Agriculture center to provide hands-on training

Classes have begun at center

By Wendy Moon
On March 7, 2014

Richard Mayer, Norm Rousselot, and Edwin Mayer cut the ribbon Monday, March 3, in honor of the new Mayer-Rousselot Agriculture Education Center located at the ASU Management, Instruction and Research Center (MIR).

The building was named for the Mayer-Rousselot family, who donated more than half of the construction cost.  

"I am looking forward to the new building and getting the hands-on experience," junior Tait Cooper said.

Plans and fundraising began for the building three years ago, and construction finally began in January 2013.  

There will be three different classes held in the building, which include Small Gas Engines, Ag Structures and Technology, and a welding class.

"There are currently 51 students majoring in Agricultural Science Leadership," Assistant Professor of Agriculture Will Dickison, PhD. said. "Nine students have graduated from ASU with a degree in Agricultural Science Leadership and are currently teaching all over Texas. 

This building will help students with a desire to teach young people agriculture get the kind of hands-on experience they need. Currently, the agriculture department has a 100 percent pass rate for the certifying exam for the Agriculture Certification."

Several speakers, including Jamie Akin, executive director of Development and Alumni Relations, President Dr. Brian J. May, State Representative Drew Darby, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Paul Swets attended the ceremony.

"My family has a long history of supporting ASU, and there was a need for this building," donor Steve Mayer said.

Lab in the new building began in January and the students started welding toward the end of February.

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