November 3, 2009
Writer: Laici Wedel, 979-845-2886, firstname.lastname@example.org
COLLEGE STATION—Randa Braune, a student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, has been elected as the National FFA Western Region vice president. The election was held Oct. 24 at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
As the Western Region vice president for 2009-2010, Braune will visit FFA chapters throughout the United States, interact with government, business, and education professionals, and travel to Japan.
“Being able to help FFA reach its highest potential is one of the greatest opportunities I could ever receive,” Braune said.
According to the National FFA Organization, Braune’s responsibilities will include “providing personal growth and leadership training for students, setting policies that shape the future of the organization and promoting agricultural literacy.”
The organization describes the application process as an “intense… assessment of years of academic and extracurricular accomplishments made by each student.” Braune and the five other members of the National FFA Officer Team each completed a formal application and essay, five rounds of interviews, and writing and testing exercises.
Braune, of Industry, is a junior agricultural science major in the department of agricultural leadership, education, and communication at Texas A&M. She is a member of the Bellville High School FFA Chapter and served as vice president of the Texas FFA Association in 2007.
At Texas A&M, she is vice president of programs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council, a member of the College’s Freshman Leadership Experience, and an Aggie Rep for her department.
Chris Skaggs, Ph.D., associate dean for student development, said that Braune has been an outstanding leader in the college. “No one is more deserving of this honor as she devoted countless hours in preparation for the interviews and worked hard to achieve this goal,” Skaggs said. “It will be a wonderful and memorable year for her.”
The mission of the National FFA Organization is “to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.”
About the college:
With an enrollment of almost 6,500 students in 14 academic departments, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees and has a faculty of over 400 members, including a Nobel laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Research programs include food sustainability and safety, human and animal health, genetics, renewable natural resources and bioenergy. Mark Hussey is Vice Chancellor and Dean.