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Student Organizations and Professional Associations

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Involvement in student organizations and other co-curricular activities is an important part of student life within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Our college offers you almost 30 different student organizations, competitive teams, professional associations and honor societies to help you succeed! Below, you will find a list of our organizations, along with the appropriate contact individuals. If you have any questions or need help getting involved on the Ag Campus, please contact:

 

Mr. Craig Pickett, Jr.

Coordinator for Student Life and Diversity Programs
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Officeof the Dean
cpicket3@utk.edu
(865) 974 - 7491


 
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Alpha Gamma Rho

President: Connor Villas - cvillas@vols.utk.edu
Advisor: Doug Craig - dcraigut@gmail.com
Advisor - Tom Looney - tom.looney@tennessee.edu
Alpha Gamma Rho

Alpha Gamma Rho House, 1840 Fraternity Park Drive, 524-0690

This is a social-professional fraternity for men pursuing careers in the agricultural, food, fiber, or life science industries. The fraternity actively participates in CASNR and other university activities, community philanthropic projects, intramural sports, social events, and much more. Fellowship and brotherhood are built from an organization of members with common ties and professional interests. New member recruitment is held at the beginning of each semester.


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Ambassadors

President: Forrest Duncan - fduncan@vols.utk.edu
Vice President: Anna Ingleburger - ainglebu@vols.utk.edu
Advisor - Kyle Hensley - khensle3@utk.edu
CASNR Ambassadors

This is a service organization for the college, where members are selected to represent the college and its academic programs. Ambassadors are involved in recruiting students through high school visits, campus tours, and college fairs. The ambassadors also participate in Ag Day, Open Houses, and other campus and community events and promote public awareness of opportunities in the college.


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American Society of Agriculture and Biological Engineers

President: Chance Frana - vzk246@utk.edu
Vice President: Robert Warden - rwarden.utk.edu
Advisor - Dr. William Hart - whart@utk.edu

This is professional organization allows members to establish industry contacts by taking at least one industry tour per semester, participating in the ASABE Southeast Region Student Rally and sending student representatives to the annual ASABE International Meeting. ASABE meets twice monthly and with one meeting devoted to professional programs that include guest speakers from the industry and pre-professional workshops. Other meetings are devoted primarily to club business and community service projects. We work hard and play hard. Social activities include pizza parties, bowling nights, hiking trips, and whitewater rafting.


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Block and Bridle Club

President: Madison Swafford - madvswaf@vols.utk.edu
Vice President: Kristin Walker - kwalke48@vols.utk.edu
Advisor - Jessy Shanks - jharri50@utk.edu
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This organization is devoted to giving students opportunities to put their classroom knowledge to practical use. The club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The club is involved in many university and college-wide activities including Vol Challenge and Ag Day. They also host a number of events focused on animal agriculture for state 4-H and FFA students including Block & Bridle Round-Up, Club Lamb Sale, and the Rocky Top Classic Steer and Heifer Show. Additionally, the club hosts social activities such as the annual Animal Science Smoker and Academic Quadrathalon. Members have the opportunity to attend the national Block & Bridle convention and the Tennessee and National Cattlemen's Association Conventions.


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Collegiate 4-H

Co-President: James Swart - jswart@vols.utk.edu
Co-President: Jennie Clark - jenkclar@vols.utk.edu
Advisor - Justin Crowe - jcrowe@utk.edu
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This is a service organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and assisting the 4-H youth development organization in Tennessee. Activities include presenting workshops, assisting with county and regional events, and social outings. Members also have the opportunity to attend regional and national conferences. The club meets bimonthly.


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Collegiate Future Farmers of America (FFA)

President: Rebekah Wright - rwigh33@vols.utk.edu
Vice President: Susan Cowley - susmcowl@vols.utk.edu
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This student organization, sponsored by the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications faculty, meets twice monthly and works extensively with FFA activities. The chapter conducts training sessions for high school FFA chapters, helps conduct career development events, and attends the state and national conventions. The organization also supports efforts to extend knowledge in the agricultural sciences.


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Construction Science Club

President: Ethan Greer - zzx791@vols.utk.edu
Vice President: Charlie Parker - cparke35@utk.edu
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This organization is comprised of students and friends of the Construction Science concentration within the Environmental and Soil Science degree in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science. The primary goals of the club are the development of relationships with national and state professional organizations including the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the Associated General Contractors (AGC), the Construction Specifications Institute (SCI), and the Tennessee Road Builders Association (TRBA), leading to increased visibility of the program and internship opportunities for all students in the program. The club is also interested in identifying and completing appropriate construction related community service projects.


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Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Club

President: Kristin Moretz - vwz447@vols.utk.edu
Vice President: Bonnie Craighead - bonjcrai@vols.utk.edu
Advisor: Andrew Sherfy - asherfy@utk.edu

Members of this organization participate in activities related to the agronomic sciences and the use of management of land and water resources. Activities include educational outreach in the community, participation in CASNR events, and sponsoring invited speakers of interest to students pursuing careers in the plant, soil, and environmental sciences.


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Dairy Club

President: Joshua Snider - jsnider7@vols.utk.edu
Vice President: Stephanie Nash- snash12@vols.utk.edu
Advisor: Dr. Gina Pighetti - pighetti@utk.edu

This organization is open to all students interested in learning and helping educate others about the dairy industry -- from the dairy farm to the market place. We hold meetings twice a month during the academic year, as well as participate in variety of activities during the semester including: AgDay in the fall and Round Up in the spring. Members also have the opportunity to attend the National American Dairy Science Association meeting each year. Learn more about Dairy Challenge, a regional and national competition that helps build your skills in analyzing dairy farm operations.


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Dairy Judging Team

Advisor: Jeff Mitchell - jmitchell@utk.edu

This is a fun way to learn more about the dairy industry while meeting new people and seeing new places. The team evaluates dairy cattle for quality, structure, and overall conformation. The contests involve evaluating several classes of dairy cattle and then giving oral reasons. Team members attend contests in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. Team members enroll in AS 360, Horse, Dairy, and Meat Evaluation.


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Entomology and Plant Pathology, Graduate Student Council

President: Gary Philips - gphilli9@vols.utk.edu
Vice President: Robert Pivar - rpivar@vols.utk.edu

The Entomology and Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a self-governing student organization. The GSA participates in various community awareness programs, including visits to local elementary schools and the Ijams Insect Walk. Finally, the GSA will represent the department at special ceremonies, university programs and recruitment events.


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Equestrian Team

Advisor: Lacey Johnston
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This team fosters the competitive horsemanship skills of students to compete in the Zone 5, Region 1 events of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. A Recreational Riding Program is also offered for those students wishing to improve their riding skills, but are not yet ready for intercollegiate competition.


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Farm House Fraternity

President: Ian Browning - ibrownin@vols.utk.edu
Vice President: Jordan Thompson
Advisor: David Kirkpatrick - fkirkpat@utk.edu
Advisor: Dr. Ken Baker - kbaker5@utk.edu
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This organization, founded by male agriculture students, provides its members with opportunities to enhance their skills in leadership, scholarship, and fellowship. The fraternity is involved in the university's Greek system and participates in various campus-wide activities. Farmhouse invites any man to explore the membership opportunities. A major in agriculture is not required.


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Food Science Club

President: Lynsey Jones - ljone105@utk.edu
Vice President: Mark Wenke - mwerke@vols.utk.edu
Advisor: Dr. Karen Jones - kjone127@utk.edu
Co-Advisor: Dr. Francine Hollis - hollisf@utk.edu
Email: ut.fst.club@gmail.com

This student chapter of national Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is recognized as the scientific organization for students interested in food science and technology. The club's mission is to support improvement of the food supply and its use through science, technology, and education. The Food Science Club provides numerous activities to promote student involvement in the IFT, fulfill its members' needs for professional development, provide financial support for the achievement of its goals, and promote communication. The club meets once a month.


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Gamma Sigma Delta

Faculty/Staff President: Dr. Kim Gwinn - kgwinn@utk.edu

This international honor society of agriculture is devoted to encouraging high standards of scholarship, character, leadership, and proficiency in all branches of agriculture, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. Invited membership requires CASNR students to have at least one academic year with UT residence, rank in the upper 15 percent of their senior or 5 percent of their junior class, have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and endorsed by two GSD members. The society also recognizes high achieving CASNR students through the Outstanding Student Merit Awards given to an individual obtaining the highest GPA within the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classification. Gamma Sigma Delta, through member activities and dues, is a service organization. GSD currently sponsors a student Career Workshop, the Comparative & Experimental Medicine and Public Health Research Symposium, and supports through cash awards, the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA).


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Horse Judging Team

Advisor: Lacey Johnston

This team provides students with the opportunity to travel to various competitions to evaluate different breeds of horses. Students evaluate and place classes of horse and defend their selections through oral reasons while competing against other universities across the country. Students enroll in AS 461 as a prerequisite for participation on the team.


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International Association for Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences

Advisor: Dr. Sharon Jean-Philippe - jeanphil@utk.edu
Advisor: Dr. Adam Willcox - awillcox@utk.edu

This organization binds together all students around the world that share a similar dream and ideals for Agricultural and the Related sciences. With committees in over 30 countries and about 10,000 members we are globally the biggest international student organization in the field of agriculture and food production. By the activities that IAAS organizes, students get the opportunity to learn about agriculture and related sciences all over the world.


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Livestock Judging Team

Advisor: Zach Bartenslager - zbartens@vols.utk.edu

The Livestock Judging Team allows students to travel across the country while evaluating cattle, sheep, and swine. Team members evaluate livestock and give oral reasons while competing on the collegiate level against other universities. The team provides students with the opportunity to meet people throughout the country who are in the industry. Students have one calendar year of eligibility to judge (one spring and one fall semester). Students enroll in AS 360 Horse, Dairy, and Meat AnimalEvaluation in the fall prior to the year they plan to participate in judging.


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Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences

President: Cresa Lenox - clenox1@vols.utk.edu
Vice President: Jasmine Morrissette - jmorri86@vols.utk.edu
Advisor: Craig Pickett - cpicket3@utk.edu
Co-Advisor: Dr. Sharon Jean-Philippe - jeanphil@utk.edu

This is a national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic group participation in agricultural, natural resources and related sciences. MANRRS provides networks to support professional development of minorities. MANRRS provides role models and networking opportunities. MANRRS also offers students with opportunities to enhance leadership, organizational and public speaking skills.


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National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA)/AgriBusiness Club

Advisor: Jon Walton - jcwalton@utk.edu

This organization sponsors panel discussions, industry speakers, agribusiness tours and socials as some of its many activities. The focus is on opportunities to grow professionally and prepare for careers while enjoying fellowship and interaction among students and with industry contacts. The club, a chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), is sponsored by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. The club meets monthly and supports the NAMA Marketing Competition Team. Membership is open to any major interested in the agribusiness industry or in natural resources and the environment.


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National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Team

Advisor: Jon Walton - jcwalton@utk.edu

his team prepares a total marketing plan for a product sold to or by farmers. The plan includes product definition, market competition, promotion program, financial analysis, evaluation, and contingency plan. The final presentation of the plan is made in oral, written, and visual format in competition with 30 to 35 other collegiate chapters at the National Agri-Marketing Conference held each spring in a major U.S. city. Open to any student, the NAMA team works on the project during both fall and spring semesters. Academic credit can be earned for participation.


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Plant Sciences Club

President: Daniel Rose - drose15@vols.utk.edu
Co-Vice President: Makai Edward - wedward7@vols.utk.edu
Co-President: Sam Koeshall - skoeshal@vols.utk.edu
Advisor: Andy Pulte - apulte@utk.edu
Advisor: Dr. Curtis Stewart - cstewa18@utk.edu


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Pi Alpha Xi

Advisor: Andy Pulte - apulte@utk.edu

Pi Alpha Xi, Alpha Beta Chapter an honor society, is open to students of at least junior standing who are interested in horticulture. Members are selected on the basis of academic achievement (3.0 minimum GPA) and departmental involvement (must have completed at least three horticulture classes and participated in relevant activities). Pi Alpha Xi meets on a monthly basis.


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Poultry Science Club

President: Clay Kesterson - ckesters@utk.edu
Vice President: Kaitlyn Hess - khess3@vols.utk.edu
Advisor: Dr. Mike Smith - mosmith@utk.edu

This student organization participates in activities aimed at promoting the poultry industry. The club also participates in at least one service project each year. Members generally atend the International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, where they can meet and interview with company representatives. This is an excellent experience that often leads to internship positions or permanent employment within the poultry industry. In order to fund this activity, the club prepares and sells chicken lunches annually. We also have various speakers from poultry organizations come and speak about their company and your future in the poultry industry. The Poultry Science Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Brehm 142.


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Pre-Vet Association

President: Kathrine McCarty - kmccart9@utk.edu
Vice President: Erin Gibbemeyer - egibbeme@vols.utk.edu
Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Kojima - ckojima@utk.edu

This student organization is for all students interested in veterinary medicine. Throughout the year, the club sponsors programs about the many aspects of veterinary medicine, including small animal, large animal, and exotic animal medicine. Other activities include tours of the UT Vet School and a behind-the-scenes look at the Knoxville Zoo. Members also have the opportunity to observe surgeries at UTCVM.


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Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority

President: Shelby Mendoza - smendoza@vols.utk.edu
Vice President: Brittney Johnson - bjohn110@vols.utk.edu
Vice President: Margaret Greenway - mgreenw4@vols.utk.edu
Advisor: Emily Gray - ecgray@tennessee.edu
Advisor: Mary Mahoney - mmahoney@utk.edu
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This is a professional sorority for women interested in agriculture, asks members to strive for achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service. In addition, Sigma Alpha strengthens bonds of friendship between members and furthers the development of excellence in women pursuing careers in agriculture. Sigma Alpha is known for both its professional and social aspects. The sorority meets every Monday; check the website for meeting times and location.


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Society of American Foresters

President: Caley Monigan - cmonigan@vols.utk.edu
Vice President: Austin Miller - amille94@vols.utk.edu
Advisor: Dr. David Buckley - dbuckley@utk.edu
Advisor: Dr. Neelam Poudyal - npoudyal@utk.edu
Advisor: Dr. John Zobel - jzobel@utk.edu Society of American Foresters Facebook Page

This organization provides opportunities for students interested in forestry to collectively pursue activities that enhance their professional development. Meeting twice a month, this organization's mission is to create, stimulate, and maintain an interest in all matters pertaining to natural resources and the professional practice of forest management.


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Soil Judging Team

Advisor: Andres Sherfy - asherfy@utk.edu

his team promotes professionalism in soil science and the National Cooperative Soil Survey. Students compete in a fall regional competition, and if the team places in the top five, students compete again in a spring national competition. Students evaluate soil profiles and take descriptions of the profiles to determine soil classification. Students enroll in ESS 242, Soil Morphology.


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Tennessee Collegiate Horseman's Association

President: Katherine McCarty - kmccart9@utk.edu
Vice President: Kaylin Rohde - krohde@utk.edu
Advisor: Grey Parks - greyparks@utk.edu

This organization is open to all students enrolled at UT, regardless of major. TCHA provides a social network for those students sharing a common interest in equine while promoting education and leadership through organized activities related to horsemanship and industry.


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Wildlife Disease Club

Co-President: Katherine McCarty - kmccart9@utk.edu
Vice President: Nate Crilly - ncrilly@vols.utk.edu
Advisor: Dr. Lisa Mueller - lmuller@utk.edu
Advisor: Dr. Marcy Souza - msouza@utk.edu
Advisor: Dr. Rick Gerhold - rgerhold@utk.edu

This organization promotes the idea of "One Health" (humans, livestock, and wildlife) by providing an opportunity for all disciplines to work towards a common goal. We want to educate students about career and research opportunities, qualifications required, and skills needed to promote wildlife health. We want to connect students interested in wildlife health to mentors and professionals in the field.


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Wildlife and Fisheries Society

Co-President (Fisheries): Emily Judson - ejudson@vols.utk.edu
Co-President (Wildlife): Ethan Newman - enewman6@vols.utk.edu
Co-VicePresident (Fisheries): Josh Alston - jalston4@vols.utk.edu
Co-Vice President (Wildlife): Dakota Bird - dbird3@vols.utk.edu
Advisor: Dr. Emma Willcox - ewillcox@utk.edu

This is a professional society designed to bridge the gap between being a student and a working professional. It is an affiliate of the Wildlife Society, an international organization of wildlife biologists dedicated to the wise use and management of wildlife and wildlife habitats. Students participate in field activities under the guidance of working professionals. Members also learn wildlife management techniques by assisting graduate students on their research projects. The society was awarded the first Student Chapter of the Year award in the U.S. in 1994 and top honors at the 2002 and 2003 Southeastern Wildlife Conclave.


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Xi Sigma Pi

Advisor: Don Hodges - dhodges2@utk.edu

This international honor society in forestry was established for the advancement of students interested in forest resource management. Membership requirements are upperclass status (completion of a minimum of 66 credit hours, 9 of those in forestry) and cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or rank in upper 25 percent of class.