2021 Midwest Regional VIRTUAL Dairy Challenge Volunteer Registration

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17th Midwest Regional VIRTUAL Dairy Challenge

Hosted by Michigan State University, The Ohio State University and Purdue University

Tuesday , February 16 – Tuesday, March 2, 2021

On behalf of the Midwest Regional Committee of the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, it is our pleasure to invite your school to participate in the 17th Annual Midwest Dairy Challenge. This year’s event will be held completely online and hosted jointly by The Ohio State University, Michigan State University and Purdue University. We thank you for your continued support of the Midwest Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge.

The program will take place from the Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge web site. Rather than the traditional contest schedule conducted in 3 consecutive days, the 2021 Midwest Regional will begin with instructions and data distribution on Tuesday, February 16 and end with team presentations on Tuesday, March 2. Twice-a-week educational programming on Tuesdays and Thursdays and team mentor meetings will be offered in between.

Sponsor Participation: We are building our list of volunteers to help with the virtual educational events, mentoring students, and Presentation Day activities. Being involved and working directly with the students gives you a firsthand view of the students in action, plus a large volunteer pool helps the contest run smoothly. Volunteer opportunities range from serving as a team mentor or judge to serving as a presenter or timekeeper in a presentation room.

Sponsor Volunteer Registration:  Please submit information for each volunteer from your company using this online form. Forms are due Tuesday, February 2, 2021.

Schedule: A listing of the scheduled events for this year’s contest will be posted on the Midwest Dairy Challenge web page at All events will be conducted virtually from the Midwest Regional web site.

Sponsor Displays:  You are invited to set up a virtual booth in our online Career & Innovation Fair. Participating sponsors should submit a logo and links to videos and information about your company and career opportunities. The online booths will be viewable from the MW web site.

Then on Tuesday, February 16, you are invited to meet students online in a "reverse" career fair. Sponsors will move from Zoom room to room with the opportunity to visit directly with small groups of students. We encourage you to plan an engaging activity, presentation, etc. for up to 15 school teams each lasting between 3-5 minutes.

Sponsors are also encouraged to arrange meetings individually with students at their convenience. All participating sponsors will receive contact information and resumes from the 100+ participating students in early February. Indicate your desire to reserve a booth using this online registration form.  We appreciate the recruiting challenges COVID has presented for those trying to hire and those trying to be hired. This is a terrific recruiting and networking opportunity to visit with each participant at the event, particularly if your company is seeking interns or job recruits. You can reserve your virtual booth using this form.

Mentors: We are seeking a large number of volunteers to serve as Team Mentors. This is an important role as Mentors work side by side (in person or online) with the student teams to guide them through the farm analysis process. We hope to assign 1-2 mentors to each team.

Please note:

  • Mentors must be available for the Mentor Training on Monday February 15 from 4-5 PM EST (3-4 CST), as well as Tuesday, February 16 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM EST (3:00 – 5:00 CST). Mentors must also commit to meeting with your assigned team at least 1 more time that same week, and 2 times the following week. Suggested times for your Mentor meetings are included on the schedule. However, you may work with your assigned team’s coach to determine the best day and time for these meetings. Mentors will review data with students Tuesday afternoon, then meet at least 3 more times to help guide students while assembling their presentation.
  • Mentors should be committed to the event and willing to work with students in a positive and supportive manner, encouraging participation and guiding them in their dairy assessment.

There are also other areas where assistance is needed including Manager Interviews on Thursday, February 18, and presentation room and debriefing volunteers on Tuesday, March 2. Please indicate your plans on the volunteer registration form.

On behalf of the steering committee, we thank you for your time, energy and commitment to the Dairy Challenge.

If you have questions about volunteering your company’s time at the event, please communicate with Volunteer Coordinator, Michael Goeldi 608-698-8111, 

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