- History of YPC
- Current YPC Officers
- YPC Travel Scholarship
- Bridging the Gap Mentorship Event
- YPC Annual Wild Rags
- YPC Annual Fun Run
What is Young Professionals Conclave (YPC)?
To strengthen the relationships between students, apprentice members, young professionals and experienced professionals within SRM to promote strength in leadership, education, research, and stewardship of rangelands. This mission implies three major roles:
- YPC is a group for individuals that are in the senior year of an undergraduate program, graduate program and/or in their first 5 years in the job field that will assist in retaining membership of the student and apprentice members in SRM.
- YPC will provide opportunities to help build relationships between students, graduate students, young professionals and long-time members.
- YPC is the initial liaison for undergraduate students, graduate students and young professionals seeking an active role and participation in SRM.
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A History of Young Professionals Conclave
The Young Professionals Conclave (YPC) was formed in response to a brainstorming session that took place at the 2005 SRM Annual Meeting in Ft. Worth, TX. The group was organized by Dennis Phillippi (SRM Board Member) and asked to address the growing membership retention concern with SRM; where were all the young professionals? Approximately 12 people were invited to speak with Dennis Phillippi about the young professional movement in SRM. However, a diverse group of nearly 40 young range professionals took interest and attended the meeting. Mr. Phillippi facilitated the session as young professionals brainstormed their concerns and ambitions within the Society
The formation of YPC was stimulated by the recognized need to pass the torch from senior, more experienced members to younger or less experienced members. When formed, it was determined that the intention of the conclave was to ease the transition for range professionals from college to career, or for those changing careers and who may be new to the industry, by assisting in bridging the generational gap within the SRM. This would be done by hosting events designed for young or less experienced professionals, and by providing opportunities to network with other young professionals as well as with senior members. This strong collaboration with the SRM would, thereby, ease the maturation process of range management and associated professions, as a whole.
The document below outlines the officer team history from the formation of the group in 2005 to present:
Congratulations to our 2020 YPC Officers!
President: Kaelie Pena
Vice President: Averi Reynolds
Secretary: Jaycie Arndt
Treasurer: William Price
Public Relations: Alyssa Whiteman
Recorder: Selby Boerman
Past President (Advisory Council): Veronica Urbanczyk
Bree Burton, Grace Woodmansee, Mary Jo Foley-Birrenkott, Josh Hanson, Julia Hanson, Mike Bartmess, Sarah Schwarz
2020 YPC Officer Team L-R: Selby Boerman, Jaycie Ardnt, Averi Reynolds, Kaelie Pena, Alyssa Whiteman, and William Price.
Officer Bio’s coming soon!
Kaelie Pena, YPC President: email@example.com
Averi Reynolds, YPC Vice President: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaycie Arndt, YPC Secretary: email@example.com
William Price, YPC Treasurer:
Alyssa Whiteman, YPC Public Relations Officer:
Selby Boerman, YPC Reporter:
Veronica Urbancyzk, YPC Past President : firstname.lastname@example.org
Bree Burton, YPC Past President: email@example.com
Josh Hanson, YPC Advisory Council (Young Producers Forum Chair): firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, my name is Josh Hanson and when I heard rangelands described as “the interaction between plants and animals” in a class during my undergrad at Oregon State University, I was hooked and switched my major to Rangeland Science. I am currently a master’s student in Animal and Range Sciences at Montana State University. My project is focused on grazing first year after the Lodgepole Complex fire and how to best communicate that science to the working land manager.
I first attended an SRM annual meeting three years ago competing in Plant ID and URME. I have since gone back to maintain the relationships I have built as an SRM member, as well as make new ones. I was introduced to my major professor at a YPC Bridging the Gap and that is where I developed the relationship that turned into a master’s project. I decided to join YPC because I see a disconnect between agency folks and producers, and would like to voice my opinion on a platform where it can be heard. I have a desire to advocate for production agriculture and this provides me with an opportunity to do that.
Julia Hanson, YPC Advisory Council (Wildrag Task Force Chair): email@example.com
I first became interested in rangeland science when I was attending Oregon State University studying Animal Science with a focus on beef production. Learning about how cattle can be used to manage and improve rangelands really sparked my interest and provoked me to take more range classes and learn more about range science. I attended my first annual SRM meeting in 2018 in Sparks, NV where I learned more about the society and first learned about Young Professionals Conclave. In Minneapolis, MN I was the 2019 annual SRM meeting intern and was able to get more involved with SRM as well as YPC. I see the need for more young professionals in range as well as building positive connections between producers and agencies. I’m excited to be on the Wildrag task force to be able to help fund YPC’s activity and create beautiful wildrag designs!
Grace Woodmansee, YPC Advisory Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
I become interested in rangeland science and management my junior year of college, working as a student research assistant in the Chico State College of Agriculture. After attending my first SRM meeting in 2014 I was hooked, and have been working on the range ever since! I am currently a graduate student in the UC Rangelands lab at UC Davis, and look forward to integrating my interests of rangeland management, livestock production and outreach into a career in cooperative extension. I am excited to continue my involvement in YPC as a member of the Advisory Council and to remain involved in SRM as a young professional. Attending SRM meetings as an undergraduate was an integral aspect of my collegiate career and provided the opportunity to network with professionals and other students, opening the door to internships, jobs and friendships across the country. I hope to assist fellow recent graduates in bridging the gap between student and professional SRM membership.
Mary Jo Foley-Birrenkott, YPC Past President: email@example.com
2020 YPC Travel Scholarship
2020 TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS CLOSED
The Society for Range Management-Young Professionals Conclave (YPC) offers travel scholarships to outstanding young professionals active in range management to assist in paying for attendance to the national Society for Range Management (SRM) Annual Meeting.
Congratulations to the 2020 YPC Travel Scholarship Recipients:
Bill Wells, Katlyn Uhart, and Lewis Mendive!
Katlyn Uhart is a recent graduate from Utah State University with a degree in Agricultural Communication and Journalism. Her passion for rangelands stems from her background in cattle ranching with her family, a lifestyle that she is proud of and feels blessed to have grown up in. Ms. Uhart is newly employed as a Range/Resource Technician with Resource Concepts, Inc. where she enjoys learning and growing every day. She is proud to be part of such a wonderful team and is excited to see where her career takes her!
Ms. Uhart has been involved with the Society of Range Management since she was a senior in high school, when she participated in the High School Youth Forum and took first place in the public speaking competition. She was also an active member in the SRM Student Conclave and had the honor of being elected the 2017-2018 Public Relations Officer. Now, as a young professional, Ms. Uhart is thrilled to take an active roll in the Young Professionals Conclave. She is thankful for all of the opportunities and connections she has made through the SRM and appreciates the continued support and encouragement of everyone she meets through the society.
My name is Bill, I grew up in North Carolina and moved to Wyoming after high school to work on ranches and have remained in the state ever since. I have now been in Wyoming for seven years, worked on a variety of ranches across the state and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Agricultural Business. After graduation I started to come to the growing realization that what I loved most was the interaction of the land and the cattle. This growing passion has driven me to try to learn everything that I can about rangeland grazing and seek to be an active member of SRM. I want to make a difference in ranching by helping strike a balance between cattle and the land by becoming a consultant. I am currently job searching and hoping to get into grad school in the near future to further my understanding of the underlying science.
Lewis Mendive is a Rangeland Conservationist with Resource Concepts, Inc. in Carson City, Nevada where he has worked since his graduation from the University of Nevada Reno in 2018. Mr. Mendive received his degree from UNR in Rangeland Ecology and Management. He has been an active participant in the Society for Range Management since 2016, and was honored to serve as the Student Conclave President from 2017 to 2018.
Mr. Mendive is particularly drawn to learning more about livestock management and how he can help producers in Nevada. He fondly remembers growing up and helping friends during branding and haying seasons, as well as camping trips with his family on northern Nevada’s public rangelands. He believes that it’s important for public land to be maintained in a way that is positive and viable for everyone. Mr. Mendive values the networking and knowledge that he has received through the SRM over the years, and looks forward to many more conferences.
Congratulations to the 2020 Young Producers Scholarship Recipient:
I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where I received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and minor in Rangeland Resources. Involvement there included Young Cattlemen’s Committee, the mule packing team, and the animal science academic quadrathlon team.
My love for livestock was initiated in high school when I began working on a friend’s cattle ranch near Montague, CA. I started my own herd by buying a bottle calf from them and currently have 15 head of commercial Hereford/Angus cattle with goals to expand the herd into a more viable operation. In college, I lived at the beef unit where I gained experience with every aspect of the production cycle from breeding cows to fabricating beef at the meat processing center. My interest in rangeland management began while I was working on the Cal Poly ranches and saw the positive impact that grazing management had on the annual grasslands. This led to my second career goal of becoming involved with applied research to benefit producers and help them efficiently manage their natural resources, potentially as a university extension advisor. I recently finished an internship with UC Cooperative Extension and plan to take an internship with UNL extension at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory.
This is my first year getting into SRM and YPC, and through involvement I look forward to making connections with resources that will enhance success in my career endeavors. I also hope to network with other young professionals and become more involved with SRM in the future.
3rd Annual YPC/Student Conclave “Bridging the Gap” Mentorship Event”!
Tuesday, February 18th, 4:30PM-6:30PM
2020 SRM Annual Meeting, Denver, CO
Calling all Mentors and Mentees!
Join YPC and Student Conclave at the 3rd Annual Bridging the Gap!
The Young Professionals Conclave, in conjunction with Student Conclave, is excited to host the third annual Bridging the Gap mentorship event at the SRM 2020 annual meeting.
The objective of this mentorship event is to build more connections between the student/young professional membership of SRM and established professionals. Mentees and mentors will participate in a semi-structured activity to facilitate discussion and networking, with the intent of helping mentees navigate career opportunities in rangeland science and management.
Students and young professionals looking for a job, internship, grad position or career advice will not want to miss this event!
We have modified our program based on participant feedback, and have new resources available to strengthen networking opportunities between mentees and mentors. Join us for drinks, appetizers, raffle prizes and conversation at the 2020 annual meeting!
This event is free but you must register for it on your meeting registration form to secure your place at the event! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-865-9456 if you’re not sure if you registered, or you need to add it to your registration.
See you in Denver!
2020 YPC Wild Rags
2020 WILD RAG ORDERS CLOSED
“Don’t forget to get your commemorative Young Professionals Conclave (YPC) Wild Rag!”
Each year the YPC solicits brands from producers to be featured on our fundraising wild rag. Profits from Wild Rag sales help to fund our YPC Travel Scholarship that assist Young Professionals in attending the SRM Annual Meeting. Pre-order your commemorative Wild Rag today!!
4th Annual YPC Range Runners Fun Run - Denver
Commemorative t-shirts available to those who pre-register, and are first come-first serve to those who register on site at the meeting.
See you in Denver!