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Penn State Dairy Science Club Named Outstanding Chapter at ADS

Posted: July 29, 2014

Continuing a tradition of outstanding national rankings, the Penn State Dairy Science Club was named Outstanding Chapter and individual members received recognition in Kansas City.
Penn State Dairy Science Club students in a group photo from October, 2013. The Club was named Outstanding Chapter in the nation at the American Dairy Science Association Student Affiliate Division's annual meeting last week.

Penn State Dairy Science Club students in a group photo from October, 2013. The Club was named Outstanding Chapter in the nation at the American Dairy Science Association Student Affiliate Division's annual meeting last week.

Penn State's Dairy Science Club was named the Outstanding Chapter at the American Dairy Science Association Student Affiliate Division (ADSA-SAD) annual meetings held in Kansas City, MO, July 19-22, continuing a tradition of outstanding rankings in the national contest.  The award is based on an annual report of chapter activities, participation in the ADSA Student Affiliate Division, club publications and website. Eleven Penn State members participated in the tours, competitions and careers symposium. The meetings attracted nearly 80 students and advisors in addition to the more than 3,500 professionals and guests from the US, Mexico, Canada, and beyond.

Individual members represented the club well in a variety of contests.

Amy Kraus, Aliquippa, PA, earned first place in the Dairy Production division of the undergraduate presentation contest with her talk, "The Future Role of Metabalomics in Dairy Science."  Gearet Fitzpatrick, Kensington, MD, placed third in the Dairy Foods category, and Isaac Haagen, Howard, earned third in the Original Research division.

Penn State's quiz bowl team of Haagen, Kraus, Chad Horst, Newmanstown, PA; and Nikki Engwall, Lancaster, PA, placed second overall.

In other results, the club scrapbook compiled by LeeAnn Kapanick, Meadville, PA, earned first place. Placing first in the yearbook category was the Penn State Dairyman edited by Kelley Jay, Artemis, PA.  The club website also took top honors. In addition, Penn State earned the Most Miles Traveled award.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "We are extremely proud of the hard work that members of the Club put forth throughout the year. This national recognition is an extraordinary honor and well-deserved. Members of the club have a deep commitment to excellence, and their success reflects the strong encouragement of the faculty and staff.  I offer my sincere congratulations to the club and to the individual members who had strong success."

In the Student Affiliate Division business meetings, Michelle Hartzell, Slippery Rock, was elected ADSA-SAD Officer at Large for the upcoming year. Other members attending the meetings and assisting with Penn State's activities included Morgan Aldea, Jupiter, FL; Ashley Blair, Sugar Grove, PA; Samantha Lykon, Swoyersville, PA; Denille Pingrey, Strykersville, NY; and Evan Snyder, Elizabethtown, PA.  Club co-advisor Dale Olver accompanied the members.

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.