Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication

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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Student looking at paper

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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Greek life provides philanthropic outlet

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

By Kathleen Jacobs The Parthenon. Gyros. Baklava. All are Greek staples. But when Sneha Jogi thinks Greek, she thinks of philanthropy, a sense of family, and being part of something larger. To her, Greek means sororities and fraternities. “I think even before Purdue I knew I wanted to be involved in Greek life, I wanted…

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Logan Glassburn above a barn and field

Internship brings new ideas to the table

Monday, February 4th, 2019

By Chad Campbell Logan Glassburn always planned to attend Purdue. What she never expected was that journey would take her to Africa. Glassburn grew up on Indiana’s first wind farm, less than an hour from West Lafayette. Both her parents graduated from Purdue and now teach in Newton County. Glassburn described her childhood as “the…

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A collection of photos from 2018

10 Most Read Stories of 2018

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Purdue celebrates dedication of new animal sciences complex In March, Purdue formally dedicated its new 123,000 square-foot animal sciences complex, boosting the university’s commitment to Indiana’s vital food animal production industry. “These wonderful state-of-the art classrooms, laboratories, and interactive spaces bring together students, faculty, and staff in ways that will foster collaboration, spark new ideas,…

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Carroll receives Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 University News Story

Natalie Carroll, professor of agricultural sciences education and communication (ASEC) and agricultural and biological engineering (ABE), received the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People of Indiana. Indiana…

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How the College of Agriculture is encouraging diversity through mentorship

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

By Emma Ea Ambrose  According to Levon Esters, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication (ASEC) professor, the main reasons students leave graduate school are lack of funding and a lack of quality mentorship. These two issues often disproportionately affect women and students of color, two populations underrepresented in graduate programs. To address this issue, Esters and…

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Mentoring program for minority graduate students receives national honor

Thursday, October 25th, 2018 University News Story

Mentoring at Purdue (M@P), a mentoring program housed within Purdue University’s College of Agriculture, received The National Experiment Station Section’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Award. The Experiment Station Section is an arm of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, which is a research, policy and advocacy organization devoted to advancing the work of land-grant institutions. Levon Esters, a professor in the Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication Department (ASEC), and Neil Knobloch, an ASEC professor, founded the program to facilitate the successful growth of students academically, professionally and personally.

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View of space

ASEC graduate student’s NASA journey

Monday, October 15th, 2018

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Someplace between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ms. Frizzle of “The Magic School Bus” lies Jessica Merzdorf’s career sweet spot. Merzdorf is a Purdue University graduate student with the Agricultural and Sciences Education and Communication Department. She studies science communication with Linda Pfeiffer, specializing in climate change communication. She was…

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Booths at the Career Fair

Agricultural Career Fair Showcases Great Demand

Monday, October 8th, 2018

By Chad Campbell Purdue University’s College of Agriculture Fall Career Fair provides students and employers a one-of-a-kind opportunity. “We’ve been told by recruiters across the nation that we may not be the largest fair, but we are the best as far as students being prepared,” said Sherrelyn Meyer, Purdue’s assistant director of Career Services. The…

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College of Agriculture hits milestone undergrad enrollment

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 University News Story

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture welcomed 2,803 undergraduate students this fall, marking its largest undergraduate enrollment since 1980. Hoosier students make up 76 percent of those enrolled, and 60 percent are female students.

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Art and science of food offer junior a feast for his mind

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

By Khyleigh North Be ready to learn more about your food than you ever imagined if you have lunch with Dylan Morton. And if you’re lucky enough to have him make that lunch, his artistry is going to wow you with a combination of flavors you never imagined. The junior from Indianapolis knows all about…

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Endangered Species Club: Freshman seeks to make a difference for endangered animals

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

By Natalie Korniak Few things animate Camille Vann quite like the topic of the illegal ivory trade. When she describes how poachers kill endangered African elephants just to sell their tusks, you can see the anger on her face. “It’s pretty ridiculous and sad to know that there are so many elephants a day killed…

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Sister plays career matchmaker for food science major

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

By Khyleigh North Deklin Veenhuizen is excited to start his career in a few months with Diageo, a wine and spirits company. The work will allow him to help people in a way he never imagined he would. His job will also allow him to explore different areas of the food science industry. “While I’ve…

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