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Canale to be Honored as Penn State's Dairy Science 2016 Distinguished Alumnus

Posted: November 1, 2016

Dr. Chris Canale will be honored at a Department of Animal Science ceremony on Friday, November 11.

Dr. Chris Canale, U.S. Technology Deployment Manager, Cargill, has been named the 2016 Dairy Science Distinguished Alumnus by Penn State's Department of Animal Science, and will be honored at a departmental ceremony on Friday, November 11 at University Park.

He earned his Ph.D. in animal nutrition from Penn State in 1989, after receiving his M.S. from the University of Maine in 1984 and his B.S. from Cornell University in 1981. After serving as a post-doctorate research associate at the USDA Research Center in Beltsville, MD, he joined Agway, Inc. as manager of dairy nutrition, later serving as vice president of nutrition.

Canale began his work in Cargill in 2004, where he directs training, technology deployment, and product development within the US.  His research responsibilities include model development, experimental design, diet review, and data interpretation and transfer. 

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "We are delighted to recognize Chris for the outstanding contributions he makes to the dairy industry, and look forward to welcoming him to campus. A very strong Penn State supporter, he is truly a credit to our Department and the University, always exhibiting a positive outlook as he shares his expertise to wide and diverse audiences."

Canale said, "This award captures everything about why I do what I do and how I live my life - for others. I live my life being third: God and my family come before I do. After graduation, all I wanted to do was serve Penn State -- I wanted to give back as much as I could.  To me, my degree from Penn State was about a relationship. A partnership. I wanted to make Penn State better any way I could.  I'm so proud to be a graduate of this Department. Yes, this award is truly about a relationship." 

He added, "I've never thought much about recognition. I don't spend time wondering if anyone is watching. Seeing teammates and students finish well is my pat on the back. Then, out of the blue, the phone rings and Dr. Etherton says I've won this distinguished award; in effect, saying, 'we were watching all along.' Not once do I start my day thinking what's in it for me; rather, I think 'what's in it for everyone around me.' "

Canale and his wife Becky live in Shippensburg PA and have two daughters: Nicole, a second-year law student at Liberty University; and Megan, a senior film-video major at Penn State.