Posted: November 30, 2023

Four college of agricultural sciences graduates returned to campus last fall to discuss success in class and life as guest speakers on a minority alumni panel, hosted by the college's Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Photo: Michael Houtz

Photo: Michael Houtz

From left, Maurice Smith Jr., Jessica Linder, Percy Twine Jr. and Kamsi Gerry-Ofor spoke with faculty and staff, the college's Diversity Coordinating Council and students, including the Penn State chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences, known as MANRRS.

Smith holds a doctoral degree in agricultural and extension education. He works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture as a national program leader in the Division of Community and Education.

Linder received a bachelor's degree in veterinary and biomedical sciences, after which she earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine. She is completing a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at Purdue.

After earning bachelor's and master's degrees in food science, Twine attended the University of Pennsylvania for his dental training and continued his specialty training in endodontics at Louisiana State University. He is a member of the Arizona Dental Association.

Gerry-Ofor holds a bachelor's degree in landscape contracting and works for Live Green Landscape Associates in Baltimore, Maryland, where she designs and manages residential landscape projects.

—Amy Duke