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September 14, 2007

Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum will benefit from a $40,000 gift by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau to the museum’s enhancement fund. The statewide farm organization’s pledge will support the expansion of the museum building at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College on Route 45.

August 15, 2007

A recent gift of $177,000 to Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum from museum namesake Jerome "Jerry" Pasto of State College has brought his philanthropy to the museum to approximately $740,000, and his total giving to the University to nearly $750,000. Pasto designated his newest gift to the museum's endowment, which provides program support for operations. Pasto, associate dean emeritus and professor emeritus of agricultural economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences, was volunteer curator of the Pasto Agricultural Museum from 1978 to 1998.

May 23, 2007

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received $100,000 to establish two Trustee Scholarships that will give first preference to undergraduate students majoring in animal sciences. Friends and family of Henry and Dona Bergfeld, of Summitville, Ohio, have pledged $50,000 to endow the Henry L. and Dona A. Bergfeld Trustee Scholarship. Larry Hilgendorf has pledged $50,000 to establish the Larry E. Hilgendorf and J. Edgar Hilgendorf Trustee Scholarship, in memory of his father.

April 3, 2007

Students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will benefit from two new scholarships created by Paul Wangsness, senior associate dean of the College, and his wife, Sally Wangsness, former director of the University's School of Nursing. The State College couple has given $50,000 to establish the Wangsness Family Trustee Scholarship, which will assist students who have financial need. In addition, they have committed $50,000 as part of their estate plans to fund the Paul J. and Sally I. Wangsness Scholarship in Animal Sciences, with preference given to students who have both financial need and excellent academic achievement.

February 2, 2007

A gift of $50,000 from Boalsburg resident Betty Jane Mincemoyer to create the Fern and Nora Kauffman and Ruth and Lee Mincemoyer Trustee Scholarship is the latest in a legacy of family philanthropy to Penn State. The scholarship, named for Betty Jane's parents and those of her late husband, former University Professor Donald Mincemoyer, will benefit undergraduates in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Altogether, the family has made gifts totaling about $209,000 to support the Penn State programs important to them.

January 25, 2007

Penn State alumni George R. and Ann E. Kemp of White Oak have pledged $100,000 to create two undergraduate scholarships at the University. The Wallace and Zelda Bland and Kemp Family Trustee Scholarship will support students at Penn State Greater Allegheny (formerly McKeesport) who have financial need. The George R. and Ann E. Kemp Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences will support academically promising undergraduates, with first preference given to students college-wide who were home-schooled. If none are eligible, preference will be given to students in the School of Forest Resources.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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."