Amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday college life, hundreds of Texas Tech University students pass by the Dairy Barn, unaware of its profound history and present-day purpose. However, 50 years ago, many students’ lives, and educations, depended on the Dairy Barn.
Klose is inspired everyday by his students and likes to take a nontraditional approach to learning that can accommodate each student.
“My job is to the best of my ability and the dog’s ability to protect American ag from potential pests, diseases, invasive plant species, to also protect endangered or protected species of animals or plants,” Jordan said.
Barry Street’s background in agriculture paved the way to where he is today and the impact he is making within the Texas Tech and West Texas communities.
A recent high school graduate from a rural West Texas town stepped onto the Texas Tech University campus in fall of 2000 – the turn of a new century. She knew three things: she loved agriculture, she enjoyed politics, and she had absolutely no idea what she wanted to be when she “grew up.” Yet, there she stood, meeting with her academic adviser, “all grown up.”
As a kid, Brandon Ray would head up to Palo Duro Canyon once or twice a year to visit his grandparents’ ranch that has been in the Ray family since 1948. When Ray realized he could go to college at Texas Tech University, only an hour and a half from the ranch, he knew that was where he was meant to be.
“A challenge is how to keep yourself relevant, but not to the point where you’re only focused on the bottom line,” Jones said, “but you’re also focused on the community and your positive impact on the community.”
“Anytime you grow a monster you have to continue to feed that monster,” Klose said.