Penn State Ag Alumni Society News

The Ag Alumni Society's mission is to connect, serve, and recognize alumni, students, and faculty by fostering relationships, commitment, and pride that characterizes our College. The society plays a vital role in supporting the college, students, and alumni programming. Alumni who graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences become members of the Ag Alumni Society automatically by joining the Penn State Alumni Association.

Share your photos with us!
July 8, 2016
The next issue of the Penn State Ag Science magazine is in production and we're looking for pictures for the Ag Alumni Album. Send us a picture of you at work, on vacation, your new baby -- anything else you would like to share -- we would like to see it. Send your high resolution digital images and caption information to the Alumni Relations Office at
2016 Ag Alumni Society Elections Announced
July 8, 2016
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).
Video: Power of the Penn State Alumni Network
June 29, 2016
Penn State Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford speaks to the power of the Penn State alumni network, the immense networking possibilities and the personal connections Penn Staters share with each other and their alma mater.
Celebrate Agriculture Homecoming 2016 T-shirt Sale - Order Deadline July 15
June 14, 2016
The College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Athletics are teaming up for the second Celebrate Agriculture Day at the homecoming football game on October 8, 2016. Show your pride in Penn State's agricultural heritage by getting your Celebrate Agriculture Homecoming 2016 t-shirt.
Ag Progress Days Alumni Ice Cream Social - Registration Open
June 14, 2016
Stop by and enjoy delicious Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream with the Ag Alumni Society and visit with Dean Roush on Tuesday, August 16 while you are at Ag Progress Days!
Alumni Profile: Anthony J. Gilbert '95 Agricultural Econ and Rural Sociology
June 13, 2016
Anthony J. Gilbert is an agricultural attaché for the Foreign Agricultural Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The ‘95 Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology grad helps to spread U.S. land-grant university knowledge and serve the best interests of U.S. agriculture overseas.
Penn State Day at the Philadelphia Zoo with College of Ag Sciences Alumna, Barbara Toddes '84
May 23, 2016
On June 25, 2016, meet 1984 College of Ag Sciences alumna and Philadelphia Zoo Nutrition Program Director, Barbara Toddes, to learn about red kangaroos and animal care in zoo settings. The Penn State Day Zoo registration includes breakfast at the Peacock Pavilion, playing with animals at the Zoo on Wheels, face painting, Barbara's presentation, and all day access to the zoo.
Ag Alumni Society Grows Endowment for Student Scholarships
May 20, 2016
In 2014, the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society pledged $100,000 to create a new endowment in support of student scholarships. Now, the society is doubling down to enhance that fund by another $100,000 and help more students with their educational expenses.
Spring 2016 Graduation Luncheon Photo Albums
May 20, 2016
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, welcomed graduates into the alumni society family with a one-year complimentary membership.
Outstanding Senior Recognized at the Graduation Lunch
May 20, 2016
Cara Boothroyd, a native of Endwell, New York, has been named 2016 Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Senior by the Ag Alumni Society. She was also chosen as the student marshal for the college's spring commencement ceremony, which took place at 3:30 p.m., on May 8, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.
Agricultural Education Professor receives Excellence in Academic Advising Award
May 20, 2016
Daniel Foster, assistant professor of agricultural and extension education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the college's 2016 Excellence in Academic Advising Award.
Student Gift Bags
May 20, 2016
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.
Photos from the Ag & History Tour to Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
May 17, 2016
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.
Spring Graduation Luncheon
March 28, 2016
Graduates, come celebrate at a luncheon in your honor! The College of Agricultural Sciences and the Ag Alumni Society invite you and your guests to a special graduation luncheon prior to commencement on May 8, 2016 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. at the Penn Stater Hotel. Register early, this event reaches maximum capacity quickly.
Ag & History Tour to Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
March 25, 2016
Join us on a one-day motor coach trip sponsored by the Ag Alumni Society and the Pasto Agricultural Museum. Step back in time to this authentic crossroads village of historic buildings with costumed guide interpretation, a vast collection of historic agricultural equipment, and ongoing farming based on 1700's and 1800's practices and traditions, using historic breeds of animals and crops authentic to the period.
How are you advocating for agriculture?
March 16, 2016
Amy Shollenberger, '09 Animal Science alumna, volunteered at her Alma Mater, Souderton Area High School, speaking to science classes about 4-H, Extension and careers in agriculture. Email and tell us how you advocate for agriculture.
Pride, Connection and Support of Academic Excellence Remain Strong for Penn State Alumni
February 19, 2016
The Penn State Alumni Association released an update of its national survey of alumni — the fifth such survey commissioned since 2012 — which shows a steady increase in core metrics including pride in and connection to Penn State.
Alumni in the news
February 3, 2016
John-Claude Lacroix said his major and experiences in the College of Agricultural Sciences gave him a great starting point for his success as a food scientist.
Biltmore alumni event on June 18-19, 2016
January 26, 2016
Save-the-date for an alumni event at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC on June 18-19, 2016. This event is in the planning stage and more information including registration will be available soon.
Congratulations recent graduates!
January 26, 2016
Congratulations on your recent graduation and welcome to the alumni ranks. The Ag Alumni Society is here to help you move forward as an alumnus of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and help you stay connected with fellow alumni and your alma mater!