Tarleton Day of Service and FFA contests to be held on same day
By Shelby Clayton—
The first ever Service Day and the annual Invitational Career Development Event (CDE) contest hosted by the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Resources will be held this Thursday, April 7.
Service Day is part of Texans Team Up, a week dedicated to giving back to the communities that surround Tarleton campuses. Service Day is an opportunity to address needs in the community and connect knowledge students learn in the classroom with service experience. Students enrolled in classes on Thursday will “join forces to serve our community for a portion of the day,” said Dr. Denae Dorris, the Director for the Center of Outreach and Engagement.
The annual invitational CDE contest will also be held on Service Day. CDE contests are FFA events that are designed to teach students skills that can translate into a career in agriculture. More than 8,000 FFA members from across the state are expected to participate in this contest. There are 19 different events, ranging from land to livestock judging to farm business management.
“Everyone says that our contest is the largest CDE competition in the world—not Tarleton people but FFA people,” said Dr. Ted Ford, a professor in the College of Agriculture.
Provost Dr. Karen Murray, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Dwayne Snider, Associate Provost and Senior Associate Vice President of Academic Administration, had the idea to combine the two events.
“This is a very good idea. It will alleviate the problems that occur from the student helpers having to leave to go to class. It will also make facilities on campus easier to acquire. We are very appreciative about that, that the provost and Dr. Snider came up with this idea. They recognized the importance of the contest,” said Ford.
Contests will be held across the Tarleton campus and at other locations in Stephenville.
“The contest is a very big event for Tarleton; many students come to Tarleton because of this event. It’s a big recruitment event for the college, so we are happy to be able to continue having it,” said Ford.
Service Day has been in the works since summer 2015, and planning began in fall 2015. A wide variety of projects have been scheduled for this day. Besides the CDE contests, students will be helping at the Stephenville Public Library, local schools and other locations in the community.
Service, one of Tarleton’s core values, is one of the reasons Service Day was started. “Tarleton students and faculty are utilizing their academic talents, knowledge and expertise to serve identified needs expressed by community partners. Academic Affairs is dedicated to supporting the core values,” said Dorris.
As Tarleton participates in the first annual Service Day, it will also be hosting CDE contests for the 44th time.