Doctor of Philosophy - Michigan State University, Department of Animal Science
Master of Science - Andrews University, Department of Biology
Bachelor of Arts - Biology / Chemistry, Andrews University
I have been teaching here since 1995. Before that I was the co-owner and operator of a farm on which we milked cows and raised hundreds of lambs and sheep each year. I still have a small hobby farm on which I keep a variety of livestock for use in labs and teaching. I feel that the hands-on aspect of our classes enhances learning so almost every class offered has a lab with it. I am also the co-manager of the Andrews University Dairy and I make use of it quite often as a real-life teaching environment.
I am the pre-vet/animal science advisor and I advise students on which classes to take so that they can achieve their career goals. Most of my students are interested in veterinary medicine or vet technology. Others want to work with animals for their livelihood in such places as zoos, dairy farms, horse farms, camps, ranches, dog training facilities, etc. I receive a lot of satisfaction helping students find out what they want to do with their lives, and the ways to get there. Andrews has a great group of students with a very good track record for acceptance into veterinary schools, internships, and other schools for graduates who have prepared themselves well. I do what I can to assist them.
I am active in the local 4-H clubs and the county youth fair. My students and I have visited inner city areas as well as nursing homes with farm animals and pets to inform and entertain the people we meet there. We also participate in the Easter Passion Play held on campus each year as part of the Marketplace scene. There is an excellent spirit of teamwork and cooperation among the students and the faculty. I very much enjoy my work in the Agriculture Department.
- Pre-Vet and Animal Science Advisor.
- Research includes Dairy Management issues with Honors students such as calf rearing techniques, milking management and housing for milking herd.
- Research also includes analysis of faunal remains excavated from a Biblical city in the Middle East (Tall Jalul, Jordan) to illuminate others about the lives of the people living there at that time.