Meet the Ambassadors
Hey there! My name is Shane Bell, I’m a Senior and I’m majoring in Agriculture Communications with a minor in Farm and Ranch Management. I grew up in Paradise Valley, Nevada where I spent my time raising and showing Purebred Herefords, playing high school sports, and competing in 4-H and FFA. Agriculture has been one of the most important aspects of my life; it’s given me a work ethic that I’m extremely proud of. Agriculture has also taught me patience, which is something that is often overlooked and unused in this fast paced world we live in. After school I plan on more school! I would like to attend law school and eventually tackle legal issues pertaining to the world of agriculture.
Hi my name is BJ Bender and I am a Junior majoring in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management as well as in Environment and Natural Resources. I am also minoring in Spanish and taking courses through the Honors Program, all at the University of Wyoming. I was born and raised in Orange County, California, but I couldn’t be happier living in Laramie. The amazing array of opportunities and support available at this school, particularly in the College of Ag, make attending college genuinely worthwhile. I love this school and my community of friends and professors I have found here; I call them my “family in Laradise.” I am also involved in a couple of clubs including Range Club, Sigma Delta Pi, The Ranch Horse Team, Country Swing Club and The Ag Ambassador Team, of course! These student organizations have helped me make so many friends and have provided me with many fun social and educational events to attend throughout the school year. One day I would like to work for the BLM or a reclamation consultation agency so I can use all I have learned in Range and ENR. I love Wyoming so much and I plan to stay here for as long as I can.
Hi, my name is Chris Block and I am a Senior studying Agricultural Business here at the University of Wyoming. I am excited to spend my final year at the university representing the University of Wyoming and agricultural in a positive way as an ambassador. I grew up on my family’s ranch near Gothenburg, Nebraska. From that experience I have acquired a passion for agriculture. In addition to raising cattle after graduation, I will also work with an Agronomist as a crop scout for various crops throughout Central Nebraska. I strongly encourage all students in the College of Ag to get involved in classes and clubs around campus. The opportunities for you to experience at the University of Wyoming are endless.
Welcome! My name is Emilee Brinton and I am a Senior here at the University of Wyoming. I am majoring in Animal and Veterinary Sciences on the Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Communications tracks. I plan to attend veterinary school and would love to work in global veterinary medicine, helping to establish sustainable agriculture in impoverished countries, before settling down into a private food animal practice. I grew up on a small farm in Newnan, Georgia, but have quickly fallen in love with everything about the great state of Wyoming! I have worked at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in the Necropsy department for two and a half years and am very thankful for the experiences this job provides. I love living life to the fullest and stay busy with classes, work, several of the organizations offered at the University of Wyoming, as well as being actively involved with a local campus ministry. Whenever possible, I enjoy spending my time outdoors, whether it’s riding, shooting, camping, bouldering, or fly-fishing.
Hello! My name is Nina Burnham. I am a senior studying Microbiology with a minor in physiology. I hope to become a doctor in Pediatrics or Family Medicine. I grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. However I have lived in six states, Washington, Nevada, New Mexico, California, Colorado, and now Wyoming. I enjoying being outdoors, hiking, biking, cooking, reading, and swimming. Anything to do with water I love. I am looking forward to my final year here at UW and being an Ag Ambassador.
My name is Jake Chaloupka and this is my first year as an Ag Ambassador. I am a Junior studying animal and veterinary science. After I graduate I plan to go to vet school. I am from St. Charles Illinois. I enjoy spending a lot of time outside. My favorite things to do are to go hiking, play volleyball or go skiing.
Hi my name is Bailie Dannels and I am a Junior here at the University of Wyoming. I am majoring in Family Consumer Sciences with a focus on Textiles and Merchandising with a minor in Interior Design. I was born and raised in the town of Sheridan, Wyoming. Agriculture has been a large part of my life since I was young. My dad is an Ag equipment mechanic and I have helped him in the shop and out in field from a very young age. During the summers I work for the Sheridan County Weed and Pest Council as a right of way sprayer on county roads. Currently I live here on campus and am an active member of the Chi Omega sorority which keeps me very active in and around the Laramie community. I am excited for the opportunities that come with being an Ambassador and representing the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources!
My name is Abbey Davidson, and I am from Encampment, Wyoming. I am studying Animal and Veterinary Sciences at UW, and am currently looking at starting my own business running a dude ranch, to run a trail ride/horse lesson business. I grew up on a ranch, and absolutely could not fathom the idea of not returning to an agricultural lifestyle when I obtain my degree. I would definitely recommend to any new agricultural majors to look into the Ag Ambassador team! It’s a great team experience, and our team this year is a power house team! Oh, and I’m not really good at these bio deals, so I’ll do the typical thing: I like long walks on the beach, romantic movies, and moonlit horseback rides!
My name is Brandon Fritz I am an undergraduate pursuing a double major in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. I am currently finishing up my Senior year along with a research fellowship provided by one of the many opportunities found here at the University of Wyoming! My current research through the summer and fall of 2014 is the ‘Development of a Diagnostic Assay for Antibody to plague’. In my current INBRE EPSCoR research fellowship I work directly with the University of Wyoming’s Immunology Professor Dr. Jeffrey Adamovicz. I also am currently a student ambassador for the Pre-College and Student Visits Office where I give tours and provide information to incoming, prospective students visiting the University of Wyoming.
Hey, my name is Jon Heald, I am a Senior and I am dual majoring in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. I plan on attending medical school after I graduate this coming May. I am proud to be a third generation UW graduate. I was born and raised in Wyoming having lived in Riverton, Rock Springs, Casper and now Laramie. The College of Agriculture has provided numerous opportunities to enhance my education through extracurricular activities including being a teaching assistant for Microbiology and undergraduate research in Immunology at the State Veterinary Laboratory. In my free time I enjoy being out doors, skiing, fishing, hunting or mountain biking.
Hey there! My name is John and this is my second year as an Ag Ambassador here at the University of Wyoming. I am honored to be a part of our Ag Ambassador team because they represent something that I care very much about, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. I study Animal Science with a focus in production through the College of Ag and what an experience it has been! I have learned so much comprehensive information from rangeland management to livestock nutrition that has helped me in my day to day life outside of the classroom. I work as a ranch hand and the material I have learned in my classes has helped me be a successful cattleman. It has also given me insight towards the production chain so that I can work with and manage a better beef product. I am currently finishing an amazing internship as a ranch hand for the Y Cross Ranch in Horse Creek, WY. Beef production and management is my passion and it is what I want to do for the rest of my trips around the sun. There is no better way of life and the best part of the College of Ag is that way of life is fostered through the things we learn, the doors we open, and the friends we make along the way. I call the University of Wyoming home, the friends I have met here my family, and all of my experiences here are memories that will last a lifetime. I look forward to my first year as an Ag Ambassador and representing agriculture as it should be. Like I said, it’s the best way of life there is.
This is my final semester of College and I am very grateful for what the University of Wyoming and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has done for me. I will be graduating in December with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Communications and a minor in Marketing Communications. I grew up on my family’s ranch in the mountains of Granby, Colorado. I spent my childhood riding horses, rodeoing, showing livestock in 4-H and playing basketball. I am the current chairwoman for Ag Ambassadors so please feel free to contact me with any questions. Go Wyo!
Hi there! My name is Marley Mardock and I am a Senior studying animal science here at UW. I am from Estes Park Colorado and I love anything outdoors including skiing, fishing, hiking and most of all running. My concentration is in production, and I have enjoyed every one of my classes through the College of Ag and my animal science classes. This year I have switched it up a bit and am considering applying for vet school after I finish here at Wyoming. I cannot say enough good things not only about the University of Wyoming, but also about the College of Ag and the Ag Ambassadors program. I am not only proud to be a student here at UW and in the ambassador’s program, but also thankful for all the opportunities I have had and the more to come.
Hello! My name is Nika Martin and I am a Junior majoring in Animal and Veterinarian Sciences. I currently work out at the Wyoming State Vet Lab in the Regulatory Serology lab. I also volunteer at Gem City Vet services and Black Dog Animal Rescue. With BDAR I also foster short term dogs when needed–it is a wonderful program! When time allows, I love camping or hiking in the many places near Laramie.
I was born and raised in Jackson, Wyoming in the shadow of the Teton range and just south of Yellowstone National Park. Predictably, I love the great outdoors and can reliably be found outside trekking, climbing, skiing, or fishing. I’m studying microbiology here at UW and aspire to someday work in the biotech industry.
Hello, my name is Kailin Ann McClung but I mostly go by KK. I am originally from Big Springs, Nebraska which I believe has a population of around 450 people in total. Growing up on my family’s farm was a blessing and will always be the reason that agriculture is so near to my heart. I am a Junior this year at the University of Wyoming, majoring in Human Nutrition and Food. My goal is to become a registered Dietitian. I chose this major because I have a passion for health and nutrition and I love to help others. Currently I am living on campus in my sorority Delta Delta Delta. I am very active on campus and in the Laramie community which always keeps me busy. One fun fact about me is that I love to travel and have already studied abroad twice. I also love meeting new people and answering many questions about the College of Agriculture and Nature Resources!
Hi! My name is Joshua Messer, and I’m proud to say that I represent the great College of Ag by being an Ag Ambassador. I’m currently a Molecular Biology and Chemistry double major, and I hope to use those degrees to get into an MD/Ph. D program. I’m also heavily involved around campus, most prominently representing the College in the ASUW Student Senate.
Hello! My name is Rachel Purdy, and I am a Sophomore studying Agricultural Business. I come from the small town of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming and am currently serving as the Wyoming Beef Ambassador. On campus, I am actively involved with the Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association. After I finish school, I plan on pursuing a career in agricultural policy. While at UW, I have been able to study abroad to France with the College of Agriculture and Nature Resources. I am excited to be an Ag Ambassador and cannot wait to share the good news about our college.
Hi! My name is Katie Richardson and I am a Senior at the University of Wyoming double majoring in Agricultural Business and Accounting. I feel extremely blessed to serve as an Ag Ambassador for UW as I get to share my knowledge and educate the community about agriculture. I currently own and run a farm in Erie, Colorado. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and horses. Once out of school I plan on pursuing a career in the Ag. Business sector helping farmers and ranchers applying for operating loans, and over all being a voice for the agriculture industry.
Hi, my name is Emily Sikorski, and this is my second year at UW. My major is Agricultural Business with a concentration in International Agriculture. My passions include cooking, baking, and traveling, all of which I got to enjoy this summer when I studied traditional food and agriculture in a rural village in Yucatán, México. In addition to Ag Ambassadors, I also enjoy being a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. I feel so fortunate to have the privilege of serving as an Ag Ambassador, and cannot wait to see what opportunities it brings, as this is my first year as an ambassador.
Hello, my name is Preston Talbert and I am a Junior majoring in Agroecology with minors in Soil Science and Ag Business. I am a 5th generation farmer from small town Eastern Colorado where agriculture plays a big role in communities. I currently work in the Precision Ag field making production agriculture more efficient and affordable. Being an advocate to promote the importance of agriculture here at UW will be a great experience and will keep agriculture strong in America.
Hi! I am Megan Weisensee and I am from the small town of Deer Trail, Colorado. I am currently a Junior studying Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Wyoming. My family owns a farming and ranching operation, and I have been raised in agriculture my entire life. I am a member of the Pre-Vet club and the Block & Bridle club and immensely enjoy my time here at UW. Being an Ag Ambassador allows me to promote the way of life I know and love!
Hi! My name is Callie Wilson, I’m entering my Junior year here at UW majoring in Microbiology. I grew up in Baggs, Wyoming where I spent my time playing basketball, volleyball, running track, and being an active member of my 4-H club and FFA chapter. My experiences in agriculture have shaped my work ethic and leadership skills. I’m very active on campus, including being in an honorary and being a Resident Assistant in the residence halls. In my spare time I love to fly fish, cook, and travel. I’m honored to serve the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as an Ambassador, by being a voice for the students and sharing the agricultural way of life.
Hey, my name is Jake Zielke. I am double majoring in Agribusiness management and Animal and Veterinarian sciences, this is my fourth year at the University of Wyoming. I am originally from Northern Colorado but I now live on a ranch in Encampment, WY. I have been riding bulls on the University of Wyoming Rodeo team since I began school here, I also do quite a bit of work with the Rocky Mountain Bronc Riders Association. I spent most of my childhood in the mountains riding my horses and dirt bikes, hunting, skiing, fishing and working cattle, I also went to school for three years in Wisconsin where I spent my time working on a dairy farm, showing hogs, and participating in FFA. After college I plan to travel as much as I can then continue my career in the cattle industry.
Hello, I’m Jacob and I’m from Cheyenne, Wyoming. I am honored to become a member of the Ag Ambassadors at the University of Wyoming, and look forward to representing the College of Ag. Our unique college offers diverse majors, and it will be great to meet and work with students from other walks of life and interests as an ambassador. My major is Molecular Biology. After college I plan on continuing on to medical school, but before that I hope to study abroad. I am grateful for all the opportunities provided to me by the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UW.