February 07, 2017

65th annual All Ag Banquet set for Feb. 24

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Agricultural Sciences will host the 65th Annual All Ag Banquet on Feb. 24. The event celebrates the achievements and accomplishments of faculty and students. 

A social hour with cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Corker Lounge, with the banquet beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the ballrooms. 

An awards presentation follows the banquet. This includes student awards for the outstanding junior student, outstanding senior student, registered student organization and Potash i2i Student Recognition. 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 college made the first 150 student tickets available for free to make it easier for students to attend. Tickets for non-students, faculty and others are $25. Students beyond the first 150 will pay $20. 

The SIU Ag Alumni Society Board of Governors’ annual meeting, held the same day as the banquet, is at 4:30 p.m. in Ballroom B at the Student Center. The meeting is open to the public.  

This year the meeting includes an Agbassador Pinning Ceremony in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Agbassador program. The Agbassadors is a student recruitment organization made up of students whom faculty, administrators and other agricultural sciences students have recommended based on academics, communication skills, overall knowledge of agricultural fields and university achievements. They visit high schools and community colleges, attend career fairs and open houses, and represent the college at many events throughout the academic year.  

For more information, contact Susan Graham(sgraham@siu.edu) or Renee Kinzinger (reneekinzinger@siu.edu).