Mortar Board inducts new class including five from AGEC, six more in Ag

Mortar Board is a national collegiate honor society, which was originally created to honor the advancements of college senior women but has since introduced the induction of senior men. Mortar Board has three pillars that govern its operations which are scholarship, leadership, and service. All candidates are nominated, selected, and inducted with these pillars in mind. Throughout the year, Mortar Board gives out several scholarships to deserving students, holds a leadership conference for Purdue students, and engages in a program called "Reading is Leading" on campus, which is the national project for Mortar Board. This year Purdue's chapter (named after Barbara Cook) named eleven College of Ag students, five of which are a part of the Department of Agricultural Economics.


This year as COVID-19 shook the world out of its routine, Mortar Board was preparing to give it's typically impactful experience of getting tapped into the organization, though it was to be done virtual and privately. Chaela Minor (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Reelsville, IN) described the experience, "I was quite surprised when I got the FaceTime from Dane Chapman and Leah Jacobs "tapping" me.  Obviously, with being away from campus, tapping looked a bit different this year, but it will still be a moment I will never forget!"


Kayla Fogg (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Rushville, IN) added, "Having 11 College of Agriculture students being selected is a true testament to the character of the college, leadership development, and support system!" 

Trenton Howard (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Logansport, IN) said he is most looking forward to "the opportunity to work alongside some of Purdue's top students with a common goal of leaving a positive footprint upon the University. Over the course of the next year, I hope to take full advantage of this experience alongside the Class of '21."


Sara Lechlider (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Gaithersburg, MD) sees this as more growth opportunities, "I am looking forward to breaking out of my comfort zone, and make connections that will last me a lifetime. I am also super excited for the "Reading is Leading" Day at Purdue. I can wait to be a part of a service project that has the ability to impact so many young children in the community and get them excited about learning."


Dane Erickson (Junior; Quantitative Analysis, Clarks Hill, IN) had a reaction of the news on being selected that was very similar to his peers, "I was very excited to learn that I had been tapped into the 2021 class of Mortarboard. I was honored, humbled, and excited for the future all at once." He is most looking forward to getting to know the people in Mortar Board since members are from many different majors and backgrounds. "Each person I've interacted with so far via Zoom is kind, interesting, and just a very impressive person. I can't wait to meet everyone in person and get involved."


This group is equipped, ready and excited to make an impact on our campus and community with some wonderful people. We will observe your positive impact on campus by creating leadership and service events that will help strengthen student involvement on campus as well as setting up those students for future success. We cannot wait to see what you do with Mortar Board next year!

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