Special to the Reporter

For any writer, having work printed in a publication is a great accomplishment.

Tarleton State University and a group of its students will not only be published in a magazine with international subscribers, but will also be responsible for the entire production process-from start to finish.

Under faculty supervision, students in the communications and agricultural communications programs will undertake the production, design, layout, writing and photography of the “Longhorn Drover,” the official magazine of the International Texas Longhorn Association (ITLA).

“Collaborating with the International Texas Longhorn Association will afford our students an opportunity to reach out to a global community,” said Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio. “This is an educational experience beyond the classroom that provides our students with real world knowledge in a hands-on environment.

The Drover is published six times a year and serves as a communication resource to keep readers updated on the association’s affairs, longhorn business and pertinent agricultural news outside the longhorn industry.

“The Drover is a tremendous opportunity for Tarleton students to gain magazine experience, apply what they’ve learned in our classrooms and show the world what they can do,” said Dan Malone, an instructor in the communications department who will supervise the project. “They’re writing and editing stories, taking photographs, laying out pages and designing ads-getting the sort of experience that will make them competitive when they enter the job market.”

According to ITLA President Larry Smith II, the contract between Tarleton and the association is a win-win.

“Along with journalistic and graphic excellence, Tarleton State University has deep roots in agriculture making this collaboration a natural fit,” Smith said. “I am excited for the future of the ‘Longhorn Drover’ and the quality of magazine the Longhorn world will have the pleasure of reading.”

According to Malone, the number of students working on the Drover will fluctuate from semester to semester. Six agricultural communication and communication juniors and seniors, including four interns, will produce the first issue. The interns are Chanté Raeke, junior agricultural communications major from Bandera; Julie Vrazel, senior agricultural communications major from Buckholts; Melissa Nolasco, senior communications major from Alvin; and Alex Holloway, senior communications major from San Antonio.

The ITLA was formed on March 9, 1990, with the purpose of establishing a member-oriented association for the development, registration and promotion of the Texas Longhorn breed of cattle. ITLA is headquartered in Glen Rose and has members across the United States as well as several other countries.

The ITLA can be contacted at (254) 898-0157 or P.O. Box 2610, Glen Rose, Texas, 76043. For more information, visit www.itla.com.