Author Archives: Jeff Savell

Clay Eastwood receives Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Graduate Student Teaching

Clay Eastwood received the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Graduate Student Teaching at a ceremony at the AgriLife Center on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. This award recognizes graduate students for their outstanding contribution to the undergraduate teaching program at Texas A&M University. Clay has been recognized many times for her outstanding teaching. Most recently, she received the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Graduate Teaching in 2016. Clay was honored with the Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2014, Clay received… Read More →

ESPN announcers visit Rosenthal Meat Center

ESPN announcers, Clay Matvick and Kirk Morrison, and producer, Nicole Rachal, paid a visit to the Rosenthal Meat Center on Friday, November 10, 2017. Ray Riley was contacted by Rachal ahead of the Texas A&M University versus University of New Mexico football game on Saturday, November 11, 2017 for a special-interest feature for the game. Here is the ESPN video based on the visit: No trip to Aggieland is complete without beef jerky and apple crisp The ESPN group also got to meet Homer Robertson, current chuck wagon world… Read More →

Dr. Temple Grandin visits Texas A&M University

Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University, noted animal handling, behavior, and welfare specialist, and an inspiration and champion for those who are autistic, visited the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, from October 22-26, 2017. During her visit, she lectured in several classes, visited with faculty and students, and gave a lecture entitled, “It Takes All Kinds of Minds.” Her visit was sponsored by the E.M “Manny” Rosenthal Chair in Animal Science. Special thanks go to Dan Hale and Spencer Tindel… Read More →

Dr. Temple Grandin to speak, Monday, October 23, 2017

Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University, noted animal handling and welfare expert, and champion for those who are autistic, will give a lecture entitled, “It Takes All Kinds of Minds” on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7 PM in Rudder Theatre on the campus of Texas A&M University. The lecture is sponsored by the E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chair in Animal Science and is free to the public. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors to Rudder Theatre will… Read More →

Papers presented at ICoMST 2017 in Cork, Ireland

Rhonda Miller, Gordon Carstens, Hannah Laird, Clay Eastwood, and Jeff Savell of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University participated in and presented papers at the 63rd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), which was held in Cork, Ireland on August 13-18, 2017. Carstens presented his paper during the oral sessions and the rest of the papers were presented during the posters sessions. Miller also served as a panelist during the wrap-up session on the last day of the conference. Approximately 450 attendees from… Read More →

Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team claims Reserve Champion title

The Texas A&M University Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team claimed the Reserve Champion title at the American Meat Science Association Reciprocal Meat Conference held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Texas A&M University, College Station. Two teams were entered with one of them making it to the finals before elimination by the eventual champion, Iowa State University. This year’s competition had the most teams ever entered since the beginning of quiz bowl in the early 2000s. Team members were Chelsea Cortez, Catherine Guillotte, Brogan Horton, Anna Schmidt, Ty… Read More →

2017 Center of the Plate Training held at Texas A&M University

The 2017 Center of the Plate Training, sponsored by the North American Meat Institute, was held at the Rosenthal Meat Center at Texas A&M University on August 1-3, 2017. The Center of the Plate Training is designed for purchasers and sellers of meat and poultry to better understand the nomenclature and utilization of cuts for the foodservice and retail sectors. Ann Wells, Director, Education and Workforce Development, North American Meat Institute, is the coordinator of the program, and Davey Griffin, professor and Extension meat specialist, Department of Animal… Read More →

Students participate in Southwest Meat Association Annual Convention

A number of undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University participated in the Southwest Meat Association Annual Convention and Suppliers Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas, July 19 to 22, 2017. Kirby Bohls and Jill Jobe served as student assistants for the convention. Faculty members Ray Riley, Davey Griffin, Leslie Frenzel, and Jeff Savell also were at the convention. All of the students helped represent the department at the Suppliers Showcase answering questions about… Read More →

National Beef Quality Audit – 2016 rolled out at Cattle Industry Summer Meeting

The findings of the National Beef Quality Audit – 2016, steer and heifer component, were released at the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting on July 13, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Speakers included Keith Belk, Colorado State University, Deb VanOverbeke, Oklahoma State University, Clay Eastwood, Texas A&M University, and Jeff Savell, Texas A&M University. The session was moderated by Josh White, Executive Director, Producer Education, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Two documents were released after the session: an executive summary and a four-page summary. These are available from these links:… Read More →

Clay Eastwood receives SMIKids graduate scholarship for 2017-2018

Clay Eastwood, a Meat Science graduate student from New Braunfels, Texas, is this year’s graduate recipient of the SMIKids Scholarship. Clay was presented the scholarship at the 61st Annual Southwest Meat Association Convention and Supplier’s Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas on July 19-22, 2017. 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. Clay received both her Bachelor’s degree (2011) and Master’s degree (2014) in Animal… Read More →