Alpha Zeta at Cornell is so excited to announce the successful completion of our first Beef-A-Palouza event! We coordinated with the Beef Checkoff to hold an amazing educational and fun-filled day all about beef. On a beautiful, sunny Friday we spent all day outside on the Ag Quad engaging as many students as possible in our many activities and booths. There was hay bale tossing, roping, cows, free beef jerkey, and educational booths where students could guess what products contained beef by-products or name as many beef cattle breeds as they could. We even filled an entire poster board with sticky notes on student's reasons why they loved beef! At the end of the day there was definitely a lot of "Beef Buzz" going around. The afternoon was dedicated to a grill-off competition in which 14 teams tried to grill the best steak in 45 minutes. The grill-off was judged by some very hungry professors who judged on taste, creativity, and appearance. Our winners went home with a brand new grill and the top teams all won a lot of beef! To top it all off, we ended the night with a BBQ brisket dinner followed by a talk given by Dr. Jude Capper. She spoke about sustainability in the beef industry and engaged in a lot of discussion with attendees of the talk. Overall,, the event was a huge success and a ton of fun! We met our goal of improving Cornell students view of the beef industry and loved working with the Beef Checkoff. We are now planning to make a grill-off competition an AZ tradition for our chapter.