This year marks the ninth 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.
Ray Riley and I are blessed to get to work with such great students, the 30 freshmen in this year’s class and the graduate and undergraduate students who make this such a great experience for all of us. Even though we have a large group of people in the classroom each Friday, we are enriched by getting to know so many students through this activity. Thanks to Katy Jo Nickelson and Marc Vogelsang for providing such great leadership for this class.
We thank Jackie Savell for providing such great sides and desserts and for being at each class to provide motherly love and advice to our students. Many of the greatest memories made each year are about various items she makes.
We look forward to this semester and getting to know this year’s group of freshmen.