Clubs and Organizations
Make the most of your Vandal experience by getting involved with a club or student organization. Browse CALS groups, find your passion and join. To update your club information or submit a new club, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wednesday, September 02 | First CALS Student Affairs Council Meeting and Ice Cream Social | Join CALSAC for the first meeting of the year and have ice cream! | 7 p.m. | Iddings Agricultural Science Building Room 62
- Wednesday, September 09 | 2015 College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Back to School Picnic | Enjoy Vandal Dogs, participate in games, connect with faculty, staff, alumni and fellow students, and get to know the club and leadership opportunities within the college. | 4 p.m. | University of Idaho Parker Plant Science Farm, 1025 Plant Science Rd
- Wednesday, September 16 | Joint CALSAC/Excellence Series: Officer Training | Club officer and student leadership training for CALS clubs and student organizations. Dinner provided. | 6:30 p.m. | Ag Biotech Interaction Court.
- Wednesday, September 23 | CALS Excellence Series: Club Training | CALS club and student org training - program of activities creation and communication/promotion | More details will be available in the CALS Student Newsletter or by emailing email@example.com
- Friday, September, 25 - Saturday, September 26 | Celebrating Idaho Agriculture | Several events will be happening across campus for current students and alumni. Visit the website for more details, www.uidaho.edu/cals/celebrateag
- Friday, September, 25 - Saturday, September 27 | Ag Days | Several events will be happening across campus for prospective students. Visit the website for more details, www.uidaho.edu/cals/agdays
- Wednesday, October 21 | CALS Excellence Series: Club Organization | Training provided on creating/updating bylaws, constitution and following parli pro | 7 p.m. | Iddings Agricultural Science Building Room 62
- Wednesday, October 28 | Pumpkin Carving and Agricultural Student Affairs Council Meeting | Join CALSAC to carve pumpkins and hear about what is going on in CALS - bring friends and family to join the fun | 7 p.m. | Agricultural Biotechnology Building Interaction Court
- Wednesday, November 18 | CALS Excellence Series: Fundraising | CALS club and student org training - fundraising ideas, business plan and implementation | 7 p.m. | More details will be available in the CALS Student Newsletter or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesday, December 09 | CALS Excellence Series - Industry, Alumni and Connections | This Excellence Series event is for all students who are interested in learning more about industry and alumni connections in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and making the most of them. | TBD | TBD - watch CALS Student Newsletter or email email@example.com
- Wednesday, January 27 | CALS Excellence Series - Career Preparation | Are you prepared for the UI Career Fair? Do you have a resume? Do you know how to land that internship or job? This session will focus on career preparation skills. | More details will be available in the CALS Student Newsletter or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesday, February 24 | CALS Excellence Series - Industry, Alumni and Connections Part II | This Excellence Series event is for all students who are interested in learning more about industry and alumni connections in the CALS and making the most of them. | More details will be available in the CALS Student Newsletter or by emailing email@example.com
- Wednesday, March 23 | CALS Excellence Series - Alumni | What are your plans after graduation? Start building relationships now. Learn about the UI and CALS Alumni network and life after graduation. | More details will be available in the CALS Student Newsletter or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saturday, March 26 | CALS Olympics | Host an event, bring a team, and join in the annual CALS Olympics. | More details will be available in the CALS Student Newsletter or by emailing email@example.com
- Wednesday, April 20 | CALS Excellence Series - Club recruitment | This Excellence Series event focuses on training CALS leadership and club groups methods for recruiting new members and getting ready for fall recruitment | More details will be available in the CALS Student Newsletter or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesday, April 27 | Agricultural Student Affairs Meeting and End of the Year Social | Join CALSAC to learn about what is going on in CALS and clubs and destress before finals | 7 p.m. | Agricultural Biotechnology Building Interaction Court
The CALS Student Affairs Council (CALSAC) acts as the governing body of student organizations within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. CALSAC promotes participation in the college that is meant to provide fun leadership opportunities for students. We help facilitate different events throughout the year such as the CALS Olympics, Ag Days and the spring awards banquet.
We are a place for CALS students and clubs to join together to promote communication, engagement and a positive experience outside the class. We are committed to helping clubs with different activities and being involved in the many different events in CALS. We also help provide professional development and leadership experiences for students.
CALS Student Affairs Council Meetings every other Wednesday (starting Sept. 2) at 7 p.m. in Iddings Agricultural Science Building, Room 62
Contact us at email@example.com
2015-2016 CALSAC Officer Team
President: Zack Reynolds
Vice President: Josh Wilson
Secretary: Rabeka Kelly
Treasurer: Chyla Whited
Reporters: Abby Biedenbach and Kristine Mire
The ASM club promotes interest in Agricultural Systems Management within students of the Agricultural Systems Management Program. The club’s various activities include trips to the Spokane Ag Expo to see the latest agricultural technology, guest speakers and other activities.
Meeting Time: During the academic year, the second Tuesday of each month in JML 42 or as needed.
In AGR you'll get the opportunity to experience both a social and a professional fraternity. AGR does what you expect a social fraternity to do: socialize with other students on campus and people in the community.
AGR is also like other social fraternities in that it has a strong group of members and a house you can live in during your college years. But AGR is more than just one of those strictly social fraternities; it is also a professional fraternity. All members of AGR have related career interests. AGR is for young men pursuing any career related to the agriculture, food or fiber industries.
One more difference: at AGR there's no pledging. You join as an equal member. AGR does a careful review of all potential members in advance, so there's no need for a "weeding out" process.
CALS Ambassadors are student representatives that engage prospective students, donors and the public. The CALS Ambassador program was the first of its type at the University of Idaho and is the largest college ambassador team on campus.
Ambassadors are CALS students with outstanding achievement and leadership potential who share their knowledge and enthusiasm with prospective students. They inspire others to dream, learn and ultimately become a part of the CALS family.
Ambassador activities are broad and may include representing CALS and its programs at events on and off campus such as Ag Days, Envision Idaho and Vandal Friday, as well as traveling to regional/state/national conventions and high school science classrooms in Idaho and neighboring states.
Meeting Time: During the academic year, every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., Agricultural Science Building, Room 62
AEYC-SA is a professional development club that gives its student members opportunities to gain insight from professionals in the field of Early Childhood Education. Early education is crucial to all children and AEYC's goal is to provide members with information on how they can help improve the field of education. Each meeting features a professional in the early childhood education field who speaks about their experiences and how to build a professional portfolio.
Meeting Time: First Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m., Niccolls Building, Room 206
The Block and Bridle club is designed for students that are passionate about working with livestock. The club works with 4-H and FFA students/members by teaching and supporting them in their efforts with their own livestock and their dreams of showing.
Block and Bridle holds several events during the year, including the annual Little International show in the fall and the annual Fitting and Showing Clinic in the spring. By learning how to raise, fit and show livestock animals at these various events, members are able to make connections.
In addition to sponsoring events, the club travels to the Spokane County Fair and Central Washington State Fair to compete by showing the University of Idaho's Charolais cattle. Members also attend the Bull and Gelding sale in Red Bluff, California. This event is a learning opportunity and students help with the inner workings of the sale.
The Block and Bridle club is a national club with chapters throughout the country. Students are able to attend national conferences where they meet other members and learn about their activities.
The Collegiate 4-H Club is for young adults on the University of Idaho campus and is open to any University of Idaho student interested in developing life skills, qualities of character and leadership, working with youths and supporting 4-H programs.
Students who have not previously been 4-H members are welcome. The club's requirements are: attending meetings, paying a small club membership fee and helping at community service projects and events. Events the members are involved in include painting the Dairy Research Center vet room, Idaho Robotics competition volunteering, Latah County record book judging, record book training and guest speaker appearances.
The Collegiate 4-H President sits on the 4-H Advisory Board and Friends of 4-H Board. The club holds fundraisers on campus to earn money for students to attend regional and national Collegiate 4-H Conferences, and receives financial support from the Idaho Friends of 4-H.
Meeting Times: First Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., University of Idaho Commons Food Court
The Collegiate Farm Bureau is a collegiate branch of the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation. Members engage in CALS events, promote agricultural literacy and work to advance the future of agriculture. Students interact with Idaho Farm Bureau Federation leadership, tour Idaho agribusinesses and travel to State and National Farm Bureau Conferences.
This professional technical organization prepares leaders to work with families, promote family and consumer sciences careers and be educators with leadership experience. The Collegiate FCCLA club trains FCS majors to become advisors of junior-senior high school FCCLA chapters, gives workshops on the district, state and national level, takes part in philanthropy projects that benefit families or children such as clothing or food drives, teaches personal finance topics or recycling and redesigning goods.
Club members are judges and presenters at the State Leadership Conference in Boise each April and could attend a National Conference in Washington D.C. during the summer.University of Idaho Collegiate FCCLA Facebook
Collegiate FFA is a student organization that provides its members with opportunities to develop as educators. Many activities involve student organizations, like FFA, and members provide workshops and host events for education. Club members attend National FFA and Idaho FFA conventions to facilitate Career Development Events and experience-based education.
Vision: Collegiate FFA empowers values-driven pro-professionals to lead and serve in schools, businesses and communities.
Mission: The University of Idaho Collegiate FFA supports high school agricultural programs, prepares members for professional agricultural careers and is active in serving the local, college and national communities.
Meeting Time: During the academic year, the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., JML 42
The University of Idaho Dairy Club is a fun, educational club that provides opportunities to its members to learn more about the dairy industry, network with industry professionals leading to jobs and internships and inform others about the dairy industry.
The dairy industry is an important commodity in the state of Idaho. In fact, Idaho ranks third for milk production in the United States. The goal of the Dairy Club is to better inform the public about what the dairy industry is, how it benefits others and how animal welfare practices are implemented on dairy farms.
Meeting times: During academic year, first and third Thursday of every month at 5 p.m. in the Agricultural Science Building, Room 339
The Food and Nutrition Club's mission is to create a nurturing environment in which students interested in food and nutrition can foster a sense of community. Join for regular meetings, volunteering events and campus activities to share the passion for food and nutrition.
Phi Upsilon Omicron is a collegiate-focused honor society in the integrated field of family and consumer sciences. Through professional development projects and philanthropy efforts, students nurture leaders to continue the legacy of family and consumer sciences.
Meeting Time: Bi-weekly on Mondays at 6 p.m. in Niccolls, Room 208
The Plant and Soil Science Club provides students with experiences in different aspects of horticulture, ranging from simple plant propagation to intricate cultural practices. Students setup sales that feature the unique plants they've learned about to help fund educational trips and adventures throughout the year. Annual trips include apple picking and pruning in Hell's Canyon, visits to local greenhouse industries, attending the Northwest Garden Show's various lectures and displays in Seattle, Washington and much more. Students can vote on local projects, such as succulent terrariums, ivy training, grafting and various other crafts.
The University of Idaho often calls on the club to provide decorative displays for events.
Meeting times: Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Sixth Street GreenhouseUniveristy of Idaho Plant and Soil Science Club Facebook
The mission is to promote interest in veterinary medicine, to expose pre-vet students to veterinary medicine through films, volunteering, clinics, tours and guest speakers and to give pre-vet students a chance to meet other people interested in veterinary medicine.
Meeting Time: Every other Thursday, 5:30 p.m., TLC 149
Sigma Alpha is a professional agricultural sorority that promotes scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship among its members. Sigma Alpha members stand out as leaders on their campuses and in the workforce. Sigma Alpha is dedicated to the motto: Women Excelling in Agriculture.
Sigma Alpha promotes women in agriculture and advocates for agriculture through Agriculture in the Classroom, a program that teaches elementary students about the importance of agriculture.
Meeting Time: During the academic year, every Monday at 7 p.m. in Agricultural Science, Room 204
The Student Idaho Cattle Association (SICA) is a sub-chapter of the Idaho Cattle Association. The mission of SICA is to promote and educate members and the public about the beef industry and its products. Club members come from diverse backgrounds including ranches, feedlots or simply have an interest in agriculture and want to learn more about the beef industry.
In addition to involvement in many campus activities such as Ag Days, Vandal Friday and Ag Olympics, SICA members also attend the Idaho Cattle Association’s annual convention held in Sun Valley. Students help with many events during the convention and also have the opportunity to network with cattle producers and vendors at the trade show and listen to keynote speakers from the industry.
Another exciting opportunity through SICA is the chance to attend the National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA) convention. Every year SICA sends as many members as possible to the NCBA convention to experience the beef industry on a national level, meet leaders in the legislature and represent the University of Idaho and the Student Idaho Cattle Association.
Meeting Time: During the academic year, the first and third Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m.
To learn about other University of Idaho student organizations, visit the Department of Student Involvement.