Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- April 10, 2000

Cal Poly Animal Science Senior Awarded Position in Leadership Graduate Program

Cal Poly animal science senior Noelle Grether was one of two people nationwide to be admitted into the highly competitive Beef Industry Leadership Graduate Program at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

The Beef Industry Leadership Program aims to "mentor and foster the development of people who have a passion for revolutionizing the future of the beef industry."

As part of this program, Grether will be involved in an internship designed to prepare her for a position as a representative of the beef industry in the legislative process.

Animal Science Department Head Andrew J. Thulin said, "Noelle is a stimulating and keen student who has a genuine thirst for knowledge and an interest in applying biological principles to animal production. She establishes high performance standards for herself and works hard to attain those standards.

"As a leader, Noelle shows desire and a demonstrated ability to assert herself," Thulin said. "She is capable of directing the efforts of others by gaining their willing and sustained commitment to achieve an objective. These attributes, coupled with her strong people skills, should make her an outstanding and successful future leader in California agriculture."

Grether, of San Luis Obispo, is currently vice president of California's Southern Region Young Cattlemen's Association and has been active in the Cal Poly beef cattle program. She will graduate in June with almost a perfect, straight-A grade point average.

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