Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication

Klein with Ice Cream

Celebrate National Dairy Month with homemade ice cream

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

“Dairy farmers work tirelessly every day–not only to feed their own families but to feed yours as well…Producing milk for the world promotes good nutrition, creates sources of income and increases food security,” explained Kylei Klein, a senior studying agricultural education at Purdue. “I’m amazed when I think about how farmers are willing to work that hard for me when they don’t even know who I am.”

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ASEC student elected MANRRS National Graduate Student President

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

As an undergraduate student, Zachary Brown studied animal science and played football at Southern University and A&M College. “Sports kept me busy. I didn’t have the time to pursue internships or join club activities like other students did.” With his focus largely on the team, Brown was not involved in other organizations.

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Theoneste Nzaranyimana

Student teaches agriculture to improve children’s lives

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

“I had heard about Purdue when I was in Africa; how it requires you to be smart and to work extra hard, but that the university is unique,” said Theoneste Nzaranyimana, “I was inspired that if I get into this university, my dream could come true.”

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3 Award Winners

Award-winning College of Agriculture mentors follow in others’ footsteps — and leave imprints of their own

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

The College of Agriculture’s outstanding student mentors and teaching assistant have one thing in common: Each benefited from impactful mentoring along their own paths to academic and personal success.

MS student Liz Alexander and PhD student Samira Fatemi are recipients of the 2020 Pathmaker Awards, sponsored by the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association to recognize effective mentoring of undergraduate researchers-in-training and fellow graduate students. PhD candidate Jon Knott has been named the College of Agriculture’s 2020 Outstanding Teaching Assistant. Here, each award winner shares insights into the benefits of mentoring, both to their mentees and to themselves.

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Purdue ASEC professors bring mentorship for underrepresented students to 13 land-grant institutions

Monday, April 27th, 2020 University News Story

Levon Esters and Neil Knobloch, professors in the Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication (ASEC) at Purdue University, recently received funding from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to establish a ¬mentorin…

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(Left to right) Cameron Mann, Justin Couetil and Stephen Schwartz

Award winners credit college’s contributions

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Since 2003, 14 of the 36 G.A. Ross and Flora Roberts Award winners have been from the College of Agriculture. Justin Couetil, a biochemistry student, won the G.A. Ross Award in 2019. Cameron Mann won the Flora Roberts Award in 2017, representing agricultural communication and agribusiness.

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Various images from the years top stories

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Engineers keep cool while managing projects

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

by Courtney Maxwell It was a busy day in the Bechtel Innovation Design Center on Purdue’s campus. Immediately after walking in the door, the sound hit — humming machinery, vibrating air compressors, and clicking fans seemed to hit unnervingly from all directions. Morgan Burgett and Tyler Field quickly, calmly, and almost quietly walked through the…

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Student cadet serves double duty

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

by Kristen Lansing When the early morning light just began to peek through the windows of Lambert Fieldhouse, Ryann Laky stood at attention in her crisply ironed Army ROTC fatigues, thinking to herself, “This is my duty station; this is where I’m supposed to be.” Laky wakes up every morning at 0430, goes to ROTC…

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Students on the Street

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Sum up your Purdue experience in two words.   “Caffeinated and memorable.” Sydneigh Berenda Biochemistry, senior, Rensselaer, Indiana “Diverse and challenging.” Noah Rider Animal sciences: animal agribusiness, senior, Delphi, Indiana “My Purdue experience has been exciting and unique.” Kayla Patterson Agricultural education, junior, Milton, Indiana   “Giant leaps.” Nate Bowser Plant genetics, breeding, and biotechnology,…

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Program helps home-schoolers learn about agricultural sciences

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

by Sheradan Hill Twenty students from ages 8 to 14 gathered in a classroom last spring buzzing with excitement. They evaluated the bacteria growing in the petri dishes they prepared at their last session. “I swabbed the bathroom door handle!” one exclaimed just before their instructor, Jennifer Fishburn, called them to attention. For several months,…

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Junior looks forward to growing family farm

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

by Kendell Combs Abby Holstine always thought she would return to the family farm. Her fondest memories are full of farm moments. She remembers riding the tractor with her father around their property and her mother preparing early-morning breakfasts. But most of all, she remembers the conversations her family would have at the dinner table…

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Even small actions make a big difference

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

by Peyton Keller Every summer, Ashley Dittman and her family traveled from their home in Lafayette, Indiana, to Ponce Inlet, Florida. When she arrived, Dittman said she would always go straight to the beach. But she didn’t go to get a tan or build a sand castle. “I always picked up trash on the beach,…

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Competitive spirit helps chop down barriers

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

by Courtney Maxwell Imagine a forester. There’s probably a lot of flannel, a big bushy beard, an athletic build, and you’re probably picturing a man. Kellee Edington doesn’t do flannel or beards, but she is an athlete, is tougher than hardwood, and stands out among her peers — even though she’s only 5 feet, 2…

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Growing plants about nurturing potential

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

by Audrey Halsey If you stepped inside Brittany Weerts’ greenhouse, the first thing you would notice is how beautiful, colorful, and organized the plants look.  Giving great time and detail to keep the greenhouse looking its best is just another day in the life of Brittany Weerts, who earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from…

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Researcher taking the fight to cancer

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

by Kristen Lansing Christopher Roberts peers into the eyepieces of a microscope and rolls the knobs back and forth until the specimen on the slide becomes perfectly clear. He carefully examines the slide of cancerous cells, looking for any changes that could indicate a breakthrough. “I see the cancerous cells in the zebrafish and plant…

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Borlaug Dialogue fuels students’ passion to make a difference

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Twelve undergraduates from the College of Agriculture recently attended the 2019 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. Founded in 2001, the Borlaug Dialogue is named after Norman E. Borlaug, the founder of The World Food Prize, Nobel Prize Laureate and father of the “Green Revolution.” This event honors his…

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