Spooky Season with our Sisters

A blog post for the month of October 2021.


An October Update:

October flew by with events like Hobo Day, Halloween, our philanthropy event and multiple socials. We enjoyed a grill out at SigEp's new house and got acquainted with some of their new members. We had a sisterhood social where we picked pumpkins at Sanderson Gardens and painted/carved them at the house while we watched Halloween movies like Twitches. Sisters grilled burgers and hot dogs for our Relay For Life fundraiser at Grace Point Wesleyan Church and raised over 300 dollars to donate. A few women celebrated Hobo Days on the Farmhouse Fraternity truck in the parade. Ceres ladies attended Matriculation where we celebrated the ladies of Beta Mu, Nu, Xi and Omicron. We are looking forward to the final months of this semester and growing closer to our sisters.


New Member Introductions:

Amanda Ekvall:

Year and Major: Sophomore in Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: East Bethel, Minnesota

Prior Education: Forest Lake High School

Plans after SDSU: Get a job in robotics

Three Favorite Movies: Mission Impossible, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, After

Favorite Music Artist: Tim McGraw


Natalie Kramer:

Year and Major: Sophomore in Geography

Hometown: Papillion, Nebraska

Prior Education: Papillion LaVista High School

Plans after SDSU: Not sure

Three Favorite Movies: Crazy Rich Asians, Harry Potter, Now You See Me

Favorite Music Artist: Jolly Rogers


Briana Middendorf:

Year and Major: Freshman in Animal Science Pre Vet

Hometown: Sauk Centre, Minnesota

Prior Education: Sauk Centre Secondary High School

Plans after SDSU: Attend vet school and going for mixed animals then own a vet clinic

Three Favorite Movies: Blind Side, Cool Runnings, live action Beauty and the Beast

Favorite Music Artist: Lewis Capaldi


Ainsley Moore:

Year and Major: Freshman in Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering

Hometown: Neenah, Wisconsin

Prior Education: Neenah High School

Plans after SDSU: Do something in natural resources engineering

Three Favorite Movies: Nightmare Before Christmas, The Conjuring, Coraline

Favorite Music Artist: Taylor Swift


Emily Schmiedeberg:

Year and Major: Junior in Animal Science

Hometown: Lancaster, Minnesota

Prior Education: Lancaster High School and Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado where she graduated with an associates degree in animal science

Plans after SDSU: Be involved in some area of livestock or animal health research.

Three Favorite Movies: Grease, Cars, Greater

Favorite Music Artist: Ian Munsick


Madison Selby:

Year and Major: Freshman in Agricultural Communications, Leadership and Education with a minor in Ranch Management and a certificate in Ag Law

Hometown: Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Prior Education: Belle Fourche High School

Plans after SDSU: Become an ag teacher and go on to work for the department of agriculture

Three Favorite Movies: Matilda, Monster House, My Girl

Favorite Music Artist: Zach Bryan


Why Relay? with Christina Hartmann

Relay for Life is Ceres philanthropy that we donate money to every semester. Relay for life supports the American Cancer Society with research and care for patients that are struggling with cancer. $0.73 of every dollar donated goes towards research, prevention, detection, education, and patient support. The other $0.27 goes towards supporting services for Relay for Life’s lifesaving work to manage and fund those programs. Relay for Life doesn’t bring awareness to just one type of cancer but all types of cancers. That is why their signature color is purple. The purple ribbon signifies all types of cancer. Ceres Women’s Fraternity prides ourselves on the money we donate to Relay for Life as cancer has affected everyone of us, and I’m sure everyone of you, in some way or another. Some have a personal connection as our parents, siblings, or grandparents have fought cancer or just by knowing of someone that is currently fighting or has fought cancer. One of my favorite quotes for Relay for Life is “Supporting the Fighters, Admiring the Survivors, Honoring the Taken, And Never, ever Giving up Hope.”


Ag Corner with Megan Leyda: ASF Vaccine

African swine fever is a deadly disease that has plagued the pork industry for many years. As it continues to spread across the globe, concern about it entering the US is at an all-time high. But there is good news: a promising vaccine is being developed. The USDA has been able to produce a vaccine that would protect against a common strain found in Europe and Asia. However, it hasn’t been tested on other strains of the virus. There are also food safety concerns, as many consumers do not want more vaccines and antibiotics used in meat. It is a promising step forward, and could potentially save million of human and porcine lives if implemented. https://www.agriculture.com/livestock/pork-powerhouses/asf-swine-vaccine-shows-promise-but-long-journey-ahead


Upcoming Events: November

3rd: Self Defense Class

10th: Final Stretch Scholarship Event

20th: Founders Day



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