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Student Spotlight: Alene Scallon

Alene ScallonAlene Scallon, who will be a senior this fall in animal science, is continually proving that you don't need to have previous experience in agriculture to be a successful student in this major. Alene has developed an impressive resume during her time at Iowa State, including membership in the CALS honors program, Block & Bridle Club, Pre-Vet Club, Vets Without Borders, and the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She is also part of Iowa State's STAR program as a student admissions representative and recruiter. Alene currently holds a position at the ISU Veterinary Diagnostics Lab, assisting with swine research.

To add to Alene's already impressive resume, she was recently named to the Dean of Students Advisory Council after being nominated by a member of the Department of Animal Science. The Dean of College of Agriculture Advisory Council comprises current undergraduate and graduate students from various colleges that attend monthly meetings during the school year with the Dean. During these meetings, the students are encouraged to talk about their experiences in their respective departments as well as Iowa State University as a whole. They are also encouraged to share their ideas on improvements that can be made to promote student success and diversity, among other things. Alene will continue as a member of this council until she graduates in May of 2022.

When asked about her favorite professors and classes at Iowa State, Alene answered with multiple saying that she couldn't just pick one. She started with her Advisor, Steven Lonergan, saying that "his commitment to his students and advisees impresses me every day." She also credited him with helping her develop a class schedule that will allow her to finish her bachelor's degree in three years and is currently helping her with her application to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Alene also made sure to mention Jodi Sterle for sharing her passion for animal reproductive science in AN S 331 and Laura Greiner for allowing her the invaluable hands-on experience that allowed her to gain confidence in her abilities and find her passion in the swine industry.

This summer, Alene has been completing an internship with the Veterinary Medicine Center based in Williamsburg, Iowa. Working in the Swine Management Division, Alene will shadow and assist a veterinarian as they travel to swine farms across the Midwest. This is not the first veterinary experience Alene will receive, though. Alene took advantage of this year's extended winter break and completed a three-day job shadow of a large animal vet in the dairy cattle industry. Through this, she was able to see the unique treatments and diagnostics performed at organic farms and experience preg-checking for the first time. Alene is a wonderful example of how the Department of Animal Science promotes student success through hands-on experiences and a wide range of industry experiences. 


Alene's advice for new students:

"Don't be afraid to talk to your professors, reach out for opportunities, and be open to ideas and experiences that are new to you."