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Hey Oregon State Students and Staff!

Our annual College of Agricultural Sciences Ice Cream Social kicked off our fall term with 29 clubs in attendance! And whether we were ready or not, we’re back in full motion and it ‘s our first Monday of the term. So for my sake (and maybe yours too) I wanna flashback to spring term and reminisce a little on this unforgettable summer.

I wasn’t quite ready to jump right back into school, so I reached out to my teammates for one last taste of sweet summertime and I want to share it with you! Here’s a little bit of what we were each up to this summer:

In the Spring, we elected a new Agricultural Executive Council Officer Team, almost an entirely new team aside from our president Trinity Shodin. Trinity is entering her Junior year as an Agricultural Sciences student. She spent her summer working and hanging out with friends–holding down the fort for us here in Corvallis.

I’m sure many of you know our Vice President, Ben Rietmann, from his endless involvement throughout the university. He’s a double major in Agricultural Science and Agricultural Business Management entering his junior year at the university. The highlight of Ben’s summer was spending two weeks traveling through England, Italy, and Switzerland. He says, “it was amazing to see famous places in these countries and to meet new and interesting people.”

Agricultural Science and Education sophomore, Monica Debord, was elected our Director of Correspondence. Monica’s summer highlight was going to Crater Lake with her mom, younger brother and exchange student from Norway. While they were there she was able to jump into the lake twice and swim a little bit. She said it was very cold but worth it because of the thrill and excitement she got from it.

August Peterson is spending his junior year serving as our Director of Finance. He majors in both Agricultural Science and Political Science so he may come off as a man all about business, but don’t be fooled he spent most his summer outdoors! August camped in the Willamette National Forest and spent several days hiking and enjoying the beauty our state has to offer, including the swimming area, Three Pools, which was very cold, but of course absolutely spectacular.

Animal Science major, Kayla Rushing, is the second sophomore on our team serving as the Director of Public Relations. Kayla had a few of her childhood dreams come true this summer with having the opportunity to attend the Oregon Jamboree and watch her favorite country music artist, Toby Keith, perform live!

Scott Jacobson, fourth-year Agricultural Science major and Director of Ag Days, had a summer full of active energy! His summer highlights were visiting Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park, as well as watching California Chrome race and win in the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s Pacific Classic race.

Our Advisor this year is Dr. Katie Gaebel. She spent two weeks in Utah this summer learning first-hand about experiential learning; one of the weeks was at an Experiential Learning conference, where she went on outings in Bryce and Zion National Parks. The second week was spent with her husband hiking and photographing in all five national parks in Utah (Bryce, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef).

Lastly, I’m Meg Marchand. Senior Agricultural Science student on the Agricultural Education track. In the Spring, I was elected the Agricultural Executive Council’s Director of New Fields. This past summer I had the opportunity to travel outside of the United States for the very first time for an international internship in the Netherlands. It truly was a growing and learning experience of a lifetime.

Our summers were eventful to say the least! And maybe we weren’t quite ready for classes to start back up again, but nonetheless, the Agricultural Executive Council is excited for another fun and successful year.

We hope to see you at our first Agricultural Executive Council meeting on October 5th at 7pm in Weniger 151 ! (:

Leave us a comment below; we’d love to hear about your summer and excitement for this upcoming school year!


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