The Agricultural Executive Council had quite an eventful Fall Term to start out the new school year. The officer team began the term with a one-day retreat at Peavy Arboretum and worked to plan events for the year and to revise the Constitution while bonding as a team. We shared individual goals and came up with team ones, as well. Only a few days later, the College of Agricultural Sciences Fall Kick-Off Gelato Social took place at the newly renovated Strand Agriculture Hall’s front plaza. New and returning students were able to learn about all of the clubs in the College. It was the perfect sunny weather to enjoy some gelato from a local business!
The Ag Exec officers represented the College of Agricultural Sciences throughout football season by traveling to WSU for a tailgater, celebrating Homecoming and assisting with booths at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility during Dad’s Weekend. Oregon State pride was abundant, as we never miss a chance to attend a Beaver game! Connecting with alumni and donors is something we enjoy on all occasions while celebrating agriculture and the excitement of game day.
Members of the officer team attended the College of Agricultural Sciences Dean’s Dinner, held at the end of October, as well. Students assisted with setting up for the event and were seated at various tables to interact with faculty, alumni and industry leaders. We heard about scientific research and notable work in agriculture and watched recipients of the College of Agricultural Sciences awards receive those awards. These types of events are what make being a student in the College of Agricultural Sciences much more interesting and rewarding.
After an extensive two-year upgrade to Strand Agriculture Hall, which included significant seismic, accessibility, and energy upgrades, its reopening was celebrated at the end of October. The event began at the West Portico Entrance facing the MU Quad and highlighted the new building. Strand has housed several different departments, but its emphasis throughout its history has always been agriculture. After a short program to celebrate the reopening, in which Dean Dan Arp presented, members of the officer team gave tours of the building. The event allowed people to see the beautiful new space that is Strand Agriculture Hall and to explore agricultural sciences.
Members of the officer team went on an industry tour with the Ambassadors for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources. That afternoon we traveled a short distance south of Corvallis to visit a winery and a learn about practices at a biodynamic farm. We finished off the day with a visit to a U-Pick pumpkin and apple farm. This was an excellent way to become more familiar with each other and explore agricultural industries!
Keep an eye out for information on our annual events including Etiquette Dinner, the Spring Industry Tour occurring the second weekend of Spring Term, and Ag Days!