February 09, 2015

Annual ‘All Ag Banquet’ set for Feb. 27

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will honor students, faculty and others this month during the annual “All Ag Banquet.” 

The event, now in its 63rd year, celebrates the achievements and accomplishments of those affiliated with the college. The banquet begins at 6 p.m., Feb. 27,  in the Student Center ballrooms. 

The presentation portion of the banquet includes student awards for the outstanding junior student, outstanding senior student and registered student organization. Two other major awards -- the Donald M. Elkins Excellence Award and the Gary L. Minish Outstanding Adviser/Mentor Award --are from student nominations, recommendations and student votes. Both awards reward faculty or staff members who show demonstrable dedication to education and mentoring. 

The SIU Ag Alumni Society Board of Governors’ annual meeting will precede the banquet, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Room 209 of the Agriculture Building. The meeting is open to the public. 

The public and university community are welcome at the banquet. Tickets are $15 for non-students, $10 for students and $5 for freshman students. The special ticket pricing for freshmen represents a student-led initiative to encourage more first year students to attend the banquet. For ticket information, call 618/453-2469.