Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication

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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Dinner brings scholars and donors together

Friday, September 20th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  For students like Mikayla Applegate, an Agricultural Sciences Education and Communications (ASEC) senior, the scholarships she’s received over the years aren’t just acknowledgements of her excellent coursework and campus-wide engagement, they are what will allow her to graduate in May free of school-loans. “I will make it out of college without…

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Selfies with Poland’s President and other stories from this ASEC student’s trip abroad

Monday, July 15th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  During a trip to Poland in June, Courtney Dawn Kelley, incoming Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication (ASEC) senior, put her coursework into practice. Kelley traveled to Poland as part of the 2019 General Electric Poland Immersion Trip, an initiative designed to enhance multilateral cooperation in areas of trade and technology between…

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Jared Forgey in pasture overlooking cattle

Wide-open spaces fuel cowboy dreams

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

by Carley Myers At the Solid Rock Red Angus ranch in Limon, Colorado, Jared Forgey marveled at the sight of 1,200 head of cattle stretching out as far as he could see. Ahead of him were 22,000 acres of ranchland — a world away from the small farm where he grew up. “I was in…

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Alum journeys from barnyard to boardroom

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

By Derek Berkshire Regardless of what his day brings, Wes Davis lives by a simple motto: Don’t be afraid to chase what you really love. Davis, who earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 2018, has been putting in long hours and a lot of airline miles to chase his passion serving clients across…

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Senior swimming in marine opportunities

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

By Carley Myers Last summer Katie D’Addato had an experience of a lifetime. She spent her summer internship in Sarasota, Florida, working alongside unique aquatic animals. “I was releasing baby sea turtles, checking on herd populations of dolphins out at sea, and training manatees for research,” said D’Addato. “It was not the typical internship compared…

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No matter where he goes, he finds a smile

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

By Derek Berkshire No matter where Dane Chapman went, he was greeted with a smile. Malawi, South Africa, the Netherlands — in all those places, transcending all cultures, languages, and backgrounds was a person. And a smile. “I really want to make people feel good and be happy,” said Chapman, a junior agribusiness: agricultural marketing…

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Welcome Ambassador walks the walk and talks Purdue traditions

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

By Cheyenne Dunn Throughout her college career, Sarah Voglewede has volunteered her time (including some of her weekends) to teaching visitors about Purdue. She walks for hours at a time and memorizes university history in hopes of educating someone about agriculture. “Last year I gave a tour to a group of fifth-graders from Chicago,” she…

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About Us

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

The Destination Purdue staff for Volume 24, Number 1 were the Fall 2018 students of YDAE 460 (Agricultural Publishing): (From left) Kathleen Jacobs, staff writer;Cheyenne Dunn, staff writer; Derek Berkshire, managing editor;Carley Myers, staff writer; (Not pictured) Kevin Leigh Smith, instructor.

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Triple major is in a league of his own

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

By Cheyenne Dunn Every morning Alex Angel wakes up at 6 a.m. Before heading out the door for his first class, he thinks about his schedule for the day. Classes all morning. A lab and a meeting with his advisor in the afternoon. Two club meetings in the evening. As busy as he is, he…

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