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2012

A Special Urban Agriculture Festival for Penn State Alumni
December 21, 2012
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
Ag Alumni Profile - John Burket '87 DAIRY PROD
December 15, 2012
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.
Ag Alumni in the Classroom - Andrew Herr '07 AN SC
December 14, 2012
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
December 11, 2012
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.
Ag Live Surpasses Fundraising Goal for Sixth Consecutive Year
December 10, 2012
Ag Live 2012 held on November 24, raised more than $35,000 exceeding last year's proceeds by $10,000 and this year's goal by $5,000. Proceeds directly benefit the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society's student scholarships, internship awards, and other student and alumni programs.
Agriculture Future of America Leadership Conference -- Student Perspective
December 6, 2012
From November 1-4, I spent four days in Kansas City, Missouri for the Agriculture Future of America Leadership Conference. Being selected out of the top 550 student agricultural leaders in the U.S., I was honored to attend the conference as an Ag Advocate and as a student leader in the College of Agricultural Sciences with five fellow Penn Staters. Little did I know, it would be one of the most inspirational experiences of my life and I would meet so many outstanding Ag Alumni along the way.
Alumni Honored with Outstanding Alumni Award
December 1, 2012
On November 19, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences honored five graduates with the Outstanding Alumni Award and one alumnus with the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. The award recognizes alumni for their achievements and provides opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni.
Dr. MeeCee Baker participated in a luncheon with students
November 30, 2012
On Friday November 9, 2012, the Ag Alumni Society invited Dr. MeeCee Baker '82, '94 Ph.D. Ag Education and five students to speak on her career path and journey in agriculture. While studying at Penn State, Baker credits her professors encouraging her to pursue education to teach agriculture in the classroom.
Ag Alumni in the Classroom - Kirk Sattazahn '94 AG BM
November 30, 2012
One would say that Kirk Sattazahn is a busy guy. Sattazahn was born into the dairy business, coming from a family that managed their own farm. He had to make a choice between taking over the family dairy farm or continuing his education. He choose Agribusiness Management and graduated with a B.S. in 1994 and now is the Director of Marketing with Select Sire Power.
Check-out the Ag Live Catalog
November 20, 2012
View the official Ag Live catalog and see all the exciting things the Ag Alumni Society has planned for you! Highlights include the program, sponsors, student clubs and organizations, silent auction items, and live auction items!
Going to Lincoln for the Penn State vs. Nebraska Football Game?
November 8, 2012
Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences alumni and friends are invited to the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources tailgate on November 10 from 10:30am-2:30pm.
Remember strolling under the Penn State Elms while the Old Main bells chimed?
November 2, 2012
Join us at Ag Live on November 24, and bid on a Penn State Elms Collection Penn State Mantel Clock and bring the sound of Old Main into your home.
Ag Live Gold Sponsor - Giorgio Foods Inc.
November 2, 2012
Giorgio Foods Inc. has joined the Ag Live tailgate as a GOLD sponsor helping the Ag Alumni Society raise funds for student scholarships, internships, and student/alumni programming. The Ag Live tailgate will be held on Saturday, November 24 prior to the Penn State vs. Wisconsin football game.
Ag Live Blue Sponsors
October 26, 2012
The Ag Alumni Society would like to offer a special thank you to the Ag Live Blue Sponsors: Alltech, Knouse Foods, Oakshire Mushroom Farm and Alumnus Dan Loughner. Their generous support will help us meet our $30,000 fundraising goal benefiting the ag alumni society's scholarship, internship award and alumni and student programming.
Food Science Alumnus Recognized with University Award
October 26, 2012
Tawfik Y. Sharkasi '84 Ph.D., Vice President of Innovation for the Asia Pacific Region of the William Wrigley Jr. Company was one of 19 alumni recognized with 2012 Alumni Fellow Award.
Surprise Visit
October 19, 2012
Hilary Peterson '09 Food Science and her sister Sarah Peterson '11 Immunology and Infectious Disease and former Alumni Relations Intern made a surprise visit to the Alumni Relations Office today while on campus visiting their brother Daniel Peterson, a current College of Ag Sciences student.
Ag Alumni in the Classroom - Keith Walker '80 AG BM and Emily Zimmerman '04 AN SC '05g AN SC
October 4, 2012
Keith Walker '80 Agribusiness Management and Emily Zimmerman '04, '05g Animal Sciences talked about their careers in the agricultural finance field for the Careers in Animal Science class.
Ag Alumni Profile - Merl Filler '56 W U
October 3, 2012
Merl Filler is not your average fire fighter. He is a smoke jumper; a highly skilled and trained individual who parachutes from a plane into deep forests to extinguish threatening wildfires. Inspired by the wonders of Pennsylvania forests, Merl Filler chose Wood Utilization at Penn State. He has extensive experience in forestry and its various pathways.
Ag Alumni in the Classroom - Harry Sebring '73 AN SC
September 21, 2012
Recently, I had the honor of meeting Harry Sebring '73 Animal Sciences in class. Mr. Sebring was the guest speaker in 'Careers in Animal Science' class where he shared his experiences in the equine industry with Morgan horses. Owner of Sebring Stables, he started his business from the barn floor up, and has grown it into a prestigious family-owned operation.
Ag Alumni Profile - Dan Shemesh '03 TURF
September 19, 2012
Having an interest in sports, Dan Shemesh knew a career in Turfgrass Science was perfect for him. Over seeing each event at New York Red Bull Arena is a phenomenal experience. The world class stadium entertains thousands of people per event and Shemesh is responsible for making sure that everything goes smoothly before and after the events.
Ag Alumni Profile - Greta Halahan '05 AG BM
September 17, 2012
There are a lot of folks involved in waste management in the dairy industry. Foundry, machining, engineering, environmental management, and salesmen—the list goes on and on. It takes experts to turn wastes into a reusable product so that our world can be sustainable. In order to market these products, businesses need sales representatives to talk with farmers about how to make their farms more sustainable and have reusable waste.
Ag Alumni Profile - Melanie Barkley '86 AN PR, '92g Ext Ed
September 7, 2012
Teachers want to inspire students to succeed in school and life. Senior Extension Educator, Melanie Barkley goes beyond the classroom and into the shoes of agricultural inspired 4-H members to impact their future careers.
Ag Alumni Family -- Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market
September 5, 2012
A special thank you to the Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market for providing the Ag Alumni Pavilion at Ag Progress Days with bushels of delicious Ginger Gold apples to share with alumni and friends of the College.
Ag Alumni Profile - Doug Koontz '01 AG BM
August 22, 2012
For someone who enjoys the agricultural industry, working with livestock and doing something different every day, Doug Koontz's career and hobby make for a great combination.
Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education Alumni Tailgate
August 22, 2012
All AEE and AERS alumni are invited to join the inaugural AESE Alumni Tailgate and Reunion on September 22, 2012 prior to the Penn State vs. Temple football game.
Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
July 24, 2012
Nominations for the Paul R. and Joan M. Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are due by September 14, 2012.
Video: Thank you from Penn State Students
July 10, 2012
A short video from the Office of Annual Giving showing how the generosity of alumni and friends of Penn State make a difference in the lives of Penn State students.
Two College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Elected to Alumni Council
June 25, 2012
Roxanne (Hoffman) Shiels '90 ERM, '93g Forest Resources and Sharon Stringer '78 Com, '96g Ag Edu, '99g Ag Ext Edu were recently elected to the Penn State Alumni Association's governing body.
Alumni Society Intern Announced
June 25, 2012
I am Jena Sigel, the newest intern for the Ag Alumni Society. I am excited to start this position and to connect with Penn State Ag Alumni. I reside in Breezewood, Pa., on my family’s farm where we raise beef cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.
Share your alumni photos with us
June 5, 2012
We need your digital photos for the Alumni Photo Album feature in the next issue of the Penn State Ag Science Magazine.
Volunteers Make It Happen
May 21, 2012
Almost 20 alumni volunteers worked at the 2012 Spring Graduation Brunch to make the event a success by greeting guests, pinning corsages on graduates, welcoming graduates into the alumni family, dipping ice cream, and taking photos.
Spring Graduation Brunch Photos
May 11, 2012
On Saturday, May 5th the Ag Alumni Society hosted the annual Spring Graduation Brunch and welcomed graduates into the Alumni Society family.
Student Gift Bag Sponsors
May 8, 2012
The Student Gift Bag project was a tremendous success thanks to the generous support of our sponsors.
Ag Day -- April 12, 2012
April 6, 2012
Alumni and friends, join us at Ag Day on April 12 to see College of Agricultural Sciences students share how Agriculture affects our everyday lives with fellow Penn State students and the State College community. The event will take place in the Alumni Hall and HUB Lawn at the HUB Robeson Center from 11:00am - 4:00pm. Click on Ag Day above to view a promo video by Ag Advocate students.
Alumna visit brightens my day!
March 22, 2012
I was delighted to hear a familiar voice outside my office yesterday afternoon, Sarah Peterson '11 IID, surprised me with a wonderful visit. Sarah was the recipient of the Ag Alumni Society Outstanding Senior Award and an intern in the Alumni Relations office her senior year. Currently, Sarah is a high school Math teacher with Teach for America in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her school is on spring break and she is home visiting her family in Robesonia, PA and friends at Penn State.
Submit your nominations for Excellence in Academic Advising Award
March 9, 2012
The Ag Alumni Society recognizes faculty with outstanding skills in undergraduate academic advising, career planning, and personal counseling. Nominations are now being accepted from alumni, faculty and students. Deadline for nomination submission is March 30. Pictured: 2011 honoree John Ewing, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education.
Big Ten Ag Alumni come together in Washington, D.C.
March 8, 2012
On February 27, more than 200 Big Ten Ag Alumni came together at the American Farm Bureau Building in Washington, D.C. for a dessert reception. Alumni from Penn State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin united on behalf of land-grant institutions. The evening was filled with fellowship and networking with college deans, administrators, alumni, friends, and students.
Ag Alumni Society Strategic Planning
February 24, 2012
The Ag Alumni Society board of directors met in January for a strategic planning session. Here's a small sampling of some of the discussion, posted around the office as we work on the final overview and action items from the meeting.
University to Honor Alumnus with Distinguished Alumni Award
February 15, 2012
The Penn State Board of Trustees on Jan. 20 selected Earl K. Harbaugh as one of seven Penn State alumni to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual. Mr. Harbaugh of St. Charles, Ill., is founder and president of Ditch Witch Midwest in Carol Stream, Ill. He earned his bachelor's degree in general agriculture in 1961.
Support students during finals week
January 23, 2012
The Alumni Society is continuing a student gift bag project that was started several years ago to help students get through finals week. We are looking for donations from alumni, friends of the college, and industry partners to help us continue this effort by donating snacks, candy, pens, pencils, etc. In addition to supporting College of Agricultural Sciences' students, individuals and companies that donate have an opportunity to promote their name and products directly to students and alumni.