Written by: AGEC Academic Advisors, Jo Thomas & Ryan Musselman
Morgan Lambrecht (Junior; Agribusiness; Bedford) found that meeting with prospective students and sharing her own story was the most rewarding part of being an Envoy. To Morgan, serving as an Envoy was a way for her to give back to the department and all of Purdue Agriculture.
When asked what she would tell others who are interested in the College of Agriculture, she described a welcoming environment and student community. “Purdue is a big place and can be very overwhelming at first glance, but the college of Agriculture and the Ag Econ Department especially, make Purdue feel like a small hometown community.”
As an Envoy, Lauren Bush (Sophomore; Agribusiness; Flora) found a second family within the Envoy team. She described not only finding a sense of belonging, but also Purdue as a second home.
Within the organization’s work, Lauren enjoyed the opportunity to network with other peers in the Ag Econ department as well as incoming students and families. “My favorite part of being an Envoy is having the ability to work with students in their transition to college life. Also, to have the ability to network with successful Purdue Alumni.”
For Zeb Davis (Junior; Agribusiness; Reynolds), the opportunity to meet and network with unique leaders in the industry was his favorite aspect of being an Envoy. He even got to escort Tony Klemm, the Global Corn Portfolio Lead for Corteva, around part of campus. Additionally, Zeb described meeting new people and reconnecting after summer at the Welcome Back Cookout as one of the biggest highlights of the year.
For incoming freshman, Zeb has some advice, “Purdue is a place that will start as a place you simply call West Lafayette, however, at the end of your time here, you will call it Home. Purdue and the College of Agriculture truly have a family environment. People know your name and want to see you succeed. Purdue is truly a place to be built up and become better. Boiler Up!”
According to Jackson Allen (Junior; Agribusiness; Alexander, IL), being an Envoy allows students a unique opportunity they might not have otherwise had. This experience provides a chance to strengthen relationships with advisors and staff, while also having an impact on new students getting acquainted with the department.
By being an Envoy, Jackson noted growing many professional skills he will be able to use in the future. “I have become a better communicator and leader. I have learned that being willing to put forth even a small effort can mean a great deal to incoming students and their comfort level.”
Matthew Jaeger (Junior; Sales & Marketing; Kokomo) enjoyed meeting peers across campus and working with prospective students. “Some of the main highlights have been meetings other people in the school of Agriculture and welcoming those who could be possible students in the future. That has been my favorite part of it all.”
Beyond campus events, Matthew explains that the Envoy team has a bigger role beyond those meetings. “It's nice to know I can be an impact on someone making a decision on where to further their academic career.”
Kayla Fogg (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Rushville, IN) concluded, “If someone was interested in the Envoy team, I would say do it!! It is really a rewarding experience where you gain closer connections with the faculty in the department and other students you may not get to see in class. We host a dinner for transfer students, volunteer at Food Finders, host the fall hog roast, and meet company representatives throughout the year!”
The 2018-19 Ag Econ Envoys:
- Jackson Allen (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Alexander, IL)
- Keith Altman (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Chalmers, IN)
- Lauren Bush (Sophomore; Agribusiness; Flora)
- Kendell Combs (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Modoc, IN)
- Zeb Davis (Junior; Agribusiness; Reynolds)
- Kayla Fogg (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Rushville, IN)
- Matthew Jaeger (Junior; Sales & Marketing; Kokomo)
- Sam Klemme (Junior; Sales & Marketing; Otterbein; IN)
- Morgan Lambrecht (Junior; Agribusiness; Bedford)
- Sara Lechlider (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Gaithersburg, MD)
- Anna Long (Junior; Sales & Marketing; Olathe, KS)
- Haley Mood (Junior; Agribusiness Management; North Salem, IN)
- Emily Pfaffenbach (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Scottsburg, IN)
- Dalton Smith (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Coatesville, IN)
- Genna Wethington (Senior; Agribusiness Management; Geneseo, IL)