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Nate and Lizzy met as students in the Agronomy Department and are recent graduates. Nate asked Lizzy out on their first date after he had kissed her. He stopped and said that he wanted to do it the right way, so he asked her on a date mid-kiss. Of course Lizzy said yes, and Nate planned the perfect date. Mini golfing, sushi and a night under the stars in a hay field with a bottle of red wine and plastic wine glasses, which they still have.

The couple got engaged last Christmas at the High Trestle Trail Bridge in the freezing cold and with a secret photographer, but it was perfect. The bridge was the first place where the couple spent time just the two of them talking about life and their purpose.

Not only is Zach Timm a junior in Agronomy, crop production and business option, but he also throws shot put for the Iowa State Men’s Track and Field Team. The Men’s Track and Field Team has already began its season, with the first meet being on December 8th at the Jimmy Grant Invitational in Iowa City.

Practices typically range from 1 hour to up to 3 hours normally. Starting in August, when everyone returns to campus, practices are a limited amount of hours, but starting in October they begin full hours depending on the year.

Jacob Wright’s (AGRONOMY) adventure has taken him across the country. From his home in Virginia to Iowa State, Jacob wanted to learn all he possibly could. He was determined to get experience with a variety of crops and focus on the environment.  His adventure continued carrying him west, to California for an INTERNSHIP with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Napa.

A huge congratulations is in order for Jacob Wright on receiving two SSSA scholarships. Jacob received the Golden Opportunity Scholarship and the Hubert Byrd Scholarship. The Golden Opportunity program, sponsored by ASA, CSSA, and SSSA, develops the agronomy, crops, soils, and environmental science professions by strengthening the next generation of leaders in the profession.  Undergraduate students from across the world in associate or bachelor degree programs are considered. Specifically undergrads interested in graduate school.

Our next graduating senior is Nicholas Schuh in both Agronomy and Seed Science. In the spring semester, Nicholas will be attending Kansas State University in the plant breeding graduate student program. When Nick leaves, he will miss the agriculture community.

“I have learned as much from the people in agronomy as I have in the agronomy courses and that has made me a very well rounded and current agronomist.”

 

Introducing Derrick Kapayou, our next senior spotlight. He is a soil science and environmental quality option student. After graduation, he will be attending graduate school. Derrick is going to miss his mid-day naps after he graduates. But he is excited for the income that accompanies full time employment.

His favorite memory from Agronomy was Dr. Christian’s crop seed ID class, and his time spent in the greenhouse learning plant specimens. His Iowa State experience has involved bartending on the weekends and Agronomy studies all week.

Advice for younger students?

December graduation is quickly approaching us! Over the next few weeks, stay tuned to our Senior Spotlights showcasing the hardwork these seniors have put in during their time here.

Check out our first senior!

Hannah Corey, an environmental and soil science option, will be the Product Research and Development Director for Allendan Seed Company in Winterset, IA. She will be working in wildflower and native grass seed production. After graduation, she is excited for the challenge of her new career and to see what this next chapter of life will bring to her!

The Agronomy Club of Iowa State University traveled to Baltimore, Maryland at the beginning of November to attend the ASA conference. The ASA conference is the undergraduate part of the SASES. Agronomy Club had two retiring national officers, Katelyn Fritz and Michael Geissinger, as well as two newly elected national officers! Alyssa Swehla was elected as Member Relations and Marjorie Hanneman was elected as Vice President. Congratulations to both! The club made it to the semi-finals in the Quiz Bowl competition. The Quiz Bowl team consisted of four members; Andrew Blomme, Anne Dinges, Coleman Kneifl, and Nick Schuh. The material covered all different facets of agronomy.

Our Agronomy family sent a few members to National FFA Convention during October 24th - October 28th. They put in lots of hard workout throughout the past few years, and we are so proud of their accomplishments! Check them out below!

Colin Stark:

Colin Stark is now a sophomore from Pontiac, IL. He was a member of the Pontiac FFA chapter. Colin recently just got back from National Convention where he received his American Degree. In order to receive the highest degree through the FFA, he had to meet multiple requirements. Those requirements included earning a certain amount of profit or working a certain amount of hours through his project, along with fulfilling a specific amount of community service hours. Colin’s favorite part of the trip was getting to experience convention again with his chapter for the last time.

Jensina Davis:

On Tuesday, October 16th the Agronomy Learning Community spent their class time painting pumpkins for the local retirement home here in Ames, Northcrest. In fact, a few of our very own retired faculty live there now! The students were given a list of the residents and what they enjoyed, or what their hobbies were, and painted a pumpkin for each one of the residents.The pumpkins were delivered on Sunday, October 21st by the learning community. 

There are 46 residents in all, so 46 pumpkins were specially designed for each one. Some of the residents enjoyed things like fish, trumpets, the Chicago Cubs, embroidery, and pianos, along with various other hobbies and interests. The learning community has spent time together this semester doing various other activities as well, including things like movie nights, bowling and basketball. Once the holidays roll around, they will also be decorating cookies before winter break! 

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