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…Time Flies…

Posted by: Kelly

Winter Quarter: Where did you go? It was here and then vanished into thin air. Last quarter was the prime time for Cal Poly Women’s Club Volleyball. (I know this is a blog for my department, but I’m going to take this time to brag about my volleyball team and how I think everyone should enjoy extra-curricular activities outside of school 🙂

Juggling school, sports and clubs can be difficult, but it is definitely something that everyone can manage to do. Take the Club Volleyball players for instance: We are gone literally every weekend (from October to April) for tournaments.  We practice late at night on weekdays; we drive ourselves to tournaments; pay for our own gas, food and uniforms; give up our social lives and devote out free time during the week to school work.

The wonderful thing about club sports is that if you have a three-day tournament, the school excuses you from your classes, since you are representing Cal Poly. Teachers, especially in smaller major specific classes, are very respectful about us taking time off of school to do something that we enjoy. Although they may not like taking extra time outside of office hours to help us with the information we miss, our teachers are dedicated to getting us the best education they can. I am truly thankful for all of my teachers who have taken extra time out of their day to help me get the information I missed (hint: my Crop Physiology professor Dr. Garner and my Agricultural Irrigation Systems professor Dr. Gaudi).

On the second week of Spring Quarter, my team, along with 132 women’s teams and 108 men’s teams from all across the country took time off of school to travel to Houston, Texas. We competed in the NCVF Collegiate Club Volleyball Championships… also known as Nationals. My lovely, perfect, talented and not to mention very tan team, has been together since October and has dedicated every weekend to playing the sport we love. This means missing birthdays, missing sorority and fraternity events and missing out on the typical college weekend life. But, on April 9th, at 8 pm., we all realized why we had given these things up. That night, we became National Champions!!! Throughout the weekend, we defeated University of Kansas, Boston College, University of Minnesota, Baylor University, Michigan State, Ohio State, University of Texas and Marquette.

After winning the championship game to win the national title!

Myself with my two-time National Champion team. We’re all smiles!

Needless to say, this was one of the greatest weekends of my life. I love my team and do not know who I would be without them. We are all best friends and I am incredibly sad that the season is over, but I couldn’t have asked to end on a better note. Everyone on this 2011 team has influenced me in a positive way and I will never forget the hilarious memories we have together. So, my main point of all this is… if you ever have a chance to be a part of an extra-curricular activity, or a sport… DO IT!  You will not regret it and it will change your life and open up your world to meeting new shining faces and people you will become best friends with.

Plus….when you play like a winner, you eat like a winner: this is what champs eat! YUM!

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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Hawks, Owls, Foxes, Gila Monsters, Crocodiles, OH MY!

Posted by: Mitchell

Hey guys!

So I know that it has been a while since we last spoke, but I thought that I would give you an update on what has been happening in the department, my life, and classes.

As far as the department goes, I have always felt like this time of the year is a very important time for a couple of reasons.  First, for those students in HCS who have one or more years of school left, this is scholarship season.  What is scholarship season you ask? Well it is the time when many different organizations, groups, and businesses offer FREE MONEY to students in our department, all just for letting them know what your future plans are (in an essay of course).  The second reason why this time is so important is because now is the time that companies are looking to hire students in our department in careers and internships.  This is especially important to me because I actually was lucky enough to receive a 6-month internship this summer with Monsanto breeding soybeans in Iowa.

So I will be in Iowa this summer breeding and studying different lines of soybeans to help produce the best soybean varieties for production.  I am also very excited because I have gotten the opportunity to work with many different members of faculty and staff on different projects which has been great for me because it has really helped to show me what I am interested in, and not interested in. Oh yeah, and while it is raining and cold up and down CA, it is 80 degrees here January- March. Pretty nice.

Classes are a big part of why I love the HCS department, and this quarter I have had some awesome ones.  If you look through the pictures you will see one day in our class when we got to learn about, touch, and feel hawks, owls, foxes, oh yeah, and a crocodile.  I think it is pretty awesome that we get the chance to not only learn about these animals, but we also get to work with them and see how they actually live.

Can’t wait to talk to you more, and good luck on the rest of your semester!

"My, what big eyes you have!" Did you know that an owl's eyes are so large that they actually cannot turn their eyes in their sockets? In order to have vision on the left and right side of their head, they have to turn their whole head; which is why they have such good range of motion in their necks!

“This is N756 Bravo Yankee coming in for landing, currently 2 miles NW of the airport, asking for permission to land.” We had the chance to actually have the owls land on our heads on command! Some birds including owls and hawks can be trained in as little as three days! They are quick learners!

"This is your captain speaking, we might have some turbulence as we cross the classroom, so please do not move around until the seatbelt light has been extinguished. Thank you!" Did you know that owls hunt at night and have near silent wing beats as they fly?

Who needs a mohawk when there’s a real hawk in the room?

The Gila Monster! Not so scary, right? Did you know that, though the Gila monster is venomous, its sluggish nature means that it poses very little threat to humans. However, it has earned a fearsome reputation over time!

"Remember kids, its very important to brush your teeth everyday so you can have a smile like mine!" Did you know that one way to tell the difference between alligators and crocodiles is that crocodiles teeth are visible even when their jaw is shut, but you can only see an alligators teeth when their mouth is open?

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2011 in Uncategorized