Student Clubs

Posted: December 17, 2010

Activities hosted by Block and Bridle, CHAPS, Dairy Science Club, and SEAC

Block and Bridle Club

The annual Fall Welcome Back Picnic was held in early September. Over 80 old members welcomed about 50 new students to B&B. Little B’s picked an older member to be their Big B. Several members attended the CAS club fair and talked to prospective members. Members also helped with the PA 4-H Horse Program during their annual competitive trail ride.

October was a very busy month. The club spent the first weekend of October serving the livestock industry in many ways. More than 20 members helped run the Livestock Judging Contest at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg while five club members were busy assisting with the Eastern National Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in Wyalusing. On October 15, the annual Fun Auction was held. After a home-cooked roast beef dinner, more than 50 lots of assorted items donated by club members and supporters were auctioned. The proceeds will benefit the 94th Little International Livestock Exposition. The next day, 4-H and FFA members and families packed the Snider Agricultural Arena during the 7th annual Penn State Block & Bridle Club Calf Sale looking for next year’s market steer project. Twenty-nine quality steers and 7 heifers were consigned to what was one of the highest sales, with steers averaging $1,100 and heifers averaging $1,400. Members sold bright Halloween orange t-shirts with the caption “happy calves come from Happy Valley”. The entire sale is organized, managed and staffed by club members. That weekend, 9 other members attended the 91st National Convention held at Michigan State University. The club won the following awards: 3rd place, Scrapbook; 2nd place, Yearbook; 1st place, Webpage; and 1st place, Chapter Activities for the third straight year.

Horse enthusiasts in the club sponsored the Equine Speaker Series for October with Dr. Ann Swinker speaking about the proposed PA Department of Environmental Protection rules concerning management of manure. The club raised money and participated in the CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) walk on October 24, raising $150.

The Penn State Animal Sciences Prospective Student Open House on October 27 was both a service and social event. After attending a mixer with high school students, club members opened their dorm rooms for the night to give the prospective students a “taste of college life”. In November, B&B members helped children by donating and collecting items to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The boxes are sent to impoverished areas. The annual donation of hams to Froggy 98 will be part of the 12 days of Christmas, which benefits 12 needy families in Centre County.
Other activities during the fall included grooming mare/foals for the horse barns, and other fund- raising events: Blood for Bats and the Fall meat sale. Social events included IM sports, Ag Hill Olympics, hayride with both Dairy Science and Agronomy clubs, and the holiday semi-formal with Dairy Science Club. 

Small and Exotic Animals Club (SEAC)

After 20 years, the Students for the Responsible Use of Animals (SRUA) club voted to change its name this fall to the Small and Exotic Animal Club (SEAC) to better reflect its current mission and activities. With an active membership of nearly 50 students, the club has expanded its community service and fund-raising activities. From helping out with special events at Centre County PAWS to participating in low-cost/high volume spay/neuter clinics, to volunteering at T & D’s Cats of the World and visiting elderly residents of local nursing homes with pets, members are learning new skills and getting hands-on experience with companion animals. To raise money, they run food booths at horse shows and are hosting the annual pet stocking sale. They continue to support THON and are also collecting food and donations for the Pet Pantry, a local pet food bank for Centre County residents. As members prepare for their spring trip, they are open to ideas and suggestions from friends and alumni on places to visit or serve.


The members of Collegiate Horseman’s Association at Penn State have been very active this semester. Members volunteered at the local Easter Seals’ therapeutic riding program. CHAPS is participating in THON canning weekends and other activities. In October, a group of members traveled with club advisor Karen Vines to the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY. CHAPS officers conducted a group trail ride for all of the horse-related clubs in the College. CHAPS participated in the Ag Hill Olympics and added the challenge of a “Stick Horse Obstacle Course.”  Fun gatherings included movie nights, Thanksgiving dinner, and attending the Secretariat movie premiere. CHAPS also participated in the PSU Equine Speaker Series, hosting various members of the local farm community who spoke about the programs they offer.

Spring semester promises to be equally busy. In January, members will attend the annual national convention with the American Collegiate Horseman’s Association (ACHA) in Fort Worth, TX.  Other activities include THON canning, trail riding, and trips to various events and facilities. More information on CHAPS is available at or from Karen Vines.

Dairy Science Club

The club had a busy fall semester. More than 40 new members joined the club in September. Major activities included Osteochallenge, a 5-kilometer walk/run that raised over $1000 for the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and the Prospective Student Open House. Club members conducted the PA Junior Dairy Show in Harrisburg for approximately 400 4-H and FFA youth. The Nittany Lion Fall Classic held in November averaged $2,341 on over 80 lots. Spring events will include the Spring Judging Contest on March 19, Dairy Expo on March 16, and Cow Camp from May 20-22.