Volume 18, Number 1, Spring 2013

Club puts sports fan on the right track
Jeremy Russell drew a lot of looks and laughs when he drove an oversized train to Purdue University football games last season. The Purdue sports fan is living the ultimate fan experience: driving the Boilermaker Special, the university's official mascot.

Dairy farm sparks an interest in genetics
On a beautiful fall day, Sarah Ellingwood swung gracefully over and under the maze of gates and fences as she went about her work in the Animal Sciences Research and Education Center Dairy Unit.

Destination Career: Peace Corps takes alumna to Azerbaijan
Carissa McCay wakes up most mornings around 5:30 like she did at home and walks to a local stadium near her house to exercise. She runs on a dirt path that circles a sparse grass field, dodging sheep, dogs and unruly children. Some neighbors used to give her disapproving looks as she walked back to the house, but she says her status as a foreigner has given her an “exempt shield” for some activities.

Senior hooked on aquaculture center work
Jake Bledsoe has always been drawn to water. Whether he's canoeing in his spare time or feeding fish at the Purdue research ponds where he works, Bledsoe finds joy in being outdoors and near lakes, ponds and rivers.

Insights among perks of coffeehouse job
When Abigail Maurer isn't busy with research, homework or writing, she may be found working or relaxing at Greyhouse, a coffee shop near campus. She enjoys the relaxed atmosphere and the smell of coffee, and is always willing to work an extra shift.

Senior aims to promote sustainable practices during experience in Haiti
After an eye-opening experience in Haiti last year, Laura Stockwell wants to help people around the world develop more sustainable agricultural practices.

Motivated senior lands internships with environmental companies
Katie Best wants to protect the environment while still allowing human development. But the senior natural resources and environmental science major from Floyds Knobs, Ind., has an unconventional way of landing internships with firms that help other companies comply with environmental laws.

Students on the Street
What is something new you tried at Purdue?

A word from the editor
Picking a college is about evaluating all the options, and this magazine showcases some of the opportunities Purdue Agriculture offers its students. I invite you to look through the pages and explore what Purdue Agriculture can offer you.

Bonus Web-only story

Club shows its best for newcomer
Trying to tune out a crowd of spectators, meet the sharp eye of a critical judge and perform under pressure in front of your peers is enough to make even an experienced livestock showman's heart race. But for Taylor Linville, leading a steer and handling it until it stood just right for the judge (all while making sure she was out of the judge's way and maintaining eye contact), was not only nerve-racking, it was a brand new experience.