One day each spring the UW Stock Pavilion opens its doors to hundreds of fourth grade students visiting campus to attend the annual CALS Day for Kids (CD4K). This outreach event, which is organized by the CALS Student Association (CALSSA), introduces young Wisconsinites to fun and interesting aspects of agriculture, food, nutrition and biology through more than a dozen booths run by CALS student organizations.
But CD4K is just one part of a larger tradition known as CALS Week. Planned by student leaders in CALSSA, CALS Week is designed to bring the CALS community together to celebrate the things that make the college special. Multiple events are held throughout the week, including a farm-themed breakfast, a research symposium, a blood drive and the CALS Olympics. With the exception of CD4K, the CALS community is invited—and encouraged—to join in and participate in the week’s activities.
Putting on CALS Week is a big endeavor that’s entirely planned and executed by CALS students, giving them a wonderful opportunity to hone their project management and leadership skills. It also gives them experience promoting the Wisconsin Idea, particularly through CD4K as they seek to inspire and educate young minds.
Here’s the schedule of events:
April 14 – Breakfast on the Farm
Stock Pavilion, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Each year, CALS Week kicks of with Breakfast on the Farm hosted by the Association of Women in Agriculture. It’s a family-friendly country breakfast in the Stock Pavilion’s parking lot featuring pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, milk, coffee, juice and sundaes for dessert. There will be a petting zoo, educational activities, a visit from Bucky Badger, live Polka music and a clogging performance to enjoy. Tickets are $3 for children under 5, $5 for K-UW students, $6 for seniors and $7 for adults. Receive $1 off with a donation of three canned food items.
April 16 – Talk by Terry Fleck, Executive Director of the Center for Food Integrity
1125 Biochemistry Addition, 5:45 p.m.
Terry Fleck from the Center for Food Integrity will give a talk titled “Values in Ag.” There will be an ice cream social following the talk.
April 17 – CALS Day for Kids
Stock Pavilion, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Around 400 fourth graders will visit the UW Stock Pavilion, learning about agriculture and science from CALS students.
April 18 – CALS Red Cross Blood Drive
Memorial Union (TITU), 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Help save lives by donating blood at the CALS Red Cross Blood Drive.
April 23 – CALS Undergraduate Research Symposium
Microbial Sciences Building Ebling Symposium Center and 1st floor atrium, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The CALS Undergraduate Research Symposium provides a forum for CALS students to share the results of their research projects with the CALS community. Dean VandenBosch will make opening remarks at 9am in the Ebling Symposium Center, followed by 25 oral research presentations throughout the rest of the day. Research posters will be located in the atrium throughout the event.