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CURTIS, Neb. – Ron Rosati, dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, plans to retire Aug. 5 from NCTA. Rosati was tapped as head administrator for the University of Nebraska’s sole two-year institution in July 2013.
Before completing his University of Nebraska service at year-end, Rosati will serve as senior advisor for the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) in Kigali, Rwanda. Opening in September, RICA is an English language institution dedicated to educating and inspiring a new generation of innovators in agriculture in Rwanda.
“Under Ron Rosati’s leadership, NCTA truly reached new heights in providing academic and financial access to higher education, as well as career preparation in the ag and veterinary technology industries,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president for agriculture and natural resources, and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“I want to thank Ron for his exemplary service and dedication over the past six years and wish him the best as he transitions into retirement.”
Kelly Bruns, director at NU’s West Central Research and Extension Center based in North Platte, has been named NCTA interim dean, while continuing to serve in his WCREC role. Bruns will lead NCTA campus administration with associate dean Jennifer McConville.
“It has been a privilege for me to serve NCTA as dean,” Rosati said. “The college is an exceptional place to work due to its small size, focus on agriculture and veterinary technology, and its emphasis on experiential learning.”
Rosati is a native of New York and has earned degrees in agricultural education and agronomy. He earned his doctorate from Iowa State, masters and bachelor’s from Cornell University, and associate degree from SUNY Farmingdale. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Rosati served in administrative capacities as provost at Southeast Missouri State University, provost at Alfred State College, State University of New York, and was a dean at Texas A&M University, Kingsville.
Rosati taught agricultural engineering technology and aquaculture for 19 years at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Illinois State University, The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute, and Iowa State University.
Rosati led strategic initiatives at NCTA including a 28.5% enrollment growth from 2013-2018, increased fiscal strength from deficit to fiscal health, and added academic programs in agricultural welding, equine industry management, a general agriculture online degree certificate, and partnerships in dairy and poultry management.
“NCTA has been recognized nationally for the quality of its academic programs and the success of its graduates. It’s been very rewarding for me to work with the faculty and staff who are responsible for those successes,” Rosati said.
Other administrative progress at NCTA the past six years included developing new procedures and policies for advising, admissions, registration, student payment procedures, student transfers, academic catalogs, student and employee handbooks, and Title IX and ADA compliance.
Increased appropriations by the Nebraska Legislature enabled significant campus progress in programs, student resources, and pay equity for faculty. New initiatives in public relations and recruiting, federal approval for enrolling international students, and reaccreditation were further benchmarks.
Bruns, who holds a doctorate in animal science, has served as director of WCREC since Nov. 2015. Jerry Volesky, longtime range and forage specialist, will serve as interim associate director at WCREC.
A national search will be launched to identify a new permanent dean of NCTA.
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McCook Community College graduate Jake Sanford was drafted by the New York Yankees in the third round Tuesday of the MLB draft, just one year after taking his last at bats for the Indians.
The 21-year-old former MCC walk-on from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, was the 105th player taken in this year’s draft. After graduating from MCC in May of 2018 he transferred to Western Kentucky where he led all NCAA Division 1 hitters with an .805 slugging percentage and was second in the country with 178 total bases. His 22 homers ranked sixth in the NCAA.
This year for the Hilltoppers, Sanford was named the 2019 Conference USA Player of the year as well as being named newcomer of the year by winning the conference triple crown batting .398 with 22 homeruns and 66 RBIs. He is one of 24 Division I players named to be a Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist, a trophy considered to be college baseball’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. (The winner will be unveiled on June 14.)
Sanford’s success at the Division I level comes as no surprise to his former coach at MCC.
“We are extremely happy for Jake,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen. “I knew watching Jake over his two years at McCook, he had a chance for some big things, when you combine his natural physical ability, his work ethic, and his power as a left handed bat, he had a chance to be special,” Olsen said.
Olsen said he had multiple pro scouts contact him trying to gather as much information on Jake prior to the MLB draft. Sanford said in the month or so leading up to this week’s MLB draft he met with more than 25 teams, with scouts talking with him and administering eye exams and brain tests.
“It’s been a little bit crazy,” he told the Chronicle-Herald in Halifax.
Sanford, didn’t draw any scouting or recruiting interest as a high schooler. His only university offer was to play volleyball at Dalhousie. He paid his own way to MCC hoping to make the team as a walk-on in the fall of 2016, earned a scholarship for his second semester, and as a freshman hit .358 with 13 doubles, 5 triples, 11 home runs, and 39 RBIs. After his sophomore year at MCC, Sanford was named to the 2018 first team all-Region IX team. He led the Indians with .374 batting average, a .450 on-base average and slugged .700, the all-time best for any MCC hitter. His 12 home runs tied for the Region IX lead and he drove in 55 runs in 54 games – the fourth most RBIs in the region.
“I really enjoyed Jake during his time here as both a person and player, and I can tell you his best days as a player are still ahead of him,” Olsen said. “It will be fun to watch him progress, and want to wish him the best of luck moving forward,”
Western Kentucky (in its 100th season of baseball) went 16-13-1 and qualified for the Conference USA tournament for the first time since joining the league prior to the 2015 season. The fourth-seeded Hilltoppers went 1-2 in the eight-team, double-elimination championship in Biloxi, Miss.
If Sanford doesn’t sign a contract with the Yankees he could re-enter the draft next year and return to WKU for his senior year, but Olsen said that doesn’t seem likely. If Sanford signs he will likely end up playing in a rookie level short-season this summer.
Pro scouts and his former MCC coaches, teachers and teammates weren’t the only ones following Jake’s slugging exploits this year in Bowling Green.
“Larry Walker called me the other day,” Sanford said in a recent interview. The former all-star for the Montreal Expos and Colorado Rockies was – like Sanford – a former hockey goalie-turned left-handed slugging outfielder.
“He said all Canadians stay together and that he was rooting for me.”
Sanford received his associate’s degree at MCC in Sports Marketing and continued with that his junior year at Western Kentucky.