War Eagle Words Student News

November 2016

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Chad Hamm

BY CALEB HICKS, JUNIOR/AG COMMUNICATIONS

Chad HammChad Hamm knew he found his calling after taking just one animal sciences class. At the time, he was an education major.

The Eufaula, Alabama, native had also previously majored in engineering. Now a senior, he has finally found a home in the College of Agriculture, majoring in animal sciences with a muscle foods option.

“I was really unsure of what I wanted to major in when I was a freshman,” Chad says. “When I was in my first animal sciences class, I fell in love with it and decided that animal sciences was the major for me.”

One of Chad’s favorite things about being an animal sciences major is the variety of career opportunities available to him and other graduates. One of those is something many people may not even know about—the Auburn University Swine Research and Education Center—where he is employed as a student worker.

Although his days start early, he has many duties caring for the animals at the unit, including feeding and watering, providing medical care and assisting with the continuous breeding program.

“I absolutely love my job at the swine unit,” Chad says. “It’s so fulfilling to wake up every morning to do something I’m passionate about.”

In his spare time, Chad also volunteers at the Lambert-Powell Meats Laboratory and is an Ag Ambassador for the college.

After graduation, Chad says he wants continue his education and begin food-based research.

“I’d really like to perform microbiology research to keep food safety measures up to date,” Chad says. “I eventually want to teach future meat scientists so they will be prepared as well as I have been from my education at Auburn.”

In his freshman year, Chad played the tuba for the Auburn University Marching Band. His greatest Auburn experience was during his first home football game as a student.

“As we were running out of the tunnel underneath Jordan-Hare, we saw the crowd come to their feet to sing the fight song,” Chad says. “That is by far the most memorable experience I have had. I will never forget the spirit that was radiating throughout the stadium that night.”