Schob Student Scholar
Schob Resident and Eligible Students
The house located at the north corner of the preserve was Dr. David Schob’s personal residence. It is a three-bedroom house and has been renovated to meet the current standards. This house is provided to eligible students from either Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning or Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences. Both departments collectively decide which student(s) are privileged to live during their time as Texas A&M University students annually. Eligible students are those who “have honorably served in the United States Armed Forces or secondarily to students who have honorably served in law enforcement or fire protection services.” The student resident(s) are expected to provide general oversight of the adjacent Schob Nature Preserve. They can also conduct research on the site, help coordinate research projects, and contribute to education programs on the site.
2014-16 Schob Student: Justin Haug
Justin Haug is a native of Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management from Penn State University in May 2014. He became the first Schob Scholar in the fall of 2014 as a Master of Science student in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University completing his degree in May of 2016. Before attending college Justin spent five years in the United States Navy serving on the Aircraft Carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was deployed four times in support of operations in Iraq and Djibouti, Africa. He also has experience fighting fires for the U.S. Forest Service in South Dakota and spent the past four summers (2013-2016) working for the National Park Service in Grand Teton National Park as an Interpretive Ranger. Justin was a varsity wrestler at Penn State and still enjoys wrestling through intramural and club programs. He is an avid outdoorsman and aspires to manage a unit in our National Park System as a professional. Justin’s final paper can be downloaded here.
2016-17 Schob Student: Kelly R. Trietsch
Kelly Trietsch is a graduate research assistant at Texas A&M University in the Master of Urban Planning program. Currently, she is working on a project with the Brazos County Department of Emergency Management and their 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan update as well as a project in Southeast Oklahoma focusing on participatory planning for climate change with a focus on water resources and drought conditions. After working as an emergency services dispatcher, county jailer, volunteer firefighter and reserve police officer, Kelly returned to school to obtain a B.S. in Emergency Administration and Planning from the University of North Texas. There, she realized that the most good could possibly be done with mitigation efforts and decisions that are made well in advance of when a disaster strikes. She decided to focus her attention on learning how city ordinances, local and Federal regulations, policies and even laws help shape the way we plan our communities. Kelly believes “planning is crucial to creating and building sustainable communities that focus on social, economic and environmental aspects to create a sense of place for generations to follow.” Kelly has 2 sons, Jacob (10) and James (7). They love to be outdoors and frequently go camping and fishing and Kelly said that “we are so blessed to have the opportunity to enjoy all that the David E. Schob Nature Preserve has to offer!”