2017 Spring Graduates

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo! Thank you for your contributions to CAFES.
Best of luck in your future careers!

BLog.JPGName: Mary Allen  
Major and Minor: Agricultural Communication, Agricultural Business
Home town: San Luis Obispo, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
Wow, there are some are so many to choose from! One of my favorite class at Cal Poly was AGC 407, Ag Publications with Megan Silcott. That class taught me how to use design software and affirmed my passion for my major.

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
This spring, I was awarded Outstanding Senior for the agriculture communication major. Receiving this honor represented so much more than just an award. I saw it a special token of appreciation for all my hard work and time put into my major and CAFES.

 Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly? If so, what were they?
I interned at the California Rice Commission in Sacramento during my junior year summer. I learned about the pesticide regulation process, environmental policies, communication strategies, and even spent some time in the Capital with legislators. I am so thankful for this internship which opened my eyes up to so much more than just rice!

Did you study abroad?
I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica for four months. I gained a global perspective of agriculture and a respect for the culture. I realized I want to work on an international level after my experience.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Try to live a balanced life and travel as much as you can. Then, you will discover yourself and become comfortable with who you are which will help you in all future endeavors.

What are your plans after graduation?
I will be traveling to Europe for three weeks and then I will start working at Mariani Nut Company in Winters, CA in Sales and Marketing.  I am very excited!


 

senior picName: Clayton Carlson  
Major: Agriculture Science

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly
It is hard to pick between my top two favorite courses at Cal Poly, ASCI 225 with Dr. Spiller and DSCI 230 with Dr. Berning.  Both courses utilized their laboratory times in a practical manner and truly embodied the concept of  “learn by doing”.  Also, both courses were taught by professors who offered true experience in their fields and an immense amount of wisdom.

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
One of my proudest moments at Cal Poly was the work that I put in at the Cal Poly Dairy.  I started as a milker my freshman year and graduated as the Dairy’s Feed-Yard Student Manager.

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
Yes, while the Cal Poly dairy kept me busy most summers, I was able to spend a summer as an intern with Santa Clara County Farm Bureau. I worked in the area of member and community outreach to work on strengthening agriculture literacy in the county

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. – Will Rogers

What are your plans after graduation?
First, I am embarking on a trip to Europe with five good friends to celebrate these past four years.  Then in the fall I will be returning to San Luis Obispo to pursue my Credentialing and Masters in Agriculture Education.


 

IMG_3557Name: Dominique DeMoss
Major and Minor: Agricultural Science, Education
Home town: Weaverville, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
One of my favorite classes at Cal Poly was BRAE 340. It was extremely challenging, but that’s why I liked it. It was probably the hardest I had to work in a class, but I loved every second of it. It was applicable to real-life situations and embraced the learn by doing motto!

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
One of my proudest moments while being a student was being recognized at our department receptions. Being recognized for Dean’s List and club leadership shows that hard work really pays off.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can. You have one chance to experience and do so many things, so do them! Take the extra class because you’re interested in it, take the enterprise, use the rec center, and make that friend. Cal Poly is full of opportunity, take advantage of it.

What are your plans after graduation?
I will be attending Cal Poly in the Fall for the Agricultural Education graduate program. I will be working on my single-subject teaching credential and masters.


 

HannagName: Hannah Fortin
Major and Minor: Agricultural Communication, Sustainable Agriculture    
Home town: Susanville, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite class was actually, surprisingly, a poetry workshop (ENGL 388). As much as I absolutely adored all of my major classes, this poetry class not only allowed me to explore poetic literature and my ability to write it, but it also led me to develop deep relationships with fascinating peers

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
One of my proudest moments when our Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow club received the award of Small Club of the Year. As the president of the club this year, it was challenging for me to stay on my toes and balance my responsibilities for the club with other obligations in my life, and I feared I had not done a sufficient job to keep our winning streak going. Fortunately, I had a lot of help and support along the way. When we won, I was so relieved and elated. ACT has been a wonderful part of my life here, and I’m so glad I was able to be a part of it.       

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
My sophomore summer, I interned at an immigration law firm in San Diego called Malitzlaw. I learned so much, and I helped put together entire petitions; it was amazing. My junior summer, I was an Extension and Communications Intern for Driscoll’s Research and Development team. I was able to do a lot of writing which I enjoyed and I tasted a ton of berries.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Always put people first. Help as frequently as you can – you never know when you’ll make a difference. That is what’s important in life, no matter what grades you get.

What are your plans after graduation?
I am so fortunate to have accepted a position as a law clerk at an agricultural labor and employment firm in Roseville, CA. I am so incredibly excited to begin.


Annie.JPGName: Annie Hamilton 
Major: Agricultural Communication
Home town: Rio Vista, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite class at Cal Poly was AGC 407 with Megan Silcott.

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
Designing the AgCircle magazine and then seeing the final copy in my hands!

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
Sophomore year I interned for NCAT- ATTRA in Davis, CA. I worked on the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Grant. Junior year I worked for Tremont/ Lyman Groups in Woodland, CA.


What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Everything in life works out and happens for a reason don’t overly stress, enjoy the ride!

What are your plans after graduation?
I have to finish a couple classes in the fall but then in January I will be starting my career in marketing at Tremont / Lyman Groups in Woodland, CA. I couldn’t be more excited!


 

DSC_6236Name: Veronica Lemus
Major: Agricultural Science
Home Town: Santa Paula, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
It is hard for me to say what my favorite class at Cal Poly was because I loved them all! Among my top classes has to be my animal science courses and horticulture courses because of labs.


What is one of your proudest moments 
while being a student?
My proudest moment while being a student came very recently. I stood back and realized, “hey I did it.” As a first generation college student I had many additional obstacles on campus including the feeling of not belonging and the fear of not doing well. However, I was able to overcome it by being involved in Latinos in Agriculture, doing what I love (agriculture), and with the support of wonderful faculty such as Dr. De Lay, and Dr. Flores. Now, I can’t believe I will be graduating. I’m proud for myself and my family.

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly? If so, what were they?
I am currently interning at Site One Landscape Supply. I also interned at Cal Seedling Company and Guimmara Agricom Inc.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
One piece of advice I can give to students, especially those preparing to graduate is to soak it all in and have fun. Time flies by, and before you know it your four years are over. Luckily, I get to come back for one more year!

What are your plans after graduation?
My plans after graduation are to continue working hard at my internship. Then I will come back in September to continue my credential and master’s program in Ag Education. I’m pursuing an agriculture teacher career.


 

IMG_1010Name: Kayla Manning
Major and Minor: Agricultural Science, Agricultural Business
Home town: Bakersfield, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite class during my time at Cal Poly was Floral Design with Melinda Lynch. Melinda made the class so much fun, and helped develop a love for floral design within me.

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
One of my proudest moments while being a student was serving as the General Chair for the State FFA Judging Finals.

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
I interned for three years at the Santa Barbara County Fair, in the Entries Office.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
I would share with my fellow Mustangs to take advantage of every opportunity available to you. Don’t be afraid to get involved, and try something new.

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I will be pursuing a career as an agriculture teacher. I will be student teaching at Nipomo High School in the Fall.


 

DSC_6438Name: Kendall Ott
Major and Minor: Agricultural Science, Agribusiness
Home town: Livermore, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite classes were my wine marketing classes, WVIT 470 and 433, and AEPS 327, Vertebrate Pest Management by Dr. Headrick.

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
My proudest moment is being able to graduate in four years while gaining a minor and taking an entire quarter off for an internship. I am also proud that I made Dean’s List multiple times.

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly? 
Yes, I was a harvest intern for J. Lohr Vineyards and Winery during the 2016 harvest season.

What are your plans after graduation?
I am working full-time as a Tasting Room Manager for a winery in Paso Robles.


 

SavannahName: Savanah Rhine
Major: Agricultural Science
Home town: Hanford

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite class at Cal Poly was BRAE 481, Advanced Ag Mechanics. I loved learning valuable skills; like how to pour concrete, drive trailers, weld, and make woodworking projects.

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
My proudest moment in school would be finishing my bachelor degree program in 2 years after transferring from junior college.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
The advice I would give to the next class of graduates would be to finish their classes strong and make their last year at Cal Poly fun and memorable!

What are your plans after graduation?
My plans after graduation are to enter the credential program to get my single subject agriculture teaching credential and get my masters in Agricultural Education. Then I’ll pursue a career as a high school agricultural teacher.


 

KatieName: Katie Vierra
Major and Minor: Agricultural Science, Agribusiness
Home town: Modesto, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite class at Cal Poly was AEPS 250, California Fruit Growing, because I learned so many facts regarding California’s commodities surrounding me and how important they are to our world. My professor was amazing and very passionate which made learning entertaining and fun. Our labs were interesting because we got to go to Cal Poly Crops Unit to study 14+ different crops grown in California! I would definitely recommend this class.

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
One of my proudest moments while being a student at Cal Poly was taking the excel class, AGB 260. I was very proud of this because I learned so many important tools that excel has to offer which will aid me in my future career. Another proud moment was being on Dean’s List for consecutive quarters!

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly? If so, what were they?
My first internship was as a veterinary assistant at Premier Equine Rehabilitation Center  in Oakdale, CA.  I have also interned with Edwards, Lien & Toso in Hilmar, CA as an agricultural appraisal intern trainee. And lastly, I did an internship with Yosemite Farm Credit as a Lending Intern at different branches in the Central Valley.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
A piece of advice I can share from my experiences is to make the most of each day because 4 years goes so fast! Make as many memories as you can, be spontaneous, and try new things that you may never think you would like. You never know what curve balls life will throw at you, and taking risks and living through experiences will help you become a more well-rounded person in the long run!

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I will be taking a trip to Hawaii! Whooo hooo! Then I will be moving to Fresno, CA and working for Famous Software which is an agriculture produce software company as a Sales Representative. I am very excited to see what this has in store for me!

Sam.jpgName: Samantha Wallace
Major and Minor: Agricultural Communication
Home town: Wheatland, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite class was Agricultural Publications (AGC 407) with Megan Silcott because I learned technical skills about graphic designing, editing and photography which got me an internship with California Women for Agriculture. It has also helped me with creating the Ag Circle magazines!

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
One of my proudest moments was becoming the 2016-2017 Editor-In-Chief for Brock Center for Agricultural Communications. I’ve loved the process of creating Ag Circle magazines with my fellow Brock Associates and student writers. I’m so grateful for the skills, experience and network I’ve gained through the Brock Center!

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
Yes, I interned with California Women for Agriculture San Luis Obispo County. I was the Public Relations and Graphic Design intern for their largest fundraiser which supports local collegiate, 4-H and FFA student scholarships.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate
I would say to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Life truly begins at the end of your comfort zone!

What are your plans after graduation?
I am moving to Roseville, California and pursuing a career in public relations within the agricultural industry.


 

IMG_3551Name: Holly Wilson
Major and Minor: Agricultural Communication, Equine Science
Home town: Kingsburg, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite class was the colt starting class at the horse unit during my sophomore year. It was in that class that I met my best friend, and developed some of the greatest memories just riding around on our two-year-olds horses. I will always remember starting my own horse, and will use that knowledge when I go to train my own someday!

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?The proudest moment of my college career was being a part of the production for the 77th Annual Poly Royal Rodeo, held for the first year in Spanos Stadium. Being down in the arena while 14,000 fans watched from up above was so surreal. I will never forget it!

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
I was fortunate enough to have several internships during my time at Cal Poly. My first internship was with Jayne Wayne Design in downtown SLO, where I worked on her website and Facebook page for ShowHorse.Co.

My second internship was with the SLO Chamber of Commerce, which involved learning Photoshop and Premier, in order to edit their photos and videos for the blog. I was also able to write about some of the new businesses and ribbon cuttings in the county.

My final internship was during the fall of my senior year, where I traveled to Amarillo, Texas to intern with the American Quarter Horse Association. It was an amazing experience, that provided me with a wealth of knowledge to bring back with me. I was fortunate enough to live with the Director of Ranching, Kim Lindsey, during my time in Amarillo, and even got to ride her world champion horse, Reno.

 

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Everybody says it, but these four years really do go by quick. My one piece of advice would be to not get so hung up on grades. In the end, it’s your experience and work ethic that determine what kind or career or job offer your going to receive outside of college. Build your resume, do things that you find exciting. College is a time for finding yourself outside the classroom, not in a textbook.

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I will be working for Best Ever Pads as their Marketing Manager. They are a custom saddle pad company located in Los Osos, whom I have been working with for over a year now. I’m really excited about the position, and also growing my own social media marketing company part-time on the side.


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