In Profile: Jurek takes helm of National Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow
Faith Jurek was introduced to the agriculture world when she moved to Texas in seventh grade. Now, the Texas Tech standout is president of the National Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow.
“ACT has a special place in my heart,” said the agricultural communications graduate student from Goldthwaite. “Between all of my classes, extra-curricular opportunities and mentor experiences, I feel 100 percent confident that Texas Tech has prepared me for this leadership role.”
During her presidency, Jurek wants to create a scholarship program for students and build stronger alumni and student relations by creating a mentor program. Jurek added that she is grateful for the opportunities she has received at Texas Tech.
“I could have gone anywhere for college, but as far as the mentors I have had here, the organizations I have been a part of, and the curriculum taught, it’s just perfect,” she said. “Being the National ACT president is just the cherry on top.”
University officials noted that one of the goals of the collegiate organization is to develop and strengthen agricultural communication students through professional opportunities and educational programs. Jurek first became involved with Texas Tech’s local ACT chapter as a freshman after attending Ag Fest, an annual a back-to-school event for students to get involved in agriculture organizations.
National ACT officer candidates are selected based on their dedication to the agriculture industry, leadership and ACT involvement at the local level. The current national officer team includes students from Ohio State University, Texas A&M University and Tarleton State University.
After Jurek moved to Texas from Delaware as a teenager, she immediately joined the National FFA Organization after being inspired by her FFA adviser. “It was kind of a melting pot when I moved to Texas,” she said. “I got involved in my local FFA chapter and was given the opportunity to do some public speaking.”
After actively participating in FFA and in the journalism-based UIL competitions throughout high school, Jurek decided she would put the two together and pursue a career in agricultural communications. “Since Texas Tech has such a great program and awesome professors, I knew it was just the best choice for me,” she said.
Reporting by Grace Acuna
CONTACT: Steven Fraze, Chair, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2816 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s Note: For full story, please go to http://today.ttu.edu/2013/10/student-spotlight-agriculture-student-thrives-at-national-level/