Posted: April 19, 2021

Lisa Kirby '10 Agricultural Business Management

Courtesy Ag Alumni Society

Courtesy Ag Alumni Society

2020 was a year of challenges and curveballs but also a year of successes and high achievements. As we navigate this uncharted, virtual world and fulfill our mission to connect alumni, students, and faculty by fostering relationships, we find ourselves welcoming members from new areas and backgrounds. I am privileged to work with a group of board members, faculty, and staff that chose to gracefully embrace these new opportunities. These individuals turned this year's speed bumps into ramps to accel our programs into the future during a season of uncertainty.

Since April we have held two virtual board meetings, using this time to work diligently on updating and refreshing our by-laws to include an ex-officio director of diversity and inclusion. We also focused on deliverables that will increase our availability to a broader array of alumni and welcomed our first board member from the West Coast. We strive to be intentional in our efforts to promote inclusivity and fellowship and will deliver those goals through an ongoing virtual platform.

This year taught me that it's about more than just being a member of the alumni society. It's about being connected to people all over the world who share the same love for the Nittany Lion and a passion for agriculture. Throughout this season, the spirit of this organization never faded. I am inspired and invite you to be a part of the team.