Fall 2019

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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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Staff: Volume 24, Number 2, Fall 2019

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

The Destination Purdue staff for Volume 24, Number 2 were the Spring 2019 students of YDAE 460 (Agricultural Publishing): (Back row from left) Audrey Halsey, staff writer; Sheradan Hill, staff writer. (Middle row from left) Courtney Maxwell, staff writer; Libby Witham, staff writer; Shailin Heckard, staff writer; Peyton Keller, staff writer; Kendell Combs, managing editor….

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A Word from the Editor

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

by Kendell Combs Choosing a college can be intimidating. I know this firsthand, because I applied to nearly 15 colleges during my senior year in high school. Quite honestly, the thought of attending such a large university like Purdue was daunting. I didn’t know how a girl from a hometown of only 200 people would…

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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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Meet the College of Agriculture’s newest faculty members

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose As the semester kicks-off hundreds of new faces crop up across the College of Agriculture’s campus. Not all of these unfamiliar faces are freshmen and transfer students, however. Ten faculty members are also joining the college this semester in the departments of agricultural economics, animal sciences, entomology, forestry and natural resources…

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