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2016

Ag Alumni Spotlight: Alexis Barbarin, Ph.D.
December 20, 2016
Dr. Alexis Barbarin a NSF Fellow at North Carolina State University specializes in entomology, molecular ecology, pesticide efficacy and human social network analysis. She earned a B.S. in biology from Xavier University of Louisiana, and an M.Ed. in Agricultural & Extension Education and Ph.D. in Entomology from Penn State.
Ag Live Tailgate 2016 raises more than $38,000 for Student Scholarships
December 2, 2016
Held on November 26, 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.
Thank you Giving Tuesday Donors
December 2, 2016
Thank you for donating $8,380 to the Ag Alumni Society's Trustee Matching Student Scholarship Endowment on Giving Tuesday, November 29. You are providing valuable financial support to our future agriculture leaders.
Ag Alumni Society Seeking Candidates for Board of Directors
December 2, 2016
The Ag Alumni Society Nominating Committee would like your input on potential candidates for board of director positions and committee member positions. If you or one of your fellow alumni would make a good board or committee member, please complete our two minute survey.
2016 Armsby Honor Society New Members
December 1, 2016
Nine College of Agricultural Sciences alumni and one friend of the college were inducted into the Armsby Honor Society at the annual dinner and ceremony held on Monday, November7 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.
2016 Ag Live Gold Sponsors
December 1, 2016
Thank you 2016 Ag Live Tailgate Gold Sponsors for your generous support! Sponsor proceeds directly benefit the Ag Alumni Society Trustee Endowed Student Scholarship. Gold Sponsors include Bell & Evans, Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association, and Giorgio Foods Inc.
2016 Outstanding Alumni Award Photo Gallery
December 1, 2016
Four alumni were recognized for their achievements with the College Outstanding Alumni Award. Named Outstanding Alumni were David Dell of Indiana; Barry Flinchbaugh of Kansas; and Fred Metzger of State College, Pa. Joel Krall, of South Lebanon, Pa., was named Outstanding Recent Alumnus, an award that honors alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years.
Ted Katsigianis '75g, '79 Ph.D. Recognized with Alumni Fellow Award
November 11, 2016
College of Agricultural Sciences alumnus, Ted Katsigianis '75g, '79 Ph.D. Animal Sciences was recognized with the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Alumni Association. He is the vice president of agricultural sciences for The Biltmore Company.
Ag Alumni Spotlight: Scott Harkcom '81, '96g Agron
November 2, 2016
Scott Harkcom, manager of the agronomy farm, the college's largest field research facility works more than 600 acres and manages the agronomic crops at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center
2016 Homecoming Parade
November 1, 2016
College of Agricultural Sciences alumni and students marched in the parade along side a six-horse hitch wagon, proudly holding signs for each department and handing out Celebrate Agriculture buttons and candy.
Alumni in the News
August 4, 2016
Ned Rauch-Mannino '10g Community and Economic Development, second from the left with his daughter, Alexandria, participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, Pa.
Annual Food Science Tailgate - October 1st
August 2, 2016
Sponsored by the Food Science Club, the Food Industry Group (FIG), and the Department, the tailgate is a fun event held prior to the October 1 game against Minnesota. It's a great opportunity to reconnect with alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students while learning what’s new on campus and in the department. Tailgate proceeds support the Food Science Club. Register today!
2017 Costa Rica Dairy Tour with Penn State Extension
July 11, 2016
January 13-22, the Penn State Extension Dairy Team is hosting an agricultural tour of Costa Rica, known in Latin America for its famous coffee, strong dairy sector, pineapples and bananas. On this tour, you will enjoy the food and local culture of Costa Rica, and participate in discussions with agribusiness professionals while touring the dairy and agricultural regions of the country.
Have you updated your contact information with us lately?
July 8, 2016
The average person moves every five years and changes jobs every five years or less. Near or far, please let us know where you are and what you are doing. Recent graduates, this is important for you too! Your psu.edu emails will be expiring soon and we won't be able to connect with you unless you send us your new emails.
Creamery to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day during Arts Festival
July 8, 2016
Penn State's Berkey Creamery will celebrate National Ice Cream Day, which falls on Sunday, July 17 — the last day of this year's Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts — held annually in downtown State College and on the University Park campus.
Share your photos with us!
July 8, 2016
The next issue of the Penn State Ag Science magazine is in production and we're looking for pictures for the Ag Alumni Album. Send us a picture of you at work, on vacation, your new baby -- anything else you would like to share -- we would like to see it. Send your high resolution digital images and caption information to the Alumni Relations Office at agalumni@psu.edu.
2016 Ag Alumni Society Elections Announced
July 8, 2016
Five alumni began their three-year term on the Ag Alumni Society Board of Directors on July 1, 2016. Congratulations to Andy Hirneisen, Kristina McAllister, Matt Owens, Dave Packard and Eric Cowden (automatically re-elected to fulfill his term as president).
Video: Power of the Penn State Alumni Network
June 29, 2016
Penn State Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford speaks to the power of the Penn State alumni network, the immense networking possibilities and the personal connections Penn Staters share with each other and their alma mater.
Celebrate Agriculture Homecoming 2016 T-shirt Sale - Order Deadline July 15
June 14, 2016
The College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Athletics are teaming up for the second Celebrate Agriculture Day at the homecoming football game on October 8, 2016. Show your pride in Penn State's agricultural heritage by getting your Celebrate Agriculture Homecoming 2016 t-shirt.
Ag Progress Days Alumni Ice Cream Social - Registration Open
June 14, 2016
Stop by and enjoy delicious Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream with the Ag Alumni Society and visit with Dean Roush on Tuesday, August 16 while you are at Ag Progress Days!
Alumni Profile: Anthony J. Gilbert '95 Agricultural Econ and Rural Sociology
June 13, 2016
Anthony J. Gilbert is an agricultural attaché for the Foreign Agricultural Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The ‘95 Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology grad helps to spread U.S. land-grant university knowledge and serve the best interests of U.S. agriculture overseas.
Penn State Day at the Philadelphia Zoo with College of Ag Sciences Alumna, Barbara Toddes '84
May 23, 2016
On June 25, 2016, meet 1984 College of Ag Sciences alumna and Philadelphia Zoo Nutrition Program Director, Barbara Toddes, to learn about red kangaroos and animal care in zoo settings. The Penn State Day Zoo registration includes breakfast at the Peacock Pavilion, playing with animals at the Zoo on Wheels, face painting, Barbara's presentation, and all day access to the zoo.
Ag Alumni Society Grows Endowment for Student Scholarships
May 20, 2016
In 2014, the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society pledged $100,000 to create a new endowment in support of student scholarships. Now, the society is doubling down to enhance that fund by another $100,000 and help more students with their educational expenses.
Spring 2016 Graduation Luncheon Photo Albums
May 20, 2016
On May 8, more than 550 attendees celebrated the 2016 College of Agricultural Sciences graduates prior to commencement at a luncheon held at the Penn Stater. The luncheon, hosted by the Ag Alumni Society, welcomed graduates into the alumni society family with a one-year complimentary membership.
Outstanding Senior Recognized at the Graduation Lunch
May 20, 2016
Cara Boothroyd, a native of Endwell, New York, has been named 2016 Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Senior by the Ag Alumni Society. She was also chosen as the student marshal for the college's spring commencement ceremony, which took place at 3:30 p.m., on May 8, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.
Agricultural Education Professor receives Excellence in Academic Advising Award
May 20, 2016
Daniel Foster, assistant professor of agricultural and extension education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the college's 2016 Excellence in Academic Advising Award.
Student Gift Bags
May 20, 2016
The Ag Alumni Society invites alumni, industry partners and friends of the college to help provide students with gift bags during finals week. This is a fun way to provide students with a diversion from the grind and pressures of finals and a fantastic way to promote companies and products to students.
Photos from the Ag & History Tour to Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
May 17, 2016
On April 23, 30 ag alumni and friends embarked on a one-day motor coach trip sponsored by the Ag Alumni Society and the Pasto Agricultural Museum. Taking a step back in time they visited an authentic crossroads village of historic buildings with costumed guide interpretation, a vast collection of historic agricultural equipment and traditions using historic breeds of animals and crops authentic to the period.
Spring Graduation Luncheon
March 28, 2016
Graduates, come celebrate at a luncheon in your honor! The College of Agricultural Sciences and the Ag Alumni Society invite you and your guests to a special graduation luncheon prior to commencement on May 8, 2016 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. at the Penn Stater Hotel. Register early, this event reaches maximum capacity quickly.
Ag & History Tour to Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
March 25, 2016
Join us on a one-day motor coach trip sponsored by the Ag Alumni Society and the Pasto Agricultural Museum. Step back in time to this authentic crossroads village of historic buildings with costumed guide interpretation, a vast collection of historic agricultural equipment, and ongoing farming based on 1700's and 1800's practices and traditions, using historic breeds of animals and crops authentic to the period.
Ag Alumni Society seeking active volunteers
March 16, 2016
The Society is looking for active alumni volunteers to join a committee. Giving back to your Alma Mater can mean a variety of things -- speaking in a class, engaging alumni or collaborating with board members to plan alumni and student events. Our annual committee meeting is April 30, 2016 and includes a working lunch.
How are you advocating for agriculture?
March 16, 2016
Amy Shollenberger, '09 Animal Science alumna, volunteered at her Alma Mater, Souderton Area High School, speaking to science classes about 4-H, Extension and careers in agriculture. Email agalumni@psu.edu and tell us how you advocate for agriculture.
Pride, Connection and Support of Academic Excellence Remain Strong for Penn State Alumni
February 19, 2016
The Penn State Alumni Association released an update of its national survey of alumni — the fifth such survey commissioned since 2012 — which shows a steady increase in core metrics including pride in and connection to Penn State.
Student Gift Bags for Finals Week
February 18, 2016
We invite alumni, industry partners, and friends of the college to help us provide students with gift bags during finals week. This is a fun way to provide students with a diversion from the grind and pressures of finals and a fantastic way to promote your company and products to students.
Alumni in the news
February 3, 2016
John-Claude Lacroix said his major and experiences in the College of Agricultural Sciences gave him a great starting point for his success as a food scientist.
Biltmore alumni event on June 18-19, 2016
January 26, 2016
Save-the-date for an alumni event at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC on June 18-19, 2016. This event is in the planning stage and more information including registration will be available soon.
Congratulations recent graduates!
January 26, 2016
Congratulations on your recent graduation and welcome to the alumni ranks. The Ag Alumni Society is here to help you move forward as an alumnus of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and help you stay connected with fellow alumni and your alma mater!
Big Ten Ag Alumni Reception in Washington, D.C. on March 7
January 19, 2016
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. Join us for a special event at the National Press Club on Tuesday, March 7 and visit with the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Rick Roush and fellow alumni.
Alumni in the News
January 8, 2016
Jody Kull '01 AnBio, Montour County's only mobile veterinarian covers eight counties where she performs routine herd health and reproductive checks, treats sick animals, and performs surgeries on cows, sheep, goats, llama, alpaca, pigs, deer, and elk.
Berkey Creamery and Pennsylvania Farm Show to share anniversary celebrations
January 4, 2016
If you've missed out on the many activities celebrating the Penn State Berkey Creamery's 150th anniversary in 2015, you'll have another chance to participate in "birthday" festivities at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, which takes place Jan. 9-16 in Harrisburg.