Tag Archives: Drew Cassens

Students receive Bob Ondrusek Memorial, SMA Hall of Honor, and SMA Foundation Scholarships

Twenty-one students from Texas A&M University were the beneficiaries of three different scholarships presented by the Southwest Meat Association at its annual convention: the Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, the SMA Hall of Honor Scholarship, and the SMA Foundation Scholarship. These scholarships were presented at the Chairman’s Dinner and Dance on July 22, 2017 at the Southwest Meat Association’s 61st Annual Convention and Supplier’s Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas. The Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, which was begun in 2000 by the SMA… Read More →

Students participate in Tyson Foods Beyond Fresh Meat short course

Tyson Foods, Inc., hosted the first annual Beyond Fresh Meat short course in Springdale, Arkansas, February 3-5, 2017. This course offered a unique opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to learn about product formulation, research and development, and sensory evaluation. Meat Science grad students Courtney Boykin, Drew Cassens, Wade Hanson, Hillary Martinez, Spencer Tindel, and Kayley Wall participated in the short course. Friday afternoon began with a welcome reception for participants that was followed by discussions about raw materials, functional ingredients, and batter and breading systems. Saturday morning started by… Read More →

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.

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 →

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 →

Graduate students gain leadership skills in Beef 706

Meat Science graduate students gain valuable leadership skills by working with programs such as Beef 706. Beef 706 is sponsored by the Texas Beef Council on behalf of the Beef Checkoff, is hosted by the Department of Animal Science, and is a producer-education program where those in the beef production industry learn first-hand about the ultimate product they are producing. Each class enlists the help of graduate students to lead the cutting groups where a side of beef is cut into its wholesale parts. Graduate students hone their teaching… Read More →

Meat Judging Team competes at Eastern National Meat Judging Contest, October 3, 2015

The 2015 Texas A&M University Meat Judging Team recently returned from the 2015 Eastern National Meat Judging Contest held in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, hosted by Cargill Meat Solutions. The team, consisting of Brandon Burge, Keller; Brandon Cronin, Shepard; Micki Gooch, Celina; Sam Hodges, Elysian Fields; Kline Jones, Dublin; Madalynn Kainer, Victoria; Connor King, Waller; Katy Jo Nickelson, Ft. Worth; Cassie Peña, Weslaco; Mitch Rando, Sugar Land; and Erika Victor, Ft. Worth, and coached by Dr. Leslie Frenzel and Drew Cassens, placed third overall. Brandon Burge placed third individually and… Read More →

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship Recipients, 2015-2016

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 association and activities. This year’s Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarships were presented on July 24, 2015 at the Southwest Meat… Read More →

Bloomin’ Brands Beef 101 program held July 14-17, 2015

Key research and development, procurement, and other personnel from Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. participated in a customized Beef 101 program, July 14-17, 2015. The program was sponsored by Standard Meat Company and conducted by the faculty and students of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Bloomin’ Brands restaurant concepts include Outback Steakhouse®, Carrabba’s Italian Grill®, Bonefish Grill®, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The participants arrived on campus on Tuesday, July 14th and were treated to an overview of the process of making the award-winning,… Read More →