Angelo State October Model Ram: Jaron Nevins
September 10, 2019
Degree(s): B.S. Natural Resource Management 2009, M.S. Animal Science; Range and Wildlife Management
Please give us a little bit of your background, your hobbies, what you like to do you in your spare time, etc.
My family comes from a strong ranching background. I was born and raised in San Angelo, Texas. I was fortunate enough to grow up spending my summers and weekends at our family ranch in west Texas, which in turn is what I attribute my passion for the outdoors and rural “way of life”. When choosing a college, ASU stood out from the others because of the MIR Center (commonly known around campus as “the ranch”) and its exceptional reputation for agricultural studies. I spend my time outside of work with my sons. There is no greater reward than being able to take them to the ranch I grew up making memories on and learning valuable life lessons. Passing down the same values in livestock, natural resources, and hard work that I received growing up is an opportunity I am grateful to have with my sons.
What is your current occupation?
I’m a part of an amazing team of individuals here in west Texas that produces oil and gas in the Permian basin as a Production Foreman at Discovery Natural Resources. Being a part of a challenging and rewarding industry keeps me on my toes where innovation and technology have become the new norm. I worked in this industry part-time throughout my studies at ASU and was blessed enough to use what I learned in the classroom to apply on the job. Even though it was unrelated to paper, my studies turned out to be more relative than anyone would imagine.
While at ASU were you involved in any organizations or teams and what was your role?
I was very involved in Block and Bridle with the role of Marshall. I was a part of the runner up National Champion Wool judging team in 2007-2008. I was also a student instructor for multiple Animal Science labs as part of my assistantship and worked on the ASU ranch for two years.
In what ways did ASU help you to achieve your goals after graduation?
I felt prepared for the world and the workplace because of the confidence I gained by being a part of many interesting research projects that made a difference in the animal science industry. Spending the last year of graduate school writing my own research paper showed me that I was capable of more than I knew.
What skills did you take away from ASU?
While I was taught many formal lessons from my studies at ASU, I absorbed many skills not traditionally taught in the classroom from very influential staff. Communication, people skills, and utilizing the scientific method to incorporate best practices has been essential in helping me succeed in the industry I’m a part of. The most important was networking with people from different backgrounds which helped me gain success in life after school.
Were there any faculty or staff that made a difference for you during your time at ASU?
Angelo State University has an exceptional roster of educators. The primary professors who made a difference in my education include Dr. Cody Scott, Dr. Loree Branham, Dr. Bonnie Amos, Dr. Gil Engdahl, and the late Dr. Terry Maxwell.
What is one of your fondest memories of ASU?
The wool judging trips to Denver and Houston, working at the MIR center and guiding hunts on the incredible whitetail population, producing and assisting in research projects, The Block and Bridle valet parking to raise funds where once, someone somehow let me park their Viper.
Can you please provide a quote about your experience at ASU/what ASU means to you?
My experience at ASU contributed to some of the best days of my life. It was challenging and laid back at the same time. The big school “feel” with all of the campus events was fun, yet the smaller class size allows you get to know your professors and what they teach. I graduated nine years ago and on several occasions, I still see many professors around San Angelo that remember me and even ask me how I incorporate my studies in my career. It is truly a staff that loves their job and takes your success personally.