The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Range Management Club spends the fall semester preparing for the Society for Range Management’s annual conference. This year’s Feb. 15-18 conference was held virtually due to COVID-19. Despite the unprecedented circumstances, the UNL students were able to compete in virtual versions of events and represented UNL very well.
Kaitlyn Dozler won first place in the Extemporaneous Speaking contest. She had 4 hours to prepare, record, and upload a 5-minute speech on prescribed fire. A team consisting of Asha Scheideler, Nick Sanders, Lydia Regier, Kaityln Dozler, Brandon Jelinek, and Cole Liable completed the Undergraduate Range Management Exam and finished a few points behind the fifth place team. The one-hour timed exam covered all topics within the field of rangeland management. Jordan Springer, Asha Scheideler, Collin Eaton, and Robert Witkowski completed the Plant Identification contest, where students are given a limited amount of time to identify up to 100 mounted plant specimens. The students were supported by advisors/coaches Cheryl Dunn, Research Manager/Herbarium Curator in Agronomy and Horticulture, and Jessica Windh.
Asha Scheideler, Range Club president, was honored by the Nebraska Section of the Society for Range Management and awarded their annual scholarship. The scholarship is based on “...scholastic achievement, leadership, and participation in activities, especially those that are range-related.”
The Center for Grassland Studies extends congratulations to all of these students for their achievements!