Amy Jones has been a Purdue Boilermaker for the last seven years and has no imminent plans to alter her course. In fact, she began her new position of Plant Sciences Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator with the College of Agriculture in June 2013 and is housed in the Horticulture Building. Jones, an alumna who graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Landscape Horticulture and Design and a minor in Food and Agribusiness Management, also completed her Master’s Degree in Agriculture and Extension Education (Life Science Education Specialization) in 2011 here at Purdue University.
What did you do prior to this position?
Prior to my position on campus, I served as the 4-H Youth Development Educator for Purdue Extension - Marshall County for two years. The position taught me a great deal about message delivery and building relationships, and I continue to have a positive relationship with Marshall County and the Indiana 4-H Program.
What are your responsibilities in this newly created position?
My main focus and motivation is to highlight the importance and opportunities within the plant sciences to students and teachers in order to increase the number of applicants and enrolled students. Initially, this is including the degree programs within the Departments of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Botany and Plant Pathology, Agronomy, and Entomology. This increase in enrollment will be working with the current recruitment structure as well as adding new programs and outreach initiatives.
What are your goals/future plans for this position?
My initial goals are to meet and work with the key individuals within the College of Agriculture who are executing outreach and recruitment activities in Plant Sciences. I am also working closely with Tracie Egger, Assistant Director of Academic Programs, and other members throughout the College to form a recruitment strategy. Organizations and individuals outside of the College are also working on projects I feel are important to our initiative and may enlighten us to future opportunities. The biggest challenge is working with all the departments to form goals and create an action plan as a team. Each of the departments are passionate about what they do and are doing great things, it is important to highlight that so students know the opportunities they have at Purdue and their future within Plant Sciences.