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.
Over 460 donors and scholarship recipients were in attendance for the annual Scholarships and Awards Banquet on October 8, 2015 at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel. The College has awarded over $2.5 million in scholarships, grants-in-aid and awards to more than 800 students this academic year!
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program honored its founding donors, Earl and Kay Harbaugh and highlighted College of Agricultural Sciences student startups and researchers who are commercializing their discoveries. Slideshow of the weekend.
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.
Five College of Agricultural Sciences alumni were inducted into the Armsby Honor Society at the annual dinner and ceremony held on Monday, 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.
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.
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.