Penn State Ag Alumni Society News
The Ag Alumni Society's mission is to connect, serve, and recognize alumni, students, and faculty by fostering relationships, commitment, and pride that characterizes our College. The society plays a vital role in supporting the college, students, and alumni programming. Alumni who graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences become members of the Ag Alumni Society automatically by joining the Penn State Alumni Association.
Join hundreds of Ag Alumni and friends at Ag Live on November 29 prior to the Penn State vs. Michigan State football game for food, fun and fellowship!
Please join us for a reception to welcome Dean Richard Roush to the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences on October 15 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at The Penn Stater and hear his vision for our college. The Ag Alumni Society and Ag Council are sponsoring the reception to ensure we give Dean Roush a warm welcome and to introduce him to the college and Pennsylvania agriculture.
The "Seasons of Horticulture" will be the theme of the 101st annual Penn State Horticulture Show, Sept. 27-28. Presented by students in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday in the Snider Agricultural Arena.
Dr. Steven Leath '79 will be recognized along with twenty Penn State alumni on Oct. 8 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. Dr. Leath is the president of Iowa State University.
Kevin has gained a lot of experience in a short amount of time after he graduated from Penn State in 2010 with his B.S. in Turfgrass Science. He started as a Sales Representative in the Turf and Ornamental Division at Dow AgroSciences LLC and is now the Commercial Workforce Recruiting Specialist.
As a friend of the College, you and a guest are invited to join us at one of our Ag Progress Day Luncheons hosted by the College. Tuesday, August 12, is Alumni Day, and Wednesday, August 13, is Government/Industry Day. Help us celebrate our collective accomplishments on behalf of Pennsylvania agriculture.
Penn State announced that Richard Roush will be the new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, pending approval by the University Board of Trustees at its July 11 meeting. His appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2014.
The new College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society Trustee Scholarship is the society's third endowed scholarship and will benefit Ag Sciences students who have a demonstrated financial need.
Steve Bookbinder, Food Science student and recipient of the Internship Award interned with Animex, Poland's largest meat processing company.
Promote your company to thousands of Ag Alumni with an Ag Live sponsorship and provide much-needed support to College of Ag Sciences students. Sponsorship donations benefit the new Ag Alumni Society Trustee Scholarship Endowment.
The next issue of the Penn State Ag Science magazine is in production and we need help from our alumni. We're looking for pictures for the Ag Alumni Album. If you're an alumnus and have a good picture from work, your vacation, a new baby, dog, -- anything else you would like to share -- we would like to see it.
The Peace Corps recently hired Penn State alumnus and returned Peace Corps volunteer Charles Cascio, '09 Animal Science, at the Peace Corps for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office in Washington, D.C. Cascio, 27, will serve as a recruiter in Virginia, promoting awareness of Peace Corps programs and serving as a liaison for volunteer applications.
Austin Miller, a Lancaster native and sophomore studying Agricultural Business Management suffered a spinal cord injury and collapsed lung while at a trampoline facility in March and is now in a rehabilitation facility starting the long and arduous healing process. We encourage our Penn State family and friends to send words of encouragement to Austin.
On May 11, the Ag Alumni Society hosted the Graduation Lunch for graduates and their family and friends with more than 750 in attendance. A special thank you to Ag Alumni Society board member, Jody Kull '01 An Bio for taking photos of this special event.
Jana Peters, advising coordinator and undergraduate adviser in the Department of Animal Science, is the recipient of this year's Ag Alumni Society Excellence in Academic Advising Award.
Courtney Marie Norjen, a veterinary and biomedical sciences major from Ellicott City, Md., is the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society.
Eric Cowden '03 Ag Sci was awarded the FFA Honorary American Degree and was praised by U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson for his leadership in the field of agriculture and commitment to agricultural education.
Food Science major Monica Caparosa was recognized with the Alumni Society Internship Award for her work in research and development and quality-assurance at Starkist's Pittsburgh headquarters. The Internship Award is a competitive awards program to encourage undergraduate students to participate in internships.
Kate Thompson was awarded one of eight Ag Alumni Society Scholarship Awards in the Fall of 2013. Kate is a double major in Community, Environment and Development in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Anthropology in the College of the Liberal Arts. She traveled to Madagascar to conduct research on the aye-aye species for her Schreyer Honors College thesis.
Sign-up to volunteer on an Ag Alumni Society committee! Giving back to your Alma Mater can mean a variety of things to each alumni -- speaking in a class, engaging alumni or collaborating with board members to plan alumni and student events. The Next committee meeting is scheduled for May 3, 2014 and includes a working lunch.