Posted: December 17, 2008
Students for the Responsible Use of Animals (SRUA) continues to brighten the lives of local nursing home residents with regular pet visits. This fall, the club cosponsored the Centre County PAWS Pet Extravaganza at the Snider Ag Arena, staffing an informational table and assisting in the kids’ activity corner. Members volunteer biweekly at the animal shelter, cleaning and socializing the animals.
Other fall volunteer activities included assisting T&D Cats of the World with preparations for winter and canning trips to raise money for the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON). Guest speakers this fall included Dr. Brenda Coe, who discussed animal-assisted activities and therapy and Robyn Graboski, a wildlife rehabilitator. The group is conducting their annual pet stocking sale to raise money for activities and the annual spring trip.
Dairy Science Club
The Dairy Science Club was named Outstanding Chapter for the second consecutive year. Amanda Koons earned first in the dairy foods division, David Wilson placed second in the production division, and Anna Smith was awarded third place in the original research category. Renee Norman completed her term as second vice president.
The club welcomed 35 new members this fall. Members assisted with the Pennsylvania Junior Dairy Show and the Premier National Junior Shows in Harrisburg in September. In early October this year's Osteochallenge, a 5-kilometer run/walk event, raised more than $650 for the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
The Silver Anniversary Nittany Lion Fall Classic achieved an average of $4146, the highest ever in the sales series. Over sixty club members assisted with the sale, and nineteen of twenty-five sale chairs returned for the day. The club recognized five individuals who have helped with the sale for twenty years or more. They included Dr. Lester Griel, Stephen Spencer, Harry Bachman, Horace Backus, and Ken Raney.
Spring events for the Dairy Science Club will include the Pennsylvania Holstein Quiz Bowl and Jeopardy Contests from February 6-8 in Reading, the Spring Judging Contest on March 21, Dairy Expo on April 18, and Dairy Days Cow Camp from May 29-31.
For the 2nd year, Collegiate Horsemen at Penn State (CHAPS) participated in the Homecoming Parade with six members riding Tennessee walkers. CHAPS and the Penn State Equestrian Team ran a concession stand at home football games.
In October, club members helped with security at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition. Members also helped take pulse and respiration readings at the State 4-H Competitive Trail Ride in Bald Eagle State Forest. Members side-walked and led horses at Nancy Maier’s Therapeutic Riding Program in Port Matilda.
Others volunteered at the Centre County SPCA, exercising dogs and playing with cats. Donations for the Centre County PAWS Christmas Wish-List were also collected. A CHAPS subcommittee is preparing for the 2009 American Collegiate Horsemen’s Association National Convention. CHAPS is hosting the other eight member schools of the ACHA in Harrisburg. Sponsorships are greatly appreciated. For more information about supporting the Convention, contact Kristina Pry at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about CHAPS, contact Courtney MacNealy at email@example.com.
Block and Bridle
The fall Block and Bridle Club picnic was attended by more than 100 current members and more than 50 new students. In October, members helped run the Livestock Judging Contest at KILE while six members assisted with the Eastern National Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest. Nine members participated in the Capital Region Heart Walk, raising $375 for the American Heart Association. The Fun Auction raised funds for the 2009 Little I.
At the Club Calf Sale, 29 steers and 6 heifers were sold to 4-H and FFA members, with steers averaging $1,149, and heifers averaging $962. Service projects included grooming mares and foals for the horse barns, working at the State Horse Show, and serving lunch at the Penn State Beef Production Sale.
In November, members gathered donations for Operation Christmas Child. In December, students raised funds for Heifer International. Hams were donated to Froggy 98 radio as part of the 12 Days of Christmas to benefit 12 needy families in Centre County.
Intramural sports, the Ag Hill Olympics, a hayride with both Dairy Science and Agronomy club, the Holiday Semiformal with Dairy Science Club, and the fall meat sale rounded out fall activities.