Dairy Challenge Team

2015Dairy ChallengeThe mission of the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge
is to develop tomorrow’s dairy leaders by providing educational and networking opportunities to students of animal and dairy science programs throughout North America.  The students that participate in dairy challenge are preparing for careers in the dairy industry as farmers, researchers, educators, financial analysts, nutritionists, farm service providers and veterinarians.  For more information on the Dairy Challenge contact Dr. David Marcinkowski at: davidmar@maine.edu and check out the Dairy Challenge website.

Dressage Club

The Dressage Club has been in existence at the University of Maine since 2000. The club is actively involved in the riding discipline of dressage. The UMaine Dressage Club works through the year to pursue clinics, shows, and events that will enhance the club member’s knowledge of dressage and riding in general.  For more information please contact Dr. Robert Causey at rcausey@maine.edu

Equestrian Team

The University of Maine Equestrian Team, located in Old Town at Wind Swept Farm, competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), Zone 1, Region 2. Region 2 schools in IHSA currently offer eight different levels of Hunt Seat Equitation and Hunter Over Fences Equitation, although we accept riders of all riding levels and disciplines.  For more information please contact Dr. Robert Causey at rcausey@maine.edu.

Food Science Club

The Food Science Club is an affiliate of the Institute of Food Technologists’ Student Association.  The purpose of the Food Science Club is to develop relationships among students and faculty in the area of Food Science.  Participating students learn about the food industry, gaining a full perspective of employment opportunities and contacts.  The club advisors are Rob Dumas (Robert.Dumas@maine.edu) and Jen Perry (Jennifer.Perry@maine.edu)

Horticulture Club

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The Horticulture Club provides students interested in plants with an opportunity to engage in a variety of activities outside of the classroom. The horticulture club organizes field trips to gardens, nurseries and greenhouses. They host guest speakers and participate in the Bangor Garden Show. The club propagates and grows a variety of plants in the Roger Clapp Greenhouses for plant sales. The Club is run by its student members and elected officers who collectively determine the direction of the Club and plan its activities.  Meetings are informal and take place in the Roger Clapp Greenhouses. Contact Dr. Stephanie Burnett at sburnett@maine.edu for more information.

IFT College Bowl Team

IFT College BowlEach spring, undergraduate and graduate students on SFA’s College Bowl Team test their food-related knowledge in a Jeopardy style quiz bowl against other university teams in the North Atlantic. Topics include all areas of food science and technology, nutrition, food history and law, and general food-related trivia. According to the IFT (Institute of Food Technology) Student Association website, “The College Bowl is designed to facilitate interaction among students from different universities, stimulate the students’ desire to accumulate and retain knowledge, and provide a forum for students to engage in friendly competition.” It’s a great way to learn more about food, plus it’s a lot of fun! New students from any major are always welcome to participate.

The advisor for the IFT College Bowl team is Dr. Denise Skonberg denise.skonberg@maine.edu.

Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society (FSN)

Kappa Omicron Nu is the national honor society 

SAM_0455for the human sciences.  The mission is empowered leaders who use an integrated approach to enhance quality of living through excellence in scholarship, leadership and research.  Meetings are held throughout the academic year with speakers of professional interest.  Service projects vary yearly.  Undergraduates are invited to membership who have at least a 3.0 GPA and are in the top 25% of their class. Graduate students must have completed at least 12 hours with a 3.5 GPA or better.  Initiation of new members occurs in October and in February. The advisor for Kappa Omicron Nu is Dr. Mona Therrien, mona.therrien@maine.edu

Maine Animal Club (MAC)

The Maine Animal Club was formed in 1972 by students interested in creating an organization that would enhance students’ knowledge of animals and animal agriculture through social interactions. MAC provides an atmosphere that is dynamic and challenging that allows students to take on responsibility to be innovative, creative, and to enhance their understanding of animal agriculture in the United States.  For more information please contact Dr. Dave Marcinkowski at davidmar@maine.edu.

Nutrition Club

Nutrition Club

Nutrition Club. The Nutrition Club is a collective community open to students in the Food Science and Nutrition major and all students at the University of Maine interested in nutrition and health. The club focuses on nutrition and food-related activities to allow members opportunities for connecting with others with shared interests, volunteer experiences, and valuable insights into the field of nutrition that help contribute to their future careers. 

Club advisor: eileen.molloy@maine.edu

Follow us at https://www.instagram.com/umnutritionclub/

Pi Alpha Xi

Pi Alpha Xi is the national honors society for horticulture.The mission of this honors society is to promote scholarship and ‘the enrichment of human life through plants’. Undergraduate students majoring in horticulture or sustainable agriculture and graduate students with an horticultural project are eligible to be members of Pi Alpha Xi. To become members, students must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average, and undergraduate students must have at least junior standing. We have an initiation ceremony for new members each spring.

Pre-Veterinary Club

Pre Vet at PEI 2007The Pre-Vet Club is a resource for all students interested in attending veterinary school- offering activities, a support group, and information about veterinary schools, including tours of regional veterinary colleges. The club meets weekly, as a venue for discussing classes and exams, and as a stress-free environment for students to support each other. For more information please contact Sue Ishaq at sue.ishaq@maine.edu.

Standardbred Drill Team

The UMaine Standardbred Drill Team has been involved with showing and promoting the sales of the university-owned Standardbred horses since 2000. In addition, the Drill Team is a product of the UMaine ties to the Maine Harness Racing industry. Membership is subject to a riding evaluation and is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in or have completed the Equine Management Cooperative (AVS 303) and are actively volunteering at the university Horse Barn Co-Operative at Witter Farm.  For more information please contact Dr. Robert Causey at rcausey@maine.edu.

UMaine Greens

UMaine GreensUMaine Greens produces salad mix for the Bear’s Den at the UMaine Memorial Union. Greens are grown by students both outdoors and inside a 26- by 96-foot greenhouse located on campus near the University’s automated composting facility off the Rangely Road near the University Credit Union. The composting facility recycles waste from UMaine dining halls, along with other feedstocks, to produce high quality compost, which is used both by the UMaine Greens students, and in other campus projects. Both facilities host class tours, research projects, and demonstrations. The UMaine Greens experience is loved by students with an interest in local food systems, delicious food, and getting their hands dirty! For additional information please contact Dr. Eric Gallandt at gallandt@maine.edu or 207.581.2933.