Stu­dent en­roll­ment grows at Rose State

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Fi­nal fall se­mes­ter en­roll­ment num­bers at Rose State Col­lege show a large in­crease for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year. Af­ter a bump of 400 stu­dents last year, fall 2017 en­roll­ment is up another 642 stu­dents. Of­fi­cials re­port nearly 9,000 stu­dents cur­rently are tak­ing cour­ses at Rose State.

“It’s a phe­nom­e­nal swing in the course of a few years to have this kind of en­roll­ment growth,” Rose State Pres­i­dent Jeanie Webb said in the an­nounce­ment. “It takes ded­i­cated work by a lot of peo­ple to make it hap­pen. It is a great tes­ti­mony to the Rose State ed­u­ca­tional prod­uct and part­ner­ships.”

Rose State re­ports a 15 per­cent in­crease in the num­ber of part-time stu­dents, a 6 per­cent in­crease in the num­ber of stu­dents tak­ing on­line cour­ses and a 15 per­cent in­crease in the num­ber of high school stu­dents tak­ing con­cur­rent cour­ses.

No­ble Re­search In­sti­tute pro­fes­sor hon­ored

A pro­fes­sor with the No­ble Re­search In­sti­tute has been named a Fel­low of the Crop Science So­ci­ety of Amer­ica. Elec­tion as a CSSA Fel­low is the high­est honor be­stowed by the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Twain But­ler will be for­mally pre­sented with the award at the CSSA an­nual meet­ing in Oc­to­ber. The an­nual awards are

pre­sented for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to agron­omy through ed­u­ca­tion, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ser­vice, and re­search.

But­ler’s re­search is fo­cused on tall fes­cue, al­falfa, wheat and bermuda­grass graz­ing sys­tems to de­ter­mine the op­ti­mal for­ages for the South­ern Great Plains. The works helps live­stock pro­duc­ers un­der­stand the best man­age­ment prac­tices for their op­er­a­tions.

But­ler also is the project man­ager for a na­tional cover crop re­search ini­tia­tive launched by the Foun­da­tion for Food and Agri­cul­ture Re­search and the No­ble Re­search In­sti­tute in March 2017. The $6.6 mil­lion ini­tia­tive will pro­mote soil health through the de­vel­op­ment and adop­tion of new cover crops across the United States.

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