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!!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Final Weeks

What Up Boiler Fans?!

We are strolling into the final weeks of classes for the semester and students could not be more excited. The excitement is not just for the ending of classes but for the basketball games, holidays, family, and friends.

Even over Christmas break I am so excited to stay involved on campus by attending a bunch of basketball games. It is always a great time to hang out with friends and scream "Boiler Up" at the top of your lungs. The atmosphere is so energetic and makes you really proud to be a boiler. The holidays are about so much more than just celebrating the end of school and a great basketball team though.

I am most excited about spending some quality time with family and friends. It seems like break flies by so quickly because you are so busy having fun with Christmas parties, friends, watching Christmas movies, and eating way too much food! Before you know it January has arrived, it's a new year, and a new semester on the horizon.

Being a senior I am sure this spring will feel like it is taking forever, when really it is flying by without me knowing it; just like Christmas break. Being at Purdue is sometimes a challenge with the classes you have to take, but it is also a blessing to be around the great people in your department who makes the time fly by. There is so much to do and look forward to after college, but as I am in the middle of my senior year I am also realizing there is a lot to look forward to and do while you are in college.

Remember to always count your blessings, never wish time away, and always find the best in every situation. Just after you blink you will realize time has passed and you'll realize that time wished away could have been one of the best times of your life.

Boiler Up and Merry Christmas!

Dakota Westphal

Dead Week onto Finals

Hey folks,

Its that time of year again... time for studying and exams! While Christmas will come soon enough, all I can focus on right now is getting great scores on my final exams. One thing you will learn about college is the exams are much harder than high school. Each class requires time to adequately prepare yourself for the final exam. However, since most of these classes are classes you choose to take, they reflect well on real life skills that you will use in your career. That is why is it so important to do well on them!

One thing about dead week (the week before finals) and finals is that it is also one of the most relaxing times on campus, because Purdue as well as the college of Ag put on a lot of great programs to help students take a break from studying. My favorite is going to the union and seeing all of the wonderful Christmas decorations they put up. In the center of the union they put up a massive Christmas tree! Along with this, the College of Ag provides hot chocolate and candies in Agriculture Administration during finals week, giving agriculture students a nice space to go and relax for a bit.

Overall finals in college can seem daunting, but there are a lot of great resources and study sessions to make it manageable. 

Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017


I cant help but think as I am writing this of where has time gone.  You will hear day in and out that college will FLY by.  Honestly, I was told several times that college will go fast and that when you graduate you will regret not making the most of it.  When I was a freshman I heard the same story, make the most of college it is the best time of your life.  Now, as a senior I am writing this thinking of all of the things I could have done differently.  I could have studied harder, got more involved in clubs, stayed on campus more, and so much more.  I feel like I should have focused more on becoming involved on campus.   Becoming involved on campus will help you build your resume, and friend base.  Friends are what make college a blast.  The people you meet in college will become the best man/woman in your wedding, your roommates, wife/husband and so much more!  I met my wife in college and will be holding our reception on this very campus, as it has meant so much to us. 

Honestly, the goal of this post is not to encourage choosing Purdue as a college, or even to chose agronomy as your major, but to influence you to do the most you can during your time in college.  I graduate in two weeks, actually less than two weeks.  I never believed people when they said college will go very fast, when I was a freshman I thought college would last forever, it will not.  I miss freshman year, I miss sophomore year, and I miss my last semester of senior year since I am graduating early.  I wish I could go back and join that club I was interested in, run for an executive position for my fraternity, and go hang out with my friends instead of studying for an exam I already felt comfortable with.  Now, my next transition into the real world will not be too much different as I will be attending graduate school at Purdue.  But, it will leave many memories behind with my undergrad.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Decisions, Decisions

Hello Everyone!

As the semester winds down and winter break quickly approaches, it is hard to figure out where these past 14 weeks have gone. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was moving back to Purdue from my internship, and classes were starting back up. With every passing week I think that we are all reminded that our time here at Purdue is limited, and graduation is not too far away for many of us. With my graduation date quickly approaching I need to decide what direction I want to go in my career field. Do I want to directly enter the work force, or do I want to continue my education with graduate school?

This decision is probably much like the one some of you maybe facing when it comes to deciding on what college you would like to attend. It can be extremely difficult to make decisions in two or four-year blocks of time just because, so much can change. However, if there is one thing that I have learned throughout my collegiate career it is to risk it. I think that many of us have heard to old saying, “no risk, no reward.” I’ll be honest, not all the risks I have taken have paid off, however if there is one thing that has remind constant it is that I have learned a great deal from each risk, either positive or negative. Take the risk. Risk leaving that small town that you may feel comfortable in, risk choosing a college that might be far away, risk leaving your significant other, risk pursing the major you have always dreamed of. This world is a big place, and if there is one thing you can do for yourself, it is to risk the opportunity to grow and explore at Purdue.

I hope that may of you decide that Purdue is right for you, and if you have any hesitations about Purdue itself, or the Agronomy department, please reach out and ask!  
Happy Holidays,

Nicholas Fanning  

Dead Week

Welcome to Dead Week Everyone!

I cannot believe how fast this semester has gone by! There are only two weeks left in the semester; the last one being finals week. Most classes and commitments on campus are winding down at this point. Last week we had officer elections in Agronomy Club,  and I am looking forward to working with the new officer team as I take on the treasurer position. I have finished my senior capstone marketing project, so now I have to focus on my economics classes. There are going to be some challenging finals this semester, but it will all be better once they are over!

As some of you are waiting for your offer letters from colleges in the mail, I would encourage you to think both about the academics and the extra curricular opportunities that each school offers. Typically you can find all of this information on the school's website, but if you know anyone at the school that is extremely helpful as well. It is also never too late to go visit a school you are thinking about! College is an extremely important decision that will shape the rest of your life. However, wherever you decide to go, you will have to opportunity to change your path if you so wish. Something amazing about schools like Purdue is that I was able to get involved in other interests besides just agronomy. I added my second major in agricultural marketing late in my sophomore year here, and the amazing counselors and mentors here have continued to make it a great decision.

To all the students on campus right now, good luck with your finals and dead week! Here's to hoping for limited Friday and Saturday finals!

Sarah Voglewede

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Semester Wrap Up

Hey Everyone!

With the semester coming to an end and the excitement of Christmas break coming I hope everyone is having a great start to December. As I say every December and every May here at Purdue, I can’t believe the semester is already over. 18 more credits down and I still can't be any happier as a Boilermaker!

To all prospective students, this is a very exciting time for you, as December 15th approaches and waiting to hear back from schools is tiring it makes it a crazy time. It feels like it was yesterday I was waiting for the mail every day to hopefully see an envelope with my name on it.  Purdue was one of the schools that I heard back from first and I remember the day opening up my envelope. At the time I was unsure if I wanted to travel 16 hours from home to come to a school I didn’t know that much about but I can assure you that coming to school at Purdue was one of the best decisions I have ever made. 

The decision of choosing a school is stressful and hard. The advice that I would give you is to write out all the pros and cons of every school you are considering. That is something I did when I was picking between my top two schools. It is important to try to picture yourself in all the different aspects of the college from your classes to your friendships to even the school’s moral. Choosing Purdue and more specifically the agronomy department was the best thing I have ever done, it has opened up so many doors for me and I can truly say I found my home away from home. 

I wish you all the best of luck with your decisions! As always feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Happy Holidays

Julia Fibbe 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Hey there everyone!!

I hope the semester is wrapping up, and everyone is getting ready for finals. Hopefully nobody is as unfortunate as me and is taking one Saturday at 3:30. If you are though good luck and I hope you eventually get home to a good 3 week Christmas break! I wanted to use my last blog of the semester to discuss picking up minors in college.

As a freshman, I didn't expect to pick up a minor, but here I am as a junior and I just recently picked up a double minor. One in Farm Management and the other in Food and Agribusiness Management. For most kids these days, there is a lot of college credits offered in high school, and as I do with my little brother I emphasize how important they can be. Coming in with more than a semester worth of credit, I didn't look at it as a chance to graduate early, but an opportunity to further my knowledge. A minor allows you to dive into and practice classes and areas of focus you do not specialize in and already taking a couple of my minor classes, I can truthfully say that it is satisfying to improve in other fields. It also is a great way to be more appealing to future employers. So please, if you have the opportunity to minor in something, do it and you wont regret it! I know most of scheduling is complete for next semester, but keep this in mind come next spring when we all are scheduling again.

Happy Holidays to all!

Karson Kamman 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Another semester almost over!

Hey Folks!

My name is Nick and I am a junior studying Crop and Soil Management in the Agronomy Department.

Its been an exciting semester! I've traveled to Tampa, FL for the Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences (SASES) meeting in October. I also am drawing close to my last days as the Purdue Agronomy Club President and an exciting semester with that. I found an internship for this summer; I will be an Ag Tech Intern for Co-Alliance. Lastly, I got engaged just before Thanksgiving Break. It has been very busy!

With all of this, I want to highlight the awesome opportunities in the college of Ag. We have a great career fair in which students can easily find internships that suit them. We also have great clubs that have trips just like the one I took to Florida earlier this semester.

Purdue has all of these great things open to any students with the passion and drive to go for them. It is a great time to be a boilermaker!!

Thanks all and Boiler up!

Nick Roysdon

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

This past weekend was another great weekend to be a Purdue Agronomy Club. We went up to Chicago for a collegiate crops contest where ten other big Ag schools, including Purdue participated. The Purdue Crops team is a great way for anyone at Purdue to make good friends and to learn a lot about plant and seed ID, depending on the competition. The fall competition is more focused on seed and plant ID as well as a focus on grain grading. The spring competition consists of an agronomic exam, a math test and ID of crops, seeds, as well as agricultural and lab equipment. You do not even have to be an Agronomy Major to join, just sign up for this one credit hour class and learn skills you will have for a lifetime.

The close to another semester

Hey Everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying their beginning to the thanksgiving break. With that being said everyone knows what time of year is falling upon us, the end of the fall semester. The end of the fall semester let alone any semester is some of the most stressful, if not the most stressful time in a college student career. But don't you worry, You can do it! If you are one of the ones stressing out about the upcoming finals and the end of the semester projects that you have put off until the last minute, don't you fret. Just buckle down and use the time you have available to you to get those projects and studying done sooner rather than later. That is the best advice I have to give, it may be hard to utilize that advice given you are on break from school. Yet this time is the best time to catch up on any school work you may have got behind on. It is like a free throw in basketball, its literally free, in this case it is free time where you are not getting any homework added on, just time given to catch up. So enjoy your thanksgiving break from school, but also don't slow up just yet in the semester, you are so close to being done, finish strong!

Boiler Up,

Nathan Slavens

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Hey all!

I'm Hannah Padgett. I'm a junior in Agronomy: Crop and Soil Management.

       One thing I would recommend is taking classes outside of your major/comfort zone. Right now, I'm taking SOC 220 which is over social problems. A couple of nights ago I watched a documentary on poverty. I got to see how three young children lived their life’s will living in poverty. It was interesting to see how the young children live their life’s and seeing how the parents are handling these situations. Each of the three stories where unique and it was interesting to see the variation among the families within their geographical area. In this class I have also learned about superstitions, social problems, different sociological perspectives, war, political spectrum, terrorism, and racial disparities. These things are throughout our life, but I never put much thought behind why we do it.

       Also, every Wednesday I go to Agronomy Club meeting. A couple of weeks ago we had the Hog Roast which was a get together for the college of agriculture. Though our typical meetings consist of dinner then a speaker, work session, trips, or other fun activities. Being the recording secretary, I send out weekly emails to remind the members what is going on and what we have planned for the meeting for that week.

Boiler up!

Hannah Padgett