At A Glance

Soil Judging Team to Nationals.. Again!

Pumpkins by the Numbers

Halloween Science

Where in the World is Willow Kate?!

Science Community Night Reminder

Leaving A Legacy

Celebrating December Graduates

Buffs at Home

Buffs on the Move

Dates To Remember

November 3: Science Community Night

Soil Judging Team to Nationals... Again!

The Soil Judging team placed second overall in the Region IV Collegiate Soil Judging contest! WT also placed second in the team pit contest.

The contest was hosted in Lubbock, TX on October 16-20, by Texas Tech University.

The team's placing qualified them to compete in the National Soil Judging contest for the second year in a row, which is scheduled April 2024 in Ames, IA.

Overall Team Results:

Overall: 2nd

Pit Competition: 2nd

Overall Individual Results:

Paden Markham: 4th

Tessa Barrett: 5th

Dayson Schacher: 6th

Payton George: 7th

Riley Siders: 10th

2023 Soil Judging Team

Alex Kuehler, Sr. Plant, Soil

and Environmental Science

Cristian Camacho, Jr. Plant, Soil

and Environmental Science

Dayson Schacher, Jr. Plant, Soil

and Environmental Science

Kassidy Langley, Jr. Agricultural Education

Paden Markham, Sr. Plant, Soil

and Environmental Science

Payton George, Sr. Agriculture Education

Riley Siders, Jr. Plant, Soil

and Environmental Science

Tessa Barrett, Sr. Agriculture Education

Alternate Team Members:

Christian Lockhart, Jr. Plant, Soil and Environmental Science

Mia Key, So. Agriculture Education

Sanjuana (Bela) Juarez, Fr. Plant, Soil and Environmental Science

Tyler Schneider, Sr. Plant, Soil and Environmental Science

Coached by Ms. Lauren Selph, Instructor of Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences

and Soils Judging Coach, and Cade Bednarz, M.S. Plant, Soil and Environmental Science.

Sources: United State Department of Agriculture, KLBK News, Statista,

New York Times, USA Today, Plant Perfect, Integris, Farmer

Oozing Pumpkins

Experiment #1

Materials Needed:

One large carved jack-o-lantern, baking soda, glitter, dish soap, vinegar, glass jar,

food coloring, tray/cookie sheet

Start by placing the jar on the tray and fill it halfway with vinegar.

Add a few drops of food coloring and glitter; mix in a big squirt of dish soap.

Finally, add about a teaspoon of baking soda and hum an incantation.

Move your hands over the jar in a magical, witch-like stance,

then stand back as the foaming and bubbling begins!

*Adult supervision is recommended while experimenting.*

Experiment #2

Materials Needed:

One large carved jack-o-lantern, one large glass, hot water, a cup of salt, dry ice


When choosing a pumpkin, make sure you pick one that is large enough to hold a large can inside. Use a glass taller than the eyes of the pumpkin

to get the fog flowing through all of the openings of the carving.

Fill the large glass about halfway with hot water and mix in the cup of salt.

Place the glass inside the pumpkin.

Wearing gloves, drop two or three large pieces of dry ice into the cup of water

and close the top of the pumpkin, making sure the top is snug so that air currents do not dissipate the fog. As the water cools, add more hot water to maintain the fog.

One pound of dry ice should create around 2-3 minutes of fog effect,

so add more dry ice as necessary to prolong the effect!

*Adult supervision is recommended while experimenting.*

Thank you Dr. Erik Crosman, Assistant Department Head

and Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, for sharing these experiments!

Where in the World is Willow Kate?!

Dr. Sara-Louise Newcomer, Dr. Russell and Natrelle Long Professor

and Director of the Companion Animal Program,

and Willow Kate, AKC Labrador Retriever, are a registered therapy dog team

through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD).

Therapy dog day was hosted on Thursday, September 14, on campus

by Student Counseling Services and the Companion Animal Program

in recognition of Suicide Prevention Month.

Dr. Newcomer and Willow Kate were one of four

registered therapy dog teams in attendance.

Science Community Night

Leaving a Legacy

November 17, 2023 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM with remarks at 3:00 PM

Retirement Reception honoring Dr. John Pipkin, Regents Professor,

Paul Engler Professor of Animal Science, and Director of Equine Industry Program

30 years of serving as a: Teacher, Coach, Mentor, Friend

Sigman Grand Lobby, Happy State Bank Academic & Research Building

600 WTAMU Drive, Canyon, TX 79015

Celebrating December Graduates


Buffs at Home

Guests who visited the

Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences

in October!

Canyon ISD College Fair


Cargill High Plains Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest

Champion X

CSS Farms

Education Service Center Region 16

Five Rivers Cattle Feeders

Friona Industries

Randall County 4-H Entomology

Stratton Co-op

Texas Cattle

Feeders Association

Feedyard Tech Program

Texas FFA

Texico, New Mexico FFA

WTAMU Department of Nursing Flu Vaccine Clinic

Hemphill County

Beef Conference Committee

Buffs of the Move

Students, faculty and staff represented the

Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences

traveling in October!




Kansas City

St. Louis

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Oklahoma City








A Moment with Mrs. Bachman

Pond's Ponder

As a professor, my father was able to take advantage of sabbatical leaves,

where he could spend six months to a year at other institutions

advancing his research and specialized training.

Living in different parts of the world and exposure to various cultures

through students helped open my mind to diversity and understanding how and why

people are different due to their cultural and life experiences. 


One of my early mentors was a Ph.D. student named Moji Babatunde.

I met him when I was 10 and was initially fascinated with his background and culture.

From a very large family in a small village near Ibadan, Nigeria, he had a pattern of scars

on his face that were purposefully placed to mark him as a member of his tribe.

I was fascinated with his origin, the permanent markings on his face and admired

his success at Cornell University as a scholar.

I often spent Saturday mornings going to work with my dad to help with projects

and to interact with the graduate students. I found learning from people

with varied backgrounds to be fascinating and helped me develop an awareness

and an open mind to ask and learn about different cultures. 

Later, I was able to visit the home and University where Dr. Babatunde started his career.

He was the first Animal Scientist with a Ph.D. in Nigeria.

He went on to serve as Dean of Agriculture

and made significant contributions to animal agriculture!

He was passionate, driven, honorable, humble

and spent more time listening than speaking. 

This man, very different than me in experiences and appearance, 

had a significant impact on my life.


Global Diversity Awareness Month may be ending,

but continue to take time to interact with others who are different than you.

You will gain a better appreciation of others

and maybe you, too, will find a life-long friend and mentor.

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