Service & Outreach
CASNR is committed to providing outstanding services to its partners in industry and its students. On-campus services are designed to support students and prepare them to address the challenges of the agricultural and natural resources industry. CASNR outreach activities provide cutting edge information and technology to relevant constituencies.
CASNR outreach programs are designed for full engagement with both industry and academic constituents. The following highlight a few of our partnerships and dedicated services to the industry as a whole:
- Strong partnerships with Texas AgriLife Research (11 joint appointments), Texas AgriLife Cooperative Extension (four joint appointments), USDA-Agricultural Research Service, and commodity groups.
- Strong partnerships with West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University, and Kansas State University as well as other universities.
- Joint appointments across university departments to address critical interdisciplinary issues.
- Advisory Board composed of recognized individuals in agricultural sciences and natural resources.
- CASNR faculty members conduct more than 100 programs and workshops for our constituencies each year.
- CASNR faculty serve the agricultural and natural resources industry through local producer boards and are active in other local, state and national organizations.
CASNR has developed programs that make the transition to college easier. The CASNR Ag Pals Program offers incoming students an opportunity to meet upper-class students who serve as mentors. CASNR also offers an Early Alert Program that identifies students having difficulty in their classes and makes them aware of tutoring and other services offered by CASNR and the university. Additionally, faculty members conduct targeted academic advising so that each student receives personal attention from a professor. These programs have resulted in a CASNR retention rate of 88.6 percent and a four-year graduation rate of 47.9 percent – among the highest in the university.
CASNR ADVISORY BOARD
Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Advisory Board is comprised of 20 members who represent the college’s departments, along with the college’s development and alumni relations office. While members come from varied backgrounds, all share a desire to serve the college and to further the aims and goals of the departments. This, in turn, is expected to improve the resources available to CASNR and its students. Serving on the board are:
- Ed Arnett of Loveland, Colo.
- Donnell Brown of Throckmorton
- Mary Jane Buerkle of Lubbock
- H. Wayne Cooper of Thorndale
- Chad Dietz of Amarillo
- Mike Glen of Lubbock
- Monica Hightower of Lubbock
- R.N Hopper of Petersburg
- Norma Johnson of Lubbock
- Nathan Jordan of Lubbock
- Jeff Klose of Canyon
- Shelly Nutt of Lubbock
- Bob Pearson of Spearman
- Jim Prewitt of Coppell
- James Ray of Canyon
- Alex Scarborough of Lubbock
- Glen Schur of Plainview
- Mike Simpson of Canyon
- Dan Taylor of Ropesville
- Ross Wilson of Canyon
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Students have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs available through CASNR and Texas Tech University. All majors require or offer internships, thereby ensuring the real-world experience employers seek in today’s competitive market. CASNR has an active Government Internship Program at both the state and federal levels. CASNR also boasts more than 30 clubs, organizations and nationally recognized competitive teams to give students the total university experience.