Southeast Students to Serve on WNLA Student Advisory Committee


Two Southeast Missouri State University horticulture students have been selected to serve on the 2019 Student Advisory Committee of the Western Nursery and Landscape Association (WNLA).

Leah Schumacher, a senior from Bridgeton, Missouri, and Kelly Hurley, a sophomore from De Soto, Missouri, will join a group of 20 of the most outstanding agriculture students from institutions and colleges across the Midwest to serve on the 2019 board.

Southeast students have a proud tradition of representing the University among other state and national institutions on the WNLA Student Advisory Committee, said Dr. Sven Svenson, associate professor of agriculture at Southeast.

“Our horticulture students are not just competitive with similar regional state universities but also with some of the nation’s regional land grant institutions,” he said.

Additionally, Schumacher and Hurley will participate in the WNLA 2019 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in January.

Schumacher said she is looking forward to connecting with others in the field as she serves on the board.

“I am delighted to be chosen to serve as one of the students on the Student Advisory Committee at WNLA. This will encourage me to communicate my ideas and build my knowledge from people within the industry,” she said.

Schumacher previously served as a WNLA student volunteer in January 2018 and hopes her board membership will allow her to continue to search for internship and employment opportunities. Her goal is to one day become a landscape manager.

“Agriculture is important to every aspect of life,” she said. “Agriculture is the basis for humanity and food security. I look forward to seeing this industry grow and entice future employment.”