CSU, Chico

Kelsey Markus, Animal Science

Kelsey Markus, Animal Science

California State University, Chico offers hundreds of clubs and organizations where students can get involved, take leadership roles, and meet new people. Kelsey Markus, a senior in animal science with a minor in agriculture business, took the opportunity to go a step further and take a leadership position at the state level.

In November 2010, Markus was elected secretary of the California Young Cattlemen’s Committee (YCC) during the 2010 California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) state convention in Reno, Nev.

Markus said, “I wanted to be more proactive in the beef industry, and taking a state officer role seemed like the perfect opportunity.”

Casey Miller, a 2010 graduate in animal science, was a large influence on Markus’s involvement in the YCC. “Casey encouraged me to take a state officer position and keep up the tradition of having a CSU, Chico student on the officer team,” said Markus.

Markus attended state events with Miller, who was a past YCC vice chairwoman and encouraged her to get more involved in the organization.

Before joining the CSU, Chico YCC, Markus had little prior experience in the beef industry besides showing steers at her county fair. After attending a YCC event, she immediately joined the organization.

Markus said, “As a transfer student I didn’t really know anyone at CSU, Chico. I joined YCA to meet people and learn about the beef industry, and I fell in love with the organization.”

Markus currently holds the CSU, Chico YCC vice president position along with her state position.

“Being active in YCC, I have had the opportunity to meet and network with people in the beef industry from all over the state,” said Markus. “Not coming from a beef background, the organization has helped me learn a lot about the industry and opportunities within the industry.”

Along with her officer positions in YCC, Markus also holds the treasurer position for Alpha Zeta (AZ). AZ is a national agriculture honors society based on scholarship and service.

“I enjoy being active in an honors society,” said Markus. “I also have the opportunity to meet new people in the College of Agriculture through AZ.”

Markus serves as a 4-H leader for the Calaveras Wranglers, an equine youth 4-H project group in her hometown of Murphys, Calif. She helps the kids with their horsemanship, showmanship, and other aspects of showing horses at county fairs.

Markus said, “I enjoy being able to help kids with their horses while staying active in my community.”

Markus transferred to CSU, Chico from Columbia Community College in Sonora, Calif.  She said, “I love the small classes in the College of Agriculture and the small town feel of Chico.”

Markus chose to major in animal science because of her love for animals. In 4-H she showed horses, and in Future Farmers of America, she showed chickens, rabbits, and steers.

“I love the agriculture industry,” said Markus. “It’s where everything starts to produce food and fiber for the world.”

Markus has a minor in agriculture business to broaden her job opportunities in the agriculture field.

“Business is a big part of everything I want to do,” said Markus.

When not in class or doing club related activities, Markus finds time to ride her horse and work part time for LRT Design on Mangrove Street in Chico where she installs vinyl graphics on vehicles. She recently purchased her horse, so she spends much of her time training him.

After graduation, Markus wants to stay involved in the beef industry. She isn’t sure what she would like to do for a career, but through her activities in the YCC, she has gained a passion for the beef industry and wants to be involved in either marketing or production.