Alumni News

Posted: December 17, 2008

Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni, Dairymen's and Stockmen's Clubs

Dr. Paul Shellenberger Paul R. Shellenberger , Professor emeritus of Dairy Science, was recognized as the 2008 Dairy Science Distinguished Alumnus on November 7.

Shellenberger received His B.S. from Penn State in 1957 in dairy science- production and his M.S. in 1959. He earned his Ph.D. in animal nutrition in 1964 from Iowa State University. Shellenberger's contributions to the Department though his outstanding teaching and advising more than 7,000 students during his time at Penn State has had a lasting impact on the department’s teaching and advising program.

Paul joined the Dairy Science faculty in 1967 after serving the Texas Agricultural Extension Service as a dairy specialist for two and a half years. In that position, he worked with County Agricultural Extension Agents and their program committees in a 29-county area of north Texas.

His college teaching career began at Tarleton State College, where he taught introductory courses in dairy science and agricultural economics and served as a student adviser.

He has received several awards for his teaching and work with advising. Those awards include The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (1975), the Ralston Purina Teaching Award (1983), the Golden Key National Honor Society Outstanding Faculty Award (1983), the AMOCO Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Performance (1985), the Undergraduate Student Government's Excellence in Advising Award (1991), the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award (1996) and the Excellence in Advising Award presented by the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society (1996).

The Dairy Science Club named him dedicatee for the Dairy Expo in 1986. He was named the dedicatee by the Block and Bridle Club for the Little International Livestock Show in 1988 and again in 1997.

He was recognized by Delta Theta Sigma fraternity with their Alumni Service Award in 1989. Shellenberger cofounded the Penn State Dairyman's Club with the late Gus Branding in 1977.

Through his encouragement of several female students in the College, a chapter of Sigma Alpha (Sisters in Agriculture) was established in 1989.

He was a member of the American Dairy Science Association, the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, the American Society of Animal Science, Dairy Shrine and the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Shellenberger represented the College faculty on the University Faculty Senate for 20 years, serving as secretary, member or chair of several key committee. He served as Marshall at the College's commencement programs for many years.

A native of Dover, Pennsylvania, Shellenberger is a graduate of Dover Area High School. He retired in 1997 and enjoys spending time with his wife Joan, and their two grown children and their families. Paul and Joan currently reside in Franklin, Indiana.

In November, Donald Orr , president of JBS United, Inc., was recognized as the College’s 2008 Outstanding Alumnus.

Dana Putnam , vice president and general manager of animal nutrition and health for the Balchem Corporation, was recognized as the College’s 2008 Outstanding Recent Alumnus in November.

The Stockmen’s Club continues to raise funds for its undergraduate scholarship endowments. The silent auction held at the DAS Tailgate on November 15 raised $1,927 for the Club’s Memorial Award for Freshmen Students.

Donations made payable to Penn State may be mailed to the College of Ag Sciences, Ag Development Office, 232 Ag Administration Bldg. University Park, PA 16802. Note on the memo line: “PSSC Freshmen Award.” The Club’s next event is the Annual Business Meeting on January 10, 2009 at the Harrisburg East Holiday Inn. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

About 230 people attended the Dairymen’s and Stockmen’s Clubs ’ Second Annual Football Tailgate on November 15 prior to the Indiana game. A TV broadcast of the game allowed those without tickets or who wanted to avoid the rainy day view the game from the comfort of the indoors. Next year’s tailgate is planned for September 26 (Penn State vs. Iowa). For more information about the Stockmen’s and Dairymen’s clubs, see and