Beginning in the spring of 2005, the Poultry Science Department implemented a new undergraduate student program called the Aggie Leadership Council. The purpose of this group is to encourage leadership throughout the student body of the department as well as student representation at recruiting functions and poultry industry events. This group of students helps with the promotion of poultry science while enjoying the activities that are included.
The Aggie Leadership Council will operate independently of the Poultry Science Club. As such, members of the Aggie Leadership Council will be selected by the organizing and advisory committee on an annual basis. Each year’s new members will be announced at the Departmental/Club Banquet each spring. Members will be selected based upon the following criteria:
- Leadership ability
- Classroom and departmental conduct
- Extracurricular and community activities
- Scholastic achievement/accomplishments
- Demonstrated experience with with judging contests and events
- Industry networking experience
Mandatory Requirements for Consideration:
- Must have and maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPR
- Completion of 9 hours of POSC courses (Note: an applicant may be enrolled in 9 hours of POSC courses at the time of application, but all courses must be completed on a satisfactory basis prior to being admitted as a member of the council).
- Must be able to attend a monthly meeting (typically held on the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. but may change based on group availability).
- Must be willing and able to attend a majority of the events that ALC participates in.
- Each member will be held accountable for attending ALC events in order to maintain membership of the organization.
The Aggie Leadership Council (ALC) serves as our departmental ambassadors. They play a huge role in new student recruitment and educating youth across the state on the poultry industry. They maintain an active presence at livestock shows, judging contests, and the Texas FFA Convention. In addition, ALC upholds a strong relationship with leaders in the commercial and allied poultry industries. They represent us at several regional and statewide industry meetings and events. One of the most important tasks ALC members are responsible for is attending and motivating other students to attend the wingbandings. All wingbandings serve as a major fundraiser for ALC and the Poultry Science Club. The following activities are the major events that ALC participates in throughout the year.
- ALC Semester Retreats: Week Before Each Semester
- Mandatory planning meeting and leadership training for ALC members
- Wingbandings: December-May
- Usually occurs on Mondays
- Birds arrive at farm around 1 p.m.
- Poultry Institute for Youth: June 12-14, 2016
- Assist with overall running of the event
- Stay overnight in dorms to supervise students
- Serve as activity assistants
- Texas Poultry Federation Annual Meeting: July 11-14, 2016
- Attend general sessions
- Attend social events
- Assist with live and silent auction
- Assist with horseshoe/golf tournament
- Texas FFA Convention: July 11-14, 2016
- Brazos County Pizza Ranch: October 2016
- Talk to 4th grade students about poultry in general, including the poultry industry
- Give hands on experience with live baby chicks
- Answer questions appropriately at an elementary level
- Aggieland Saturday: February 2017
- Set up and manage departmental booth and talk to prospective students about our department and opportunities in the poultry industry
- Educational Programs for Youth: As requested
- Educate youth on poultry through presentations and activities