Assistant to the Dean
The assistant to the dean is responsible for a broad range of activities including oversight of the staff and activities within the office and ensuring implementation of the Dean’s various initiatives. He/she serves as the Dean’s liaison with other units throughout the University, within the college, and other internal and external constituents.
Shannon Archibeque-Engle joined Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences in October of 2013 after over eight years in the Department of Animal Sciences as an academic advisor. Shannon serves the college as the Director of Diversity and Retention. She is an active member of the National Academic Advising Association, the Colorado Coalition for the Educational Advancement of Latinos, and a founding member of Colorado State University’s Professional Advisors Network. Shannon is passionate about diversity and retention issues in higher education as well as the role of advising in the undergraduate student experience. She has led inclusion and multicultural communication workshops for diverse audiences including junior high, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as faculty retreats and community groups. Shannon also developed and teaches AGRI496 – Leadership in Agriculture, a course designed to train students in inclusive and effective leadership.
Troy works directly with research center managers, faculty, and staff across the state, enhancing communication between the centers and leveraging center resources and expertise to maximize our support for Colorado agriculture. Troy has extensive experience collaborating with partner agencies and advocacy groups supporting the agricultural industry and the water community. Troy joined the college in 1996 and has served as a senior research associate and Extension water quality specialist in our Department of Soil and Crop Sciences since 2001. Troy’s research and outreach focuses on environmental issues, especially in the areas of nutrient and irrigation management to prevent nonpoint pollution in irrigated agriculture; soil fertility management; soil salinity and irrigation water quality; and irrigation scheduling using soil moisture and evapotranspiration methodology. He is a certified crop advisor for the American Society of Agronomy and is a member of that society as well as the Soil Science Society of America and the Soil Water Conservation Society.
Amy Bibbey joined the Dean’s Office after 16 years of experience in the financial services industry and nine years of experience in education. Combining this background with her life on the family farm outside of Wellington, Amy is passionate about supporting the staff, faculty and students at the College of Agricultural Sciences. Amy is a graduate of the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce – Leadership Fort Collins program. She is also active in a variety of organizations, including numerous Poudre School District committees, the Canyon Concert Ballet Foundation, and formerly as a Girl Scout leader for six years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University. Amy has been married for over 25 years and has three children in addition to all of the pets and creatures on the farm.
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Beka joined Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences in 2009 after a career in public education and community mental health and career counseling. Beka assists students in making the connection between their major to their career, navigating change, enhancing their marketability and assisting in mapping their nonacademic experiences. She also assists employers in engaging with and hiring students at Colorado State University. Beka is passionate about the connection, progress and network that students experience in their higher educational journey and enjoys meeting students individually, in groups and through classroom instruction.
Director of Recruiting
Ruben recruits undergraduate students (incoming freshmen and transfer students) to the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences with visits to high schools, community/junior colleges and state/national conventions such as the Colorado FFA Convention and the National FFA Convention. Ruben schedules meetings with academic advisors and tours of the College’s facilities for prospective/admitted students and their parent(s). A first-generation college graduate, Ruben helps students navigate the college application process. Ruben has many years of recruiting experience in both the public and private sectors. Ruben co-advises the CSU Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Related Sciences (MANRRS) Chapter.
Director of Communications
Jason Kosovski is the Director of Communications for the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station. He manages all of the college’s internal, external, and strategic communications including print, web, and social media in consultation with the dean, department heads, and faculty. He joined CSU in October 2013 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned a B.S. in Media Studies, an M.A. in Speech Communication, and a Ph.D. in Communications Research. He has taught courses in public speaking, gender and language in popular culture, and film theory. His research interests focus on gender, race, and class as depicted on reality television, and he spent five years in the Office of the Provost at Illinois managing a variety of communications including speeches and executive correspondence while also serving on many campus committees including those concerned with MOOCs and helping facilitate several major campus initiatives.