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Frontier Field Program

Field Trip to Dallas/Fort Worth & Waco, TX in December 2015

In December, the Frontier program hosted its annual field trip in Dallas and Waco, Texas. During this trip, students from many universities traveled to various sites in Texas to engage in multidisciplinary discussions regarding security of “public health, the food system, and the general ‘health and wealth of societies’”. Students traveled from K-State, K-State Olathe, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and several others to participate in the special opportunity to tour the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, spend time in active discussion with Dr. Jason Ackleson, a scholar in international relations, and visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Additionally, the group toured the site of the Branch Davidian compound siege in Waco, TX; and they ended the trip by attending a lecture by Dr. Sarah Gragg of K-State Olathe in the Dr. Pepper Museum. The STEC CAP Grant was pleased to have several interns on the trip, who attended to further their knowledge on security and participate in unique experiences and discussions with students of other disciplinary fields.

Field Trip to California June 2013

The 21st Frontier Field Trip! 
We have organized a number of events in southern California: meetings with industry-based global food supply chain experts and a Frontier-organized skill-development workshop.

The 21st Frontier Field Trip took place June 19-23, 2013, and included the following schedule:

  • Wednesday, June 19 - Travel day, fly into the John Wayne Airport, Orange County, and transition to hotel
  • Thursday, June 20 - TBA
  • Friday, June 21 - Tour of a Cargill Inc. food manufacturing facility in Fullerton, California
  • Saturday, June 22 – Career/skill-development workshop followed by a Frontier-sponsored beachside luncheon
  • Sunday, June 23 – Travel day, transition from hotel, fly out of the John Wayne Airport, Orange County
Field Trip to Las Cruces, NM & US - Mexico Border in June 2012

The Summer 2012 Frontier Field Trip and Retreat was attended by the largest group of students in Frontier history! The Frontier and NCFPD Field Trip to the U.S.-Mexico Border, New Mexico, and Oklahoma (to learn about the complexity of the food system, border security, and cross-border cooperation), visits to the Santa Teresa (NM) Port of Entry and cattle crossing, New Mexico State University (to attend the Immigration Policy and Human Rights: Perspectives from Border Communities conference), the Kiowa County Historical Museum and the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum in Hobart, Oklahoma (18-23 June2012). While in the region, students spent a day meeting with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials at the New Mexico Santa Teresa Port of Entry. Students were able to meet with key officials operating one of the U.S.’s largest cattle crossings (Santa Teresa, NM), through which Mexican cattle enter the U.S. and are sorted for distribution throughout the U.S. In addition to meeting with CBP and FDA officials, students met with representatives from the New Mexico Border Authority (NMBA). The NMBA is the state agency overseeing development and promotion of New Mexico’s International Ports of Entry located at Santa Teresa, Columbus, and Antelope Wells.

Field Trip to Washington, D.C in March-April 2011

The March-April 2011 Frontier student field trip to Washington, D.C., related to homeland security and international trade policy, involved visits and meetings with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and other policymakers, in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the 2011 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) University Network Summit. Students in the Frontier program participated in a number of field trip events. This included a tour and presentation with staff from the Office of the United States Trade Representative. The presentation centered on trade regulations, enforcement of those regulations, and examples of trade violations. The students also participated in self-guided tours of the National Mall area and other D.C. monuments and attractions, and attended some of the DHS University Network Summit events, and/or toured the Smithsonian.

Field Trip to Washington, D.C. & the Port of Baltimore in October 2013

The October 2010 Frontier student field trip to Washington, D.C., and the Port of Baltimore featured import security and policy-related workshops held in conjunction with the 2010 Department of Homeland Security Career Pathways Conference. In addition to the Career Pathways Conference, the Frontier program sponsored a field trip/retreat to the seaport-based port of entry in Baltimore, Maryland. The field trip/retreat included a tour of the Port of Baltimore, guided by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, and featured information on import security, cargo inspection procedures, and meetings with CBP agriculture specialists as well as FDA officials.