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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 Herbert College of Agriculture. 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:


Sharon Couch

Coordinator for Student Life and Diversity Programs
Herbert College of Agriculture, Office of the Dean

(865) 974 - 7491

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Alpha Gamma Rho

President: Connor Villas -
Advisor: Doug Craig -
Advisor - Tom Looney -
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 Herbert College of Agriculture 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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President: Josh Bickel -
Vice President: Susan Cowley -
Advisor - Kyle Hensley -
Herbert 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 -
Vice President: Robert Warden -
Advisor - Dr. William Hart -

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 -
Vice President: Kristin Walker -
Advisor - Jessy Shanks -
Block and Bridle Club Blog

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 -
Co-President: Jennie Clark -
Advisor - Justin Crowe -
Collegiate 4-H Facebook Page

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 -
Vice President: Susan Cowley -
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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.



Construction Science Club

President: Jacob Chandler -
Vice President: Tyler Doss -

Advisor:Charlie Parker -

Construction Science Facebook Page

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 has a history of providing community service through construction volunteerism and is always interested in identifying appropriate future construction related community service projects.



Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Club

Student Contact: William Shavers -
Advisor: Andrew Sherfy -

The Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Club aims to maintain high standards of character, leadership, and scholarship while encouraging social activities, judging teams and competitions, community service, and other extracurricular activities for the benefits of its members, University, and residents of the State of Tennessee.  In addition we communicate, associate, and collaborate with the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

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Dairy Club

President: Joshua Snider -
Vice President: Stephanie Nash-
Advisor: Dr. Gina Pighetti -

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.


Dairy Judging Team

Advisor: Jeff Mitchell -

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 -
Vice President: Robert Pivar -

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.


IHSA Equestrian Team/Equestrian Club

President: Alex Britt -
Vice President: Sabrina Hall
Treasurer:  Catherine Thoms
Secretary: Katie Jay
Western Team Captain: Gabrielle Tidwell -
Hunt Seat Team Captain: Maya Leete -
Advisor: Lacey Johnston -
Equestrian Team Blog

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.


Farm House Fraternity

President: Ian Browning -
Vice President: Jordan Thompson
Advisor: David Kirkpatrick -
Advisor: Dr. Ken Baker -
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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: Jennifer Vuia-Riser-    
Vice President: Kindal Tatum -
Historian: Mackenzie Hennessee -
Treasurer: Anita Best -
Secretary: Niamh Schumacher -
Advisor: Dr. Francine Hollis -
Co-Advisor: n/a

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.


Gamma Sigma Delta

Faculty/Staff President: Dr. Kim Gwinn -

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 Herbert 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 Herbert 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).


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.

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International Association for Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences

President: Jaime Ragos -
Advisor: Dr. Adam Willcox -

The International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences or IAAS for short, brings together students that are interested in global agriculture and future implications. With over 30 countries and 10,000 members, IAAS is the largest student-run organization about agriculture. IAAS has many opportunities for students to learn about agricultural systems worldwide through exchange programs, National Summit, and World Congress. For more information about international IAAS visit: and for IAAS USA visit: 

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Livestock Judging Team

Advisor: Zach Bartenslager -

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 Animal Evaluation 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 -
Vice President: Jasmine Morrissette -
Advisor: Craig Pickett -
Co-Advisor: Dr. Sharon Jean-Philippe -

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 -

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 -

This 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.


Plant Sciences Club

President: Daniel Rose -
Co-Vice President: Makai Edward -
Co-President: Sam Koeshall -
Advisor: Andy Pulte -
Advisor: Dr. Curtis Stewart -


Pi Alpha Xi

Advisor: Andy Pulte -

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 -
Vice President: Kaitlyn Hess -
Advisor: Dr. Mike Smith -

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 -
Vice President: Erin Gibbemeyer -
Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Kojima -

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 -
Vice President: Brittney Johnson -
Vice President: Margaret Greenway -
Advisor: Emily Gray -
Advisor: Mary Mahoney -
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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 -
Vice President: Austin Miller -
Advisor: Dr. David Buckley -
Advisor: Dr. Neelam Poudyal -
Advisor: Dr. John Zobel -

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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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Tennessee Collegiate Horsemen's Association

President: Victoria Hopkins -
Vice President: Emma Horn
Treasurer: Ashley Honey
Advisor: Lacey Johnston -

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 -
Vice President: Nate Crilly -
Advisor: Dr. Lisa Mueller -
Advisor: Dr. Marcy Souza -
Advisor: Dr. Rick Gerhold -

A student chapter of the American Collegiate Horsemen's Association, TCHA welcomes all UT students, regardless of major. The club meets the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. TCHA provides an opportunity for students sharing a common interest in equines, while promoting education and leadership through organized activities related to horsemanship and industry. Members also have the opportunity to attend the ACHA national convention.

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Wildlife and Fisheries Society

Co-President (Fisheries): Emily Judson -
Co-President (Wildlife): Ethan Newman -
Co-VicePresident (Fisheries): Josh Alston -
Co-Vice President (Wildlife): Dakota Bird -
Advisor: Dr. Emma Willcox -

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 -

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.