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One of the most extraordinary acts of heroism during World War II occurred in the icy waters off Greenland after the U.S. Army transport ship Dorchester was hit by a German torpedo and began to sink rapidly. When it became apparent there were not enough life jackets, four U.S. Army chaplains on board removed theirs, handed them to frightened young soldiers, and chose to go down with the ship.

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Program to make transfer seamless ■ A&M System implements plans to make transferring easy for students Travis Lawson The Battalion

thebatt.com Globetrotters A slideshow is available online from Monday night’s Harlem Globetrotter performance.

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Driving under the influence A look at the effects of driving while intoxicated on the lives of a A&M professor, a student from another school, and what Aggies think about it.

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Basketball A preview of the Aggie men’s and women’s basketball games against Missouri.

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Matt Niblett is seen above hosting his radio show. Niblett’s show can be listened to from 6 to 10 p.m. on weeknights.

Candy DJ leads double life Matt Niblett’s a full-time student, a well-known radio voice

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verything about Candy 95.1 radio station looks like any other office on any other day … until the commercial break — the silence is broken with a loud “Hey, this is Niblett on Candy 95.”

Wanting to be known simply as Niblett, the senior university studies major said he takes on two personas: the loud and crazy guy on the radio, and the guy silently sitting in the corner taking notes. “Yeah it’s funny, if one day on the show I mention some homework or a test in a certain class, the next day I will come to class and see some girls whispering ‘Hey is that him? Niblett is somewhere in

this class.’ It’s really weird to see,” Niblett said. The radio host has been in the industry since he was 17. He said he was in an internship class in high school, so he started calling around different stations and finally landed an internship and later a job as a “promo guy.” From a promo guy in his hometown of

President-elect R. Bowen Loftin, along with presidents from other schools in the Texas A&M University System, came together to agree on a five-year pilot program for transfer students within the system. The Program for Systems Admission will allow students from various universities in the A&M System to transfer into certain programs at the Loftin flagship campus. Students must asking have completed for at least 24 credit hours and hold input a minimum 3.0 Texas A&M grade point aver- Presidentage. elect R. Jason Cook, Bowen Loftin chief communi- encouraged cations officer for students, the System, said A&M and the faculty and System schools staff Tuesday involved were to attend one both optimistic of two open about the pro- forums on gram. Thursday. “This pro- Starting at gram provides a 10 a.m. and seamless transfer 3:30 p.m. in for students at- 601 Rudder, tending schools attendees within the A&M System into Tex- will hear as A&M Univer- Loftin sity,” Cook said. answer “It will be espe- questions cially beneficial about the for students seek- future of the ing a specialized University. degree program Questions or needing an can be area of study that submitted is only offered in advance here on our to askthe campus.” Cook also sa- president@ luted the Office tamu.edu. of Admissions The forum and Records for will be working with viewable live the other uni- on KAMUversities to make TV. sure things go as Brad Cox, planned. Staff Writer “The Office of Admissions and Records has done a tremendous job in working with their counterparts on the other campuses to make the program as easy and accessible as possible for students,” Cook said. While the people in charge of the Program for Systems

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The tradition of Aggie excellence beyond the classroom has continued with the selection of John Scroggs, class of 1993, as the chief of staff for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Eleanor Green, Carl B. King dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, ap-

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pointed Scroggs in January as her chief of staff in an effort to maintain the maximum levels of excellence at A&M. “First and foremost, I wanted a role model for others, an individual who would uphold the highest standards of performance in a caring, compassionate environment,” Green said. “I was looking for a See Scroggs on page 6

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John Scroggs, oversees administrative staff in the Dean’s Office, coordinates projects and helps with the administrative paperwork and duties.

Gen. Efie Eitam encouraged students Tuesday at the Hillel House to stand up and speak out in support of Israel as the threat of Iran developing nuclear weapons grows. Eitam said American campuses that are traditionally vocal on other issues have been silent about Israel’s troubles. He said Israel will not accept a nuclear-powered Iran and will launch combat operations if needed in the next two to two and a half years. Eitam said if Iran becomes a nuclear power, it will start an arms race between the

Shi’ite and Sunni sects of Islam, which could lead to terrorists having access to nuclear bombs. Eitam is the consultant and adviser to the Eitam Prime Minister on infrastructure and energy matters in Israel and overseas. Before starting a political career, he served in the Israel Defense Forces. Brad Cox, Staff Writer

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An exhibit of African-Americans in presidential administrations during the 20th century will be on display from Feb. 2 to Feb. 26 in the Wright Gallery.

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Corey Smith, a Georgia artist and dubbed by The Washington Post as “a Southern-fried Jack Johnson” will be playing at 9 p.m. tonight at Hurricane Harry’s.

Mu-Hyun Baik, from Indiana University, will be having an inorganic chemistry seminar at 4 p.m. today in room 2104 of the Chemistry Building.

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Dallas he eventually landed his own show at Candy 95 and from there decided he “might as well go to school here.” And to school he did go; Niblett is on the dean’s list and marked as a distinguished student. During the show, Niblett covered everything from his love of “hot chicks” to the struggles of balancing hosting the show with the common struggles students face with time management. “Most professors don’t want to help you out with scheduling conflicts,” Niblett said. Chase Jennings, a sophomore environmental studies major, said he listens to Candy 95 during the TIME show. “Well, [Niblett] really knows how to relate to college students,” Jennings said. “He’s always saying something humorous that any col-

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Tufts University professor of psychology Robert Sternberg will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center Sternberg’s lecture “Creativity is a Decision” will focus on everyone’s ability to be creative.

Canadian military officer Gen. Walter Natynczyk will speak at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the George Bush Library Orientation Theater. Natynczyk will speak on U.S.-Canada relations and the Canadian military.

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and the interviews will be conducted on Monday and Tuesday of next week. New senators will be notified of their acceptance Tuesday night and sworn into office at the Senate meeting on Feb. 10. “This is one of the best ways that a student can give back to this University,” said Kyle Womack, speaker pro-tempore of the Student Senate. “Student Senate is so amazing because it is the students who set the agenda and the issues that we work on.” For questions or further information, students can visit the Senate Web site at http://senate.tamu.edu.

lege student could appreciate.” Niblett said that he is very happy with his role at the station and feels he is a good fit. “I really enjoy my job because I can come in and make people smile by acting crazy or telling a cheesy joke,” Niblett said. “Most DJs want their show in the morning or the afternoon, but I like having mine in the evenings because I think is appeals more to this demographic.” After graduation, the DJ plans to pursue a career in public relations or marketing. He said he dreams of moving to New York, but for now he is happy having his show here and listening to his favorite type of music. “Music that is very bubble gum and really has no substance,” Niblett said. “I am hoping that I am reaching a lot of people, otherwise I am just a guy in a room looking at my reflection, but it is a good looking reflection.” Fellow DJ Patrick Zeinert

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Student Senate accepts applications for seats The Texas A&M Student Senate is accepting applications for vacancies in nine caucuses. There are a total of 14 open seats within the caucuses for General Studies, College of Architecture, College of Education, College of Geosciences, College of Science, the Corps of Cadets, University Apartments, Southside residence halls and Off-Campus residency. Applicants must be a member of the constituency they wish to apply for and represent. Applications can be found online at the Student Senate Web site. The application is due at 5 p.m. today in the Koldus lock boxes. Invitations for interviews will be posted Thursday,

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also takes on two personas; one at Candy 95 as P-Money and the other on Rock Candy 95 as Zakk Patricks. The senior agricultural journalism major was two days away from moving to Austin when he finally got a call from Candy offering him a job, he said. Zeinert has taken nine years to reach his goal of a bachelor’s degree while he has been pursuing other areas of his résumé. “I am a sole proprietor of my own business in photography,” Zeinert said. “I call it custom photography. I am a photographer for hire. I also run in-game audio for men’s basketball and volleyball.” Zeinert said he has received his Aggie Ring and plans on graduating in May and continuing to work in the Bryan area. Niblett and Zeinert often joke with each other. “Basically I created him,” Niblett said, “and I will throw [him] under a bus whenever I need to.”

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Military urged to lift ban on gays in service WASHINGTON — It’s time to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and allow gay troops to serve openly for the first time in history, the nation’s top defense officials declared Tuesday, with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff proclaiming that service members should not be forced to “lie about who they are.” However, both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen asked for a year

to study the impact before Congress would lift the controversial policy. Reversing the Pentagon’s 17-year-old policy toward gays “comes down to integrity,” for the military as an institution as well as the service members themselves, Mullen told a Senate hearing. Unpersuaded, several Republican senators said they would oppose any congressional effort to repeal the policy. Associated Press

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Aggies and Tigers tango for two Women welcome Missouri to Reed hoping to get on track Mike Teague The Battalion After losing back-to-back games for the first time in over a year, Texas A&M’s No. 10 women’s basketball team will take on Missouri Wednesday at Reed Arena. The Aggies (15-4, 3-3) have lost three of their last four games, all to Top 15 teams. A&M is coming off its first loss at home in 2009-2010. “When Missouri comes in here, is it a must win?” asked A&M Head Coach Gary Blair. “They’re all must wins now at home. If we’re going to the NCAA Tournament, we’ve got to take care of business right here and it’s not just about winning the game. We have to win a game and play well doing it.” Missouri (11-9, 1-6) can be found at the bottom of the Big 12 standings but are not your average cellar dweller. The Lady Tigers only win in conference play came over Baylor, and they lost to Kansas and Oklahoma by a combined three points. “The Big 12 is similar to when I was in the SEC, and it was the best conference in the country,” said Blair, “The Big 12 has taken over as far as balance is concerned.” Aggies’ leading-scorer Danielle Gant will see many familiar faces on the opposing bench. Gant is from Kansas City, Miss. and originally committed to the Lady Tigers in 2007. “I originally signed with Missouri and Coach Stein out of high school,” Adams said. “It’s going

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to be an interesting matchup and exciting game to play against Missouri for the first time. They have a couple of good shooters, and they are playing pretty well right now, despite their recent losses.” A&M’s offense was one of the top-ranked in the country entering Big 12 play. Conference opponents have tightened the pressure on the Aggies and have made it difficult to put points on the board. “For us to execute, we can’t be tunneled in,” Blair said. “When we give a set, there will be options in there but you have to flow into your offense. That’s something we’re not doing very well. When we execute, we’re pretty good, but when the set is not open is when we’re having trouble penetrating the zone or creating off the dribble.” Senior Tanisha Smith was unstoppable to start the season and even put up 28 points at Texas in January. The guard has struggled with the extra attention that Big 12 defenses have given her, however. In A&M’s last two losses Smith was held to a combined 13 points on 5-of-23 shooting. Missouri brings a balanced attack to the floor with five players averaging nine or more points per game. Heading the attack is senior Jessra Johnson who is the leading-scorer and rebounder, averaging 13.1 and 6.2 per game, respectively. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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Senior guard Donald Sloan leads the Aggies with 18.5 points per game.

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Sophomore guard Sydney Carter scored 12 points in the team’s 67-63 loss to Oklahoma State on Sunday.

The Battalion When the Texas A&M men’s basketball team takes on Missouri, Wednesday in Columbia, it will be facing one of the most difficult pressure defenses in the entire nation. The Tigers, who run a full-court pressure defense, have forced a total of 47 turnovers in the last two games they’ve played, including 23 off Big 12 leader Kansas. A&M Head Coach Mark Turgeon said his team has to be prepared against the different defenses Missouri will throw at them. “It comes down to attacking the press, not letting it attack you,” Turgeon said. “It’s going to be a tough challenge for us, and we understand that.” Offensively, the Tigers are led by sophomore guard Kim English, who is averaging 14.8 points per game. English’s leadership has helped Missouri to a 16-5 overall record and a 4-2 conference record. “I think Kim English would be their go-to guy if you ask them,” Turgeon said. “He hasn’t shot the ball great in the league, but he seems to be their guy to go to.” For the Aggies, sophomore forward David Loubeau has hit the scene after helping his team with a 19-point effort against Texas Tech Saturday in Reed. Turgeon said Loubeau’s real progress showed defensively during the bout with the Red Raiders.

“I thought defensively he was just as good as he was offensively,” Turgeon said. “That’s the encouraging part, because the offense we always knew he had. It was just bringing it out.” A&M has yet to win a road game in conference play this season, and facing Missouri in the Mizzou Arena will be a challenge, as the Tigers have not lost a home contest in 32 games in Columbia. “I think their crowd is a different animal now,” Turgeon said. “I think they’re much more behind this team after an Elite Eight appearance, so it’s going to be a tough challenge.” Junior forward Nathan Walkup has said the team will have to be on the top of its game to beat the Tigers at home. “We really think we can beat Mizzou if we play well,” Walkup said. “If we get up there, handle the pressure well, get another win, hopefully we can just start a roller coaster. We want to get on a roll.” With just nine games remaining in the season, the Aggies are looking at every game as a step towards getting into the NCAA tournament. “We have our eyes on the prize,” Walkup said. “We’re four and three right now, and even if we aren’t able to win the rest of them, I think we can win plenty of them. No games are going to be easy, but we can go get it done.”

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Terrell Williams named A&M defensive line coach The Battalion Purdue defensive line coach Terrell Williams will be Texas A&M’s new coach at the same position, pending the approval of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, Aggie Head Coach Mike Sherman announced Tuesday. Williams, who coached the Boilermakers’ defensive line for the past four years, coached an NFL draft pick in each of the previous three seasons. Former Purdue defensive lineman Anthony Spencer was a first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2007. Defensive end Cliff Avril was a thirdround selection of the Detroit Lions in 2008 and Alex Magee was a thirdround selection of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. “Purdue has been a great place for me and my family,” Williams said.

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The hire comes almost two weeks after the Aggies hired former Air Force coach Tim DeRuyter as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. “The traditions and the history at a place like Texas A&M is tremendous,” said Williams. “In football, you have to bring an attitude and a toughness to the field. I know Texas A&M defenses have had that in the past, and that is what we want to bring to Kyle Field.”

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on Paul and Ben Stein were on television recently debating what causes people to become terrorists. Though they are both Republicans, their conclusions could not have differed more. Stein’s explanation for their actions was simple. “They’re terrorists and murderers because they’re psychos.” Paul disagreed. He said they hate us “because we’re occupiers.” But what causes terrorism anyway, and how should we fight it?

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Kolin Loveless n Thursday the Board of Regents named R. Bowen Loftin the sole finalist for the president of our great University. By state law, the Board is required to wait 21 days after the announcement before voting on our new president so every member of the University community has the chance to offer their feedback. As a part of this process, Loftin will be holding two open forums this Thursday for students, faculty and staff to interact with him and so he can hear some of our ideas. These forums are an important opportunity for the Aggie family to give feedback to the finalist on a range of issues and a chance for everyone that hasn’t met Loftin to do so. During my time at Texas A&M, I have frequently heard students complain that our voice is not heard by the administration or that no one cares what we think. My experiences, especially in the past five and a half months, have shown we do have plenty of opportunities to voice our opinion, and our opinion does matter. In a time when state funding for the University is likely to decrease, I cannot stress how important our feedback will be. I encourage you join me at 10 a.m. or at 3:30 p.m. in Rudder 601 to make the most of this opportunity as we open this next chapter in Texas A&M history.

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Adam Bechtold Few people opposed attacking al-Qaeda following 9/11. It seemed the only logical response to nearly 3,000 dead American civilians. While there was more than sufficient provocation to war, we had no idea what we were getting into. We’re now in the middle of a conflict that has lasted longer than our involve- relations, both in dipment in both world wars and Korea combined, lomatic and economic terms, reducing the with no clear end in sight. It’s time to decide number of frustrationhow to end this thing. generated terrorists. There are a wide array of answers and “The question is how to opinions on the motivating factors for terrorcreate conditions of mutual ism, but are there any common themes? Can respect and mutual trust, the fruits of terrorism be distilled down to an and it’s not simple,” almost universal seed? Geva said. “There is a sense of frustration,” said NeMutual respect and hemia Geva, associate professor of political science. “The more frustrated you are the more trust isn’t completely on our shoulders. aggressive you are.” There is misunderUmar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “understanding and fear on the wear bomber” who nearly blew up an airliner opposite side as well. outside Detroit on Christmas Day, certainly The Middle-Eastern does. When asked why he attempted a suicide Muslim community also bombing he cited not a desire to “kill the infidel,” but rather vengeance for the U.S.-backed needs to be willing to listen to us and underair strike in Yemen one day earlier. stand what we believe Regardless of how we see ourselves, Abdulour purposes in their mutallab, like many Middle-Eastern Muslims, countries are. perceives American military presence in the “There should be more region as interventionist and imperialistic. This dialogue, so that you can complaint is not completely without merit, come to common ground as last year the Pentagon counted 865 U.S. about what they think military installations on foreign soil. From this you’re doing and what angle, frustration is automatic. But you think you’re that’s not their only complaint. doing,” said Many are also frustrated by a Nothing justifi ustifies Mohamad perceived indifference by U.S. terrorism, m, but Mouneimne, companies who “extract” an do our interests terests a junior incredible amount of wealth abroad serve erve as chemical from the region, but do little, its motivation? vation? engineering from many locals’ perspecmajor and tives, to reinvest that wealth in education offithe people. Many Muslims living cer for the Muslim in the Middle East feel threatened by Students’ Association. a Western culture that they view as foreign, By attempting to intimidating and often contradictory to their understand the frustraown values. None of those frustrations warrant the killing tions and perspectives whence terrorists of American citizens, and we are not always in come, we can begin the wrong. But it is important to remember building bridges of we’re not always in the right, either. We have trust and respect. to be willing to listen to and understand their A willingness to perspective before we can begin to work on change our approach to hammering out the issues. Trying to defeat the War on Terror will be terrorism outright resembles a game of global uncomfortable to say the least. Changing our whack-a-mole, killing one terrorist here and strategy can feel a lot like defeat, but it doesn’t watching two more pop up over there. We have to. By developing a better understanding must continue to engage the enemy in the of the issues behind terrorism and attempting field, but perhaps truly winning the war will to grasp its driving forces, we can be poised to come from engaging them on a different level make improvements with the people, in turn before they become terrorists. decreasing the flow of personnel into terrorist If we open ourselves up to the idea that organizations. there may be some non-military strategies If we insist the only road to victory is that could improve our situation and hasten through traditional military victory, we will the war’s end, we need to know what they only amplify the frustrations, widen the gaps are and how to go about implementing them. of misunderstanding and create even more terAs we continue to fight, we can begin to sirorists whom we will neither understand nor multaneously change our paradigm of foreign

Kolin Loveless is a senior mechanical engineering major and student body president.

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conquer. As Paul said, “If you dismiss motivations for why they hate us, we can never resolve this.” However, if we are willing to swallow a little pride and attempt to understand the people of the Middle East better, while explaining ourselves, we may learn to respect their culture and teach them more about ours, eventually bringing an end to the War on Terror — an improvement for all of us. Adam Bechtold is a senior history major and special to the Battalion.

I found one of the responses to Monday’s Battalion asks on black history month to be extremely callous and disappointing. This sinister reaction to efforts to increase awareness of the large-scale violence and discrimination against AfricanAmericans at the hands of whites reflects the persistence of racism today. Whites have a personal stake in silencing this history, as it reveals the hypocrisy of our supposedly egalitarian democracy and threatens to undermine the white privilege so many of us take for granted. Black history month is in part a reaction to the underrepresentation of the history of African-Americans’ struggles against oppression in the curriculum. Texas A&M has a widely recognized problem with the underrepresentation of minorities on campus. Clearly this University has a long way to go when students who have been here for four years openly desire to remain ignorant of the problem of white supremacy, an issue that continues to make students of color feel unwelcome.

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Admission are important to the System, Assistant Provost to Enrollment at A&M Alice Reinarz recognizes the importance to the students. “Our goal is to provide more options for prospective students. We have been pleased to collaborate with Texas A&M University System campuses around the state,” Reinarz said. “This Program for System Admission agreement is one aspect of partnerships designed to benefit Texas students.” Student Body President Kolin Loveless said the only issue he had with the plan was whether or not a student’s grade point average will transfer or whether only credit hours will transfer.

“When I first heard about the program my only concern was whether or not the grade point average would transfer,” Loveless said. “I don’t believe it would be fair if it did, because the same course here could be more rigorous than somewhere else.” Cook said only the credit hours would transfer under the five-year pilot program. “As in all transfer situations, grades achieved at the respective System campus will not be calculated into the Texas A&M University GPR,” Cook said. “The courses and grades achieved at the first school will appear as ‘transfer hours’ on the student’s transcript at graduation.”

he then stayed in Aggieland to earn a master’s degree in science and technology journalism. Scroggs said his time in College Station prepared him for the varied responsibilities of the position, both in the academic and social networking realms. “The key aspects of my background that have pre-

pared me for this job have been my work with diverse groups of people on this campus and, even more so, the great guidance I have received from incredible mentors and bosses I have known here in Aggieland,” Scroggs said. “In this position, I anticipate that I will be called upon to respond to and work closely with people from all experience levels and backgrounds, and my background will help ensure that I’m able to do so effectively.” As chief of staff, Scroggs oversees administrative staff in the Dean’s Office, coordinates projects for the Dean and oversees the administrative paperwork and duties within her office. “This means a schedule that can be unpredictable, challenging and different every day — but it is always an exciting adventure.” Scroggs said. Even though his time in the position has been short, Scroggs is leaving a lasting and positive impression on those who work with him. “In the short time that I’ve had to work with John, he has readily demonstrated a passion for this college and the people that work here,” said Martha Huebner, administrative assistant in the Dean’s Office. “I know from his background that he has worked with a very diverse group of people that hold positions at different levels in academia, and his reputation for being able to reach across boundaries and build high performing teams preceded him here.” The college will use Scroggs’ vision and initiative planning as they progress to even higher levels of academic standards and success. “He has extraordinary organizational skills, a great vision and a very practical approach to problems,” said Kenita Rogers, associate dean for professional programs. “We are really excited to have him join our college as we move forward with strategic planning and a variety of collaborative initiatives.” Scroggs has developed overarching goals for the Dean’s Office and the college as a whole. “My goals are to help develop effective and efficient processes so that the faculty, staff and students here, as well as throughout the rest of the campus community, are able to engage more easily with the dean and her administration here at the College of Veterinary Medicine,” Scroggs said. Even with his sights set high, Scroggs continues to stress the dependence of the college and University on the students who call it home. “I am eager to directly interact with the students to find ways we can enrich their experience,” Scroggs said. “The students are why we are here, so I’m enthusiastic about finding ways to personally involve them in carving out the future of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.” The future of the college is filled with expectations of success, and Scroggs will have the opportunity to prove himself as a vital player in the process of promoting its role in education. “[Scroggs] has not only met, but has exceeded our expectations,” Green said. “I am excited to have him onboard and look forward to working with him as we lead the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to being the best ranking program in the nation.”

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