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.

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.
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
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.