Tag Archives: Katy Jo Nickelson

GSF/McDonald’s Specialized Beef 101 at Texas A&M

At the request of Golden State Foods, Texas A&M Department of Animal Science and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Hosted a specialized Beef 101 program for members of the McDonald’s Corporation and their beef suppliers on August 15-17.  Dr. Wayne Morgan, President of Protein Products for Golden State Foods collaborated with Dr. Davey Griffin, professor and Extension Meat Specialist to coordinate the event with a schedule designed to help participants get a snapshot of the beef industry from start to finish. Participants began the program at the TAMU Beef Center… 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 →

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 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 →

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 →

Meat Science faculty and students participate in SMA Convention, 2015

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… Read More →

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship Recipients, 2014-2015

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 12, 2014 at the Southwest… Read More →