Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus Reception

Dr. Harold Harpster-1971

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April 7, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


324 AG SC IN

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Harold Harpster was reared on a livestock farm in Pennsylvania Furnace, PA, receiving his BS and MS degrees from Penn State, and PhD from Michigan State University. Since 1978, he has taught Penn State courses in feeds and feeding, ruminant nutrition, companion animal nutrition, advanced canine nutrition, meat animal management, beef production, sheep production, careers in animal science, externships, internships, and a portion of a graduate research techniques course. He was responsible for initiating the companion animal program in the Department in 1997. His classes are perhaps best known for providing usable information presented in an enthusiastic and motivating style and evaluations of his teaching performance are highly ranked by students, faculty peers, and extension audiences.

 Harold also presents educational programs to producers and youth groups, responds to producer requests for nutritional management information, and has published a monthly livestock management column in the American Agriculturist periodical for 28 years.  He has advised 3 PhD and 8 MS students and serves on 3 to 5 graduate committees per year. He is author or co-author of 25 referred journal articles, 5 chapters in books or proceedings and numerous abstracts. He is the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Livestock Association and a technical committee member for the beef and sheep performance testing programs of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.  He teaches a popular nutrition module to assist the certification of state humane society officers.

Harold has been the Program Coordinator for the Animal Sciences major since 2006, and has served on essentially all teaching-related committees at the department and college level.

Harold advised the Block and Bridle Club for 13 years, served as an officer of the National Block and Bridle Club for eight years, and has coached several national beef quiz bowl teams. He advises an average of 20 undergraduates per year. He has won numerous teaching and advising awards at the college and university level, most notably the Penn State University Teaching Fellow Award in 2006, presented to one teacher at University Park annually. In 2008, he was named the 40th Pennsylvania Livestock Association’s Hall of Fame winner. For 5 years, he served on the editorial board of The Professional Animal Scientist. He fulfilled the offices of Secretary/Treasurer and President for the Northeast Region of ASAS and also served on the national board of directors for 3 years.

Harold and his wife, Dawn, have two children, Lisa and Matthew, both graduates of Penn State.  His future plans include spending more time working on his farm, hunting, fishing, and spending time at his family’s cabin along the Susquehanna River in Clearfield County.