Penn State Ag Alumni Society News

The Ag Alumni Society's mission is to connect, serve, and recognize alumni, students, and faculty by fostering relationships, commitment, and pride that characterizes our College. The society plays a vital role in supporting the college, students, and alumni programming. Alumni who graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences become members of the Ag Alumni Society automatically by joining the Penn State Alumni Association.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nancy Dreschel, 2012 Excellence in Academic Advising Award Recipient
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.

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.

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.

John Knapka, 1988 Animal Production
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.

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.

High Tunnel at SHARE
December 21, 2012

Come experience what Penn State's legendary Extension program does in and for the City of Philadelphia - growing food, teaching families how to eat well and be good parents, involving kids in fun and healthy activities. Save-the-date: April 27, 2013

John Burket, Dairy Production
December 15, 2012

John Burket, owner of Burket Falls Farm, does more than milk dairy cows for a living. A 1987 Dairy Production alumnus, Burket travels worldwide to judge dairy cattle.

Andrew Herr, 2007 Animal Sciences and Outstanding Recent Alumnus.
December 14, 2012

Not only is Andrew Herr passionate about his career in the poultry industry, but also about his contributions working with Rembrandt Enterprises, Inc as the Business Development Manager. As a recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Recent Alumni award, Herr is well deserving of this honor as he has experienced a lifetime of career entities.

December 11, 2012

The Big Ten Network (BTN) is surveying members of the agriculture community with ties to Big Ten schools on their television viewing habits in general and of the Big Ten Network in particular. The survey is brief and should take no more than five minutes to complete.

December 10, 2012

Ag Live 2012 held on November 24, raised more than $35,000 exceeding last year's proceeds by $10,000 and this year's goal by $5,000. Proceeds directly benefit the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society's student scholarships, internship awards, and other student and alumni programs.

L-R, Allyson Schonfeld, Heather Stutzman, Jena Sigel, Kierstin Dawes, Courtney Moskios, and Denise Beam
December 6, 2012

From November 1-4, I spent four days in Kansas City, Missouri for the Agriculture Future of America Leadership Conference. Being selected out of the top 550 student agricultural leaders in the U.S., I was honored to attend the conference as an Ag Advocate and as a student leader in the College of Agricultural Sciences with five fellow Penn Staters. Little did I know, it would be one of the most inspirational experiences of my life and I would meet so many outstanding Ag Alumni along the way.

December 1, 2012

On November 19, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences honored five graduates with the Outstanding Alumni Award and one alumnus with the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. The award recognizes alumni for their achievements and provides opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni.

L-R: Rachel Gruver, Dr. MeeCee Baker, Jena Sigel, Amanda Mosier, Jessie Ross, and PJ Adam
November 30, 2012

On Friday November 9, 2012, the Ag Alumni Society invited Dr. MeeCee Baker '82, '94 Ph.D. Ag Education and five students to speak on her career path and journey in agriculture. While studying at Penn State, Baker credits her professors encouraging her to pursue education to teach agriculture in the classroom.

Kirk Sattazahn '94 AG BM came to Careers in Animal Sciences to speak on his career with Select Sire Power.
November 30, 2012

One would say that Kirk Sattazahn is a busy guy. Sattazahn was born into the dairy business, coming from a family that managed their own farm. He had to make a choice between taking over the family dairy farm or continuing his education. He choose Agribusiness Management and graduated with a B.S. in 1994 and now is the Director of Marketing with Select Sire Power.