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Jack Koester, Bob Van Arkel and Lynn Harvey are Farm Lane Society members, and participants in the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association Golfing for Scholarships annual best ball scramble.

Jack Koester, a past director of the CANR alumni board, thought being on the board was pretty cool. “Not only are we involved in events like golfing for scholarships and fall events, but we also get to see some pretty cool things around campus at our board meetings.”

What does Jack love best about MSU? “I think it’s the people. From the time I got there as a freshman until today, and running into some old friends—it’s just a potpourri of people. There’s a high degree of respect for all cultures and that’s just a great thing.”

Bob Van Arkel graduated from MSU with a horticulture degree. “I grew up in southwest Michigan, out in the country. We didn’t have a farm, but if you wanted to work, you had to work on the farm. So I kind of got my interest in ag growing up that way. I just decided Michigan State would be a good place to go to get an ag degree.

What does Bob love best about MSU? “The thing I like best about Michigan State is that it offers a lot of opportunities to a lot of people—the education is a great feature, and there are a lot of associations like the CANR Alumni Association that try to do things throughout the year to try to help students.”

Lynn Harvey was born and raised on a dairy farm in Jackson County, Michigan. “I went to Chelsea High School, then Jackson Junior College and then came to Michigan State as a junior—where I received my bachelor’s in 1968 in soil science, then a master’s degree in agriculture economics and a Ph.D in agriculture economics and institutional economics and was on faculty after that.”

What does Lynn love best about MSU? “Since I spent my whole career at Michigan State University, I bleed Green. Both of my boys went here and my wife graduated from here and was in the College of Ag also as an assistant professor. The best thing is the collegiality and the outreach of programs for the university, serving the needs of the people of the state of Michigan.”

Ehmpressions of MSU is a podcast devoted to all things Michigan State University produced by Kraig Ehm.

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