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Armsby Society

Armsby MedallionTen years ago the Armsby Honor Society was created to honor individuals who have displayed commitment and continuous involvement with the college and the alumni society. Members include retired alumni society board members, those who have received a University or college alumni award, members of the college’s campaign committee, Ag Council presidents, and other friends of the college. In its first ten years, the Armsby Honor Society inducted almost 100 new members. Members make up a “who’s who” in Pennsylvania agriculture and provide a network for new alumni searching career options.

The society was named after Henry P.  Armsby, the college’s first dean. Armsby arrived at Penn State in 1887 as a nationally known spokesman for the concept that experiment stations are scientific, not service, units. As director of the experiment station, Armsby designed a calorimeter machine that measures energy absorbed and emitted by animals. This building housing the calorimeter is listed in the Register of Historic Buildings and was restored by the Ag Alumni Society in 1970.

The society will look toward the future this fall when it celebrates its tenth anniversary and inducts new members at a banquet in November.

Darwin Braund, ’56 Dairy Science, is a founding member of the Armsby Society and is familiar with its programs and people. “I hope the society continues to find ways to assist the college,” says Braund. “We help the college by helping new alumni—sharing our experience, wisdom, and career knowledge. It’s a valuable role.”