The annual Celebrating Student Excellence dinner was held in the Memorial Union Ballroom Wednesday May 23. Faculty, students, donors, alumni, parents and friends gathered in celebration of student accomplishments over the past year. The Agricultural Executive Council, Leadership Fellows, and Ambassadors for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Recourses were recognized for their leadership achievements. In addition awards were given for Distinguished Professor of the Year, New Professor of the Year, Club of the Year, and outstanding students. A delicious meal was served along with a slideshow being shown featuring club’s activities and involvement in the College of Agricultural Sciences. It was a great night filled of celebration and accomplishment.
Professor of the Year
Dr. Diebel is a professor in the Agricultural Recourses and Economics Department (AREc), and teaches a variety of classes ranging from introduction to micro economic principles to environmental economics and policy. In addition to teaching she is also an internship advisor to students majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy, and is an advisor for the AREc quiz bowl team. Students know her for her friendly open door meeting policy, helping students whenever they need.
New Professor of the Year
Dr. Sidlauskus is a professor and advisor within the Fisheries and Wildlife Department. In addition to his teaching and research studies he is a very active advisor to the American Fisheries Society and Wildlife Society Student Chapters, and is in charge of the OSU Fish Collection . Outside of OSU Dr. Sidlauskus helps the community by leading outreach tours for local grade schools.
Club of the Year
The Fisheries and Wildlife Club has grown tremendously over the past year, and strives to help students achieve goals through academics and professionalism. The club is also actively involved in volunteer projects applying principles students learn in the classroom. Each year the club attends the Annual National Meeting where members develop networking skills with industry professionals. At the meeting they were awarded the Western Division Student Subunit of the Year by their national organization.
The Agricultural Executive Council held officer elections last week for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. There were an outstanding group of qualified applicants, and we are thankful to all who applied. The new officer team is as follows.
President: Jon Calhoun
Vice President: Ashley Florence
Director of Correspondence: Katie Bartholomew
Director of Finance: Kenzie Smith
Director of Public Relations: Derek Burbank
Director of Ag Day: Kelsie White
Director of New Fields: Danielle Lorenz
The Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity held their 10th annual Alpha Gamma Rhodeo philanthropy this past week May 8-9. Proceeds raised went to support the Oregon FFA Foundation and FFA organization in order to help pay for career development events, proficiency awards, state convention, and scholarships. This will help to develop future leaders in agriculture throughout the state of Oregon. Tuesday’s events were held at the Benton County Fairgrounds and consisted of tractor races, hay bucking, swing dancing, best daisy duke, and a milk chugging contest. After the variety of events Kappa Kappa Gamma and Theta Chi took the win. On Wednesday The Alpha Gamma Rhodeo queen pageant was held at the AGR house. Each sorority had a designated girl that would run for queen and represent their house. Events consisted of a barrel race, roping competition, interview, extemporaneous speech, and baking contest. After the competition Rozalyn Patrick from Kappa Kappa Gamma was crowned the Alpha Gamma Rho Rhodeo Queen.
The Agricultural Executive Council hosted the annual Agricultural Awareness Day this pas week May 7-8. This year “Ag Day” was a two-day event working towards the goal of 5 days in the future. Monday started off the week with a workshop and speaking event presented by Angela Mayfield. Mayfield is a current Instructional Designer for Vivayic, and is dedicated to helping others become engaged in agriculture. FFA and College of Agricultural Sciences students gathered in La Selles Stewart Center Monday night to learn how to promote the agricultural industry and educate others proactively on the importance it has in every day life.
The Memorial Union quad was filled with College of Agricultural Sciences students bright and early Tuesday morning preparing to share the importance of agriculture to other students and faculty on campus. This year’s Agricultural Awareness Day was based on the question of how 9 billion people will be fed in the world by the year 2050 with less farmland. Clubs within the college set up booths with tractors, animals, grass, grains, and more to exemplify the various aspects and commodities of agriculture in relation to the theme. The Young Cattleman’s Association and Dairy Club provided lunch to onlookers, as the Country Western Dance Club demonstrated line dances. This year the Agricultural Executive Council also prepared an OSU themed basket so that individuals who visited every booth could enter to win.
The Agricultural Awareness Day was a huge success, and we plan to make improvements every year in order to educate students and community members on the importance of agriculture.
The Oregon State University Intercollegiate Equestrian Team traveled to North Carolina this past week May 1-7 for the National IHSA Horse Show. The show was a four-day event held at the Raleigh Horse Complex consisting of hunt seat and western events. The western team including riders Elizabeth Whitman, Cole Newman, Katie Dovenberg, Danielle Lorenz, and Kathryn Sergeant successfully won the National Title. The team’s hard work definitely paid off making history for OSU, and being the first time ever winning an IHSA National Championship.