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Dairy Diva

Alumna finds her place marketing milk industry.

Since she was a kid growing up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Stephanie Roscinski has had a particular fondness for dairy animals.

That’s why she now finds herself employed as an industry communications manager at Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, where she puts her degree in agribusiness management from Penn State to good use. A 2011 graduate, Roscinski communicates with farmers about the success of dairy-farmer-funded check-off programs that focus on child nutrition and consumer education. She also manages the organization’s promotional item service for dairy farmers and a grant program that supports grassroots dairy promotion events.

An understanding of the dairy business and the ability to communicate with farmers about how their investment is being used are important for her job. “It’s the perfect way to apply my preparation in communication skills, dairy science, and business management,” she said. “My time at Penn State laid the foundation that allows me to deal with different challenges each day.”

Roscinski also is acquiring valuable knowledge about the industry on the job, as well as about herself. Learning on the job while applying what she learned in her classes is an ability she attributes to a well-rounded student life at Penn State. Her involvement in the Dairy Science Club, Ag Advocates, National Agricultural Market Association, Coaly Society, and Collegiate FFA was instrumental in preparing her for personal interactions in a professional setting and provided plenty of hands-on experience.

“It’s all about a good balance of classes and clubs, students and faculty,” she said.

—Rachel Kaiser