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Club Spotlight: International Ag Club

Posted: December 9, 2012

Expand your boundaries and learn about another cool club in the College of Ag Sciences--one that promotes international agriculture!
International Ag Club members pose on a club hayride.

International Ag Club members pose on a club hayride.

The International Agriculture Club is an organization of students with an interest in becoming involved in agriculture beyond our borders. The Penn State chapter, founded in 2004, is a part of a national organization called International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences, which was founded in 1957 with the mission "to promote the exchange of experience, knowledge and ideas, and to improve the mutual understanding between students in the field of agriculture and related sciences all over the world." The current members of International Ag Club are students within the College of Ag Sciences, with majors ranging from Animal Sciences to Agribusiness Management to Community, Environment, and Development. (However, students of any major or college are welcome to join!) Having a wide variety of agricultural science majors in the club provides diverse perspectives. The club is advised by College of Ag Sciences Study Abroad Coordinator Ketja Lingenfelter.

The International Ag Club’s goal each year is to travel abroad as a club in the form of a service trip. This year, the club is working hard to plan a service trip to Costa Rica during spring break! Some other fun activities that club members can participate in include a fall hayride, henna tattoo fundraising in downtown State College, and food drives. The club also brings in valuable guest speakers to provide information regarding potential study abroad programs for students.

The International Agriculture Club is incredibly unique in that every member becomes actively involved in the club’s activities—a benefit of a small organization! According to club secretary and treasurer Lisa Hagan, “Just like traveling abroad is not for the faint of heart, being an active member in the club is not for the meek. Hands down, International Ag Club is one of the best clubs on campus to gain leadership experience that will last a lifetime.”

The club meets every other Tuesday in the Study Abroad Lounge (122 Ag Admin) at 5:30 p.m. Interesting in joining International Ag Club? Stop by the next meeting on January 15th!

--Jessica