UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Madalyn Arthur, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, a junior majoring in food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is elevating the image of agriculture and the college as an Ag Advocate.
Arthur has been a member of the Ag Advocates since the spring semester of her freshman year. She said that she had been interested in the club since the Dean’s Welcome, an event which takes place the day before classes start.
“I remember getting to see all the Ag Advocates speak in the Forum Building,” Arthur said. “They were so enthusiastic and passionate about the college. I knew immediately it was a group that I wanted to be a part of. I loved everything that they stood for and how much they cared about creating a welcoming environment.”
Ag Advocates are undergraduate students who are performing well academically and engaged in various organizations across the college and the University. Club members also have opportunities to develop leadership and professional skills and network with industry partners from all sectors of the agricultural sciences.
They also represent the college at many events, including campus tours, virtual prospective student visits, alumni activities, dean’s receptions, open house events, parents and family weekends, and other college functions.
“Maddy is the definition of an advocate for agriculture,” said Marra Baker, director of student recruitment and activities in the college. “Her warm and inviting personality will make anyone she connects with feel welcomed. Maddy is full of knowledge and experience in the college, and that really resonates when she connects with prospective students.”
Arthur loves being an Ag Advocate and noted that the public speaking aspect is one of her favorite things. “I love getting to interact with so many different people — whether it’s prospective students, current students, faculty, alumni or industry professionals,” she said. “People are interested in Penn State, and they are proud of the work students do. Being an Ag Advocate is about letting people know what the College of Agricultural Sciences is about.”
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