Four students look to give back to the University

Written by Madison Hire & Laura Barrett, Agricultural Communications & Agricultural Economics, Class of 2022

A few students were looking to get involved outside the College of Agriculture and also give back to the university itself. So, they got involved in something called the Purdue Foundation Student Board, where students get to educate other students about the importance of philanthropy work. Trenton Howard said, (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Logansport, IN) “I am thrilled to join a club that is so diverse in majors and experience as it will allow me to grow tremendously outside of the College of Agriculture.”

Kayla Fogg (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Rushville, IN) talked about an opportunity that excites her about being part of this organization, “I will have a great opportunity to network with students and Purdue alumni outside the College of Agriculture, all while spreading awareness of the impact private giving has made on Purdue’s campus.” This organization allows students to give back to their campus and make it a better place not only for current students but future students as well.  

“As students, we are fortunate with the overwhelming support of Purdue alumni and donors and I wanted to join an organization that gives back to this generous Boilermaker community. PFSB does just that and more,” Fogg expressed her great fullness of being a part of this organization. PFSB pushes students to go out of their comfort zones and allows them to grow in ways that they would typically not in other organizations and giving them skills to take into their careers after college. 

Dane Chapman (Junior; Agribusiness Marketing; Brookston, IN) will be taking over the role of presidency after current President and AGEC Senior Derek Berkshire completes his term this year. Dane says that he plans to continue a legacy of fulfilling the mission of PFSB - to serve as ambassadors to Purdue University’s philanthropic initiatives and as stewards to alumni and donors by fulfilling the University’s private giving goals and facilitating events - but also place more emphasis on leadership development within the organization.

Dane who was already a member, enjoyed serving on the board and looks forward to his position next year. He says, “I am excited to serve alongside an amazing team of passionate members who dedicate so much of their time to Purdue Foundation Student Board in order to selflessly give back to our alumni, donors, and members of the Purdue Community.”

Molly Grotjan said, (Freshman; Agribusiness Management; Zionsville, IN) “I would encourage anyone who is interested in the robust mission of helping to advance and serve Purdue University to apply for this organization. It is filled with inspiring, driven students who seek to cultivate positive change on campus.” 

Other students involved in PSFB: Cole Pearson 

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