Meet the Ambassadors
Hi my name is BJ Bender and I am a Senior majoring in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management as well as in Environment and Natural Resources. I have completed my minor in Spanish and am taking my last course through the Honors Program and finishing up my Honors Senior Project, all at the University of Wyoming. I was born and raised in Orange County, California, but I couldn’t be happier living in Wyoming. The amazing array of opportunities and support available at this school, particularly through 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 the Student Range Club, Sigma Delta Pi, The Ranch Horse Team, Cowboy Country Swing Club, Wyoming Collegiate Cattleman’s Association 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 and employment opportunities to attend and participate in throughout the school year. The University of Wyoming and the College of Ag have provided me the opportunity to study and travel to India last winter break- see my blog post about it! This winter I will be traveling to Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia to learn about Rangeland Management, work on some sheep ranches, and practice my in South America. One day I would like to work for the BLM or another resource management agency so I can use all I have learned in Range and ENR. I love Wyoming so much and I plan to keep working and living in the state after I graduate.
Hi! My name is Katie Jacobs. I am a junior in Dietetics program within the Family and Consumer Sciences major and love it! I am passionate about helping people any way that I can, especially through nutrition therapy and education. The College of Agriculture has been the most welcoming and helpful place throughout my college career and I will always be grateful for their support in all my endeavors. I grew up in Wyoming and enjoy camping, fishing, kayaking, skiing, and being in the great outdoors, which we have a lot of here! I am the treasurer of the Student Dietetic Association and vice president of the Family and Consumer Sciences honorary, Phi Upsilon Omicron. These clubs, as well as involvement with Ag Ambassadors, gives me a sense of community and really makes Laramie and the University of Wyoming feel like home.
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 three 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.
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 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 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.
Hello! My name is Nika Martin and I am a Senior majoring in Animal and Veterinarian Sciences with a Pre-Vet option. I grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming and have grown to love the cold and open skies of WY. I have applied to attend vet school in the year of 2016 and am currently waiting to hear back from several vet schools. Currently I work at Gem City Veterinarian Clinic as a technician. I spend time volunteering for Black Dog Animal Rescue, and am a part of the UW Pre-Vet club as well. When time allows, I love camping or hiking in the many places near Laramie. I currently am chairwoman for the Ag-ambassadors, please contact me with any questions you may have.
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!
Hello! My name is Rachel Purdy, and I am studying Agricultural Business with a double minor in International Business and International Relations/Comparative Government. I come from the small town of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. I served as a member of the 2015 National Beef Ambassador Team. On campus, I am involved with the Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association and serve as a senator for the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming. After I finish school, I plan on pursuing a career in international agricultural policy. While at UW, I have been able to study abroad to France with the College of Agriculture and Nature Resources. This college has given me many great opportunities to expand my horizons and give back!
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! My name is Callie Wilson, I’m entering my Senior 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! My name is Michelle Bartlett. I am a senior here at the University of Wyoming studying Agricultural Business with a concentration in Farm and Ranch Management, as well as I am in the honors program. I was born and raised in Parker, CO. I am very active here on campus. In addition to being an Ag Ambassador, I am a resident assistant in the residence halls, a part of the Wyoming Honors Organization, and am an avid member of Cowboy Country Swing Club. In my spare time, I enjoy being in the great outdoors, swing dancing, and playing with my four dogs. After I graduate, I hope to work for a year and then return to UW for grad school. This is my first year as an Ag Ambassador. I am honored to represent the College of Agriculture, as it has done so much for me and my education the past three years!
My name is Jemma Woods, and I am from Cheyenne, Wyoming. I am an Agroecology major and I hope to minor in Horticulture and Botany. I started off my college career at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, where I was originally an education major. Then I got a summer job working for the City of Cheyenne in the Urban Forestry Department and decided to change my major to Agroecology when I transferred to The University of Wyoming that fall. This is my second year at U.W. and I love it! It is wonderful having the opportunity to be a part of the College of Agriculture and I really enjoy being in Laramie because it is such a neat town with a strong sense of community.
Marc Anthony wrote “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” This has inspired me to pursue a dual degree in Agricultural Communication and Business Administration. I am in my third year here at the University of Wyoming and in my first year as an Ag Ambassador. Aside from the Ag Ambassador team, I also have served as an ASUW Senator representing the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the past two years, was a member of the 2014 Women’s Leadership of the University of Wyoming planning committee, and have been involved in the American Marketing Association. I grew up in a ranching family here in Wyoming, with a 4th generation ranch near Lusk, Wyoming. I graduated from Tongue River High School in Dayton, Wyoming in 2013 beneath the beautiful Big Horn Mountains, but the Snowy Mountain range has certainly grown on me during my time here. I am very excited to be a part of the Ag Ambassador team and am passionate about advocating for the agricultural industry.
Hey! My name is Laura Fereday. This is my first year as an Ag ambassador. I am studying Ag Business here at the University of Wyoming and I love it! I grew up in a farming and ranching community in Utah before I moved to Estes Park, Colorado, where there is no Ag, that was a huge culture shock to me, which really made me see the importance of it. I grew up around horses and have competed on them since I was 6 years old from paints to hunter jumpers. I am the treasurer on the Equestrian Team and find myself at the barn with my 2 horses all of the time. Laramie is a great place to live, especially because there is something for everyone. I love this town and this school! The classes that I have taken are all applicable and really help further my knowledge. All in all its a great place to be with great people.
Hi I am Megan Weisensee and I’m from the small town of Deer Trail, Colorado. I am a Senior studying Animal and Veterinary Sciences here at the University of Wyoming. I recently applied to veterinary school and hope to practice food animal medicine. My family owns a farming and ranching operation, and I have been raised in agriculture my entire life. I am a member and former officer of the Pre-Vet club and have immensely enjoyed my last three years here at UW. Being an Ag Ambassador allows me to promote the way of life I know and love, and being involved in the agriculture industry has afforded me many great opportunities to get involved and give back!
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.