Rick Stowell

Faculty Spotlight

"The only one who never makes mistakes is the one who never does anything" -- Theodore Roosevelt

Rick Stowell

What is your position at UNL?:

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Animal Environment

What drew you to UNL?:

The position description for my position very closely fit my interests in working with the livestock industry and I was drawn to work with BSE faculty members whom I have found to demonstrate great competency and collegiality.

What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?:

I enjoy working with young adults and seeing them develop and mature as new professionals in their careers.

What are the most challenging and the most rewarding parts of your job?:

The most challenging aspect of my job is balancing priorities – there are always more things to get done than time will allow.  The most rewarding aspects involve working with so many high quality people at and outside of UNL, and being in a position where I can positively impact students and livestock systems.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?:

In my more youthful days, I was quite proficient at what has become popular again as ‘dodgeball’.

What is your life like outside of work?:

Most of my time away from work now revolves around my sons’ (Seth & Grant) sports, music and school activities and church (Christ Lutheran) activities.  

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?:

Learn how to value your time by learning to:

-         Ask questions when you have the opportunity

-         Say no, both directly and without saying “no”

Make the most of your opportunities and conduct yourself in a professional manner

-         The world can be smaller than we think and doors can open or close in the future that we can’t envision now, based upon interactions we have today.