Members of Illinois State University Chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association hold the hardware they received for being named outstanding chapter for the second consecutive year the national conference at Kansas City, Mo.
Members of Illinois State University Chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association hold the hardware they received for being named outstanding chapter for the second consecutive year the national conference at Kansas City, Mo.

NORMAL, Ill. — The Illinois State University Chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association was recognized as the Outstanding Student NAMA Chapter at the 2013 National Agri-Marketing Conference held in Kansas City, Mo.

The Illinois State Chapter competed with chapters from 35 U.S. and Canada universities for this honor. This is the second consecutive year that the Illinois State University Chapter has won this award.

Chapter adviser Dr. Aslihan Spaulding was recognized as the 2013 NAMA Outstanding Adviser.

The National Agri-Marketing Association is a non-profit organization of more than 3,500 professional and student members, serving the food and fiber industry. NAMA is the nation’s largest association for professionals in marketing and agribusiness

The Outstanding Chapter Award is based upon chapter activities over the course of the academic year.

This past year, Illinois State NAMA conducted an Agriculture Career Fair that brought 42 agricultural firms and organizations to campus to meet with students interested in internships and employment opportunities.

The chapter brought to campus a panel of human resource experts to help students write resumes and prepare for job interviews.

The chapter also conducted a bowling tournament that brought in nearly 300 pounds of can goods for a local food pantry and also raised funds to support Red Cross efforts to help Hurricane Sandy victims.

The Illinois State University NAMA Chapter has more than 70 student members and is advised by Spaulding and Dr. Rick Whitacre.