AGEC students commemorate 150 years of Purdue Ag through student-lead magazine

Written by Kendell Combs, Junior, Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication

Several AGEC students had the honor of working on a project to celebrate Purdue’s sesquicentennial. Morgan Winder, Stephen Schwartz, Sarah Voglewede and Kathleen Jacobs contributed to a commemorative issue of “The Purdue Agriculturist,” a student-led magazine. These students are enrolled in a one-credit class that involves writing feature stories of students, alumni, and faculty in each of the departments in the College of Agriculture. The Agriculturist is a way for College of Agriculture students to commemorate the accomplishments of past Purdue Agriculture alumni and highlight the promising future for our college. 

Morgan Winder (Junior; Applied Agricultural Economics; Goodland, IN) was asked by Andy Oppy to join the project because he knew that writing was a hobby of hers. In her role as a writer, Morgan is creating feature stories about an ANSC alumni and about Dr. Goecker, a past faculty member in student services for the College of Agriculture. “One thing I can take away from this project is a sense of scale for the College of Agriculture.” A favorite part of hers so far has been interviewing Dr. Goecker. He took her to the attic of AGAD where a lot of records are kept, including every issue of the Agriculturist. Also, she learned about the first female to graduate from the College of Agriculture, Lillian Lamb, who studied Agriculture Education and worked on the Agriculturalist, both of which Morgan has in common with her. “I have a lot more appreciation for the legacy of our college and I’m very, very proud to be a Boilermaker.”

Stephen Schwartz (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Noblesville, IN) is a third generation Purdue student, so maintaining the traditions of the College of Agriculture and celebrating where we have come from is very important to him. His role is writing about the We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund, which is to create more opportunities for families to adopt both locally and internationally and started by Scott and Shantel Beck. “This has been a really stretching experience for me because I am not a writer, but the great thing about this project is that it brings together students from across the college with different levels of writing experience and we can all work together for our common goal of representing Purdue Agriculture.” His main takeaway is a greater understanding of how far reaching and diverse our college is and all the unique and impactful contributions of students, faculty, and alumni in so many ways.

As an ambassador for the Welcome Center, Sarah Voglewede (Senior; Agribusiness Marketing; Pittsboro, IN) gives a lot of historical and cultural tours of campus but participating in the Purdue Agriculturist project felt like a more permanent way for her to discuss the history and future of Purdue. This experience has been eye-opening for Sarah as she is not a writer, so she had to learn an entire new skill set to be successful. Since there was no one in the class from the Biochemistry Department, she volunteered to write a story about Professor Orla Hart, which allowed her to learn more about a department that she otherwise wouldn’t had looked into. “I have also immensely enjoyed working with my peers across the College of Agriculture who I would be unlikely to meet should we not all volunteered for this.” 

The Agriculturist has given many students, the opportunity to build-up their writing skills while learning from more experienced faculty and students. This special issue of The Purdue Agriculturist was released at the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry in February 2019.

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