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 set up of the kettles, smokers, and/or pits, with cooking/smoking/serving meat, and with clean-up and put-away of equipment and utensils. There is a lot of work that goes into preparing each week’s activity, and having experienced assistants makes everything go very well. The knowledge that goes with being a junior or a senior with respect to coursework, extracurricular experiences, and college life gives these students special credibility as they work with the freshmen during the semester.
This year, Katy Jo Nickelson and Adam Murray are the graduate students who are working with ANSC 117. Katy Jo has a unique advantage in that she has been a member of the class as a freshman and then served as a teaching assistant throughout her undergraduate career. Adam joins us as a master’s student who received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech, and he will bring his expertise in barbecued pork to the class.
This year’s Snazzy Seniors are Kathleen Meredith, Julia Rauschuber, Taylor Rowland, Erika Victor, and Marc Vogelsang. Each of these seniors brings his or her unique talents and skills to the class, and we are grateful for their continued service to the freshmen.
The Jazzy Juniors this year are Carley Armstrong, Abbey Chrz, Marti Hanson, Jordan Hevner, Maddison Holder, Emily June Kelley, Ty Robertson, Shelby Schiefelbein, Libby Schneider, and Lorenzo Washington.
We know we will have a great semester because of these wonderful students who are always there to serve others.