Beyond the Red and Black with Ryan Gray

A Different Perspective on Agriculture

Building a Legacy

Living the American Dream


Finding Balance

Seeing Double in the AEC Department


The Flower Whisperer


Latest In Agriculture

Wild Hogs: The True Story

Smart Crop


What’s Happening at Tech

Red Raider Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Tier One


Red Raider Families

Go Get Lost in the Corn Maze

Honor. Heritage. History.


Also in this Issue

College Survival Secrets

Floral Design for You

Behind the Mask with the Masked Rider

CASNR Awards

Message from the Dean


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Message from the Dean


Dean Burns

Welcome to the latest edition of The Agriculturist. In this issue we are highlighting several of our alumni and students who are responsible for making CASNR a great college.


Last fall we had a record enrollment as well as a record number of graduate students. In fact, our percent increase in enrollment over the fall semester was the highest of any college in the university. Couple that information with the fact that our retention of freshmen students and our six year graduation rates are also the highest of any college at Texas Tech as a basis for documenting the growth and excitement in our college. There are several reasons for these successes. A major reason is the hard work of our Student Services Center. Our staff in this program work tirelessly to recruit new students and retain our current students.


Another very noteworthy fact is CASNR set a record for research funding, rising almost 26 percent over the previous year. This is important because it helps us contribute to the overall research mission of Texas Tech. In addition, these research dollars allow us to support a large number of research assistantships for both undergraduate and graduate students.


Much of the milestone events I have mentioned are due in large part to the achievements of our alumni and current students. I hope you enjoy the articles in this issue of The Agriculturist.


John Burns