Type of Memorial:
The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
A Buckeye (Aesculus glabra) tree donated in Ryan Hrubes' memory by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences was planted near Curtiss Hall in October 2016. Mike Gaul (left), director of career services, met Ryan's brothers Brandon (second from left) and Nathan (right) and scholarship recipient Joni Erwin to watch the planting. https://stories.cals.iastate.edu/2016/12/reaching-for-the-sky/
Ryan ('10 agricultural business) was a sales representative for Dow AgroSciences. He was active in his church community at Calvary Omaha Church in Omaha, was treasurer for Young Professionals in Agriculture, Nebraska and Southwest Iowa Chapter, and was involved with Agriculture Future of America (AFA), a nationally recognized leadership and career development organization. During his four years at Iowa State, Ryan worked in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Services office. He was a member of the Agricultural Business Club, NAMA, VEISHEA and AFA. He completed six internships, including an intership in Brazil. He also studied abroad in Australia, Germany and Malaysia.
The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences donated a buckeye tree to the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to memorialize the loss of an influential ISU graduate, Ryan Hrubes. Ryan served both The Ohio State University and Iowa State University during his time as a student through Agriculture Future of America by providing mentorship, leadership workshops, and inspiration to Land Grant students involved in the organization. Ryan's wife, Emily (Chappie) Hrubes, is an alumnae of The Ohio State University and consummate leader who continues to inspire and lead the future of agriculture in many ways. Ryan was tragically lost, along with two dear friends, in 2015 in a vehicle accident. Emily was the sole survivor. This tree is a memorial gift between two colleges of agriculture in recognition and thanks for the impact our students make on each other. May this tree be a reminder to all that this life is about serving others. "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45, AMP).