Penn State Dairy Science Students Shine at 2007 ADSA Meetings

Posted: August 22, 2007

Members of Penn State's Dairy Science Club were victorious in the quiz bowl competition at the 2007 American Dairy Science Association-American Society of Animal Science annual meetings in San Antonio, TX, in early July. It marks the sixth time in seven years that the Penn Staters won first place in the quiz bowl.

Quiz Bowl team members included: Jared Daubert, McElhattan, PA; Brent Schuler, Fleetwood, PA; Margaret White, Barto, PA; and David Wilson.Port Royal, PA. Cal Poly was second.

In the Outstanding Chapter competition, Penn State also earned first place overall, followed by Virginia Tech and Louisiana State University. Penn State has been first in seven of the last ten years.

Penn State's Department of Dairy and Animal Science Head Dr. Terry Etherton said, "We are thrilled with the recognition these students have achieved on behalf of the entire Dairy Science Club. Their performance in San Antonio was exceptional, and reflective of the tremendous amount of hard work and dedication they display throughout the year. We are extremely proud of the Club."

Twelve members attended the meetings, which attractive students and professional members from the US, Mexico, Canada and around the world. During the Student Affiliate Division meetings, the students also participated in business meetings, various competitions including the Undergraduate Paper Competitions, a "Leaders in Training" career symposium where students attended a job fair in the exhibit hall, and an awards banquet. Students also were part of symposia, oral sessions and poster sessions presented by professional members of the organizations.

In the undergraduate presentation contests, Steven Miller, Holsopple, PA, earned first place in the Dairy Production division with his talk, "Management Considerations for Automated Milking Systems." Genevieve Christ , Sidman, PA, was named the winner in the Dairy Foods division with her presentation, "Influence of Lowfat Dairy Products on Colorectal Cancers." In the original research category, Emily Yeiser, Arnold, MD, placed third with her discussion, "Genetic Analysis of the Relationship between Ketosis and Milkfat in Holsteins."

Other recognition for Penn State members include

  • The Dairyman, edited by Renee Norman, Liberty, PA, was named first place yearbook
  • The club's digital electronic yearbook earned first place
  • The Club's Web site (, coordinated by Dave Wilson, placed first
  • The Club scrapbook, assembled by Sarah Tuttle, Oley, PA, won first place
  • In the Most Miles Traveled Award, the club took first place; Renee Norman completed her term as secretary-treasurer and was elected ADSA-SAD second vice president for the upcoming year.


Emily Yeiser, a recent graduate, was named Outstanding Student in the ADSA Student Affiliate Division. She previously served as national president of ADSA-SAD and was earlier this spring named Outstanding Senior at the Northeast Regional Meetings.


Other Dairy Science Club members who attended the meetings included Robyn Bechtel, Martinsburg, PA; Laura Grove, Shippensburg, PA; Michael Phelps, Caledonia, NY; and Melissa Sankey, Clearfield, PA. They were accompanied by club co-adviser Dale Olver, outgoing co-adviser Dr. Ronald Kensinger, and incoming co-adviser Dr. Michael O'Connor. The students attended the meetings as members of the American Dairy Science Association Student Affiliate Division (ADSA-SAD), 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 400 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.