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Students Stories: Hard work pays off on mats, in field for landscape major
October 31, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Jonathan Gingrich originally came to Penn State to wrestle, but found another passion -- landscape contracting -- along the way.
Student-Run Horticulture Show Scheduled for Sept. 27-28
September 12, 2014
The "Seasons of Horticulture" will be the theme of the 101st annual Penn State Horticulture Show, Sept. 27-28.
Gettin' dirty: Agroecology major excels as member of U.S. soil-judging team
September 9, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The study of agricultural sciences can lead to incredible opportunities. Penn State student Nancy Kammerer discovered this firsthand during her recent trip to Jeju, South Korea, for the first International Soil Judging Contest.
Student Entrepreneur: Produce Business Crops Up for Plant Science Major
July 8, 2014
Farming seven acres of land and selling the vegetables at two roadside stands, three grocery stores and a large market may seem like a lot for a student to take on. For Penn State sophomore Alex Cantey, it's business as usual.
Penn State program tries to prevent concussions by examining surfaces
April 28, 2014
What does the hardness of the football field have to do with concussions? According to a recent post in USA Football's "From the Field" blog, field density plays a sizable factor in head injuries. In fact, Penn State's Center for Sports Surface Research reported that 10 percent of concussions come from how hard the ground -- or the artificial turf -- is on a football field. A properly maintained playing surface can help reduce head injury risk. Whether natural or synthetic turf, field management practices directly affect field hardness and, in turn, risk of head injury. As a result, monitoring field hardness is key. In fact, the NFL now requires field managers to measure surface hardness before every game.
New Trustee Matching Scholarship to benefit turfgrass majors
February 20, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Students majoring in Turfgrass Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences will receive first consideration for a new Trustee Scholarship established by a pair of Penn State alumni. With a gift of $50,000, William F. and Diane Randolph, of Powell, Ohio, created an endowment to fund the M. Forest Randolph and William F. Randolph Trustee Scholarship, which will be awarded to a student in the college with demonstrated financial need. The Trustee Matching Scholarship Program maximizes the impact of private giving while directing funds to students as quickly as possible, meeting the urgent need for scholarship support. For Trustee Scholarships created through the end of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students on June 30, 2014, Penn State will provide an annual 10 percent match of the total pledge or gift.
Student Stories: Horticulture major interns with international corporation
January 7, 2014
Sean Fitzsimmons was one of the lucky 13 chosen from around the country to work as an intern at Ball Horticultural Co. in 2012. The fifth-year Penn State horticulture student was thrilled to land the position at the huge international corporation's North American plant in Chicago. "Ball is one of the biggest names in horticulture," the Frankfort, Ill., native said. "I couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with them." The main project Fitzsimmons worked on was comparing unreleased varieties of vegetables and flowers developed by Ball to those of existing and new varieties from the company's competitors.