Below are brief descriptions of some of the annual events hosted by the Agricultural Student Council.
Hot Chocolate Social
This event is held in January, typically during the second week of school being back in session. The purpose of the Hot Chocolate Social is to give the College of Agriculture's option clubs a chance to build club awareness amongst the college and attract new members. Additionally, the Hot Chocolate Social is, as the name implies, a great opportunity to socialize. The event promotes socializing among fellow students, friends, and faculty. Everyone at the university is invited to attend the social, particularly those wanting to be involved in the College of Ag. Option Clubs pay the Agriculture Council to set up a booth at the designated location of the social. During the social, which usually runs from 5:30 -7:00 p.m., guests are invited to have a free cup of hot chocolate, provided by Ag Council, and peruse the different booths, where they can receive topping for their drink.
The council organizes two different leaders retreats throughout the year. Land O' Lakes co-hosts our Spring Leadership Retreat, and Syngenta (first banquet in 2015) co-hosts our Leadership Retreat in the fall. Option club presidents and officers, Ag Ambassadors, and agricultural influenced fraternities and sororities are welcome to attend. The retreats take place during one evening only. After dinner, we hear from industry professionals about a leadership developement topic that Ag Council chooses. Regardless, all presentations focus on specific facets of leadership. We help organize this event as a way to promote leadership in the College of Ag, as well as providing great fellowship with students. We typically have +120 student leaders attend. Everyone is asked to dress business professional.
Each April Purdue hosts a weekend long festival called Spring Fest. It is open to the public and publicized as an event that showcases the lighter side of higher education. It is a great time for students of all ages to learn about animals, art, astronomy, and much more. Ag Council reserves space in one of the tents on the lawn of the Agricultural Administration building. This is a chance for us to talk with the general public about agriculture and educate them about where our food comes from!
Spring Awards Banquet
During the spring semester, Ag Council helps with conducting the annual College of Agriculture Awards Banquet. This banquet is one way that we show our continued support for the outstanding students in the college. Through careful planning with the Office of Academic Programs, we are able to have a night where we recognize students for their achievements throughout the year. Council members run the whole banquet from start to finish, taking turns moderating and passing out awards. The banquet usually takes place in late spring, during dead week.
Moonlight Pancake Breakfast
The event that Ag Council is notorious for…. Moonlight Pancake Breakfast! The breakfast takes place on Wednesday night of Grand Prix week, running from late evening until after midnight. The event is open to the entire university, not just College of Agriculture students. In the past we have served over 2,000 students, faculty, and community members. This is one of our biggest events of the year! We have a DJ come to entertain, while we serve FREE pancakes through the late hours.
Ice Cream Social
What better way to start the school year than with free ice cream? At the beginning of each fall semester, Ag Council puts on the annual College of Agriculture Ice Cream Social. This event attracts over 500 Purdue Boilermakers and staff. Option clubs are invited to set up a booth at the social so they can attract new members and publicize the opportunities available through their organization. Students are invited to come and get FREE ice cream compliments of the council, then browse different booths where they can get toppings for their ice cream as well as learn a little bit more about the Option Clubs. Guests can be seen mingling for quite some time with each other, option clubs, and council members. We hold this event to exhibit what is available within the college and encourage involvement.
When it comes to a fall social, we have it covered! Around October of each year, Ag Council hosts a hog roast for students at Purdue University. The hog roast is during the evening and consists of FREE BBQ and the annual Farmer Olympics. The Farmer Olympics gives Option Clubs a chance to compete against each other in physical activities, while entertaining the other bystanders.
Option Clubs Points System
In Ag Council we refer to the student organizations recognized through the Agriculture Office of Academic Programs, OAP, as “Option Clubs”. As the Ag Council we act as a liaison for the clubs. We help to publicize what is going on in these different Option Clubs to the rest of the CoA and vice versa. One way we do this is by inviting one representative for each option club to our council meetings. At the meetings option club reps get a chance to say what is going on in their club as well as hear about what is going on in other clubs and in the College of Agriculture. It works well that we bridge this gap between different groups within the college. Clearly this is one way we are fulfilling our mission statement. “To unite and direct students and clubs in the College of Agriculture providing educational enrichment and social interaction for all agricultural students and Purdue staff.”
In addition we have a points system set up to encourage the clubs to stay involved. Clubs earn points by attending and participating in different events and activities. The winner with the most points at the end of each year is rewarded with free entry fees for the year to the Hot Chocolate and Ice Cream Social along with a traveling trophy. The points system runs through the calendar year. For any questions regarding the points system contact the secretary.
- Grants: A decent portion of our money comes from grants. It is important that we fill out grants well in advanced to guarantee funding for some of our events.
Socials: At both the Ice Cream and Hot Chocolate Social we charge an entry fee for booth space, typically $25 for Option Clubs.