Texas Tech University

Davis College students set to attend AFA Leaders Conference in Kansas City

Norman Martin

November 7, 2023

A dozen undergraduate students from Texas Tech's Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resource are set to attend the Agriculture Future of America's Leaders Conference from Nov. 9-12 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“This conference is the bridge between college and career for undergraduate students studying food and agriculture,” said Sandra Addo, Davis College's Program Manager for Graduate Student Recruitment. The four-track program is designed to provide students with different personal and professional development opportunities based on where they are in their collegiate experience, she said.

Davis College students scheduled to attend the program are:

  • Kaylee Hopkins, first year student majoring in agricultural education from Aledo, Texas
  • Ashlynn Rogers, first year student majoring in agricultural education from Lipan, Texas
  • Jaraden Kearby, a sophomore majoring in agricultural economics from San Angelo, Texas
  • Kasey Dunn, first year student majoring in agricultural education from Watauga, Texas
  • Brooklyn Buckingham, a sophomore majoring in animal science from Wheeler, Texas
  • Cassidy Besinaiz, a sophomore majoring in agribusiness from Eden, Texas
  • Macie Goodson, a junior majoring in agricultural economics from New Braunfels, Texas
  • Parker Galvan, a junior majoring in plant & soil science/engineering from Weslaco, Texas
  • Allie Herring, a senior majoring in agribusiness and agricultural communications Franklin, Texas
  • Jaci Merritt, a senior majoring in agribusiness from Terrell, Texas
  • Macie Miller, a senior majoring in agricultural communication from Iowa Park, Texas
  • Kate Rollefson, a senior majoring in natural resources management from Edgecliff Village, Texas

Addo, who is based in Davis College's Dr. Bill Bennett Student Success Center, is part of a group of professionals in the Davis College Dean's Office charged with recruiting and retaining the best students for the college. She is responsible for coordinating graduate recruitment of all students for Davis College through a targeted effort, as well as creating and distributing information and printed literature emphasizing Davis College's programs, centers and facilities.

The Dr. Bill Bennett Student Success Center is named for long-time member of the Department of Plant and Soil Science's emeritus faculty Bill Bennett. Bennett joined the Texas Tech faculty in 1968 and was a trailblazer in raising money for scholarships to increase recruitment of students, in addition to spearheading creation of the college's Ambassadors for Agriculture and Agri-Techsans programs.


This story was first published in the Davis College NewsCenter. See the original article here.