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2006

Stehmans Endow Trustee Matching Scholarship in Wood Products
December 21, 2006
Students majoring in wood products at Penn State will benefit from a new Trustee Matching Scholarship established by Joan L. and Malcolm H. Stehman. The Stehmans have committed $50,000 for the scholarship, which will assist students who have financial need. Malcolm Stehman, a 1956 Penn State graduate in wood utilization, spent his career with Westvaco, U.S. Plywood, Champion International and Georgia Pacific, retiring in 1996 as manager of eastern U.S. particleboard and medium density fiberboard manufacturing. This is the second scholarship the Stehmans have established to benefit wood products majors in the College of Agricultural Sciences, having endowed a previous award in 2001. The Stehmans, both natives of Lancaster County, now reside in Roswell, Ga.
Fehnels Endow $100,000 Leadership Development Scholarship in Ag Sciences
November 10, 2006
Penn State alumnus Edgar Fehnel and his wife, Dorothy Fehnel, have pledged $100,000 to endow a Leadership Development Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The scholarship will support outstanding undergraduates who are interested in exploring various leadership styles within social, cultural, political, and organizational contexts. First consideration for the Edgar and Dorothy Fehnel Leadership Development Scholarship will be given to majors in agricultural and extension education, taking the leadership development and communication option, and who have participated in the Future Farmers of America and/or 4-H programs. Second consideration will be given to students minoring in leadership development.
Master Farmers Association Establishes Trustee Matching Scholarship
October 26, 2006
The Master Farmers Association has committed $150,000 to establish a Trustee Matching Scholarship to benefit undergraduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have financial need. The scholarship will be named for the Pennsylvania Master Farmers Association. Established in 1927 by Pennsylvania Farmer magazine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Master Farmer program is one of America's oldest and longest-running agricultural honors programs.
Fund-Raising Campaign Will Enhance Pasto Agricultural Museum
October 12, 2006
Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum has for 27 years aimed to help the public understand and appreciate the way farming life used to be. However, the museum's contents have outgrown its space -- currently, only about 35 percent of its collection can be displayed at any given time. So that the museum can better fulfill its mission, the College of Agricultural Sciences has launched the $500,000 Pasto Agricultural Museum Enhancement Campaign. The museum hopes to open the newly remodeled and expanded facility during Ag Progress Days in August 2008.
Heinz Foundation Gives $250,000 for Sensory Analysis Lab in New Food Science Building
May 22, 2006
The H.J. Heinz Co. Foundation has given $250,000 to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences for a state-of-the-art sensory analysis center in the new Food Science Building on the University Park campus. The new center will be named the H.J. Heinz Laboratory for Sensory Evaluation in recognition of the foundation's gift and will provide University scientists and food industry experts with expanded space and upgraded equipment for food preparation, testing and analysis. Sensory analysis uses human senses to measure such food characteristics as taste, texture, smell and appearance consistently in a controlled environment. The information thus collected assists the food industry in addressing consumer demands and introducing new and improved products. The new Food Science Building will replace Borland Laboratory as the home of the Department of Food Science and the Creamery. The building is scheduled to be completed in June.
Toro Gives State-of-the-Art Turfgrass Equipment and Scholarships to Penn State
May 18, 2006
The Toro Co., a leading manufacturer of turf maintenance equipment, has given Penn State's Center for Turfgrass Science several gifts having a combined value of nearly $150,000. The company's gift-in-kind of state-of-the-art equipment for the University's turfgrass programs, valued at more than $128,000, will be used to train all turf students in modern irrigation technology, equipment operation and turfgrass maintenance. Toro also contributed $20,000 for turfgrass student scholarships and to send students to several national golf industry shows. The University's turfgrass science program, initiated in 1929, is among the oldest in the nation, and has made Penn State a world leader in the development and management of improved turfgrass varieties and other products.
Former Tulane President Establishes Trustee Matching Scholarship at Penn State
May 17, 2006
Herbert E. Longenecker, a Penn State alumnus and former president of Tulane, has established a Trustee Matching Scholarship to benefit students in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The scholarship, named for Longenecker, will give first preference to students majoring in food science. Trustee Matching Scholarships, requiring a $50,000 minimum gift, are designed to keep a Penn State education accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their financial means. The Trustee Matching Scholarship program is a five-year effort to raise $100 million in private support for new undergraduate scholarships across the University. The program, launched in 2002, has a unique matching component--the University matches 5 percent of each gift annually and combines these funds with income from the endowment to increase the financial impact of the scholarship.
Heisers Create Trustee Matching Scholarship in Grandson's Memory
April 11, 2006
Penn State has received $50,000 from Delroy and Jacqueline Heiser to establish the Heiser Family Trustee Matching Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The Heisers created the scholarship, which will give first preference to undergraduates majoring in horticulture, to honor the memory of Matthew Hill, their grandson.
Janet and Frank Dudek Establish Excellence Endowment for Department of Food Science
March 14, 2006
Penn State alumni donors Janet and Frank Dudek have pledged $50,000 to establish an endowment to benefit the Department of Food Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The Frank J. Dudek and Janet Glasgow Dudek Excellence Endowment will provide funds for ongoing purchases of departmental lab equipment. Janet received her bachelor's degree in zoology from the College of Science in 1969, and in 1972 completed her master's degree in animal nutrition in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Frank received a bachelor's degree in mineral economics from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in 1971, and both went on to receive an MBA degree from George Washington University. Having met while students at Penn State, the couple now resides in Arlington, Va., where Janet works as a private consultant for the pharmaceutical industry and Frank is a pilot for American Airlines. Janet also served on the College of Agricultural Sciences' Volunteer Committee for Penn State's Grand Destiny Campaign, is a long-time member of the Food Industry Group, and is a member of the Armsby Honorary Society, which honors alumni and friends who have demonstrated a commitment to the College of Agricultural Sciences. The Dudeks previously established a scholarship for graduate students in food science. This summer the Department of Food Science will move into a new $46 million building, the largest of its kind in the nation. This new facility will include a medium-size food manufacturing plant, three small-scale processing pilot plants, an outreach center, a modern sensory analysis laboratory, two teaching laboratories, and many research laboratories. During the next year or two the department plans to outfit all these spaces with state-of-the-art equipment for teaching, research and outreach activities. "Janet and Frank's generous support will make such equipment purchases easier to fund," said John Floros, head of the department, "which will improve the quality of research being performed in our labs for years to come and have a tremendous impact on the educational experience of our present and future students."
College of Ag Sciences Faculty Families Create Trustee Matching Scholarships
February 27, 2006
across the University has received a major boost from several State College-area donors who have ties to the College of Agricultural Sciences faculty. New gifts from the Reddy, Zoumas, and Mincemoyer families totaling $150,000 will establish three awards in the College. "Their generosity exemplifies the commitment our faculty and staff have to helping our students succeed," said Robert Steele, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. "These Trustee Matching Scholarships will help students who may otherwise not be able to attend college."