At A Glance

Where In The World Is Willow Kate

American Society of Animal Science Awards

Alumna Now Local Forecaster and Reporter

Quiz Bowl Efficiency Unleashed

Climate Science Society In Japan

Hands-On Learning For Missouri

Dates To Remember

8/14: New Student Orientation

8/17: Buff Branding

8/21: First Class Day

Where In The World Is Willow Kate?!

The Buff Brief is excited to introduce Where In The World Is Willow Kate,

a monthly feature to keep readers informed of the whereabouts of Willow Kate, (the unofficial, official, mascot of the new Companion Animal Program)!

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.

The Alliance of Therapy Dogs sends out opportunities,

within the community,

asking for participation from therapy dog teams. 

A social worker from a local children's foster home had reached out to ATD, as she was planning a series of “Mental Health Mondays.” Throughout the summer, one of those Mondays was to be an opportunity for the children to interact with therapy dog teams.

Willow Kate and Dr. Newcomer volunteered

with two other therapy dog teams. 

Dr. Newcomer and Willow Kate had the opportunity to play

and encourage over 40 children of various ages.

They asked questions about Willow Kate, gave her treats,

and received “doggy kisses” in return. 

"Animal relationships have been shown to support

the psychological well-being across a range of social groups, including individuals with disabilities, elderly people, and residential patients in psychiatric facilities.

They may also be shown to help children in foster care."

-Dr. Sara-Louise Newcomer

2023 American Society of Animal Science

Western Section Annual Meeting

Young Scholar Award

Dr. Emilie Baker, Assistant Professor of Animal Science,

was awarded the 2023 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Young Scholar award.

According to ASAS,

this award is an opportunity to recognize

and feature the research accomplishments

of recent PH.D. graduates, as well as current Ph.D. students

in the advanced stages of their programs.

Dr. Baker was nominated by her Ph.D. advisor,

Dr. David Riley, a Texas A&M professor.

ASAS Western Section

Awards Banquet

Dr. Kendall Samuelson,

Assistant Professor of Animal Science,

Anna Kobza, M.S. Animal Science '22,

and Kasi Schneid, Ph.D. Agriculture,

attended the WSASAS awards banquet.

Anna was awarded second place

in the graduate student paper/presentation competition

as well as in the three minute thesis competition.

Her award placings also resulted in WTAMU

winning the institution award!

This is awarded to the university with the highest overall point total for student competitions.

WTAMU will have the pleasure of receiving

the rotating trophy to display on campus

until the meeting next year!

Congratulations, Anna Marie Kobza!

Well deserved!

WT Environmental Science Alumna

Now Local Forecaster and Reporter

Throughout her time in college, Mari Ferrel,

B.S. Environmental Science '22,

was part of the Environmental Science Society

officer team as the secretary.

She became the first WT student to intern

at the National Weather Service in 2020.

The next year, she participated in the

Extreme Heat Research Study

at Palo Duro Canyon with the NWS and WT.

Mari started working at KAMR Local 4 News

and Fox 14 News in November of 2022.

She was beyond grateful

being able to have her dream job,

before she graduated that December!

With this position,

she does both weather and news reporting.

"One of my favorite things

 about my job is that I can share my personality

while giving the latest forecast

and informing the public.

Our viewing area

has some of the best,

and most diverse weather,

which is why I love

doing weather in this area."

"I had amazing professors and advisors help

prepare me for the workforce

by allowing me to build my resume.

They led me in the right direction to network and meet new connections."

Learn More About Mari!

WT Quiz Bowl: Efficiency Unleashed!

WT was well represented in the

Applied Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) Academic Quiz Bowl!

Team 1:

Austin Cook, Sr.

Agricultural Business and Economics

Jayci Mekelburg, Sr. Agribusiness

Tyson Schneider, Sr.

Agricultural Business and Economics

Team 2:

Eli Weisensee, Jr. Agribusiness

Emma Bohnen, So.

Agricultural Business and Economics

Lane Remmich, Sr.

Agricultural Business and Economics

Both teams made it to the 4th and 5th rounds,

and even had to compete against each other at one point!

Eli Weisensee competed in the Spreadsheet Analysis Competition with his presentation titled

“Efficiency Unleashed:

Revolutionizing Real Property Valuation with Automated Valuation Forms”.

Congratulations to Eli for coming home with a first-place finish and a cash reward of $400!

The students were also able to sight-see major historical monuments

and even enjoyed a Rockies vs. Nationals game, where their home team won!

(All students proudly represent WT from their home state of Colorado)

Teaching Climate Science In Japan!

In collaboration with WT’s Study Abroad Office,

a group of Climate Science Society members

traveled to Kumamoto, Hiroshima,

and Tokushima, Japan to conduct a study on

the STEM Education Outreach.

Dr. Naruki Hiranuma,

Associate Professor of Environmental Science,

Ava Sealy, So. Environmental Science,

and Jacob Hurst, B.S. Physics '23,

conducted science outreach at four different institutes in three different cities in ten days!

They educated 115 students

(mainly fourth to eighth graders)

about climate science!

The WT students got to experience

many cultural excursions with the locals.

The outreach events were well received,

and a group already has invitations

for 2024 and 2025!

View More Photos Here!

Hands-On Learning for Agriculture Teachers

Dr. Tommy Perkins, Associate Professor of Animal Science

and Dean Hawkins Chair in Cow/Calf Mgt., provided a hands-on experience

for Missouri agriculture teachers who attended the

Ozark Technical College Agricultural Training Program.

During the program, Dr. Perkins taught teachers how to use ultrasound

for carcass data collection, pregnancy checking and aging in cattle and sheep.

A Moment with Mrs. Bachman

Dr. Pond's Ponder

“Never let bad become normal.”

This is one of my favorite sayings Temple Grandin used to illustrate

how sliding standards in animal care over time can gradually seem normal.

This same concept applies to everyday life.

Whether it is accepting sleeping in or arriving late to meetings or classes

or turning in sloppy work,

never allow repeated questionable behavior to seem normal.

We can be better than that!

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