Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

This school year, I have had the opportunities to go to two professional conferences: the Agronomy Society of America (ASA) Annual Meeting in October and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting last week. 

I went to the ASA meeting with other members of Agronomy Club, and we participated in the student conference.  As a part of the student conference, the organizers put on a series of competitions between the schools.  I participated in the visual competition and the Quiz Bowl team.  The visual presentation contest included making a short PowerPoint presentation introducing a problem and a solution to that problem.  I went to the AMS meeting to present the results from my summer internship.  While I was there, I learned about future opportunities in meteorology and climatology and I listened to lectures about specific topics that interested me. 

Both the conferences gave me the opportunity to network with professionals, hear academic lectures and talk to graduate programs.  Going to a conference is a valuable experience for a student, because it can help to inform career or graduate school decisions.  I talked to professionals who were eager to answer my questions, and I met peers from other schools who are in the same position as me.

Boiler up!

Mary Rose Mangan

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

School's Back in Session

Hey guys!

School is back in session! With that came the snow, ice, and now mush. To top it all off there’s a chance of even more snow. The anticipation is back. I'm beginning to wonder what this semester will bring. I can tell you that Agronomy Club members will continue to receive weekly emails from me.  

Over Thanksgiving Break my family participated in Host-A-Boiler. We had two students from India join us for Thanksgiving at our house. We played board games, walked to the creek, ate food, and spent time with the various pets we own. We enjoyed that so much that over Christmas break we participated in that again. I unfortunately got sick and wasn't able to join them. But my family  took a student from India to my aunts house for Christmas on Christmas Eve. They got to open presents, play games, and eat! 

Boiler up! 
Hannah Padgett

Friday, December 29, 2017

End of 2017 Update

Hello all!
I hope everyone had a successful finals week and a wonderful Christmas! I also hope that break is going well for everyone. I know I am super happy to be on break but honestly, I'm also ready to get back to school! I am excited about the classes that I have this semester which makes waiting a little difficult but it will be here before we know it! Besides that, I am also having a wonderful break full of family, fun, scholarship applications, and relaxation and it can't get any better than that!

Since the last time I talked to you, I did accept an internship with Ceres Solutions as a crop health technician intern for this upcoming summer. I will be taking samples of fields and monitoring their health throughout the summer months (it entails a lot more, that's just the tip of the iceberg!). I am looking forward to building connections with other employees of Ceres to see their side of work as well. I did gain this internship through the huge career fair that the College of Ag puts on so I definitely would recommend checking that out! There are so many great opportunities and awesome internship and career opportunities that will take you places!

Second semester of my sophomore year is quickly approaching and the end of the year has me thinking about a lot. First of all, oh my how time flies! I got a flashback on FaceBook today that showed when I posted, two years ago to this day, that I had been accepted to Purdue. Honestly, Purdue was the only place that I applied because I knew it's where I belong so I was super happy to see that! I have also been looking back on everything that I have experience while being here. Making new friends, going to AFA Conferences and Institutes, volunteering for different things with my clubs (Hammer Down Hunger, serving at the Alumni Fish Fry, etc), making fun and exciting memories with the clubs I am involved in, and much more! And finally, I have been looking into the future. I have been thinking about scholarships, study abroads, conferences, grad school, and again, many other things! Despite what may happen, I know that everything happens for a reason and that it will all be okay! I am super excited about the future and what will happen and I am so thankful for everything that has happened so far!

I wish everyone luck who is waiting to hear back from universities and who is deciding on where to go and just want you to know that you should just go with your heart! To everyone that's at Purdue currently, have a great rest of your break (and a Happy New Year!) and a wonderful start to your spring 2018 semester! See you all soon!

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Boiler Up!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

One Last Time

Boiler Country,

I do not know where to start besides, I graduated this morning.  I started this morning as a Purdue student but am writing to you as an alumni...SCARY!  It is bittersweet, and honestly, it didn't really set in that I graduated until just a while ago.  I cannot stop thinking about all of the memories I have made and the people who have helped me succeed.  There are a few people within the agronomy department that I am dedicating this post to. 

First, Sherry Fulk-Bringman, Sherry was one of the very first agronomy faculty that I developed a relationship with as she is the faculty advisor for the agronomy club.  I served for two years on the agronomy club officer team, butting heads with Sherry from time to time but always knowing she had my back and I had hers.  To this day I know walking into the SRC I will be welcomed with a warm smile and probably a snack!  I am so thankful for her giving me leadership opportunities and driving me forward early in my college career. 

Next, Jane Wiercioch, Jane was someone I met later in my college career as I ran for an agronomy ambassador position.  Up until receiving this position I did not even know who she was!  (Most likely due to her role with NRCS and not 100% agronomy like it is today) However, Jane is one of the nicest, most caring, and thoughtful faculty members in the department.  Honestly, I am not sure how she survived me as an ambassador but I owe her a lot for it!  You can always expect a friendly hallway conversation from Jane.

Finally, Dr. Lee Schweitzer, Dr. Schweitzer is hands down the nicest most genuine man on Purdue's campus.  He probably knew my name before I knew his and he will make sure to wish you the best every time you see him.  I was able to take three of his classes where I not only learned the material, but learned how to be a better person.  It is little things like a handshake and a small word of encouragement that can mean the most to some students, okay.

This list could go on and on in the department, it is truly a family.  Thankfully, I am continuing my education within the department to obtain my masters, I am not ready to say goodbye to any of these folks yet!

Happy Holidays Boilers,

Nick Thompson
P.S. - This is the look when you are moments away from graduating, yet still have no clue what to do with your life.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Semester End

Hello All!

Hope your start to finals week hasn't been to bad yet! I know that I've got a tough exam tomorrow that I should probably keep studying for! Besides the crazy weeks leading up to finals, I was able to escape campus for a few days to attend the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health in Indianapolis. I went with the president of the Environmental Sciences Club here at Purdue; who just happens to be my best friend from day one on campus freshman year! The conference was very informative, and I learned a lot about cover crops and specific soil health concerns around the United States. The conference started each day with an opening and then a keynote address or a plenary session. We then were given the choice to attend three breakout sessions of our choice. One of keynotes featured a geologist discussing his view on soil health around the world. It was quite interesting to hear his perspective on the topic. Pictured below is David Montgomery (the geologist) discussing soil fertilization.

David Montgomery--University of Washington

I chose to attend a breakout session on organic farming with cover crops across the United States, one about business opportunities with cover crops and soil health, and a multi-university discussion on herbicide uses in cover cropping systems and resistant weeds. Overall, these topics gave me a lot of new information and understanding to different systems that I might encounter in my future career.

Over the past semester, I have been able to attend three different conferences; each offering a unique perspective to agronomy and soils. For anyone interested in applying their classroom knowledge and learning more outside of it, I recommend trying to attend these events. The information you learn at them is great to take into the classroom for discussions. I look forward to the coming semesters and the conferences I can attend!


Have a great break everyone!

Sarah Voglewede

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Semester Wrap-Up

Welcome to finals week my fellow Boilermakers!

            Wow, has this semester flown by! It feels like just yesterday we were all returning back to campus! Though I love all the breaks we have throughout the school year, Christmas break is one of my favorites! There are so many wonderful traditions this time of year!
            Last week the Horticulture Club had our annual Christmas party. We gathered at Dr. Dana’s home in Lafayette. We had a carry in dinner and a white elephant gift exchange as well. In the exchange the Hort. Club tradition is to pass around the Pinecone Santa. I ended up with it last year, so it was my year to return it, hidden in a gift to wait and see who got it this year. Luckily, the only Santa I got this year was on a plate that says “cookies for Santa” along with a mug and some Christmas dish towels.
            In my family, we have some special traditions that we do together. One day over break we set aside for all the grandkids and my aunts to all go to my Grandma’s house to make Christmas cookies together. Thankfully she has a large kitchen for us to do this in because we make many different cookies as well as dipped candies too.
            Another one of my favorite traditions is going to church on Christmas Eve with my family. Usually it is a late service, around midnight, so that by the end it is Christmas morning. The music always sounds good because we sing Christmas songs that everyone is familiar with. In our church, we put large wooden candle holders in the windows that we only use for the Christmas Eve service. My favorite part is the last song. We stand in a circle and sing Silent Night. Everyone has hand held candles and we turn out the lights and sing in just the candle light. It is a very beautiful way to remember the real reason for the season!
            Looking forward to the summer now, I plan to have another summer internship. I am going to intern with a company from back home called Tech Services Inc. My mom worked at TSI for almost 20 years, and I am proud to follow in her foot steps and work there too. I might even get to sit at what was her desk too. TSI is an ag research company. They have plots in several different states across the U.S. and work with corn, soybeans and wheat. At this point, I am not entirely sure what it is exactly I will be doing, however they told me I would get to move around and experience many different jobs throughout the summer.
            As we are heading into finals week I wish everyone the very best! Keep your head up and continue to work hard! Safe travels for everyone going home, where ever home is for you!

Have a safe, relaxing break and a Blessed Christmas!
See you in 2018!

As always, Boiler Up & Hammer Down!!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Looking Into Winter Break...

Hey All,

As the stress of finals has approached, I'm trying to keep my chin up and focus on all the fun activities and relaxation I will get to experience while on winter break.

For starters, my best friend since freshman year is graduating, so I'm really looking forward to spending some time with her before she moves to New York.  While it will be sad being so far away from her next semester, I hope that I'll have some free weekends to visit her and explore the city.

I am excited to get to spend time with my mom and family in Kentucky.  It's unfortunate that they live (somewhat) far away, but it definitely makes the time I do spend with them memorable.  I'm hoping that my mom and I will get a chance to visit some wineries and eat her homemade chicken and noodles.

It will also be nice to spend some time with my friends back at home who I don't get to see as much during the school year.  My friend Lauren goes to Butler, and she and I have both been rather bogged down with graduate school applications and preparing for/ taking the GRE, so it will be nice that the two of us will have some time to kick back and relax.

Speaking of graduate school, while it is still early, there's a chance that I might start hearing back from some schools while on break.  I'm very much looking forward to finding out which schools will interview me and have my visit.  I've applied to schools all over the country, so I honestly have no idea where I will wind up next year, but I find it exciting.

I wish everyone the best of luck on their finals and a wonderful holiday break!!