Women in Agriculture Learning Community

The Department of Agricultural Economics offered their first learning community in Fall 2012 titled, “Women in Agriculture.”  The 18 freshmen women with nine different College of Agriculture majors lived on the same floor in Meredith Hall. They were enrolled in three classes together: AGEC 203, Introductory Microeconomics for Food and Agribusiness; AGEC 498, Women in Agriculture; and BTNY 110, Introduction to Plant Science.”

In the Women in Agriculture Course, the women met each Wednesday evening to participate in a wide range of activities.  These activities included four dinners to interact with upper level female students, female faculty, female alums, and course instructors. The students also attend the College of Agriculture Ice Cream Social, toured the Animal Science Research Education Center (ASREC), discussed the Common Reading book for Fall 2012 and met with the Academic Success Center.  The women enjoyed a fall celebration at Mrs. Williams’ home with pumpkin carving and a bonfire and ended the semester with a pizza and bowling party!

Katherine Armstrong (Agribusiness; Grand Isle, Vermont) stated, “I have been enjoying the Learning Community from the very start of the semester. I love living with people involved in the community because it allows me to meet new people who share the same interest in agriculture that I have. It's been very helpful to be able to study with those in my classes. I also believe that the activities we do are interesting and engaging. 
Overall, my experience with the Women in Agriculture Learning Community has been nothing but positive. The people I have met in this community will be my friends for life. “

Lindsey Marchal (Agribusiness; Portland, IN) added, “I have enjoyed being in the Women in Agriculture Learning Community.  I have met other students with the same major as I and other agriculture majors as well.  It is nice living with the girls because we get to know a little bit more about each other every day and have the same classes.  We work together on a lot of homework and studying for exams for the classes we have together.

The weekly activities are also a good experience.  I was able to interact with other people outside my grade level and graduated students.  I learned so much about college and the agriculture industry through the Learning Community.





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