Student events at Annual 2017

By Amanda Jones and Kelsey Phelps

Numerous student symposia and events will be held at the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show in Baltimore, MD. The student theme this year, “Fueling the Future,” will focus on energizing students as they aspire to become independent professionals, while encouraging life-long dedication to animal science.

The Graduate Student Symposium, entitled “Fueling the Future of Animal Science,” will be held on Monday, July 10, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. This symposium includes speakers from all career stages— academic and industry. Together, the speaker topics will encourage graduate students to broaden their involvement in animal science, provide valuable advice for career navigation, and highlight contributions for a bigger purpose in animal science. The symposium will conclude with an open discussion between speakers and students.

The speakers and titles are listed below.

Dr. Connie Larson, Zinpro Corporation — Committed to animal science: An industry perspective on the future of animal research and collaboration

Dr. Sarah Reed, University of Connecticut — Be the impact: A graduate student’s role in mentoring undergraduates in animal science

Dr. John Gonzalez, Kansas State University — Navigating pre-tenure: Strategies to establish a successful early career in animal science

Dr. Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University, ASAS Past President — Toward an impactful career: Integrating your passion for animal science with career choices and opportunities


The Undergraduate Lunch and Learn, “Fueling Future Animal Scientists,” will be hosted on Sunday, July 9 during the lunch hour. This lunch session is only $5 (please register for the meeting and this ticketed event before May 26). It will be an open discussion with animal science professionals from several different backgrounds and careers. The Lunch and Learn is geared toward undergraduate students who wish to pursue a career in Animal Science, but are unsure of all the different career avenues they could take. Dr. Jodi Sterle, Iowa State University, and Dr. Jay Daniel, Berry College, will share information about the current dynamics of students in Animal Science. Dr. Matt Ritter from Elanco Animal Health and Dr. Derris Burnett from Mississippi State University will discuss how they landed in their current careers. The lunch will end in a round table discussion to give everyone an opportunity to ask questions to help fuel their career aspirations in Animal Science.

Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to register for the 2017 Annual Meeting before May 26, 2017 for discounted rates!

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Now accepting WSASAS Grad Student Director nominations

Nominations are now open for Western Section ASAS Graduate Student Director. Nominations are due April 17, 2017.

• Powerful networking experience.
• Build leadership skills and opportunities.
• Develop prestige, as you will serve on the WSASAS Executive Board and the Advising and Coordinating Committee.
• Travel and expenses to Western Section meetings are covered.
• Provide a voice for fellow graduate students and peers.

This is a 2-year appointment that will require 5 – 20 hours per month (time will vary depending upon the time of the year).

• Plan and implement Graduate Student activities.
• Organize the Young Scholars Award Symposium.
• Create networking opportunities through organizing the Graduate Student Mixer.
• Initiate communication and discussion forums for Western Section graduate students.
• Post event and career information on the ASAS Graduate BULLetin.
• Serve and vote on meeting issues presented during Executive Board meetings.

Please send your nominations to Dr. Mike Salisbury ( by April 17, 2017.

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An evening at the National Aquarium

Plan now to join us on Tuesday, July 11, for an evening at the National Aquarium in Baltimore — a great event for the whole family to enjoy during the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting! The aquarium will be closed to the general public this evening as they host our event.

Baltimore’s National Aquarium offers an underwater world of beautiful and unusual animals and habitats. We will have exclusive access to the Blue Wonders and Marine Mammal Pavilion from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The aquarium is located a short 10-minute walk from the meeting hotels and convention center.

Tickets are just $10 and include entry into the aquarium for the evening and a reception; normal daily adult admission is $39.95.

Register for the Closing Reception when you register for the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show.

Already registered for the meeting but not the Closing Reception? Add the event to your existing registration.

See you in Baltimore!

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Block & Bridle is next week!

The 97th National Block & Bridle Convention will be held March 31 to April 2, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. Not yet registered for the meeting?  Secure your spot today!

Join us for a great meeting, including a day of farm tours on April 1, 2017. Tours to include:

  • Madhouse Oyster Hatchery
  • University of Maryland Dairy
  • Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm
  • Spocott Farm

Tours will include a grab and go breakfast, lunch and an evening BBQ with DJ at historic Spocott Farm on Gary’s Creek.

In addition to the tours, we have great social events planned for the evenings, including:

  • Friday, March 31 – D.C. Monument Tours
    Join us for an evening of monument tours as we stop at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.  We will visit many additional locations, viewed from the bus and accented by lights during the night.
  • Saturday, April 1 – Evening at Spocott Farm
    Our final tour stop will be at this historic location on Gary’s Creek, just outside Cambridge, Maryland. The house was built in 1663. Explore the wildlife management area with over 5 miles of trails set amongst ponds and wetlands or meander among the 19th century buildings surrounding the Spocott Windmill. As the sun sets on your day of tours, we will have a BBQ and dancing before we return to the hotel. Read the full history of this historic location.
  • Sunday, April 2 – Awards and Banquet
    Join us on the final night of the meeting for the Awards and Banquet, featuring a DJ and dancing, as we bid adieu to the 97th National Block & Bridle Meeting.

Join us after the meeting, on Monday, April 3rd for an optional Congressional Hill Visit day. 

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Grad students recap Southern Section events

By Brittni Littlejohn, Sierra Lockwood, and Sam Ingram

The American Society of Animal Science – Southern Section hosted its 2017 meeting last month in Franklin, TN. During the meeting, the Graduate Student Meet & Greet was held on February 5, followed by the Graduate Student Lunch & Learn on February 7. These events were implemented with the goal of providing a networking opportunity as well as a chance to gain insight on the successful transition to the professional world.

The Graduate Student Meet & Greet was held during the first day of the conference to introduce participants to their fellow graduate students who they would be interacting with during the remainder of the conference. The informal setting provided participants a comfortable environment for networking and was very well received. Eight schools were represented during this event and included the following: Auburn University, Fort Valley State University, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, University of Arkansas, University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

The Graduate Student Lunch & Learn theme was “Fueling the Future.” During the event, students were randomly assigned to tables to encourage additional networking among fellow students. The first speaker was Dr. Rand Broadway from the USDA-ARS who presented on “How to make the most of your graduate career.” Dr. Broadway’s presentation included advice on how to choose a program and mentor, the importance of collaboration, and how to be proactive during a graduate program. Following Dr. Broadway’s presentation, Dr. Mike Moseley from Positively Mose, LLC and Zoetis (retired) presented on “How to make the transition from graduate student to industry professional.” During Dr. Moseley’s presentation, he discussed the following topics: taking ownership of your career, characteristics that make one employable, and how to prepare for an interview. Both presentations were well received by the graduate students in attendance and made the Lunch & Learn a great success! Nine schools were represented at the Lunch & Learn and included the following: Auburn University, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University Commerce, Texas Tech University, University of Arkansas, University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Thank you to those who attended this year’s Graduate Student Meet & Greet and Lunch & Learn and be on the lookout for similar events at the 2018 Southern Section meeting in Fort Worth, TX on February 3-6, 2018!

For more information about the Graduate Student Meet & Greet and Lunch & Learn, contact: Brittni Littlejohn (, Sierra Lockwood (, or Sam Ingram (

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