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Four Named Outstanding Alumni by College of Ag Sciences

Posted: 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.
2014 Outstanding Alumnus Alan Bair

2014 Outstanding Alumnus Alan Bair

Bair received a bachelor's degree in dairy production in 1967 and a master's degree in animal science in 1971, both from Penn State. He retired in 2011 after serving 15 years as director of dairy industry relations for Penn State's Department of Animal Science.

Chaiseri received master's and doctoral degrees in food science from Penn State in 1987 and 1992, respectively. After graduation, she returned to Thailand where she became a lecturer at Kasetsart University. Later, she became one of the youngest deans in the university's history, serving eight years as the dean of the Faculty of Agro-Industry. Since 2012, she has served as vice president of academic affairs.

Ernst, a 1963 graduate with a bachelor's degree in agricultural bioscience, founded Ernst Crownvetch Farms in Meadville in 1964. The farm produced crownvetch seed and related products used by U.S. highway departments and other agencies for erosion control and roadside beautification.

Runyon, who received a doctorate in entomology in 2008, is a research entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station in Bozeman, Montana. His research focuses on how chemistry mediates interactions between plants and herbivores.

Additional information on the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Honorees.