Agricultural Leaders; First cohort selected for new CASNR MILE program
By: Lindsay Kennedy
Fourteen undergraduate students from Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources have been selected for the first cohort of the new Matador Institute of Leadership Engagement (MILE) Program.
MILE is a new, three-semester leadership certificate program that seeks to develop participants' personal and professional skills while exposing them to the key issues affecting local, state, and national agriculture and policy. The program is designed to provide participants with a competitive edge when seeking career opportunities after graduation.
"This program will create a pipeline of trained young agricultural leaders who are equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding of the issues and challenges facing our industry," said CASNR Interim Dean Steve Fraze.
The first cohort was selected by the MILE advisory committee, which is comprised of Texas Tech and regional agricultural representatives, during a competitive application process. Students in the first MILE cohort are:
• Aspen Eaton, Agricultural Communications, Ovalo, Texas
• Heath Hadley, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Farwell, Texas
• Jacie Henefey, Animal Sciences, D'Hanis, Texas
• McKenna Johnson, Agricultural Communications, Floydada, Texas
• Brandon Jones, Animal Sciences, Veguita, NM
• Kaylynn Kiker, Animal Sciences, Allison, Texas
• Reginald Lane, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Bridgeport, Texas
• JW Morgan, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Pilot Point, Texas
• Brynn Owen, Animal Sciences, Canyon, Texas
• Maggie Pipkin, Agricultural Communications, Spearman, Texas
• Anevay Sanchez, Natural Resources Management, Odessa, Texas
• John Smithwick, Animal Sciences, Lubbock, Texas
• Carson Wienecke, Natural Resources Management, Lometa, Texas
• Hagan Wright, Natural Resources Management, Wollforth, Texas
During the three-semester program, MILE participants will enroll in three academic courses focused on the personal, service, and community aspects of leadership and they will each complete a professional internship. The MILE experience will include both on- and off-campus workshops and tours as well as trips to Austin and Washington, D.C. to meet with government representatives about agriculture and public policy. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a leadership certificate to accompany their professional portfolio.
CONTACT: Lindsay Kennedy, Instructor, Department of Agricultural Education & Communications, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-8240 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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