Freshie Handbook

F.A.S.O. (Faculty of Agriculture Students' Organization) is the council that represents the students of Agriculture & Food Sciences.  Everyone wonders just what they do so we compiled a list of everyone and their duties below.  Overall F.A.S.O. represents you as a student, and they act under the umbrella of U.M.S.U. (The University of Manitoba's Student Union).  If you have any concerns or questions, please email us by using our contact page.

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Name: Shawn Williment
Year: 5
Program: Agribusiness
Position: Senior Stick
Chairs and presides over FASO, Liaison between administration and council
Hometown: La Riviere, MB

Hey everyone, I’m proud to come from the small town no one’s heard of until you mention “Have you been to Holiday Mountain?” I’m currently going into my 5th year on campus. I recently graduated from Ag Diploma and now going into Agribusiness, and no I didn’t take 4 years to do my Dip, although it wouldn’t be the worst thing. Jokes aside, if you ever need advice on anything University related don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I look forward to being your Senior Stick, and to hopefully one day meeting you all! Until then, stay healthy, and if you don’t want to drink alone, I’ll gladly join ya on Zoom with a Rye and coke in hand. Cheers to the new semester!

Shawn

Name: Corinne Bernard
Year: 3rd
Program: Agronomy
Position: Director of Communications
Agendas & minutes for FASO meetings, compile directory of FASO members and publish the Freshie Handbook
Hometown: Haywood

Hey Aggies! This year I will be your DOC! I am from a grain farm in Haywood. Many people will tell you that this place is not real, however, they are liars! I have an obsession with Caesars, and I can make you the best one that you have ever had. You can always find me laughing at everyone jokes, even if they aren’t all that funny! I am super friendly so don’t be afraid to reach out to me for anything! I graduated from diploma in the spring and am now in agronomy.

Corinne

Name: Julie Sprague
Year: 4
Program: Human Nutritional Sciences
Position: Vice Stick Internal
Keeps records of faculty participation points, to chair awards and grad committee, coordinate Big Brother Big Sister
Hometown: Grosse Isle 

Hello fellow aggies, I am Julie Sprague and this year’s Vice Stick Internal on FASO. I am going in to my fourth year of my Human Nutritional Sciences degree and aspire to become a human ecology teacher after I graduate. I have lived in the Interlake my whole life living just outside of Grosse Isle and graduating high school from Warren collegiate. In my free time I am either cooking, playing football or rugby, and occasionally “spragueing” luckily social distancing has eliminated this. 

Julie

Name: Arielle Williams
Year: Year 3
Program: Animal Systems
Position: Vice Stick-External
Member of MIA, organize Career Fair, responsible for inter university relations, organize Aggie Formal Night
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Hey! I’m Arielle and I’ve been at the U of M since 2017 and in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences since 2018. I like to go hiking, hanging out with my dog, Harlow, and dreaming about eventually having a farm. I used to help at my family’s ranch in Saskatchewan a lot growing up, which is what sparked my love for agriculture. If you have any questions about the Faculty, or the U of M in general, please reach out! I’ve been at the U of M long enough, so I can usually help figure out solutions to different problems 🙂 

arielle

Name: Mack Moser
Year: 4
Program: Agriculture Diploma
Position: Diploma Stick
Represent the School of Agriculture, sit on Diploma Council, Responsible for Big Dip/ Little Dip and Redneck Olympics
Hometown: Calgary, AB

Hey Aggies! My name is Mack and I am the Dip Stick (no, I will not check your oil for you) this year on FASO, after having previously served as the First Year Diploma Rep last year. To give you all a little more background on who I am, I was born in Winnipeg but moved out to Calgary with my family when I was 6, and moved back here for University, where I started out in U1, and eventually switched to the agriculture diploma program. Since moving back to Manitoba, I have worked during my summers for Monsanto & Bayer in their Crop Research divisions, doing work in both Market Development and Plant Breeding as a summer student working with corn, canola and soybeans. Anyways, enough about me, I hope you have a great time as an Aggie here at the U of M, and I can't wait to meet all of you at one of our great socials or the Nob on country night (of course when Corona allows us to do so!) And if you have any questions about the diploma program and anything related, feel free to ask me anything you need! See ya around!

mack

Name: Holly Adams
Year: 3
Program: Agribusiness
Position: Senior Social
Organize social events, responsible for liquor permits and insurance
Hometown: Winkler

Hi everyone! I am a third year Agribusiness student originally from Winkler, MB. I am the Senior Social Representative on FASO, as well as the Publicity Representative on ABSA. I've worked for a few different Co-ops over the past couple of summers as an Agronomy Summer Intern, and during the school year I work in the Conventional Swine Barn at Glenlea Research Station. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors - camping, fishing, hiking, or working on the farm - and one of my main hobbies is baking.

Holly

Name: Alex Leslie
Year: 4 (out of 4.5ish?)
Program: Agribusiness
Position: Agribusiness Rep
Make announcements to their respective classes and be the liaison for related industry organizations, organize meet the faculty BBQ & Spring Clean Up, Assist with Bedpush
Hometown: Oakville (but also near Poplar Point)

Not too much to say about myself really, I’ve grown up on a grain farm driving big red tractors my whole life, and some might even say I am not a terrible grain cart operator. On the farm I will do everything in my power not to drive a combine as they put me to sleep so I will often be seen driving semi’s as well or flying my drone around instead of working. 1st year of Uni I lived in P-hall and that was great, but after that moving to St. Norbert within walking distance to the establishment at the end of the street was even great-er. I am also President of the Agribusiness Students’ Association (ABSA) here at the Uni. Feel free to say hi if you see me and shoot any questions my way.

alex

Name: Mollie Nolan
Year: 2nd year
Program: Human Nutrition
Position: HNS Rep
Make announcements to their respective classes and be the liaison for related industry organizations, organize meet the faculty BBQ & Spring Clean Up, Assist with Bedpush
Hometown: Dauphin, MB

Hey everyone!! My name is Mollie Nolan. I am from Dauphin, Manitoba but better known as home of Dauphin’s Countryfest.  I enjoy Thursdays at The Nob, it’s definitely the best way to get out of studying. I enjoy Costco snacks after a long night out. My favourite sport is rec volleyball. I am very excited to be the HNS rep for FASO this year. Don’t be afraid to come say hi, I love talking!

mollie

Name: T.J. Instance
Year: 4
Program: Agronomy
Position: Agronomy Rep
Make announcements to their respective classes and be the liaison for related industry organizations, organize meet the faculty BBQ & Spring Clean Up, Assist with Bedpush
Hometown: Russell, Mb

Hey everyone, I'm T.J. and I am your Agronomy rep on FASO this year. I look forward to hopefully being able to meet you all. I am a 4th-year student in the Agronomy program. I’m also a graduate of the Ag diploma program and have moved onto the degree program. See you all at the Le Nob!

tj

Name: Alyssa Caputi
Year: 4
Program: Animal Systems
Position: Animal systems rep
Make announcements to their respective classes and be the liaison for related industry organizations, organize meet the faculty BBQ & Spring Clean Up, Assist with Bedpush
Hometown: Winnipeg

I'm 22 years old and I love spending time outside, travelling and playing sports. I transferred into the Faculty of Agriculture in summer of 2018 and I have been pursuing a career in Veterinary medicine ever since. I hope I can be a familiar face around the halls and if you ever have any questions or would like to chat please say hello!

alyssa

Name: Alexa Peterson
Year: 4
Program: Plant Biotechnology
Position: Plant Biotech Rep
Make announcements to their respective classes and be the liaison for related industry organizations, organize meet the faculty BBQ & Spring Clean Up, Assist with Bedpush
Hometown: Winnipeg

Welcome Aggies and Foodies, my name is Alexa Peterson and I’m the Plant Biotechnology program rep. Which basically means I’m your guide to everything you need to know as a freshie, I’m here for any questions, concerns, and any advice you may need. I’m sure you’ve realized this semester is very different from past semesters and as such I hope to be a liaison between you, the student body, and the faculty, so please feel free to contact me with any course or covid related questions or comments. Hope we can make this a great school year regardless of the circumstances!

alexa

Name: Bill Ryzniczuk
Year: 4th year
Program: Food Science (Business Option)
Position: Food Science Student Representative
Make announcements to their respective classes and be the liaison for related industry organizations, organize meet the faculty BBQ & Spring Clean Up, Assist with Bedpush
Hometown: Winnipeg

I am in the fourth year of the food science program (business option). I have also completed programs in culinary arts and meat processing. Although it is not academically recognized I also have a GrSD. ( Grocery Shopping Doctorate). If you want to know the deals, on Thursdays I can tell you about the deals.

bill

Name: Katelyn Waldner
Year: 4
Program: Agroecology
Position: Agroecology Rep.
Make announcements to their respective classes and be the liaison for related industry organizations, organize meet the faculty BBQ & Spring Clean Up, Assist with Bedpush
Hometown: Headingley MB

Hi Aggies! I’m excited to be back on FASO for another year as your Agroeocology Rep! I love camping, hiking, and biking around my town in my free time. I also love helping out my family with our bison farm in the Interlake. I hope we can still have a successful year of events, even with how different things are looking for this year!

katelyn

Name: Eric Bossuyt
Position: 2nd year degree rep
Year: 2nd
Program: Agribusiness
Make announcements to their respective classes and be the liaison for related industry organizations, organize meet the faculty BBQ & Spring Clean Up, Assist with Bedpush
Hometown: Oak Bluff

Hey Aggies, I am your second-year degree rep. Here are a few things that you should know about me:

  • If you ever are unsure where to go, head on over to lecture block. There’s a 53%-68% I challenge you to a game of pool.
  • Contrary to common beliefs, I spend a lot of my “study time” hunting or fishing.
  • If you are trying to contact me on a Thursday/Friday responses may be delayed as I’m either preparing or recovering from The Nob.
  • And finally, I’m very outgoing so don’t be afraid to ask questions about anything.
eric

Name: Bryce Ash
Year: Fifth
Program: Agribusiness
Position: UMSU Rep.
Represent FASO at the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) and attend all meetings, conduct all FASO elections and referenda.
Hometown: Gilbert Plains, MB.

Hey everyone! My names Bryce and I am FASO’s representative with the University of Manitoba Students Union (UMSU). Growing up I spent a lot of summers working with my family beekeeping which led me to pursue an agribusiness degree. I’m an avid Winnipeg Jets fan and one of the worst poker players on the planet. I’m super excited to be working with FASO this year and best of luck to everyone with their classes!

bryce

Name: Caitlyn Carkener
Year: 3
Program: Animal Systems
Position: Publicity Co-ordinator
Make posters, monthly calendars & update UMSU TV in the Agriculture Atrium
Hometown: Brandon

Hello, my name is Caitlyn and I’m the publicity coordinator for this upcoming year. This is my second year on faso and i’m super excited to be back. Pre corona you could almost always find me at a stockmans meeting, selling tickets in the atrium or on the d-floor at the nob. Nowadays you’ll find me on zoom calls in my comfiest clothing. Hopefully I get to meet some of you on those zoom calls!

caitlyn

Name: Martin Nolan
Year: 4th
Program: Agribusiness
Position: Athletic representative
Responsible for annual spring sporting events, member of intramural sports council, compile record of intramural points, responsible for Golf Night, Aggie All Night Curling & Hoedown Hockey games
Hometown: Dauphin MB

Hey guys, my name is Martin and this year i will be the sports rep. I live on a grain farm just north of Dauphin. One of my favourite things to do during the school year is heading to The Nob on a Thursday night to enjoy some popcorn…. and some drinks. This summer I worked for Richardson and helped around the family farm whenever I had time. I also enjoy fishing. I am excited to plan some fun events that I hope to see many old and new faces at!

martin

Name: Hayley Shirtliff
Year: 3rd
Program: Agribusiness
Position: Junior treasurer
Learn from Senior Treasurer and move to Senior position in Year 2
Hometown: Starbuck, MB

Hey everyone! I’m very excited to be the faso junior treasurer this upcoming year! This means my role is to learn the roles and duties of the senior treasurer and eventually transition to senior treasurer for the 2021-2022 school year. A little about me...I’m from the booming metropolis of Starbuck where I’ve lived on the family farm for my whole life. I’m in my third year of the agribusiness program and completely loving it! I’m also a devoted member of the faculty’s women’s hockey team, the Barley Queens, and also involved with other student groups on campus. In my spare time I love hanging out with my pets, especially my dogs, playing hockey and ringette, and like everyone else, binging the latest Netflix craze. I am very excited to be on faso this year and can’t wait to be a part of such a great group of people in such a great faculty!

hayley

Name: Dawson Hiebert
Year: 3rd
Program: Agribusiness
Position: Junior Social Representative
Maintain master copy of class lists, learn all from Senior Social Rep and move to Senior position in Year 2
Hometown: Morden, MB

18 hands tall, weighing in at just less then 3 bushels. Beer can half full kinda guy, here for a good time not a long time. Raised on an acreage where we did lots with wheels and dirt. If you’ve any questions about any of these things, I probably might not have an answer for you, but we can definitely still have a drink about it.

dawson

Name: Karissa Render
Year: 4
Program: Agronomy
Position: Senior Clothing Representative
Responsible for FASO paraphernalia (shirts, hats, etc), responsible for clothing sales
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Hi Everyone! My name is Karissa Render and I am your Senior Clothing Rep. I am currently a fourth-year student in the Agronomy program. Even with online classes, you’ll probably still be able to catch me with a drink in hand on a Thursday night, though probably virtually. I look forward to meeting everyone as soon as were able to. Please feel free to reach out with any questions Aggie clothing or lifestyle related! Cheers to an interesting year!

karissa

Name: Elyce Dirks
Year: 2
Program: Diploma
Position: Junior Clothing Representative
Hometown: Manitou, MB

Hi everyone, my name is Elyce Dirks and I am your junior clothing representative. I am currently in my second year of the diploma program and am planning to continue on with my degree upon completion. In my opinion all problems are senior clothing rep problems because she forgot to train me. Jokes aside if you have any questions regarding clothing or the aggie lifestyle please feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to meeting everyone when possible. Cheers to a year of firsts.

Elyce

Name: Jenna Bruce
Year: 2
Program: diploma
Position: Barbed wire editor
Responsible for Aggie newsletter publication (2 per semester)
Hometown: Carman

Hey Aggies! It’s your fav barbed wire editor.  Here are a few things you should know about me:

  • If I’m not telling dad jokes you can find me searching kijiji for goats
  • If you’re ever feeling stressed about not starting an assignment till the night before it’s due, don’t worry..... I haven’t either
  • I am always down for Thursday’s at the nob

Make sure to check out the barbed wire!!

Jenna

Name: Hailey Rubeniuk
Year: 3rd
Program: Ag Diploma
Position: Barbed Wire
Responsible for Aggie newsletter publication (2 per semester)
Hometown: Angusville (commonly known as Anusville)

Hey Aggies! My name is Hailey and I am everyone’s second favourite barbed wire editor. Here are a few things you should know about me:

  • I laugh at my own jokes so you won’t have to.
  • I will always be willing to shut down the Nob and stay till last call with you.
  • I do not live in Saskatchewan, even though many people will try and tell you different.
  • I will be more than happy to give you a fun fact of the day, whether you ask for it or not.
  • If you see someone wandering down the halls of the Ag buildings in ratty sweatpants and slippers, don’t worry… it’s just me!

They only brought me on FASO to bless your day with a light read on everything Aggie, so make sure to check out the Barbed Wire this year for lots of Aggie Humour!

Hailey

Name: Tegan Penner
Year: 5th and final
Program: Agronomy
Position: Yearbook
Responsible for Yearbook publication, photography for Yearbook & newsletters.
Hometown: Winkler

If you ain’t crocin’, you ain’t rockin!

tegan

Name: Margaux Cassagne
Year: 4
Program: Agronomy
Position: Yearbook
Hometown: Ste Agathe

Hi aggies!

My name is Margaux and I'm from Ste Agathe MB. I'm about to start my fourth year in Agronomy (time goes by fast!). This year, I'm one the two yearbook reps and I'm happy to be a part of FASO for the second year! With Tegan, we will try our best to capture pictures that reflect our whole faculty for the yearbook but also for the barbed wire and the yearbook facebook page. I know this semester might be a little different with classes being online but if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us! Good luck in your classes but don't forget to enjoy your school year and have fun!!

margaux

Name: Josie Meggison
Year: 3
Program: Agronomy
Position: Charity Rep
Responsible for Bedpush, Head Shave-n-Shine, and other charity events.
Hometown: Goodlands, MB

Hi everyone! I’m Josie Meggison and I am so excited to be the charity rep alongside Hayley this year. My talents include being the oldest Meggison on campus, drinking six cups of coffee a day and being really loud at parties! I have a strong love for agriculture and a deep hatred of geese. My favorite places on campus include the Ag library, the Tims in UC and the Starbucks in Dafoe. Feel free to call me any of the following: Jose, Hozay, Hozasaurus, Jos, Jozie or Meggison. I will respond to all of these!!

josie

Name: Hayley Jenkins
Year: 3
Program: Animal Systems
Position: Charity rep
Responsible for Bedpush, Head Shave-n-Shine, and other charity events.
Hometown: Thompson

Hey guys! My name is Hayley Jenkins and I am one of the Charity Reps for FASO. This is my third year in university and on FASO. I am in the animal systems program, and plan on applying to the vet school in Saskatoon. This being said my mind is mostly on studying and animals so if you ever need a study buddy or someone to show photos of your pet to and gush about how cute they are, I would be more than happy to do so. Being from way up north in Thompson I can tell you a story or two. I lived in residence for 2 years, was in the co-op program, and am an executive member of the pre-vet club, so if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me and ask! I am excited to have a great year with all of you!

hayley j

Name: Nicole Jonk
Year: second
Program: Agronomy
Position: Hoedown Coordinator
Organize Hoedown Week, responsible for Spring Break events as decreed by council, organize two Aggie nights out
Hometown: Bruxelles

My name is Nic Jonk and I grow a decent amount of tater tots in Bruxelles, MB. And just as they say, monkey see, monkey do, I followed the long line of Jonk’s into the Aggies life and have loved every beer sipping moment of it. My co-hoedowner and I are super excited to try and make up as many events for this year’s hoedown, even if it is just an excuse to drink at home, but honestly, do you even need one? If you have any ideas or thoughts about activities, don’t be afraid to give me a shout! I love a good chat!

nicole

Name: Tristan Chambers
Year: 3rd
Program: Agronomy
Position: Hoedown Coordinator
Organize Hoedown Week, responsible for Spring Break events as decreed by council, organize two Aggie nights out
Hometown: Winnipeg

Hey guys! My name is Tristan and I am going into my 3rd year in the agronomy program. A little bit about me is I love meeting new people and making new friends. I also very much enjoy coffee, being outside, fishing, waterskiing, baking, and also love dogs. I am usually always friendly and ready to say hi unless it is a Monday morning which then maybe wait until I have had a full cup of coffee or tea. Hopefully everyone continues staying safe and has a great first year!

tristan