CSU, Chico

Students Travel to Utah to Attend Society for Range Management Conference

Students Travel to Utah to Attend Society for Range Management Conference

Seven CSU, Chico students attended the Society for Range Management (SRM) annual conference in St. George, Utah, from Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2017, and two of them were elected to national offices. Ariana Altier, Zach Bauer, Bridgette Eldridge, Danielle Hedglin, Emily Krahn, Andrea Oliver-LaCome and Alex Orozco-Lopez made the trip, along with animal science professor Kasey DeAtley. Orozco-Lopez was elected secretary of the SRM Student Conclave, and Oliver-LaCome will serve as the public relations chair for the Young Professionals Conclave for the coming year.

All seven students competed against 14 other schools in the Rangeland Cup, a competition that emphasizes critical thinking though group work on current topics pertaining to rangeland management. Teams demonstrate interactive communication skills and group problem-solving by creating a poster on the topic and presenting it to a panel of judges. This year’s topic focused on the ecological and socioeconomic effects of federal land transfer to state control.

“Although they didn’t place in the top three, our students did a fantastic job designing and presenting their solution,” DeAtley said. “I received excellent feedback about how professional and engaging our students are.”

Bauer, LaCome and Orozco-Lopez also competed in the extemporaneous speech competition where students draw a topic and have 2 ½ hours to prepare a five- to seven-minute speech on the topic.

“Working with Dr. DeAtley in my rangeland class made me realize how interesting rangeland management can be,” Orozco-Lopez said. “Competitions like these give me the opportunity to interact with other students and professionals in rangeland management.”