Alumni Stories

Alumni Spotlights

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Alumni Spotlights for Justin Couetil, Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, and George Sadler.

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Then & Now

Friday, May 31st, 2019

What’s a celebration without ice cream? To honor Purdue’s 150th, two animal sciences alumni collaborated with Deklin Veenhuizen, Joel Mohring, Yiwen Bao, Luping Xu, Molly Powell and Cameron Wicks, alumni who were students in Assistant Professor Dharmendra Mishra’s spring 2018 food science class, to develop Boiler Tracks. The vanilla ice cream has chocolate pieces, toffee and caramel. By Kathleen Jacobs

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Alumni Close-Up: Thinking Outside the Crayon Box

Friday, May 31st, 2019

The original soybean crayons Jocelyn Wong’s team invented at Purdue still sit on her bathroom vanity 25 years later. “I can look at them every single day to remind me of the moment in time that helped influence so much of who I am,” she says. Wong (BS ’96, agricultural and biological engineering), the eldest of three daughters, immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong when she was 3. When the time came to choose a college, Wong knew her choices. “I was going to be an engineer or I was going to be a doctor, and that was it.”

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Making Giant Leaps

Friday, May 31st, 2019

George and Nancy Morton have attended many College of Agriculture scholarship dinners, but the remarks one recipient delivered have stayed with them. “The title of her speech was ‘Going Through College $2000 at a Time.’ And the idea was that she took the time and effort to fill out all the scholarship requests that she could find,” recalls George (BS ’58, agribusiness management).

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Brent Bible stands among farm equipment in the field

Alumni Close-Up

Friday, December 14th, 2018

A View from the Ground on Trade With the tariff-based trade battle of 2018 aiming at American agriculture, most farmers voiced their opinions at the dinner table or perhaps the local diner. Brent Bible chose a larger platform. Bible (BS ’98, agricultural economics) co-owns Stillwater Farms, a 5,000-acre grain farm in northern Indiana. He’s been…

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Alumni Spotlights

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Remembering our dairy days Just in time for Purdue’s 150th anniversary, John Cleland (BS ’73, animal sciences) has published a history of the Purdue Creamery and Smith Hall, where students and faculty snacked on ice cream and other dairy treats from the 1910s to 1969. Smith Hall was dedicated to teaching students the principles of…

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corn harvesting

Then and Now

Friday, December 14th, 2018

One aspect of agriculture that isn’t always readily apparent is its political side — fighting for farmers’ rights, lobbying for beneficial legislation and telling the story of rural America. Two of Indiana’s storytellers work every day to represent the farmers who help feed the world. —{ then | Chuck Conner – BS ’80, agricultural economics…

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Tony Vyn visited the childhood home of Henry A. Wallace, the namesake of his new chair title.

What’s in a Name?

Friday, December 14th, 2018

It’s easy to imagine how donating to scholarships benefits agriculture students, or how contributing to a building fund provides cutting edge research and teaching spaces. Another way alumni and friends have been stepping forward to support the College of Agriculture is the Endowed Chair Challenge Matching Gift Program. You may have seen these expanded titles…

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First row: David Hefty (BS ’99, Agricultural Economics); Stacy Hefty (BS ’99, Agricultural Economics); Jane Ade Stevens (BS ’76, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication); Kay Lawton (PhD ’90, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture); and Shibu Jose (MS ’94, PhD ’97, Forestry and Natural Resources). Second row: Donya Lester, Agricultural Alumni Association executive director; Edwin Grote (MS ’92, PhD ’95, Agronomy); Eric Steiner (BS ’02, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication); Rebecca Schroeder (BS ’96, Animal Sciences); Jerry Flint (BS ’83, Agronomy); and Karen Plaut, interim dean, College of Agriculture.

Alumni Spotlights

Friday, April 27th, 2018

2018 Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award Recipients The Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Awards recognize mid-career alumni of the college who have made significant contributions to their profession or society and exhibit high potential for future professional growth. The Agricultural Alumni Association honored nine alumni with the 2018 award, pictured left to right. First row: David Hefty (BS…

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Crow Indiana Reservation landscape

Then and Now

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Names are essential to our understanding of who we are, so it makes sense that the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education recently adopted a new name to better express its mission: Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication. The name reflects changes in the way the department empowers, educates and enhances future agricultural educators and…

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