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Upperclass, graduate students provide leadership for ANSC 117

The purpose of ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue is to help freshmen learn about and enjoy some great food each Friday, make new friends and find lifelong mentors, and have a nurturing place to be at the end of a busy and stressful week. This is greatly enhanced by the graduate students, seniors, and juniors who provide leadership for the class each year. There is no way that Ray Riley or I could teach this class without these wonderful students. The Texas Barbecue teaching assistants provide assistance with the weekly… Read More →

Goodbye to Snazzy Seniors!

The last class in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue this semester was a time to say goodbye to four very important people, this year’s Snazzy Seniors — Jennifer Willis, Katy Jo Nickelson, Stephanie Lastovica, and Marc Vogelsang. These four students have been involved with the Texas Barbecue class since they first took it as freshmen and then as teaching assistants as Super Sophomores and Jazzy Juniors before their senior year. We know of no other opportunity for students to have a four-year college experience such as this, and we… Read More →

Whole pig cookery last class in ANSC 117

The 2015 version of the ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue class came to the end on December 4th with the traditional whole pig cookery at our home. We roasted the pig in the cinder-block pit in our backyard. We purchased a 75-pound pig to roast, and it was injected with about a 20% by weight brine solution (salt, sugar, and water) overnight before cooking the next day. The pig was put in the cinder-block pit around 7:00 AM and was cooked until 4:30 PM before it was pulled out… Read More →

Seventh year of ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, underway

2015 marks the seventh year of ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue. The class has had many different prefixes, but the course name has been the same, and the purpose of the class has never wavered: to help freshmen make the difficult transition from high school to college, to know that each week they will learn about Texas Barbecue and will enjoy a great meal, and they will interact with faculty and students who care about their success and will serve as mentors to them during and after the class…. Read More →

Upperclass students provide leadership in ANSC 117

Two groups of students who provide outstanding leadership each year for the ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue class are the Jazzy Juniors and the Snazzy Seniors. These nicknames have been carried on over the years after the first group of Super Sophomores stayed on to continue to help out with the class, and some catchy names had to be devised to differentiate the three distinct groups. The 2015 Super Sophomores were introduced on the first day of ANSC 117 and received their Texas Barbecue polos. Introductions also were made… Read More →

ANSC 117 class adds Super Sophomores

The seventh year of ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, kicked off on Friday, September 4, 2015 for new class of 27 freshmen. As has been the tradition since the second year of this class, a group of students who took the class as freshmen return to help as teaching assistants working in set up, cooking, and clean up, but most importantly, as valuable mentors to this year’s freshmen regarding making it at Texas A&M University. The Super Sophomores this year are Carley Armstrong, Colton Bausch, Abby Chrz, Terrica Green,… Read More →

Texas Barbecue says goodbye to Snazzy Seniors

The first Texas Barbecue class for freshmen was held in the fall of 2009, and with the second class in 2010, we began having a few students who had been in the previous class help out with the current class. Four students from the 2010 class, Jenny Bohac, Tyler Rosser, Taylor Adcock, and Chloe Geye, decided that they wanted to serve as assistants in the 2011 class, and we called them “Super Sophomores.” At the end of the 2011, Ray Riley and I said goodbye to Jenny, Tyler, Taylor, and… Read More →