Animal and Nutritional Sciences Majors Selected for Career Planning, Leadership Opportunities

How would picking the brains of CEOs and company leaders while you were a college student change your perspective? Twenty-six of the nation’s top agriculture students are about to find out how it will impact them.

Including Zane Gouker, a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences undergraduate majoring in animal sciences. Gouker, a resident of Lakeside, Ariz., has been selected to serve as Agriculture Future of America’s Campus Ambassador for the University of Arizona. He is president of the UA Collegiate Livestock Growers Association.

AFA has named nine Student Advisory Team members and 17 Campus Ambassadors for the 2014-15 year. These students represent 24 schools from 22 states across the country. Throughout their time of service, they will interact with agribusiness leaders, campus faculty and fellow students as they represent AFA.

“AFA values these students as leaders,” said Russ Weathers, AFA president and CEO. “This year, AFA expanded its Campus Ambassador programs to reach more campuses, provide broader student perspectives and add diversity in student leadership.” All 26 stdents will fill the Campus Ambassadors role at their respective schools by serving as a liaison between AFA and university faculty and staff and their fellow students. Additionally, the nine Student Advisory Team members are responsible for planning and facilitating the 2014 AFA Leaders Conference, Nov. 6-9, in Kansas City, Mo. Their planning will kick off this April, when all 26 students convene in Kansas City for training and to develop a conference theme.

AFA offers additional educational and leadership training opportunities for undergraduates at their annual Animal Institute and Food Institute. Kaitlyn Patterson and Ben Saylor have been selected by AFA this year to attend the Animal Institute, which will be held in the Kansas City area in April. Patterson hails from Willcox, Ariz. and is majoring in animal sciences, as is Saylor, president of the UA Rodeo Club. Raquel Galvez and Rachael Yeskey, both nutritional sciences majors, attended leadership training at the Food Institute in Feb. in Chicago, Ill.

The Animal Institute and Food Institute provide undergraduate students a chance to visit regional companies, network with industry leaders and learn more about animal or food-related career opportunities.

“We are committed to increasing the leadership potential of our students,” said Joy Winzerling, Bart Cardon associate dean of academic programs and career development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “We welcome student participation in AFA as another component in our efforts to advance the career skills of our students.”

Ryan Foor, assistant professor of agricultural education, is campus liaison to Agriculture Future of America. “Students who attend these programs have a competitive edge because of the connections they make with business and industry representatives and the professional training they receive,” Foor said. “Our students are able to network with leaders in agriculture, opening doors for internships and employment opportunities.”

For more information on the Food Institute and Animal Institute, click the link below.

Date released: 
Mar 24 2014