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College donor society recruits all Women in Agriculture

College donor society recruits all Women in Agriculture

As Auburn University celebrates “125 Years of Auburn Women,” the College of Agriculture is inviting all women involved in agriculture and related fields and industries to join the newly rebranded Auburn donor society, Women in Agriculture.

The professional society, established as Successful Women in Agriculture in 2013, has a new logo and tagline—Leading.Linking.Learning.—that emphasizes its mission of leadership, mentorship and advancing knowledge.

Amy Wright, associate dean for instruction in the college, said Women in Agriculture is comprised of and established for College of Agriculture alumnae and female faculty and staff members as well as women across Alabama and the Southeast who work in agriculture in roles ranging from public relations specialists to CEOs to farmers.

“Women are playing an increasingly prominent role in agriculture, both in Alabama and nationally, and this society recognizes that by offering members valuable resources such as professional development and leadership opportunities and the chance to network, build relationships and share ideas,” Wright said. “But its primary purpose is to provide scholarships to young women who are today’s College of Agriculture students and tomorrow’s agricultural leaders.”

Joining also gives members the opportunity to positively influence and encourage students as they prepare for a future in the agricultural industry.

Membership is available at four levels of annual giving, from $100 to $1,000, with the gifts going to support scholarships. Each $1,000 donor will have a scholarship presented in her name.

2017 marks 125 years since three young women became Auburn University’s inaugural female students, but it was another 15 years before local resident Frances Camp Duggar made history as Auburn agriculture’s first co-ed.

“Undoubtedly, Frances Duggar would be surprised—and, I believe, pleased—to know that, today, 53 percent of students in the College of Agriculture are females,” Wright says.

For more information on Women in Agriculture, contact Michelle Bufkin at michelle.bufkin@auburn.edu or Delaney Navarro at dnavarro@auburn.edu.

Laura Cauthen