With the current team graduating, it’s time to introduce the four new Associates joining the Brock Center for Agricultural Communication. They will be taking over production of Ag Circle magazine, the Brock Center’s social media channels and the Brock Center Blog this summer.
Let’s meet the team.
Editor-in-Chief: Samantha Wallace, 3rd year, Wheatland, CA
Growing up on a diverse livestock farm, Samantha was an active member in FFA, serving as her chapter’s Vice President for two years. She also showed lambs and bred heifers and steers. Outside of FFA, Samantha competed in rodeos for nearly 10 years, competing in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and breakaway roping. After high school, she took a rodeo scholarship, traveling all over the Midwest. Her junior year of college, she transferred to Cal Poly, getting involved in clubs and the agricultural communication department.
Sam’s favorite social media platform is Instagram, as she’s a visual person and says “there is nothing better than a picture to tell a story.” Her hobbies include riding quarter horses, CrossFit, hiking, painting, hunting and fishing.
As Editor-in-Chief, Sam is most excited about “positively leading other to create new and exciting material for Ag Circle.” She is also thrilled to start editing, assisting with graphic design and using social media to promote the magazine. Her ultimate goal is to earn another first place title for Magazine Production in the National ACT Critique & Contest.
Lead Graphic Designer & Associate: Annie Hamilton, 3rd year, Rio Vista, CA
Annie is from a fifth generation farming family from the California Delta, growing row crops, sheep and cattle. For ten years, Annie was an active member of her 4-H chapter, serving as secretary and annually raising market steer projects for two local fairs. This past summer, Annie worked on the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant and will be interning for TremontAg in their marketing department this summer.
Annie’s favorite social media platform is Facebook because it’s easy to keep in touch with people. However, she greatly appreciates Instagram for being simple and fun to look at. Her hobbies include painting, boating, traveling and being on the delta.
As our lead designer, Annie will be carrying out her vision for the look of the magazine starting in fall quarter. Annie is very interested in art and has a keen eye for design.
Associate: Mary Allen, 3rd year, San Luis Obispo
After Mary’s family moved to a property with land at the age of nine, her family bought horses and she joined 4-H. In 4-H, Mary raised, lambs, pigs, heifers and steers. 4-H is where Mary grew to love agriculture, holding leadership positions and learning about the industry. Since coming to Cal Poly, Mary has ben very involved in Open House, saying co-chairing the Ag Pavilion committee one of her favorite experiences since coming to school.
Mary’s favorite social media platform is Facebook because she said “it has a broad spectrum of opinions to reach your audience.” Some of Mary’s favorite hobbies include horseback riding, competing in triathlons, volunteering at Church and spending her free time with family and friends.
Mary is looking forward to taking the skills she has learned in her classes and applying them to Ag Circle and the Brock Center. She wants “real world” work experience and she said she’s excited to work with a talented team and produce wonderful issues of Ag Circle.
Associate: Emma Morris, 2nd year, Etna, California
Emma comes from a ranch in Norther California, where her family dates back six generations. The ranch raises cattle, sheep, and horses and grows alfalfa, wheat, orchard grass and sunflowers. She is also an adventurer and called her PolyEscapes trip to Yosemite National park her favorite experience so far at Cal Poly, checking off a big part of her Poly bucket list. She also enjoys watching and playing sports, being outdoors and hanging in her hammock.
Emma’s favorite social media platform is Instagram, saying “I subscribe to the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words and I think the fact that Instagram is all pictures makes it a powerful sharing platform.”
When she joins the Brock team this fall, Emma is looking forward to improving her editing skills, learning more about design and helping with the Brock Center’s social media.
The current team at the Brock Center is very excited to see what the new team will bring to the table and we wish the new #TeamBrock the best of luck!