The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University is holding its largest job fair ever. On October 15 more than 230 companies and organizations will participate in Ag Career Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center at ISU. The event is open to the public.
"This continues to be an amazing time for students in agriculture and related life science areas," says Mike Gaul, director of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Services. "The growth of this event and the number of new companies that will be in attendance is a testament to the quality of students and programs associated with the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences."
This event grows larger every year, and more new companies will be on-hand this time, too -- talking to students about jobs and careers
The job fair provides an opportunity for all Iowa State students to meet with recruiters on internships and full-time positions available with agribusinesses, commodity groups and governmental agencies. Many students from campuses of other universities and colleges across the country attend what is known as the largest career fair of its kind.
Ag Career Day on October 15 kicks off an extensive day of on-campus interviews the following day, on October 16. Gaul says more than 80 interview schedules have been established and there will be nearly 700 individual interviews conducted. A list of the organizations and companies recruiting at the event is available here.
National Pork Producers Council president Howard Hill to present Deal Lecture at ISU October 9
In other ISU news, Howard Hill, president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council and strategic counsel to Iowa Select Farms, will present the 2013 William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture Oct. 9 at Iowa State University. He will present "Entrepreneurs and Leadership in the Swine Industry" at 7 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union on campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Hill earned a master's degree and doctorate in veterinary microbiology from Iowa State and joined the faculty at Iowa State's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. During his 20-year tenure at the university, he served as an industry leader in the eradication of pseudorabies. A native of California, Hill earned a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of California-Davis. He has been with Iowa Select since 2000, when he joined the company as director of production. In 2001, he was promoted to chief operating officer, continuing in that role until 2009. In 2011, Hill was one of nine veterinarians appointed to serve on USDA's Advisory Committee on Animal Health.
Throughout his career as a veterinarian and pork producer, Hill has served the hog industry in many ways
Iowa Select Farms is an Iowa-based pork production company founded in 1992 by Jeff Hansen, a third-generation family farmer and pork producer. Headquartered in Iowa Falls, Iowa Select is the state's largest pork producer with more than 900 employees in 43 counties.
Throughout his career, Hill has been involved in the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Story County Pork Producers, is on the board of directors of the Iowa Pork Producers Association and is past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. He also is involved with the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Hill's pork production business, H&K Enterprises, includes hogs and cattle, and he and his son farm 2,600 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa.
William K. Deal, an ISU alum with a degree in ag education, established the lecture series to help prepare future leaders and innovators in agriculture. The lecture is organized by the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies in ISU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and co-sponsored by the Committee on Lectures funded by the Government of the Student Body.