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2014

Season's Greetings
December 15, 2014
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 Wednesday, December 24 through Thursday, January 1.
Ag Alumni Photo Gallery
December 15, 2014
Check-out the Ag Alumni Society photo gallery to see what we've been up to! You are sure to see fellow classmates and friends.
2014 Ag Live Tailgate Surpasses Fundraising Goal
December 15, 2014
Held on November 29, Ag Live surpasses fundraising goal for the eight consecutive year raising more than $42,000 through sponsorships, a live auction and a silent auction. These funds will directly benefit the newly created Ag Alumni Society Trustee Endowed Scholarship.
Help us make the Creamery even better!
December 10, 2014
The Creamery website is undergoing some major renovations, and we need to hear from alumni about your Creamery memories and hopes for the future.
Ag Live Tailgate Photos
December 9, 2014
Check-out all the photos from the Ag Live Tailgate held on November 29, 2014. You will see a lot of great photos of alumni and friends with the Nittany Lion, fun props at the photo booth, and much more!
Three inducted into Armsby Honor Society
December 9, 2014
The 2014 Armsby Honor Society celebration and new member induction took place on Friday, October, 31 with a Reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by Dinner and a Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at The Nittany Lion Inn. Dean Richard Roush was the keynote speaker.
2014 Outstanding Alumni and Outstanding Recent Alumni Award Photo Gallery
December 9, 2014
Three alumni were recognized with the Outstanding Alumni Award and one alumnus with the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award on October 20, 2014 at the Nittany Lion Inn. Named Outstanding Alumni were Alan Bair, Siree Chaiseri, and Calvin Ernst. Justin Runyon was named Outstanding Recent Alumnus.
2014 Penn State Dairymen's Milk Bottles
November 20, 2014
Add the newest Dairymen’s Club bottle to your collection! The Penn State Dairymen’s Club announces a holiday sale of their milk bottle collection, along with the release of the new 2014 milk bottle. The new milk bottle features the student section in Beaver Stadium, commonly known as the “S-Zone.”
Ag Live Tailgate begins at 12:00 p.m. on November 29
November 18, 2014
Kick-off for the Penn State vs. Michigan State football game has been set for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 29. The tailgate begins at noon. Remember to bring your Tackle Hunger food drive donations which support the Penn State Lion's Pantry.
Live Auction Items - Your Opportunity to Win a Unique Item and Support Students
November 11, 2014
Check-out the great items available in the live auction at the Ag Live Tailgate to be held on November 29. Proceeds from the live auction directly benefit the newly created Ag Alumni Society Trustee Endowed Scholarship.
Live Auction Pre-Bid Form
November 11, 2014
Unable to attend Ag Live Tailgate on November 29 but interested in bidding on a live auction item? Now you have a unique opportunity to pre-bid. Pre-bids will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21.
Fall Graduation Reception
November 10, 2014
College of Ag Sciences Fall graduates and guests are invited to a complimentary reception immediately following commencement. Celebrate graduation and share memories of good times and plans for the future with your parents, families, friends, college faculty, administrators and alumni.
Tackle Hunger Food Drive to Support Penn State Students
November 10, 2014
Bring your donations to Ag Live on November 29 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 Lion's Pantry.
Penn State vs. Michigan State Football Tickets Available for a Limited Time
November 7, 2014
Tailgate and ticket packages are available for the Michigan State game on November 29, 2014. Sit in great seats with College of Ag Sciences alumni and friends. Tickets are limited so register now, ticket availability cannot be guaranteed after Friday, November 14.
Alumni Participate in Ag Career Day
November 7, 2014
More than 130 industry, government employers and higher education institutions from across the country participated in the College of Ag Sciences Career Day on October 21, 2014 bringing over 250 representatives to meet and interview students for internships and full-time employment positions. Almost 44% of those employer representatives were Penn State College of Ag Sciences alumni.
Four Named Outstanding Alumni by College of Ag Sciences
November 7, 2014
The Outstanding Alumni Awards recognize alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni. Named Outstanding Alumni were N. Alan Bair, Siree Chaiseri, and Calvin Ernst. Justin Runyon was named Outstanding Recent Alumnus, an award that honors alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years.
Ag Live Tailgate Sponsors
November 7, 2014
Thank you Ag Live sponsors! Your generous support will help us raise funds for the newly created $100,000 Ag Alumni Society Trustee Endowed Scholarship. A special thank you to our GOLD sponsors: Alltech, Bell & Evans and Giorgio.
Plant Science Alumni Profile - Gary Schroeder
October 22, 2014
Gary Schroeder has two degrees from Penn State, '78 Plant Science and '80 M.S. Plant Pathology, as well as strong family ties to the University. His father, Dr. Morris Schroeder, was a long time professor in Ag & Bio Engineering who embraced the meaning of extension and can be seen at a dedication in his honor at the Pasto Agricultural Museum.
Alumni in the Classroom- Matt Molnar '02 Animal Science
October 22, 2014
Director of Shipping/Production Planner for Bell and Evans Poultry stopped by Animal Science 290W to talk about his experience at Penn State and how that lead him to his career today.
Alumni, are you visiting a Penn State campus?
October 7, 2014
If you are, we want to know about it! Our alumni are great and often come back to visit our campuses across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Before your next visit be sure to check out our Alumni Visit Form so we can be sure to document your time here!
Alumni in the Classroom- Emily Yeiser '07 Animal Science
October 7, 2014
Emily Yeiser visited Animal Science 290W to talk about her journey through Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and beyond!
Bell & Evans joins Ag Live as a GOLD Sponsor
September 19, 2014
Bell & Evans has joined the Ag Live Tailgate as a GOLD Sponsor helping raise funds for the Alumni Society's Trustee Endowed Scholarship. Ag Live will be held 3.5 hours prior to the Penn State vs. Michigan State football game on November 29.
Alumni to prepare students for Ag Career Day at the Mentoring Workshop
September 19, 2014
Accomplished alumni and leaders in the agriculture industry will share valuable knowledge, offer expert advice and answer questions at the Ag Alumni Society hosted Mentoring Workshop held two week prior to Ag Career Day.
Ag Career Day unique opportunity for alumni
September 19, 2014
Ag Career Day, sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences, isn't just for current students. It's for alumni of the college, too. At the event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Bryce Jordan Center, alumni and students of the college can meet with 200 or so representatives from more than 100 industry employers and higher education institutions from across the country.
Save-the-Date for the Ag Live Alumni and Friends Tailgate
September 10, 2014
Join hundreds of Ag Alumni and friends at Ag Live on November 29 prior to the Penn State vs. Michigan State football game for food, fun and fellowship!
Dean Roush Welcome Reception
September 10, 2014
Please join us for a reception to welcome Dean Richard Roush to the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences on October 15 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at The Penn Stater and hear his vision for our college. The Ag Alumni Society and Ag Council are sponsoring the reception to ensure we give Dean Roush a warm welcome and to introduce him to the college and Pennsylvania agriculture.
Student-run Horticulture Show Scheduled for Sept. 27-28
September 10, 2014
The "Seasons of Horticulture" will be the theme of the 101st annual Penn State Horticulture Show, Sept. 27-28. Presented by students in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday in the Snider Agricultural Arena.
Plant Science alumnus honored with University Award
September 9, 2014
Dr. Steven Leath '79 will be recognized along with twenty Penn State alumni on Oct. 8 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. Dr. Leath is the president of Iowa State University.
2010 Turfgrass Science Alumnus Kevin Sheaffer
July 22, 2014
Kevin has gained a lot of experience in a short amount of time after he graduated from Penn State in 2010 with his B.S. in Turfgrass Science. He started as a Sales Representative in the Turf and Ornamental Division at Dow AgroSciences LLC and is now the Commercial Workforce Recruiting Specialist.
Ag Progress Days Special Guest Luncheons
July 11, 2014
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.
Roush named new dean of College of Agricultural Sciences
July 11, 2014
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.
Alumni society creates scholarship for Ag Sciences students
July 11, 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.
Ag Alumni Society Internship Award recipient gains experience in Poland
July 10, 2014
Steve Bookbinder, Food Science student and recipient of the Internship Award interned with Animex, Poland's largest meat processing company.
Ag Live Tailgate sponsorship opportunities
July 10, 2014
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.
Alumnus hired by Peace Corps as Recruiter in Washington, D.C. Office
May 27, 2014
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.
Send Your Letters of Encouragement
May 24, 2014
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.
2014 Spring Graduation Lunch Photos
May 20, 2014
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.
Animal Science Adviser Receives 2014 Academic Advising Award
May 20, 2014
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.
Ag Alumni Society Recognizes Outstanding Ag Sciences Students
May 20, 2014
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.
Alumnus Eric Cowden awarded the FFA Honorary American Degree
April 1, 2014
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.
Ag Alumni Society Student Award Winner Interned with Starkist
March 31, 2014
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.
Ag Alumni Society Scholarship Recipient Helping Endangered Lemurs
March 31, 2014
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.
Get Involved and Join a Committee!
March 23, 2014
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.
Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences to Host National Conference
March 23, 2014
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.
Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff Invited to Ag Ball 2014
March 23, 2014
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 lac5425@psu.edu.
Delta Theta Sigma Sponsoring Golf Tournament
March 23, 2014
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
Internship Application Process
March 17, 2014
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!
Excellence in Academic Advising Award Nominations
March 17, 2014
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.
Alumni Relations Internship Position - Call for Applicants
February 18, 2014
The Alumni Relations Office is seeking a talented, energetic and reliable undergraduate student in the College of Agricultural Sciences for a paid internship position for the Fall 2014-Spring 2015 semesters.
Join us for a Big Ten Ag Alumni Reception at the National Press Club on March 3, 2014
January 3, 2014
In the spirit of institutional cooperation, the Big Ten schools with agricultural programs are once again gathering our alumni and friends in the Washington, D.C., area for a special event—this year at a new location, the National Press Club! Now in its fourth year, the reception has been a great success with alumni and friends networking across institutions and enjoying one another’s company.
Society recognized by the Penn State Alumni Association
January 3, 2014
The Ag Alumni Society was recognized with two programming awards by the Penn State Alumni Association, the Innovative Program Award and the Scholarship and Fundraising Award.
Get Involved and Join a Committee
January 3, 2014
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, networking with students, engaging alumni at the Ag Progress Days Alumni Pavilion or collaborating with board members to plan alumni and student events. Next committee meeting is scheduled for May 3, 2014.
Ag Alumni Profile - Kitty Reed '06 ANSC
January 2, 2014
Kitty Reed, a Cattle Territory Manager for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. credits leadership and the relationships she built in the College of Agricultural Sciences to her current success.
Recognizing Students
January 2, 2014
Through two endowments, the Ag Alumni Society awarded 17 students with scholarships and internship awards for their academic achievement, leadership skills, and outstanding internship experiences.
Tackle Hunger Food Drive Success
January 2, 2014
The Tackle Hunger Food Drive held during the Ag Live Tailgate was a huge success. Special thank you to the Penn State Pullers for the use of their tractor. This years food donation of 500 donated items went to the Penn State Pride Pantry, a student run organization that helps students who are food insecure.
Mentoring Workshop
January 1, 2014
Seven alumni, experts in their fields, returned to campus to give of their time and talent at the Mentoring Workshop. Complimentary professional head shot photographs were offered to students participating in the workshops.