This semester, ABAC’s student groups put together another Club Rush. This event provides students with an opportunity to discover new clubs and interest groups on campus, along with plenty of free candy, goodies and a raffle for gift cards.
ABAC’s Gay-Straight Alliance was at the event, encouraging everyone to visit and participate in their activities focusing on gay and trans acceptance. In addition to events for Women’s Day and Trans Day, they will have an LBGT Q&A panel allowing for anyone to ask for advice they need and questions they might have.
Another awareness group at the rush was Active Minds, a group whose goals include the increased awareness of mental health issues among students and society at large and volunteering time and effort to support them. The group is also a supporter of Ruth’s Cottage, a program dedicated to preventing domestic violence and providing shelters for victims.
The ABAC Beekeepers Club was there to spread knowledge and appreciation for the pollinators of the world. This club offers workshops with their on-campus hive to educate prospective beekeepers in creating and caring for their very own beehives, on top of guest speakers from local apiaries and of course, free honey.
The Gaming Club is a student group devoted to games of all kinds from modern shooters to Mario Kart, to card games and Dungeons and Dragons. The club meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m., and attendees are encouraged to bring their games to play with others.
The Collegiate FFA provides an opportunity for ABAC students to create new experiences for the regular FFA by setting up and judging at events, competitions and conventions. Students that wish to join should attend the next meeting on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 131 of the Environmental Horticulture Building.
ABAC’s Bass Team will be competing in the South East Division of FLW’s Collegiate Fishing tournament; the first event takes place on Feb. 7 at Lake Seminole. The team meets every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.
ABAC’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry is dedicated to fellowship, worship and ministry. All are welcome to come to their meetings every Monday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the BCM building.
The Horticulture Club is open to anyone interested in the green industry at large. They are the hosts of ABAC’s annual Hay bale contest in the Fall, and a Greenhouse Sale this Spring featuring all sorts of succulents, ferns and garden vegetables. Students can also expect Floral Design classes and more at the Horticulture Club’s biweekly meetings.
The ABAC Ambassadors had a booth, looking for new members to become the faces of ABAC. Ambassadors serve as ABAC’s student representatives at official events, particularly Stallion Day. They also lead tours for prospective students. Students interested in becoming an Ambassador must apply and attend an interview process.
Along with the many interest and career-focused groups, there were also several Greek Letter Organizations at this semester’s Club Rush.
The Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity is an agriculture-focused brotherhood that serves the Tifton community in order, “To Make Better Men.” The Sigma Alpha Sorority is also focused on agriculture and frequently go on farm tours and teach at local elementary schools.
Sigma Gamma Rho Inc. (SGR), a newcomer here at ABAC, is celebrating its second semester on campus. Jireh Jones described SGR as a sorority with a focus on sisterhood and community service. They also feature multiple national and local philanthropic projects, including Operation Big Bookbag, an effort to provide less fortunate students with book bags and other educational necessities.
Alpha Sigma Alpha also participated in the event, and like SGR this is the sorority’s second semester at ABAC. Last semester they cleaned up the campus for DOT Days. This semester they will be participating in Night to Shine, an annual prom night for children with special needs.
Club Rush is a time for students at ABAC to get to know their extracurricular options as well as a chance for clubs to meet and greet prospective recruits.