Awards and Honors

Posted: June 24, 2011

Staff and students receive recognition

Internship awards

Ten students in the College recently received Internship Awards from the college's Alumni Society. The awards with 750 stipends were based on students' performance during the internship, their written final reports about their experiences and evaluations offered by internship supervisors. Four of the awardees are Animal Sciences majors. Kristen Annunziata of Middletown, NJ, interned with Centre Wildlife Care in Port Matilda. Benjamin Cashell of Chambersburg interned with the Mason Dixon Farm in Gettysburg.  John H. Frantz of Waynesboro interned with Capital Area Resource Conservation and Development in Carlisle. Sharon Ng of Elmhurst, NY, interned with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Brooklyn, NY.

Extension Award

The Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association presented Virginia Ishler, extension associate with Penn State's Dairy Alliance, with its 2011 Extension Award at the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit in Lancaster. Dave Smith, Executive Director of the Association recognized Ishler's "leadership and dedication" and her extensive contributions focusing on improving dairy farm profitability. Ishler is well-known throughout the dairy industry for her work in precision feeding, nutrient management and, more recently, risk management with income over feed costs and cash flow planning.

Beef Quiz Bowl

Students representing the Department competed in the National Beef Quiz Bowl at the 2011 Cattle Industry Conference in Denver, CO, February 2-5, placing second for the second straight year. The University of Florida won the contest. Members of the 2011 team included Ben Cashell, Joshua Ebert, Ryan Fairbairn, and Natalie Niehls. Dan Kniffen advised the team. The team competed in Rhode Island last year to earn the right to represent the Northeast in the National competition. Since the contest's inception in 1993, Penn State has represented the Northeast Region 15 times, winning the National Championship nine times and placing second six times.