Meet Team Brock

2017-2018 Brock Center Staff

Director of Brock Center for Agricultural Communication:
Dr. Karen Cannon, kcanno01@calpoly.edu

Director of agcircle Magazine:
Megan Silcott, msilcott@calpoly.edu

Editor-In-Chief:
Chloe Fowler

Associate Editors:
Felipe Vallejo, Celeste Roberts, Bekah Reed, Quincie Gourley

Associate Videographers:
Scott MiddlecampNathan Brickman


Image 5-15-17 at 12.49 PMChloe Fowler

Home town: Ono, CA
Major: Agricultural Communications, Minor in Law and Society
Year: Junior
Position: Editor-In-Chief

Describe your agricultural background
I am a seventh generation cattle rancher and have raised homegrown steers for the local fair for eight years. Being involved in both 4-H and FFA, I held many officer positions in 4-H and FFA including Treasurer, Vice President and President for my FFA chapter. In 2015, I was the Shasta County Beef Princess and became the Beef Ambassador in 2016. At Cal Poly, I have been active in Ag Ambassadors, Ag Communicators of Tomorrow and other clubs. This upcoming year I will be the Secretary for Ag Ambassadors and the Ag Counsel Representative for the Ag Communicators of Tomorrow.

What has been your favorite thing you’ve done at Cal Poly?
At Cal Poly, I have enjoyed making new friends who have a passion for agricultural, as well as those who don’t. A highlight was attending the World Ag Expo with the Ag Ambassadors club.  This club also had a beach bonfire which allowed me to bond more with the other students while playing games and eating amazing food.

What is your favorite social media platform?
I enjoy Instagram because of the visual level it brings to the viewer. However,  from a professional standpoint I prefer Facebook because it is more accessible to every audience, not just millennials.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy hunting, fishing, exploring, public speaking and watching sports.

What are you looking forward to most joining the Brock Center Team? I am looking forward to bettering my editing skills as well as furthering my knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and other Adobe products. I also look forward to gaining more of an eye for design.


IMG_0500.JPGFelipe Vallejo

Home town: Chowchilla, California
Major: Agricultural Science
Year: Junior
Position: Lead Designer

Describe your agricultural background
I grew up in an agricultural based town in the central valley. In high school, I got involved with FFA and my interest for agriculture sparked. From there I raised and showed market hogs at the local fairs, competed in judging and speaking events and also served as an officer for three years in the FFA

What has been your favorite thing you’ve done at Cal Poly?
My favorite thing that I have done so far has been getting involved with clubs inside of CAFES. This year, I got involved with Latinos in Agriculture and Ag Ambassadors.

What is your favorite social media platform?
My favorite social media platform is Instagram and Twitter. For me, Instagram is a nice way to visually keep up with friends and family. I love seeing the creativity troughout my feed from all kinds of people. I also like Twitter because of the funny content as well as a way I stay informed about some current events.

What are your favorite hobbies?
Hammocking, going to the beach, bonfires, camping, and hanging with friends.

What are you looking forward to most joining the Brock Center Team?
I look forward to managing the Brock Center Facebook page as well as  applying and developing skills in editing and design. I also look forward to creating a bond with the other Associates and promoting agriculture through the Ag Circle magazine.


Celeste Roberts0 (1)

Hometown: Madera, CA
Major: Marketing, Minor in Agricultural Communication
Year: Junior
Position: Assistant Designer

Describe your agricultural background?
I was born in the heart of an agricultural community in the Central Valley, so I have always had a great appreciation for the agricultural industry. In Madera, I was involved in 4-H where I helped my cousins care for their sheep and learned about animal agriculture.

What has been your favorite thing you’ve done at Cal Poly?
My favorite thing I’ve done so far at Cal Poly has definitely been getting involved with clubs. I have met some great individuals in both OCOB and CAFES by joining American Marketing Association, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and now the Brock Center for Agricultural Communication.

What is your favorite social media platform?
Instagram is probably my favorite by far. Everyone gets to express themselves in their own unique way through photos, videos, and their captions. I also enjoy following different famous and local photographers to gather inspiration or ideas.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy fishing, hiking, backpacking, photography, graphic design, and visiting every coffee shop I come across.

What are you looking forward to most joining the Brock Center Team?
I am looking forward to improving my skills with photography and design while promoting and communicating the agriculture industry to others. Also, the people I get to work with ROCK.


Bekah Reedimage (1)

Hometown: Delano, CA
Major: Agricultural Communication
Year: Senior
Position: Blog Editor

Describe your agricultural background?
I was raised in a town that is totally surrounded by agriculture and come from a family that has been in agriculture since they came to America. I spent seven years in my local 4-H, raised show swine, and served in several different officer positions. Since coming to Cal Poly, I worked at the Cal Poly Poultry Unit and have spend my summers working both offices and in the field and I enjoy being able to see every part of production.

What has been your favorite thing you’ve done at Cal Poly?
Since coming to Cal Poly my favorite thing has been getting involved with my department. I am currently in my second year of serving on the Student Advisory Council and have met with alumni and other departments pertaining to issues affecting our students.

What is your favorite social media platform?
My favorite social media platform is definitely Pinterest. I find so much inspiration on there for different projects and ideas that I have (and I somehow always seem to have a few hundred projects at one time!) and can always find something new to cook.

What are your favorite hobbies?
It sounds very old woman but I love cross-stitching and it seems to be only of the only things that I have long amounts of patience for. I also like cooking and baking, just not having to clean up after.

What are you looking forward to most joining the Brock Center Team?
I am looking forward to learning new tools and learning how to run a blog. I love editing and look forward to reading everyone’s blog posts and working with the new team.


Quincie Gourleyunnamed (3)

Hometown: Gonzales, CA
Major: Agricultural Communication
Year: Senior
Position: Brock Associate

Describe your agricultural background?
Growing up I had shown market hogs for 10 years through 4-H, where I was introduced to the passion and the sense of community that local produce companies share with the youth. Living in the Salinas Valley, the Salad Bowl of the World, fresh produce companies often show their support through the community by purchasing market animals at the county fair. After my first year at Cal Poly, I interned at the Monterey County Fair, where I was in charge of sponsorships, marketing, and media. My sophomore year, I decided to give the fresh produce industry a try, I worked under Taylor Farms’ sales team- I FELL IN LOVE. This last summer I interned with a produce seed company, Rijk Zwaan.

What has been your favorite thing you’ve done at Cal Poly?
One of my most favorite activities at Cal Poly has been Cal Poly’s Western Bonanza.  I have been involved in Western Bonanza since my freshman year, starting with the Swine Committee. My second year, I was on the media committee, and this past year I was the Sponsorship Coordinator. This upcoming year, I have been given the position of Marketing Manager, where I manage sponsorship, media, and merchandise teams.

What is your favorite social media platform?
I personally enjoy Instagram the most. Having the opportunity to create your own brand through captions, lighting of photos, and the overall visual appearance is something that I have a lot of fun with. I personally try to post about once a month, unless something super exciting has happened in my life, where I feel the need to post again.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I am usually found adventuring, but hardly ever without my camera or my phone (for the camera) in hand. I really enjoy being behind the camera, capturing all the world’s beauty, and people’s personalities. I like going on hikes and to beaches around San Luis Obispo, there is so much exploring to do! I have a growing list of adventures I would like to accomplish before I graduate, and leave the Central Coast.

What are you looking forward to most joining the Brock Center Team?
I am looking forward to the outreach aspect of joining the Brock Team! I enjoy talking to people about topics and organizations I am passionate about. Knowing that I like the creativeness aspect of social media, being able to design the Brock Center website is something that I am very excited about doing!


ScottScott Middlecamp

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA
Major: Journalism
Year: Fifth year transfer
Position: Associate Videographer

Describe your agricultural background?
My family has a ranching history on both sides dating back five generations. One of the those farms is in San Luis Obispo which I have worked on my whole life. We raise meat cattle and have orchards of apples, oranges, lemons, persimmons, avocados, limes and more. However, now our main export is olive oil, which we used to hand-press and now process locally. Look for it at Saturday morning Farmer’s Markets!

What has been your favorite thing you’ve done at Cal Poly?
My favorite thing that I’ve done is get accepted to Cal Poly as a transfer student. I went to community college for longer than it takes the majority of students to get a degree at a four-year university so I was very happy to take the next step in my academic career.

What is your favorite social media platform?
Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform (outside of Twitter for work) due to its versatility. It allows people to post stills and video, as well as write a caption that describes what the post is about. That caption can be so many things, informative, funny, one sentence or several paragraphs. The Story function just adds another way to share and connect on this versatile platform.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy photography, hiking and trying to find new vintage t-shirts in thrift stores.

What are you looking forward to most joining the Brock Center Team?
I am looking forward to growing and developing my video skills, as well as increasing the Brock Center’s audience engagement on Instagram.


IMG_2002Nathan Brickman

Hometown: Lafayette, CA
Major: Agricultural Communication
Year: Sophomore
Position: Associate Videographer

Describe your agricultural background?
I grew up far from agriculture but was always fascinated with where my food came from. I did work for a cattle rancher for a summer but other than that, I love good food and have developed an appreciation for those people who help bring it to our plates.

What has been your favorite thing you’ve done at Cal Poly?
Watching the sunset at some of the peaks around campus.

What is your favorite social media platform?
I like Vimeo because there are some great films on there.

What are your favorite hobbies?
It’s a long list, but some include surfing, fishing, eating, playing guitar and surfing.

What are you looking forward to most joining the Brock Center Team
Being behind the camera and becoming a better listener.

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