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Butler Alumni-Your Future Starts HERE!

August 22, 2011

Butler Alumni: Cody Palen

 Butler alumni, Cody Palen grew up in Scott City, Kansas.  He was an active member of 4-H and FFA, and to this day he still co-owns/operates Palen Club Lambs with his family.  Cody came to school at Butler Community College, where he earned A.S. degree in Agriculture in 2006.  He was also a member of the Butler Agriculture Club and he competed on one of the most successful Livestock Judging Teams Butler has ever fielded. 

 After his time at Butler, Cody followed his heart to Kansas State University, where he majored in Animal Science and Industry with a Business option.  At K-State Cody was also a member of Block and Bridle and the Livestock Judging Team.

After graduation Cody returned to western Kansas.  He has been employed as the Vice President of Western State Bank in Dodge City, Kansas.  Cody is responsible for commercial and agricultural lending.  On a daily basis, Cody analyzes operations and deals with providing financing in the way of term debt (land, cows, equipment) and operating lines of credit (crops, feeder calves, and feed).  In Cody’s words,

The best part of my job on the agriculture side is that I get to see a variety of different operations. It proves to me there isn’t one distinct way for a farmer or rancher to feed the world.”

In the three years since he graduated from K-State, Cody has found ways to step up and provide leadership within his community.  He is a member of the current Kansas Livestock Association Young Stockman’s Academy’s class, and is also a member of the Kansas Bankers Association where he participates in the YBOK program (Young Bankers of Kansas).  Cody enjoys hunting, golfing and most of all staying actively involved with youth livestock programs.  He judges shows and has helped to put on show and selection clinics, as well as helping to coach local 4-h judging teams. 

For Cody, success has been a result of making the most of every opportunity he has been presented with.  He has always worked hard, but he realized early on that Butler was the first step in his future.  The contacts and friends he has made along the way, as well as the activities he has chosen to become involved with have prepared him to take on any challenge. 

  “I have found my livestock judging experiences from both Butler Community College and Kansas State University to pay dividends. My current employer along with others purposely seeks out individuals with agriculture and specifically judging backgrounds for their ability to make a clear decision and defend it”.

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Butler Alumni: Why Limit Yourself?

September 30, 2010

Butler CC Alumni Chelsea Good

I have had the privilege of knowing Chelsea Good her entire life and can say without a shadow of a doubt that some things don’t change.  She has always been stubborn, determined, and to this young lady the word “no” is never absolute (she sees it as more of a challenge). Chelsea is originally from Parker, Colorado.  She came to Butler Community College and competed as a member of the nationally acclaimed Livestock Judging Team.  She was also a Grizzly Ambassador.  After completing her A.S. degree in Agriculture at Butler she continued her education at Kansas State University where she finished not 1, not 2, but 3 undergraduate degrees (within the semi-typical 4 yr timeframe).  Her B.S. degrees are in Public Relations, Agriculture Communications and Journalism, and Political Science.  Chelsea is a great example of how a community college student can seamlessly transition to a senior college and still graduate on time.  Not one to sit still, Chelsea also competed on the K-State Debate Squad, National Agri-Marketing, and Animal Science Academic Quadrathalon teams.  She also was an active member of Collegiate Cattlewomen, Collegiate Farm Bureau and the College of Agriculture Student Council.  After completing her undergraduate coursework Chelsea stayed at K-State and earned a M.A. in Communication Studies. 

 She and other Kansas State University agricultural student leaders formed the group Food for Thought and she continues to be a regular contributor.  Additionally she has been very active with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Young Producers Council (YPC) and also contributes to their blog. 

 Since 2006 Chelsea has worked independently as a freelance writer for various agricultural publications if you follow this link you can get to her online portfolio  and read a sampling of her work.  Chelsea just celebrated her ¼ life birthday (crisis free I believe) and in her short 25 years has already accomplished a great deal.

 Currently, Chelsea is a 2nd year law student at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. In addition to being a student she works part time with the Kansas Livestock Association where she assists the legal team with legislative research and writes for the Kansas Stockman Magazine. She also works part time for the lobbyist firm of Pinegar, Smith and Associates assisting with legislative research and client communication.  Yes, Chelsea has a lot on her plate and yet she rarely misses a chance to cheer on the Wildcats, in person.

 Chelsea describes herself as an Agriculture Advocate.  She hopes to develop a career representing the agriculture industry in governmental affairs. However, if her past is any indication of her future I wonder what ELSE she may do along the way.  Like many Butler graduates she doesn’t wait for things to happen, she makes them happen. In Chelsea’s world, the question is always, “Why limit yourself?”