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In Profile: The Learning Community Advisers of Stangel/Murdough

In Profile: The Learning Community Advisers of Stangel/Murdough

Each year, dozens of freshman live in what is known as the, ‘CASNR Learning Community.’ Housed on the second floor of the Stangel/Murdough complex on what is known as the ‘ag row’ of Texas Tech’s campus, students living in the community have the opportunity to experience a year of living with those who have similar agricultural interests and are taking many of the same courses.

Each year, four outstanding upperclassmen, known as ‘community advisers,’ are selected to live on the floor with these students and help guide them as they adjust to living in a college environment.

Daniel Ramirez-Escobedo / Senior agricultural leadership major from San Antonio:
Q: What are your responsibilities as a Community Adviser?
A: “I have to work 6 hours a week for our 24/7 front office. We share nightly ‘on-call’ nights where we check the halls. Most importantly, I implement education programs. These programs are meant to be fun and educational. They help open diversity and issues that they might face in the ‘real world’.”
Q: What is your favorite part of being a Community Adviser?
A: “My favorite part of being a CA is helping my residents succeed. Nothing brings greater joy than helping a resident with any struggle they might be facing. Being that one person they can go to no matter what is literally the best feeling.”

Kyntra Yates / Junior agricultural and applied economics major from Boerne:
Q: What are your responsibilities?
A: My main responsibility is my residents, I’m here to be a mentor and help them in any way I can and make sure that they have a great college experience.
Q: Why do you love CASNR/your major?
A: “I love economics and I grew up in agriculture, therefore Ag economics is what I chose. I’m so happy that I did, I love CASNR it is smaller than other colleges and because of that, as students we get to know our dean and assistant dean, advisors, and professors really well.”

Nicole Pellerin / Senior food science major from Plano:
Q: Why do you love CASNR/your major?
A: “I love my major because I am so passionate about working in the Food Science industry and I love CASNR because we are the best learning community on campus! I love the residents and how close-knit our floors are.”
Q: What is the best piece of advice you can give about college to your residents or other CASNR students?
A: “Never be afraid to ask your CA for help with anything! We’re here to help and if we don’t know the answer we always can find out.”

Austin Miller / Junior food science major from North Richland Hills:
Q: Why did you want to become a Community Adviser?
A: “I really just wanted future residents to have the same positive and fun experience that I had as a freshman.”
Q: What is the best piece of advice you can give about college to CASNR students?
A: “I’d tell anyone what my dad always told me, ‘Work hard these next four years, and you’ll have it easy for the next 40.’”

Written by Kelsey Shaw

CONTACT: Lori Dudley, Coordinator of Student Development, Dr. Bill Bennett Student Success Center, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or

1009NM12 / PHOTO: (clockwise from top left) Nicole Pellerin, Daniel Ramirez-Escobedo, Kyntra Yates and Austin Miller


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