New Western Section Graduate Student Representative: Melinda Ellison

James Graves has recently accepted a position at Texas AgriLife Extension, and has therefore resigned as Western Section Graduate Student Representative. The members of the WSASAS Executive Committee wish to extend sincerest appreciation for his outstanding service, dedication and contributions as Graduate Student Representative. The WSASAS Executive Committee officially approved for Melinda to serve the remainder of Jame’s term. I am excited to work with Melinda on planning an amazing Western Section meeting in Ruidoso, NM this year. If any graduate students have suggestions for Western Section, please do not hesitate to contact Melinda or I. Please read Melinda’s Biography to learn more about our new graduate student representative. Thanks and Happy Holidays! Melinda’s Biography


Kelsey Quinn

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2015 ASAS- Southern Section Graduate Student Representative Nominations

This is a reminder that the deadline to nominate a graduate student as the next 2015 ASAS- Southern Section Graduate Student Representative is today! The purpose for Graduate Student Representatives is to provide a graduate student perspective to the Southern Section Executive committee in order to improve graduate student experiences at annual meetings.

As a Graduate Representatives, you will have an opportunity to coordinate events for graduate students at the annual meeting (such as the Lunch & Learn and Graduate Student Mixer), write informative articles for Taking Stock and Graduate BULLetin and most importantly attending all scheduled meetings as a voting member of the Southern Section Executive Committee.

Official nominations with the student’s name, home institution, and e-mail address must be submitted to the Southern Section President- Dr. David Lalman ( by 11:59pm CDT today.

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WSASAS Meetings

The 2014 Western Section meetings are officially in the books and we had a great turn out in San Angelo. We appreciate the attendance and support of the graduate student lunch and learn as well as the graduate student mixer. On behalf of the Western Section Association we would like to express our appreciation to our guest speakers at the lunch and learn: Mr. Scott Porter, Mr. Josh Blanek, Dr. Kim Vonnahme and Dr. Chase Runyon. Without their support and attendance this program would not have been possible.

Kelsey and I are already beginning to discuss how to improve next year’s meeting in Ruidoso, NM. We received some great feedback from the meetings in San Angelo and we will certainly use that to improve our programs. Thanks again for making the 2014 WSASAS meetings great. If you have any suggestions or questions please let Kelsey or I know. Our job is to be the graduate student voice on the executive board, so don’t hesitate to contact us. Our emails are and


We look forward to seeing everyone next summer in Ruidoso, NM!

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Industry leaders weigh in on valuable skills graduates should possess

In an article written by John Paterson and posted on the Montana Stockgrowers Blog, leaders from all areas of the agriculture industry share what they look for when hiring young graduates. Included among these industry leaders is our very own ASAS president, Greg Lardy. Continue reading

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Science communications intern to start at ASAS

My name is Jacquelyn Prestegaard, and I am ASAS’s Science Communication intern this summer. I am very excited to be working for an organization that does so well to promote animal science and agriculture. Continue reading

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