4/20/2013 7:00 AM
By Marjorie Struckle New York Correspondent
COBLESKILL, N.Y. — During the past 32 years, students of the SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle Club have managed the SUNY Cobleskill Annual Dairy Fashions Sale, raising more than $3.4 million and donating more than $120,000 to scholarships.
And one person has been supporting that effort every step of the way.
John Tryon has been the adviser to the Dairy Cattle Club for 32 years, overseeing the Dairy Fashions Sale. He is also an instructor and coach of the Dairy Judging Team, and he’s served as department chair.
"Over the years there has been one individual that has been the pillar of the sale and always putting the students first, and that is Dr. John Tryon," said Lois Goblet, assistant vice president for college advancement and executive director of the alumni association.
Goblet stopped the 32nd Annual Dairy Fashions Sale April 6th to announce the establishment of the Dr. John Tryon Scholarship Endowment.
A total of $10,000 is required to create an endowed scholarship. Within a few days, the committee of Jackie Conklin, Penny Heritage, Jamie Jonker, Robert McGuire, Tonya and Ken Van Slyke, Dwight Smith, and Bonnie Tryon raised nearly $3,000.
To assist in the endowment, Billy Peck and David and Andrew Chlus donated the yearling heifer Welcome-Tel Alchmy Pansy-ET*TR for sale, with the proceeds going directly to the scholarship. The sale of the calf raised $2,150.
The continued support of the students, alumni, consignors and buyers has allowed the sale to assist many students by providing scholarships and experience.
Among the past recipients of the many scholarships awarded from the SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Fashions Sale are Jamie Jonker, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at National Milk Producers Federation in Washington, D.C., and Jason Pullis of Roedale Farm in Richfield Springs, N.Y.
"I am honored and humbled by this announcement,” Tryon said. “My sincere thanks to all who orchestrated this effort, especially the Peck and Chlus families for donating the calf and to my friends and family members who kept this a complete surprise."
To contribute to this or any other scholarship at SUNY Cobleskill, contact Lois Goblet at Knapp 211, SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY 12043 or gobletle<\@>cobleskill.edu.