Category Archives: Areas of Dedication

Breakfast with the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team

Come have breakfast with the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team at 9 AM on Saturday, September 10, 2016 before the Texas A&M University versus Prairie View A&M University football game at 11 AM that day. Breakfast will be held at the Rosenthal Meat Center on campus. Come meet the meat judgers, read reasons, and provide inspiration as the team prepares for the upcoming fall trips. Contact Drew Cassens at 817-713-4263 or drew.cassens15@tamu.edu for more details.

AMSA honors Dr. Wesley Osburn as the 2016 AMSA Processing Award Winner | Animal Science

The American Meat Science Association has announced that Dr. Wesley Osburn, Associate Professor of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, is the recipient of the 2016 Meat Processing Award. The award is sponsored by Smithfield Foods, Inc. Dr. Osburn was honored at a special awards banquet at the AMSA 69th Reciprocal Meat Conference on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in San Angelo, Texas. Dr. Wesley N. Osburn, Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, has a passion for all things related to meat processing—whether it… Read More →

Dr. Rhonda K. Miller Awarded 2016 American Society of Animal Science Meats Research Award | Animal Science

Contact: Kim Schoonmaker, 217-356-9050 ext. 4, kims@asas.org Dr. Rhonda K. Miller has been named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Meats Research Award by the ASAS during its annual meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Miller grew up on a livestock/crop operation in Holyoke, CO and earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Colorado State University. She conducted her Ph.D. research at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, NE. Dr. Miller was Director of Research… Read More →

Courtney Boykin receives SMIKids graduate scholarship for 2016-2017

Courtney Boykin, a Meat Science graduate student from Pflugerville, Texas, is this year’s graduate recipient of the SMIKids Scholarship. Courtney was presented the scholarship at the 60th Annual Southwest Meat Association Annual Convention and Supplier’s Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort at Cedar Creek, Texas on July 27-30, 2016. The SMIKids Scholarships are given by the Burley Smith family to undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M University interested in the meat industry. Courtney received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and is working… Read More →

Students attend Southwest Meat Association 60th Convention

Students from the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University participated in the 60th Annual Convention and Supplier’s Showcase of the Southwest Meat Association, which was held at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort at Cedar Creek, Texas on July 27-30, 2016. Adam Murray and Dylan Tucker served as student assistants at the convention, and Kenna Turner is serving as a summer intern for the Southwest Meat Association. Jillian Milopoulos and Jessica Humphrey from Texas Tech University were the other students who assisted at the convention. Many… Read More →

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship Recipients, 2016-2017

The Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, which was begun in 2000 by the SMA Foundation, is the greatest source of scholarship funds for undergraduate and graduate students interested in meat science in the U.S. Bob Ondrusek left a lasting impression and impact on so many people through his business, Columbia Packing Company in Dallas, and through his charitable and personal support of the Southwest Meat Association, FFA, 4-H, and many other associations and activities. This year’s Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarships were presented on July 30, 2016 at the Southwest Meat… Read More →

Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team competes at Reciprocal Meat Conference in San Angelo, Texas

The Texas A&M University Quiz Bowl Team competed at the American Meat Science Association Reciprocal Meat Conference at the Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Two four-member teams went deep in the double-elimination tournament before they were eliminated. The team was selected in May from a group of students who  first attended a Quiz Bowl information meeting in January, 2016. Members of the 2016 team were Baylee Bessire, Muleshoe, Texas; Micki Gooch, Celina, Texas; Catherine Guillotte, Palestine, Texas; Jordan Hevner, Adkins, Texas; Brogan Horton, Larkspur, Colorado; Emily Mahalitc, Eagle Lake, Texas; Katy Jo Nickelson, Fort Worth,… Read More →

4-H Grilling and Smoking Workshop held June 9, 2016

The first 4-H Grilling and Smoking Workshop was held at the Rosenthal Meat Center on June 9, 2016. The workshop was coordinated by Davey Griffin with assistance from Dan Hale, Chris Kerth, and Jeff Savell from the Department of Animal Science. Lisa Fritz and Amanda Smith from H-E-B and Victoria Pilger, Jason Bagley, and Jerry McPherson from Texas Beef Council led some of the activities of the workshop. There were about 40 4-H members and adult leaders in attendance. Beef and pork anatomy overview The workshop began with Davey Griffin giving… Read More →

Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team Reunion held May 6-7, 2016

The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team Reunion was held May 6-7, 2016 on the campus of Texas A&M University. Former and current team members along with families and friends attended a weekend of fun, fellowship, and fundraising. The reunion began Friday night with a fajita dinner donated by Gatlan and Rachel Gray and prepared by the 2016 Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team. A large tent was set up in the field west of the Rosenthal Meat Center for the event for dining and for participants to… Read More →

Clay Eastwood receives Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching

Clay Eastwood received an Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching at a ceremony held in the Stark Gallery in the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University on Monday, April 25, 2016. Clay was one of seven doctoral students to receive a teaching award along with five doctoral students and three masters’ students who received Excellence in Research Awards. Clay is from New Braunfels, Texas and received both her Bachelor’s degree (2011) and Master’s degree (2014) in Animal Science from Texas A&M… Read More →