Dr. Gary Thompson, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and the Director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station presented Empowering the Engines of Discovery and Application.
Over 450 donors and scholarship recipients gathered for the annual Scholarships and Awards Banquet on October 20, 2016 at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel. The College of Agricultural Sciences awarded over $2.5 million in scholarship, grants-in-aid and awards to over 760 students this academic year! Please save the date for next year's Scholarships and Awards Banquet, October 19, 2017.
Nine College of Agricultural Sciences alumni and one friend of the college were inducted into the Armsby Honor Society at the annual dinner and ceremony held on Monday, November 7 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.
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.
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.
College of Agricultural Sciences alumni and students marched in the 2016 Homecoming Parade. Dean Roush and Robyn along with their guests the University President, Eric Barron and Molly, the President of the National Farm Bureau, Zippy Duvall and Bonnie, the President of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Rick Ebert and Diane, and Pennsylvania Dairy Princess, Halee Wasson rode in a wagon pulled by a Percheron six-hitch.
Many thanks to the companies and students who participated in Ag Career Day this year! Making connections with leaders in landscaping, animal science, food science, and so much more is invaluable to helping our students find their way to great internships and careers.
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).
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.
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, welcomes graduates into the alumni society family with a one-year complimentary membership.
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.
More than 230 ag alumni from Big Ten schools gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on March 7 to network and hear how we are working together for the funding of land-grant institutions.
On December 10, the College of Ag Sciences hosted the annual holiday celebration for alumni and former faculty who reside at The Village at Penn State. This annual tradition included a college update from Dr. Christ, Senior Associate Dean, live music from pianist Hope Coder, visits with current students, and holiday cheese boxes.