Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Wine Society of Texas NEWS Scholarship winner Cassie Hutcheson








Organizational Contact: Mr. Ed Dent

The Wine Society of Texas

18027 St. Emilion Ct, Spring, Texas 77379

Tele: 713-705-8574 / email edent24@aol.com




The Wine Society of Texas announces its 2021 Scholarship Grant Program Awards totaling $5,000 to students for assistance in wine and winery education, internship or field study in Texas, research work as it pertains to grape growing, and wine making in the state of Texas.


Midland, Texas (July 1, 2021) - The Wine Society of Texas ( WST), a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization, is pleased to announce that it will be awarding grants totaling $5,000 in support of two individuals. These  individuals are: (a) attending institutions in the State of Texas, (b) studying viticulture and oenology, (c) pursuing winery internships in Texas, (d) involved with Texas winemaking or field studies / wine education, or (e) involved in promoting the education of grape growing and wine making in the State of Texas.


This scholarship assistance program is consistent with the founding ideas of WST and its continued mission to enhance the appreciation of wines, foster the knowledge of oenology and viticulture, support charitable activities, and educate wine consumers throughout the State of Texas. The funding for the WST Scholarship Grant Program is provided through charitable donations, local WST Chapter fund raising events, and annual statewide wine events.  


Following is a summary of this year’s award recipients:


$3,000 John S. Adams Grant is awarded to Cassie Hutcheson

       Ms. Hutcheson is pursuing a PHD from Texas A&M University

       with a focus on Texas wine economy. She graduated from

       Texas Tech in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree with a

       concentration in Viticulture and Enology and graduating Summa

       Cum Laude. In addition, she currently works as a Teaching

       Assistant in the Horticulture department at Texas A&M and is

       working to obtain her level 3 WSET and Sommelier

       certifications. Upon graduation her plan is to utilize the

       knowledge gained in her PHD program to assist Texas wineries

       on how to better sell their wines, improve profitability and







For more information about the scholarship grant program or the WST please visit the website at www.winesocietyoftexas.org or contact WST by phone (713-705-8574).




The Wine Society of Texas (www.winesocietyoftexas.org), headquartered in Midland, Texas, was started in 1996 and received its 501(c) 3 non-profit status in 1999. It has over 150 members in three chapters around the State of Texas. The WST mission is to enhance the appreciation of wine, especially Texas wines; educate the experienced as well as the beginning wine taster; promote the wine makers, and grape growers; foster the knowledge of oenology and viticulture; help in charitable activities throughout the state of Texas; and promote the responsible consumption of wine. The WST organizes events that promote appreciation of wine through education in a comfortable social setting with the aim of building an educated and responsible wine culture in Texas. The WST is focused on the consumers of wine in the State of Texas, providing consumer feedback to wineries, and is actively working with organizations and wineries in the State on various education programs.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A&M horticulture professor grows student engagement with unconventional teaching methods



Professor David William Reed has become renowned among students for his visual teaching style, witty personality, and the unique recipes he shares with his class.

Reed has been at Texas A&M since 1978. He teaches various graduate courses occasionally but has been consistently teaching HORT 201, horticulture science, for years. Students describe him as extremely personable, helping his old and new students with their plant problems.

Reed said he’s been interested in plants ever since taking a plant science course at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, which prompted him to switch his major to plant sciences and agriculture.

“I just really enjoy plants, mostly non-food plants,” Reed said. “My interest has always been in tropical plants and landscaping plants, the plants you grow for pleasure.”

Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, Reed said he was asked to choose a larger venue to teach in for the semester. As a basketball fan, Reed said he was delighted at this unforeseen opportunity to teach in Reed Arena.

“They offered me three places to teach: Rudder Auditorium, Kyle Field and Reed Arena, and I said I picked Reed Arena,” Reed said. “Why? Because it's a flippin’ basketball stadium. How many people get to teach in a basketball stadium?”

Reed, a Louisiana native, also dabbles in Cajun and camp cooking. He said he has a website featuring his recipes and was even featured on a show about the innovative ways people cook with fire on the Cooking Channel.

“I have a recipe page, with all my South Louisiana recipes and I’ve been on the show ‘Man Fire Food,’” Reed said. “They filmed me showing how I roast a whole pig.”

Renewable natural resources senior Jose Miguel Pineda said Reed is a fun professor who always brings a lot of energy to class.

“It’s a lot easier to learn in his class when he’s able to keep our attention with all of his gags,” Pineda said.

Business freshman Elissa Chauncey said Reed’s teaching methods are highly visual and contribute to keeping the attention of his students.

“I believe Professor Reed does an amazing job at keeping students engaged even through Zoom,” Chauncey said. “He often brings different plants to lecture, sometimes comically large ones, and uses all sorts of visual aids.”

Forestry junior Garrett James said Reed is an exhilarating professor, and he would recommend him to students who are looking to take any sort of plant-related course.

“He has made each topic interesting this semester, especially when he does his demonstrations to help us visually understand things,” James said. “He’s easy to follow and anyone who takes his HORT 201 class will really enjoy it.”

Chauncey said Reed's desire to see his students learn and succeed is evident in the way he teaches and makes himself available to students.

“Professor Reed really cares about students understanding the material rather than just memorizing it,” Chauncey said. “He’s truly a great professor.”

Friday, April 24, 2020

President Young has approved

President Young has approved a recommendation by the Faculty Senate executive committee to extend the time that students have to opt-in to S/U grading. 

Degree candidates will have until 6pm on Thursday, May 7th to make their selection. As a result, degrees will not be conferred until Friday, May 8th

All other students will have until noon on Tuesday, May 12th