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Recent Accomplishments

AAEC congratulates members of the AAEC family on the accomplishments listed below.

Awards and Achievements


  • Gordon Groover retired this fall after 35 years of service
  • James Pease retired this summer after 30 years of service
  • Leon Geyer retired this spring after 37 years of service

CALS Alumni Awardees

Other Alumni Achievements



  • Chandler Vaughan served as Governor's Fellow for summer 2018 under the Secretariat for Agriculture and Forestry
  • Megan McLaughlin named AAEC 2018 outstanding senior
  • Zach Jacobs selected as one of 10 members of the Student Advisory Team to represent AFA
  • Lexie Holloway served as keynote speaker during the annual CALS scholarship banquet
  • Ag Econ club sold out of pork butts during the spring 2018 BBQ sale!


  • Alexis Villacis-Aveiga received fellowship to attend 2018 Future Leaders Forum by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development and a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon
  • Mina Hejazi defended her dissertation and accepted a position at Chico State university
  • Namhoon Kim and Ling Yu defended their dissertations
  • Yuri Woo, Jaifeng Zhu, Muntasir Hasan, Sydni Jackson, Wesley Johnson, and Tyler Neff defended their theses


Communications Contact:

Jillian Broadwell



Upcoming Events

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Media Coverage

Travis Mountain
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Klaus Moeltner - Newsweek

Mary Marchant & Olga Isengildina-Massa - Washington Post

Travis Mountain - Wallethub