

of the top horseman in the working cow and stock horse world. Madelyn Melchiors from Dewey, Ariz. placed ninth in Limited Non Pro Trail and this show capped her 2013 competition season placing her fifth overall in the collegiate year-end standings for Limited Non Pro. Bethany Riley from Clayton, N.M., Courtney Catlin from Weatherford, and Nicole Richardson from Sugar Land placed well in their Limited Non Pro classes, as all of them moved up from the Novice level. Crystal Drager from Brussels, Wis., Kendra Smith from Johnson City, Stacie Schumacher from Era, and Audrey Miller from Canyon placed in the Novice category, with Drager

placing seventh in trail, Smith placed 15th overall, Schumacher placed ninth in working cow, and Miller placed 16th in trail. This spring the team looks forward to a full competition season with prospective competitions in Abilene; Stephenville; Lubbock; Ardmore, Okla.; and Pueblo, Colo. “The students have been working diligently to improve their skills to prepare for the spring competitions,” said team advisor John Pipkin. WT equine industry and business graduate Zeb Corvin serves as an external coach for the team working with members multiple times a week throughout the year.


Continuing the

WT Horse Judging continues to bring home national titles.

Reichert Celebration

The West Texas A&M University’s horse judging team opened its fall competitive season with a first-place overall finish at the Reichert Celebration Sept. 3 in Fort Worth. “This win was a terrific start to the fall competitions for the team, and I’m very excited to see that they started with success to follow up on their successes in the spring,” Dr. John Pipkin, director of the equine industry program and coach of the horse judging team, said.

in performance. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M University placed second, followed by Oklahoma State University, third, Texas A&M University fourth, and University of Arkansas, fifth. In individual placings, Caitlin Robb from New Windsor, Ill., placed second overall with a first in reasons, a second in performance and a third in halter. Teammate Josi Reed from Cave-In-Rock, Ill., placed third

sixth overall with a second in halter and a seventh in reasons. Other WT teammates placing in the top 10 included: Kayla Bridgman from Nelsonville, Mo., fifth in halter; Morgan Gadd from Fishers, Ind., sixth in reasons and ninth in performance; Faith Schleich from Monmouth, Ill., sixth in halter; and Caitlyn Tanner from Groom, fourth in halter.

All-American Quarter Horse Congress In its fourth outing of the competitive season, the horse judging team earned a fourthplace overall finish at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, Oct. 16 in Columbus, Ohio.

Fifteen teams and 71 contestants competed at “The team was the Reichert WT placed first overall in performance and reasons and second in halter to secure disappointed with Celebration. The WTAMU the first-place win with more than 50 points to win the AQHA World Championship. their final placing, Photo courtesy of Shelby Hrbacek. but they [were] team scored 2,393 points to finish first overall overall with a fourth in performance discouraged and [knew] they still [had] the opportunity to complete with a first place in halter and and a fifth in reasons. Marilyn a great year,” Pipkin said. “They reasons and a second place Brandt from Andover, Ill., placed

have a great attitude and team spirit and worked really hard to prepare properly.” The WT team scored 2,950 points with a third in reasons, fourth in performance and fifth in halter for an overall fourth-place finish at the 22-team competition. Texas A&M University claimed the first-place berth with 2,986 points, followed by Colorado State University at second with 2,968 points and Cal Poly with 2,955 points for third. Four WT team members placed in the top 10 in individual finishes. Brandt placed second in reasons and ninth in performance. Reed was second in halter while Gadd was fourth in reasons. Schleich placed 10th in performance. American Quarter Horse Association World Championship The WT horse judging team swept the competition with 3,394 points to win the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Nov. 21 at Oklahoma City. “I am so proud of these students and the extremely successful year they have had. World Champions is an exceptional accomplishment,” Pipkin said. “They have been a great model of how team unity, hard work, individual sacrifice and a hunger to learn and improve can result in success.” The team placed first overall in performance and reasons and second in halter to secure the firstplace win with more than 50 points over second-place Colorado State University. A total of 65 contestants representing 18 teams competed at the annual event. The WT team took the Reserve World Championship title last year. In individual placings, WT’s Brandt placed first overall with a

second in halter, fifth in reasons and seventh in performance. Robb placed fourth overall with a seventh in halter and 10th in reasons. Samantha Hearn from Austin earned a fifth-place overall with a third in performance and seventh in reasons, and Angela Bradley from Cedar Park, was seventh overall with a third in halter.

“They have been a great model of how team unity, hard work, individual sacrifice and a hunger to learn and improve can result in success.” Other team members placing in the top 10 included: Schleich, first in performance, sixth in reasons; Bridgman, sixth in performance, fourth in reasons; Gadd, ninth in performance; and Reed, eighth in performance, ninth in reasons. “I have great appreciation and respect for the commitment, sacrifice and preparation that every one of these students has made,” Pipkin said.

National Reining Horse Association Championship The WT’s horse judging team added another win to its 2013 season with a first-place overall finish at the National Reining Horse Association Championship Dec. 5-6 in Oklahoma City. This win marked the third championship for the fall and the fifth of the season. “This contest provided a very unique and challenging test for the team,” said coach John Pipkin. “This team was truly extraordinary. They

set big goals for the year, and each team member was willing to pay the price and make sacrifices to properly prepare and develop their abilities.” The team earned a total of 4,478 points for the first-place overall win. Texas A&M University placed second with 4,449 point and third went to New Mexico State University with 4,390 points. North Carolina State University and Oklahoma State University rounded out the top five. A total of 73 contestants representing 15 teams competed at the annual event. The WT team also won the championship in 2012. The NRHA Championship celebrated the 25th anniversary of the competition and recognized WT for winning the most championships—12 in all—of any other school. Pipkin attributed the teams’ overall success to the way they worked together in preparation and competition. “They had a great attitude and worked hard without a word of complaint,” Pipkin said. “Their team unity and support for each other was impressive. Each and every team member made a huge contribution to the team that was essential for their success.” In individual placings, WT’s Bradley won first-place overall. Reed placed fourth overall, and Hearn placed fifth. “Overall, while many previous WT horse judging teams have had great success, this team arguably had the most successful record that any team has ever had, winning five of six of the contests,” Pipkin said. “I am extremely honored, privileged and blessed to have been able to work with them.”


Tradition The WT Way Livestock Judging team welcomes a new coach and continues to improve.

The WTAMU Livestock Judging team had a great year under the direction of new coach Travis Begley. The team consistently finished in the top 5 in many categories as well as had its share of individual successes, building on the growing legacy that is becoming WT Livestock Judging.

first in cattle, but finished second off a tiebreaker. The team finished in 10th place in reasons.

The North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville finished out the season for the team. Boyd finished The 2013 Livestock Judging Team has continued to improve under the guidance his judging career with a of new coach, Travis Begley. ninth place in swine and the The Livestock At the Flint Hills Classic in team finished the season in 11th place Judging team began its fall season Manhattan, Kan., Long placed out of 35 teams in the senior division. at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas seventh in sheep and the Team where individuals Brady Boyd from finished ninth overall. “I am extremely proud of the hard Idalou placed seventh in cattle, work that the team put in this fall. The Tulsa State Fair was another and Rhet Long from Vernal, Utah They have put the Department of tough contest for the team, but they finished eighth in sheep. As a team, Agricultural Sciences in a position to managed to place seventh in swine. WT placed third in cattle, fifth in be competitive in not only as a team At the Mid-American Classic in reasons, fourth in sheep, seventh in but also in recruiting for the future of Kansas, Long placed fifth in swine, swine, and finished fourth overall. the program,� Begley said. JW Clark from Hartley placed third The National Barrow Show in The Department is proud of all in sheep, and Boyd placed sixth in Austin, Minn. proved to be a students, and look forward to both sheep and swine. The Team challenging contest for the team. the continued improvement and placed fourth in swine and sixth in Kaycee Carpenter from Mountain successes of its competitive teams sheep. View, Wyo. managed to place ninth and young people who compete so The American Royal on Nov. 2 was in reasons with no other Buffaloes passionately for their university. a good day for Long, who tied for placing.

Success BREEDS Success The meats judging team proves tough against strong competition.

The 2013 WTAMU Meats Judging Team competed in fall and spring contests throughout the year. This year’s team was comprised of seniors: Angie Schmitz from Regina, N.M., Remy Carmichael from Midland, Shelby Campbell from Paonia, Co. and Jennifer Rowell from Hale Center.

placings. The team placed eighth in lamb judging. The spring ended at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where Carmichael placed seventh in beef grading The team placed fifth in beef grading, and third in pork judging. The fall competition started back up in October with the Eastern National Contest in Wyalusing, Pa. Campbell placed 10th in lamb judging, and the team placed eigth in lamb judging and eighth in total specifications at this contest.

The team competed against teams from Colorado State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Angelo State University, Oklahoma State University, Nebraska, Iowa State University, Next was the American Royal in Illinois, Fresno State University, Omaha, Neb. where Georgia, Schmitz placed sixth Kentucky, “I am particularly proud in beef grading, North of these young ladies, not fourth in overall Dakota State beef, 10th in reasons, University, only did they represent and 18th overall South our university very well at individual. Campbell Dakota State intercollegiate meat judging placed seventh in beef University, Ohio State contests, I am impressed grading, and was 14th overall individual. University, by their cumulative 3.5 GPA Carmichael finished Kansas State during two semesters of 11th in specifications, University, and was 17th overall Michigan State extensive travel,” individual. University, Missouri and The Cargill High Wyoming. Plains contest in Friona was another solid performance for the WT Meats Competition began in January at Team. Schmitz finished fifth in the National Western Stock Show beef judging, Carmichael was high in Denver, Colo. where Carmichael individual, and Jennifer Rowell placed sixth in lamb judging and tied for eigth in specifications. seventh in total placings. The team finished seventh place At the Ft. Worth Stock Show, in beef judging, eighth place in Schmitz placed 10th in pork judging, specifications, and ninth in total Campbell tied for first in total placings.

Remy Carmichael was high individual at the Cargill High Plains contest. The International was the final competition of the year held in Dakota Dunes, Neb. Campbell tied for second in lamb judging, and finished ninth in total placings. The team finished their year with an 11th place overall. “I am particularly proud of these young ladies, not only did they represent our university very well at intercollegiate meat judging contests, I am impressed by their cumulative 3.5 GPA during two semesters of extensive travel,” meats judging team adviser Ty Lawrence said. The team improved significantly throughout the year and improved their overall team score by 220 points from the first contest.

The Agricultural Ambassadors took over Amarillo’s Cadillac Ranch during their annual leadership training weekend in August.

Meet the Best of the Best: WT Agricultural Ambassadors Students leading beyond the doors of the classroom The Agricultural Ambassadors are a group of students within the Department of Agricultural Sciences who are selected based on their performance, passion and philanthropy within the department, university and community. The group aids in hosting several events within the department and across campus. They help to put on the annual “Ag Roundup” for incoming freshman as well as the Annual Ag Day Celebration. The university requests the assistance of the Agricultural Ambassadors each year to serve as hosts for Freshman Convocation, an event that welcomes all freshman Buffs, faculty,

community members and a guest speaker of honor. “Being an Agricultural Ambassador is such an honor and certainly an organization I’m proud to be part of,” said Kelby Koelder, junior Agricultural Media and Communication major. “I love being in a group with other leaders in the agricultural department who are willing to work harder, stay later, and bring forth not only their best but the best out of others.” Another step the Agricultural Ambassadors are taking this year with freshmen is by helping them become more involved in the department and the university. Throughout the

semester, each Ambassador has volunteered to help underclassman get involved in clubs and activities the department or university hosts. Studies show that retention is based heavily on involvement, so getting freshmen plugged in to activities is crucial to department success and the Ambassadors play a vital role in this success. The Agricultural Ambassadors travelled across the panhandle as well as other parts of the state to talk to high school students about WT and their experiences in the Department of Agricultural Sciences. This fall Agricultural Ambassadors attended events across the area including:


Agricultural Clubs the Lubbock District FFA Meeting, Littlefield District FFA Meeting, Plainview District FFA Meeting, Amarillo District FFA Meeting, Greenbelt District FFA Meeting, Area 1 FFA Leadership Contest, WT’s Junior College Judging Contest, the Top-OTexas District FFA Banquet and Area 1 FFA Leadership Development Event.

“These people have turned out to be some of my best friends, and I can go to them with anything.” This year, the Agricultural Ambassadors have instated some new

“I don’t think people always realize how it makes you feel to help someone else out,” said Lauren Christy, senior Agricultural Business and Economics major. “We have been very blessed, and we often lose sight of the need that is all around us.

Ag Ambassadors also gives students an opportunity to build relationships with people in other majors within agriculture with whom they share certain values such as strong work ethic and high moral character. It is also an opportunity to network with people you might otherwise never meet, yielding lifelong friendships. “Over the past two years, the most enjoyable aspect of being in the Agricultural Ambassadors is the great people you are surrounded by,” said Brady Cowan, senior Agricultural Business and Economics major.

community service projects they are personally passionate about as small groups in the name of the Department of Agricultural Sciences. At the Agricultural Ambassadors’ upcoming January meeting, each small group will be sharing about their experiences in their service project with the rest of the group.

“I am helping refugee children, and I think many people can often become oblivious to the need in this world and even the people in our own hometown. It is an eye-opener and a great opportunity to help others and feel good about something you are doing.” opportunities for students to be able to serve in other areas outside of the university. Throughout the semester, students have been taking on various

The Ag Ambassadors will continue serving the department, university and surrounding community in the coming semesters.

Outstanding in Their Field

WT Farm and Ranch proves their abilities at the national conference.

The WTAMU Farm and Ranch Club attended the 2013 Students of Agronomy, Soil, and Environmental Sciences national conference in Tampa, Fla. from Nov. 1-5. The SASES conference provides an opportunity for agriculture students to compete in career and leadership development events as well as network with over 10,000 soil, agronomy, and environmental science professionals in order to prepare them for future careers. “The members of the Farm and Ranch club have really taken ownership of the club this year and have helped it grow dramatically,” Brock Blaser, assistant professor of plant, soil and environmental science and farm and ranch club adviser said. “They have started a new service project with the roadside litter pickup and have also done more social and fundraising activities to get more students involved. I’m proud of the

club members and their excitement to improve and increase both their membership and involvement on campus and in the community.” While in Tampa, Casey McAnally from White Deer placed second and Ryan Heinrich from Slaton placed third in the visual presentation contest and Brandon Winters from Bushland placed fifth in the speech contest. These contestants each earned cash rewards for themselves as well as for the Farm and Ranch Club.

Newell was recognized by the Soil Science Society of America for receiving the $3,000 Soil and Water Conservation Scholarship and also completed her service as the 2012-2013 Membership Coordinator National Officer. McCoy was elected as the 20132014 Membership Coordinator National Officer and will be serving with fellow officers from Iowa State, Colorado State, and Kansas State.

“The students at SASES have really Other contestants included: Chalone stepped up to this great opportunity to Hefley from Mobeetie, Tyler McCoy network with peers from around the from Burleson, and Chip Morris from country. For the second year in a row Abilene in the club poster contest, we have a national officer from WT Layton Hinson from Sundown and and that says a lot about the caliber of Brandon Meier from Darrouzett in our students and their desire to serve the visual presentation contest, Hefley and be involved,” Blaser said. “Their in the President’s Trophy contest, participation at SASES has brought and Elizabeth Newell from Vernon, these WT plant science students up Meier, McCoy, and Winters in the to a new level of professionalism and quiz bowl competition. competition and it is impressive to watch them rise to the occasion.”

A First for


WT ACT member to serve at the national level. Department of Agricultural Sciences student Reba Underwood will serve as the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow’s Secretary/Treasurer for the 2013 – 2014 term. Underwood is the first student to serve on the national officer team from WTAMU. As secretary/treasurer, Underwood will need to use her experience to raise funds for the organization. National ACT is currently fundraising to meet the needs of the members and the organization. The NACT works to build relationships among agricultural communication professionals and college students and faculty, to

provide professional and academic development for members and to promote agriculture through communications efforts.Underwood, an agricultural media and communication senior, has served WTAMU’s ACT chapter as a past president and has participated in NACT for four years. In addition to her involvement with ACT, Underwood is a member of Collegiate FFA, serves as a campus tour guide, serves as a transfer student mentor, works for Communications and Marketing, and owns her own photography and design business.

Reba Underwood is the first student to serve on the National Agricultural Commuincators of Tomorrow officer team from WTAMU.

Homecoming Float For the second year in a row, students from clubs across the Department of Agricultural Sciences came together in the spirit of homecoming to participate in a long standing tradition.

The float’s theme was Rain Makes Corn. Float construction took place over several weeks and while it was a primarily social event, it also created networking opportunities for students in different agricultural disciplines. Departmental clubs came together to build the float for the 2013 WTAMU Homecoming Parade. The float won the Text-to-Vote Fan Favorite award, sponsored by the Office of Education on Demand.

The clubs that participated were the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, the Agribusiness Club, Block and Bridle and the Pre-Vet Club.




Department of Agricultural Sciences faculty continue to be honored as the best among the best “The faculty in the Department of Agricultural Sciences continue to excel each year and are the best of the best. I am proud to have such hardworking, deserving faculty serving our students,” said Dean Hawkins, head of the Department of Agricultural Sciences. This past semester, three faculty have been recogonized for their achievements both in and out of the classroom.


on Topliff, dean of the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering, has been elected president-elect of the Non-Land-Grant Agriculture and Renewable Resources Universities Association.

Don Topliff has been elected presidentelect of the Non-Land-Grant Agriculture and Renewable Resources Universities Association.

“It is an honor to be chosen to represent NARRU as presidentelect, and I look forward to working with our member universities to represent our

needs at the nation’s Capital,” Topliff said. Topliff has been a member of the organization for 16 years and has served on the board of directors for the past five years. The association represents 13 universities across the United States that have agriculture and renewable resources programs. Eleven of those universities are in the state of Texas and represent 65 percent of the graduates with agriculture and renewable resources degrees. The organization is associated with the academic programs section of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities in Washington, D.C.


y Lawrence, associate professor of animal science, has been named to Vance Publishing Corporation’s inaugural 40 Under 40 in Agriculture Awards. Lawrence joins a list of top 40 winners representing all aspects of agriculture from animal and crop production, biotechnology and

Faculty Update university researchers to food and nutrition technology, agricultural equipment, agronomy and more. Vance Publishing received more than 200 nominations for the 40 Under 40 list, and the individuals named were selected for their leadership and commitment in advancing the cause to double food production by 2050. The group represents agriculture at its best and has made an impact on both their organizations and the industry as a whole. “We were looking to identify and recognize extraordinary individuals in agriculture, and I am confident that these top 40 candidates do just that,” Shawn Etheridge, vice president and publishing director, agribusiness at Vance, said. “With such a broad range of high caliber candidates, our panel of judges faced tough decisions.”

John Pipkin was presented the Magister Optimus Award. Lawrence joined the Department of Agricultural Sciences in July 2004. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and serves as director of the University Meat Lab and the Beef Carcass Research Center. He collaborates with other universities and animal agriculture businesses in research focused on improving the yield and quality of red meat products.


ohn Pipkin, professor and director of the equine industry and business program, was one of four WT employees honored with some of the University’s highest awards during the annual Faculty/ Staff Convocation. Dr. Wade Shaffer, provost/vice president for academic affairs, and Bill Ambrose, president of Faculty Senate, presented Pipkin with the Magister Optimus Award.

Ty Lawrence was named to Vance Publishing Corporation’s inaugural 40 Under 40 in Agriculture Awards.

Shaffer introduced the faculty award and explained Magister Optimus translates to “best teacher.” Ambrose presented the award to John Pipkin, professor of animal science and director of the equine program.

“The faculty in the Department of Agricultural Sciences continue to excel each year and become the best of the best. I am proud to have such hardworking, deserving faculty serving our students.” Since joining the WT Department of Agricultural Sciences in 1993, Pipkin’s horse judging teams have earned 87 champion or reserve champion titles. He is committed to teaching and puts in long hours with his students, including many 7 a.m. Saturday morning and late evening sessions. He truly represents what Magister Optimus stands for and has earned the respect of his students as well as his colleagues and is an outstanding representative of WT.

Apply Texas Contact Admissions Office with admissions/evaluation questions. Office of Admissions: 1.800.99.WTAMU or Send official transcripts to: WTAMU Office of Admissions Box 60907 Canyon, Texas 79016

Join the Herd!

Thinking about attending WTAMU? Know someone who is? The department and university would like to help you become a BUFFALO! Below is a checklist with links to more information about admissions, scholarships, financial aid, housing and more. Please feel free to contact the department directly at 806-651-2550, if you need additional information.

Come Visit our Campus We encourage prospective students to visit the campus and meet with the department before making any decisions to enroll in the university. Even if you have been to campus before, it is important to sign up for a personal tour of the campus or to attend Discover WT. Campus tours include viewing campus, learning about the university culture, meeting staff that will serve you throughout the application and admission process, and meeting with a departmental faculty member. Discover WT is the perfect event for high school sophomores and juniors beginning the search for higher education.’At Discover WT, you will tour our beautiful campus, get a taste

of campus life, get information about admission to WT, and learn about all the opportunities available at WT. Our student-centered and friendly approach will surely make your visit enjoyable and should help you gain the important information you will need to make an educated decision about our campus.

Unofficial documents may be faxed to 806-651-5285 or mailed to the address above.

Apply for Financial Support You do not need to apply for departmental scholarships separately. The Department of Agricultural Sciences will automatically receive your scholarship application from the scholarship office. February 1 is the application deadline. We understand the rising cost of education, so we encourage all students to seek financial assistance. Financial Aid

Campus Tour

Buff Promise Scholarships

Discover WT

Apply for Housing

Apply for Admission Once you decide to join “the herd,” applying to WT is easy! Either submit a $25 fee to WT admissions and apply through the university’s website or simply apply to any Texas school, including WT, through the applytexas. org website. WTAMU Admissions freshman.aspx

Students under 21, with less than 60 hours, are required to live on campus unless a waiver has been approved. May 1 is the priority deadline. Success Initiative Tests TSI and placement tests must be complete before you can enroll at WT.

2013 Braggin Rights  
2013 Braggin Rights  

A publication from the Department of Agricultural Sciences at West Texas A&M University, Braggin' Rights highlights student success and comm...