The annual Sigma Alpha Symposium is an event organized by and for the women of Sigma Alpha along with other CAFNR students. It provides an opportunity for students to network with employers and listen to a speaker involved in the agriculture industry. This year’s symposium is Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at Bradford Research Center.
The symposium gives students an opportunity to interact and network with industry professionals who also attend the event, said Haley Alden, Sigma Alpha professional development chair. Many companies support the event by sponsoring tables at a cost of $250 for a table, $125 for a half table and $25 for a seat. Sigma Alpha hopes that networking during the event will lead to possible internships or job opportunities for students.
Kevin Murphy, of Food Chain Communications, is this year’s speaker, Alden said.
Murphy helps people involved in the modern food system learn to communicate more effectively. He founded the company after 14 years with Vance Publishing where he served as brand director, overseeing 23 individual brands and $26 million in revenue.
Murphy was recently awarded first place for Best Essay in a Scholarly Magazine for his work, “Christians and the New Food Movement.”
Sigma Alpha hopes that all students who attend will learn something new about the agriculture industry.
“We want attendees to leave symposium excited and motivated to make a difference in the agriculture industry,” said Sigma Alpha President Courtney Spencer. “We have a great story to tell, and I believe Mr. Murphy will help fuel the passion for agriculture that each attendee shares. It is this unified passion that will allow us to advance our industry in a positive direction.”