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.
The Ag Alumni Society hosted the Graduation Brunch for graduates and their family and friends on May 4. Graduates had a special opportunity to preserve their memories with complimentary photos taken with the Nittany Lion.
On April 25, thousands of soon-to-be Penn State graduates attended the Senior Sendoff at the Hintz Family Alumni Center. Dozens of students from the College of Ag Sciences stopped by the Ag Alumni Society table to learn more about the society, pick-up their complimentary t-shirt, and sign-up for the Berkey Creamery Ice Cream raffle hosted by the Ag Alumni Society.
Three lucky recent graduates will have Berkey Creamery Ice Cream shipped to their doors compliments of the Ag Alumni Society. Congratulations, Deandra Bonk '13 ANSCI, raffle winner at the Senior Sendoff. And, congratulations to Jessica Mitchell '13 VBSC and Ashley Hallowell '13 VBSC, raffle winners at the Spring Graduation Brunch. We know you will enjoy this sweet treat from your Alma mater!
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.
Each year the Ag Alumni Society recognizes one student with the prestigious Outstanding Senior Award. The recognition is based on academic achievement, leadership in college clubs and organizations, an application essay, a personal interview with the selection committee, and an evaluation of their contributions to the University and community.
Dr. Robert Van Saun, Professor of Veterinary Science has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Academic Advising Award. The award recognizes faculty with outstanding skills in undergraduate academic advising, career planning, and personal counseling. His nomination was supported by current students, alumni and Penn State faculty, and is a true tribute to the important impact he has had on the lives of students.
Election ballots for the Ag Alumni Society board of directors mailed to more than 8,500 members in the latest issue of the Penn State AgScience Magazine. Ballots must be postmarked by June 1, 2013.
The National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) and the Penn State Alumni Association are two helpful resources that offer job searching, networking opportunities, and career counseling.
On February 25, Penn State and other Big Ten schools with agricultural programs gathered in Washington, D.C. to learn how our colleges are working cooperatively on behalf of land-grant institutions.
Cargill, the global leader in animal nutrition connects businesses with consumers of many popular agricultural products. Cargill and its employees, explore international agriculture through worldwide research facilities. Alumni, Justin Howes and Marc Sholder discuss opportunities for students interested in animal sciences, agronomy, marketing and development.
Nominations are being accepted for the Excellence in Academic Advising Award. Help the Ag Alumni Society recognize faculty with outstanding skills in undergraduate academic advising, career planning and personal counseling. Nominations can be submitted by alumni, faculty, students and administrators. Nomination deadline: March 29.
The Penn State Alumni Association announced that the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society Scholarship Endowment totals of $330,111 is the largest of the 13 College Alumni Societies and is the second largest of all Affiliate Groups.
The Dairymen's Club was highlighted in the latest issue of the Penn Stater Magazine for their unique fundraising idea that currently raises between $8,000 and $10,000 annually.
"When I was in college, if someone told me what I'd be doing twenty years later for a career, I'd tell them they were crazy," says John Knapka, District Manager and representative of Elanco Health. He had never imagined that today he would have the responsibilities that he does in the animal health industry.
One question that I ask quite often to Ag Alumni is to share their favorite Penn State memory. They usually respond by saying a club or organization they were involved with or a favorite place on or off campus. If someone were to ask me that same exact question, my response would be the Ag Live Tailgate event during my junior year in college.
The museum has about 1,300 rare and unusual farm and household items dating from 4,000 BC to the 1940s.
Come experience what Penn State's legendary Extension program does in and for the City of Philadelphia - growing food, teaching families how to eat well and be good parents, involving kids in fun and healthy activities. Save-the-date: April 27, 2013
John Burket, owner of Burket Falls Farm, does more than milk dairy cows for a living. A 1987 Dairy Production alumnus, Burket travels worldwide to judge dairy cattle.
Not only is Andrew Herr passionate about his career in the poultry industry, but also about his contributions working with Rembrandt Enterprises, Inc as the Business Development Manager. As a recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Recent Alumni award, Herr is well deserving of this honor as he has experienced a lifetime of career entities.
The Big Ten Network (BTN) is surveying members of the agriculture community with ties to Big Ten schools on their television viewing habits in general and of the Big Ten Network in particular. The survey is brief and should take no more than five minutes to complete.