Penn State Dairy Science Club Named Outstanding Chapter at ADSA

Sally Brown Bair, Penn State

Members of the Penn State Dairy Science Club who participated in the ADSA-SAD annual meetings in Pittsburgh, from left: Zachary Curtis, Toni Smith, Katie Sondericker, Katie Hess, Emma Brenengen, Sarah Rassler, Douglas Boop.

For the fifth 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 Pittsburgh from June 24-27.  The award is based on an annual report of chapter activities, participation in the ADSA Student Affiliate Division, club publications and website.  The meeting attracted 130 undergraduate students and their advisors from 23 dairy science clubs along with more than 1900 professionals and guests from the US, Mexico, Canada, and beyond.

Penn State was represented in Pittsburgh by seven undergraduate students, including  Zachary Curtis, Waymart, PA; Emma Brenengen, Middletown, MD: Douglas Boop, Millmont, PA; Katie Hess, Lancaster, PA; Sarah Rassler, New Tripoli, PA; Toni Smith, Reynoldsville, PA; and Katie Sondericker, Attica, NY.  They were accompanied by club advisers Dr. Chad Dechow and Dale Olver.

Penn State’s quiz bowl team of Doug Boop, Katie Hess, Sarah Rassler, and Katie Sondericker placed second overall among 12 teams in an exciting pair of final rounds. The club scrapbook assembled by Macy Fisher, McVeytown, PA, placed first, and the Penn State Dairyman, edited by Sarah Williams, Pottsville, PA, earned second in the yearbook category.  Emma Brenengen, Zachary Curtis, and Katie Sondericker represented the club in the undergraduate presentation contests.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, “It is an outstanding and well-deserved honor to continue this tradition of excellence on the national level. Our students have a strong and unwavering dedication for achieving excellence at the ADSA meeting.  I am indebted to our faculty and staff who offer tremendous support to help them achieve their goals. I offer my most sincere congratulations to the club members and all those who have helped them attain these remarkable accomplishments.”

Along with the activities at the meetings, ADSA honors undergraduates for academic achievement. Students from Penn State that received ADSA certificates for outstanding scholarship included Hailey Berkstresser, Hustontown, PA;  Emma Brenengen, Dylan Dietz, McVeytown, PA;  Mikayla Fulper, Lambertville, NJ; Amber Gabel, Newport, PA; Curtis Hershey, Bethel, PA;  Katie Hess, Simon Itle, Loretto, PA; Garrett Morgan, Paonia, CO;  Katie Sondericker,  Megan Sweppenheiser, Ulster, PA;  and Stephanie Takitch, Latrobe, PA.

Undergraduates visited the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium where they learned about the unique care and handling needs of zoo animals. They also participated in business meetings, a social media training seminar sponsored by Dairy Management, Inc., and an awards luncheon.  In addition, students had several networking opportunities, including the Undergraduate Career Roundtable Luncheon with industry professionals, and a riverboat dinner cruise.

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.

Club photo ADSA 2017

Penn State’s Dairy Science Club was named the Outstanding Chapter at the American Dairy Science Association Student Affiliate Division annual meeting.