Agricultural and Environmental Science club officers look forward to hosting the Barn Dance after its success last fall. ACU students will, once again, have an opportunity to put their cowboy boots on and enjoy some two-stepping while supporting the AES club.
“The barn dance is a fun social opportunity with a little country flare,” said Kevin Coburn, officer of Block and Bridle.
The student leaders in the department wanted to give ACU students the opportunity to see what exactly the department does and what it stands for.
“The idea of the Barn Dance came from ag. students who love to dance and are willing to support AES and Block and Bridle,” said Riley Morrow, secretary and treasurer of Block and Bridle.
The Barn Dance will be held at the ACU Rhoden Farm, a few miles outside of Abilene.
“This gives non-AES students an opportunity to see what kind of hands-on resources we have for our classes as well as recreation,” said Coburn.
The dance has also created an opportunity to raise funds for the clubs. The funds raised by the barn dance will go directly to the Agricultural and Environmental Science club and the Block and Bridle club.
“The money will solely go to professional development opportunities during the spring semester,” said Coburn.
Students will have the opportunity to network with some of the best students and professionals in the respective field during the national Block and Bridle Convention, held in Springfield, Mo., this year.
Coburn said he would love to see the AES department get connected with other departments, since it is a smaller department.
AES is looking to team up with Delta Tau Alpha, the agriculture honors society, to bring in professionals to speak to students.
Morrow hopes that people will be able to go and enjoy themselves, dancing in a welcoming community while supporting the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science and its clubs, AES and Block and Bridle.
Morrow’s favorite memory from last year’s dance was seeing the agricultural and environmental faculty and staff dancing on the floor with the other students.
“Anytime we can share our passion is a win for us,” said Coburn.
A booth will be set up and selling tickets in the campus center until Nov. 8. Tickets are $5 a piece, or $8 for two.