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Animal Science Club invests in future students

Dean Johnny Wynne welcomes Lee Hollowell, a junior in agricultural and extension education, and Anna Munday, a senior in animal science, to ceremonies establishing the Animal Science Club Scholarship Endowment. Munday is president of the club, and Hollowell is president-elect.
Photo by Becky Kirkland

Last fall at the North Carolina State Fair, fairgoers by the hundreds lined up for tickets to the cow-milking booth operated by student members of the Animal Science Club in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The hands-on cow-milking experience was part of the club's Ark display, an exhibit of farm livestock. By Fair's end, an estimated 50,000 patrons had visited the display. Proceeds from the students' oversight of the Ark, and from the students' cow-milking and steak-sandwich booths over three years of State Fairs, have allowed the club to accumulate $20,000 to invest in future students.

In March, the Animal Science Club Scholarship Endowment was created at a signing ceremony hosted by Dean Johnny Wynne of the College. Joining Wynne and a group of Animal Science Club members were Dr. Kenneth L. Esbenshade, College director of Academic Programs; Dr. Roger McCraw, head of the Animal Science Department; and Animal Science Club advisers Dale Miller and Scott Whisnant.

The endowment will be used to provide scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in the College who are members of the Animal Science Club.

Esbenshade, former head of the Animal Science Department and one-time adviser to the club, was particularly enthusiastic about the club's generosity. "This is an important step," he said. "I remember the heritage of the students coming before you, and I'm grateful for the legacy you're creating for those coming after you."

Added McCraw, "I think it's wonderful that students here are thinking of students of the future and working to create scholarships for them. We're proud of you and the service you do for the College."

Speaking for the club, Josh Brown, a senior animal science major from North Wilkesboro, said that the many hours the students had put in manning the booths at the Fair were rewarded both by the enjoyment of the fairgoers and by the club's ability to create the endowment.

Miller, co-adviser of the club, thanked the student leaders who were instrumental in establishing the endowment and mentioned two others who had graduated, Laura Pugh and Melissa Smith. "In the past three years, a large number of Animal Science Club members have worked hard to improve the financial status of the club," Miller said. "Student efforts to expose the general public to livestock and livestock products at the N.C. State Fair eventually made this endowment possible."

The Animal Science Club includes students from various majors who are interested in livestock and in promoting the livestock industries in North Carolina. Started at N.C. State in 1936, the club promotes interaction among students, faculty and livestock producers. It has more than 100 members.

- Terri Leith