Ag Ambassadors Comments

 

Purdue Ag Ambassadors are student volunteers who represent the College of Agriculture in a variety of ways.

Former Ag Ambassador Comments about the Program

Here is what a few of our 100+ Ag Ambassador Alumni have to say about their experience as an Ag Ambassador.


How did serving as an Ag Ambassador benefit you in your career?

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"Being an Ag Ambassador gave me the confidence to voice my opinion on a wide variety of subjects to diverse audiences."
Lisa (Hefty) Koester ('94) Special Crop Coordinator Novartis Crop Protection

"The network of people I met and know from the trips and programs that I did still amazes me. Every year I come in contact with people whom I met while serving as an Ag Ambassador."

 

Richard Halderman ('91)PresidentHalderman Farm Management & Real Estate Services
"Serving as an Ag Ambassador did several things for me in my career. When I left my career to be a full-time stay-at-home-mom, I was my company's Manager of Billing Services (Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Company). I had 15 employees reporting to me and had served on countless committees, even as Chairman of our Quality Council for a year, a position appointed by our CEO. Many times I had to speak in front of crowds of 50 to 100 people, and those early speeches I did with Ag Ambassadors gave me the courage and experience to handle myself well in those situations. I also had to learn to hold my own as the only woman in a room full of men, something I had encountered in Ag Ambassador situations. I learned how to relate and have the self confidence and poise to stand alone in these situations by encountering them in Ag Ambassadors. Most of all, though, I think Ag Ambassadors showed me that I had the power to change situations - I could affect people's lives by caring and taking an interest in them, like we did when we started working with the freshman to help them adjust to campus life. Now, I'm home with my 15 month old daughter and starting my own home organizing company, "A Place for Everything". Ag Ambassadors gave me self confidence, poise and courage - things I'll take with me throughout my life!"
Elea (Discavage) Hoffsetz ('95)Business Owner

How did the Ag Ambassador Program compare to your other student activities?

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"It was the only one where I knew I was making a difference each time I participated. And, it was the only one that I felt true teamwork with everyone working toward a common goal."
Andrew Miller ('92)President & CEONature's Entree

"I really liked the flexibility, and I felt the Ag Ambassador Program complemented the other activities I was involved with."

 

Amelia (Hammond) West ('01)Graduate StudentPurdue University Department of Agriculture Economics

What was the best experience you had serving as an Ag Ambassador?

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"Flying to Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center with Purdue Pete and Dean of Agriculture, Bob Thompson for an alumni meeting was a great experience. I met with high school students interested in Purdue. Four of those students came to Purdue to study agriculture. I was able to watch them grow in their career at Purdue
Jim Bishop ('95, '97)Market Research AssociateElanco Animal Health
"I was pleased to meet a freshman student whom I had given a tour to the previous year. She told me that the day she spent with me was the reason that she choose Purdue's College of Agriculture! Then the next year, she became an Ag Ambassador. I still feel very honored and that I made such a difference in someone's life."
Elea (Discavage) Hoffsetz ('95)Business Owner
"Keeping up with my engineering, ag, pre-med curriculum and serving as an Ag Ambassador was a bit challenging at times, but I'm really glad I did it."
Scott Renshaw ('95)MD ResidentIU School of Medicine

"Expanding my comfort zone to include the traditional ag world was a little challenging for me being a landscape architecture major from an urban background. But, the experience of leaving my comfort zone has certainly benefited me during my career and as I return to college to complete a masters degree."

 

Susan Dieterlen ('96) Graduate StudentUniversity of Michigan

What was your most challenging Ag Ambassador experience?

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"Keeping up with my engineering, ag, pre-med curriculum and serving as an Ag Ambassador was a bit challenging at times, but I'm really glad I did it."
Scott Renshaw ('95)MD ResidentIU School of Medicine

"Expanding my comfort zone to include the traditional ag world was a little challenging for me being a landscape architecture major from an urban background. But, the experience of leaving my comfort zone has certainly benefited me during my career and as I return to college to complete a masters degree."

 

Susan Dieterlen ('96) Graduate StudentUniversity of Michigan
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