Hey there! My name is Shane Bell, I’m a Junior 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.
BJ Bender– 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 than I am now 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.
Chris Block– Biography coming soon
Emilee is a Sophomore from Newnan, GA and is dual majoring in Animal Science Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Communication. She plans to attend veterinary school and become a food animal practitioner, specializing in bovine genetics with a special interest in providing a consultation service to producers. Emilee is currently working in the Necropsy department at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory. Consumer education and appreciation of United States agriculture is one of her primary advocacy platforms. While not in classes or working, Emilee enjoys spending her time outdoors, whether it’s riding, shooting, camping, or fly-fishing, and is very involved with a local campus ministry.
Nina Burnham–Biography coming soon
Jacob Chaloupka– 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.
Bailie Dannels–Biography coming soon
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!
Brandon Fritz–Picture coming soon 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.
Jon Heald–Biography coming soon
I am a junior majoring in Agricultural Communication. I am from Chicago, IL. I also play violin for the UW Symphony Orchestra.
Hey there! My name is John and this is my first 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 and management 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, as well as give 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.
I’m enrolled for my third year at UW, studying Ag Communications. I grew up on my family’s ranch in the mountains of Granby, Colorado. I spent my childhood riding my horse, participating in rodeo, being an active member of 4-H and playing basketball. College has given me many opportunities and I am so grateful. The summer between my freshman and sophomore year I was able to intern with Always Mountain Time Radio Network in advertisement sales. The summer between my sophomore and junior year I traveled to Finland for a month of study abroad summer school. I currently work in the Student and Academic Programs office within the College of Ag and Natural Resources. I am the present chairwoman for the Ag Ambassadors.
Hi there! My name is Marley Mardock and I am a junior 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.
Nika Martin–Biography coming soon
Nick Memmer–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 sophomore 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.
Rachel Purdy 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
Emily Sirkorski–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.
Preston Talbert–Biography coming soon
Hi! I am Megan Weisensee and I am from the small town of Deer Trail, Colorado. I am currently a sophomore 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!
Callie Wilson–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.
Jake Zielke–Biography coming soon
Jacob Zumo–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 here at UW is Molecular Biology. After college, I plan on continuing on into 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 and UW.