Student Clubs

Posted: June 4, 2008

Accomplishments of Students for the Responsible Use of Animals (SRUA), CHAPS, The Dairy Science Club, and Block and Bridle

Students for the Responsible Use of Animals

SRUA Members in Boston
SRUA members enjoyed an overnight trip to Boston this spring.

SRUA continues to grow and expand its activities. This spring marked the first overnight trip in several years, with a venture to Boston, MA. A visit with the veterinary and animal caretaker staff and a tour of several barrier facilities at the Mass. General Hospital’s Center for Comparative Medicine gave students a glimpse into the career options and benefits of laboratory animal research. A day spent at the New England Aquarium and a tour of Boston rounded out the trip.

Other club events included a demonstration from the Penn State K9 officer with his explosive-detecting dog, a tour of the horse barns, and guest speakers from PAWS and pet therapy.

Volunteer activities included continuing biweekly visits to local nursing facilities, a work-trip to T&D Cats of the World, participation in Centre Wildlife Care’s “Wild About Animals” outreach and fundraising event and a new volunteer endeavor every other week with Centre County PAWS, a local animal rescue facility.

In addition, the members raised nearly $3,000 for Penn State’s THON and participated in the new Ag College Clubs collaborative fundraising for Heifer International. Club fundraising activities included selling homemade pet stockings for the holidays, assisting at Canine Agility Trials at the Ag Arena, and running the food stand at the Little I/Dairy Expo.

Heifer International

A group of representatives from clubs sponsored by the College of Ag Sciences has begun a new ongoing fundraising campaign for Heifer International, a worldwide organization that works with communities to end hunger and poverty.

Representatives from the Poultry Science Club, SRUA, and Dairy Science Club, as well as other clubs and fraternities from across the college, raised funds throughout spring semester. A large scale spaghetti dinner, hot dog sales at Alpha Zeta and a “Cow-Pie Bingo” event at the Dairy Expo netted nearly $2000 toward the purchase of an ark. The students were very enthusiastic about working with each other for this common goal and are looking forward to conducting fundraising events next fall.

NESA Results

The 2008 ASAS/ADSA Northeastern Student Affiliate (NESA) meetings were held February 22-24, 2008, at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA. Thirty-seven teams from eight universities competed in this year's quiz bowl, livestock judging, and research paper presentations. Thirty-five Penn State students representing the Block and Bridle and Dairy Science Clubs attended this year’s competitions. They were accompanied by advisors Vivian Baumer and Dale Olver.

In the judging contest, contestants placed six classes that included dairy, swine, sheep, beef, horses, and even a special tiebreaker class of honey. First place was captured by Penn State Team G comprised of Allison Walker, Adam Zurin, Janelle Hartzell, and Jessica Scull, with Scull earning first place individual honors. In second was Penn State Team C, with members Jessica Rose, Amy Miller, Christopher Davis, and Tiffany Dean.

In quiz bowl, Penn State earned the top two spots. Penn State Team B with members Chris Molinaro, Melissa Sankey, Anna Smith, and David Wilson took home first place, edging the Penn State F team of Nathan Heim, Kyle Grim, Elizabeth Smith, and Kristina McAllister.

Penn State earned four of the top five placings in the undergraduate presentation contest. Jennifer Rassler placed second, Nathan Heim earned third, David Wilson placed fourth, and Michael Woods received fifth place. Other Penn State students presenting papers included Amanda Koons, Tiffany Morgan, William Nichols, and Emily Caldwell. Anna Smith participated in the original research division of the competition.

In the final team rankings, six Penn State teams placed in the top ten overall. High team was Penn State Team F and the Penn State B team finished second overall. In the competition for high university, Penn State placed first, followed by Rhode Island and the University of Vermont.

A special thank you goes out to the students and faculty at Delaware Valley College for hosting an excellent NESA in 2008.

Collegiate Horsemen’s Association at Penn State

CHAPS Members 2008
Kristina Pry, Coatesville, was inducted into the position of ACHA
Communications Officer during the concluding banquet. Pry, a junior
and CHAPS' Events Coordinator, was also awarded the ACHA's
first-ever Outstanding Junior Award. CHAPS President, senior Jolie
Demchur, West Chester, won the Outstanding Senior Award.

CHAPS had many exciting moments during the spring semester. In January, 13 club members attended the national convention in Aiken, SC, where the CHAPS president, Jolie Demchur, won the Outstanding Senior Award and Events Coordinator, Kristina Pry, won the Outstanding Junior Award. Kristina was elected to the American Collegiate Horsemen’s Association national officer board as the Communications Officer. During the convention, CHAPS members were able to tour many farms involved in different areas of the equine industry, hear multiple speakers, attend the Augusta cutting horse futurity, and participate in many discussions with other ACHA member colleges.

During the semester, CHAPS members volunteered at the local therapeutic riding clinic, helping handle the therapy horses. They also volunteered at the local SPCA and PAWS. During Blue and White weekend they ran a lemonade stand and bake sale fundraiser downtown, to offset expenses of the club and the trip to the national convention. At the University Student Associations award banquet, the CHAPS officers won the Outstanding Executive Board Award and the CHAPS Ag Rep, Katie Poppiti, won the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments Leadership Award. At the end of the year Ag Ball, CHAPS won an award for involvement in activities above the local level.

Club members celebrated the end of the spring semester by hosting a Kentucky Derby Party. The party celebrates the racing industry and provides the members with a study break and a chance to say farewell to the graduating seniors. For further information about CHAPS, contact Elise Baker, Public Relations Officer, at

Dairy Science Club

California Cows
This year fifty club members traveled to California to learn about their
dairy industry by visiting farms, milk processing plants, and other
agricultural enterprises.

The Dairy Science Club wrapped up a busy year with its annual awards ban quet. Dr. Ronald Kensinger was honored as Club Dedicatee, and Dr. Michael Kowalewski was named Young Dairy Leader. Dr. Kowalewski is the current president of the Penn State Dairymen's Club. Jared Daubert was named winner of the Davey Award for the outstanding senior in dairy science, and Emily Caldwell was named winner of the Branding Award for the junior who works behind the scenes to help make the club successful. Sarah Wickard was named winner of the Muller Award for outstanding first year member.

Mr. Lloyd Ebersole presented the first Ebersole award to Charlene Barlieb for earning high individual honors for the 2007 Dairy Cattle Judging Team. Seven students were presented with ADSA scholarship recognition. These included sophomores Robyn Bechtel, Janelle Hartzell, Jennifer Rassler, and Elizabeth Smith; juniors earning this award were Shaina Martin, Turner Swartz, and David Wilson. Joseph Spangler and Brent Schuler were recognized for winning Overall Champion and Reserve Overall Champion at the 2008 Dairy Expo. Ken Raney presented PA Holstein Association awards to Aaron Hoover, Expo Show Manager, and to Sarah Wickard and Renee Norman for their help at the 2008 PA Junior Holstein Convention. Many other club members were recognized for chairing committees or for competing on teams representing Penn State and the club.

Earlier this spring, the Dairy Science Club cooperated with the Centre County Youth Services Bureau to sponsor the Spring Bargain Fling rummage sale. This year's event earned over $13,000 for the area's Big Brother/Big Sister program. Other spring events included the annual judging contest, which was attended by over 175 youth, and the annual spring trip.

This year fifty club members traveled to California to learn about their dairy industry by visiting farms, milk processing plants, and other agricultural enterprises. Our next major upcoming event is Dairy Days Cow Camp to be held from May 30 through June 1. The Spring Bargain Fling on April 19 raised over $13,000 for the Centre County Big Brothers & Big Sisters program. It was co-sponsored by the Centre County Youth Services Bureau and the Penn State Dairy Science Club.

Block and Bridle

Little International Champions


  • Overall Champion Showman: Mairen Fitzpatrick
  • Overall Reserve Champion Showman: Adam Zurin
  • Overall Champion Fitter: Adam Zurin
  • Overall Reserve Champion Fitter: Kyle Grim


  • Overall Champion Showman: Tiffany Dean
  • Overall Reserve Champion Showman:: Lyndsay Delbaggio
  • Overall Champion Fitter: Karen Piwinkski
  • Overall Reserve Champion Fitter: Shelby Wieners


  • Overall Champion Showman: Cheryl Domitrovich
  • Overall Reserve Champion Showman: Kyler Myers
  • Overall Champion Fitter: Mike Woods
  • Overall Reserve Champion Fitter: Cheryl Domitrovich


  • Overall Champion Showman: Adam Wise
  • Overall Reserve Champion: Showman Russell Larson
  • Overall Champion Fitter: Adam Wise
  • Overall Reserve Champion Fitter: George Peters

Block and Bridle club had a very busy and exciting spring semester. In February and early March, weeks before the PA Bull Sale held in late March, members clipped 125 bulls for the sale, then helped at the Bull Test sale and at Beef Expo. Youth from across Pennsylvania participated in the quiz bowl and the Skillathon that were hosted by the club. Members also assisted with the Junior Show. The first weekend in April, the club, together with the livestock and horse judging teams, conducted a Spring Judging workout for 4-H and FFA members from across the state.

More than 400 youth and the Penn State collegiate team members judged and evaluated livestock. In addition, participants in the collegiate and Senior division had the opportunity to give reasons on six classes of livestock. Later in April the club held its annual Beef up the Blood Supply event. Over 135 units of blood were collected to alleviate the low supply of blood. During the semester, social activities included broomball, snowtubing, and hayride/line dancing with Agronomy and Dairy Science clubs.

The main event for the semester was the 91st Little I on April 19, 2008. Little I provides any Penn State student with an opportunity to exhibit a beef heifer, sheep, market hog or horse at either a professional or amateur classification. Many parents and alumni attended the show and enjoyed watching all the hard work that had gone into the show. That night at the Little I banquet the following students were recognized for their showmanship and fitting.

The Little International Champion Showman was awarded to Tiffany Dean, with the Reserve Champion Showman going to Cheryl Domitrovich.

At the banquet, the Little I dedicatee, Dr. J. Marcos Fernandez, and Honorary member Paul Slayton were recognized. Other awards included the Outstanding Senior awarded to Kyle Grim and outstanding Junior to Callihan Schillaci.

Previously, club members voted on the most hardworking students. Tony Miller won the Jim Watkins Hard Working Rookie Award, Cyrus Gehringer won the new Brighton Feeds Hard Working Sophomore Award, Kasey Woolam won the Glenn R. Kean Hard Working Junior Award and Kyle Grim won the Grant Sherritt Hard Working Senior Award.

Visitors to the University Park campus recently were greeted by a gigantic cheeseburger giving away free samples of cheese and beef jerky as several university organizations banded together to remind students of the benefits of including meat in their diets.

Amy Shollenberger, a junior from Harleysville majoring in Animal Sciences, dressed as Patty, the patty melt hamburger, for Penn State's second annual "Meat-In Day." Hosted by the Dairy Science Club, Block and Bridle Club and other animal science groups in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, the event was a response to the National Meat Out Day. The Meat-In Day was designed to show people across campus that there are many students who are passionate about promoting animal agriculture.