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.

John-Claude Lacroix with three new cookie varieties he helped to develop. Image: Penn State
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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

December 18, 2015

For much of winter break and the beginning of the spring semester, the Berkey Creamery retail store will be closed for major renovations to make shopping in the store a smoother and more enjoyable experience. Customers still can buy creamery ice cream, cheese and other products via the creamery's website at

December 18, 2015

Held on November 21, 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.

December 16, 2015

The Alumni Album is found on page 35 of the Fall/Winter 2015 Penn State Ag Science magazine. See what some of our alumni are up to and where they are in the world.

December 15, 2015

Paul J. Clifford has been named chief executive officer of the Penn State Alumni Association and associate vice president for alumni relations for the University. He is the Alumni Association’s 11th chief executive in its 145-year history.

December 14, 2015

Five alumni were inducted into the Armsby Honor Society at the annual dinner and ceremony held on October 26 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.

(L-R) Ferree, Rexford, Briczinski (Outstanding Recent Alumna) and Heilman
December 14, 2015

Four alumni were recognized for their achievements with the College Outstanding Alumni Award. Named Outstanding Alumni were David C. Ferree, of Centre Hall; Robert D. Heilman, of Henrico, Virginia; and Kenton D. Rexford, of Glenshaw. Beth Panko Briczinski, of Annandale, Virginia, was named Outstanding Recent Alumna, an award that honors alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years.

November 16, 2015

For the first time ever, the auctioneer at the Ag Live Tailgate will be a Penn State College of Ag Sciences student. Chris MacCauley, a senior majoring in Agribusiness Management from Atglen, PA will be the Ag Live auctioneer. Proceeds from the Live and Silent auctions support the Ag Alumni Society Trustee Endowed Student Scholarship.

November 16, 2015

Kick-off for the Penn State vs. Michigan game this Saturday has been set for Noon which means the Ag Live Tailgate doors will officially open at 8:00 a.m. and the program will begin at 8:30 a.m.

November 12, 2015

Thank you 2015 Ag Live Tailgate Gold Sponsors for your generous support! Sponsor proceeds directly benefit the Ag Alumni Society Trustee Endowed Student Scholarship. Gold Sponsors include Giorgio Foods, Inc, Idahoan, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council, and Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association.

Evan Yoder with his family at 2014 College of Ag Sciences Spring Comencement
November 4, 2015

2014 graduate in Animal Science, Evan Yoder, was involved in a accident and the Penn State Dairy Science club is hosting a breakfast before the Nittany Lion Fall Classic sale on November 14 to benefit Evan and his family.

October 23, 2015

Join alumni and friends of the College of Ag Sciences and discover breathtaking coastal villages, dramatic terraced cliffs draped in vineyards, and admire the magnificent turquoise water of the Mediterranean in the Cinque Terre; then travel to Tuscany to experience Italy's most beautiful villages, landscapes, food, and culture on the Cinque Terre and Tuscany Region Tour.

October 23, 2015

Russell C. Redding '82 Ag Ed, '99g Ag and Ext Ed was honored along with eighteen Penn State alumni for their outstanding professional accomplishments with the University Alumni Fellow Award on October 21, 2015.

October 23, 2015

Rick Roush, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding accepting an $8,000 check for the Ag Alumni Society Endowed Trustee Student Scholarship from Celebrate Agriculture Day and Ag Live Tailgate Sponsors; Idahoan; Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association; Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association; and the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council.

October 19, 2015

The Ag Alumni Society and the Ag Advocate Student Organization teamed-up on Homecoming to represent the College in the Parade with a two-horse hitch from Spring Mount Percherons. We highlighted the University's heritage as the "Penn State Farmers High School" with Penn State's original name and colors.