The 59th Annual Convention of the Southwest Meat Association was held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, July 22-25, 2015, and several Meat Science faculty and students were in attendance making new connections or reconnecting with meat industry leaders, helping with the convention, or receiving scholarships including the Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, the SMIKids Scholarship, and the SMA Foundation Graduate Scholarship. Dr. Gary Smith, visiting professor of animal science, also presented two talks at the convention, and Davey Griffin provided photographic services capturing highlights of the convention’s events.
Meat Science had a table-top exhibit at the Supplier’s Showcase event on Friday, July 24th where people could come by and visit with the faculty and students regarding the teaching, research, and extension programs of the department.
Three undergraduate students, Madalynn Kainer, Micki Gooch, and Baylee Bessire, served as student workers at the convention. Madalynn also has been serving as a student intern for the Southwest Meat Association this summer.