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From Terry Etherton

Posted: June 5, 2008

We are committed to embracing change in a way that builds on the excellence that we represent. Our mindset is that we must not stand still but, rather, work hard to get better. In my opinion, we have been very successful! This reflects the enthusiasm and hard work of faculty, staff and students in the Department. I offer my congratulations to them!
Dr. Terry Etherton

I have previously written in Hoofprints about the Department changing in a dynamic manner. We continue this “track” with new faculty and staff joining the department. The College will be publishing an article in an upcoming issue of Penn State Agriculture Magazine about the six faculty that have been hired as part of the Reproductive Biology Initiative. This has attracted national and international attention – we are elated that we had this opportunity to build this area of expertise! In addition, we are in the process of adding two extension associates to our 4-H Horse program. Christopher Raines will join the faculty later this summer in a Meat Science Extension/Research faculty position.

The scale and scope of what we do in the department is an ever-changing landscape. We have a large cohort of students with career interests in equine science and small animal science … there are terrific job opportunities in these areas. To be competitive in providing an education to students with these career interests, we have built teaching programs in these areas that, I believe, have well positioned us for the future. The days of passively waiting for prospective students to “ring the doorbell” are gone…we are in the business of actively recruiting the best and brightest!

We are committed to embracing change in a way that builds on the excellence that we represent. Our mindset is that we must not stand still but, rather, work hard to get better. In my opinion, we have been very successful! This reflects the enthusiasm and hard work of faculty, staff and students in the Department. I offer my congratulations to them!

As always, if there is anything we in the Department can help you with, please let me know (tde@psu.edu; 814-863-3665).

Terry D. Etherton, Department Head and Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition