AFS grad students shine in AMSA's Student Board of Directors leadership
Texas Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences is well represented on the American Meat Science Association's Student Board of Directors. Of the eight members in the leadership group, three are from Tech: Bo Hutto, a meat science graduate student from Hondo, Loni Lucherk, a meat science graduate student from Grandview, and Dan Crownover, a meat science graduate student from Italy.
The student board of directors serves students, and provides them with opportunities ranging from employment networking to skillset development. The board meets twice a year, once in June at the group's Reciprocal Meat Conference and then in the fall with the organization's whole board.
The student board of directors also hosts a student leadership conference. At the meeting students are able to attend career development workshops, including: leadership training, media training, interview skills, resume improvement, help finding a career, social networking events, and product development.
Hutto, who serves as President of the Student Board of Directors, has assisted with numerous research projects, as well as participated as a member of multiple judging teams while at Tech. He coached the meat judging team last year.
Lucherk, who serves as Past President, is pursuing a doctorate in meat science. She competed on the 2010 National Champion Academic Meat Science Quiz Bowl team, the 2011 National Champion Livestock Judging Team and was named an All-American in Meat Judging and Livestock Judging. She currently serves as an instructor in several meat science courses at Tech.
Crownover, who serves as an At-Large Director, is pursuing a master's degree in animal science. He was a member of the 2012 National Champion Meat Judging Team and the 2013 Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Team.
Separately, officials note that another member of the student board of directors, Kassandra Ognoskie, graduated from Tech. The Washington state native, who serves as an At-Large Director, received her bachelor's degree in animal science from Tech before going on to attend graduate school at Kansas State University.
The American Meat Science Association itself is a broad-reaching organization of individuals that discovers, develops and disseminates collective meat science knowledge to provide leadership, education and professional development. Its more than 1,000 meat scientists represent major university research and teaching institutions and meat processing companies in the United States and internationally.
Members conduct basic and applied research and education programs in muscle growth and development, meat quality, food safety, processing technology and consumer and marketing issues relevant to the international meat industry.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2805 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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