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Penn State DAS Students Successful at ADSA Meetings

Posted: July 28, 2012

DAS students won the tenth quiz bowl title in 12 years, and the Dairy Science Club garnered other recognition for their activities.
Penn State Animal Science ADSA Team Left to Right: Joel Smith, Kelcie Degenfelder, Colton Hoffman, Amy Yeiser, Nathan Ulmer, Rebecca Shaw, Jared Risser, Brianna Isenberg, Derek Wasson, Hannah Wentworth, Dustin Gates

Penn State Animal Science ADSA Team Left to Right: Joel Smith, Kelcie Degenfelder, Colton Hoffman, Amy Yeiser, Nathan Ulmer, Rebecca Shaw, Jared Risser, Brianna Isenberg, Derek Wasson, Hannah Wentworth, Dustin Gates

Eleven students representing Penn State's Department of Animal Science (DAS) successfully competed in contests held as part of the American Dairy Science Association--Student Affiliate Division (ADSA-SAD) meeting July 14-17 in Phoenix, AZ.

Continuing a tradition, the dairy quiz bowl team placed first in competition, garnering its tenth quiz bowl title in 12 years. Members of the team were: Kelcie Degenfelder, Collins, NY; Dustin Gates, Warriors Mark, PA; Nathan Ulmer, Bellefonte, PA; and, Derek Wasson, Centre Hall, PA.

Other Dairy Science Club students who participated in the meetings were Colton Hoffman, Shinglehouse, PA; Brianna Isenberg, Indiana, PA; Jared Risser, Bainbridge, PA; Rebecca Shaw, Williamsburg, PA; Joel Smith, Palmyra, PA; Hannah Wentworth, Quarryville, PA; and Amy Yeiser, Arnold, MD. They were accompanied by club advisers Dale Olver, Instructor in Dairy and Animal Science, and Dr. Chad Dechow, Associate Professor of Dairy Cattle Genetics.

Yeiser completed her term as 2011-2012 president of the ADSA Student Affiliate Division.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "The success of the quiz bowl team and the national recognition given to the Dairy Science Club for its achievements are a tribute to the exceptional dedication of our students, and the diligence of our very committed faculty. I offer sincere congratulations to the entire club for their success at ADSA and throughout the year." 

Other recognitions for the Dairy Science Club included:

* The Penn State Dairyman yearbook edited by Nicole Kusko, Hopewell Junction, NY, was named first place digital yearbook, and the club's paper version placed second.

* The Penn State Dairy Science Club Web site (www.clubs.psu.edu/up/dairyscienceclub)  coordinated by Sarah Hoopes, Landenberg, PA, placed first.

* The club scrapbook compiled by Katie Laughlin, Lewistown, PA, placed first.

* Penn State earned second place in the Outstanding Chapter competition, based on an annual report of chapter activities, participation in the ADSA Student Affiliate Division, club publications, and website.

* Wentworth placed second in the Dairy Foods Undergraduate Presentation Contest with her talk, "Importance of texturants in dairy products."

* Isenberg earned third place in the Original Research Undergraduate Presentation Contest with her project, "Effect of temperature during drying and mechanical extrusion of protein meal protein in situ degradability and in vivo digestibility."

* Risser competed in the Dairy Production Undergraduate Presentation Contest with his talk, "New approaches to combat milk fat depression."

More than 100 students and advisors attended the meetings along with more than 3,000 professionals and guests from the United States, Mexico, Canada and around the world.

In addition to participating in the contests, students attended business meetings, a career symposium and the awards luncheon, and attended oral and poster sessions presented by professional members of the organization.

The students attended the meetings as members of the American Dairy Science Association Student Affiliate Division (ADSA-SAD). The ADSA-SAD is a division of the parent organization that works to develop leadership and promote scholarship among students interested in the dairy industry, and to encourage students toward careers in dairy science. There are more than 500 undergraduate student members in ADSA.

ADSA was established in 1906 as a scientific and educational association to serve the dairy and dairy-related industries. It facilitates the discovery, application and dissemination of dairy science knowledge and information.