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.
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.
The 39th annual National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) Conference will be held at Penn State. The College of Ag Sciences will host almost 150 colleagues and friends from land grant institutions across the nation.
Ag Ball is scheduled for Friday, April 4 starting at 6:00pm at the Ramada Inn. Tickets are $15 per person which includes a buffet dinner, awards ceremony, and casino theme activities. The Ag Student Council would like to invite alumni, faculty and staff to participate in this fun night. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Lydia Copeland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The First Annual Ethan J. Wolfe Memorial Golf tournament with all proceeds going to the Ethan J. Wolfe Memorial Scholarship Fund will be held on April 11 at Mountain View Country Club in Boalsburg. Registration for golfer's and sponsor's accepted until April 5. Tournament Coordinator (717) 688-0236
The College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society annually offers awards to undergraduate students who have participated in a credit or non-credit internship. The deadline to submit applications is September 12 by 5:00 pm. Learn about the application process and find out if you are eligible!
Nominations are now being accepted for the Excellence in Academic Advising Award. New this year, staff who advise students are eligible for nomination. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 7.