The Aggie of the Month award is an award given by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources to students who do outstanding work within the college and their student organizations.
Nathan Kloepper, a junior natural resource management major from Coppell, has received the Aggie of the Month award for February.
The winners for each month during the academic year are awarded a plaque and are honored at the annual Ag Honors Banquet in April.
There are several candidates who are nominated by their student organizations within CASNR, and the Agricultural Council determines the winners. According to the CASNR website, the council is made up of two student representatives from each organization within the college.
Sinclaire Dobelbower, a senior agricultural communications major from Midlothian and president of Ag Council, said the council looks for candidates with certain outstanding qualities when choosing a winner.
“They are usually looking for someone who is successful in the classroom and very dedicated and involved in their club, organization or team,” she said. “Someone who really embodies what it means to be part of agriculture and would be a great ambassador for the ideas, the goals and the missions of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.”
When nominated for the award, the candidates must give a two to three-minute speech to the Ag Council about themselves and their involvement within their clubs and organizations and why they deserve the award, Dobelbower said. They must also have another person speak on their behalf, whether that is a professor, a member in their clubs or one of their peers.
Kloepper received the award for the month of February because the Ag Council determined him to be very humble, he said.
“I went in and I told them who I was,” he said. “I’m nobody special, I am incredibly average academically. I work, go to school, sleep, eat and study, and I just kind of told them that I’ve been in love with the outdoors for a long time and how it’s changed me.”
The president of the Society of Conservation Biology nominated Kloepper, he said.
The award came as a surprise to him, Kloepper said, as he was asked by the president to represent the organization the day before and had shown up to his speech straight from work and was not as well prepared.
Kloepper said he was honored to be chosen for the award because he felt the other candidates who were up for the award also shared great qualities and work ethic, he said. He also believes other colleges should follow in example by honoring their members.
“People should get recognized because a lot of time they feel like what they do goes unnoticed,” he said. “Awards like this give people something to strive for to try and better themselves, and then once they achieve that goal it’s something that they can show off.”
Kloepper was a great choice for the Aggie of the Month award because of the type of person he is, Dobelbower said.
“Nathan was someone who obviously had a very big passion for agriculture and he’s very involved in his club,” she said. “You could tell that he was a very high quality student in the classroom as well as within the involvement with his organization.”