Pa. Turfgrass Council names graduate fellowships for three turfgrass icons

August 22, 2018

To honor Paul Latshaw, Matt Shaffer, and Andrew McNitt for contributions to the turfgrass and sports surface industries, the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council recently established three graduate fellowships in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Department of Plant Science.

Research commercialization leader joins College of Agricultural Sciences

August 17, 2018

Dr. Maria Spencer has joined the Entrepreneurship & Innovation team in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as the first John and Patty Warehime Entrepreneur in Residence.

Love of art and love of ag: Penn State alum combines passions in Arboretum gift

August 3, 2018

A gift from 1979 Ag Sciences alumna Diane Cressman Blanton is funding a five-month art installation at The Arboretum at Penn State.

Ribbon-cutting marks reopening of renovated Agricultural Engineering Building

June 12, 2018

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today (June 8) to mark the official opening of Penn State’s rebuilt and renovated Agricultural Engineering Building, which houses the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Hold your quarter horses: Donors create equine legacy at Penn State

May 30, 2018

Penn State's Equine Science Program recently received "Red, White N Good,” a quarter-horse stallion valued at $130,000, from Craig and Becky Bailey, of Bailey Farm in Ohio.

Penn State philanthropists honor Anna Griswold by naming ag sciences scholarship

April 25, 2018

To honor Anna Griswold, retired assistant vice president for undergraduate education and executive director for student aid, business alum Tom Sharbaugh and his wife, Kristin Hayes, created the Anna M. Griswold Open Doors Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

AgSci dean, faculty, staff endow scholarships during Greater Penn State campaign

April 16, 2018

After Dean Rick Roush endowed the Rick Roush and Robyn Krause-Hale Open Doors Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences, several other faculty and staff members followed suit.

Penn State Ag Sci devotees' gifts endow scholarship, name office in new building

April 6, 2018

Agricultural Sciences alumnus John Graham '64, '65, and his wife, Carol, a retired music teacher, decided it was time to "pay back the University for giving me such a great start in life."

York County commissioner creates 4-H leadership award during Penn State campaign

March 5, 2018

Though neither a Penn State alumnus nor a former 4-H member, York County Commissioner Doug Hoke establishes an award in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Former ag international programs coordinator creates study abroad scholarship

February 20, 2018

Several years after leaving Penn State, Marilyn McPheron, former international programs coordinator in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and her husband, Bruce, former dean of the college, decided to endow a scholarship to make international experiences more affordable for students in the college.

Ag Alumni Council alumnus endows Open Doors Scholarship

November 16, 2017

Capt. Kenneth R. Haas, of Oakton, Virginia, a retired United States Navy officer and a 1953 Penn State dairy science alumnus, has paid tribute to his alma mater by establishing the Haas Family Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Major gifts benefit College of Ag Sciences entrepreneurship and innovation

November 13, 2017

Long-time supporters provide two $1 million gifts creating endowed faculty scholar and entrepreneur in residence positions in the College of Agricultural Sciences' Entrepreneurship and Innovation program.

Alumnus' gifts to support 4-H, Penn State Extension and agricultural engineering

September 25, 2017

A very active volunteer leader and philanthropic supporter of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Extension, Martenas, along with his wife, Marian McKeegan Martenas, have pledged $250,000 in current and future gifts through their estate, to be divided among a new endowment, an existing endowment, a new building and an existing scholarship fund.

$4.92M Gift to Penn State for Industrial Biotechnology Education, Research

September 20, 2017

CSL Behring, a global specialty biotherapeutics leader, has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to create the multidisciplinary Center of Excellence in Biotechnology, and to revitalize the Shared Fermentation Facility, an engine for collaboration and innovation in biological training and research on the University Park campus.

Gift to Penn State will support ongoing research in food safety, energy

May 31, 2017

When it comes to global challenges, there are none more pressing to Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Glasgow Dudek than food safety and clean energy.  They are passionate about finding solutions to those challenges, and that's why they are providing $50,000 to Penn State to lead the way.

Baker gift to support College of Agricultural Sciences LGBTQA student club

May 19, 2017

Students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences understand the importance of cultivating fields and growing crops. One group, Students for Cultivating Change, recognizes the need to grow something more — inclusion and diversity — and generous support from MeeCee Baker, a respected alumna of the college, will help advance its cause.

James and Helen Zallie pledge support for sensory science research

February 7, 2017

James (Jim) P. Zallie and Helen Zallie, of Lake Forest, Illinois, have pledged $20,000 each year over the next five years to enhance research in the field of sensory science within the Department of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Endowment to support Dauphin County 4-H

December 22, 2016

Lynn M. and Helen B. Henninger, of Elizabethville, have pledged an estate gift of $25,000 in support of Penn State Extension's Dauphin County 4-H program. They also will pledge $1,250 for the next five years to activate the endowment early.

J. Clair Graybill Scholarship to be an investment in the future of agriculture

December 7, 2016

Gail Graybill Carson and her husband, Dr. James H. Carson, of Lititz, have created the J. Clair Graybill Scholarship in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to commemorate the life and values of Mrs. Carson's father, the late J. Clair Graybill. The scholarship will be awarded to students in the college with demonstrated financial need, with first preference going to students who have graduated or will graduate from any high school in Lancaster County.

Gift to Penn State Extension to memorialize donors' niece

November 18, 2016

Joan and John Baxter, of Linfield, Pennsylvania, have created an endowment, the Julie A. Haines Memorial Professional Development Scholarship for Penn State Extension, to memorialize their niece, Julie Haines. The fund will support professional development for nutrition education paraprofessionals, or those in a similar role, employed by Penn State Extension.

Earl and Kay Harbaugh honored as Penn State’s Fundraising Volunteers of the Year

October 28, 2016

Penn State has recognized Earl Harbaugh, a 1961 alumnus of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and his wife, Kay Harbaugh, as its 2016 Fundraising Volunteers of the Year. The award, which was officially presented to the Harbaughs on Oct. 7 for their service to the University, honors the leadership of alumni and friends in securing philanthropic support for Penn State. The Harbaughs are longtime volunteers for the College of Agricultural Sciences, and they have focused their service and philanthropy on promoting entrepreneurial education and scholarships within the college.

Alumnus gift to support Penn State students from Juniata County

August 25, 2016

Jeffrey A. Conrad, of Boston, Massachusetts, has given $105,000 to create an endowed scholarship for students from Juniata County, Pennsylvania, who intend to major in the agricultural sciences or in business at Penn State.

Donation to benefit College of Agricultural Sciences research endowment

August 24, 2016

Charles “Chuck” Krueger and his wife, Ellen Krueger, of Mesa, Arizona, have donated $50,000 to benefit undergraduate research programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.

Department head gift for plant pathology, environmental microbiology endowment

August 16, 2016

Carolee Bull, head of the Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology Department, and her husband Jean-Philippe Fillettaz, have made a pledge to match donations up to $25,000 to support strategic initiatives in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology within the Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Private gift makes Penn State's wood collection one of world's largest

August 12, 2016

When Dennis Brett decided to keep his first block of wood, World War II had just ended and Harry Truman was president. By comparison, Penn State's modest wood collection, which has been enhanced as a result of Brett's generosity, was already about 40 years old by that time.

Gift to support farm safety professorship in the College of Ag Sciences

July 22, 2016

Penn State alumnus Robert W. Knight III and his wife, Jacque, of Alpharetta, Georgia, have included a bequest in their future estate to support agricultural safety and health programs within the University's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Thirty years of research supports cacao farmers, chocolate industry

June 13, 2016

When trade organizations representing the chocolate industry created an endowment in 1986 to support Penn State research on Theobroma cacao -- the cocoa tree -- the use of biotechnology to improve plants was still in its infancy. Now, three decades later, the endowment has grown, and along with it the scientific knowledge that is helping to promote economic security for cocoa farmers in developing countries and to ensure a reliable supply of the raw material needed to manufacture one of the world's favorite delicacies.

College of Ag Sciences Alumni Society grows endowment for student scholarships

May 13, 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 and help more students with their educational expenses.

Scholarship in memory of beloved veterinarian to benefit pre-vet students

April 18, 2016

Nancy Donahue, of Portsmouth, Virginia, has provided $50,000 to create a scholarship endowment in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences in memory of her late husband, W. Durbin Donahue, who graduated from the college before embarking on a long career as a veterinarian. The W. Durbin Donahue, VMD, and Nancy J. Donahue Scholarship is aimed at helping to defray the educational costs of pre-veterinary students.

Alumnus' gifts to support 4-H programs in Centre, Columbia counties

March 17, 2016

An alumnus of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has established two new endowments that will benefit Penn State Extension 4-H youth development programs in Centre and Columbia counties.

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