Category Archives: Former Students

Thallman named Outstanding Alumni

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. R. Mark Thallman ’81, a graduate of the Department of Animal Science, is a recipient of the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Science’s 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award. The award was presented during the College’s Legacy and Leadership Banquet held Oct. 10 in College Station. Thallman earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science (1981), a master’s in animal breeding (1988), and a doctorate in genetics (1995), all from Texas A&M University. Renowned among peers in the field of animal breeding and genetics,… Read More →

Former Student Profile: Dr. Mary Anne White

Writer: Olivia Norton Mary Anne (Wegenhoft) White has never questioned her passion for animals. She grew up near Baton Rouge, La., and often visited her dad’s family ranch in Columbus, Texas.  With a family history in agriculture and a dream of becoming a veterinarian, many of Mary Anne’s youth activities included animals. Mary Anne, along with her brother and sister, raised broilers for 4-H in middle school, and she worked as a kennel technician for a local veterinary clinic and in the LSU AgCenter Embryo Biotechnology Laboratory during… Read More →

Former Student Profile: Bryan Bracewell

Writer: Maggie Tucker Bryan Bracewell ’98 knew from an early age where life would take him.  Bryan’s family has owned and operated Southside Market & Barbeque in Elgin, Texas, since 1968 and he’s now proud to be the third-generation Bracewell to own the well-known business. Specializing in sausage, but offering delectable Texas barbecue, the market has been open since 1882. Now owner and CEO of Southside Market & Barbeque, Bryan has done most, if not all, of the various jobs associated with owning the family business, starting as… Read More →

Animal Science presents 2015 alumni awards, hall of fame induction

COLLEGE STATION – The Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University recognized two former students with alumni awards and inducted two individuals into the Animal Science Hall of Fame during a special ceremony held April 29 in College Station. Dr. Mitch Bowling received the 2015 Outstanding Young Alumni Award; John Bellinger was recognized with the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award; and Dr. Gene T. King and Dr. O.D. Butler Jr. were posthumously inducted into the Animal Science Hall of Fame. “The Department of Animal Science is honored to… Read More →

Former Student Profile: Betsy Booren, Ph.D.

By Victoria Pilger ’15 Betsy Booren earned a doctorate in food science and technology from Texas A&M in 2008 working under the direction of Dr. Rhonda Miller, professor in the Department of Animal Science. She immediately put her education to work in the meat industry specializing in food safety policy development and analysis. Dr. Booren currently serves as Vice President of Scientific Affairs for the North American Meat Institute where she represents and provides informed analysis for the majority of the U.S. beef, pork, lamb, veal, and poultry… Read More →

“Doc,” an American Dreamer

By: Brooke Prather When describing a man who is larger than life, boasts a résumé that speaks for itself and is a leader in the agricultural industry, three words come to mind — tenacious, driven and passionate. Upon first glance, Charles “Doc” Graham, D.V.M., resembles a typical Texas cattleman. Standing 6 feet 7 inches from his cowboy hat down to his squared-toe boots, Graham is not only striking in appearance but in character as well. Small Town Legend On July 13, 1932, in the small town of Thorndale,… Read More →

Former Student Profile: Jessica Leatherwood

Jessica Lucia Leatherwood has been involved with horses since her youth. She gained a strong background in animal science through her involvement in 4-H while growing up in Franklin, Texas, and continued to pursue those interests while earning three degrees in animal science from Texas A&M University. Now as a faculty member at Sam Houston State University, she’s making a career out of her love for horses. During her time as an undergraduate student in the Department of Animal Science, Leatherwood participated on multiple judging teams, the Stock… Read More →

Litterst, Reagan to receive college alumni award

Contact: Courtney Coufal, 979-249-6301, cacoufal@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Frank C. Litterst ‘43 and Dr. James O. “Bo” Reagan ‘68, both graduates of the Department of Animal Science, will receive the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award this fall. The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes graduates of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for outstanding leadership and noteworthy contributions in agriculture, natural resources, life sciences or related areas. The award will be presented during the College’s Legacy and Leadership Banquet on Oct. 25, 2014. Litterst… Read More →

Tanksley inducted into Animal Science Hall of Fame

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. T.D. Tanksley Jr. was posthumously inducted into the Animal Science Hall of Fame on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 during the Department of Animal Science External Awards Program. The award was presented by Mr. Chuck Real, Owner and Operator of Real Hog Farms and accepted on behalf of Dr. Tanksley by his wife, Margaret, and their three children, Spence, Janice and Pat. The son of T.D. and Olivia Tanksley, “Tank,” as he was affectionately known, grew up on the family livestock farm in Burnet County…. Read More →

Klett named 2014 Outstanding Alumni

COLLEGE STATION – Hollis Klett was presented with the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award during the Department of Animal Science External Awards Program held Wednesday, April 23. The award was presented to Klett by Dr. Tryon Wickersham, Associate Professor of Animal Nutrition in the Department of Animal Science. Dr. R. Hollis Klett’s leadership in the field of ruminant nutrition and beef cattle production spans 55 years. His research on using liquid feeds for supplementing beef cattle forever changed the face of the cattle-feeding industry. Now owner and president of… Read More →