In Profile: Fredericksburg's Gretchen Lochte takes lead of Tech's Ag Council
Gretchen Lochte's passion for agriculture and academic organizations began long before her collegiate career. As the daughter of a farmer, Lochte joined 4-H at a young age and has continued in organizational work throughout college. Now, as the president of Texas Tech's Ag Council, she has plans to create events that would help facilitate relationships between students and faculty.
"I've been extremely involved in 4-H my entire life, from first grade on. I competed in a lot of different sports, anything from shooting events, to food nutrition, to showing, to consumer judging and different judging events," said Lochte, a junior animal science pre-dental major from Fredericksburg. "Starting out my freshman year, I just really wanted to get involved in the organization. The main goal of Ag Council is to basically build a founding relationship between students, faculty and staff within CASNR."
During her term, Lochte would like to help other students find their niche in the organization. "This year, the reason I ran was to continue on the process of trying to revamp Ag Council and carry on some of the events I did last year; events that give students the opportunity to get to know the professors, the dean and higher up officials," she said.
Lochte encourages students of all ages to join the organization and take on a leadership position. "Don't be scared. I was the only freshman who ran [for an officer position]," she said. "If you're willing to step up and be a leader in the college, that's saying something right there. Go for it. Getting involved in Ag Council has been a life changing experience for me to say the least."
Ag Council members include the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow; Agricultural Economics Association; Agri-Techsans; Agronomy Club; Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity; Ambassadors for Agriculture; American Society of Landscape Architects; Block & Bridle; Collegiate 4-H; and Collegiate FFA. Other members are the Food Science Club; Horticulture Society; Meat Science Association; Pi Alpha Xi; Range, Wildlife and Fisheries Club; Sigma Alpha; Society for Conservation of Biology; Student Association for Fire Ecology; Tech Collegiate Horsemen's Association; Tech Pre-Vet Society; and Tech Turf.
Written by Brittani Pfau
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