Division clubs unite for picnic and planning

Shorts, sandals, sunshine and free barbecued pork! The Division of Applied Social Sciences held the first DASS Clubs Spring Picnic. The event was held Monday, May 6, at Stephens Lake Gordon Shelter.

DASS is the Division of Applied Social Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. CAFNR is divided into specific divisions. These divisions are then subdivided into departments that offer majors within CAFNR.

Jill Findeis, oversees all administrative functions of four departments in the applied social sciences field within CAFNR.

“Dr. Jill Findeis, is putting a lot of effort in bonding the four departments in DASS,” said Maria Rodriguez, professor of agricultural economics.

These departments include Agricultural and Applied Economics, Agricultural Education and Leadership, Science and Agricultural Journalism and Rural Sociology.

The new student board that was formed is called DASS Student Executive Board, the president from each DASS club sits on this board, which will work to identify cross collaboration opportunities among the four clubs throughout the year.

This year, students wanted to hold a picnic for all clubs within DASS, rather than as separate departmental events.

Many of the events that each club organizes are of interest to other clubs in DASS, Rodriguez said. Having some sort of coordination among the clubs will help the students across the division be exposed to more events and opportunities offered by each club.

“This also helps the clubs when organizing events together to obtain funds from the MU funds that support student organizations on campus, since the clubs can then pool their resources together,” she said. “It is a win-win situation from my perspective.”

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