Samantha Lahman has joined NDSU Extension as a 4-H animal science specialist in the Center for 4-H Youth Development.
She will lead efforts to develop, deliver and evaluate new 4-H youth development programming and learning experiences in animal science at the county, area and state levels. The position works in collaboration with NDSU animal sciences faculty, Extension specialists, Extension agents, youth, adult volunteers and animal industry stakeholders. She also will develop, design and deliver volunteer and staff training to blend animal science content with best practices in youth development.
“Samantha brings a wealth of animal science experience that will help her create innovative learning experiences to help youth find their spark, fuel their passion and explore new interests in meaningful ways,” said Leigh Ann Skurupey, assistant director of the Center for 4-H Youth Development.
Prior to accepting this position, Lahman was a 4-H and youth development regional Extension educator for the University of Minnesota. She worked for NDSU Extension before that as an agriculture and natural resources agent in Pembina County for seven years. She also was an adjunct professor with the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
Lahman earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and her master’s degree in education from Concordia University.
“I’m excited to serve the 4-H families, volunteers and staff here in North Dakota,” Lahman said. “I look forward to working with staff and stakeholders across the state to help 4-H’ers find their passion in animal science and agriculture, explore career opportunities and develop essential life skills.”
A native of Parkers Prairie, Minnesota, Lahman has an office in NDSU’s animal sciences department in Hultz Hall. She can be reached at 701-231-7179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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