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Ag Alumni Honored with University Awards

Posted: February 28, 2011

Two College of Agricultural Sciences alumni honored with University Awards, Vivian Chang and John Gearhart.
John Gearhart

John Gearhart

Vivian Chang '01g Food Science, a Division Manager in Food Safety and Quality Assurance with Tyson Foods Inc., is a recipient of the 2011 Penn State Alumni Achievement Award presented by the University's Alumni Association. Established in 2005, the Alumni Achievement Award recognizes Penn State alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary accomplishments. These young alumni demonstrate to students that Penn State alumni succeed in exceptional fashion at an early age. In 2007, Chang was honored with the College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Recent Alumni Award and is a member of the Armsby Honor Society.

The Penn State Board of Trustees announced that John Gearhart '64 Ag Science Industries , is one of seven Penn State alumni to receive the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual. Gearhart is the James W. Effron Professor and director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 2000, Gearhart was honored with the College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award and in 2009 received the Penn State Alumni Fellow Award.