Dynamic, career-motivated student wants to make the world better – eventually through a start-up company

Name: Dane Chapman

Hometown: Brookston, IN          

High school: Frontier Jr/Sr High School

Major & Concentration: Agribusiness with a concentration in Marketing

Why did you come to Purdue: 3 reasons: The diverse group of people, opportunities to be involved in organizations, and the caliber of the College of Agriculture's Agribusiness program.

Favorite Purdue tradition: I realize it may be cliché, but nothing beats a good ol' Purdue fight song at football and basketball games!

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. Having the chance to be involved in organizations from the start of my collegiate career
  2. My friends
  3. Studying abroad.

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Special
  • Family
  • Innovative
  • Empowering
  • Global

Top five highlights of your career:

  1. Studying abroad in Ireland on Spring Break and The Netherlands for a semester
  2. Getting to take part in Ag Week and seeing over 1,000 Boilermakers pack 150,000 meals
  3. Participating in the Indiana Soybean Innovation Competition
  4. Being selected, along with Katriel Marks and Bailee Cook (both College of Ag Students), to be Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders and traveling to Africa and Washington, D.C.
  5. Living in Meredith Hall Freshman year (sweating it out) and making some great friends in the process.

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Fly a plane, be in a comedy club, or made it to Mackey with Intramural basketball

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • South Africa
  • Malawi
  • The Netherlands
  • Ireland
  • Kansas
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Missouri
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • Kentucky
  • Texas

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Industrial Engineering or Political Science

Favorite club/organization: This is entirely too difficult of a question as they each have their own special characteristics! If I could only choose one though, I would have to choose Ag Ambassadors.

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week & Hammer Down Hunger

Favorite Purdue event: Grand Prix

Favorite place to study: Despite all of the beautiful places to study on campus, I am most productive early in the morning when I am sitting at my desk in my room.

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: The Ag Administration building.

Favorite spot on campus: Purdue Memorial Union

Favorite thing about CoA: The PEOPLE. Without a doubt, the people are who make the College of Agriculture such a fun family feel.

Favorite thing about AGEC: The Agribusiness Program is currently ranked #1 in the nation, and to me, that is exciting! Even more than the ranking though, the professors and friends that I take classes with are always fun to be around and that contributes to an enjoyable atmosphere.

Favorite thing about your major: The diversity it provides for me to engage in many different businesses and functions within said businesses.

Favorite class: AGEC 330 with Dr. Barnard or AGEC 430 with Dr. Gunderson and Dr. Gray

Favorite professor: Dr. Gunderson and Dr. Barnard

Coolest project: Either the Capsim simulation in AGEC 430 or creating SoyFul™ in the Indiana Soybean Innovation Competition

Three biggest accomplishments:

  1. Co-organizing Ag Week's Hammer Down Hunger Event with the entire Ag Week Task Force Team
  2. Being selected as an Emerging Leader with the Global Food Challenge
  3. Working with fellow interns to start Project Do Good which was a crowdfunding campaign that raised money for Leliebloem Youth Group Home

Things on your resume not listed above: Last year I had an opportunity to attend Harvard Business School for their Peek Weekend conference, which was a wonderful experience!

Three words to describe you:

  • Determined
  • Pragmatically-Optimistic
  • Competitive

What are you passionate for: In addition to my love for agriculture, my three passions are: people, policy and business. I believe that the future of agriculture will require those three things (good people, sound policy and strong business) to continue advancing the industry in order to be successful in our pursuit of feeding others in a sustainable manner.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: Opportunity. As long as there are people in the world, there will continue to be a need for agriculture. It is up to us in the ag industry to develop new technologies that make agriculture more economically and environmentally sustainable. Although the industry has advanced tremendously since its inception, there is a field of opportunities in front of us to feed more people suing less.

What motivates you: Competition, helping others, and trying to make the world a little better than I found it.

Favorite quote: "Believe you can and you're halfway there." – Theodore Roosevelt

Personal Motto: I have many different mottos that I think back to depending on the situation I am in. I would say the two I use the most are "Right or wrong, do it strong" and "It's not what happens, but how you react that matters."

Where do you want to end up: My goal is to eventually start a business in the ag and food industry. 

Advice for underclassman: Be kind to others. Realize that there is more to college than academics and clubs, there are relationships to make and amazing people to meet. Focus on the big picture. Look for opportunities and try to find what interests you. Enjoy your collegiate career, it goes so quick! 

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Purdue opens doors and we need to take the initiative and be courageous enough to walk through them to see who and what are on the other side. From my experience, the people, places and opportunities have always been world-class. 

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