Taking ag to a whole new horizon

For WIU alumnus John Carroll, farming is a family tradition, but now his family’s tradition is to do something …non-traditional.

Carroll received his bachelor’s (business-agriculture ’02) and master’s (MBA’03) from WIU, where he met his wife, Kelly (Kaufman) Carroll ’03 (accountancy).

And while business and agriculture students may already be prepped for changing markets, Carroll is applying his educational background and family history to a whole new level: farming in Brazil.

As he explained in a recent story from the Quincy (IL) Herald-Whig, (Carroll is a native of the west central Illinois region), Carroll is now CEO of the family farming operation, which includes managing about 20,000 acres of cotton, as well as 9,000 acres of soybeans, in South America.John Carroll in Brazil

“I’d never seen a cotton plant until I went to Brazil,” Carroll said.
Carroll Farms Brazil now owns 8,000 acres and share-crops the rest with U.S. landowners in the state of Bahia, about five hours northeast of Brasilia, the country’s capitol.

Why Brazil?

And how did he get there?

To find out how a Midwestern farm boy become a CEO in another country, read the full story here.

(Check out Western’s business and agriculture programs on our web site at wiu.edu).

Math teacher ‘adds up’ to AP Teacher of Year

One of our alumni was recently listed in USA TODAY among the AP (Advanced Placement Program) Teachers of the Year!

Amy-Karen Dougan, who received a master’s degree in education from WIU in 1972, has been selected as AP Teacher of the Year for the State of Rhode Island by the Siemens Foundation. According to the Siemens Foundation, the organization provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the U.S.

Dougan teaches AP calculus at North Kingstown High School? in North Kingston, (RI). She was featured along with the other 49 state winners in the Feb. 22 edition of USA TODAY.??USAToday Logo

Top Teachers of Top Students

According to the Siemens Foundation, one exceptional teacher per state is selected for this recognition each year to receive a $1,000 grant to his or her high school to support science and mathematics education.

Teachers with a minimum of five years of teaching experience in math, science or technology AP courses are selected for their exemplary teaching and enthusiastic dedication to students and the AP Program.

Sounds like the best kind of math teacher a high school kid could have. Congrats to Amy-Karen, and keep up the “advanced” work!

Did you know we’ve got a world-ranked disc golfer among our ranks?

photo credit: Macomb Journal

photo credit: Macomb Journal

…or even that there’s an international competition for ‘frolf‘?

That’s the story in the local news!

The McDonough County Voice, the daily newspaper serving the home city of Western Illinois University’s main campus, recently featured biology graduate student Kenny Glassman, who took ninth place in the Advanced Male division in the World Disc Golf Championship in Kansas City, Mo., over the summer. Read the full story here!

Glassman, who came to WIU from Gurnee, IL, started playing the game when he was a junior at Warren Township High School.

Learn more about Western’s biology programs–and the countless recreational options our students enjoy.

Kudos to Kenny.