Want to have fun and develop your leadership skills and professional contacts at the same time? Then join one or more of the College’s student clubs and organizations. There are more than 30 to choose from, and each gives you the opportunity to apply what you’re learning in the classroom while making lifelong friends. Here are a few organizations you might consider joining as an agricultural systems management student:
- Agricultural Systems Technology Club is a group of AST majors and other CAFNR students that meets the first Wednesday of every month to discuss club business such as upcoming events and group trips. Most meetings begin with a meal and a chance to mingle with other members. Members take part in events such as: international study abroad trips, Spring Lawn Mower Clinic and Spring Trip just to name a few. The Spring Lawn Mower Clinic allows members to put their mechanical, business and people skills to use when they take on the task of servicing more than 200 mowers for the public each spring. Spring Trips to Midwestern companies such as John Deere, Vermeer and Kinze reward members for their participation and hard work.
- Alpha MU, the agricultural systems technology honor society, is comprised of selected students who demonstrate high scholarship (3.25 GPA or higher) and outstanding leadership in the AST program. Alpha Mu meets the first Wednesday of every month to discuss club business such as upcoming events. The objective is to develop skilled, motivated leaders capable of contributing to the agriculture industry.
- “Torq’N Tigers” is a club that designs and builds a quarter-scale tractor to participate in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers’ national design and tractor pull competition. The competition is held the last week in May each year. The club meet regularly (two times/week) and gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience while developing communication, leadership and teamwork skills.