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Penn State Dairy Science Club Named Outstanding Chapter at ADSA

Posted: July 20, 2015

Penn State's Club received national recognition for its outstanding chapter activities for the third straight year. The Quiz Bowl team also placed first.
Penn State students at ADSA are, from left: Cara Trotter, Isaac Haagen, Michelle Hartzell, Amy Kraus, Rebecca Klopp, Kyle Sollenberger, Halee Wasson, Greyson Smith and Amber Gabel. Member Jaylene Lesher is absent from the photo.

Penn State students at ADSA are, from left: Cara Trotter, Isaac Haagen, Michelle Hartzell, Amy Kraus, Rebecca Klopp, Kyle Sollenberger, Halee Wasson, Greyson Smith and Amber Gabel. Member Jaylene Lesher is absent from the photo.

For the third consecutive year, 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 Orlando, FL, from July 11-15.  The award is based on an annual report of chapter activities, participation in the ADSA Student Affiliate Division, club publications and website. 

During the meetings, ten Penn State students completed SeaWorld's Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Laboratory course and participated in business meetings, a career symposium, various competitions, and an awards luncheon.  The meetings attracted nearly 140 students and advisors in addition to the more than 3,300 professionals and guests from the US, Mexico, Canada, and other countries.

Penn State's quiz bowl team placed first overall in an exciting contest, defeating a team from Cal Poly in the final match.  Team members included Isaac Haagen, Howard, PA; Amy Kraus, Aliquippa, PA; Jaylene Lesher, Bernville, PA; and Kyle Sollenberger, Spring City, PA.

The Penn State Dairyman, edited by Sara Kitchen, Danville, PA, placed first in the yearbook category. The club website coordinated by Hannah Jackson, Columbia Crossroads, PA, and Amy Kraus also placed first. 

The club scrapbook assembled by Halee Wasson, State College, PA, earned third place.

In the undergraduate presentation contests, Rebecca Klopp, Bethel, PA, earned second place in the dairy production division with her talk, "The Benefits of Feeding Heat Treated Colostrum to Dairy Calves." Halee Wasson competed in the dairy foods division with her presentation, "Reinventing Sweetness in Dairy Products."  In the original research category, Amber Gabel, Newport, PA, presented her study titled, "Consideration of DGAT1 Interactions with DNA Markers Improved Genetic Predictions." Michelle Hartzell, Slippery Rock, PA, earned third place with her study titled, "Expression of aryl hydrocarbon receptor in the endometrium of dairy heifers during early pregnancy and the estrous cycle" in the original research poster competition.

Isaac Haagen was named Outstanding ADSA-SAD Member.  This award combines academic excellence, leadership, and involvement in ADSA activities.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "Our Dairy Science Club members work extremely hard throughout the year, and we are very proud of this national recognition of their efforts. Their continued success as an outstanding Club is an extraordinary and well-deserved tribute to their deep commitment to excellence. The club's success reflects the strong encouragement and support of the faculty and staff.  I offer sincere congratulations to the club and to the individual members who had outstanding success."

In the Student Affiliate Division business meetings, Michelle Hartzell completed her term as ADSA-SAD Officer-at-Large. Other members attending the meetings and assisting with Penn State's activities included Greyson Smith, Palmyra, PA, and Cara Trotter, Enon Valley, PA.  Club co-advisers Dale Olver and Chad Dechow 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 600 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.