Student Clubs

Posted: December 21, 2011

Latest happenings from Dairy Science and Block and Bridle Clubs

Dairy Science Club

The Dairy Science Club was named Outstanding Chapter for the fifth consecutive year at the American Dairy Science Association, and Amy Yeiser was elected President of the ADSA Student Affiliate Division for 2011-12. Penn State's quiz bowl team earned first place at the meetings; team members were Philip Bachman, Stephen Bond, Daniel Hartzell, and Kolby McIntyre. The club welcomed over 30 new members this fall. Major events included managing the PA Junior Dairy Show and assisting with the Prospective Student Open House. The Nittany Lion Fall Classic sale in November achieved an average of $2,449 on 82 lots.  Spring activities will include the Spring Judging Contest on March 17, Spring Bargain Fling scheduled for March 24, and Dairy Expo to be held on Saturday, April 14. Dairy Days Cow Camp will be held May 18-20. The club earned first place in the inaugural Holstein World College Video Contest and wrapped up the semester with the holiday cheese sale.  

When members of the Club were invited to create a video to enter in the Holstein World’s Collegiate Video Contest, they accepted the challenge with enthusiasm. Immediately setting out to produce a video highlighting the achievements of the Club, they sought to make it both informative and fun. The result is an entertaining, fast-moving video showing the University and the activities of the Club.

The Club’s winning efforts were rewarded with the opportunity to have their video played throughout the month of December on Holstein World’s website. College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Dr. Bruce McPheron showed his enthusiasm for the project by donning a black and white cow costume as he led club members in a spirited chant of “We are….D Sci” in front of the famous Nittany Lion Statue on campus.

Caine Mitchell, Venus, Venango County, appeared throughout the video wearing the cow costume, and did most of the editing, noting that it was extremely difficult to edit down all the footage they filmed in preparation. Emma Green, Bristol, NY and Rebecca Shaw, Williamsburg, PA, Blair County, served as co-hosts of the video.

The “producers” noted that script writing, video taping and editing was a new experience for almost everyone in the small group designated to make the concept a reality, but with enthusiastic input from members, they had fun while doing it. 

Competing groups in the video contest included University of New Hampshire Dairy Club, Cal Poly Dairy Club, University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Club, Virginia Tech Department of Dairy Science, and University of Minnesota’s Gopher Dairy Club.

Block and Bridle Club

The annual Fall Welcome Back picnic was held September 1st.  Over 60 returning members welcomed about 50 new students to B&B. At the first meeting, Little B’s picked an older member to be their Big B. Several members attended the CAS club fair and talked to prospective members. 

October was a very busy month. Five club members assisted with the Eastern National Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in Wyalusing, PA. The Club spent the weekend of October 8th and 9th serving the livestock industry, with over 20 members traveling to Harrisburg to help run the Livestock Judging Contest at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition. A special event for the club was a gathering on Oct 13th with world-renowned author and researcher Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin, while on campus for disabilities awareness week, met with Block & Bridle and Collegiate Farm Bureau members to discuss animal welfare and autism. Club members helped with the Angus Sale at the beef barns on October 18th. On October 19, members of 4-H and FFA clubs along with their families packed the Snider Agricultural Arena for the 8th Annual Penn State Block & Bridle Club Calf Sale. Over 20 quality steers and several heifers were consigned to the highly successful. This year, the fun auction was changed to the Saturday of the club calf sale and was held between the show and calf sale. Over 60 lots of assorted items donated by club members and supporters were auctioned to support the 95th Little International Livestock Exposition. Members sold bright green t-shirts with the caption “Happy calves come from Happy Valley”. The entire sale was organized, managed and staffed by club members. 

The club raised funds and participated in the CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) walk on October 20th. The Penn State Animal Sciences Prospective Student Open House on October 26th 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 collecting and donating items for Operation Christmas Child to fill shoeboxes that were sent to poverty 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.

Semester activities included several nights where B&B members groomed mares and foals for the horse barns. Other fund-raising events for the fall included Blood for Bats and the Fall meat sale.  Other social events included IM sports, Ag Hill Olympics, a hayride with both Dairy Science and Agronomy club, and the Holiday Semi-formal with the Dairy Science Club.