About Our Events
The Academic Quadrathlon is a club and department sponsored academic contest held each year. Individuals form four-person teams to participate in the contest, which includes a practicum, oral presentation, written examination, and quiz bowl buzzer rounds. The winning team goes to the Southern Region American Society of Animal Science Quadrathlon Contest, and the winner from there travels to the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science to compete in the National Academic Quadrathlon Contest during the summer as well as the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Annual Convention to participate in the Beef Quiz Bowl in the spring. Committee members will be responsible for meeting with faculty judges and center coordinators for the lab practicum.
Back to School Bash
The first S&S social of the year is the Back to School Bash. This evening social is normally held at the Pearce Pavilion, features fun and games, and is a great event to meet new people. Committee responsibilities include planning games, food, setup, and cleaning.
Big Event is a spring service event that is popular among Saddle & Sirloin members and the rest of campus. The Big Event at Texas A&M University is an organization which strives to uphold the ideals of unity and service. This one-day event is not based on socioeconomic need, but rather a way for the student body to express their gratitude to the entire community which supports Texas A&M. It is important to remember The Big Event is not about the number of jobs completed or the number of students who participate each year. Instead, it is the interaction between students, and residents and the unity that results throughout the community that makes The Big Event such a unique project. The committee assists the officer in charge with coordinating with Big Event staff up to the weekend of the event.
Each year during Dead Week before the start of spring finals, S&S hosts the Cattlemen's Ball, which is a fun dance and social gathering where members and friends can mingle with one another and destress before beginning studying. Committee members are responsible for music choices, decorations, and bringing snacks and drinks for members in attendance.
Children's Barnyard is the biggest service project of our club. We host this event free of charge to area schools (pre-kindergarten to third-grade). The barnyard is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and hosts over 4,000 elementary students. S&S members help teach the children by leading student groups through the barnyard. Being a member of this committee includes preparing for the barnyard by communicating with local schools and teachers, securing the livestock from various centers, and working with the industry associations to receive educational information about different livestock species.
Much like Cattlemen's Ball, the Saddle & Sirloin Club sponsors a winter formal. It is a great way to loosen up and have a little bit of fun with your friends before finals and the end of the semester. Committee responsibilities include organizing music, decorating, and providing snacks and drinks for the guests.
Fall BBQ & Auction
The Fall BBQ is held annually and has relocated from the Beef Center to the new AgriLife Center next to the AGLS building. All new members are admitted free of charge if they complete their B signing. Fall BBQ is an event that new members, old members, faculty, and retirees all attend. A speaker will address the group and judging teams will be introduced. An auction is also held that night to benefit the club and the judging teams. Committee members work closely with the officer in charge to plan catering, decorations, and a speaker.
Fall Pumpkin Patch
The Fall Pumpkin Patch is held at the Covenant Presbyterian Church's pumpkin patch off of Rock Prairie Road. The event involves decorating pumpkins for the pumpkin carving/decorating contest, bobbing for apples, decorating sugar cookies Halloween style and dressing up in your best Halloween attire!
The Ham Auction is held in conjunction with Parents' Weekend Cook-Off and Little Southwestern. This committee is responsible for working with the Ham Trimming committee to make sure hams are ready for the auction. They also schedule an auctioneer and handle the settlement at the auction.
The major fundraiser of our club is the selling of smoked and bone-in hams during the year, as well as other meats. Ham deliveries are scheduled for three times a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Members compete for sales awards, which are announced at the Spring Banquet. Many former members, former students, faculty, retirees, and staff look forward to ordering these delicious hams each year. This is a great way to get involved in the club and help raise money. Committee responsibilities include ordering hams and coordinating ham pickup.
Ham Trimming Contest
Members participate in a Ham Trimming Contest to prepare approximately 20 hams for the Ham Auction. These hams are smoked in the Rosenthal Center and sold to help raise money for the club. Contest officials grade each ham based on accuracy of trimming and ham quality. A Champion Ham and Reserve Champion Ham are selected, with the trimmers being announced and awarded at the Spring Banquet. Committee responsibilities include working with Rosenthal Meat Science & Technology staff to order hams and schedule trimming and smoking.
Steer & Heifer Futurities
Each August, S&S hosts the TJLA sanctioned Steer & Heifer Futurities. This committee is great for people with an interest in beef cattle and is a fun way to spend a weekend during the summer. Much of the committee's job will be to secure buckle and award sponsorships, as well as helping out the days of the shows with ring leading, handing out awards, etc.
S&S sponsors intramural teams to compete with other student organizations in any sport members are interested in playing. Committee responsibilities include finding team members to participate and making sure we comply with intramural athletic rules.
L. D. Wythe Memorial Judging Contest
The S&S Club holds a judging contest for S&S members, both experienced and novice, each fall. The contest consists of various livestock, wool, and meat judging classes. Winners will be announced at the spring awards banquet. The judging contest is dedicated to Dr. L. D. Wythe, a former coach of the Livestock and Meat Judging Teams at Texas A&M University. Committee responsibilities include securing animals to use in the contest, tabulation, and working with contest officials.
During Parents' Weekend, we host an intramural showmanship contest for anyone interested in showing animals. The S&S Club provides the animals to be shown. There are two divisions for each species, with experienced being members who have exhibited that species before and rookie being members who have never shown before. After winners from each division are awarded, there is a round-robin contest where all the winners compete for the overall champion award. The overall champion of the contest is given the honor of being the committee chairman the following year, however committee members are still needed. Responsibilities include securing animals for the contest, setup, selecting judges for the event, and making a show program.
National Block & Bridle Convention
Each year, National Block & Bridle Clubs from across the United States host a convention to share ideas about agriculture and promote leadership. Any member is welcome to attend. The convention chair and committee members will work with the advisors to plan our chapter activities during the convention and complete registration materials.
- This year's convention was be held in Ames, Iowa sponsored by Iowa State University on April 4-6, 2013 and included tours of swine, cattle and sheep operations in the area, as well as the opportunity to attend lectures by many industry-leading speakers.
Relay for Life
Relay For Life is the signature fundraising event forThe American Cancer Society. It is the single-largest fundraiser put on to fight the battle against cancer, fund research, provide cancer clinics with the tools to treat patients and run all the operations of ACS offices designed to help cancer patients overcome this devastating illness through its many help initiatives and resources for patients and families.
The S&S scrapbook project is a year round activity that is a compilation of documented photos and captions from events that occurred throughout the fall and spring. The scrapbook is a great way to cherish the memories made each year and reflect on the events that took place. The scrapbook is taken each year to the National Block & Bridle Convention to be judged against those from other universities. The Reporter is the head leader in charge of the Saddle & Sirloin scrapbook and a committee is also responsible for taking pictures and helping to compile the book.
Spring Awards Banquet
The Spring Awards Banquet is held at the Brazos County Expo Center during Parents' Weekend. At the banquet, we honor judging teams, outstanding members, graduating seniors, and spotlight the hardworking members of the club. This committee is responsible for decorating and setting-up the banquet, as well as coordinating the auction and cleaning up afterward.
One of the summer futurities sponsored by S&S is the annual TJLA sanctioned Swine Futurity. This is a great way to get involved with S&S, especially if you are interested in the swine industry. Committee members work closely with the officer in charge to plan and get sponsors for awards, as well as working on show day.
The S&S Yearbook was first published in 1954. This publication is printed annually and distributed at the Spring Awards Banquet. The yearbook covers all events hosted by S&S in the calendar year, spotlights departmental judging teams, and recognizes supporters that help S&S throughout the year. The yearbook committee is responsible for photography, page layout, soliciting advertisements, and story writing. The club Reporter serves as the Yearbook Chariman.