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2018 Outstanding Senior: Rice Klauke

Rice Klauke, agribusiness management senior from Cincinatti, Ohio, who was selected as a 2018 Davis College Outstanding SeniorRice Klauke, agribusiness management major, is one of two Outstanding Seniors selected by the Division of Resource Economics and Management in the School of Natural Resources. 

Equipped with a strong agricultural background, this Cincinnati native worked as an intern for Blue Bison Farms in Centerville, Indiana, during her undergraduate career. She also worked as an intern in the financial planning and insurance sector in Cincinnati and, in 2017, had the opportunity to represent West Virginia University at the national Farm Foundation conference in Irvine, California. 

Klauke is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-ed professional business fraternity, and the WVU Dance Team, which supports intercollegiate athletics and W VU. 


Following graduation, she looks forward to fulfilling a lifetime career goal by joining the Kraft Heinz Company as a customer retail manager. 


Tell us about your experience at the national Farm Foundation Conference in Irvine, Calif.

I was invited by Dr. D’Souza to send in an application for the 2017 Farm Foundation Convention. I had never heard of this  convention before, so I thought it would be a great way to expose myself to west coast farming and meet many professionals from around the country. After sending in my application to the Farm Foundation Convention committee, I was selected as one of six College students from the across the country to attend. 


What is your dream job?

I remember discussing my future with Dr. D’Souza my junior year, and I had told him how much I wanted to work for Kraft Heinz. I am very proud that this dream is actually becoming a reality. I hope to fall in love with Kraft and continue to move up the corporate ladder with them.


When do you begin your position with Kraft Heinz, and where will you be working?

I begin working for Kraft Heinz on June 4. At that point, I will begin my two-week training in Lenexa, Kansas. After I complete training, I will be stationed in Akron, Ohio, and living in Cleveland.


What has been the best part about your WVU experience?

The students I have met and the professors I have worked with throughout my four years.


What advice do you have for incoming freshmen? 

Meet lots of people and get involved. I tried many different clubs here at WVU and eventually found the ones I really enjoyed. Also, have fun and work hard! 


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