CSU, Chico

Spring 2003 Star Students

Spring 2003 Star Students

by: K.T. Lee, Public Information Intern

Three students all share one thing in common, their passion for agriculture. Amy Kodet, Elizabeth Kuhns and Tim Arnett were recently chosen by faculty members as the 2003 Star Students for the College of Agriculture.

These individuals were chosen by their department for their academic achievements, involvement within the college and their contribution to the agriculture industry.

Amy Kodet, a senior majoring in animal science, describes a typical day in her life as blessed, accomplished and chaotic—in a good sense.

"I run around like a chicken with my head cut off," says Kodet.

Kodet is a Dean’s List student, lead herdsman at the Chico State Dairy, Dairy Science Association secretary and a member of Phi Eta Sigma, an honor society at Chico State.

From a small town that still has tractors driving down Main Street, Kodet of Salinas entered Chico State with little knowledge or experience about animals. She began as a freshman by volunteering time at the Chico State Dairy. She is now AI (Artificial Insemination) certified and is carrying out a research project on the CIDR estrous synchronization of dairy cattle.

Kodet credits her family as her foundation and her faith as her cornerstone. She thanks professors Cindy Daley and Doc Patton for their contagious passion and enthusiasm. Also, the dairy team and the dairy itself have been huge motivators.

Elizabeth Kuhns, a senior majoring in agriculture business, looks forward to continuing her education after graduation in a few months at graduate school.

"I wouldn’t mind teaching agriculture business or economics at a junior college or university some day," said Kuhns.

Kuhns has spent her past two years at Chico State studying hard, doing homework and working many hours to pay for her education. She recognizes attending class and completing homework as the key to her academic success. Kuhns is a Dean’s List student, has been awarded for her academic achievements and was recently honored as a National Dean’s List recipient.

Kuhns acknowledges her professor and adviser Annette Levi for her encouragement with grad school, Professor Phil Hamilton for his advice and all the other agricultural business professors within the College of Agriculture.

Tim Arnett, a senior majoring in agriculture education, spends most of his time at school and the Chico State Dairy.

Arnett is extremely involved with the College of Agriculture. He is the Collegiate Future Farmers of America (CFFA) vice president, Stock Dog Club treasurer and a member of the Dairy Science Association and Young Cattlemen’s Association.

"A typical day in my life is long and full of excitement. Usually school, work, extra-curricular clubs, homework and somewhere in between I try to fit in friends and food," said Arnett.

Arnett plans to teach high school agriculture in the Northern California area after graduation. Professors Cindy Daley and Brad Dodson have been his main inspirations while at Chico State. He also credits his family for their motivation.