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CREE Welcomes Royalty

Story by Chelsie Calliham, ACJ

Mikhayla DeMott, the newly hired audience engagement specialist for the Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement (CREE), serves many roles. Agricultural communicator, Kansas State University alumna, and Miss Rodeo Kansas.

Miss Rodeo Kansas 2018DeMott understands the need to connect agricultural based, rural businesses to information and research on new-media technology. She will foster that connection in her position at the Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement through event planning, client outreach, media relations, and content creation.

“I’m very excited to see CREE grow this year under the vision of our newly hired director, Cassie Wandersee, and staff,” DeMott says.

She graduated (’17) with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and journalism with minors in mass communications and leadership studies from K-State. DeMott’s passion for agriculture was developed at a young age and still continues to grow. She grew up on a horse farm in Rio, Illinois, and discovered the joy in sharing the story of agriculture through rodeo.

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Small town girl hits the big city

Story by McKayla Brubaker, senior (ACJ)

McKayla Brubaker
McKayla Brubaker, senior (ACJ), poses with the research poster she created and presented.

 

As a small-town girl, my trip to the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS) Conference in Atlanta was quite an adventure. Despite my shy and nervous nature, seeing the city and learning about research conducted by graduate students and faculty across the region was a great experience. I shared a poster about my undergraduate research findings from my work with Dr. Baker.

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Professional development —Florida style

Nicole Lane, senior in agricultural communications and journalism, learns more about Florida’s strawberry industry while visiting a large strawberry farm.
Nicole Lane, senior (ACJ), learns more about Florida’s strawberry industry.

Story by Jordan Piechl, junior (ACJ)

This past January, 14 agricultural communications and journalism students ditched their winter coats and headed to Orlando, Florida, for the annual Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) Professional Development Conference. The K-State group networked with students from across the nation, engaged with professionals through educational workshops and explored Florida agriculture.

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New Year, New Resolutions

Story by Jackie Newland, sophomore (ACJ)

2015

Students across Kansas State University’ Manhattan campus have made New Year’s resolutions. From academic goals to personal ambitions, agricultural communication and journalism students have set their sights high for 2015.

Dana Schulz, a senior plans to make her last year one to remember. “My New Year’s resolution for 2015 is to finish my last year strong,” says Schulz. “This time next year, I will be graduated and ready for a career. I want to learn as much as I can and get the most out of my K-State experience.”

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An Irish Adventure in Sustainability

Story and photos by Brooke Harshaw, junior (ACJ)

Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are featured in Harry Potter.

During Thanksgiving break, I set off for Ireland with a group of fellow students to study agriculture, communications and culture. I was not sure what we would find, but I decided to focus my attention on how the Irish perceive the word sustainable. As I left Kansas, my definition of sustainability was very broad. It was simply this: to be able to feed the world. I made a note of how the Irish people we met along the way described the word in relation to agriculture. Continue reading “An Irish Adventure in Sustainability”

New Year Starts at Record High

Story by Sadie Boline, freshman (ACJ)

There are 30 new students in the ACJ major and 48 students in the Introduction to Agricultural Communications class.

The school year is off to a great start with events within and outside the classroom and plenty of students to attend them. The department began fall semester with a record-breaking number of 30 new students in the agricultural communications and journalism major: 7 transfers from other majors, 5 transfers from other institutions and 18 freshmen. Overall, there is now a historic high of 83 students in the major.

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Alumni Rocking the Real World

We know our alumni are doing great things because their names keep coming up at awards ceremonies. In case you have not heard the news, here is a list of recently honored alumni:

 

On the Education Side: In addition to recognizing teachers for their years of service, The Kansas Association of Agricultural Editors (KAAE) recognizes outstanding agriculture teachers. Congratulations to our agricultural education alumni honored this summer!

  • Laura Priest ’06, Lawrence Free State HS—KAAE Young Teacher of the Year

Some of our alumni earned further recognition by being honored by the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education (K-ACTE).

  • Jacqueline Gabbert ’09, Marysville HS—K-ACTE New Teacher of the Year
  • Kelly Hoelting ‘01, Mission Valley HS—K-ACTE Teacher of the Year

Alumni were also nominated for national recognition from the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE):

  • John Bergin ‘09, Southeast of Saline HS—KAAE Outstanding Young Member
  • Kelly Hoelting ‘01, Mission Valley HS—KAAE Outstanding Teacher
  • Linda Chase ’97, Wellington HS—Agriscience Teacher of the Year
  • Jacqueline Gabbert ‘09, Marysville HS—Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship

Linda Chase won the National Agriscience Teacher of the Year for the region. Jacqueline Gabbert ‘09 was awarded the National Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship.

 

On the Communication Side: The Livestock Publication Council and American Agricultural Editors Association recognized outstanding industry professionals at the 2014 Ag Media Summit July 26—30 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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