Posted: March 18, 2021

Highlighting the College of Ag's Alumni, the Alumni Spotlight Program (sponsored by the Ag Alumni Society), celebrates Penn Staters of the past, and helps to prepare current students for the future by sharing the experiences and advice of those who have gone before them.

Meet our first spotlighted alumnus, Hunter Kauffman, a 2019 Wildlife & Fishery Sciences graduate.

"After graduation I continued to work for the department of Ecosystem Science and Management at a research technician, where I traveled to Lassen National Forest in California as part of a research project with garter snakes and I spent time in the Scotia Barrens outside of State College working with Red-spotted Newts. Since that summer, I've been hired at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, where I'm currently working as their Nature and Arts Educator, delivering educational programs, summer camps, and developing online educational content."

I was involved in:

  • Ag Advocates
  • Teach Ag Society Member
  • Collegiate FFA officer
  • Founding member and VP of LEAD Society
  • Research Technician in Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

"This is the same advice I'm sure has been given a million times, but it's given so often because it's so true: Try as many different things as you can. My time after college has been extremely busy, and although I love my job, it's hard to find the time to try new things right now. College was the best time for me to explore my options, and I never would have fallen into the path of environmental education had I not branched out at Penn State and explored the different routes I could take with my degree."

Favorite On-Campus Spot: The Forest Resources Building Lobby

Favorite Off-Campus Spot: Zeno's

Do you know someone who should be highlighted? Alumni should fill out this form to be featured!