Lukeman, Eastwood receive Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Awards.

The Department of Animal Science was well represented at the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Awards on September 29, 2016 where several faculty, staff and students were recognized for their achievements.

“The faculty and staff honored this year are part of the reason that our students, our research and our service mission is strong and vibrant,” said Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences.

29508555113_ee8d74445e_oRobbie Lukeman received the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Staff. This award recognizes staff members who have made a significant impact on their department.

Lukeman graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Business Administration. She has been with the department for 14 years. Lukeman oversees the business office and manages the departmental budget. She also keeps up to date with purchasing and travel guidelines and keeps the department in compliance. We appreciate everything Robbie does for the department!


Clay Eastwood received the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Graduate Teaching. This award recognizes graduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for their outstanding contribution to teaching undergraduates.

Eastwood is from New Braunfels, Texas and received both her Bachelor’s degree (2011) and Master’s degree (2014) in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. focusing on fresh meat quality, food safety, and sustainability under the guidance of Dr. Jeff Savell and Dr. Kerri Gehring in the Meat Science Section of the Department of Animal Science. Eastwood has taught ANSC 307, Meats, and has served as a graduate teaching assistant for ANSC 437, Livestock and Meat Marketing and ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue for several semesters during her graduate career. These classes provide students with intensive hands-on learning opportunities related to their field. In addition, Eastwood has coached the Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team, which required her to recruit and train each team to compete nationally.


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

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