ER Jackman Friends and Alumni

E.R. Jackman

E.R. Jackman Friends and Alumni (ERJFA) is the College of Agricultural Sciences’ (CAS) membership organization for CAS alumni and friends. The ERJFA board, a group of dedicated volunteers, actively plans, participates in, and supports student programs, alumni relations, and friend building on behalf of the College. ERJFA endowments within the OSU Foundation provide annual funding for CAS students.

Anyone making an annual contribution totaling at least $1,000 to one or more programs within the College of Agricultural Sciences becomes a member.

The ERJFA Board works year-round with the College’s Academics office to direct support for various programs that enhance the academic journey of CAS students.  Here is a sampling of the activities ERJFA pursues to create opportunities for students that provide learning experiences beyond the walls of a classroom:

  • up to $ 40,000 to 12-16 clubs for use during the upcoming academic year. This includes the Ambassadors at both OSU and EOU, the Club Leadership Team, as well as many departmental clubs.
  • $20,000 annually in scholarships to highly deserving students who might otherwise ‘fall through the cracks’.
  • $ 10,000 to the College’s Financial Hardship Grant fund in 2021.
  • financial assistance to students in low-paying or volunteer internships through the E.R. Jackman Internship Support Program. Funds may be used to help offset a variety of expenses including transportation, living expenses, projects, and research. Applications for International Internships will also be considered for additional support from the Global Experience Fund. Read about the variety of internships supported.
  • funding for the Beginning Researchers Support Program that provides research opportunities for undergraduates who are engaging in formal research for the first time.

Please help support all the students within the College of Agricultural Sciences by becoming a member of the E.R. Jackman Friends & Alumni. Donations can be made through the link below.

Learn more about who E. R. Jackman was and why we have an entire organization proudly bearing his name.

2022 Board Members

Hayden Bush,

  • Agricultural Sciences and Industrial Technology Instructor, Tillamook High School;
  • Agricultural, Animal, Food, and Soil Science, and Welding Instructor, Tillamook Bay Community College.
  • Resides in Tillamook, OR.; 503-812-6189

Stella Melugin Coakley,

  • Retired, Associate Dean Emeritus, College of Agricultural Sciences, Professor Emeritus, Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University.
  • Resides in Corvallis, OR.; 541-753-6215

Mary Anne Cooper,

  • Vice President of Public Policy for the Oregon Farm Bureau.
  • Honors Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics, Policy and Management in 2006.
  • Resides in Gladstone., 541-740-4062

John McCulley,

  • Retired Professional Administrative Services, Inc., administrator for commodity commissions and agricultural organizations; lobbyist.
  • BS in Agricultural Economics from Oregon State University in 1973.
  • Resides in Monmouth, Oregon. 503-559-5464.

John Roberts,

  • Retired former Senior Vice President of Harry and David and former chair of the Oregon Water Resources Commission and member of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology OSU 1964.
  • Resides in Medford, OR 541-944-0540

Helle Ruddenklau,

  • Owner of Ruddenklau Farms
  • Oregon State University, Crop & Soil Science, BS (1990) and MS (1994)
  • Resides in Amity, OR.; 503-932-0558

Joe Scheffler

  • First Vice President, Morgan Stanley
  • Oregon State University, Agricultural Business Management BS 1994
  • Resides in Eagle Point, OR., 541-261-0952

Kathy Ward,

  • Global Vegetable R&D Testing & Operations Lead, Bayer Crop Science;
  • Oregon State University-Agronomic Crop Science, 1977 BS;
  • Resides in Woodland, CA, 530-867-0566

Karen Withers,

  • Owner of AgCultured Consulting, LLC works with agricultural business and associates on International Trade issues and programs.
  • Oregon State University, Agricultural and Resource Economics Bachelor of Science – 1997.
  • Resides in Turner., 503-767-8232.

Lou Ann Wolfe,

  • Irrigated agriculture in Hermiston, OR.
  • Merritt-Davis School of Commerce 1965.
  • Contact info:; 541-571-3352

2021 Annual Meeting

ER Jackman Friends and Alumni Annual Meeting was held on Friday, October 22, 2021 2-4 p.m.


In 2020-2021 from ER Jackman Funds:

  • 10 students received scholarship of $2,000 each.
  • 12 students received a total of $17,100 from the Internship Support Program, ranging from $900 to $2,300.
  • 9 students received a total of $4500 in ERJFA sponsored Financial Hardship Grants.
  • 26 students were awarded Beginning Research Funds of $750 - $1000.
  • 20 clubs were awarded over $40,000 including the Club Leadership Team and College of Agricultural Sciences Ambassadors in Corvallis and at the La Grande campus.

ER Jackman Friends and Alumni Board: Annual Meeting, October 11, 2019. From left to right:

Dean Alan Sams, President Denver Pugh, Stella Coakley, Penny Diebel, Kathy Ward, Jack Long, Past-President Lou Ann Wolfe, Kim Bellingar, Jackie Thorsness and John Roberts. Not pictured: Hayden Bush, Mary Anne Cooper, John McCulley, and Karen Withers.

Anna Breen (right), undergraduate in Bioresource Research, explains her internship in Ecuador to Alyssa Nelson (far left) (undergraduate in Animal Sciences) and Liz Larew (donor).

Kirsten Jones (center) (undergraduate in Botany) explains her Beginning Research poster to Lurlyn and Jack Long (right)

From Left: John Roberts (Board member), Lindsay Sandusky (undergraduate in Botany), and Dean Emeritus Dan Arp in front of Lindsay’s Beginning Research poster.

From Left: Liz Larew (donor), Stella Coakley (Board member) and Hiram Larew (creator of Global Experience Fund)

Photography by Heidi Happonen, CAS Communications

From Left to right: Assistant Dean Dr. Penny Diebel, Dr. Hiram Larew, founder of Global Experience Fund, and Anna Breen, undergraduate major in Bioresearch Research

Maya Bergmann explains describes her Beginning Researcher project to President Denver Pugh

Dr. Dale Weber talks with Anna Breen (back to camera) about her international internship in Ecuador.

Lindsay Sandusky (undergraduate in Botany) explains her Beginning Researcher project to Dr. Hiram Larew

Comments from Board Members about why they are serving:

Kim Bellingar "I love OSU and the College of Agricultural Sciences, because that’s where I met my wonderful hubby! I also believe that ERJ is doing wonderful things in being able to provide hard-working students within the College of Agricultural Sciences and a chance to expand their learning beyond the classroom, and take advantage of truly incredible opportunities through clubs and internship programs. I benefitted massively from my experiences with the CAS clubs, ERJ scholarship program, and want to see others have the same opportunity."

Karen Withers “Since my teen years I dreamt of working in International Agriculture. Without the support of the ER Jackman funding that may not have come true. I am very thankful for their financial assistance but even more so the encouragement and communication from my donor who stayed in touch with me beyond my undergraduate years. The College of Ag. Sciences and the ER Jackman Friends and Alumni are amazing organizations changing lives of students every single year!”

Upcoming Events

TBD October 2022
ER Jackman Friends and Alumni Annual Meeting