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University of Delaware
NEWARK, Del. What’s a
city slicker like you doing in a col
lege like this? That question can hit
an urban student in an agricultural
college like a bale of wet hay.
Jean Lonie, John McGoldrick,
and Sarah Schroer who respec
tively, come from Philadelphia, a
Manhattan bedroom in New
Jersey, and Wilmington, Delaware
—city kids who are enrolled in the
College of Agricultural Sciences at
the University of Delaware. How
did they get from city life to an
Orchid Show And Sale
Co.) The Central Pennsylvania
Orchid Society will hold its 29th
annual Orchid Show at the Agri
cultural Arena on the Penn State
Campus, Saturday, April 30, from
I p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday,
May 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The
show is open to the public and
admission is free.
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Lonie headed in this direction in
the eighth grade when she decided
to attend Philadelphia’s W.B. Saul
Agricultural High School, four
years in a secondary school that
incorporated animal science, horti
culture, and agronomics into its
daily curriculum, convinced her to
continue agricultural studies at the
As an agriculture economics
major, the sophomore says she’ll
have a better chance at landing a
job than if she were getting a gen
eral business degree.
“The job market forag majors is
wide open,” she says. “When you
A discussion on orchid culture
and problems will be held at 3 p.m.
on Saturday and at 11 a.m. on Sun
day. A special hour on Sunday,
from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. is reserved
for photographers. Orchid plants
and potting supplies will be on
sale. Books on orchids will be
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think about it, so much comes
under the title of agriculture. To
some, agriculture equals farming.
To me, agriculture equals life.”
Lonie is still undecided about
her exact career path. Buj she has
considered becoming a spokesper
son for an agricultural commodity
group or getting a law degree and
working for the U.S. Department
McGoldrick had to fight a back
ground of family and peers who
had a limited view of career oppor
tunities. Coming from a high
school where everyone becomes a
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lawyer, doctor or business execu
tive made it hard for McGoldrick
to convince his parents that major
ing in wildlife conservation was a
worthwhile career move.
The senior admits that when he
enrolled at the university, he didn’t
even know there was a major in
wildlife conservation. After three
semesters of general study, a
counselor in the university career
planning and placement office
steered him in the direction of the
Acknowledging his own once
narrow view of agriculture,
McGoldrick has become an ag
ambassador for the college to help
others understand the breadth of
study available here. He says it’s
especially important to visit high
schools to let those students know
about the career possibilities in
Tm really happy I got into this
area,” says McGoldrick, who is
planning to study avian or land
scape ecology at the graduate
level. “I’m looking forward to all
the possibilities in my career.”
Schroer always wanted to be a
veterinarian, so majoring in animal
science was a logical choice. But
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Dover FFA Recognizes Members
The Dover FFA held its 42nd annual banquet on April 8 at
the Wellsville Fireball, with Brian Smyser presiding.
More than 225 members, parents, guest and faculty were
present Stale FFA Sentinel Patrick Redding of Gettysburg
provided a motivational introduction to the evening
designed to recognize the achievements of the members and
showcase their accomplishments.
Twenty-four new members received their Greenhand
degrees, noting their enrollment in agricultural education
courses, establishment of supervised agricultural experience
(SAE) programs, and participation in local FFA activities.
Laura Lease was selected as Star Greenhand for involve
ment in FFA above the local level through the Made For
Excellence Conference and the county and area parliamen
tary procedure contests.
Sixteen second-year members received the Chapter FFA
Degree for their expanded efforts in SAE, increased involve
ment in leadership activities, and continued course work
within agriculture education. Kelli Macdonald and Lester
Baney were named Stars in Agribusiness and Production for
having an outstanding record of achievement in these areas.
Both received proficiency awards for their efforts.
Brian Smyser, Angie Hollinger, and Mandy Rogers also
received special recognition for their accomplishments.
Brian was named the 1994 DeKalb Award winner, which
annual goes to the senior who, during the past four years,
exhibits outstanding leadership, scholarship, and citizen
ship. Brian saved as chapter officer for three years, received
his state Keystone Degree, the Extemporaneous Public
Speaking Award, and the State Project Book Bronze medal.
Angie Hollinger was awarded the Chapter Scholarship
Award for outstanding scholastic achievement during the
past four years. Angie was also recognized for having
received her state Keystone Degree. Mandy Rogers was pre
sented the Agriscience Student Award for her research
efforts in food science. Mandy is conducting an independent
study in this area of agriculture.
Honorary membership in the Dover FFA Chapter was
presented to Mr. & Mrs. Rodney Smyser and Larry Redding.
Mr. & Mrs. Smyser, parents of Brian and Jed Smyser, were
inducted into membership for their support of chapter activi
ties such as dairy judging, the Halloween float, the chapter
Halloween party, and banquet preparation. Redding is in his
jiird year as co-adviser to the FFA chapter with Nick Stel
lar. Redding was recognized for his contribution to the FFA
Proficiency awards were also presented to Derwin Lam
berson in agricultural mechanics, James Shultz in ag sales
and service, Lester Baney in crop production, Kristi Ryder
in horse production, Jed Smyser in placement in ag produc
tion, Jason Brubaker in speciality animal production, and
Jon Bish in swine production.
The banquet closed with the installation of the 1994-1995
officer team: Jon Bish, president; Jed Smyser, vice presi
dent; Amanda Roger, treasurer; Kelli Macdonald, secretary;
Kristi Ryder, reporter; Harry Border, sentinel; Ryan Keller,
chaplin; and Jason Brubaker, parliamentarian.
after working in a veterinarian’s
office she found that the business
aspects didn’t mesh with her
romantic view. Fortunately her
animal science laboratory work
introduced her to the world of
research, which she finds
In working with a professor on a
project, Schroer says, “I got a feel
for the slowness of research and
found that I liked the problem
She’s now applying to graduate
schools to major in reproductive
physiology. Although Schroer
hadn’t originally planned to major
in an agriculture college, the senior
says she’s now glad that she did.
Her background in biology and
chemistry will serve her well in
Each urban student has his or
her own story of finding a path into
the College of Agricultural Sci
ences. They all may feel a bit out of
place at first. Actually, about 90
percent of all students enrolled in
the college come from non-rural
backgrounds. As the perception of
what agriculture is broadens, so
does the type of student attracted to