April 19, 2021
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Plains Nutrition Council Meeting Results
This past week, Dr. Ty Lawrence, Professor of Animal Science, Dr. John Richeson, Associate Professor of Animal Science, Dr. Kendall Samuelson, Assistant Professor of Animal Science and Dr. Travis Tennant, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, attended the Plains Nutrition Council annual meeting in San Antonio.
This conference is an opportunity for academics and industry experts from across the U.S. to get together and share information about feedlot production and research.
1st Place Award:
M.S. student Socorro Martinez with his project: “The effect of three implant programs on performance/carcass outcomes, and activity of finishing steers fed different days on feed.”
Runner Up Award:
PhD student David Crawford with his project: “Do high-risk cattle require a high-roughage receiving diet upon arrival to the feedlot?”
Runner up award: PhD student Wyatt Smith (not pictured) with his project: “Effects of roughage source on growth performance, carcass characteristics, and rumination time of beef steers fed a steam-flaked finishing diet."
What amazing accomplishments for WT and our students!
Internship Highlight: Dasia Brown
Dasia Brown, M.S. Environmental Science, speaks on her internship experience with XCEL and Center for the Study of the American West.

How will your internship help prepare you for post-graduation?

My internship has helped me prepare for graduation by giving me time management tips on how to organize my classwork, social life, and graduation preparation without stressing myself out. It also has taught me life skills on ways to work together with others, public speaking skills, and computer skills that I can use in my future career. 

Describe what you are doing during your internship.

During my internship, I worked on the XCEL Energy Project. XCEL Energy Company provided the Center with historical documents that covered how the Texas panhandle has changed their primary source of energy from gas to electricity. During this time I looked through hundreds of papers and archived them according to type and date.
I learned about carbon plants and Panhandle community pride. Currently, I am working the Curriculum project. I am creating lesson plans and modules for high school teachers. It will allow their students to learn about the Panhandle while not deviating from Texas TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills).
Applications are open for new WT Herdsmen!
For questions and an application, please contact:
Mr. Logan Burleson at lburleson@wtamu.edu
Applications due April 23rd!
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2021 FFA Invitational CDE Recap
April 8th & 9th 
The purpose of the Career Development Events is to give students the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills in various disciplines, such as Livestock Judging, Horse Judging, Entomology, Vet Science, Meat Judging, Dairy, Poultry and more. The CDE invitational is an essential part of FFA and 4-H members having the opportunity to develop career skills both in the classroom and in competition.
WT AG hosted 18 total contests for over 2,500 student entries from 188 schools from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Colorado.
Views of climate change are shifting
In recognition of Earth Day 4/22/2021
Dr. Naruki Hiranuma, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, spoke on ABC News Channel 7 about how we can all reduce our carbon footprint.
“What we, individuals, do every day would also be important," said Dr. Hiranuma.
Dr. Hiranuma says to look to the three r’s: recycling, reducing and reusing. You can use less energy by turning down the thermostat and using less water. Avoiding plastic bags when shopping, also cuts down on ones carbon contribution. Sublette adds, what goes into those bags also have impacts. Thank you for the advise Dr. Hiranuma!
How do you handle stress?
Faculty in the Department of Chemistry & Physics
tell us how they handle their stress!
"One major way that I deal with stress is making sure that I do some form of exercise every day of the week. On days when things are rather hectic I will take a break from work and just go for a walk. Another way that I deal with stress is to stop what I am doing, log out of my computer and take stock of the many good things that are happening in my life. It’s healthy to put things into perspective every so often and identify what is most important to you as an individual."
~ Dr. Nick Flynn, Professor of Biochemistry
Last Day of Class 4/28/2021
7 Rules of Life
  1. Make peace with your past so it does not affect the present.
  2. What others think of you is none of your business.
  3. Time heals almost everything, give it time. 
  4. Don’t compare your life to others. The only person you should try to beat is the person you were yesterday.
  5. Stop thinking too much, it’s alright not to know the answers. They will come to you when you least expect it. 
  6. No one is in charge of your happiness, except you. 
  7. Smile. You don’t own all the problems in the world. 
~Unknown