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2013

Happy Holidays
December 13, 2013
On behalf of the Ag Alumni Society, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season. The University and the College of Agricultural Sciences will be closed for the holiday starting on Monday, December 23, 2013 and ending Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
Ag Live Tailgate 2013...Another Record Breaker!
December 13, 2013
Held on November 23, Ag Live surpasses fundraising goal for the seventh consecutive year raising more than $39,000. These proceeds directly benefit the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society's student scholarships, internship awards, and other student and alumni programs.
We need your feedback!
December 13, 2013
We at the Penn State Ag Science magazine are continually working to improve the magazine and bring you the most relevant and engaging stories we can. Your input helps guide us in that process. Please take a moment to tell us what you think about the most recent issue (Summer/Fall 2013) and share any ideas about what you would like to see on our pages.
Student Clubs and Organizations Highlighted
December 9, 2013
Twenty-one student clubs and organizations showcased their groups at the Ag Live Tailgate to hundreds of Ag alumni and friends. This was a great opportunity to highlight group activities and sell fundraising items such as t-shirts, cookie mixes in a jar, holiday decorations and first aid kits for pets.
Ag Live Tailgate Photos
December 9, 2013
More than 650 alumni and friends of the college celebrated with the Nittany Lion at the Ag Live tailgate held on November 23. A special thank you to Allison Hoover a senior majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education for taking photos at Ag Live.
Ag Alumni Profile - John Slagel '82 AERS
December 8, 2013
John Slagel is the Director of Eastern Operations at Sunkist Growers, Inc., where he focuses on productivity and probability.
Check-out the Ag Live Catalog
November 20, 2013
View the official 2013 Ag Live Catalog and see all the exciting things the Ag Alumni Society has planned. Highlights include the Nittany Lion, Pep Band, Cheerleaders, sponsors, student clubs, silent auction items, live auction items, prize wheel, tailgate games, and a gourmet tailgate buffet!
Ag Live Tailgate - Doors Open at 11:30am
November 18, 2013
Kick-off for the Penn State vs. Nebraska football game has been set for 3:30pm on Saturday, November 23. Doors open for the Ag Live Tailgate at 11:30am with festivities beginning at noon. Remember to bring your Tackle Hunger food drive donations which support Penn State's Pride Pantry!
Tackle Hunger food drive to support Penn State students
November 7, 2013
Bring your donations to Ag Live on November 23 and help us Tackle Hunger at Ag Live by packing the Penn State Puller's tractor. Our goal is to collect 500 pounds of donated items. All Tackle Hunger food donations benefit Penn State's Pride Pantry.
Exciting live and silent auction items up for bid at Ag Live
November 5, 2013
The Ag Live Tailgate will be held on November 23 prior to Penn State taking on Nebraska. The live and silent auctions are filled with great items like an RV tailgate package, football parking passes, autographed sports memorabilia, gift baskets, Penn State items, and much more!
Ag Live Blue Sponsors
November 2, 2013
Thank you Ag Live Blue Sponsors: Bell & Evans, Dole Mushroom, Knouse Foods and Alumnus Dan Loughner. Their generous support will help us raise funds for the Ag Alumni Society scholarship, internship award and alumni/student programming.
Ag Live 2013 Gold Sponsor - Alltech
October 31, 2013
Alltech has joined the Ag Live tailgate as a GOLD sponsor helping the Ag Alumni Society raise funds for student scholarships, internships, and other student/alumni programming. The Ag live tailgate will be held on Saturday, November 23 prior to the Penn State vs. Nebraska football game.
Ag Alumni Profile - Lauren Diebel '12 ERM
October 20, 2013
What is a recent graduate like Lauren Diebel ’12 ERM doing these days? She is an Environmental Technician at Dawood Engineering, Inc., with a lot of responsibility. Her degree and leadership experiences prepared her for the ever-changing environmental career path that it is today.
Register today for the Ag Live Tailgate on November 23
October 4, 2013
Share the excitement with hundreds of Ag alumni and friends at the Ag Live Tailgate on November 23, 2013 at the Snider Ag Arena. Festivities begin 3.5 hours prior to the Penn State vs. Nebraska football game kickoff. Join us for the live and silent auctions and celebrate with the Penn State Pep Band, cheerleaders and the Nittany Lion!
The Ag Alumni Society is now accepting nominations of candidates for board and committee member positions
September 27, 2013
Giving back to the college can mean a variety of things to each alumni -- speaking in a class, mentoring a student, providing an internship opportunity, financial support or serving as an Ag Alumni Society volunteer.
Ag Alumni Profile - Slade Peters '06 ABE
September 26, 2013
The sky is not the limit for Slade Peters, NASA Fluid Systems Engineer. A Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences degree can take you anywhere, and for Slade it involves launching vehicles and astronauts into space! He says that the most rewarding part has been to watch the space shuttles launch and get the astronauts back to Earth safely.
University honors alumna MeeCee Baker
September 24, 2013
MeeCee Baker '82, '94g Ag Education was honored along with twenty-one Penn State alumni for their outstanding professional accomplishments with the University Alumni Fellow Award. She is the chief operating officer and managing partner at Versant Strategies.
Ag Alumni Society approves charter of new alumni group
September 19, 2013
The Ag Alumni Society approved the charter of the newly formed Natural Resources Engineering Affiliate Program Group (APG). The goal of the group is to stimulate the continued interest of alumni of the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, practicing in the field of Natural Resources Engineering.
Ag Advocate 25th anniversary celebration
September 18, 2013
The college's Ag Advocate program celebrated its 25th anniversary during the Alumni Lunch at Ag Progress Days. Roger Williams, the Executive Director of the Penn State Alumni Association congratulated current Ag Advocate students and Ag Advocate alumni on their years of service to the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Alumni on the job during Ag Progress Days
September 18, 2013
Naomi Knaub, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Whittney Trueax, Marketing and Promotional Writer spent an afternoon visiting with College of Agricultural Sciences alumni as they worked during Ag Progress Days. Check-out some of the great companies our alumni work for.
Mentoring Workshop
September 4, 2013
On October 8, accomplished alumni and leaders in the agriculture industry will share valuable knowledge and offer students expert advice on topics such as internships, networking, interviewing and soft skills. This is a perfect opportunity for students to prepare for Ag Career Day on October 22. Register now!
A sweet donation from Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market
August 20, 2013
For the third year in a row, Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market has donated apples to the Ag Alumni Society to give away at the alumni pavilion during Ag Progress Days. Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market in Hellam, PA is a family business with strong Penn State roots.
Ag Alumni Society Social at Ag Progress Days -- August 13
August 6, 2013
After a long day at Ag Progress Days, the Ag Alumni Society invites College of Ag Sciences alumni to relax and socialize with fellow alumni and friends of the college on Tuesday, August 13 from 5:30-7:00 pm.
Promote Your Company to Thousands of Ag Alumni!
August 5, 2013
Be a part of the excitement by aligning with the Ag Alumni Society and provide much-needed support to College of Agricultural Sciences students. Connect with hundreds of Ag alumni, friends, and students at Ag Live and gain high visibility with thousands of Ag alumni through online and print communications.
Save the Date for the Ag Live Alumni and Friends Tailgate
August 5, 2013
Join hundreds of Ag Alumni and friends at Ag Live on November 23 prior to the Penn State vs. Nebraska football game for food, fun, and fellowship!
Now Accepting Internship Award Applications
August 5, 2013
The Ag Alumni Society offers a competitive awards program to encourage undergraduate students to participate in internship experiences. The Society recognizes the importance of a planned on-the-job learning experience to adequately prepare undergraduate students for today's competitive job market.
Alumnus led students to national honors
July 22, 2013
Student group advisor, Dan Azzara '84g, '86 Ph.D. Food Science led the Food Science Product Development Team to win national honors at the Dairy Research Institute's New Product Competition. Azzara is the Alan Warehime Professor of Food and Agribusiness, Armsby Honor Society member and a former Ag Alumni Society board member.
Pasto Agricultural Museum Silent Auction
July 22, 2013
Our Annual Silent Auction will be held at Ag Progress Days 2013 on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13th and 14th. After great success in 2012, we are pleased to announce that we expect the Silent Auction to continue as an annual part of our fund raising efforts.
Registration for Employers to participate in Career Day is available. Register today!
July 15, 2013
Meet and talk with our talented students about your internship and full-time positions. This is an excellent opportunity to promote your company or affiliation. Come find your next successful team member!
Behind-the-scenes tour of the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Gardens with College of Ag Sciences Alumnus
July 9, 2013
The Ag Alumni Society would also like to thank alumnus Jeff Nagle '98 Landscape Contracting and his colleague Soloman Foster for a extraordinary tour of the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Gardens and Greenhouses for members of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) during the annual conference in Alexandria, VA.
Behind-the-scenes National Zoo Tour with College of Ag Sciences Alumna
July 8, 2013
The Ag Alumni Society would like to thank Rebecca Miller Sturniolo '05 Wildlife and Fisheries Science and several of her colleagues for a unique behind-the-scenes tour of five animal houses at the National Zoo for members of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) during the annual conference in Alexandria, VA.
2013 Ag Alumni Society Election Results
July 1, 2013
Five College of Agricultural Sciences alumni have been elected for a three-year term on the Ag Alumni Society Board of Directors. Congratulations to Jennifer Beidel, Eric Cowden, Dan Loughner, Ray Meyer and Dave Packard. Learn more about our newest board of directors.
2013 Penn State Invitational Lunch Photos
June 26, 2013
See photos from the Ag Alumni Society invitational lunch at the 2013 NAADA (National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association) Conference held in Washington, DC.
2013 Spring Graduation Brunch Photos
May 28, 2013
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.
Senior Sendoff
May 14, 2013
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.
Berkey Creamery Ice Cream raffle winners announced
May 14, 2013
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!
Send us your pictures
May 8, 2013
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.
Ag Alumni Society recognizes CED major, Kelcey Grogan, with the college Outstanding Senior Award
May 2, 2013
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.
Excellence in Academic Advising Honoree Announced
April 26, 2013
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.
Ag and Extension Education Alumna Recognized with Research Excellence Award
April 10, 2013
Paula E. Faulkner '07 Ph.D. Ag and Extension Education was honored with the North Carolina A&T State University Outstanding Junior Researcher Award. Dr. Faulkner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics & Agriscience Education.
Ag Alumni Society Election Ballots
March 11, 2013
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.
Searching for a new job?
March 11, 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.
Hundreds attend the Big Ten Ag Alumni Dessert Reception
March 11, 2013
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.
Ag Alumni in the Classroom - Justin Howes '00 AG BM and Marc Sholder '04 AN SC
March 10, 2013
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.
Excellence in Academic Advising Award
February 11, 2013
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.
Ag Alumni Society Ranked Number One in Supporting Students
February 5, 2013
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.
Alumni Club Highlighted in Penn Stater Magazine
February 4, 2013
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.
Ag Alumni in the Classroom - John Knapka '88 AN PR
February 3, 2013
"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.
Ag Live Tailgate - Student Perspective
February 2, 2013
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.
Pasto Agricultural Museum Connects our Agricultural Past to the Present with Tours, Programs, Demonstrations, and Hands-on Exhibits!
January 7, 2013
The museum has about 1,300 rare and unusual farm and household items dating from 4,000 BC to the 1940s.