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ASU food animal science and marketing students in the labASU food animal science and marketing students in the labSpecifically, the ASU Agriculture Department’s Bachelor of Science in food animal science and marketing degree program was highlighted, including its USDA-inspected Food Safety and Product Development Lab. Students utilize the lab to harvest, fabricate and process animals and produce a wide variety beef, pork, lamb and goat products. They also learn comprehensive food safety as they package the items for sale – and then use the latest techniques to market their products to the public at the ASU Meat Market.

Data and information for the Online Schools Center rankings were derived from the National Center for Education Statistics, meat industry associations, university websites and other rankings services, including U.S. News and World Report. Criteria for the rankings included:

  • Rigorous coursework focusing on the many facets of meat production, preparation and distribution.
  • Modern facilities and up-to-date principles that reflect the industry’s meat production and processing technologies and practices, giving students an insight into their future careers.
  • Exposes students to field experience through internships and collaborative projects with major associations and key players in the meat industry.
  • Undergraduate and graduate programs are available for fundamental or advanced Meat Science education and training.
  • Offers certification programs aimed at industry professionals seeking to advance their skills or students aiming to supplement their formal Meat Science training.
  • All programs are properly accredited by academic agencies, and recognized by meat industry associations.

According to the Online Schools Center, “We rounded up the country’s top-rated institutions that are well-known for their academic programs and courses in Meat Science…these schools and programs share exceptional features that produce the best-skilled workforce.”

“Angelo State University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Food Animal Science and Marketing is designed to address the demands of the industry. This undergraduate program imparts the disciplines and principles of effective meat product production and marketing utilized by industry leaders.”

The ASU Agriculture Department has also been ranked among the “Great Schools” for undergraduate majors in agriculture by The Princeton Review every year since 2014. The department offers five bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees that cover every aspect of the agriculture industry. The academic programs are supplemented by hands-on training and research at the 6,000-acre Management, Instruction and Research Center, more commonly called the MIR Center or ASU Ranch.

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The ASU Office of Admissions implemented test-optional admission reviews for students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic for the fall 2020 class and will extend this option for the 2021 classes.

ASU is actively working on application review processes, which may include, but are not limited to, the demonstrated academic rigor, leadership, dual credit course completion, college readiness criteria, or any other consideration of applicants, as allowed by state statute, to ensure their success and persistence to graduation. 

Sharla AdamSharla Adam“We made this decision based on closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our prospective students’ ability to submit currently required national testing scores,” said Sharla Adam, director of admissions. “With the reduction of ACT/SAT tests and the uncertainty associated with those tests being readily available, Angelo State has chosen to provide a test-optional admission opportunity. We will continue to accept ACT/SAT test scores, as well. Students will indicate on their application which admission review they prefer to use.”

More details will be forthcoming on the myfuture.angelo.edu website. Applications are already being accepted for the spring and summer 2021 semesters. Applications for the fall 2021 semester will open Aug. 1.

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A letter sent to the graduates from Angie Wright, interim president, and Don Topliff, provost and vice president for academic affairs, states:

Dear Graduates,

We are so proud of you, the ASU graduates of 2020. You have reached another milestone, and you did it while overcoming the new challenges that have faced the ASU family and the nation.

We know you wanted the opportunity to physically walk across the stage in the Junell Center and receive your diploma in front of the friends and family that have supported you, along with the faculty and staff that helped you reach this pinnacle. We sincerely wish that could have happened. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has changed all of our plans. Due to the tremendous challenges given the restrictions that remain in place for larger gatherings at this time, ASU has determined it cannot safely hold a ceremony on our campus without undue risk to attendees and our staff. 

The virtual ceremony will occur on August 15th and we will do our very best to make it a meaningful ceremony celebrating your achievements. We are working on the details right now, and will keep you updated as plans are put in place. 

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. It isn’t what any of us wanted, but it is what we feel is in everyone’s best interest.

We hope you are safe. We thank you for your patience, perseverance and loyalty to the Ram Family!

Angie Wright
Don Topliff

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ASU hosted the first CTLE seminar at the LeGrand Center.ASU hosted the first CTLE seminar at the LeGrand Center.Representatives of the four entities signed an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the partnership program during a virtual ceremony on June 11. Signatories for the agreement were:

  • Angie Wright, interim president, ASU
  • Dr. Cheryl Sparks, president, Howard College
  • Dr. Carl Dethloff, superintendent, SAISD
  • Col. Thomas Coakley, commander, 17th Training Group

Per the agreement, the partners will rotate hosting seminars, forums, symposia and other events on their respective campuses aimed at helping the faculty at each institution fine-tune their teaching skills to improve the quality of teaching and learning for faculty, staff and students. The events will be led by faculty volunteers, and there is no charge for faculty to attend.

ASU’s efforts toward the CTLE partnership were spearheaded by Dr. Jesse Taylor, director of the Faculty Learning Commons; Dr. Brook Dickison, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction; Susan Williams, director of affiliated military and veteran services; and Dr. Javier Flores, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management.

Dr. Javier FloresDr. Javier Flores“The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence MOU exemplifies the dedication to excellence in education in the San Angelo community,” Flores said. “The MOU seeks to foster collaboration and a sense of community around the common goals of learning and enhancing the development of our teaching professionals. This MOU lets the world know that San Angelo is a leader in lifelong learning!” 

Early this year, ASU hosted the CTLE program’s first two-day seminar on “Student Engagement” at the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center. It was attended by 34 select faculty from across the community. Another forum planned for April at Howard College had to be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Eventually, the partners hope to generate enough interest and resources to establish a permanent facility to house a Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. In the meantime, they plan to host educational events for faculty at their respective campuses on a regularly scheduled basis.

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As a day of reflection for the emancipation of the last Confederate slaves on June 19, 1865, and in light of the ongoing national conversation regarding race and racism in the U.S., Angelo State University has declared Friday (June 19) as a university holiday in observance of Juneteenth.

All classes scheduled to meet online on Friday are cancelled. Only faculty and staff who are deemed by the university as essential personnel will be required to work on Friday. Consideration for time off for those employees will follow official Angelo State human resources guidelines.

ASU Interim President Angie Wright issued the following letter to the university community Thursday afternoon:

Dear Angelo State University Community,
Tomorrow, we will close to commemorate Juneteenth. In Galveston, Texas, enslaved African Americans learned of their freedom on June 19, 1865, when a federal order confirmed the proclamation that slaves in Texas were free.  This day has long been celebrated as an Independence Day for African Americans.
Classes will be dismissed for the day and only essential personnel are required to report to work. I encourage all members of our University community to take a moment, reflect on our nation’s past and present, and join together to work toward a better future for all.

Angie Wright
Interim President
Angelo State University

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