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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Ned Rauch-Mannino and his daughter, Alexandria (second from the left)
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.

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!

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.

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 emails will be expiring soon and we won't be able to connect with you unless you send us your new emails.

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.