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OSU Livestock Judging Team benefits from donations


By winning the 2010 National Championship, the Oklahoma State University Livestock Judging Team set the precedent for what is yet to come.

Aside from taking the nation's top honor, the future looks bright for the team, as several gifts have been made to sustain the success of the program over the next several years.

"Alumni of former Oklahoma State University Livestock Judging teams regularly approach me to point out the valuable life lessons gained from this experience, with critical thinking and communication skills regularly being cited by these individuals," said Ron Kensinger, professor and head of the department of animal science.

One such gift came from Eddie Sims of Elgin and Jarold Callahan of Yukon. After the 1.5:1 Pickens Legacy Scholarship Match, the $50,000 gift, plus a $1,000 jumpstart for awarding this fall, will create a $125,000 scholarship endowment.

Sims is a former judging team member, while Callahan is a past coach of the OSU livestock judging team.

"Both Eddie and Jarold have been tremendous supporters of our programs in many ways, and this PLSM gift is a perfect example of that support. Our students are just tremendously grateful for the support of the Sims and Callahan families," Kensinger said. "Our students appreciate the fact that our alumni will invest in them and students on the OSU Livestock Judging Team learn very quickly that our alumni expect our teams to be competitive at the highest level."

Another former member of the Livestock Judging team, Bill Troub, took advantage of the PLSM program. Troub, along with his wife, Joy, have been involved in the beef cattle industry for many years at their ranch southwest of Carnegie.

Eligible for the 2:1 match, their $50,000 gift will create a $150,000 scholarship endowment.

"Given the increased costs of higher education and our desire to recruit the best and brightest students to our program, these scholarship funds will be a tremendous addition to our program," Kensinger said. "Bill and Joy understand this need and we are so grateful for their ability to support future students in our program. We never want to turn a bright student away from our doors because they can't afford the expense of higher education."

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