BIG Deal
Little International

Little International is an annual experiential educational event involving over 200 WT students, with multiple faculty supporting the event. Participating students learned about animals and teaching, but they also developed relationships and learning groups that undoubtedly contribute to recruiting and retention efforts.

Total exhibit entries for the two-day show were 77 cattle, 63 sheep, 56 pigs and 88 horses, along with 70 contestants competing in Quiz Bowl. This is among the largest shows of this kind in the United States in terms of the number of student participants and the number of livestock exhibits.

Congratulations to the winners, and a huge thanks to all those that worked hard to once again make this a successful event!

Helping Build Strong Communities
Cactus Cares Supports WTAMU Students

Cactus Cares is committed to feeding a hungry world, starting with family, friends and neighbors in our own communities across the U.S.  Their newest initiative with WTAMU is to provide meat to students in need. A collaboration between Cactus Cares, Doc’s Prime Cuts and the Health Integration Services program facilitates food assistance to WTAMU students.

Cactus Cares is proud to purchase the ground beef from Doc’s Prime Cuts. “We feel that we are able to multiply our effect by not only supporting the groups receiving the beef, but also supporting the WTAMU Meat Lab and all the great work they are doing.” – Shelby Padgett, Assistant Director of Mission Centered Activities for Cactus Cares.

Click here to watch a Cactus Cares video.

Connect with Cactus Cares:  Facebook         Website      Twitter

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VERO Welcomes Two New Faculty
A Dairy Cattle Expert and a Beef Cattle Production Expert

The WTAMU campus VERO program welcomes Dr. Benjamin Newcomer, a dairy cattle expert, and Dr. Jenna Funk, an expert in beef cattle production. The new faculty will support the fourth-year A&M veterinary students who choose to participate in clinical rotations in Canyon and the surrounding areas.

Welcome to the Texas Panhandle.

Click to read more about the new VERO faculty.

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WT Horse Judging Team Wins Collegiate World Championship

West Texas A&M University took top honors at the American Paint Horse Association Collegiate World Championship Horse Judging contest. The University’s teams ranked No. 1 and No. 4 overall in the competition, held Sept. 23 in Fort Worth.

Congratulations! Assistant Coach Maggie Murphy, Josh Worten, Mollie Green, Reilly Dhaliwal,  Hannah McLochlin, Lacy Petty, Elena Chapa, Sierra Stammen, Taylor Scheulen, Assistant Coach Baily Summers and Coach Dr. John Pipkin.

Click to read more about the championship win!

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Przewalski's horse clone
WT students get rare look

On September 16th, Animal Science and Reproductive Physiology classes taught by Dr. John Pipkin, became the first class in the WORLD to see the unique Przewalski's horse clone at Timber Creek Veterinary Clinic!

Our appreciation to veterinarian, Dr. Gregg Veneklasen for sharing his knowledge and support for WTAMU student learning.

Click to read the Time Article

Click to view class video

Class Visit Horse
Faculty Inspire

A week of "Design Your Life" inspiration led to Monday's #GetCurious, videos. With the help of faculty, staff, students, and alumni, social media was blown up with videos and posts on how to get curious. The hope is that after the week long events, students will begin thinking like a designer as they build their way forward and design their lives! 

Click to access Dr. Lockett's Video
Click to access Dr. Vestal's Video
Click to access Dr. Williams' Video

Life, Earth & Environmental Sciences
New Microscopes Inspire Learning

Dr. Holland's students and the Geology classes will have an extraordinary view of our world through 16 new powerful microscopes thanks to a partnership between the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation and the Office of the Vice President of Research and Compliance. Students are inspired to look a little closer to see the big picture.

Enhancing the educational learning of future scientists!

Read more in this week's Buff Brief Newsletter.

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2020 Back-to-School

Hundreds of the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences students celebrated at the 2020 Back-to-School Extravaganza! Students connected with student organizations, enjoyed Root Beer/Coke/Dr. Pepper floats and branded their own WT board.

Safely connecting and celebrating the spirit of WTAMU!

Find out more of what is happening in this week's Buff Brief Newsletter.

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Welcome ...
New College Faculty and Staff

The College is excited to welcome new faculty and staff members for fall 2020. Read more about Dr. Maha Shrestha, Dr. Peter Scott, Mr. Thane Peterson, and Mr. Filiberto Polanco in this week's newsletter.


Welcome to WTAMU and the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences!


Thank you for choosing WTAMU. You are what makes WT extraordinary!

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#Join Us
Welcome Back - It is up to you!

Dr. Pond shares the University is fully prepared for students to return. Continuing classroom learning is in the hands of the students!


Video Link to Dr. Pond's message.


Welcome Back, Students!


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WTAMU Alumni
Max Shaw Pursues Passion in Dentistry

For WTAMU Graduates, pre-professional education prepares students to continue their education beyond WT.

Max Shaw, 2019 B.S. Biochemistry and Biology Alumni, is currently attending University of Texas Health San Antonio School of Dentistry. "I chose dentistry because of the special relationships we are able to build with our patients, the love for science, and the chance to use my hands on a daily basis to help change people’s smiles."

Go WT Buff!

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WTAMU Wins First ...
National Championship in Meat Science Quiz Bowl!

Congratulations to winning Buffs, Claire Shaw, Dr. Loni Lucherk (Coach), Jared Young, Will Boyd JR., Jake Gillespie JR., Becca Grimes, Travis Tilton (Coach), Zach McDonough JR., Patrick Sharp JR., and Adrian Lunsford.  

Way to go Buffs!

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Dr. Laura Greenhaw
Agricultural Education Led to Teaching
Dr. Laura Greenhaw's agricultural education led to a series of increased job opportunities. Currently, Dr. Greenhaw is making an impact as Assistant Professor for Agricultural Leadership at the University of Florida. She says her favorite part of teaching is connecting with her students, "I love to see those “ah ha” moments in the classroom when something clicks. I love to see them get super excited when they get passionate about their learning and success and the impact they can have."
Dr. Laura Greenhaw
Preparing for a Safe and Supportive Fall

WTAMU is excited to welcome back students for face-to-face classes for fall 2020, and we are working hard to preparing a safe, supportive campus environment.

For more information and to review the Q & A information, visit:

Stay connected to the College and read more in this week's Buff Brief Newsletter.

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Welcome to WTAMU!
Welcome videos from the Department Heads of the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Dr. Lance Kieth, Dr. David Sissom, and Dr. David Khan.
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2019/2020 Student Body President, Colton Bourquin
Student Internships
Colton Bourquin, a May 2020 graduate with a B.S. Agricultural Business and Economics, tells about his internship in the Nation's Capital with U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman K. Michael Conaway.
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Rich History of Equine Performance Excellence
Then and Now
1954 WTSTC T-Anchor Rodeo Club
Dr. Holland Explores Alaska for Research

This summer, Dr. Mark Holland, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences, is conducting research in easternmost Alaska in collaboration with the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys (ADGGS). It is part of a broader effort to expand rare earth element mineral exploration and development nationally.


Click on the Newsletter to access Dr. Holland's Alaska video


Lucas Castro
Student Internship with Texas Parks and Wildlife

Lucas Castro, M.S. Biology, discusses his internship experience with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

"This internship will allow me to learn many different wildlife techniques that are used by professional wildlife biologists in my field." Lucas




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