Texas A&M University-Kingsville Henke receives Student Chapter Advisor of the Year award
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Henke receives Student Chapter Advisor of the Year award

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dr. Scott Henke, Regents Professor and chair of the animal, rangeland and wildlife science department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, recently received the prestigious Student Chapter Advisor of the Year in North America award from The Wildlife Society. 

Henke is advisor to the Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society at Texas A&M-Kingsville that has won the Outstanding Student Chapter Award five times, most recently in 2015. There are 139 student chapters in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Also under Henke’s guidance, the university’s Wildlife Society has won 12 of the last 14 state Student Chapter of the Year awards.

He was nominated for the award by fellow professor Dr. Fidel Hernandez, Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Endowed Professor in Quail Research.

Henke started teaching at Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1992 and started the university’s Wildlife Society that same year with five students. He continued to build the group and in 1996, it was officially chartered by The Wildlife Society. Just two years, later, the group was named Student Chapter of the Year.

“Many students have graduated during the 24-year history of the Texas A&M-Kingsville Wildlife Society, but one factor has remained consistent, that factor being Dr. Scott Henke has been the sole advisor of the Texas A&M-Kingsville Wildlife Society,” Fernandez said. “He has been, and continues today, to be the driving force behind the achievements of the Wildlife Society.

“Dr. Henke uses the Wildlife Society, his classes and his research as opportunities to mold future wildlife professionals and to enhance the wildlife profession,” Fernandez added. “Through his efforts, the Wildlife Society maintains 90 to 120 members per year out of the 150-160 wildlife majors.”

Henke received his bachelor’s degree in ecology, evolution and population biology from 

Purdue University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in wildlife science from Texas Tech University.

He came to Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1992 as an assistant professor and has worked his way up to his current position of Regents Professor, an honor he earned in 2009. He has been chair of the animal, rangeland and wildlife science department since 2007.

The Student Chapter Advisor of the Year award recognizes exceptional annual mentorship by a The Wildlife Society student chapter advisor. The Student Development Working Group initiated the award in 2002 and awarded its first recipient at the 2004 conference.

Active and effective student chapters are needed to achieve The Wildlife Society’s goal of assisting in the development of the next generation of wildlife professionals and the advisor is the backbone of the chapter. Involved and dedicated student chapter advisors also strengthen the society’s membership recruitment and retention efforts by providing opportunities for student member involvement in society activities.


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