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I belong to... Cornell University Dairy Science Club: Kendra Murray

PD Staff Published on 21 September 2011


Hometown: Waterloo, New York



My dairy background: My two older brothers and I were born into four generations of dairy farmers on both sides of the family. My parents started their own registered dairy, Muranda Holsteins, in 1991, where we currently milk about 75 cows and recently started a cheese company as well.

Year in school and area of study: I will be a senior studying animal science with a minor in finance.

If I wasn’t studying agriculture/dairy, I would be ... a traveling food critic.

I have been a member of the dairy club for … 3 years.

I joined our club because … it was a great way to get acclimated to Cornell’s dairy program.


A little-known fact about our club is … we are the largest student organization on Cornell’s campus.

One of the hardest-working or most well-known members of the club is ... Mike Van Amburgh, because he is a great adviser that does so much for our organization, but often asks for little in return.

My favorite club event is ... a toss-up between the Harvest Sale or our international trips because that is when you get to interact with everyone in the club the most.

An influential alumnus whom I’ve met through the club is … too many to name! Our alumni list includes a variety of individuals who have become extremely influential in not only the dairy industry but also in finance, law and politics. We recently started an alumni dinner last fall that allowed us to network with these successful individuals to a greater extent.

I hope my legacy as president will be … that I provided sound leadership decisions and served as a mentor to the younger members of our organization.

My advice to all dairy students is …


1. Enjoy your college years; you can work the rest of your life.

2. Don’t set limits to your personal or career goals; take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.

3. Keep an open mind and be proactive when dealing with changes in the industry.

My future involvement in the agricultural industry will include … maintaining my hobby of showing cows, while pursuing a career in finance. PD

Cornell University Dairy Science Club
Morrison Hall, Room 272
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 254-4910

Members: 125

Number of students in leadership roles or on executive committee: 9

Biggest fundraiser and/or club event: The Harvest Sale

Club mission: Our purpose is to provide opportunities for the educational enrichment of the dairy industry for current CUDS members, the Cornell community and beyond. Our extension and outreach initiative is met through social, educational and philanthropic events and service, to raise funds for current activities and educational trips and to support the sustainability for our club into the future.