National Collegiate 4-H

Ag Consortium Liaison

Collegiate 4-H’s Ag Consortium Liaison serves on the Consortium of Collegiate Agricultural Organizations as the representative for the National Collegiate 4-H Organization along with serving on the Collegiate 4-H National Action Board. The position is two years long as there is an Ag Consortium Liaison-Elect appointed to shadow the existing liaison for a year before assuming the duties of the position.

Application for the 2007-2009 Ag Consortium Liaison– Due July 1, 2007

What is the Consortium?

The Collegiate 4-H Organization is one of 16 organizations that make up the Consortium of Collegiate Agricultural Organizations. The Consortium is mainly responsible for the creation of Collegiate LifeKnowledge. Launched in September of 2005, CLK is a leadership development program for college students designed to be taught by fellow college students. At national meetings across the country, collegiate students are being trained on how to best utilize this program for their agricultural organizations on campus. Developed as a shared interest by industry, government and the organizations of The Consortium, a taskforce identified the 4 cornerstone areas and lesson topics. These 4 corner stone areas of CLK are: personal, organizational, career and community. A team of writers made-up of professionals in agricultural education then created over 100 lessons. All lessons are activity-based and emphasize multiple intelligences. This all-inclusive leadership education package provides collegiate agricultural student organizations high quality materials that require little effort to use, while being engaging and educational.

The National Collegiate 4-H Organization will be involving each of our clubs in CLK training during the National Collegiate 4-H Conference in 2008. Collegiate LifeKnowledge operates under a train-the-trainer approach. After a club member completes the training during the National Conference (or at a regional conference), their club will receive a CD with the entire curriculum on it.

All of the groups involved in the consortium have an agricultural background, but their goal isn’t agriculturally directed. Samples of the Collegiate LifeKnowledge program include possible workshops dealing with teams and time management; there are around thirty to forty workshops available through this program.

Collegiate 4-H’s Ag Consortium Liaison serves on the Consortium. The position is two years long as there is a Ag Consortium Liaison-Elect appointed to shadow the existing liaison for a year before assuming the duties of the position.

Ag Consortium Liaison

Crystal Schauer
Iowa State University

You may contact our Ag Consortium Liaisons with more questions, by utilizing our Contact page and selecting "Ag Consortium Liaison."

Collegiate LifeKnowledge Lessons

The following are the topics covered in the Collegiate LifeKnowledge curriculum.

Personal Development Lessons

  • Developing a personal vision, mission, and goals
  • Living by your beliefs and values
  • Time management
  • Adapting to change
  • Speaking effectively in public
  • Getting attention and keeping your audience interested
  • Brushing up on grammar, punctuation, letters and memos
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Effective Listening skills
  • Writing effectively
  • Managing a budget
  • Saving for the future
  • Managing debt
  • Wants versus needs
  • Thinking clearly
  • Unleashing your creativity
  • Making decisions
  • Solving life’s problems
  • Problem solving
  • Managing crisis
  • Negotiating with others
  • Conflict resolution
  • Personal crisis
  • Embracing diversity in your personal life
  • Practicing empathy
  • Understanding personality

Organizational Development Lessons

  • Conducting a SWOT analysis
  • Developing an organizational vision
  • Developing and organizational mission
  • Developing organizational goals (SMART goals)
  • Developing an effective program of work
  • Preparing an organizational budget
  • Organizational Fundraising
  • Recruiting new members
  • Retaining members
  • Motivating members
  • Assessing members needs
  • Managing the officer election process
  • Identifying officer duties
  • Officer training
  • Team dynamics for officers
  • Group leadership strategies
  • Designing meeting agendas
  • Meeting strategies
  • Creating a positive meeting environment
  • Effective executive meetings
  • Parliamentary procedure survival kit
  • Planning for events
  • Planning for educational programs
  • Teaching strategies for groups
  • Evaluating programs & events
  • Marketing your organization
  • Enhancing the image of your organization
  • Coordination & Collaboration with other organizations


  • Asking questions
  • Dining etiquette
  • Interview etiquette
  • Interview questions
  • Resume ethics
  • Resume preparation
  • Securing references
  • After the interview
  • Being a self-starter
  • Ethics in the workplace
  • Personal management skills
  • Responding to difficult people
  • Time management
  • Understanding personalities
  • Career networking
  • Finding an internship
  • Job search resources
  • Job search process
  • Negotiating
  • Top 10 Qualities
  • Accepting criticism
  • Being supervised
  • Dress for success
  • Internationalism in business
  • Phone etiquette
  • Email etiquette
  • Business letters
  • Personal statements
  • Thank you Letters
  • Cover letters and Memos


  • Types of volunteering
  • Defining volunteer roles
  • Motivating volunteers
  • Identifying key people and groups in the community
  • Being a community citizen (being a volunteer)
  • Exercising your right to vote
  • Champions of your organization (Identifying funding sources)
  • Getting involved in the community
  • Becoming an informed community member
  • Writing a funding proposal
  • Telling your story to a funding agency
  • Helping your community achieve its goal
  • Recognizing and rewarding volunteers
  • Being a servant leader in the community
  • Being a mentor
  • Finding a mentor (being a mentee)
  • Marketing your ideas
  • Allocating resources
  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Training volunteers
  • Identifying community needs
  • Identifying community resources
  • Seeing the culture in your community

Other Organizations of the Consortium of Collegiate Agricultural Organizations include: