National Collegiate 4-H Conference
Posted: April 15, 2014
On March 6th 2014, over 70 students from across the country traveled to Penn State for the 2014 Sweet Success themed National Collegiate 4-H Conference. For opening ceremonies, Penn State’s collegiate 4-H club invited the PA 4-H program leader, Christy Bartley, to start off the night with some motivational words. Along with Ms. Bartley, the Interim Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Barbara Christ, the Secretary of Agriculture, George Greig, and the UNESCO chair, Dr. Mark Brennan were the speakers for the evening. To end the night, the attendees were all invited to enjoy a night on the town on their own.
The next day, workshops began and a tour of Penn State was planned. In the morning, they attended workshops focused on leadership skills for career building. These included team building, social media etiquette, branding and marketing, and interviewing skills. In the afternoon, the students traveled to Penn State’s Berkey Creamery, the dairy barns, the deer pens, and the famous Nittany Lion Shrine. Shortly after, there was a room set up for service learning. There were dog toys made from jeans donated to Willow Run Sanctuary for Animals, toiletry packages donated to the food pantry, and feral cat shelters donated to the Jefferson County Humane Police Officer. To end the evening, there was a buffet style dinner along with the entertainment of The Brain Show that quizzed everyone on their knowledge for a fun and enjoyable evening. In addition, there was a traditional 4-H dance with country music and DJ.
On March 8th, the conference came to an end with the presentation of Kyle Von Kamp, an IFYE representative, and the closing speakers, Bill Kleiner the Associate Director of Extension and Ms. Katrina Hunter to end the program with words of encouragement and motivation. Without the help of Delaware Valley College and the partial funding from the Office for Undergraduate Education, this conference would not have been made possible.
Penn State Collegiate 4-H, thanks all that attended and everyone that was able to help out to make this national conference a success!