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2015

Berkey Creamery Store to be Closed for Renovations in Early Winter
December 18, 2015
For much of winter break and the beginning of the spring semester, the Berkey Creamery retail store will be closed for major renovations to make shopping in the store a smoother and more enjoyable experience. Customers still can buy creamery ice cream, cheese and other products via the creamery's website at creamery.psu.edu.
Ag Live Tailgate 2015 raised more than $38,000 for Students
December 18, 2015
Held on November 21, Ag Live raised more than $38,000 through sponsorships, a live auction and a silent auction. These funds benefit the Ag Alumni Society Trustee Endowed Student Scholarship.
Do you recognize any of these alumni?
December 16, 2015
The Alumni Album is found on page 35 of the Fall/Winter 2015 Penn State Ag Science magazine. See what some of our alumni are up to and where they are in the world.
Paul J. Clifford Named 11th Chief Executive of the Penn State Alumni Association and Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
December 15, 2015
Paul J. Clifford has been named chief executive officer of the Penn State Alumni Association and associate vice president for alumni relations for the University. He is the Alumni Association’s 11th chief executive in its 145-year history.
Five Inducted into the Armsby Honor Society
December 14, 2015
Five alumni were inducted into the Armsby Honor Society at the annual dinner and ceremony held on October 26 at the Nittany Lion Inn. The Society was created to honor alumni and friends who have demonstrated a commitment to the College of Agricultural Sciences, and to foster their continuing involvement with the college and its alumni.
Outstanding Alumni and Outstanding Recent Alumna Recognized
December 14, 2015
Four alumni were recognized for their achievements with the College Outstanding Alumni Award. Named Outstanding Alumni were David C. Ferree, of Centre Hall; Robert D. Heilman, of Henrico, Virginia; and Kenton D. Rexford, of Glenshaw. Beth Panko Briczinski, of Annandale, Virginia, was named Outstanding Recent Alumna, an award that honors alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years.
Student Auctioneer for Ag Live Tailgate
November 16, 2015
For the first time ever, the auctioneer at the Ag Live Tailgate will be a Penn State College of Ag Sciences student. Chris MacCauley, a senior majoring in Agribusiness Management from Atglen, PA will be the Ag Live auctioneer. Proceeds from the Live and Silent auctions support the Ag Alumni Society Trustee Endowed Student Scholarship.
Ag Live Tailgate Doors Open at 8:00 a.m.
November 16, 2015
Kick-off for the Penn State vs. Michigan game this Saturday has been set for Noon which means the Ag Live Tailgate doors will officially open at 8:00 a.m. and the program will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Ag Live Tailgate 2015 Gold Sponsors
November 12, 2015
Thank you 2015 Ag Live Tailgate Gold Sponsors for your generous support! Sponsor proceeds directly benefit the Ag Alumni Society Trustee Endowed Student Scholarship. Gold Sponsors include Giorgio Foods, Inc, Idahoan, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council, and Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association.
Breakfast Benefiting Animal Science Alumnus
November 4, 2015
2014 graduate in Animal Science, Evan Yoder, was involved in a accident and the Penn State Dairy Science club is hosting a breakfast before the Nittany Lion Fall Classic sale on November 14 to benefit Evan and his family.
Cinque Terre and Tuscany Region Tour
October 23, 2015
Join alumni and friends of the College of Ag Sciences and discover breathtaking coastal villages, dramatic terraced cliffs draped in vineyards, and admire the magnificent turquoise water of the Mediterranean in the Cinque Terre; then travel to Tuscany to experience Italy's most beautiful villages, landscapes, food, and culture on the Cinque Terre and Tuscany Region Tour.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell C. Redding honored as Alumni Fellow
October 23, 2015
Russell C. Redding '82 Ag Ed, '99g Ag and Ext Ed was honored along with eighteen Penn State alumni for their outstanding professional accomplishments with the University Alumni Fellow Award on October 21, 2015.
Celebrate Agriculture Football Gameday 2015 Sponsors
October 23, 2015
Rick Roush, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding accepting an $8,000 check for the Ag Alumni Society Endowed Trustee Student Scholarship from Celebrate Agriculture Day and Ag Live Tailgate Sponsors; Idahoan; Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association; Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association; and the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council.
Photos from the 2015 Homecoming Parade
October 19, 2015
The Ag Alumni Society and the Ag Advocate Student Organization teamed-up on Homecoming to represent the College in the Parade with a two-horse hitch from Spring Mount Percherons. We highlighted the University's heritage as the "Penn State Farmers High School" with Penn State's original name and colors.
Celebrate Agriculture Football Game 2015 - Holding the American Flag
October 19, 2015
College of Agriculture Sciences alumni and friends kicked off the inaugural Penn State Celebrate Agriculture football game on Homecoming, October 10 by holding the American Flag during the signing of the National Anthem.
Photos from the 2015 Celebrate Agriculture Football Game
October 19, 2015
Almost 100 alumni and friends joined the College of Ag Sciences on the field before or after the game in support of the inaugural Celebrate Agriculture Day.
2015 Mentoring Workshop - Registration Open
September 22, 2015
Registration is open for the Mentoring Workshop on October 6 sponsored by the Ag Alumni Society. This is a great opportunity for students to prepare for Ag Career Day and learn about interviewing, resume writing, professional etiquette, LinkedIn, and how to get the most out of the career fair from alumni and accomplished leaders in the agriculture industry. Students can also register for a complimentary head and shoulders photograph and a four-course etiquette dinner.
Alumnus named new Chief Operating Officer of top Ag Public Affairs Firm
September 4, 2015
Versant Strategies, Pennsylvania’s leading public affairs firm specializing in agricultural, rural, education and environmental issues, announced the addition of Caleb Wright '14 Ag Ext Ed as its Chief Operating Officer.
Teach Ag! Society to sponsor a national speaker
September 4, 2015
The Penn State Teach Ag! Society is sponsoring Dave Burgess, a national speaker for a free professional development session titled "Teach like a pirate" for National Teach Ag! Day. The session is open to students, alumni, faculty, and staff on Thursday, September 24 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. in Freeman Hall at the Hub-Robeson Center.
Ag Progress Days Alumni Ice Cream Social Photos
September 4, 2015
The Alumni Ice Cream Social held on Tuesday, August 18 of Ag Progress Days included a celebration of 150 years of the Creamery, photos with the Nittany Lion, candid photos with Penn State props, and your memories at the oral history booth.
Share your pictures with us
September 4, 2015
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.
Nominate Fellow Alumni for Board of Director and Committee Member Positions
September 3, 2015
The Ag Alumni Society Nominating Committee would like to have your input on potential candidates for board of director positions and committee member positions.
Penn State Alumni Association Impact Report
August 5, 2015
The Penn State Alumni Association's Annual Update and Impact Report 2014-15 is now available. The document outlines some of the highlights, milestones, and mission-focused work undertaken by the Alumni Association this past year, and reflects the service work of the growing membership of 177,307 and the more than 645,000 alumni worldwide.
LAST DAY TO ORDER - Celebrate Agriculture Discounted Football Tickets
August 1, 2015
Penn State Athletics and the College of Ag Sciences are teaming up for the first-ever Celebrate Agriculture Day at the homecoming football game on October 10, 2015. Today, September 4th is the deadline to order discounted tickets.
Celebrate Agriculture T-shirt Sale
July 31, 2015
Celebrate Agriculture Homecoming 2015 t-shirts are available for purchase for a limited time. Show your pride in Penn State's agricultural heritage and order your Celebrate Agriculture t-shirt today! Orders must be placed by August 20 and will be shipped the week of September 14.
Join us at the Alumni Ice Cream Social to get one of these great magnets!
July 17, 2015
Register today for the Alumni Ice Cream Social to get one of these great College of Ag Sciences magnets and enjoy Penn State Creamery ice cream. The ice cream social is Tuesday, August 18 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. during Ag Progress Days.
2015 Ag Alumni Society Elections Announced
July 16, 2015
Seven College of Ag Sciences alumni began their new terms on the Ag Alumni Society Board of Directors on July 1, 2015. Congratulations to executive officers Eric Cowden (President), Danadee Miller-Boyle (President-Elect), Lisa Kirby (Financial Secretary) and Directors Mike Flinchbaugh, Duane Norman, Kristin Shust, and Emily Yeiser Stepp.
Eric Cowden elected Ag Alumni Society President
July 9, 2015
Eric Cowden, community outreach manager at Marcellus Shale Coalition, has been elected president of the Ag Alumni Society. He is a 2003 Agricultural Science graduate and has an MBA from Delaware Valley. Cowden will serve a two-year term beginning on July 1, 2015 along with two newly elected officers Danadee Miller-Boyle and Lisa Kirby.
'This is Penn State' looks at the lumberjacks/jills who are a cut above the rest
July 7, 2015
For the lumberjacks and lumberjills of Penn State Woodsmen Cub, splinters and calluses are routine. But there's nothing routine about their sport, according team leaders. The "This is Penn State" crew visited the team at a practice about a half-mile north of campus, near the University's Living Filter spray fields.
APD Alumni Ice Cream Social
June 9, 2015
A special invitation for our alumni to join us for an ice cream social featuring Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream and celebrate 150 years of the Creamery! Alumni will receive a free Berkey Creamery insulated bag compliments of the Ag Alumni Society and will be entered in the Ag Live Tailgate Sweepstakes.
Upcoming events for alumni and friends
June 9, 2015
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events and activities.
Ag Alumni Society Board of Directors Election
June 9, 2015
Ballots for the Ag Alumni Society Board of Directors election must be postmarked by June 30, 2015. Only members of the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society are eligible to vote. Ballots were mailed to members in their Spring/Summer 2015 Penn State AgScience Magazine.
Honoree thanks the College of Ag Sciences and FFA in his acceptance speech for alumni award
June 9, 2015
Javier Moreno '07 AEE was recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award in March. This is the highest honor presented to alumni 35 years of age or younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments. See Javier's acceptance speech and photos from the award activities.
Creamery Offers the Scoop on 150th Birthday Celebration
May 19, 2015
The Penn State Berkey Creamery is celebrating 150 years of service and will kick off anniversary festivities Sunday, May 24. Memorial Day weekend will mark the launch of a social media contest, allowing fans to select the Creamery’s special anniversary flavor, as well as the unveiling of designs celebrating the sweet occasion.
Career Opportunity with Pneu-Dart
May 19, 2015
Pneu-Dart is searching for experienced Ag Alumni to work closely with current channel partners, educational institutions, government agencies and industry associations to thoroughly educate them regarding the benefits and value of Pneu-Dart's products and solutions they provide to the cattle industry.
2015 Spring Graduation Social Photos
May 11, 2015
See some great photos of soon-to-be graduates with family, friends, and Dean Roush from the Spring Graduation Social hosted by the Ag Alumni Society held prior to Commencement on May 10, 2015.
Amy Kraus named the College of Ag Sciences 2015 Outstanding Senior
May 8, 2015
Amy Kraus, an animal science major from Aliquippa, Pa. has been recognized with the 2015 Outstanding Senior Award. This award, sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society and the Coaly Society, honors the senior who best balances outstanding academics, extracurricular activities, work experience and communication skills.
Outstanding Students Recognized in Turfgrass Management and Forest Technology
May 8, 2015
The Ag Alumni Society recognized Morgan Robins with the Outstanding Golf Course Turfgrass Management Student Award, a two-year professional certificate program, and Aaron Lewis with the Outstanding Forest Technology Student Award, a two-year academic major offered at Penn State Mont Alto.
Penn State Coaches Caravan
April 21, 2015
Reserve your spot on the Coaches Caravan today -- space is limited! Meet Penn State head football coach James Franklin, Athletic Director Sandy Barbour and other Penn State head coaches this May when the Coaches Caravan travels throughout Pennsylvania and the Northeast.
Senior Send-Off to be held on April 23, 2015
April 20, 2015
Graduating seniors, you are invited to a University-wide senior send-off on Thursday, April 23 at the Hintz Family Alumni Center from 1-5pm for food, live entertainment, activities, and to celebrate your accomplishments. Visit the Ag Alumni Society display table for your complimentary gift and to learn about the alumni society.
Ag & History Tour Photos
April 15, 2015
View photos from the first Ag & History Tour held on April 11. A one-day motor coach trip to the National Museum of the American Coverlet, the Somerset Historical Center, and the Jean Bonnet Tavern hosted by the Ag Alumni Society and the Pasto Agricultural Museum.
Get involved and join a committee!
March 13, 2015
We are looking for alumni volunteers. 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 April 25, 2015 and includes a working lunch.
Students Network with Alumni in Washington, D.C.
March 13, 2015
Olivia Francois, Graduate Assistant for Recruitment along with two undergraduate students, Alyssa Maxwell and Molly Cashman attended the Big Ten Ag Alumni Reception and participated in meetings with the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET). CARET is a national grassroots organization that is a part of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). They also had a unique opportunity to network with alumni in Washington, D.C.
Young Alumnus to be Recognized with University Award
March 12, 2015
Javier Moreno, 2007 Ag and Extension Education is one of 12 prominent alumni, 35 years of age and younger to be recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award by the Penn State Alumni Association. He is manager of external affairs and communications for Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Alumni Relations Intern in Costa Rica
March 10, 2015
Alyssa Maxwell, Alumni Relations Intern and junior majoring in Animal Science is spending spring break in Costa Rica learning about Rural Development. Check out the class blog and see what the students are learning in Community Environment and Development 499.
2015 Big Ten Ag Alumni Reception Photo Gallery
March 6, 2015
More than 200 ag alumni from Big Ten schools gathered in Washington, D.C., on March 3 at the National Press Club. For the fifth consecutive year, alumni and deans came together to network and advocate for funding of land-grant institutions.
Recent Alumnus Plays A Key Role In Fight Against HIV
February 19, 2015
Mathew Gardner '09 Immunology and Infectious Disease, is part of a team that has engineered a new molecule they say can block infection with the virus that causes AIDS.
Internship Application Process
February 17, 2015
The Ag 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 11 by 5:00 pm.
Penn State Alumni Association Executive Director Announces Retirement
February 6, 2015
Roger L. Williams, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association since 2003 and associate vice president of the University for alumni relations, has announced his retirement, effective June 30.
Photo Gallery from the Alumni Reception in Gettysburg on February 4, 2015
February 5, 2015
The Ag Alumni Society and the Ag Council co-sponsored an alumni reception and open forum to visit with the new Dean of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Rick Roush on February 4, 2015 in Gettysburg. Over 100 alumni and friends spent an enjoyable evening full of conversation and catching up.
Ag & History Tour; A one-day motor coach trip.
January 19, 2015
Join us on the first Ag & History Tour to the National Museum of the American Coverlet and the Somerset Historical Center followed by a candlelit dinner at the historic Jean Bonnet Tavern.
What can you do with a bachelor's degree in Forest Ecosystem Management?
January 16, 2015
Hunter Stauffer a 2012 graduate is a Procurement Forester with St. Marys Lumber Company. He is a professional forester and is challenged with managing renewable forest resources and landscapes to improve the quality of our environment in our ever-changing society. Learn more about Hunter and his career.
Fall Graduation Reception Photos
January 8, 2015
View photos from the Fall Graduation Reception hosted by the Ag Alumni Society held in the Bryce Jordan Center following commencement on December 20.
Big Ten Ag Alumni Reception in Washington, D.C. on March 3
January 6, 2015
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 at the National Press Club on Tuesday, March 3.
Alumni and Friends Reception in Gettysburg on February 4
January 5, 2015
The Ag Alumni Society and Ag Council are hosting a complimentary reception and open forum to visit with the new Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Rick Roush on Wednesday, February 4 at The Lodges at Gettysburg.