Dr. Michael Masser
I genuinely hope you enjoy reading our WFSC newsletter and that it reminds you of your time in Aggieland and the Department. There are many new and significant developments in WFSC to relate to you in this newsletter. WFSC is going through its seven-year re-accreditation review in May. These reviews involve months of preparation to summarize activities and achievements over the last seven years and goals of the coming years. A team of four outside reviewers from peer institutions will come to campus for four days to review our documents, tour our facilities, and interview our faculty, staff, and students. The review team completes the process with a report to the Dean and Provost evaluating the Department, complementing us for our strengths, and suggesting actions for our weaknesses. These are important reviews and can lead to changes to Departmental directions and resources. In the fall newsletter, I will let you know the outcomes and impacts of the review.
Another Departmental development are changes in staff and faculty. We have lost Shirley Konecny (retirement), Tomi Johnson (advancement), and Sylvia Ware (advancement) from our staff. They will be missed but I am pleased to announce that Melissa Brackman (Business Associate III), Theresa Bramson (Business Coordinator I), and Jamie Schneringer (Administrative Coordinator II) staff those positions now. Jamie was promoted from Senior Office Assistant in the WFSC business office. Please welcome Melissa, Theresa and Jamie to the WFSC family. Dr. Jim Cathey (Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist) after his 15- year career in WFSC has advanced to a position with IRNR (Institute of Renewable Natural Resources). Please congratulate Jim if you have the opportunity. We are also moving forward on our search for a new faculty position, a Fish Ecologist. In fact, interviews of our top three candidates will occur within the next few weeks with a projected hiring date of September 1, 2017. This is a critical research and teaching position for the Department.
WFSC is reviewing and considering changes to our undergraduate wildlife curriculum. A committee is working with Dr. Debra Fowler of the Center for Teaching Excellence to review the current undergraduate curriculum, evaluate student and hiring clientele needs, and make suggestions for updating courses, creating new courses, and eliminating courses. This is a major undertaking but one that is necessary to meet the changing educational and experiential needs of our undergraduate students.
Finally, the new building is almost complete. We will be able to walk through it in April and plan to start moving into it at the end of May. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our Departmental open house on September 15, 2017 and a football game tailgate on September 16th. We truly hope to see many of our alumni and friends.
Please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions for WFSC. My phone is 979-845- 6295 and email at m-masser@ tamu.edu. I sincerely enjoy visiting with our alumni.