Earth Day! Teaching our Community to Care
Hands-On Learning to Future Generations

The Environmental Science Society and the American Chemical Society lead several activities on April 21 to help third- and fourth-grade students from Thomas R. Helton Elementary School in Wheeler and Wildorado Elementary School to learn more about the importance of protecting the environment.

“We all live on planet Earth, and we all need to do our best to keep it in the best shape possible. That starts with education. That’s the first step in making progress,” said Damaris Washington, ESS vice president and JR Geology.

Thank you to these two student organizations for putting on this educational experience, well done!

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FFA and 4H - Serving our Community
WT Hosted Career Development Events

The purpose of the Career Development Events is to give students the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills in various disciplines, such as Livestock Judging, Horse Judging, Entomology, Vet Science, Meat Judging, Dairy, Poultry and more. The CDE invitational is an essential part of FFA and 4-H members having the opportunity to develop career skills both in the classroom and in competition.

WT AG hosted 18 total contests for over 2,500 student entries from 188 schools from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Colorado.
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Regionally impactful Published Research
Understanding of Precipitation in the Texas Panhandle

Hemanth Sandeep Vepuri, a graduate student from Hyderabad, India pursing his Master of Science in Environmental Science; is the primary author of the research into ice-nucleating particles (INPs) — the microscopic material in the air that water vapor condenses around to form ice crystals that make up clouds.

WT Newstory

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

Hemanth Sandeep Vepuri
Looking Ahead to Finals
WT Rodeo Team

West Texas A&M is thrilled to be back in the saddle, and looking to land a spot in the College National Finals.

Watch the News Channel 10 feature here.

WTAMU 2021 Rodeo Team Photo
Training Leaders
New Rogers LEAD WT Scholars!

The Dyke and Terry Rogers LEAD WT (Leadership Education And Development) Program was created to challenge high achieving students to further develop their leadership potential. 

Congratulations to these hard-working students representing the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences!

Read More about Rogers LEAD WT

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14th Annual Faculty Research Poster Session and Research Fair

Recognizing faculty from the College of AG and Natural Sciences who submitted research to the 14th Annual Faculty Poster Session and Research Fair.

  • Magnetic Properties of EuxCa1-x Fe2As2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) Superconductor - ... Keshav Shrestha

Congratulations and appreciation to faculty for their time and committment to excellence in research.

Connecting with Community
Free Homebrewing Webinar

Dr. Nick Flynn, Professor of Biochemistry will lead “Chemists Make the Best Homebrewers” from 1 to 2:30PM CT March 17 for the American Chemical Society’s ACS Webinars series. Dr. Flynn will discuss various methods of homebrewing and offer tips for improving brewing methods. He has been homebrewing since 1993, even brewing all of the beer served at his wedding in 1995. The webinar will be moderated by Brian Guthrie, a corporate research fellow for Cargill.

“The brewer community is an amazing space where people can talk about their passion and learn from each other,” Flynn said. “And chemists make great brewers because they know how to follow procedures and they appreciate a well-developed process.”

The webinar is free, and open to the public who register here.

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WTAMU Horse Judging Team Excels at Reined Cow Horse Contest


On February 13-14th the National Reined Cow Horse Association in partnership with the National Horse Judging Team Coaches Association, hosted Reined Cow Horse contest. WTAMU Placed 2nd competing against 12 other teams around the region.

"The team’s performance was an excellent start for the 2021 competitions,” said coach Dr. John Pipkin, Equine Industry program director and Regents Professor of Animal Science. “The students continue to amaze and impress with their ability to prepare during challenging times, and represent WT so effectively. They made WT proud.”

Congratulations, Buffs!

Read More About the Winning WT Team

Read More in the Buff Brief Newsletter - 3/1/21
NSB Renovation Update
WT Agriculture at Swine Skillathon
Congratulations alumnus, Barry Evans

Valuable Education Outside the Classroom

Colby Wood, a SR. Biochemistry and Biology major tells us about his internship with Amarillo Heart Group.

Shadowing Dr. Martinez, I gained better insight as to what awaits me in medical school. The more I learned, the more I understood how much I still have left to learn. With this internship, I have learned so many valuable things outside the classroom, and I got to witness first hand what following a medical path will hold for me.


Alumnus Gives Back

Glenn Lyles Donates Original Artwork

Glenn Lyles Painting

Glenn Lyles, 73' B.S. Animal Science alumnus recently donated On The Rita Blanca painting to be displayed in the Happy State Bank Research & Academic Building.

Mr. Lyles is a noted western artist, who spent many years working on the family farm in Hale County before deciding to take on painting full time.

The Hereford painting is the second original artwork donated by Mr. Lyles to his alma mater

Sincere appreciation to Mr. Lyles for his generous gift to the Paul Engler College of Agriculture & Natural Sciences!

Read More; Buff Brief Newsletter - 2/8/2021

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Renovation Begins
$3.5 Million update on the Natural Sciences Building

The $3.5 million project, which begins February 9th will upgrade teaching laboratories and research spaces for geology, biology and environmental science programs in the Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department. A collaborative teaching classroom for chemistry and biology majors also will be built.

Read More on the Renovation

Watch Channel 10 Feature

Research Published in Science Magazine
Dr. Peter Scott, Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Peter Scott is the lead author of a study of the DNA of Mojave desert tortoises that appeared as the cover story of the November 27th issue of Science. “It’s pretty wild,” said Scott, an assistant professor of wildlife biology. “It’s not something I ever thought studying some tortoise DNA would get me..."

Read More in: The Science Magazine

Buff Brief includes:

  • Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Student Lauryn Luttrull - Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow
  • Chemistry and Physics Help Lab Information
  • Welcome Back Spring Palooza - Jan. 20, 2021, 5-8 p.m.
  • Dean's Team says goodbye to Student Success Coordinator, Mr. Zach McMeans
Science Magazine Cover Photo

"WT’s team was the most successful horse judging team in the world this year.”

2020 Horse Judging Team Photo

2020 WTAMU Team: 1st APHA World, 1st Reining Championship, 2nd AQHA World Championship

"WT’s team was the most successful horse judging team in the world this year,”
said coach John Pipkin, Equine Industry Program Director and Regent Professor of Animal Science. 

Not just this year: The team is historically successful, having won 125 champion and reserve champion titles since 1994. They’ve added to that total again with recent Championship and Reserve Championship titles. The team won the Reining National Championship (NRHA) and American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and earned Reserve Champion at the American Quarter Horse Association contest. The team earned a World Championship at the American Paint Horse Association World Championship collegiate contest.

“Our team members are extremely talented and, more importantly, they were extremely diligent in their efforts to prepare themselves and support their fellow teammates,” Pipkin said. “They are exceptional in so many ways including overcoming all the challenges associated with COVID-19 restrictions and threats. Their resilience and team work are truly unmatched.”

Photo: Dr. John Pipkin (Head Coach), Maggie Murphy (Coach), Josh Worten, Reilly Dhaliwal, Sierra Stammen, Hannah McLochlin, Lacy Petty, Elena Chapa, Mollie Green, Taylor Scheulen, Baily Summers (Assistant Coach), Dr. Lance Kieth (Department Head)


Intercollegiate Meat Judging Workout

The 2020 American Meat Science Association Intercollegiate Meat Judging International/ High Plains contest was conducted at Caviness Beef Packers for the first time in history on November 1st. West Texas A&M University hosted the official practice workout on the Friday and Saturday leading up to the competition.

Over 75 students from Clarendon College, Fort Scott Community College, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, South Dakota State University, Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University all traveled to practice at West Texas A&M University prior to the contest.

Newsletter highlights: Welcome Dr. BJ Newcomer-VERO faculty; Dr. Guerrero COVID-19 Research Impact; Danielle Williams-Student Internship; ACS WTAMU Chapter earns commendable award.

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All in Good Fun!
2020 Faculty Alpaca Show

Supporting a good cause and all in good fun, the 2020 Faculty Alpaca Show was a huge success! Thanks to all the faculty for participating, Double Diamond Ranch for the use of their alpacas, and to the Block&Bridle Club for hosting! 

Newsletter Highlights: 2020 Intern of the Year, Rademacher Internship Spotlight, Soil Judging Team, 2020 Engler Gift, Dr. Baird Research Spotlight, Faculty Alpaca Show Photos.

Supporting the Sciences at WTAMU!
Renovation of the Natural Sciences Building Begins

The Natural Sciences Building - home to the Department of Chemistry and Physics, and the Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences - will see renovations beginning November 1, 2020.

Once completed, the newly renovated science labs will provide advanced experiential learning opportunities to students in all majors that inspire scientific exploration and learning.

The renovation will be completed in phases starting on the 3rd floor.

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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.

VERO Welcomes Faculty
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.

Geology Microscopes Photo
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.

2020FA Extravaganza Photo
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!

Max Shaw.Alumni
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. 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




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