Updates from Gopher Poultry Science Club
Gopher Poultry Science Club (GPSC) started off the year with two of its members, Elizabeth Theis and Michaela Olson volunteering to talk about poultry at the Ag and Food Day Football Game on September 10th. The booth was set by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Minnesota Chicken and Egg Association. GPSC encourages its members to connect with the Poultry Industry at Minnesota during such events. Students learn on how to communicate poultry on campus and become harbingers of the industry-academia partnership!
GPSC’s first meeting this fall was held on September the 22nd. This year, GPSC is being led by Ms. Rachel Kircher (President), Madison Taylor (Vice President), Suzy Pagel (Secretary), Divek Nair (Treasurer), Eli Braun and Elizabeth Theis (Co-PROs). The club is being advised by Drs. Anup Johny and Sally Noll.
In another event, members of GPSC joined the CFANS resource fair where its members educated the booth visitors on chicken eggs! They talked about the internal contents of chicken eggs and encouraged the visitors to identify the parts of an egg. It was a great event with Dean Buhr visiting our booth! For more details, please visit our FB page.
Later, Eli Braun and Suzy Pagel wall painted the GPSC logo/ad on the Bridge. This was an opportunity to showcase our club on the Minneapolis campus.
Recently GPSC hosted the FFA poultry CDE at the Poultry Teaching and Research Facility on campus. Members participated in preparing the facility, and the poultry items (carcasses, eggs, further processed products) for the test. About 140 students participated in the event, and were tested on the internal and external egg quality, turkey and broiler carcass quality and poultry products.
Recently, the club advisors, Drs. Sally Noll and Anup Johny, won one of the 2016 United States Poultry and Egg Association Student Recruitment Awards. This award is given to recruit new students to poultry science, and to engage in activities that support poultry-related student activities on campus. The grant was made possible by the USPOULTRY Foundation through a gift from the GNP Company . This will be a great opportunity for the GPSC members to connect with other interested students on campus and come up with innovative ideas