It’s often said that a student’s undergraduate years are some of the best of their life. Sometimes, this is attributed to the student taking advantage of the opportunity to study abroad. But what about the university faculty or staff members who did not get this opportunity? Do they have to sit in the “what ifs” and watch their students embark on these educational, transformational journeys? 

The Texas Tech faithful know the end of any athletic event or commencement ceremony will involve the singing of the alma mater. In just the third line of the Matador Song, the choir of novices sings, “Bear our banners, far and wide.” This spirit of adventure is ingrained in the Red Raider spirit, and it is something to be celebrated within the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Brashears is excited to bring her experiences she gained in Washington D.C., back to her career at Texas Tech and incorporate those skills into her everyday roles as a faculty member. From teaching students, to leading several research projects, she will now be able to add a new dimension to the work that she is currently doing.

Jessica Marsh grew up in Liberty Hill, Texas and is now an animal science major at Texas Tech University. Marsh was raised on her family’s farm where she first gained her passion for agriculture through her father’s roping horses. The responsibilities the animals gave Marsh in her early childhood laid the foundation for her future endeavors.