2015 Outstanding Student Club: Alpha Gamma Rho
The mission of Alpha Gamma Rho, founded in 1904, is to improve agriculture by encouraging individual endeavor, resourcefulness and development of better mental, social, moral and physical qualities.
Last year the fraternity helped raise more than $20,000 in the Firefighter Face-Off. Proceeds go to the True North and the George D. Peak Memorial Burn Center. The group also provides logistical support for the Float Your Boat for the Food Bank event.
Alpha Gamma Rho also coordinates a Classic Steer and Heifer show designed to encourage youth to enter agriculture as a profession. The classic has grown to raising $40,000 per year and bringing youth from 15 states to Mizzou. Each fall, the fraternity holds its Popp/McBee Memorial Golf tournament, which raises money for an undergraduate chapter scholarship fund. The Cale Boedeker Memorial Volleyball Tournament also has become an annual event.
Academics are taken very seriously at Alpha Gamma Rho, particularly in assisting struggling or new students. Beginning in fall 2014, two elected officers, Zach Knipp and Ryan Eisenbath, developed programs to improve scholarship in the house. Mentorships, counseling and dedicated study halls became part of this program. After receiving the grades at the end of the semester it was evident that their hard work had paid off. The Alpha Gamma Rho chapter had placed third among Mizzou fraternities, with an overall house grade point of 3.15 for its 145 members. To me, the most impressive part was that 39 freshman achieved a 3.24 grade point average.
Extension economist, Agricultural Economics, Commercial Agriculture Program