Aggie of the Month "" January 2014
Name: Valerie Manning; Major: Animal Science Production; Classification: Senior; Organization: Block and Bridle; Hometown: Mabank; Month: January 2014
With a love of people and animals, Valerie Manning, a senior animal science production major in Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, was selected as Aggie of the Month during the January student Agricultural Council meeting. The Mabank native represents the Block and Bridle student organization and said she came to Tech for two reasons, CASNR and West Texas. "I visited Tech a long time ago and there was something about a change of scenery that I absolutely loved," Manning said. "I felt like I wouldn't just be another number here, and that I could have personal relationships with my professors." Manning said her favorite thing about CASNR is the people. She said moving to West Texas and transitioning into college made her feel at home because the people are so friendly. "I was never told that I couldn't participate or be involved," Manning said. "I was given an opportunity to be on the competitive judging teams at Texas Tech and after four years I definitely have a new love for agriculture and appreciate this industry so much more." She said it is special to be nominated by her peers and to be awarded Aggie of the Month. Manning said she is proud to represent CASNR and the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. "This is an honor that I've looked forward to since I was a freshman," Manning said. "Now that I'm a senior and hold this honor, I hope there are students that look up to me like I did to those seniors when I was an underclassmen." Upon a May graduation, Manning will pursue a degree in nursing to live out her dream of becoming a nurse.