About Animal Sciences Ambassadors
What We Do
The mission of the Department of Animal Sciences Ambassador Program is "to promote and serve the Department of Animal Sciences (ANSC)." The Animal Sciences Ambassadors are a selected group of students that represent the department by communicating with potential Animal Sciences' students, alumni, employers, and the public to promote goodwill for the department and Purdue University.
All Ambassadors are active in many of the Departmental Programs and serve on one of the following committees:
Outreach - Preview Days and Tours
The outreach committee works throughout the year with prospective students. Their signature events are the Preview Days where high school students and their families are invited for a day on campus in the spring to learn about the different opportunities ANSC has to offer. Throughout the year, they continue to interact not only with students, but also with other campus visitors. It's a good way to learn more about everything ANSC has to offer while developing critical communication skills.
Each year thousands of people visit the Purdue campus to take part in the annual Purdue Springfest event. The ANSC Ambassadors are responsible for the department's program and produce the Boiler Barnyard, arguably the most popular attraction at the entire Springfest. The Boiler Barnyard brings dairy cows, beef cattle, lambs and piglets to campus for two days as part of educational programs focused on food animal production. This is a great opportunity to practice your teaching skills and test your know-how when it comes to animal sciences.
This committee is largely responsible for organizing events that allow students and faculty opportunities to interact in less formal environments. One great example is the annual Porkpaclypse where faculty compete to see who is the best grill master. Through these and other events, students learn about different research and Extension opportunities and how to get directly involved in high-impact programs.
The engagement committee facilitates communication and engagement with external audiences. Engagement events include homecoming and the ANSC picnic during Spring Fest, and numerous events throughout the year with stakeholders, donors, alumni, reitrees, etc. To be distinguished from our Departmental Relations committee, the Engagement committee does not develop programs for current students. Participating in this committee provides opportunities to learn from successful alumni who are very often potential employers.