Kelcey Christensen, the Department of Animal Science’s Meat Lab Manager at UW, received the an Outstanding Staff award during the recent UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Faculty and Staff Recognition Program. Nominations were solicited from faculty and staff members, and a committee made the final selection.
As Meat Lab Manager, Christensen’s job consists of handling slaughter, fabrication, and processing of three primary livestock species. These processes are complex, requiring pre-operational inspections, completion of the specific task, post-process paperwork, and verification to meet HACCP requirements. He is also responsible for implementing food safety protocols, processing procedures, new computer software/hardware and hiring, training, and managing the undergraduate work force. Christensen also works with the UW Food Science Club, Meat Judging Team, and his assisting in the start up of the new Meat Evaluation Team.
Dr. Warrie Means says, “Kelcey has the organizational skills, intellect, problem solving abilities, innovation, and work ethic allowing him to excel at his job. The UW Meat Lab facility continues to be a model plant for the state of Wyoming and the region. This is due to the exceptional efforts of Kelcey Christensen.”
“Kelcey is one of the best assets of the Department of Animal Science and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in fulfilling all three of our missions: research, teaching, and extension. He tirelessly works for all three missions, doing an equally good job in each. This typically requires putting in many outside hours and dealing with many faculty, staff, students, and members of the public, yet he always does it with a smile on his face and unwavering dedication to UW,” says Dr. Allison Meyer.
Christensen is known by many across campus for his work with the Food Science Club and their catering services. Kelly Wiseman had this to say about her work with Christensen at the 2012 AG Day BBQ, “The success of the event, and the professionalism and outstanding customer service both he and his student workers exhibited during the event left a lasting impression on the UW families who attended. They were amazing ambassadors for the University of Wyoming and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.”
We give our thanks to Kelcey Christensen for his hard work and dedication to the University of Wyoming and its students!