Plowman has been instrumental in developing the curriculum for the floral design program. What once was only a lab for horticulture students is now an always full, creative arts credit open to anyone in the university. Plowman fought hard to get the class to where it is, writing and rewriting proposals, and finding what would work to make the class a well-rounded experience for students at Texas Tech.

Witte is currently furthering her education in cellular biosynthesis by interning with Venugopal Mendu, Ph.D. at Texas Tech. At her internship, Witte extracts DNA and conducts polymerase chain reaction analysis to compare the make-up of plants. After graduation, Witte plans to apply for a master’s degree in biotechnology for crop improvement at Texas Tech University.