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Penn State Cheese club members enjoy lectures on the nuances of cheese and its production. They also have events like cheese tastings, pairings, and even fondue. “We’re just try to educate as many people as possible on cheese tasting, manufacturing and cheese in general," 2017 Club President Amy King explained. 
November 17, 2017

The Cheese Club was founded in 2013 by animal science students with an interest in dairy science. Since then, involvement fairs and word-of-mouth advertising have helped club members reach students from across the University who share their love of cheese.

Two horses graze in front of Beaver Stadium during the 2016 Horse Barn Open House. The event, held annually by Penn State CHAPS, informs visitors about Penn State's equine science programs.
September 20, 2017

Sept. 30 will mark the fifth annual Penn State Horse Barn Open House, hosted by the Collegiate Horseman’s Association at Penn State (CHAPS) and the Penn State Equine Research Team at the equine science facilities' “Old Barn,” directly across from Beaver Stadium, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in connection with the third annual Celebrate Agriculture Day at Beaver Stadium, an event designed for Penn Staters to honor the agricultural roots and history of the University.

Kasie Kerr is the show manager for the Little International Livestock Exposition held at the Snider Ag Arena. 
April 5, 2017

The Little International Livestock Exposition, commonly dubbed “Little I,” has been a staple of the Penn State agricultural community for many decades. And this year, senior animal science major Kasie Kerr is running the show.

Throughout her college career, Caitlyn Pool enjoyed learning the modern dairy science behind the practical knowledge she learned from her father.
August 17, 2016

Though she graduated this past May with a degree in animal science, Caitlyn Pool’s education began years ago, at home with her father as her teacher.

Participants toured private poultry facilities and government research installations in Spain where they learned about quality control, animal welfare and organic-vs.-conventional production issues.
May 3, 2016

A small group of students and faculty from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences visited Spain over spring break to explore the country's poultry industry and culture.

Animal Science major Antoinette Chase balanced academic and athletic life at Penn State for the past four years.
May 2, 2016

Studying to become a veterinarian and playing for the varsity soccer team sounds like a lot to handle, but Antoinette Chase has it covered. Now a senior, she balanced academic and athletic life at Penn State for the past four years.

Hattie Henderson is a farmer, farmhand and student who has teamed with her cousin to create a successful farming operation while changing the perceptions of women's roles in agriculture and conventional agriculture's role in our food system, according to Farm Credit.
March 25, 2016

A student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is among 100 "visionaries" being honored nationally through the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives search.

Darryl Blakey pauses outside a Congressional meeting room during a USDA forum he attended. Graduating on May 10, he intends to embark on a career involved with agricultural policy.
May 4, 2015

Darryl Blakey didn't have the usual doubts freshmen have about choosing a major. For him, agriculture was his first choice -- a dream he has had since high school.

Brynn Mauser posed near animal feed bags at Hubbard Feeds Inc., where she is an account manager.
September 2, 2014

Since graduating in 2008, Brynn Mauser has held a number of jobs, including positions at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the American Association of Meat Processors, but she found her perfect fit at Hubbard Feeds Inc., where she is currently employed as an account manager.

Shelby Hahn had the highest written exam score in the nation in the dairy category.
May 7, 2014

For freshman Shelby Hahn, competing at the National FFA Convention in Milk Quality and Products was the culmination of a journey that has included everything from working as a milk hand to a being a veterinary assistant.

Penn State softball player Kasie Hatfield poses with one of the dogs she worked with during her internship. Turns out she's a hit both on the field -- where she plays catcher and third base  -- and training animals with the dog-rescue operation.
March 4, 2014

Penn State senior Kasie Hatfield has always loved animals, so she jumped at the opportunity to return to her home state of Florida last year and help rehabilitate sick, injured and aggressive dogs.

Living on a farm with dairy and beef cattle, vet school always has been on Emily Benner's radar, and she hopes to work in a rural, mixed-animal practice someday.
February 17, 2014

Over spring break of her junior year, while many students relaxed or traveled, Penn State Animal Science major Emily Benner found herself in the barns assisting in health checks and veterinary rounds.

Alicia Rickabaugh conducted a variety of tests and projects at the dairy nutrition laboratory operated by the College of Agricultural Sciences.
August 20, 2013

Most folks never think about it, but cows contribute many things to our daily lives, and Alicia Rickabaugh learned all about them last year.

March 14, 2012

Students spend years going to class and doing countless hours of homework, pursuing degrees that seemingly will define their career paths. In between the shuffle of changing majors, finding internships and dealing with a struggling economy, many are left wondering what to do after graduation. ...

February 15, 2012

While many college students spend the summer months working in their old seasonal jobs or interning in an office, Penn State junior Liz Walker had a unique summer experience on an alpaca farm as part of a once-in-a-lifetime internship. ...

December 9, 2011

Animal Sciences major Emily Blade was working on a research paper about wolf-dog hybrids for class when she stumbled upon her dream internship working with wolves at the Wolf Education and Research Center in Idaho. ...

June 13, 2011

As college upperclassmen and recent graduates eye an uncertain job market, many are looking for an edge that can help them hone their career goals and opportunities. For students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, increasingly that means taking advantage of externships. The college's Department of Dairy and Animal Science has ...

May 13, 2011

Iguanas, parrots and manatees, oh my. Most people never get to touch any of these exotic animals, but Sarah Taubenberger spent a summer touching and helping these creatures and many more. ...

March 11, 2011

If cows in California really are happy, then Peter Yoder worked in a joyous place this past summer. At the Nyman Brothers Dairy farm in California, he gained experience in all aspects of the dairy industry and learned just what goes into making the cows content in the nation's No. 1 dairy state. ...