Category Archives: Former Students

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, 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 →

Hawley named 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni

By Olivia Norton ’16 COLLEGE STATION – Erin Hawley was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni Award during the Department of Animal Science External Awards Program held Wednesday, April 23. The award was presented to Hawley by Dr. Chris Skaggs, Associate Dean for Student Development and Professor in the Department of Animal Science.   Erin Morrow Hawley grew up on a large cattle operation in northeastern New Mexico, where she was an outstanding competitor in livestock judging in high school. She competed for Casper Junior College in Wyoming… Read More →

Graham receives Texas A&M AgriLife Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award

SAN ANTONIO – Dr. Charles W. Graham has received the Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award from Texas A&M AgriLife – the highest individual honor given to individuals demonstrating outstanding leadership and providing significant contributions to Texas agriculture. Graham received the award at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention in San Antonio April 6. “Dr. Graham exemplifies what the Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award is all about,” said Dr. Mark Hussey, interim president of Texas A&M University. Hussey was the vice chancellor and dean of agriculture when… Read More →

Mock interviews prepare animal science students for vet school application process

By Olivia Norton ’16 The Texas A&M Department of Animal Science does more than provide students seeking a future in veterinary medicine with the classroom experience necessary to meet their goals. For years, professors and advisors have been going the extra mile to ensure student success on not only the rigorous Texas A&M vet school application but in the interview room, as well. The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science is one of the top universities for veterinary medicine in the country, so the quality… Read More →

Student Profile: Students on graduate school

The Department of Animal Science offers a solid graduate program supported by a current curricula,  faculty mentors who are well-known experts in their field of study, and the animal and facility resources needed to excel  in a successful research program. On average, more than 120 students are enrolled in graduate studies, seeking either a master’s or doctorate degree in animal breeding, animal science or physiology of reproduction. Several animal science faculty and their graduate students participate in interdisciplinary degree programs including biotechnology and genetics. In addition, students may… Read More →