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 CoA option clubs a chance to build club awareness
amongst the college and potentially 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 CoA. 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 the council, and peruse the different booths, where they can receive topping
for their drink. The social is one of a couple different fundraisers that the
council does. The council is broken down into four committees for executing
this event. Dress attire includes polos or pullovers, name badge, and jeans.
The council organizes two different leaders retreats throughout the year. Land O' Lakes hosts one of them in February at the Beck Center on State
Highway 52. Option club presidents and officers, LDCP participants and Ag
Ambassadors are all invited to attend. The retreat is one evening only. It
begins with dinner, which in the past has been catered by Shoups, the
progresses into two different leadership breakout sessions, of which guests
attend both in a rotation. One year of
the featured presentations is Land O’Lakes and the other presentation varies
from year to year. Regardless, all presentations focus on specific facets of
leadership. We help organize this event as a way to promote leadership in the
CoA, as well as providing great fellowship with other students in CoA. Most
years there are special guests including Dean Adkridge and other faculty
members. We typically have +120 student leaders attend. Everyone is asked to
dress business casual. Ag Council members also dress business casual,
with name badge.
A fairly new event that began in 2015, the Syngenta
Leadership Retreat is hosted by Ag Council in partnership with Syngenta. Held
in the Buchanan Club of Ross Ade Stadium, this event is open to students
involved in clubs and organizations within the College of Agriculture. The goal
of the event is to educate students about different facets of leadership, and
provide an opportunity to network with each other, as well as with industry
professionals. Along with a dinner that is provided to all participants, he
retreat includes a keynote speaker, as well as a panel of industry leaders who
provide valuable insight and advice. We
are joined on that evening by a few special guests, including Dean Akridge,
along with other faculty members who make this event possible. Dress for the
evening is business casual.
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. As a council we reserve space in one of the tents on the AGAD lawn. This is a chance for us to work on our public relations. During the festival we interact with community members and get our name out there in a positive way. Additionally, we can use this opportunity as a fundraiser event. We always use this event as an occasion to sell our CoA t-shirts. Each year we try to have some activity as well. In the past we have sold walking tacos to make money, but last year we had a free pedal tractor pull as a way to interact with the youth. We have a lot of freedom in what we do with this event. It is something that tends to vary from year to year based on what the council comes up with. Council members will work one or more shifts during this weekend event. Dress is polos or pullovers, name badges, and jeans.
Spring Awards Banquet
During the spring semester the council helps
with conducting the CoA awards banquet. This banquet is one way that we show
our continued support for 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. As with any other event, this one especially takes quite a
bit of preparation prior to the actual event. The banquet takes place in late
spring. Dress for the evening is business professional.
Moonlight Pancake Breakfast
The event that Ag Council is notorious for…. The
Grand Alternative Moonlight Pancake Breakfast! This event if part of the Grand
Alternative Week; a week that was created to give students a chance to engage
in activities other than drinking during Grand Prix. The breakfast takes place
on Wednesday night of that week, running from late evening till after midnight.
The event is open to the entire university, not just CoA. In the past we have
served over 2,000 students, faculty, and community members. This is one of our
biggest events of the year and is our chance to publicize who we are. We have a
Dj come to entertain, while we serve FREE pancakes through the late hours.
Thanks to the Grand Alternative Grant the breakfast has grown, and so has our
opportunity to expand the event, and hopefully the council can progressively
think of new ideas for this event in years to come. Dress is casual for the
breakfast, polos or pullovers, jeans, and name badges… Oh and aprons for those
flap jack flippers!
Ice Cream Social
What better way to start the school year than
with free ice cream? At the beginning of each fall semester the council puts on
the CoA Ice Cream Social which attracts over 500 Purdue Boilermakers and staff.
The goal of this event is to promote awareness and fellowship for the CoA.
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.
Council Members serve students with a smiling face and a warm “welcome back to
Purdue!” 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 in the CoA and encourage involvement.
It also simply gives everyone a chance to get together and hang out in a
positive atmosphere. In regards to the council this event is another great
fundraising activity where we can sell t-shirts and option clubs pay for booth
space. It also helps us make a good first impression on new students. Dress for
the social is casual, polos, name badges, and jeans.
When it comes to a fall festivity we have this
covered. Around October of each year, the council hosts a hog roast for the CoA
on the Ag Mall. The hog roast is during the evening and consists of FREE BBQ
and hot dogs, a DJ, bonfire, the newly established Farmer Olympics and the
traditional Kiss-A-Pig contest. The Farmer Olympics gives Option Clubs a chance
to compete against each other in physical activities, while entertaining the
other bystanders. The Kiss-A-Pig is widely known competition between
departments in the CoA. Departments battle to collect the highest amount of
change, which is later donated to a charitable fund. Whichever department
collects the most money then sends their selected delegate to the hog roast
where they must kiss a live pig! Between the activities taking place and the
food being eaten this night is fun for all who attend. We created this event as
a fun way to promote unity in the CoA. We have been very successful with this
event, which is free for everyone and promoted widely throughout the college.
The council is the sole sponsor of the event and requires dedication and
cooperation amongst all members. Dress for the evening is casual polo or
pullover, name badge, and jeans.
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 CoA. It works well that we bridge this gap between different groups in the CoA. 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.
- ore we have the “official” CoA annual tshirts. We sell tshirts at nearly all events and are always looking for new opportunities for selling.
- 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, another small money maker for us.