"We are elated to have Dr. Endecott joining our team. She will certainly bring a unique dimension to our already potent youth development programs, as her breadth of experience and educational background is extraordinary. " ~ Wade Shafer
In addition to Extension work, she taught beef cattle management and livestock feeding classes during her time at MSU. She was also involved with student extracurricular activities where she advised both the Collegiate Stockgrowers at MSU and the Academic Quadrathlon team. Under her guidance, the Collegiate Stockgrowers club has been effective in building young beef cattle industry leaders, several of whom now hold positions of leadership in the Young Stockgrowers group of the Montana Stockgrowers Association.
Endecott developed the MSU AQ program, which is a four-part animal science contest where four-person teams compete in an oral presentation, written exam, hands-on lab practicum, and a double-elimination quiz bowl. Since reviving MSU's participation in this contest in 2012, her teams have won the regional contest twice, which earned them the right to compete at the national contest against schools whose animal science departments are much larger than MSU's entire College of Agriculture. Only four teams compete at the national contest, where MSU's best finish has been second overall.
Looking forward to assuming her ASA duties in the beginning of January to work with youth and adult members of ASA alike she says, "The American Simmental Association is well known for their practical focus on science-based information and educational outreach. I'm excited for the opportunity to work with such a progressive group. I am passionate about leadership development and building young leaders for the beef cattle and broader agriculture industries. ASA's investment in youth development is admirable and I look forward to building on that success in the future."