Department hosts holiday luncheon, awards ceremony

COLLEGE STATION – The Department of Animal Science held its annual Christmas Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Dec. 6, 2012, at the AgriLife Center.

Faculty, staff, retirees, graduate students and student workers gathered for a barbecue brisket and chicken meal, holiday gift basket giveaway, a presentation of 2012 departmental highlights and departmental awards.

Left, Colt Sharpton and Courtney Coufal each were presented the Department of Animal Science 2012 Outstanding Support Staff Award.

The 2012 Outstanding Support Staff Award was presented to Courtney Coufal and Colt Sharpton.

Coufal is the communications coordinator and is responsible for promoting the department through electronic and print formats to the department’s clientele, stakeholders, and current and former students. This includes maintaining the departmental website, producing the departmental newsletter Animal Science Monthly and the meat science newsletter Prime Cuts, and assisting faculty and staff with creating brochures, fliers and other printed materials.

One nominator wrote, “The Department of Animal Science has benefited tremendously from Courtney’s valuable contributions. She consistently goes above and beyond what is expected and makes us all look good as a result.”

Sharpton works as the farm research service manager and oversees daily operations and overall management of the Sheep and Goat Center and the Physiology Field Laboratory at the Animal Science Teaching, Research and Extension Center (ASTREC) and the Sheep Research Facility on Hwy 60. This includes working with faculty to prepare facilities and animals to support research and teaching efforts of the department.

One nominator wrote, “He goes above and beyond the normal requirements of his job on a daily basis and does it with a great attitude. He is dedicated to the success of our departmental programs and constantly strives to be a positive impact on all aspects of our teaching, research and extension programs.”

Several others from the department were recognized for their years of service to the university. Dr. Fuller Bazer and Dr. Nancy Ing were recognized for 20 years of service and Becky Lewis was recognized for 25 years of service. Each was presented a service pin.


For more information regarding news from the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, please contact Courtney Coufal at or (979) 845-1542.

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