2013 Alumni and Friends Newsletter
When Dr. Eileen Kladivko was young growing up in suburban New Jersey, her dream job did not consist of soil, worms, or crops; but she thought teaching or becoming a scientist would suit. She knew at a young age she was talented in math and science and that she loved the outdoors. Her parents saw the potential to put her two loves together.
On a typical Purdue game day you might see fans tailgating before the game and preparing to cheer on the Boilermakers as they grab another victory. The game day preparation is slightly different for one dedicated fan. Casey Colbert is at the game three hours before kickoff. With adrenaline pumping through his veins, he is ready to get the crowd pumped and energized for another Boilermaker win.
In high school, Daniel Sweeney was like a lot of today’s high school students, not quite sure what they wanted to do for a career. Going to college was a given, but his major was still up in the air. Sweeney enjoyed the natural sciences and took advanced placement science courses, so biology was an obvious contender. What he didn’t know was that the major he now calls the “perfect choice for me”—plant breeding and genetics—was even an option.
Many agronomy students and alumni have a special appreciation for Sherry Fulk-Bringman. She works with over 160 students in AGRY 255 / AGRY 270 each semester as the coordinator in the Soils Resource Center. She also is involved with the Agronomy Club and Agronomy Ambassadors. She is a great example of a momentum maker.
Three Purdue Agronomy faculty members give insight about their jobs. Learn about Dr. Cale Bigelow's research appointment. Find out more about Dr. Keith Johnsons Extension appointment and hear what Dr. John Graveel has to say about his teaching appointment. You can also watch a video about each of the faculty member. These videos are part of the Why I am Purdue Agronomy video series. The series covers why faculty members are passionate about their research, extension, or teaching appointments.