Two AGEC students selected for the honor to serve on Mortar Board

Written by Kendell Combs

Each year, 40 students ending their junior year are chosen to be inducted into Mortar Board, an honor society. To put it in some context, that is 40 out of 32,672 undergraduate students at Purdue. Mortar Board is “an association of individuals selected for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.” Out of the entire university, the AGEC department had two of our very own chosen to join this prestigious group: Dane Chapman (Junior; Agribusiness Marketing; Brookston, IN; pictured left) and Stephen Schwartz (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Noblesville, IN; pictured middle).

“Mortar Board brings together leaders from every corner of Purdue and creates connections with people I never would have met on my own,” Stephen said. “I am really excited to learn from their experiences and work with outstanding leaders to promote scholarship, leadership, and service at Purdue.”

Mortar Board is a unique society in that students no one is allowed to apply to be a part of it. Students are nominated by faculty or advisers based off criteria surrounding academics and engagement. Then nominees are then considered by the current Mortar Board class and must receive consensus approval to be selected.  Because Mortar Board is not application-based, it truly is an honor to be chosen to serve on it during your senior year.

Stephen shares that this is something he has aspired to be a part of since his freshman year. “I hope to lead and serve Purdue well during my Senior year on Mortar Board,” Stephen said.

For those interested in being considered to serve on Mortar Board, Dane encourages you to always believe in yourself and something bigger than yourself, work to understand and value the people you are surrounded by, and to always give it your all. 

“I believe that with all the things you do in life, you should be doing them for the right reasons, and those reasons are purely personal and should be determined by what fulfills you,” Dane said. “For me, I have had many amazing experiences at Purdue, many of which were not expected, but I always tried to embrace the challenges that came with them and do my best at all times.”

Both Dane and Stephen express their extreme gratitude for having the opportunity to serve on Mortar Board and are thankful for the people who support and push them to better themselves daily.

“I have always felt at home here since the first time I stepped foot on campus in the fall of 2016,” Dane said. “Of course, I have been challenged and have grown in many ways because of that, but I am forever grateful for my Purdue Family.”

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