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Awards and Honors

Posted: December 4, 2007

Faculty, staff, and student recognitions

Ronald Kensinger was selected as a 2007 recipient of the “Community of Teaching Excellence” award in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Ron Kensinger and Jud Heinrichs were among 26 faculty and staff in the College of Ag Sciences who were honored in November at the Nittany Lion Inn for their 25 years of service to The Pennsylvania State University. 

E. Scott McAllister, VMD, received the Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Program Outstanding Service Award.  He is the owner of Centre Equine Practice in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. He has provided veterinary care for horses in several counties for over 25 years. A passionate and dedicated supporter of the 4-H Horse Program, Scott has served as the state show veterinarian since 1985. He has been the veterinary judge for the state 4-H competitive trail ride since 1988 and is involved with numerous Penn State and 4-H activities.

Scott also is an active volunteer for the Penn State Stockmen’s Club, the College’s Alumni Society Board of Directors, the Department’s Equine Science Program, Agricultural Council, and other university activities. He is an enthusiastic Penn State alumnus and maintains a strong commitment to give back to the university without any expectation of recognition.

Scott freely shares his time and expertise to educate youth and promote excellence in the 4-H Horse Program.  Everyone involved in the Program are fortunate to have his involvement and willingness to donate many long hours.

Four Animal Sciences majors were among eight Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2007 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $750 stipend, was established to encourage students to enroll in internship courses offered within the College of Agricultural Sciences. Winners are chosen on the basis of an internship plan, a final report on the internship, an employer evaluation and a letter of recommendation from the internship course supervisor.

The Animal Sciences recipients were:

  • Brynn Kepler, daughter of Nancy and Lindsay Deppen and David Kepler of Herndon. An Animal Sciences major, Kepler was an intern with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in Harrisburg. She is a graduate of Line Mountain High School.
  • Renee Norman, daughter of David and Aggie Norman of Liberty. An Animal Sciences major with a Business Management option, Norman was an intern with Ag Choice Farm Credit - Endless Mountains branch in Towanda.  She is a graduate of Liberty Junior/Senior High School.
  • Levi Smith, son of Ron and Anita Smith of Shippensburg. An Animal Sciences major, Smith was an intern with Rawah Wilderness Ranch in Jelm, WY.  He is a graduate of Big Spring High School.
  • Robyn K. Wirth, daughter of James and Darlene Wirth of Orefield.  An Animal Sciences major, Wirth was an intern with Bell and Evans in Fredericksburg. She is a graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School.

Awards were presented at the department’s holiday luncheon held on December 19:

  • Randy Swope received the Outstanding Staff Member Award.  
  • Kyle Grim received the Vern Hazlett Outstanding Student Worker Award.  
  • Service awards were presented to Pete LeVan (30 years) , Ron Kensigner and Jud Heinrichs (25 years), John Comerford and Bill Weaver (20 years), Lisa Holden (15 years), and Travis Edwards (5 years).