UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Equine Alumni Affiliate Program Group is one of the newest official affiliates of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society. The group said it is looking forward to continued growth as more and more alumni of the University's equine science program join its network.
A conversation between Justene Testa, a 2014 animal science graduate, and Cayce Miller, a 2010 animal science graduate, sparked the initial discussion about an alumni group for the equine science program.
"We wanted to come up with a way to give back to the part of Penn State that means the most to us — the equine program," Testa said. "Many of the other programs in the animal science department have support from similar groups, so why not us?
"We wanted to create a place where alumni can network with other alumni in the industry as well as with current students in the college and have a platform to stay updated on various equine events," Miller added. "More importantly, we wanted to have a way to give back and support the equine research team, judging teams and the horse farm's Studebaker Endowment."
Fittingly, Miller and Testa are the society's newly elected president and vice president, respectively. According to Miller, more than 250 people connected on Facebook to show interest before the Ag Alumni Society board of directors officially approved the equine affiliate group.