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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.

November 20, 2012

View the official Ag Live catalog and see all the exciting things the Ag Alumni Society has planned for you! Highlights include the program, sponsors, student clubs and organizations, silent auction items, and live auction items!

November 8, 2012

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences alumni and friends are invited to the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources tailgate on November 10 from 10:30am-2:30pm.

November 2, 2012

Join us at Ag Live on November 24, and bid on a Penn State Elms Collection Penn State Mantel Clock and bring the sound of Old Main into your home.

November 2, 2012

Giorgio Foods Inc. has joined the Ag Live tailgate as a GOLD sponsor helping the Ag Alumni Society raise funds for student scholarships, internships, and student/alumni programming. The Ag Live tailgate will be held on Saturday, November 24 prior to the Penn State vs. Wisconsin football game.

October 26, 2012

The Ag Alumni Society would like to offer a special thank you to the Ag Live Blue Sponsors: Alltech, Knouse Foods, Oakshire Mushroom Farm and Alumnus Dan Loughner. Their generous support will help us meet our $30,000 fundraising goal benefiting the ag alumni society's scholarship, internship award and alumni and student programming.

Bruce McPheron recognizing Tawfik Y. Sharkasi with the Alumni Fellow Award
October 26, 2012

Tawfik Y. Sharkasi '84 Ph.D., Vice President of Innovation for the Asia Pacific Region of the William Wrigley Jr. Company was one of 19 alumni recognized with 2012 Alumni Fellow Award.

Naomi Knaub, Hiliary Peterson and Sarah Peterson
October 19, 2012

Hilary Peterson '09 Food Science and her sister Sarah Peterson '11 Immunology and Infectious Disease and former Alumni Relations Intern made a surprise visit to the Alumni Relations Office today while on campus visiting their brother Daniel Peterson, a current College of Ag Sciences student.

Keith Walker '80 AG BM and Emily Zimmerman '04 AN SC '05g AN SC
October 4, 2012

Keith Walker '80 Agribusiness Management and Emily Zimmerman '04, '05g Animal Sciences talked about their careers in the agricultural finance field for the Careers in Animal Science class.

October 3, 2012

Merl Filler is not your average fire fighter. He is a smoke jumper; a highly skilled and trained individual who parachutes from a plane into deep forests to extinguish threatening wildfires. Inspired by the wonders of Pennsylvania forests, Merl Filler chose Wood Utilization at Penn State. He has extensive experience in forestry and its various pathways.

Harry Sebring ’73 AN SC speaks with current students.
September 21, 2012

Recently, I had the honor of meeting Harry Sebring '73 Animal Sciences in class. Mr. Sebring was the guest speaker in 'Careers in Animal Science' class where he shared his experiences in the equine industry with Morgan horses. Owner of Sebring Stables, he started his business from the barn floor up, and has grown it into a prestigious family-owned operation.

Dan Shemesh, Director of Grounds at New York Red Bull Arena
September 19, 2012

Having an interest in sports, Dan Shemesh knew a career in Turfgrass Science was perfect for him. Over seeing each event at New York Red Bull Arena is a phenomenal experience. The world class stadium entertains thousands of people per event and Shemesh is responsible for making sure that everything goes smoothly before and after the events.

Greta and her husband, Stephen Halahan
September 17, 2012

There are a lot of folks involved in waste management in the dairy industry. Foundry, machining, engineering, environmental management, and salesmen—the list goes on and on. It takes experts to turn wastes into a reusable product so that our world can be sustainable. In order to market these products, businesses need sales representatives to talk with farmers about how to make their farms more sustainable and have reusable waste.

September 7, 2012

Teachers want to inspire students to succeed in school and life. Senior Extension Educator, Melanie Barkley goes beyond the classroom and into the shoes of agricultural inspired 4-H members to impact their future careers.

Alumni pavilion at Ag Progress Days
September 5, 2012

A special thank you to the Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market for providing the Ag Alumni Pavilion at Ag Progress Days with bushels of delicious Ginger Gold apples to share with alumni and friends of the College.

Doug Koontz meeting with Ag Choice Farm Credit clients
August 22, 2012

For someone who enjoys the agricultural industry, working with livestock and doing something different every day, Doug Koontz's career and hobby make for a great combination.

August 22, 2012

All AEE and AERS alumni are invited to join the inaugural AESE Alumni Tailgate and Reunion on September 22, 2012 prior to the Penn State vs. Temple football game.

July 24, 2012

Nominations for the Paul R. and Joan M. Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are due by September 14, 2012.

July 10, 2012

A short video from the Office of Annual Giving showing how the generosity of alumni and friends of Penn State make a difference in the lives of Penn State students.

Roxanne Shiels
June 25, 2012

Roxanne (Hoffman) Shiels '90 ERM, '93g Forest Resources and Sharon Stringer '78 Com, '96g Ag Edu, '99g Ag Ext Edu were recently elected to the Penn State Alumni Association's governing body.

June 25, 2012

I am Jena Sigel, the newest intern for the Ag Alumni Society. I am excited to start this position and to connect with Penn State Ag Alumni. I reside in Breezewood, Pa., on my family’s farm where we raise beef cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.