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June 30th, 2017

 

 

 

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  1. National Random Acts of Kindness Day

    Alumni and friends are encouraged to embrace this opportunity to share our Buckeye Love with your community. Please consider paying it forward with Random Acts of Kindness, such as donating to a local food bank, thanking frontline health care workers, sending a note of appreciation to local farmers, leaving a “Have a nice day” note on the windshield of five random cars, or partaking in your own Random Act of Kindness. 

    Be sure to share your kindness on social media with #BuckeyeLove.

  2. Black History Month

    United Black World Month graphic image

    This years United Black World Month theme is Love: Building Our Community Through Intention and Action. The theme is from bell hooks’ masterpiece, All About Love, in which she states that love is “an act of will, both an intention and an action.”

    Click here to visit the Multicultural Center for a list of events and programs.

  3. CFAES wants to celebrate your milestones

    We want to celebrate the milestones in your life! Let us know your milestone and we will send you a gift from your CFAES family. Update here.

  4. Spring gardening webinar series continues

    ​​​​​​The CFAES Alumni Society Board of Directors has launched its spring gardening webinar series. The next webinar will be Indoor Seed Starting” on March 8 at noon EST. Register today!

  5. A successful season for Ohio State ATI’s Dairy Judging Team

    The 2021 Ohio State ATI Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Team just completed its very successful judging season. The team—consisting of Hayley Bankey, Stephen Parthemore, Megan Raudebaugh, Rachel Sherman, Rebecca Sprang, and Marissa Topp—competed in four different contests. These contests included the Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show, the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE), and two contests at the World Dairy Exposition.

    Dairy judging teams receive several scores following a contest. These include their overall team placing, their team placing in oral reasons, their team placing in specific breed classes, and placings of individuals on the team. The Ohio State ATI team placed third overall at the Pennsylvania All-American, second overall at NAILE, and second overall in the traditional contest at the World Dairy Expo.

    Due to its high placing at the World Dairy Expo, the Ohio State ATI team has been invited to participate with the International Dairy Cattle Judging Tour this summer. This trip to Europe includes competing at both the Royal Highland Show held in Scotland and the Clonmel Agricultural Show in Ireland, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many students.

    “In 1974, I made a trip over to Europe to judge just like the students are doing,” said Royce Thornton, the Dairy Judging Team coach. “I don’t know if there’s very many people that can say they went as a student and then as a coach.”

    Thornton is a faculty member at Ohio State ATI, where he serves as the dairy cattle program coordinator. He has also served as the Dairy Judging Team coach since he joined the university in 1983. He knows how valuable these experiences are from both an academic and character-building standpoint.

    Without the generous support of donors, the Ohio State ATI Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Team would not be possible. All donated funds go directly to travel expenses associated with the contests. If you are interested in supporting the team’s participation in the International Dairy Cattle Judging Tour, please visit give.osu.edu/ATIDairy2021.

  6. Join EPN and CHAIRE in person or virtually for ‘Coyotes, Coffee, and Carnivores’

    The program is set for Feb. 15. The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) and Ohio States Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education (CHAIRE) are co-hosting Coyotes, Coffee, and Carnivores—an exploration of human-animal coexistence in a crowded world—on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Register now.

  7. CFAES young alumni spotlight: Evan Callicoat

    ​​​​​​Evan Callicoat ’21 has been named director of state policy for Ohio Farm Bureau.

  8. CFAES young alumni spotlight: Rosa Raudales

    Dr. Rosa Raudales ’08 has been named director of outreach and engagement at the University of Connecticut.

  9. CFAES young alumni spotlight: Mike Hannewald

    ​​​​​​Mike Hannewald ’14 has won the 2022 Farm Bureau Discussion Meet.

  10. 2024 CFAES Farm Bill Summit

  11. Saddle and Sirloin Scarlet and Gray Gala

  12. Last Chance to nominate for CFAES Alumni Awards!

  13. Join the CFAES Alumni Society Board!

  14. CFAES names its distinguished professors

  15. Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab staff win awards for 2023 Extension efforts

  16. Backyard poultry certification course

  17. Digital downloads: self-care resources

  18. Where can a degree in Horticulture and Crop Science (HCS) take you?

  19. From Clovers to Careers...

  20. CFAES ice cream now sold on campus!

  21. Program 60

  22. Harvesting holiday knowledge

  23. 2024 CFAES Alumni Awards nominations open

  24. My Account

  25. Pi Alpha Xi (PAX) poinsettia fundraiser

  26. Environmental Professionals Network (EPN): Hemlock-ed in!

  27. Freshwater science: Diverting nutrients from aquaculture facilities into additional products

  28. 2024 CFAES Alumni Awards nominations open!

  29. Meet Morgan Meyer: Building her community

  30. Jenna Elleman: Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) alumni spotlight

  31. James R. Helt inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame

  32. Digital downloads: Fall fun!

  33. Thank you to those who joined us!

    Over 250 people participated in the CFAES Alumni Awards, academic unit open houses, and the CFAES Homecoming tailgate. Several members of the CFAES Alumni Society Board volunteered their time at the events. The weekend served as a great opportunity for alumni and friends to reconnect with each other and the college, reminding us of how special our Buckeye community is. If you were not able to attend, please plan to join us in 2024!

  34. November Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast

    The EPN event on Nov. 14 will examine plastic from “Zero Waste” and “Circular Economy” perspectives through the lenses of product design, materials, outreach, and policy.

  35. CFAES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Speaker Series: The quest for environmental and climate justice

    Join CFAES DEI on Nov. 16 for an event with Robert Bullard discussing environmental justice.

  36. From football to farming

    In addition to being the starting tight end for the Buckeyes football team, Cade Stover is a CFAES senior studying agricultural systems management. After graduation, Stover dreams of playing in the NFL and buying a plot of land to farm in his hometown.

  37. CFAES Multispecies Animal Learning Center (MALC)

    Set to open in 2025, the MALC expands the visibility of research and educational activities to support the advancement of animal agriculture and will offer experiential learning opportunities to engage students, industry stakeholders, and the public in food production animals (beef cattle, sheep, poultry, and pigs) and horses.

  38. Meet Landon Chase: protecting the future of soil and water

    As an environmental science major, Chase is applying what he is learning in the classroom by spending time with his professors in the lab and in the field.

  39. The Ohio State University Alumni Association 2023 Alumni Award honorees

    Join us in celebrating this year’s winners and their accomplishments!

  40. Digital downloads: fall fun

    Embrace autumn with fall-themed crafts and activities!

  41. CFAES Homecoming

  42. Academic unit open houses

  43. Alumni Awards dinner

  44. CFAES Homecoming tailgate

  45. Visit us at Farm Science Review

  46. Ohio State announces new president

  47. A healthier society with sustainable farming

  48. Meet Clare: defining her journey

  49. Digital downloads: back to school, back to football

  50. Registration for CFAES Homecoming weekend now open

  51. September Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast

  52. Visit us at Farm Science Review

  53. Digital Downloads: 4-H activities

  54. Greg Lipp receives Columbus Zoo’s Commitment to Conservation Award

  55. CFAES Crisis Rapid Response Team receives Spirit of the Land-Grant Award for work in East Palestine

  56. 2023 Dean’s Charity Steer Show

  57. Dean’s Charity Steer Show partners with Ronald McDonald House at Ohio State Fair

    The Dean’s Charity Steer Show, an annual event that benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, is set for Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the Ohio State Fair at 2 p.m. in the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center on the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair Grounds.

  58. Registration for CFAES Homecoming weekend now open

    Join us Oct. 6–7 for a fun-filled weekend of connecting with friends and revisiting your favorite spots on campus!

  59. Thank you, outgoing board members!

    Thank you to the following individuals for their dedicated years of service and contributions to the board: Rishonda Headen-Brown, BS ’17; John Kellis, BS ’76; Nathaniel Kramer, MS ’18; Kelsie Schwyn, BS ’16; and Derek Snider, BS ’13 (pictured left to right). 

  60. Welcome, new board members!

    The CFAES Alumni Society Board welcomes four new members to its team: Nathaniel Hartsock, BS ’99; David Mollenkopf, BS ’93; Roger Nicol, BS ’69, MS ’72; Jill Pfister, BS ’76, PhD ’83; and Allison Sanders, BS ’23. These members will serve a three-year term in their roles on the board. 

  61. 2023 Alumni Awards winners announced

    The CFAES Alumni Society Board is excited to announce the 2023 recipients of the Alumni Awards. 

    Young Professional Achievement Award 

    Bailey Harsh, ’13 Animal Sciences  

    International Alumni Award 

    Chris Burke, ’03 Animal Dairy and Poultry Science 

    Distinguished Alumni Award 

    Jim Chambers, ’89 Agricultural Economics

    Brad Moffitt, ’83 Agricultural Education 

    Meritorious Service Award 

    Keith Smith, former director of Ohio State University Extension 

    Join us in celebrating these individuals by registering for the CFAES Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, Oct. 6. 

  62. Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory Celebrated 100 Years on July 2

    This facility is a university hub for leading science and public engagement related to food systems, agriculture, and natural resources. Celebrate with us as we look forward to the many years to come for Waterman. 

  63. Hot summer temps increase risk of heat illness

    Know the symptoms to avoid danger.

  64. Buckeye Grilling Basics

  65. Ohio State Day with the Cleveland Guardians

  66. Digital downloads: Healthy Buckeye Brains

  67. New Coaching Referral Program

  68. Lack of affordable childcare is hurting young farm families’ ability to grow their business—the US fam bill may finally offer some help

  69. AgTech Innovation Hub awards inaugural research projects

  70. Charitable gift annuity rates: gifts that pay you income

  71. Welcome, new alumni!

  72. OSU to establish Trimble technology labs for agriculture, construction, and natural resources

  73. Digital downloads: Con-GRAD-ulations

  74. CFAES professor wins “Oscars” of engineering

  75. Farm On financial management course offers farmers, ranchers training to meet new program requirements

  76. Ohio State Day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

  77. Honoring Ohio’s environment and celebrating its champions

  78. Attend the HireOhio alumni career fair and employer panel

  79. Enhance your leadership through AgOne

  80. Join the CFAES Alumni Society Meeting on May 5

  81. Through scholarships, we create a brighter future

  82. Summer veggie planting webinar

  83. The power of experience: how associations influence conscious and unconscious beliefs

  84. 25 CFAES Distinguished Seniors

  85. Learn kitchen science this summer at Ohio State

  86. Watch the 2023 State of the College Address

  87. Your opinion matters: CFAES Alumni Magazine

  88. 2023 CFAES State of the College on March 23

  89. Register for the CFAES Spring Game Tailgate!

  90. Parents of CFAES alumnus Austin Ayars launch memorial scholarship funds

  91. Revisit, reflect, and celebrate Earth Day at this year’s Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) signature event on April 19

  92. Digital Downloads: STEM activities for kids of all ages

  93. Spread kindness this Valentine’s Day

  94. 2023 CFAES State of the College on March 23

  95. Save the date for the CFAES Spring Game Tailgate!

    Join CFAES for a fun, family-friendly tailgate before the Ohio State spring football game on April 15. Registration opens later in February. Direct questions to Chan Foulk at foulk.41@osu.edu.

    View images from last year's tailgate!

  96. New CFAES associate dean for Academic Programs

  97. Farmers and ranchers needed

  98. New chair of AEDE

  99. New CFAES Alumni Magazine

  100. Save the date: CFAES Homecoming 2023

  101. Digital Downloads: New Beginnings in 2023

  102. Ohio State ATI launches Livestock Judging Team

  103. Join Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) on Feb. 14

  104. There is still time to end the year on a high note

  105. Playoff-Bound Buckeyes!

  106. Get your CFAES T-Shirt!

  107. CFAES alumna on Forbes 30 Under 30 List

  108. Nominate alumni for the ACEL alumni awards

  109. Support Agribusiness Club students

  110. Apply for the AgOne Leadership program

  111. New CFAES Alumni Magazine coming soon!

  112. Download the perfect Buckeye themed Thanksgiving accessories

  113. Young Alumni Academy applications are open!

  114. CFAES celebrates opening of one-of-a-kind greenhouse of the future

  115. OSU Extension distributes more than 175,000 meals to food-insecure areas in Southeast Ohio

  116. Ohio State to lead research and development project to help greenhouse growers create optimal conditions, increase crops, and reduce waste

  117. Who in the world is the Alumni Society Board?

    The CFAES Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association. It has representatives from every academic department, from every region of Ohio and out of state and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly and sponsors events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.

    Dr. Kristy ShawKristy Shaw, Animal Sciences Representative 

    BSAGR '14 Animal Sciences 

    Q: What is your favorite memory of CFAES? 
    A: I went on a study abroad trip through CFAES Animal Science to New Zealand. We got to see so much in the ten day period and it was an amazing experience and opportunity. I encourage all students to do a study abroad if they are able!

     

     

    Brian StrobelBrian Strobel, Out of State Representative 

    BS '91 Agricultural Mechanization and Systems 

    Q: What are you looking forward to most in your first year on the board? 
    A: Being able to hear other comments, and give my own feedback. Since I was an Alumni President for OSU Alumni Club of Knoxville, this gave me many more perspectives on engaging and reaching out.

     

    To get to know more about the CFAES Alumni Society Board, 
    click here.

    To apply to be a board member using our rolling application, 
    click here.

     

  118. Support CFAES with this month's featured fund

  119. CFAES Homecoming was a success across campus!

  120. Fourteen honored at CFAES Alumni Awards

    On Oct. 29, 100 people came together to honor 14 individuals who received awards during the annual CFAES Alumni Awards Event at Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Awards were given in four categories:

    • The Meritorious Service Award is given to alumni or non-alumni who have been singularly significant in the CFAES quest for excellence.
    • The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to those who have brought distinction to themselves and to CFAES through their commitment and leadership.
    • The International Alumni Award is given to outstanding international alumni representing, supporting, and promoting CFAES and Ohio State worldwide.
    • The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes young graduates for their early professional accomplishments.

    To learn more about the CFAES Alumni Award Honorees, click here.

     

    Nominations for the 2023 CFAES Alumni Awards are currently closed, but nominations are being accepted for the 2024 CFAES Alumni Awards. Click here to nominate a deserving individual.

    Nominations for the 2023 CFAES Alumni Awards are currently closed, but nominations are being accepted for the 2024 CFAES Alumni Awards.  Click here to nominate a deserving individual.  

  121. Nationwide, The Ohio State University “green” light AgTech Innovation Hub

  122. Celebration of Youth Recap

    Last week, the Ohio 4-H Foundation recognized the 25th anniversary of Celebration of Youth with an exciting night of fundraising and fellowship at Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio. The evening included a variety of fun, fall activities, including pedal carts, a zip line, and hayrides. Appetizers and dinner were catered by Hudson’s Edge, Bill and Kristin Patterson, Cheryl’s Cookies, and City Barbeque.

    Molly Hunt, a Dark4-H Supporterse County 4-H alumna and a geologist, paleontologist, and public information specialist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, served as the evening’s keynote speaker. She shared her 4-H story and spoke about the impact that 4-H has had on her life. As part of this 25th Celebration of Youth milestone, Ohio Sen. Bob Peterson and Rep. Mark Johnson recognized the exceptional work done by the Ohio 4-H Youth Development Program over the years, sharing a proclamation signed by Sens. Matt Huffman, Bob Peterson, andLeeds Farm Andrew Brenner. Attendees also heard remarks from Dr. Cathann Kress, vice president for Agricultural Administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, on the importance of 4-H.

    Following a live auction, guests were invited to further their support of Ohio 4-H youth by sponsoring them to attend a National 4-H leadership opportunity. Due to this sponsorship, youth will have the opportunity to attend one of these life-changing opportunities such as National 4-H Conference, Healthy Living Summit, True Leaders in Equity National Summit, Citizenship Washington Focus, or the National AgriScience Summit.

    A special thanks goes out to all the sponsors, donors, alumni, guests, and volunteers that made this year’s Celebration of Youth possible. It is because of you that we are able to help inspire the curiosity of 4-H members, build their lifelong skills, fuel their sense of adventure, and support their growth into true leaders. Thank you for helping us honor our past and join us as we zip into the future!

  123. The Black Food Scientist is coming back to OSU!

  124. Launching CFAES into space

  125. Carve an OSU pumpkin!

    Download this carving pattern to create your own Buckeye inspired pumpkin! 

  126. Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    The CFAES Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association. It has representatives from every academic department, from every region of Ohio and out of state and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly and sponsors events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.

    Rishona Headen Brown

    Rishona Headen-Brown, Out of State Representative 

    • BSFDSCI '17 Food Science and Technology 

    Q: What do you do when you are not at work? 
    A: When I’m not at work, I love to travel and include time for thrill-seeking adventures. I’m a self-proclaimed beach bum, so any location with a beach and water sports works for me. Being a food scientist and foodie, I love to recreate dishes I try while dining out at home.

    Q: What is your favorite memory of CFAES? 
    A: My favorite memory from CFAES is AgOlympics. This was one time of year that everyone could just let their hair down and be in the moment enjoying the fun and festivities.

     

    Nathaniel KramerNathaniel Kramer, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics Representative 

    • MSTAPLEC '18 Applied Economics

    Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? 
    A: I love to be outdoors, mostly hiking and backpacking. One of my life goals is to visit every national park.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Alumni Society Board? 
    A: My favorite thing about being on the CFAES board is getting to attend the annual awards ceremony and hear about the incredible things our alumni are doing!

     

    To get to know more about the CFAES Alumni Society Board, 
    click here.

    To apply to be a board member using our rolling application, 
    click here.

  127. Support CFAES through this month's featured fund

  128. Pat Whittington to receive University Alumni Award

  129. Learn something new at Farm Science Review

    Farm Science Review has a long-standing tradition of educating guests on any topic imaginable that is tied to the agricultural industry. And no one does that better than the Ask the Expert tent located within the farm show at 426 Friday Ave. From 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 through 1:40 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, guests can learn about a variety of topics from experts in their fields. Many of these experts happen to be CFAES alumni. With degrees from across the college and working in a range of areas, this year’s panel of experts are prepared to teach you something new. Here are the CFAES alumni speaking throughout the show:

    • Robert Moore, MS ’95 Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, BS ’91 Dairy Science
    • Ani Katchova, PhD ’01 Agricultural Economics
    • Barry Ward, MS ’91 Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, BS ’89 Agricultural Economics
    • Peggy Hall, MS ’91 Natural Resources
    • Sarah Noggle, BS ’99 Agricultural Education
    • Clint Shroeder, BS ’07 Animal, Dairy and Poultry Science
    • David Marrison, BS ’90 Agricultural Education
    • Steve Boyles, MS ’81 Animal Sciences
    • Mike Estadt, MS ’97 Agricultural Education, BS ’84 Animal Sciences
    • Sam Custer, MS ’84, BS ’81 Agricultural Education

    The full schedule for the Ask the Expert Tent can be found on Page 5 of the Farm Science Review Official Program.   

    To purchase tickets to this year’s FSR, click here

  130. Be a part of our Celebration of Youth auction

  131. Submit your CFAES photos!

  132. Baling hay and being a captain: Stover 'handles business' on family farm and football field

  133. Donor support lifts up his water work

  134. Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    The CFAES Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association. It has representatives from every academic department, from every region of Ohio and out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly and sponsors events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.

    Jim Shertzer Jim Shertzer, ACEL Representative 

    • BS '97 Agricultural Education 
    • Head of NK Seeds Marketing, Syngenta 

    Q: What is your favorite memory from CFAES? A: My favorite memory from CFAES would have to be the connection and engagement with the professors and their willingness to challenge you beyond the status quo or where you thought your limit was.

    Q: What are you looking forward to in your first year on the CFAES Alumni Society Board? 
    A: Giving back to the CFAES Alumni Society and continuing to connect the society with its alumni in a fun and engaging way.

     

    Mary KlopfensteinMary Klopfenstein, 2019-20 Academic Year Representative 

    • BS '20 Agribusiness and Applied Economics 
    • Youth and Collegiate Program Coordinator, Illinois Farm Bureau 

    Q: What is your favorite memory from CFAES? 
    A: My favorite memory was meeting the two scholarship donors seated on either side of me at the CFAES Fall Scholarship Dinner my freshman year. Over the course of dinner, these two ladies transformed from mere strangers to role models for me. They reminisced on their college days, and then told story after story of the endless adventures that happened in their lives since. These ladies had lived grand lives of global travel, achieved remarkable feats, and most impressively, did everything for the betterment of others. These ladies had hearts of gold and didn’t know a stranger. They serve as living testaments for me of what it means to live a life rooted in faith for the greater good. When I think about the person I am striving to become in 30 or 40 years, I hope it is a person with even half the heart, warmth, and altruism as these ladies.

    To get to know more about the CFAES Alumni Society Board, 
    click here.

    To apply to be a board member using our rolling application, 
    click here.

  135. Support CFAES through this month's featured fund

  136. CFAES Alumni Homecoming Registration now open!

    Registration is now open for all CFAES Homecoming events! Registration closes for all events, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, at go.osu.edu/2022CFAESHomecoming (username and password required), or by calling 800-762-5646 or 614-292-2281 to speak to an Engagement Services Specialist (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday). Those who are not Ohio State alumni or those who are having difficulty registering should call the Engagement Center for assistance.

    Please see the below schedule of events, there's something for everyone!

    Thursday, Sept. 29

    CFAES Alumni Awards Event
    Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center • 5-8 p.m.

    Friday, Sept. 30

    1 p.m.

    Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Complex (CEARC) and Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory Tours
    CEARC; Waterman • 1:00 p.m.

    Virtual Seminar featuring Ilhami Yildiz
    Agricultural Engineering Room 219/245 and via Zoom • 1 p.m.

    CFAES Department of Horticulture and Crop Science (HCS) and Alumni Hangout
    CEARC; Waterman • 1-3 p.m.

    2 p.m.

    Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Complex (CEARC) and Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory Tours
    CEARC; Waterman • 2:00 p.m.

    CFAES Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) Alumni Reception
    Room 250A, Agricultural Administration Building • 2 – 4 p.m.

    Bugs and Bucks
    Rothenbuhler Bee Lab at Waterman Farm • 2 – 5 p.m.

    CFAES Department of Plant Pathology and Alumni: Virtual Meet-Up
    Zoom • 2-3 p.m.

    CFAES Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) Student-Alumni Mixer
    ACEL Suite 200, Agricultural Administration • 2 – 4 p.m.

    CFAES Department of Animal Sciences Open House
    Animal Sciences Building • 2 -4 p.m.

    3 p.m.

    Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Complex (CEARC) and Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory Tours
    CEARC; Waterman • 3:00 p.m.

    CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) Alumni Society Honorary 100 Celebration
    Kottman Hall Lobby • 3-5 p.m.

    CFAES Department of Food Science and Technology (FST) Homecoming Ice Cream Social
    Front patio area of the Park Food Science and Technology Building • 3 p.m.

    Saturday, Oct. 1

    CFAES Homecoming Tailgate
    Plumb Hall Lawn • 12 – 3 p.m.

    OSU vs. Rutgers Football Game
    Ohio Stadium
    3:30 p.m.

    • Football tickets in the CFAES block (10C) are available for purchase through Aug. 17.  Please use this link to purchase your tickets.

    For full details about the above events, please visit the
    CFAES Homecoming Weekend Webpage

  137. Thousands raised for Ronald McDonald House at Dean’s Charity Steer Show

  138. The spark to take science success even higher

  139. Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association and has representatives from every academic department, from every region of Ohio and out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly and sponsors events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.

    Yolanda Owens Yolanda Owens, past president 

    •  BS '07 Agricultural Communication
    • Pathways and Partnerships Strategist, The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

     Q: What do you like to do when you are not at work?
    A: I like to hang out with my little people. I like to travel, hike, garden and thrift shop. Finding a good deal on something gives me so much joy!

    Q: What are you looking forward to this year of being on the board?
    A: Participating as a committee member and continuing to build a legacy of and set a precedent for diversity and inclusion on the board.

    Kaitlyn Evans Kaitlyn Evans, 2021-2022 academic year representative 

    • MS '22 Agricultural Education, BS '20 Agriscience Education
    • Agriculture Teacher and FFA Adviser, Northmor Local Schools 

    Q: What are you looking forward to most in your first year on the board? 
    A:I am looking forward to the events that the CFAES Alumni Society Board hosts. As a very recent grad, I am going to miss a lot of the Ohio State events that students were easily able to attend. I look forward to meeting more alumni and learning about their experience at Ohio State.

    Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at CFAES? 
    A: I have so many good memories from CFAES so this is a hard question! I would say my favorite memories come from being involved with the Saddle and Sirloin Club.

    To get to know more about the CFAES Alumni Society Board, 
    click here.

    To apply to be a board member using our rolling application, 
    click here.

  140. Farm Science Review celebrates 60 years

  141. Cathann A. Kress, reappointed as vice president and dean of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

  142. Meet the new CFAES Alumni Society Board

  143. The Dean’s Charity Steer Show is back

  144. Science in 60 seconds

  145. Support CFAES through this month's featured fund

  146. Thank you to our outgoing CFAES Alumni Society Board members

    With a combined 39 years of service to the CFAES Alumni Society Board, we would like to recognize seven outstanding alumni for their service and leadership as representatives of the CFAES Alumni community.

     

    Nick Rettig Nick Rettig, '14 BS Agribusiness and Applied Economics

    • Past President
    • President
    • Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics Representative
    • Advancement Committee Co-Chair
    • Years of service: 2015-22

     

     

     

    Ellen Zimmerman Ellen Zimmerman, '14 BS Agricultural Communication

    • Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership Representative 
    • Fellowship Committee Co-Chair
    • Years of service: 2015-22

     

     

     

     

    Dr. Chris RileyChris Riley, '19 PhD Entomology 

    • Department of Entomology Representative 
    • Years of service: 2021-22

     

     

    Kaley OrrKaley Orr, '15 BS Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering

    • Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Representative
    • Years of service: 2016-22

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lynn Wischmeyer MooreLynn Wischmeyer Moore, '11 BS Food Science and Nutrition

    • Department of Food Science and Technology Representative
    • Year of service: 2016-22

     

     

    Dr. Peg McMahonPeg McMahon, '70 BS Horticulture

    • Department of Horticulture and Crop Science Representative
    • Recognition Committee Co-Chair
    • Years of service: 2016-22

     

     

     

     

     

    Adisa Aarons

    Adisa Aarons, '09 BS Construction Systems Management

    • Out of State Representative
    • Nomination Committee Chair
    • Years of service 2016-22

     

  147. Last call for 2023 Alumni Award nominations!

    THE DEADLINE IS JUNE 30, 2022, FOR ALL NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2023 AWARDS. 

    The CFAES Alumni Awards are given annually in four categories:

    • The Meritorious Service Award gives public recognition to nonalumni and/or alumni of the college who have been singularly significant in the college’s quest for excellence.
    • The Distinguished Alumni Award gives public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at large through their participation, commitment, and leadership.
    • The International Alumni Award is presented to outstanding international agriculture alumni representing, supporting, and promoting the college and The Ohio State University across the globe.
    • The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes alumni for their early professional accomplishments. This award provides recognition for these individuals and serves as a stimulus toward further efforts by younger alumni. Honorees are to be no more than 35 years of age at the time of the award ceremony.

    The award winners will be recognized at a celebration at Homecoming 2023.

    Please note that once you enter the webform, you will not be able to save your progress, so we advise compiling nominations in a separate document and copying them into the webform.

    Don’t delay! Nominate a deserving colleague or former classmate before time runs out on June 30.

     

    Nominate here!

  148. 'Scholarships were critical to my education'

  149. At Ohio State ATI, Kubota Tech program gives leg up on training and jobs

  150. Majority of CFAES grads report positive job outlook

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  151. A new use for your IRA

  152. Congratulations to this year’s CFAES Distinguished Seniors

    Maddie Allman

    Maddie Allman of Chillicothe, Ohio, graduated magna cum laude with distinctions in May 2022 as the first in her family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in agricultural communication, education, and leadership with a specialization in community and extension education.

    Allman, who describes herself as “a proud first-generation college student from Appalachian Ohio,” did her undergraduate thesis on the impact of COVID-19 and the federal COVID-19 relief packages on poverty in Vinton County, Ohio, her home county. She said she hoped pointing to needs in Vinton County would help provide resources to community leaders in the wider Appalachian region.

    Also while at Ohio State, Allman developed and implemented new programming for Collegiate 4-H’s annual Carving New Ideas workshop and helped establish the Buckeyes First Student Organization, providing support to first-generation college students. She also served on the 2021 Homecoming Court.

    “I hope to continue my research on Appalachian community development and hope to expand upon my current findings from my undergraduate research project,” Allman said. “I’m also hoping to travel to as many U.S. National Parks while I have the time, post-graduation, and continue pursuing big dreams and high-reaching goals.”

     

    Get to know the other 2022 Distinguished Seniors!

     

    Writer:  Mark Allen

    mark@markalleneditorial.com

    614-961-9666

     

  153. Don’t delay: CFAES Alumni Awards nominations due soon

    Alumni Award

    The deadline is June 30, 2022, for all nominations for the 2023 awards.  

    The CFAES Alumni Awards are given annually in four categories: 

    • The Meritorious Service Award gives public recognition to nonalumni and/or alumni of the college who have been singularly significant in the college’s quest for excellence.
    • The Distinguished Alumni Award gives public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at large through their participation, commitment, and leadership.
    • The International Alumni Award is presented to outstanding international agriculture alumni representing, supporting, and promoting the college and The Ohio State University across the globe.
    • The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes alumni for their early professional accomplishments. This award provides recognition for these individuals and serves as a stimulus toward further efforts by younger alumni. Honorees are to be no more than 35 years of age at the time of the award ceremony.

    The award winners will be recognized at a celebration the first weekend of March 2023.  

    Please note that once you enter the webform, you will not be able to save your progress, so we advise compiling nominations in a separate document and copying them into the webform.

    Don’t delay! Nominate a deserving colleague or former classmate before time runs out on June 30.

    Nominate here!

  154. Gardening webinar series recap

  155. Tap into something new: 8 things you can learn at Ohio’s upcoming Maple Bootcamp

    Ohio State branded maple syrup
  156. ACEL alum named Alabama A&M president

    Dr. Wims
  157. 2022 CFAES State of the College Address

    Dean Cathann A. Kress delivered the 2022 State of the College Address on March 24. Be sure to watch the address and learn about the transformational work being done at CFAES.

  158. Register now for the CFAES spring game tailgate

    Join CFAES for a fun, family-friendly tailgate! Reconnect with fellow alumni and friends, then head to the Ohio State spring football game on April 16.

  159. Support CFAES through this month’s featured fund

    Photo of MANRR students with advisor Kathy Lechman

    The John A. & Deborah Taylor Manrrs Support Fund supports students in the Multicultural Students in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences chapter at The Ohio State University. 

  160. Alumni webinar series continues!

    Graphic for Time and Change webinar series

    CFAES Time and Change Alumni Webinar Series 

    Monitoring the path of coronaviruses

    THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2022, 2–3 P.M. EST

    Join us for our next CFAES Time and Change Alumni Webinar, part of a series that engages our alumni and friends with a variety of intriguing issues led by prominent CFAES alumni and experts. Please mark your calendar! 

    WHERE: 
    This is a Zoom webinar. 

    A Zoom link will be emailed to you if you register at go.osu.edu/cfaeswebinarjan2022


    Years before the pandemic, a different coronavirus was killing baby pigs. Now researchers are working on ways to prevent and better understand coronaviruses that affect people as well as animals. Join us and learn more from an expert panel moderated by Yolanda Owens, president of the CFAES Alumni Society board of directors, as she speaks with Dr. Anastasia Vlasova, assistant professor, CFAES’ Center for Food Animal Health, and Dr. Stephanie Langel, CFAES alumna and medical instructor at the Center for Human Systems Immunology and Department of Surgery at Duke University’s School of Medicine.

     

    Dr. Stephanie Langel

    Dr. Stephanie Langel 

    BS ’11, Animal Sciences
    PhD ’18, Comparative and Veterinary Medicine

    Medical instructor and scientist at the Center for Human Systems Immunology and Department of Surgery at Duke University’s School of Medicine

     

    Dr. Anastasia Vlasova

    Dr. Anastasia Vlasova

    PhD, Ivanovsky Institute for Virology, Moscow, Russia
    DVM, Moscow State Academy of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology, Moscow, Russia

    Assistant professor with CFAES’ Center for Food Animal Health

    Yolanda Owens

    YOLANDa owens, moderator

    BS ’07, Agricultural Communication

    Chief cultivator of Forage + Black

    President of the CFAES Alumni Society board of directors

     

     

    Register

  161. Introducing the Scarlet & Gray Advantage program

  162. Dr. Cathann A. Kress elected as W.K. Kellogg Foundation board chair

    Dean Cathann Kress in a red blazer
  163. POSTPONED: State of the College

    In alignment with the current university guidance on in-person events, and our desire to offer an opportunity to gather in-person to celebrate our accomplishments, we have decided to postpone the 2022 State of the College and CFAES Awards originally scheduled for Jan. 28. Additional information will be forthcoming once a new date is set. The option to join virtually will still be available.

  164. POSTPONED: CFAES Alumni Awards

    Alumni Awards postponed

    Across the world, nation, and state of Ohio, we are experiencing a dramatic increase in COVID-19 infections due in large part to the omicron variant. The university continues to adjust health measures based on the latest data as well as evolving guidance from national, state, and local agencies.  

    The university is prioritizing in-person teaching and learning and has advised that food and drink should not be served at any in-person event, gathering, or meeting, and that in-person events should transition to a virtual format.

    Considering this guidance, we are postponing the 2022 CFAES Alumni Awards event to Homecoming week. Please tentatively hold the week of Homecoming, for an in-person event on campus. Official event information is forthcoming as we solidify details.

  165. DATE CHANGE: Homecoming

    Ohio Stadium with Script Ohio
  166. New DEI Multicultural Student Initiatives Director

  167. Spring Gardening Webinar Series Launches!

    Spring Garden
  168. CFAES Continuum Online Released

    Front cover of CFAES Continuum
  169. Celebrate Ohio State’s Commitment to Plant Health

    Hands holding a sapling

    From early classroom teaching to research discoveries and technological advances of today, the exhibition Protecting Plants, People and the World examines the connections between plant health, humans and the environment. Explore the exhibition beginning February 5, 2022 in the Thompson Library Gallery (1858 Neil Avenue, Columbus campus).

    Learn more here!

  170. Meet the 2022 CFAES Alumni Award winners!

    Alumni Awards displayed on a table with a red and black design

    After receiving numerous nominations and deliberating for weeks, the CFAES Alumni Society Board has announced the 2022 CFAES Alumni Award honorees. Here they are:

    Meritorious Service Award

    Steve Loerch, Senior Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University, previous CFAES faculty member for 30 years 
    Pamela Thomas, MS ’90 Rural Sociology, retired CFAES Program Manager of Student Success and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
    Henry Zerby, Vice President for Supply Management of Foods with Sodexo, previous CFAES faculty member for 17 years

    International Alumni Award

    Lucas de Araujo Souto, MS ’10 Animal Sciences
    Ilhami Yildiz, MS ’87 Agronomy, PhD ’93 Agricultural Engineering 

    Young Professional Award

    Stephanie Langel, BS ’11 Animal Sciences 
    Wendong Zhang, PhD ’15 Agricultural Economics

    Distinguished Alumni Award

    David Brown, BS ’62 Dairy Technology
    Keith Howard, PhD ’89 Plant Pathology 
    Juan Moreno, BS ’88 Dairy Science
    Alexandre Pires, PhD ’94 Ruminant Nutrition, and Ivanete Susin, PhD, ’94 Ruminant Nutrition
    Bill Tom, BS ’87 Animal Sciences 
    Robert Torres, PhD ’93 Agricultural Education 

    Please join us in congratulating the honorees and thanking them for all they do for the college and the community. 

    These 14 wonderful alumni and friends will be honored at the annual CFAES Alumni Awards Luncheon March 2022.  

    If you know someone who should be considered for a future Alumni Award, nominations for 2023 are now open. Click here to nominate a deserving alum.  

     

  171. What are your aspirations for 2022? Make a difference before the year ends!

    Animated hand writes in planner 'This year, I'm looking forward to...' is written in the planner

    Buckeyes accomplish incredible things every day, and 2021 was no different. We need your support to continue in 2022!

    This year, the collective impact of the Buckeye community changed the world for the better. In 2022, we know even more will be achieved. What are your aspirations for the new year?

     Please share with us!

    Your gift makes lifelong learning opportunities, community engagement, and the development of future leaders possible.

    You can give online, by mail, or by phone. Please consider giving to the following funds, which have a direct impact on the future of CFAES and our students:

    • The CFAES Student Success Fund (fund number: 316752)  
    • Waterman Facilities Fund (fund number: 316494)
    • The Fund for Ohio State Extension (fund number: 317387)
    • The Ohio State Fund for the Agricultural Technical Institute (fund number: 303349)

    Give online

    Click here to support CFAES. Then, select the fund you'd like to support, enter the amount, and make your payment online.  

    Give by mail

    You can also give by mail! Please mail a completed giving form and check with the fund number written on it to:

    The Ohio State University Foundation

    P.O. Box 710811

    Columbus, OH 43271-0811

    Give by phone

    Please call us at 614-292-2141 and have your credit card, debit, or electronic funds transfer information ready.

    Thank you for supporting CFAES!

  172. Everything you need to know about Ohio State at the Rose Bowl!

  173. Frozen feat

    Ice cream labeled Maudine's Berry Patch is lined up on a tray
  174. Support CFAES Student Council with a custom CFAES shirt

    CFAES Student Council Shirts

    CFAES T-shirts for sale: Support CFAES Student Council scholarships and purchase T-shirts! There are three designs that range in price from $10 to $20.

    To see designs and order information, please visit go.osu.edu/cfaes_shirt_sale2021.

    Just want to stop by and pick up a shirt? Come out to the Agricultural Administration Building on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get yours!

    CFAES t-shirt graphic

  175. U.S. Farm Report’s College Roadshow makes return visit to Ohio State

    US Farm Report Graphic

    U.S. Farm Report, a syndicated television show focusing on agriculture and agribusiness, visited Ohio State’s Columbus campus in November to film its College Roadshow.

     

    Hosted by Tyne Morgan, the show featured six professors from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), along with a CFAES student who also plays football for the Buckeyes.

     

    Agricultural economics professors Ian Sheldon, Zoë Plakias, and Seungki Lee provided their take on trade policy, agricultural commodity markets, the supply chain, and local food issues.

    OSU Extension faculty Mike Estadt and Peggy Hall talked carbon markets, while rural sociologist Shoshana Inwood discussed health insurance and child care issues on the farm. 

     

    Buckeye tight end Cade Stover is majoring in agricultural systems management, grew up on his family beef farm in Mansfield, and is still heavily involved in its operation. The 6’5”, 255-pound sophomore was Ohio's Mr. Football and Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year after his senior season of high school. After a possible detour to professional football, he plans to return to the farm.

     

    Viewers watch U.S. Farm Report every week on more than 150 stations with an audience of 500,000 weekly, plus RFD-TV. To view the Ohio State/CFAES College Roadshow, visit go.osu.edu/CDkP.

  176. Thank you to all who served

    Thank you. Honoring All who Served.  With American flag graphic.
  177. President Johnson Investiture

    President Johnson
  178. There is still time to end the year on a high note

    Ag Admin in the fall
  179. Extension Today: bringing Extension education into your home

    Dr. Tim McDermott on Extension Today
  180. Riding for farmers who can't

    Austin Heil and his sister, Jessica Denardo
  181. Where passion meets science

    Dr. Sally Rockey
  182. The legacy of Dr. Ray A. Miller

    A leader and mentor within the CFAES community, Ray A. Miller, PhD ’76, MS ’68, BS ’66 Agricultural Education, was known for his passion for CFAES students and supporting them financially through scholarships. Dr. Miller had a significant impact on the lives of many students. Together with his family, you can help keep his legacy alive in supporting students of CFAES.

    Give today!

     

  183. EPN program hosts a conversation with Black farmers and educators

    EPN October Program graphic

    The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) hosted its latest monthly program on Oct. 12 to learn from Black farmers, and about opportunities and challenges that exist for growing and enhancing connections to the land through agriculture and other regenerative land and community practices, including for youth of color. In addition, leaders from Ohio’s two land-grant institutions, Central State and Ohio State, shared about their efforts through Extension, engineering, and agricultural sciences to improve opportunities for Black farmers in Ohio. The program was moderated by CFAES Alumni Society Board President Yolanda Owens ’07. 

    Please see the recording of the program below.  

    For more information about the EPN and future programs, click here.  

  184. 4-H royalty at Ohio State

    Maddie Allman
  185. 4-H Celebration of Youth raises over $137,000 for 4-H Youth Development programs!

    4-H light up sign at Celebration of Youth event

    The 24th annual 4-H Celebration of Youth: 4-H Leading the Way was a special and unique evening, bringing in over $137,000 for Ohio 4-H Youth Development programs. More than 220 4-H supporters joined us for this year’s celebration, the first at Leeds Farm in Ostrander. This year’s event was an evening of fun-filled fall activities on the farm.

    National 4-H Conference was in the spotlight when this year’s Celebration of Youth concluded with auctioneer Johnny Regula asking for $1,000 sponsorships to send Ohio 4-H teens to the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. Over $10,000 in pledges were received to help support Ohio’s delegation of youth to attend this year’s conference.

    4-H continues to lead the way in positive youth development, and proceeds from Celebration of Youth will help continue to do so by supporting new and existing Ohio 4-H programs at the county and state levels and ensure 4-H programs and activities continue to meet the needs and interests of Ohio youth.

    A special thanks to this year’s sponsors for their support and dedication. Visit our Celebration of Youth page for a list of sponsors. We hope you will join us next year!

    Individuals enjoying the festivities at Leeds Farm

  186. Wet but well worth it: Farm Science Review 2021

    FSR Crowd
  187. Registration is still open for the annual CFAES Fallfest

    Last call for cfaes alumni homecoming football tickets!

    Registration is now open for the annual CFAES Fallfest tailgate! The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, from 8:30–11:30 a.m. EDT at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, on the Columbus campus.

    The Buckeyes are hosting the University of Maryland Terrapins for the Homecoming football game on Oct. 9, and kickoff is at noon. Register for Fallfest here: go.osu.edu/FAES2021. Alternatively, you can call Alumni Association Engagement Services at 614-292-2281 or 800-762-5646 during regular business hours.

    Fallfest Pricing

    The adult tailgate only is $40, and the child (ages 3–12) tailgate only is $25.

    Discounts will be applied for young alumni and alumni from the Classes of 1970 and 1971.

    Register for Fallfest Tailgate by Sept. 30.

    Register for Fallfest

    Maryland game tickets

    A limited quantity of Maryland tickets is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $100 each and will need to be purchased through Ohio State Athletics. CFAES Alumni will be able to request tickets through the registration portal above. 

    All tickets will be mobile (no physical ticket will be distributed). Once the link for tickets is sent to you and is live, there will be a hard deadline (Sept. 9), no exceptions, to purchase your tickets. After Thursday, Sept. 9, all leftover tickets will be released to the general public.

    Please note: 

    • Our health guidance will continue to evolve based on science, data, and the expertise of public health leaders. For the most up-to-date Ohio State COVID-19 guidelines, please visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website: safeandhealthy.osu.edu.
    • Fans attending Skull Session at St. John Arena will be required to wear masks. At Ohio Stadium, masks will be required in all interior public spaces including the Huntington Club, elevators, first aid rooms, restrooms, and the press box.
    • Masks will not be required for outdoor public spaces, which include the entry gates, concourses, concession stands, and the seating bowl.

    If you have questions, please contact Chan White at 614-292-8740 or white.1309@osu.edu

    Hope to see all you there. Go Bucks! 

  188. Alumni Webinar Series continues

    Time and Change Webinar Series graphic

    Join us for the next installment of the CFAES Time and Change Alumni Webinar, a series for our alumni and friends on a variety of intriguing issues led by prominent CFAES alumni and industry experts. 

    The second webinar in the series will be Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 10–11 a.m.

     

     

    Cathann KressModerator: Dr. Cathann A. Kress
    Ohio State Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Register for the webinar here

  189. One Big Week: Buckeyes Give

    1Big Week graphic

    For more than 125 years, the institutions that make up the Big Ten have been leaders in shaping the collegiate experience. A defining pillar of this leadership has always been supporting our students.

    From September 12 – 18, the One Big Week Campaign will unite our Big Ten institutions to collectively champion our students. During this time, every gift made to Ohio State will support scholarships — and students’ futures.

    Scholarships are a lifeline. Financial assistance is crucial to students’ success, empowering them to focus on their studies, pursue internships and volunteer in our communities to become tomorrow’s leaders.

    You can create change for generations of Buckeyes, and for all of us, as they go out into the world and make it better.

    Give Here

    One Big Week Campaign

  190. Congratulations to Summer 2021 Graduates!

  191. $3.5 million gift funds new CFAES endowed chair in food science; Ahmed Yousef named holder

    Ahmed E. Yousef
  192. Return to campus. Return to Tradition

    We’re feeling a lot of gratitude as we return — in person! — to CFAES this fall.

    We’re grateful for CFAES’ valued donors, who make it possible for so many students to attend this prestigious college — students who otherwise might not have had the opportunity…valued donors who also, through their generous gifts, are growing and transforming our Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory.

    We’re grateful for the new connections we made at Waterman as students ourselves — connections to agriculture, to the soil, to plants and animals (including a helpful, lovely, cannulated Jersey cow named Lenore) … and for the growing future opportunities for people to make new connections at Waterman too — including, ideally, every student at Ohio State! (You can read about one such opportunity, the coming new Multispecies Animal Learning Center, here.)

    We’re grateful that CFAES’ research is back in full swing. That together we’re moving in a positive direction because of our loyal donor support. That together we serve an important mission: We Sustain Life.

    We’re grateful in the end, of course, for you. We thank you for your support, and Go Bucks!

     


    Joseph R. Gryboski

    CFAES Student Council President

    Ohio State Women's Basketball Manager

    College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Nutrition

    gryboski.3@osu.edu

     


    April F. White MS, PAS

    Graduate Student Advisory Committee Chair

    PhD Student, OSU Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Nutrition Program

    Department of Animal Sciences

    white.3598@osu.edu

    Give Now

     

  193. Lots to see, learn at Gwynne Conservation Area: Farm Science Review 2021

    Gwynne Conservation Area
  194. CFAES Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Kayle

    Kevin Kayle holding a Walleye
  195. Alumni webinar series is back!

    Time and Change Webinar Series graphic

    CFAES Time and Change Alumni Webinar Series

    High-Tech Careers in Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Industries 

    Presented by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and CFAES

    Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, 2-3 p.m. EDT

    Join us for our next CFAES Time and Change Alumni Webinar, part of a series that engages our alumni and friends with a variety of intriguing issues led by prominent CFAES alumni and experts.  Please mark your calendar! 

    WHERE: 
    This is a Zoom webinar
    A Zoom link will be emailed to your if you register at: https://osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8atARbipRFC6blf6Smlofg 


    For this webinar, our alumni panel will share their expertise and experiences working in high-tech careers in the food, agricultural, and environmental industries.  

    Lynn Wischmeyer Moore Lynn Wischmeyer Moore

     BS '11 Food Science and Technology

     Innovation Specialist at Nestle Inc.

     Department of Food Science and Technology Representative on the CFAES Alumni Society Board of Directors

     

     

     Dan HDan Hermserms 

     MS '84, BS '83 Horticulture; MS '84 Entomology 

     VP of Research and Development, Davey Tree 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nischay Soni Nischay Soni

     BS '19 Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability

     Drone Specialist and Photogrammetrist, Kucera International Inc. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Leah Curtis Moderator: Leah Curtis 

     BS '07 Agricultural Communication

     Policy Counsel and Sr. Director of Member Engagement, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation 

     

     

     

    Register

  196. 2021 Farm Science Review to be live and in person

    Image of Farm Science Review 2019
  197. State-of-the-Art animal facility coming to Ohio State

  198. Save the Date: Dean's Charity Steer Show 2022!

    Dean's Charity Steer Show graphic
  199. Be a Buckeye for Life

    Illustration depicting individuals working in a garden.
  200. Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    Brutus Sandiego

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association and has representatives from every academic department, every region of Ohio, from out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly in addition to holding events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.Abby Campbell

    Abby Campbell, Southeast Ohio Representative 

    BSAGR ’19 Agriscience Education 
    Agricultural Educator and FFA Advisor, Fort Frye High School 

    Q: When you are not at work, what do you enjoy doing?  

    A: When I am not at work, you can find me farming alongside my husband, Blake Campbell, a 2018 Ohio State graduate. We raise sheep and swine, and manage a roadside farm market that has pumpkins and flowers. I also enjoy gardening, running half marathons, trying out new Ohio wines, and traveling.

    Q: What is your favorite CFAES memory? 

    A: Thinking back to my time as a student in CFAES, a lot of my favorite memories involve Agricultural Education Society or the college Ambassador team. Ag Ed Society went on a Buck-I-SERV trip to Texas together in 2017, and our officer team would have meetings every week just to spend time in each other’s company. I also greatly enjoyed Ambassador retreats, giving tours to prospective students and families, and working in Room 100. In fact, I was at a set-up “work” meeting with Amy Jo Baughman when I was surprised by my tapping onto Homecoming Court!Peg McMahon

    Dr. Peg McMahon, Horticulture and Crop Science Representative

    BS ’70 Horticulture 
    Faculty Emeritus, The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

    Q: When you are not at work, what do you enjoy doing? 

    A: Gardening, hanging out at the family farm in Medina County with family (brother and cousins who grew up on the farm with me and their families). Visiting friends all over the U.S. and around the world.

    Q: What is your favorite part of being on the CFAES Alumni Society Board? 

    A: Being connected with so many Buckeyes and seeing all the wonderful things the Ag Alumni Award winners have done.

    Q: What is your favorite CFAES memory? 

    A: Hanging out in the old Hort greenhouses that were behind what is now Lazenby Hall with grad students and faculty listening to their stories and wondering what stories I’d have to tell someday.

    To get to know more about the CFAES Alumni Society Board, click here.

    To apply to be a board member using our rolling application, click here.

  201. Save the date: CFAES Fallfest

    The CFAES Homecoming Fallfest Celebration will be in person on Saturday, Oct. 9!

    Registration for the tailgate will be open from Monday, July 26, through Thursday, Sept. 30. A registration link will be sent out at the end of July to allow you to register for the tailgate. Tailgate registration will include brunch, family activities, and entertainment. Tailgate only tickets will be $40 for adults and $25 for children, and discounted rates will apply for young alumni and alumni from the classes of 1970 and 1971.

    As in the past, we will be offering football tickets for the Ohio State vs. Maryland game. Kickoff will be at noon. This year, all tickets will be mobile tickets. Tailgate tickets must be purchased in order to be eligible for football game tickets. Information about how to purchase tickets will be sent to you in a separate communication.

    Any questions or concerns, please reach out to Chan White at white.1309@osu.edu.

  202. Meet the new CFAES Alumni Society Board!

  203. Young Alumni Positions on the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board

    Young 4-H Alumni
  204. Regenerative agriculture at Ohio State Lima

    From left: Farmer Todd Mason, soil scientists Steve Baker and Matthew Tucker, farmer David Brandt and retired soil scientist George Derringer take soil bores at Ohio State Lima.
  205. They’re showing the hows and whys of fighting food waste

    Produce Waste
  206. Support CFAES student scholarships!

    Students continue work at the OSU Student Farm located at Waterman
  207. Last call for CFAES Alumni Awards nominations

    THE DEADLINE IS JUNE 30, 2021, FOR ALL NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2022 AWARDS. 

    The CFAES Alumni Awards are given annually in four categories: 

    • The Meritorious Service Award gives public recognition to nonalumni and/or alumni of the college who have been singularly significant in the college’s quest for excellence.
    • The Distinguished Alumni Award gives public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at large through their participation, commitment, and leadership.
    • The International Alumni Award is presented to outstanding international agriculture alumni representing, supporting, and promoting the college and The Ohio State University across the globe.
    • The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes alumni for their early professional accomplishments. This award provides recognition for these individuals and serves as a stimulus toward further efforts by younger alumni. Honorees are to be no more than 35 years of age at the time of the award ceremony.

    The award winners will be recognized at a celebration the first weekend of March 2022.  

    Please note that once you enter the webform, you will not be able to save your progress, so we advise compiling nominations in a separate document and copying them into the webform.

    Don’t delay! Nominate a deserving colleague or former classmate before time runs out on June 30.

    Nominate here!

  208. CFAES alumni spotlight: Rachael Cline

  209. Dr. Filson receives university teaching award

    Dr. Caryn Filson
  210. Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association and has representatives from every academic department, every region of Ohio, from out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly in addition to holding events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.

    Dr. Kristy ShawDr. Kristy Shaw, Animal Sciences Representative

    BSAGR ’14 Animal Sciences, DVM ’18 Veterinary Medicine
    Public Health Veterinarian, Ohio Department of Agriculture 

    Q: What do you do when you are not at work? 

    A: When not at work, my husband and I can be found at our home working on home projects. We enjoy cooking and grilling out and taking advantage of the outdoors when we can! We also help out on my parents’ beef cattle farm.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Alumni Society Board? 

    A: My term just started so I am still learning and adjusting but I am looking forward to meeting other alumni and being able to contribute positively to the college!

    Q: What is your favorite CFAES memory? 

    A: I went on a study abroad trip through CFAES Animal Sciences to New Zealand. We got to see so much in the 10-day period, and it was an amazing experience and opportunity. I encourage all students to do a study abroad if they are able!

    Derek SniderDerek Snider, Northwest Ohio Representative

    BSAGR ’13 Agribusiness and Applied Economics 
    Account Officer, AgCredit, ACA

    Q: What do you do when you are not at work? 

    A: When the office job is over for the day, I go home and start my second shift job—the family farm. My family and I own and operate a cash grain and livestock operation. We grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay using no-till conservation farming practices. We have a beef cow/calf herd as well. The heifers are raised as replacements for the herd, while the steers are raised for freezer beef or market. When we get caught up with the tasks on the farm, I like to cruise around checking our crops as well as the crops throughout the county in my classic car, a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Alumni Society Board? 

    A: Being on the board is loads of fun since we all are CFAES graduates but come from such diverse backgrounds. We all enjoyed our time on campus or we would not have the desire to continue to serve as board members of the Alumni Society. We all have the same goals in mind as we serve on the board and work to engage other alumni through our activities and work to become a source of information to current students as they near their graduation and enter the workforce.

     

    To get to know more about the CFAES Alumni Society Board, click here.

    To apply to be a board member using our rolling application, click here.

  211. Congratulations to our new alumni!

    Despite a year of unknowns and commencement procedures being different than traditional proceedings, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences awarded over 600 degrees during the weekend of May 8–9. Undergraduate and graduate degrees were awarded to students representing CFAES Columbus, CFAES Wooster, and the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Their majors included but weren’t limited to culinary science, sustainable plant systems, meat science, construction systems management, greenhouse and nursery management, agriscience education, agribusiness and applied economics, entomology, and environmental policy and decision making, to name just a few.  

    Many of these individuals are just beginning their journey with Ohio State, while others are off to the next step in their careers. No matter what stage of life they are in, we hope they hold their time with CFAES close to them and reconnect often. If you are one of these new alums, we would love to hear from you once you get settled in a new city or job. You can reach out to CFAES Advancement at CFAESAlumni@osu.edu. Congratulations to CFAES’ Class of 2021!

    To help celebrate these graduates, we are asking for your help to welcome them to the CFAES alumni family. Please fill out this web form with congratulatory wishes and words of advice for the new alums. Messages will be compiled and sent to the spring 2021 graduates at the end of May. All messages received prior to Monday, May 24, will be included in the communication.       

    CFAES Wooster had a drive-through commencement celebration. View images from the celebration below.  

  212. Don’t delay: CFAES Alumni Awards nominations due soon

    Nominations now open!

    The deadline is June 30, 2021, for all nominations for the 2022 awards. 

    The CFAES Alumni Awards are given annually in four categories: 

    • The Meritorious Service Award gives public recognition to nonalumni and/or alumni of the college who have been singularly significant in the college’s quest for excellence.
    • The Distinguished Alumni Award gives public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at large through their participation, commitment, and leadership.
    • The International Alumni Award is presented to outstanding international agriculture alumni representing, supporting, and promoting the college and The Ohio State University across the globe.
    • The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes alumni for their early professional accomplishments. This award provides recognition for these individuals and serves as a stimulus toward further efforts by younger alumni. Honorees are to be no more than 35 years of age at the time of the award ceremony.

    The award winners will be recognized at a celebration the first weekend of March 2022.  

    Please note that once you enter the webform, you will not be able to save your progress, so we advise compiling nominations in a separate document and copying them into the webform.

    Don’t delay! Nominate a deserving colleague or former classmate before time runs out on June 30.

    Nominate here!

  213. CFAES Alumni Spotlight: David Darr

    David Darr
  214. Network with CFAES alumni and support CFAES student scholarships!

    Young alumni networking in person

    You are invited to a virtual social hour hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board!

    On June 9, 2021, at 8 p.m. EDT, the alumni society board will be socializing and networking in small groups while discussing things that all Buckeyes love and care about. This is an opportunity to not only connect with your fellow CFAES alumni, but also to give back to the college. The registration fee for the social will be 100% donated to the CFAES Student Success fund. There is a suggested donation of $15, but we encourage you to give at a level at which you are comfortable.For questions about the event, email cfaesalumni@osu.edu.

    To give to the CFAES Student Success Fund, click here.  

    To register for the virtual social hour,
    click here
    .

  215. CFAES students honored with university-level awards

    Leadership Awards

    Congratulations to the CFAES students who received university-level Student Life Leadership Awards!    

    Aishwarya Badiger

    Scarlet, Gray, and Green Student Leadership Award

    A food science and technology graduate student from India, Aishwarya has pursued a variety of opportunities to create a more sustainable campus culture. Prior to COVID-19, she led a project to make the Parker Dairy Store café a zero-waste facility in partnership with the Zero Waste team in Ohio State's Facilities and Operations Development unit, including securing a grant to offset the cost of compostable materials. After the pandemic shut down the café, she pivoted to launch a compost drop-off pilot program serving 100 students.

    Aishwarya co-founded the sustainability student organization Know Food Waste and was also involved in planning and executing the group’s Food Waste Photo Competition, which spread awareness of food waste on campus in a creative manner. She is currently working on a project to upcycle wasted bagels on campus into bagel chips in partnership with the Food Recovery Network and Upcycled Food Association. 

    We look forward to seeing what she does next to further sustainability at Ohio State.  

    Anna Haught

    Scarlet, Gray, and Green Student Leadership Award   

    As a community mentor in Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services (OCCSS), Anna has worked hard to make sustainable practices a part of everyday life for Buckeyes. 

    A psychology and environmental policy and decision making double major from Columbus, Anna has held multiple events for commuter students around sustainability, including education on what is recyclable in Franklin County and the impact students can have by reducing waste on and off campus. They also worked on the sustainability campaign project, through which they developed a blog called Reduce, Reuse, Recipe to teach students creative recipes that reduce food waste, how to cook sustainably, and how to properly store leftovers to reduce food waste. Anna partnered with Best Food Forward to develop nutrition labels for the blog. Based on student feedback and engagement, the blog is expanding, including creating instructional videos for recipes.

    Anna also makes sure that they center sustainability in all conversations with the OCCSS staff, helping make the office culture one that is truly more sustainable than before they joined the team. 

    Annika Diaz

    Outstanding Senior Award

    Annika is an animal sciences major with a specialization in bioscience from Upland, California. She is focused on tackling underrepresentation in the STEM field.

    As a leadership team member for the Animal Sciences Community Alliance, Annika has not only mentored many peers but has used her role to advocate for increased structural diversity and inclusion efforts. She has also been active in STEM education, outreaching at a local elementary school in Columbus, for which she found such a passion that she founded a student organization, Scientific Thinkers at Ohio State, to further create access for STEM outreach in other Columbus elementary schools.

    After graduation, Annika plans to pursue graduate studies in molecular virology, focusing on better understanding the pathogenesis of emerging zoonotic viral diseases. Her ultimate goal in pursuing graduate training is to improve the prevention and treatment methods available for humans and animals to advance global public health. 

    To see the complete list of university-level Student Life Leadership Awards, click here!

  216. CFAES generosity bolsters Waterman, feeds those in need

    Day of Giving

    On March 22, The Ohio State University’s Day of Giving, CFAES raised over $250,000 for scholarships, research and facilities at Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, and other efforts. Over $31,000 was raised for Ohio 4-H camps, and for the fourth year in a row, meals were given away to households in need. Ohio State students boxed 120,000 meals that 4-H teens and volunteers delivered to Scioto, Jackson, and Pike counties. “Every gift, large or small, matters,” said Amy Jo Baughman, director of alumni engagement and annual giving. “I am so thankful to see such strong support from the CFAES community.” 

  217. Virtual Event - Your guide to estate and gift planning

    Ag Admin in transition

    Join Ohio State University's Alumni Association to hear a presentation from John C. Woods, Assistant Vice President of Estate and Gift Planning at Ohio State. John will share creative ideas for estate gifts as well as insight on tax implications of the CARES and SECURE Acts and potential new tax policies. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and schedule one-on-one appointments following the presentation for more in-depth conversation with experts from the Estate and Gift Planning team.

    Wednesday, April 28 3:00 pm (EST)

    Virtual event via Zoom, registration required

    Register here!

  218. Ohio State’s Environmental Professionals Network to host annual signature Earth Day celebration

    Take Flight! is an Earth Day celebration of local and global efforts to protect and restore the monarch butterfly. The monarch is an icon of our planet’s biodiversity. Its population in Ohio and globally borders on extinction* though there is hope in sight!    

    The monarch has a remarkable migration story cycling between Mexico to Canada across the United States. The U.S. Midwest region, including Ohio, serves as a vital corridor in this journey. The Midwest produces and nurtures multiple generations of monarchs each year and serves as the origin of most monarchs that migrate to Mexico. Monarch populations have declined by over 70% in North America, and a global conservation effort is required to restore them.   

    This is a global restoration effort and individuals can truly make a difference. This program focuses on solutions and provides tangible resources for all to contribute, including landscape planning by public and private landowners. Join New York Times bestselling author Dr. Doug Tallamy and Jane Breckinridge, director, Euchee Butterfly Farm, and an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, as they teach us how to build monarch habitat in our yards and communities and share inspirational cultural stories on the connections we have to this iconic butterfly.   

    Dr. Tallamy and Ms. Breckinridge will share the virtual stage on April 21 with leading Ohioans from private, public, and non-profit sectors who are taking action across Ohio to protect pollinator habitat and will show us how individuals and communities can engage locally to make a difference in this global conservation movement.  

    Ohio State’s Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) is proud to host Take Flight!—its eighth annual signature Earth Day event—with the School of Environment and Natural Resources in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. This year’s event is in partnership with TEDxOhioStateUniversitySalon and Monarch Joint Venture.   

    On behalf of EPN and its partners, we hope you can join us. To learn more about the event and to register, visit go.osu.edu/epnapr21.

    *The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded that listing the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act is “warranted but precluded” on Dec. 15, 2020.

    Program flyer

  219. CFAES Alumni Spotlight: Mark Monaco

    Mark Monaco

    Even at an early age, Mark Monaco knew he wanted to spend his life working in marine science. He’s been able to do just that thanks to the start he received at CFAES—a start immersed, often literally, in Lake Erie.

    Monaco, originally from Dover, Ohio, came to the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) and earned a BS in fisheries management in 1981, an MS in environmental biology in 1984, and from 1981–1983 also served as the manager of Stone Laboratory, CFAES’ island campus at Put-in-Bay. The job included conducting long hours of Lake Erie water-quality sampling aboard the boat the R/V Hydra, and teaching eager high school students and teachers on the R/V BioLab—collecting water samples, netting fish, getting their feet wet in science.

    From Ohio, Monaco went east in 1984 for a national Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and he has worked for the agency ever since—including as supervisory marine biologist and director of NOAA’s Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment; and, since 2017, as supervisory marine biologist and director of the Marine Spatial Ecology Division in NOAA’s Silver Spring, Maryland-based National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, the position he holds today. Along the way, in 1995, he earned his PhD in marine and estuarine environmental studies from the University of Maryland.

    Over his career, Monaco’s water world has expanded to include the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, coral reefs and Capitol Hill, and the second-largest marine protected area in the world in the form of the northwestern Hawaiian islands. But he said Put-in-Bay—located some 5 miles out in Lake Erie, the home of Stone Lab—still holds a special place in his heart.

    He answered a few questions for this CFAES alumni spotlight.

    On his work and career

    Q: Can you talk about in a nutshell what your work involves?

    A: I am extremely fortunate to have a very diverse portfolio of activities that I cover as supervisory marine biologist in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). I direct the Marine Spatial Ecology Division within NCCOS, and my work portfolio is primarily comprised of conducting scientific investigations and leading and managing approximately 100 federal and contract staff. In addition, as part of the NCCOS leadership team, I am engaged in a number of activities to support my office and other NOAA entities. I really do not have a “typical day” as it can range from SCUBA diving to conducting monitoring of coral reef fishes, briefing congressional staff and members on Capitol Hill, mentoring staff, to developing research initiatives within and outside of NOAA.

    Q: How has the pandemic changed your work?

    A: Well, I have never spent 100% of my time at a desk via remotely teleworking during my career. Needless to say, I am a bit restless, but we have just started returning to some very limited field-based activities. Thus, I’m looking forward to interacting with my staff and getting underwater in the late summer!

    Q: What are you most passionate about in your work? What gets you out of bed in the morning?

    A: I knew from a very young age I wanted to have a career in marine science, and I’ve done so for over 40 years. The part of the work I am most passionate about is making a difference in the sustainable management of living marine and Great Lakes resources. Leading and conducting very cool research with an extremely talented and dedicated NOAA workforce and external partners makes it very easy to report to work each day. I often tell folks that I feel like I have not worked a day in my life as my opportunities in leading and conducting marine science are so rewarding and fun!

    Q: What’s been the biggest achievement in your career, and what’s been the biggest challenge?

    A: I have had many great achievements, ranging from creating scientific programs to conserve and protect natural resources, leading efforts to map nearly all of the nation’s coral reefs, educating the public and policy makers on the importance and value of marine and Great Lakes natural resources, designing and evaluating the efficacy of marine protected areas, and mentoring and leading staff in conducting applied research in support of management needs.

    The largest challenge has been integrating natural and social science data and information into actionable science to facilitate implementation of management policies by governance entities that attempt to balance conservation and human uses of our oceans and coasts.

    On Earth Day

    Q: Earth Day is April 22. On reflection, what gives you hope when it comes to the state of the coasts and oceans? What are you optimistic about?

    A: There are many stressors and human activities impacting the condition of our coasts and oceans. However, I have been part of many successful efforts to conserve and manage our natural resources in sustainable ways, including spatial planning of human uses in coastal and marine environments to minimize resource use conflicts. In addition, I have witnessed the restoration and resiliency of various coastal ecosystems, such as increases in water quality, recovery of fish populations, and enhancements of coral reef ecosystems. Often these environmental success stories are directly linked to community-based management actions.

    Q: On the flip side, what are you most concerned about? What, if anything, keeps you up at night?

    A: I think the impact of climate change on our coastal and Great Lakes communities and ecosystems is our greatest scientific and management challenge. Since the impact of climate change is a worldwide issue, we must continue to strive to reduce environmental stressors, increase coastal resiliency, and mitigate the impacts of coastal changes at local, regional, national, and worldwide spatial scales.

    On his time at Ohio State

    Q: How did your time at Ohio State—in the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources, at Stone Lab—influence your career?

    If not for The Ohio State University and my experiences at Stone Lab, I would have not had the successful and rewarding career that I have enjoyed for over 40 years. My academic training at Ohio State, my professors, and research activities enabled me to successfully compete for the 1984 Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship that resulted in working for NOAA. Most importantly, my time at Ohio State enabled me to develop lifelong professional and personal relationships that have guided me through my career and life.

    Q: Who were your biggest mentors while you were here, and what did you learn from them?

    A: Drs. Eddie Herdendorf and Jeff Reutter, both former Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab directors, were my incredible mentors, and we have maintained our lifelong friendships. Eddie taught me about critical thinking in addressing scientific research, and Jeff helped shape my ability to communicate scientific information to the public. I was very fortunate to have Eddie and Jeff help lead and guide the early development of my scientific and professional career.

    Q: What are your favorite memories from your time at Ohio State?

    A: The friendships I developed at Ohio State in Columbus and at Stone Lab are my greatest memories, along with the research opportunities. I was able to participate as a student and as the Stone Lab manager in over 50 research projects from 1979–1984. These activities included environmental monitoring (part of my MS thesis), as a scientist on the R/V Hydra that was operated by Ohio State, and as a research assistant who supported Stone Lab’s faculty and students.

    And finally …

    Q: What are your favorite places on Earth, coastal or otherwise, and why?

    A: I have travelled much of the world in my professional career and on vacations, and I still list Put-in-Bay, Ohio, as one of my favorite places on the planet. Of course, this is significantly influenced by my great memories and experiences at Stone Lab, fun times at PIB, and enjoying the beauty of Lake Erie!

    Q: Along those lines, what are your favorite organisms on the planet, marine or otherwise, and why?

    Fish, as they are cool, good to eat, and significantly contributed to my professional and personal experiences as I have travelled the globe to conduct many fish ecology studies.

    Q: Any final thoughts?

    A: Go Bucks!

     

    Connect with Dr. Monaco on LinkedIn. Learn more about NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.

  220. Fending off pandemic fatigue

    Pandemic fatigue continues a year later
  221. COVID-19 Inventor Showcase

  222. Where are they now? Alumni Awards edition

    Alumni Awards

    The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes alumni for their early professional accomplishments. This award provides recognition for these individuals and serves as a stimulus toward further efforts by younger alumni. Nominees are to be 35 years of age and younger at the time of receiving the award. We checked in with them to see what they have accomplished since earning their award and what it meant to them. Hear from a few of our honorees below. 

    Joshua JenningsJoshua Jennings

    BS ’00 Animal Sciences; ASC ’00 Livestock Production and Management, Beef and Sheep 

    Young Professional Achievement Award, 2015

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since receiving your alumni award? 

    A: Since receiving the award in 2015, Global Impact STEM Academy has expanded its programing to reach more students. In 2015, we served students in grades 9–12, offering a STEM educational experience immersed in the field of agriculture. In the fall of 2017, we completed another facilities project to expand to grades 7 and 8.

    Q: What other thoughts do you have about your CFAES alumni experience? 

    A: I have appreciated the work of CFAES alumni, and am glad to say that our school has a number of students now attending CFAES and that those students will be future contributing alumni.

    Allison Specht-JaynesAllison Specht-Jaynes

    MS ’07 Agricultural Economics, BS ’04 Agribusiness and Applied Economics

    Young Professional Achievement Award, 2014

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: Since graduating from Ohio State, my goal has been to make a positive impact in the food and agricultural industry. From advocating for agricultural policy early in my career to supporting new products and markets for agricultural commodities later in my career, I feel it is important for our industry to always be looking ahead and exploring the next opportunity. Receiving the CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award was a meaningful moment early in my career and affirmed the fact I was fulfilling my personal mission.

    Q: What other thoughts do you have about your CFAES alumni experience? 

    A: I am forever grateful I selected an undergraduate major and a graduate degree program in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. CFAES does an outstanding job of creating an inclusive culture among their alumni and remaining connected. CFAES is more than a college—it’s a family, a support system, and a network. Over the years, I’ve remained engaged in department activities and speaking to students. I look forward to continued opportunities to further my involvement.

    Tim BarnesTim Barnes

    BS ’72 Animal Sciences

    Young Professional Achievement Award, 1984

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: I was very honored to receive the CFAES Young Professional Award. It truly was a great surprise to receive this award. My early efforts and commitments to the livestock industry were a foundation for my future leadership and involvement in local, state, and national organizations.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since receiving your alumni award? 

    A: I have been blessed to have a supportive agriculture family that has allowed me to be involved in sheep, swine, Farm Bureau, FFA, and 4-H leadership positions. Two of my top honors are: first, being a member of the Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences Hall of Fame; and second, receiving the Charlie Boyles Ohio Master Shepherd Award from the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association.

    Nutsuda SumonsiriDr. Nutsuda Sumonsiri

    PhD ’12 Food Science and Nutrition

    Young Professional Achievement Award, 2018

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement or milestone since receiving your Alumni Award? 

    A: After receiving the Young Professional Achievement Award, I was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor at King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok and was selected to receive a Researcher Connect-OHEC Talent Mobility grant in 2019.

    Q: Do you have other thoughts about your time at CFAES? 

    A: The knowledge, skills, memories, opportunities, and everything I received from my advisor, professors, and peers at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University, were extremely valuable and made me what I am today. Thank you.

    Warren BoergerWarren Boerger

    BS ’91 Agricultural Economics

    Young Professional Achievement Award, 1998

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: I was honored to receive the Young Professional Achievement Award from CFAES early in my career. The surprise of being contacted as a recipient from an anonymous nomination was humbling for someone who simply wants to contribute to the industry and represent my family and alma mater well.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement or milestone since receiving your Alumni Award? 

    A: Since the award, I have been blessed with the opportunity to live abroad and visit several agricultural areas around the world while holding a variety of roles, including sales, marketing, information technology, digital, and management. Each role provided me the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of great people focused on the challenges and opportunities in agriculture. The greatest achievements I will remember the most are those times when I helped someone develop and progress their career or business.

    Scott HigginsScott Higgins

    BS ’84 Agricultural Economics 

    Young Professional Achievement Award, 1994, Distinguished Alumni Award 2011

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: Receiving the Young Professional Achievement Award recognition in 1994 was truly an honor and a privilege that I never expected. It was a humbling moment when I was notified of the award, and it was extremely gratifying to know that others were watching as I worked hard to make a difference for dairy farmers and the dairy industry in the first 10 years of my career upon graduating from The Ohio State University.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement since receiving your alumni award? 

    A: While I have several very satisfying achievements during my career, I am most proud of leading a partnership in the dairy industry that developed and launched the first line of flavored milk packaged in a round, resealable, recyclable, single-serve, 12-ounce plastic bottle. Some of you may recall the introduction of Moo Kooler in 1996. That innovation and marketing launch for single-serve milk was successful and instrumental toward inspiring further innovation for milk and milk packaging in the United States.

    Elizabeth HebronElizabeth Hebron

    MS ’01 Agricultural Economics, BS ’96 Agribusiness and Applied Economics

    Young Professional Achievement Award, 2007

    Q: Describe what receiving your CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: To this day, I am still shocked at receiving this award! Knowing all the outstanding work of my fellow classmates and then young professional colleagues, I was honored and humbled. This award helped to bolster my confidence in my career path and is something I will always cherish.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement since receiving your Alumni Award? 

    A: I was raised to help my fellow neighbor and have carried that tenet into my professional career. As a government affairs professional, I quickly learned that working in partnership with like-minded allied organizations or “neighbors” was the key to success. My greatest achievements include building strong relationships with partner organizations that have helped to advance public policies benefiting agriculture, the environment, and all people.

    Judith R. Lindsey

    BS ’85 Horticulture

    Young Professional Achievement Award, 1995

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement or milestone since winning your Alumni Award? 

    A: There have been times I have looked back on receiving the Young Professional Achievement Award and wondered if I have let the university down in the years since as I have not invented some new food preservation process, contributed to solving world hunger, or taught the next generation of food scientists. But “by small and simple things, great things are brought to pass,” and those small and simple things are my greatest achievements since winning the award. I have helped numerous product developers better understand their consumers and get comfortable allowing the consumer to be part of their team, I have been the chair of the IFT Sensory Division and helped the members recognize that they have a responsibility to help other food scientists improve their work by applying sensory science principles, and I have developed a short course that brings food scientists together to learn from experts and each other what tools they can employ to build better products for their companies and consumers. My greatest achievement since winning the Young Professional Achievement Award in 1995 has been to stay engaged in the promotion of Ohio State and the field of food science by sharing my knowledge and experience with others so they can use it as a foundation upon which to achieve even greater things. I believe a milestone is that after 35 years of achieving my degree, I still love my career choice and would not change my path in any way. I willingly talk to any high school students or young professionals about how Ohio State and a degree from CFAES will be the best decision they could make when thinking about their future in the world.

    Dr. Christine Taylor Waddill

    PhD ’78 Plant Pathology, MS ’76 Plant Pathology 

    Young Professional Achievement Award, 1984 

    Q: What are your thoughts about your CFAES alumni experience? 

    A: I believe that the opportunities that I received at The Ohio State University prepared me for a diverse career in academia. My major professor for my master’s degree had a primary appointment in Extension, and this afforded me the opportunity to connect with both other Extension faculty, county agents, and clientele at an early stage in my career. My two PhD advisors were located at Wooster, so I did a lot of my dissertation work there. Back on main campus, I served as a teaching assistant in several classes in my department. I feel that these experiences truly made me competitive for my first position at Michigan State. As stated previously, receiving the Young Professional Achievement Award from Ohio State was an inspiration to keep working towards a successful career in academia.

    Do you know of a deserving CFAES alumni or supporter of the food, agricultural or environmental industries? 

    Nominate them for the 2022 CFAES Alumni Awards! Nominations are due Wednesday, June 30, 2021. 

    Nomination forms found here.  

     

  223. Give back to OSU - Day of Giving

  224. 12 honored in virtual Alumni Awards

    On March 4, CFAES alumni, family, and friends came together virtually to honor 12 individuals during the 50th CFAES Alumni Awards Ceremony:

    • The Meritorious Service Award is given to alumni or non-alumni who have been singularly significant in CFAES’ quest for excellence.
      • Bobby Moser, Dublin, Ohio
      • Susan Crowell, Lisbon, Ohio
    • The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to those who have brought distinction to themselves and to CFAES through their commitment and leadership.
      • David Adamkin (’70 BS Animal Sciences), Louisville, Kentucky
      • Robert Downey (’77 BS Animal Sciences), Sellersville, Pennsylvania
      • Marsha Martin (’81 PhD, ’78 MS, Plant Pathology), Columbus, Ohio
      • John Newton (’13 PhD, ’10 MS, Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics), Washington, D.C.
      • Sen. Bob Peterson (’83 BS Animal Sciences), Sabina, Ohio
      • Sally Rockey (’85 PhD, ’82 MS Entomology), Columbia, Maryland
    • The International Alumni Award is given to outstanding international alumni representing, supporting, and promoting CFAES and Ohio State worldwide.
      • Claudio Ribeiro (’05 PhD Animal Sciences), Belo Horizonte, Brazil 
      • Yuri Lopes Zinn (’05 PhD Soil Science), Lavras, Brazil
    • The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes young men and women for their early professional accomplishments.
      • Cindy Barrera (’16 PhD Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering), Dearborn, Michigan
      • Ken Davis (’08 BS Agribusiness and Applied Economics), Bourbonnais, Illionois

    View the recorded Alumni Awards Program Here: 

     

    Do you know of a CFAES alumnus who we should consider for the 2022 alumni awards?

    Nominate someone here.

  225. Congratulations to the 2021 CFAES Distinguished Senior Award recipients

    Distinguished Seniors Celebration

    Join us on YouTube Premiere on Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. EDT as we recognize the 25 recipients of the 2021 CFAES Distinguished Senior Award. Watch the celebration at:

    go.osu.edu/CFAES2021DSA

    The CFAES Distinguished Senior Award honors academic, disciplinary, and professional excellence in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. It is the most prestigious undergraduate award in CFAES, recognizing our top graduating seniors each year from each of the academic units on the Columbus campus.

    For questions about this event, please contact R. Warren Flood, flood.13@osu.edu.

  226. CFAES Wooster new umbrella term for Ohio State location

  227. CFAES alumni spotlight: Nicole McMullen

    Nicole McMullen ’20 AS Agriscience Education

    Nicole McMullen, an Ohio State ATI alum and currently a CFAES junior agriscience education major, has been selected to be a member of the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Student Advisory Team. The Student Advisory Team is made up of 11 students from across the nation after a competitive application process.

    AFA is a professional development organization for collegiate leaders and young professionals. Providing leader development, intern support, and scholarships, AFA seeks to be a catalyst in the preparation of a new generation of agriculture leaders. A major component of the Student Advisory Team’s responsibilities is the planning and delivery of the 2021 AFA leader development program, specifically the AFA Leaders Conference, held annually with more than 1,000 delegates from across the nation.

    “Our department is extremely proud of Nicole for seeking out the opportunity to enhance her leadership skills with an organization like AFA,” said Shannon Washburn, professor and chair of the Department Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. “Through her involvement with AFA, MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Science), and her internship experiences, she is preparing herself to be an outstanding agricultural educator to her future students.”

    “I value the AFA leader development program because they provide a variety of opportunities to grow personally and professionally. These programs focus on having students look at things from a different perspective,” said McMullen. “I am excited to serve as an AFA student leader because I can network with individuals across the country. This will give me the opportunity to learn about the different aspects of the agriculture industry and gain a new perspective.”

    McMullen's entrance into the AFA leader development program began in 2018 when she was selected to attend the AFA Leaders Conference as a freshman at the Ohio State ATI campus in Wooster. Since then, she has attended the AFA Leaders Conference each year and participated in the AFA Leader Fellowship. In addition to her involvement with AFA, she has also been active in other organizations including MANRRS, the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association, and Ohio State ATI as an admissions ambassador.

    McMullen is a 2018 graduate of Anthony Wayne High School and a 2020 graduate of Ohio State ATI, where she earned an AS in agriculture focusing on agriscience education.

    About agriscience education

    Agriscience education is one of three undergraduate majors within ACEL. This major prepares students to acquire a license to teach agricultural science in secondary schools through extensive training in agriculture science, educational psychology, instructional methods, and youth development. For additional information on the agriscience education major or how you can make a financial contribution to student scholarships, visit acel.osu.edu.

    About AFA

    AFA builds bridges for young leaders to foster engagement and innovation in food and agriculture. With program participation increasing 28% in the last five years, AFA has provided 21,000 leader development experiences to college leaders and young professionals from more than 200 colleges and universities throughout 43 states since its inception in 1996. AFA has awarded more than $10 million in academic and leader development scholarships. For more information about AFA, visit www.agfuture.org or contact Becca Frazier at becca.frazier@agfuture.org.

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  229. Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association and has representatives from every academic department, every region of Ohio, from out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly in addition to holding events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.

    Mark EvansMark Evans, Northeast Ohio Representative 

    80 MS, ’77 BS Agricultural Education

    Q: Tell us about what you like to do when you are not working or volunteering with CFAES.

    A: I love being outside gardening and doing yard work. I grow trials in my yard of new sample flowers and vegetables from vendors and breeders. I love going to Columbus with my wife, also a Buckeye graduate, to visit our three Buckeye daughters and their families. I enjoy attending high school athletic sporting events and OHSAA state tournaments.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES board? 

    A: I really enjoy the interaction with all of our board members. There is a good cross-section of energetic and diverse board members that mesh extremely well with myself and the other older alumni board members. As a CFAES board member, I have had the opportunity to attend Dean Kress’ State of the College Address, the Farm Science Review, and the FSR Celebration of Agriculture Luncheon. I have toured the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory and participated in the Club and Society Leadership Symposium. The future is bright for CFAES, the cornerstone college of The Ohio State University.

    Kaley OrrKaley Orr, Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering Representative

    15 BSFABE Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES board? 

    A: My favorite thing about being on the CFAES board is getting to meet and talk to a lot of alumni from the college and hear how their journey through CFAES got them to where they are now! Everyone has such a special experience from their time in CFAES and a unique path afterward.

    Q: What is your favorite CFAES memory? 

    A: My favorite CFAES memory was when the Ohio State football team was going to the Sugar Bowl and there was a random draft for students to get free tickets. I was in the FABE computer lab when the ticket recipients were emailed, and I found out that I got a ticket. A guy sitting near me in the lab also got a ticket, and although we didn’t know each other super well, we sat together at the Sugar Bowl game. Long story short, we’ve been married three years now!

    Q: What is your CFAES or Ohio State fun fact? 

    A: My husband and I both went through the FABE program, along with my brother and my husband’s brother (and my dad too!), so it’s really a near and dear program to my family!

    To get to know more about the CFAES Alumni Society Board of Directors, and to apply to be a board member using our rolling application, click here.

  230. Register for the virtual CFAES Alumni Awards Ceremony

    The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) invites you to the 2021 CFAES Alumni Awards Ceremony. 

    The program will be on Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m. EST through YouTube Premiere. 

     

     

    Register for the free event here!

     

    The YouTube Premiere link will be sent to the email you registered with the day before the ceremony. For event-related questions, please phone Chan White in the CFAES Office of Advancement at 614-292-8740 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST), or email CFAES-events@osu.edu.  


    2021 CFAES Alumni Award Honorees 

     

    Young Professional Achievement Award 

    Cindy Barrera, ’16 PhD Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

    Ken Davis, ’08 BS Agribusiness and Applied Economics

     

    International Alumni Award 

    Claudio Ribeiro, ’05 PhD Animal, Dairy, and Poultry Science

    Yuri Lopes Zinn, ’05 PhD Soil Science

     

    Distinguished Alumni Award 

    David Adamkin, ’70 BS Animal Sciences

    Robert Downey, ’77 BS Animal Sciences

    Marsha Martin, ’78 MS Plant Pathology, ’81 PhD Plant Pathology

    John Newton, ’10 MS, Agribusiness and Applied Economics, ’13 PhD Agribusiness and Applied Economics

    Sen. Bob Peterson, ’83 BS Animal Sciences

    Sally Rockey, ’82 MS Entomology, ’85 PhD Entomology

     

    Meritorious Service Award

    Susan Crowell, Editor, Farm and Dairy Newspaper

    Bobby Moser, Faculty Emeritus, The Ohio State University; Former Dean, CFAES

     

  231. CFAES alumni spotlight: Yolanda Owens

    Yolanda Owens

    A love affair with agriculture

    By: Tracy Turner

    It was a love of food that began when a young Yolanda Owens, ’07, spent summers at her grandparent’s home in North Carolina.

    Memories there of her grandmother planting in the garden and later, the delicious aroma of persimmon bread baked from scratch using persimmons her grandmother foraged and picked with her own hands, spurred Owens to begin growing food in her own backyard on Columbus’ south side. It was there that Owens formed a lasting connection with food.

    Years later, that love of food and agriculture led the Columbus-native to CFAES, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural communication and international economic and social development. Owens, who is the first Black/Latinx president of the CFAES Alumni Society Board, has since translated her passion into a career that affords her the opportunity to help to grow a love of agriculture in the next generation of Black and Brown youth—by helping them reclaim their place as stewards of the land. 

    “As an advocate of healthy food access, much of my career has been to connect youth to healthy food,” she said. “Whether it is teaching about how to grow food, what to eat, what career choices they have, I want to connect the dots between Black people and our food.

    “I believe that we need to be sitting at the decision-making table when it comes to Ohio’s number-one economic contributor, agriculture.”

    That’s significant, considering that of the nation’s 2.2 million family-owned farms, only 5% are minority owned, with 2% of those owned by Black farmers, Owens said. In Ohio, according to the 2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture Ohio Census of Agriculture, there are only 136 black owners of farms across the state’s 88 counties.

    Owens, who is the founder and chief cultivator of Forage + Black, forageandblack.com, an apparel and garden consulting company, has a goal of helping change this narrative by promoting interest in agriculture careers among students of color.

    “Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Ohio, so it’s important to more educate students of color in this field so that they can be a part of this huge space in our economy,” she said. “Without any knowledge of agriculture, students of color are missing out in this sector.”

    Part of that could be achieved by promoting agriculture education in more schools, including districts with larger minority student populations, Owens said in a recent TEDx Talk.

    “Where best to sow the seed to be able to connect our youth to food, to fiber and to fuel and understanding their food system through the science curriculum?” Owens said. “And then, using the school grounds to be able to have learning gardens to connect Black and Brown students to become and to know about the George Washington Carvers, who developed regenerative agriculture systems, or teaching them how to be profitable or to establish careers in food and agriculture.

    “I mean, we all have to eat right?

    Owens works to build a community hoop house

  232. Your support is needed to make the Waterman vision a reality

    Matt Simmons

    As an FFA member at Northridge High School in Johnston, Ohio, Matt Simmons knew he wanted a career in agriculture—specifically, working with its new technology.

    “I’ve always been a ‘machines’ kind of person,” he says. “I realized that working with machinery, working with my hands, and doing something that betters the world—that feeds the world—is what I wanted to do.”

    Today, Simmons is doing that and more as assistant manager of farm operations at Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, operated by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

    In spring and summer, he and his co-workers plant, till, spray, and harvest. In fall and winter, they clean equipment, select seed, and plan for the coming year. 

    The increasing levels of technology involved, from recordkeeping software to computer-driven seed planters, “just fascinates me,” Simmons says.

    And while Simmons is still relatively new to his job, having started in fall 2019, his history at the facility, and seeing it as a place to grow both literally and figuratively, goes back a few years before that.

    To learn more about Matt's OSU experience, click here. 

    To support the Waterman Facilities Fund, click here. 

  233. What’s next for CFAES: State of the College recap

    Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), delivered the State of the College Address from the new CFAES Wooster Science Building with a YouTube Premiere on Jan. 22.

    To read a summary of her goals for CFAES in 2021 and beyond, click here.  

    To view the full program, click the video below.  

  234. 50 years of giving, an incredible impact

    Giving to CFAES helps sustain student research

    Let’s go back to 1971. Gas prices were around 40 cents per gallon. Walt Disney World opened. The Apollo 14 mission launched. And it was the first year that the Ohio Agriscience Organization and Ohio Turfgrass Foundation donated to the then-College of Agriculture—now the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). These two organizations have continued to give to CFAES over the past 50 years, and as the world has changed, the impact of their giving has not.  

    Donating to CFAES makes an impact on many areas around the college. But one of the biggest impacts can be seen through the 588 scholarships that are awarded to students each year. In the last year, due to the generosity of our community, nearly $3 million was awarded to CFAES students. These funds helped them purchase educational resources, fund research projects, and experience hands-on educational activities like studying abroad and internships.  

     Learn more about the impact of giving  Help support current students 

     

  235. Have you checked out the Environmental Professionals Network yet?

    The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN)—a service of the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR)—connects Ohio’s environmental professionals and others passionate about our natural resources through in-person and online activities. The network hosts monthly breakfast programs and virtual events focused on innovative and pressing environmental topics, such as bipartisan approaches for wildlife conservation, inclusive strategies for land management, and collaborative approaches to solving emerging water pollution issues. EPN aligns inspirational speakers with compelling topics aimed at helping participants build their networks and grow professionally.  

    Through this network, participants also have free access to many online networking capabilities, such as marketing, querying, information sharing, and more. Participants are also encouraged to create and share content such as job postings, reports, and event announcements.  

    In its eight-year history, over 3,000 unique individuals have participated in EPN breakfast programs, and this year, the network surpassed 2,200 online participants.

    Virtual programs are free to the public but require registration. Not available during a program time? No problem! Programs are recorded and shared on EPN’s YouTube Channel.  

    To learn more about EPN and its past and future programs, click here.  

    February's program, A World of Sustainable Pathways, a Focus on Cardinal Health, aired on Feb. 9. The recording of the program is available on the EPN YouTube Channel.

    Below, you will find a program overview: 

    Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health Inc. is an integrated healthcare services and products company, providing customized solutions for hospitals, health systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories, and physician offices worldwide. Cardinal Health is Essential to Care™ by providing clinically proven medical products and pharmaceuticals and cost-effective solutions that enhance supply chain efficiency from hospital to home. Backed by nearly 100 years of experience, with approximately 50,000 employees in 46 countries, Cardinal Health ranks among the top 25 on the Fortune 500.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, Cardinal Health’s mission is more important than ever. Through collaboration with industry partners and the U.S federal government, Cardinal Health is manufacturing and distributing critical pandemic response inventory for more than 100,000 medical products in unprecedented demand. 

    Cardinal Health understands that the long-term health of communities, its colleagues, customers, and partners depends on a sustainable world. The strategic function leading Cardinal Health’s global sustainability effort is its Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability Team (EHSS). This team provides a unique glimpse into the path of an EHSS professional and the opportunity one has to achieve rewarding sustainability results in support of Cardinal Health’s global operation.

    Join this program to learn about how intergenerational SENR alumni and leaders of Cardinal Health’s EHSS team—Andrew Wehr (’95), Mike Bellantis (’10), and Caleb Thomas (’11)—have influenced the sustainability journey of this Ohio-based Fortune 500 company.

    You will also learn from the leaders of Net Impact, an Ohio State student organization that explores the intersection between business and sustainability. Members will share their sustainability aspirations and provide a student’s perspective on what sustainability should encompass going forward. The corporate world, like many pillars of society, is early in its sustainability journey. Join this EPN virtual event to explore lessons learned from one leading company’s experience in calculating and reducing its global environmental footprint.  

  236. Tuning back into your life: 5 tips for curbing screen time

    Endless scrolling has become a way of life

    Even outside of work, we’re attracted to our phones, laptops, and smart watches so much so that minutes, sometimes hours, can sprint by before we ever look up to discover it’s near midnight.

    We need those screens. For sure. Or at least we think we do. But every notification from our smart phones can trigger cortisol, the stress hormone. Repeated often throughout the day, the added cortisol can overwhelm you.

    It can reduce not only your attention span but also your memory for things like where you parked your car or what you had for lunch yesterday, said Jenny Lobb, an educator with the Franklin County office of Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

    “If you are immersed in a screen and pushing them away when they try to engage, children will learn that’s acceptable—and do that.”—Jenny Lobb

    Video games, texts, and social media posts can also trigger the reward center in our brains, releasing dopamine. No wonder we get addicted.

    Distracted by phones, parents can become less patient and sometimes respond more harshly to their children, sending them away so they can get back to their latest email, text, or Facebook post, said Lobb, who specializes in health and wellness and gives webinars on disconnecting digitally.

    Meanwhile, children notice.

    “They will do what they see you do,” Lobb said. “If you are immersed in a screen and pushing them away when they try to engage, children will learn that’s acceptable—and do that.”

    To read on, click here.

  237. Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    Brutus Sandiego

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association and has representatives from every academic department, every region of Ohio, from out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly in addition to holding events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.

    John Kellis, Southwest Ohio Representative and Board Vice President 

    John Kellis76 BS Natural Resources Development 

    Q: Tell us a bit about what you do when you're not volunteering with the board.

    A: Since retirement I have worked part-time as a grazing management specialist, developing conservation plans for livestock producers across southern Ohio working for the Ohio Department of Agricuture. I serve as finance chair of the Highland County Historical Society and the Hillsboro Design Review Board. Carolyn and I enjoy gardening and landscaping at our home in Hillsboro, Ohio.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Alumni Society Board? 

    A: I have enjoyed getting to know current staff and alumni at the college. After many years of being away from the college, I feel the opportunity to give back and share my years of experiences working with boards of directors and nonprofit organizations with the society and its board of directors here. Go Bucks!

    Andy Vance, Central Ohio Representative 

    Andy Vance’11 BSAGR Agricultural Communications

    Q: Tell us a bit about what you do when you’re not volunteering with the board.

    A: Mostly I’m your average family man and Buckeye sports nut. Away from my “day job” at Farm Progress, I cover Ohio State’s wrestling team for Eleven Warriors and FloWrestling, so I spend a good bit of time following the team and the sport. I recently joined Columbus Rotary to get better connected and involved in supporting our local community since my work life is all pretty much away from central Ohio. In addition to serving on the CFAES Alumni Board, I serve on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Bexley Public Library because libraries are magical places.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Alumni Society Board? 

    A: I really love the connection back to the college and university. In my former life as a radio broadcaster, I was almost continuously engaged with some aspect of the Ohio State community, from supporting individual classes or student groups to serving as emcee of Ag Fallfest and the 4-H Celebration of Youth. Now a decade out of my broadcasting career, it feels great to have an active venue to “pay it forward” again!

    To get to know more about the CFAES Alumni Society Board of Directors, and to apply to be a board member using our rolling application, click here.

  238. CFAES alumni spotlight: Leon Boucher

    Leon Boucher then and now

    Birthdays are always special, especially when you can celebrate them with your closest family and friends. But for Leon Boucher, this past birthday was a bit more special, as he recently turned 100 years old! Boucher is a three-time College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences alum, earning degrees in agricultural education in 1942, 1954, and 1964. 

    Boucher’s career was grounded in educating the next educators, teaching agricultural education at Ohio State from 1964–1984. During that time, he was instrumental in growing the agricultural education program in the Department of Agricultural Education—today, the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL)—at the then College of Agriculture and Home Economics. Boucher was in charge of the entire student teacher program. In those days, student teachers would teach in central Ohio schools; those who excelled would be encouraged to come back to Ohio State to get their PhD and eventually teach within the university. Boucher led continuing education programs and seminars for vocational agriculture teachers to learn new techniques. An avid photographer, he also taught a graduate-level course on new audio/visual teaching practices and photo developing using on-campus dark rooms. 

    Boucher spent many of his years observing and molding future teachers across Ohio. But when he wasn’t helping form the next generation, he enjoyed all manner of photography, woodworking, and spending time with friends and family. He is a World War II veteran, and he and his late wife, Virginia, spent the early 1960s traveling to developing countries throughout the world. He was also instrumental in developing clean water systems and sustainable agricultural practices. 

    L.H. Newcomb, ACEL professor emeritus and a former teacher’s assistant, remembers Boucher as being a great academic advisor and that “he had more abilities in the classroom and outside of it. And he just enjoyed life.” The mayor of Hilliard even named a section of the city after him, as documented in this 2013 ThisWeek Community News article

    To celebrate Boucher’s 100 years, ACEL staff members organized a card shower for him from students he advised during his career. Though he may now be listed as emeriti faculty in the Ohio State system, his legacy lives on in the students he taught, and those they taught, forever leaving the mark of an amazing professor on the vocational agriculture education community.

  239. Healthy food, land, and people depend on supported research

    Sarah Scott

    Doing good for bumble bees takes finding out what’s bad for them.

    Sarah Scott, a doctoral student in the CFAES Department of Entomology, is studying how the fuzzy, buzzy, black-and-yellow pollinators get exposed to heavy metals in their environment—and what it can mean to their survival.

    Supported by a highly competitive National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship, Scott hopes to contribute to what’s known about pollinator decline—the mysterious drop-off in bumble bees, honey bees, and other insect pollinators around the world, including in the United States and Ohio.

    Scott’s goal, she says, is to “really understand how human factors affect pollinators, and where to best add habitat for them.” Her advisor is CFAES entomology professor Mary Gardiner.

    To read more about Sarah and her research, and to help support student research, click here.  

  240. Congratulations to our new alums!

    Asaad Ahmad

    Despite the autumn 2020 semester not being what students expected, CFAES had 260 students graduate. These individuals join a population of more than 43,000 living College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences alumni worldwide, representing every department within the college and at CFAES Wooster. This group of new alumni earned a collective 264 degrees at the end of the semester.  

    A virtual commencement ceremony took place on Sunday, Dec. 13. In her commencement remarks, Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson mentioned two CFAES graduates, Grace Daniels and Asaad Ahmad. Grace graduated with an associate of science degree in community leadership from CFAES Wooster and a bachelor of science in agriculture degree in community leadership from the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. Grace represents an increasing population of neurodiverse Ohio State graduates. Asaad graduated with a bachelor of science in construction systems management. Asaad wanted to continue his career after moving to the United States. While he was a student, he worked full time to support his family and maintained a 4.0 GPA. Grace and Asaad are excellent demonstrations of Buckeye passion, dedication, and resilience. 

    Join us in welcoming our recent graduates to the CFAES alumni and friends family! We hope they hold their time with CFAES close and reconnect often. If you are a new alum, we want to hear from you! Please update your information, share your milestones, and reach out to us directly at CFAESAlumni@osu.edu. Congratulations to the CFAES class of autumn 2020!

    Grace Daniels

  241. Help us celebrate your milestones

    Since your time as a student at Ohio State, has your Buckeye journey taken twists and turns? The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences wants to help you celebrate the milestones in your life.

     

     

    Did you get married? 
    Like Kristen Joseph, ’18 BSAGR Animal Science, and her husband, Josh.Josh and Kristen Joseph 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Get a new job? 
    Like Yolanda Owens, ’07 BS Agricultural Communications. Yolanda Owens

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Add a child to your family? 
    Like Clifford Greer, ’07 BS Construction Systems Management, when daughter Kennedi was born.  Kennedi Greer

     

     

     

     

    Did you retire from a long-time career?
    Like Lori Monska, ’04 Fisheries and Wildlife Management. Lori Monska

     

     

     

     

     

    Did you buy a new house? 
    Like Rishona Headon-Brown, ’17 BS Food Science and Technology.  

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    We want to help celebrate the milestones in your life with exclusive CFAES mementos—tokens that tell you no matter where life takes you, you are always a Buckeye at heart. 

    To share your milestone with CFAES, click here.  

    Regardless of what milestones you have celebrated recently, CFAES would like to keep in touch with you. Having updated information in our system means many things. We will communicate with you when there are event opportunities that align with your degree of study and geographic area. These events are opportunities to connect with current CFAES students and fellow alumni, and chances to give back to the college that helped shape you.    

    To update your contact information in the Ohio State system, click here.  

  242. Where are they now? Alumni Awards edition

    The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes alumni for their early professional accomplishments. This award provides recognition for these individuals and serves as a stimulus toward further efforts by younger alumni. Nominees are to be 35 years of age and younger at the time of receiving the award. We checked in with them to see what they have accomplished since earning their award and what it meant to them. Hear from a few of our honorees below. 

    Michael SimpsonMichael Simpson, ’68 BS Animal Science

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 1982

    Q: Describe what receiving your award meant to you.

    A: I was surprised by the nomination, which I think came from a fellow classmate in Animal Science. Thus, being recognized by peers is special to me.

    Q: What has been your biggest milestone since receiving your award? 

    A: I have always been involved in animal association leadership work, namely three organizations. Working with volunteers in new startup programs/organizations and making them successful is something that I am proud of. Networking with diversified people who were successful has been a blessing to my career, thus I give them credit too. I am most proud of my leadership in the pork industry, starting in a narrow responsibility for a major event attended by 20,000 producers annually to being the first CEO of the National Pork Board and establishing the $60-plus million organization and its programs and processes to earn the trust of 100,000 producers to vote in a national program by a more than 80% positive vote that continued the internationally recognized “Pork. The Other White Meat” campaign.

    Paul James Faust, ’70 BS Agricultural Education, ’70 MS Agricultural Education

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 1981

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: I have been involved in agriculture all my life. I grew up on a dairy and hog farm and was active in 4-H and FFA. I served as a state FFA officer, and I began teaching agricultural education and serving as an FFA advisor in 1970. I have dedicated my life to serving students, the community, and agriculture. To have been honored as a CFAES Alumni Award winner was a very rewarding and humbling experience that I will always cherish. It is an indication that I was evidently a positive influence on many people, and for that I am very pleased and thankful.

    Q: Do you have other thoughts about your alumni experience? 

    A: I am very appreciative of CFAES and its effort to honor alumni who have served agriculture in so many effective ways. I will always have fond memories of my experiences at Ohio State in the College of Agriculture in the late 1960s, and I value the relationships I have developed with so many great people of all ages over the years. I will always be happy to promote and support agriculture wherever I go in the future.

    Hilary (Amos) MayclinHilary (Amos) Mayclin, ’01 BS Animal, Dairy, and Poultry Science

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 2009

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: On the career front, becoming a director and member of the leadership team at Midan Marketing, a full-service marketing agency that focuses on the meat industry. On the personal front, getting married to my husband, Shawn, and having two daughters, Ella and Leah.

    Q: Do you have any thoughts on your experience with the CFAES Alumni Awards and your alumni experience? 

    A: I am very appreciative of the award and recognition from the college and to Dr. Kinder for the nomination for the award, especially as an alum who has lived most of my time since graduation outside of Ohio, which prevents me from being as involved as I would like at the university.

    Steve Buckalew, ’77 MS Agricultural Economics

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 1986

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: It meant recognition from the institution that was instrumental in launching my career in agribusiness.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award?

    A: I enjoyed a 38-year agribusiness career in various positions of leadership and being awarded the CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016.

    Q: Do you have other thoughts about your CFAES Alumni experience? 

    A: I am so grateful to Ohio State and CFAES, especially Dr. Richard Meyer and Dr. Warren Lee, for preparing me for a long and satisfying career in agribusiness.

    Karen McMillan McCaryKaren McMillan McCary, ’83 BS Agricultural Economics

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 1990

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: It was and is Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences that taught me how to work hard and to move my career along a path to achieving my personal and professional goals. And for the college to recognize my hard work and perseverance by the age of 29 was remarkable. I am not a stand-out-in-the-crowd type and was left humbled that the college and those in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics would recognize my hard work and achievements in my career. It is this university and the close ties I keep with those professionals I met during my time at Ohio State that enabled me to receive this award.

    Jay WeikerJay Weiker, ’82 BS Dairy Science

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 1987

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: I was honored to receive the Young Professional Achievement Award and was pleased to know that others were following my career. At the time, I was living and working in California for an export company, so it was not easy to be involved in university and ag alumni functions. Receiving the award was additional motivation to continue building my career combining the dairy industry with my passion for international agriculture.

    Q: Do you have other thoughts about your CFAES Alumni experience? 

    A: Since graduating from Ohio State, I have not lived in Ohio. I have lived in several states and spent over five years living and working in other countries (Argentina, two years; Australia, three years). I always look forward to reading about the CFAES Alumni Award winners and have known several through industry- or work-related activities. While it has been a challenge to be involved in activities sponsored by the ag alumni, I am always impressed by the achievements of Ohio State ag alumni. I often find fellow board members that are ag alumni, so we have an instant connection. Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye!

    Dr. Bo HarstineBo Harstine, ’13 MS Animal Science, ’16 PhD Animal Science

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 2019

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: I was thrilled to receive recognition for my work and efforts in my career, but more importantly, I was humbled to be nominated by mentors that I look up to.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: Not long after receiving my CFAES Alumni Award, I was named as one of the 30 Under 30 in Agriculture by AgGrad, and I also received ASAS/ADSA Midwest’s Outstanding Early Career Agribusiness Award. It was a great year!

    Q: Do you have other thoughts on your CFAES Alumni experience? 

    A: I am always so impressed when I see fellow alumni in the news for their discoveries, contributions to science or industry, or for just being high-quality people within their community. I’m proud to be a Buckeye.

    Kristopher CorbinKristopher Corbin, BS ’99 Animal, Dairy, and Poultry Science

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 2010

    Q: What has been the greatest achievement since winning your Alumni Award? 

    A: Commercializing Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 mug cakes. This created a disruption in the baking category that revived a declining business and accelerated baking as a new activity for millions of consumers. This success opened the door for me to pursue disruptive innovations that are tackling climate change through agriculture and food production.

    Q: Do you have other thoughts on your CFAES experience? 

    A: Being connected with Ohio State has proven to be an enabling relationship for bringing the best science to the most innovative companies, so together, we can drive innovation and continuous improvement in industry.

    Sandra EndicottSandra Endicott, BS ’86 Agronomy, MS ’90 Agronomy

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 1995

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: It filled me with a lot of pride and excitement! It also encouraged me to continue to work hard and achieve more.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement since winning your alumni award? 

    A: Working in an international role within Pioneer Hi-Bred International. I had the most amazing experiences traveling the world.

    Q: Do you have other thoughts about your alumni experience? 

    A: I would encourage the young and more mature to work hard toward their dreams. Dreams can be realized if the effort is put forth.

    Nancy Bishop Prafke, MS ’73 Textiles and Clothing 

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 1983

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: It was a humbling experience and an honor to receive the recognition for not only career milestones and accomplishment but also for giving back to the university that provided this foundation in the development of leadership skills.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement since winning your alumni award? 

    A: I believe in stewardship. Moving to Punta Gorda, Florida, in 2005 after it was devastated by Category 4 Hurricane Charley on Aug. 13, 2004, I volunteered to help in any way I could. I became the volunteer CEO of nonprofit TEAM Punta Gorda, a civic organization formed to partner with government in helping not only restore but revitalize the community and develop a vision for its future. This led to me becoming a Punta Gorda city council member, where I have had the privilege and honor of being the mayor for the past two years. It’s all about giving back to others and making our communities a better place.

    Do you want to help celebrate the 2021 CFAES Alumni Awards? This year marks the 50th awards ceremony, and for the first time ever it will be a virtual program through YouTube Premieres. Save the date: Thursday, March 4, 7 p.m. EST.

  243. Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association and has representatives from every academic department, every region of Ohio, from out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly in addition to holding events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.

    Kevin McCarty, School of Environment and Natural Resources Representative

    Kevin McCartyBS ’92 Natural Resources Development 

    Q: Tell us a bit about what you like to do when you are not at work.

    A: I enjoy riding my Harley, and I have a group of classmates that I graduated with at Ohio State and we get together quite often (pre-COVID). We have spent the last 28 years going on backpacking trips, watching our families grow, spending Christmas together, as well as further cementing our special bond as Buckeyes!

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Board? 

    A: I enjoy interacting with my fellow alumni at university and social events, and ultimately paying forward by engaging with students through the CFAES Board.

    Q: Tell us anything else that you want your fellow alumni to know about you.

    A: I actually met my wife at Ohio State in a math class (she was my math tutor). We are both proud alums, we married, and we have a daughter who is currently a freshman in high school.

    Hayley Maynard, Southeast Ohio Representative and Board Secretary

    Hayley MaynardBSAGR 15 Agricultural Communications

    Q: Tells us a bit about what you like to do when you are not at work.

    A: Outside of work, my husband and I raise Boer goats on a small farm in Fairfield County. I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling (Disney fanatic). For fun/stress relief, I run and quilt.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Board? 

    A: Interacting with current students and getting to know fellow alums. Engaging college alums with different activities around the state and beyond!

    To learn more about the CFAES Alumni Society Board, click here.

  244. 2021 CFAES Alumni Award honorees announced

    After receiving many nominations and deliberating for weeks, the CFAES Alumni Society Board has announced the 2021 CFAES Alumni Award honorees. Here they are:

    Meritorious Service Award

    Susan Crowell, Lisbon, Ohio
    Bobby Moser, Dublin, Ohio


    International Alumni Award

    Claudio Ribeiro, PhD ’05 Animal, Dairy, and Poultry Science, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    Yuri Zinn, PhD ’05 Soil Science, Lavras, Brazil

    Young Professional Award

    Cindy Barrera, PhD ’16 Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Dearborn, Michigan 
    Ken Davis, BS ’08 Agribusiness and Applied Economics, Bourbonnais, Illinois

    Distinguished Alumni Award

    David Adamkin, BS ’70 Animal Sciences, Louisville, Kentucky
    Robert Downey, BS ’77 Animal Sciences, Sellersville, Pennsylvania 
    Marsha Martin, MS ’78 Plant Pathology, PhD ’81 Plant Pathology, Columbus, Ohio
    John Newton, MS ’10 Agribusiness and Applied Economics, PhD ’13 Agribusiness and Applied Economics, Washington, D.C.
    The Hon. Bob Peterson, BS ’83 BS Animal Sciences, Sabina, Ohio
    Sally Rockey, MS ’82 Entomology, PhD ’85 Entomology, Columbia, Maryland

    Please join us in congratulating the honorees and thanking them for all they do for the college and the community. 

    These 12 wonderful alumni and friends will be honored at the first-ever virtual CFAES Alumni Awards Luncheon March 2021.  

    If you know someone who should be considered for a future Alumni Award, nominations for 2022 are now open. Click here to nominate a deserving alum.  

  245. Support CFAES before the year ends

    Please give to CFAES

    Planning your year-end giving? Don’t forget to include the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES)! Your gift makes lifelong learning opportunities, community engagement, and the development of future Ohio leaders possible.

    You can give online, by mail, or by phone.

    Give online

    Please consider giving to the following funds through the online portal: 

    Give by mail

    You can also give by mail! Please mail a completed giving form and check with the fund number written on it to:

    The Ohio State University Foundation

    P.O. Box 710811

    Columbus, OH 43271-0811

    Give by phone

    Please call us at 614-292-2141 and have your credit card, debit card, or electronic funds transfer information ready.

    Support CFAES!

     

  246. Dreading winter? Try to lighten up

    (Photo: Getty Images)

    As we inch closer to winter’s official start, the hours of daylight shrink further and further.

    Extra darkness or slate-gray skies can easily drag down a mood already challenged by the pandemic. We’re socializing less often, hunkering down, and shelving vacation plans to warmer and brighter tropical spots.

    Meanwhile, we have to tackle what seems like an endless string of Zoom meetings while trying to edge our kids into get-it-done mode, and at the end of the day, confront the same hurdle: What’s for dinner?

    So how do we keep pandemic exhaustion from descending into depression?

    David Wirt, a counselor with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), has some advice on how to lighten your mood in the coldest months of the year.

    Click here to read his advice.  

  247. Celebration of Youth: A Night to Remember

    Growing 4-H Across Ohio

    Ohio 4-H members were the stars of the 23rd annual Celebration of Youth held earlier this month, with more than 140 guests joining the virtual event. Their heartfelt stories of perseverance and resilience this year resonated with viewers. The result – more than $107,000 was contributed through donations and an online auction that will benefit Ohio 4-H programming and operations.

    The evening also featured guest speakers who expressed their appreciation for 4-H. Ohio Governor Mike and Mrs. Fran DeWine; Jennifer Sirangelo, National 4-H Council CEO; Dr. Cathann A. Kress, vice president and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; and Dr. Kirk Bloir, state 4-H leader shared their thoughts about the importance of youth development programming. 

    Growing 4-H Across Ohio

    A special appeal during the hour-long program to grow 4-H across Ohio raised more than $2,500 that will provide starter kits for new clubs, increase volunteer recruitment, and provide county programs with marketing resources.

    The success of this year’s event was possible thanks to the generous support of many sponsors and individuals.

    Visit the Ohio 4-H Foundation Celebration of Youth page for a list of contributors and to view the program video.

     

  248. Co-op gift funds food-based cancer research

    Dec. 14, 2020 

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—A $190,000 gift to the Cooperatives for the Cure Cancer Fund boosts food-based cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), and Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The fund was created with the hope of finding a common goal for agricultural cooperatives to work together on bettering their communities through the support of cancer research. 

    This year’s donation brings the total donated since 2009, when the effort began, to $1.5 million. 

    Supporting the fund are two campaigns, Growing the Cure and Fueling the Cure, toward which the cooperatives donate money from soybean and corn seed sales and from propane deliveries. The organizations involved in the effort are Centerra Co-op, Heritage Cooperative, Premier Energy, and Sunrise Cooperative. 

    “Our farmer-owners are committed to the community and want to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Ray Etgen, director of propane operations at Heritage Cooperative. “The co-ops recognize there is a need and want to participate to make a difference. They’re very excited to work with CFAES and the James and are excited to see where it will take us in the future.”  

    The funds are earmarked for food-related cancer research and are split between OSUCCC – James and Ohio State’s Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research and Entrepreneurship (CAFFRE), which is a part of CFAES. 

    Projects supported by the fund include studying how nutrient-rich lean beef can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern for overweight cancer survivors to improve their body weight; the impact of vitamin D on colon cancer; and the impact of diet on oral cancer. 

    Having the partnership with the farmer co-ops is key, said Yael Vodovotz, CFAES professor and CAFFRE director. 

    “A focus of the center is, ‘from crops to the clinic to the consumer,’ so having farmers involved is an important part of the equation,” she said. “This work involves many different people and disciplines who all play an important role in understanding functional food research and in developing a prevention or cure for some of these diseases.” 

    For more information on CAFFRE, see fst.osu.edu/caffre

     
    Contact: 

    Tracy Turner 

    robinson.1873@osu.edu 

  249. Online Program Application Fee Waived for Ohio State Alumni

    Earn your next OSU degree as an Alum!

    Buckeye alumni can apply to any Ohio State online degree or certificate program for free, thanks to a partnership between The Ohio State University Alumni Association, the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions and the Office of Distance Education and eLearning.  

    Ohio State will waive the $60 application fee to any Ohio State Online program for alumni who are ready to advance their career or enter a new field. Eligible students should check the "Alumni online program applicants" fee waiver box on their admission application. Please note: This fee waiver applies only to the university's application fee and does not include program-specific fees.

    “I am excited to continue providing meaningful and affordable access to Ohio State and eliminate a potential barrier that will support our Buckeye alumni in achieving their personal and professional goals," said Rob Griffiths, Associate Vice President of Distance Education. "This benefit showcases the power of partnerships to advance Buckeye Nation.” 

    For more about applying to OSU as an alum, click here.  

  250. Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    Brutus Sandiego

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association and has representatives from every academic department, every region of Ohio, from out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly in addition to holding events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.

    Kelsie SchwynKelsie Schwyn, Ohio-at-Large Representative 

    ’16 BSAGR Agribusiness and Applied Economics

    Director of Strategic Partnerships and Nationwide Services, Ohio Farm Bureau 

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Alumni Society Board? 

    A: As a new board member, I have enjoyed meeting other board members virtually and learning about their backgrounds and careers. It’s a diverse group, and I’m really looking forward to working with them for the next three years!

    Q: What is your favorite memory from CFAES? 

    A: My favorite memory from CFAES is an ambassador trip to Arizona. We had a great group of ambassadors, and we got to learn about agriculture in a drier climate. It was a fun trip, and I have a lot of great memories from it.


    Nicky GallagherNicky Gallagher, Department of Entomology Representative 

    03 MS Entomology, ’10 PhD Entomology

    Technical Manager, Syngenta, Professional Solutions

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Alumni Society Board? 

    A: Entomology is a fairly new member of CFAES, and it has been a great privilege to represent the department. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to build new connections with all the board members, as well as faculty and staff within CFAES. I believe entomology is a natural fit for this college, and the opportunities for collaborations across CFAES seem immense. The leadership within the board is dedicated, engaging, and focused on providing the best resources and connections to the university. I feel lucky to be a small part of their team. I’m looking forward to seeing the CFAES entomology alumni family grow. Go Bugs!

    Q: Tell us a bit about what you like to do when you are not at work.  

    A: My husband and I are a bit obsessed with gardening. We are always adding new plants (or rearranging) and trying to find new areas to plant in. At some point we will run out of room, but we are not quite there yet. We have everything from orchids, bananas, carnivorous plants, and more. I’m thinking of naming the garden “Cultivated Chaos.” We love it, though. It brings us great joy and peace. My family also likes to camp. As a family of biologists, we have a great fondness for the outdoors. Our adventures include a lot of fishing, birding, bug hunting, and also herping.

    For more about the CFAES Alumni Society Board, click here.

  251. Alumni in the news

    Timothy Corcoran, BS ’80 Agricultural Economics

    CFAES Alumni are doing amazing things in their communities and their industries.  Here are a few great examples!

    Brooke Beam, BSAGR ’12 Agricultural Communications, MS ’14 Agricultural Education, PhD ’17 Agricultural Education, Agricultural risk coverage, price loss coverage for 2021

    Charles Cline, BS ’93 Agricultural Education, Quick Take

    Timothy Corcoran, BS ’80 Agricultural Economics, Ohio Farm Bureau recognizes excellence with 2020 honorees and award winners

    Rebecca Cropper, BS ’77 Rural Sociology, MS ’78 Agricultural Education, Ohio Farm Bureau recognizes excellence with 2020 honorees and award winners

    Jim Hoorman, BS ’84 Animal Science, MS ’87 Agricultural Economics, Healthy soils suppress pests

    Shoshanah Inwood, MS ’04 Environmental Science, PhD ’08 Rural Sociology, Childcare a unique challenge for parents involved with agriculture

    Rattan Lal, PhD ’68 Agronomy, Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast, Ep. 183, Glaciers and Voles

    Alexander Lindsey, PhD ’15 Horticulture and Crop Science, Weather may have been the most normal part of 2020

    Micah Mensing, AS ’17 Agriscience Education, BSAGR ’19 Agriscience Education, Ohio Farm Bureau recognizes excellence with 2020 honorees and award winners

    Michael Miller, BS ’66 Animal Science, MS ’78 Agricultural Education, Michael Edward ‘Mike’ Miller

    Chris Penrose, BS ’88 Animal Science, MS ’91 Agricultural Education, Winter grazing go-time!

    Merryl Runyan, BS ’58 Agricultural Education, Merryl E. ‘Bud’ Runyan 

    Jennifer Wilson-Oeschsle, BS ’05 Agricultural Education, 2020 Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium recap

    Mike Zeedyk, ASC ’96 Crop Production Management, Weather may have been the most normal part of 2020

  252. Alumni Board president speaks at TEDx

    Yolanda Owens at Tedx

    Yolanda Owens, the first Black/Latinx president of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board, loves food. She will tell you how her entire career (her life, really) has revolved around her relationship with food. But what she doesn’t love is the accessibility to agricultural education and the relationship with production agriculture that the Black and brown communities have. She advocates strongly for the education of the next generation to help cultivate their love of food. And their understanding that everything from food, fiber, and fuel can be connected back to agriculture.  

    But don’t take our word for it. Yolanda had the honor to be selected to speak at Drive-In! Kwanzaa 365, a virtual event hosted by TEDx King-Lincoln Bronzeville. She was one of 12 speakers at the high-energy, impactful event. The speakers in the lineup each spoke to a topic of importance to the Black community. For the full event itinerary, click here. To watch the full recorded event, click here. To listen specifically to Owens’ talk, skip ahead to 1:32:00.

  253. Brundige receives Ohio State’s highest honor for giving

    Brundige & Dean Kress at the Franklin Co. Extension dedication

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Congratulations to Pat Brundige, whose impactful donations to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) were recognized recently with The Ohio State University’s highest award for philanthropy.

    Brundige, the biggest individual benefactor in CFAES’ history, received the Everett D. Reese Medal, the university’s highest honor in recognition of exceptional service in private philanthropy.

    Her “see a need, fill a need” philosophy has led her to make numerous donations to Ohio State University Extension, particularly Ohio 4-H youth development. Over the years, she has given to the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, the state 4-H research endowment fund, and camp scholarships for Ohio Military Kids.

    In 2019, the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building opened, made possible through gifts totaling $11 million from Brundige—$5 million for the building and a $6 million estate gift for future programming. The building is the first in the transformation of CFAES’ Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Waterman is the university’s hub for teaching, research, and community engagement around food, health, agricultural production, and environmental sustainability.

    OSU Extension is CFAES’ outreach arm in all 88 Ohio counties. Through Brundige’s gift, the Franklin County office of OSU Extension is better able to serve the community through educational programs and events for youth and adults, all from a centralized location.

    To read more, click here.  

  254. CFAES Continuum goes digital

    The Continuum has a story for everyone!

    For the first time in its history, CFAES Continuum is going digital. 

    Continuum is the college’s biannual alumni magazine that features the work of the CFAES community—students, faculty, staff, and alumni. It’s a place to learn what’s new in the college, hear from Cathann A. Kress, CFAES dean and Ohio State University vice president for agricultural administration, and find out what great changes our alumni are making in the world.

    So why the addition of the digital version now? 

    It’s part of an effort to engage both current students before graduation, and alumni who might be more interested and willing to connect online. It’s also a way to add more content, including videos and photos, that can help the stories come alive. Additionally, it’s a way for the CFAES community to engage with these stories on a deeper level in addition to the printed magazine.  

    We will continue to work with alumni relations to introduce the digital version to the alumni community, and with academic programs to introduce it to current students. We’re also sharing it with our college communicators and Extension educators to promote the site as a new opportunity for engagement, support, and advancing our college.

    Another advantage of the digital version is that we’ll be able to measure visits to the site, the level of interest in various stories based on visits, and gather insightful data to help guide us forward.

    So, what will you find in the winter 2020-21 issue of Continuum? 

    • Blazing a trail for birders of color—Nicole Jackson 
    • CFAES' Lal wins World Food Prize—Rattan Lal 
    • Experiential learning guides his success—Clifford Greer 
    • Virtual 4-H
    • Virus or no virus, CFAES outreach continued 
    • Securing a food system that faltered 

    And many more poignant stories—there's something for everyone!

    To check out Continuum online, click here

  255. CFAES appoints Kathy Lechman as assistant dean and director of diversity, equity, and inclusion

    Kathy Lechman

    We are pleased to announce that Kathy Lechman has accepted an appointment and will return to CFAES to serve as our assistant dean and director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As our former assistant dean, Dr. Lechman was successful in laying the groundwork to improve our DEI structure, and now brings new experiences and insights from her two years at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.  

    In her appointment, we have someone familiar with our college and many of our people as well as someone aware of both the challenges and opportunities in making CFAES a more inclusive and equitable place. Dr. Lechman’s return will minimize any loss of momentum and provide quick stability to our CFAES DEI efforts. Dr. Lechman’s immediate charges will be to update her understanding of our college, assemble a diversity advisory council of faculty, staff, and students, and outline and implement an internal audit of the college. Over her first year, she will be charged with coordinating the efforts in developing a blueprint for our DEI work.

    Dr. Lechman is currently the associate director of the Kirwan Institute. Prior to that role, she served CFAES as assistant dean of equity and inclusion. Dr. Lechman earned her PhD in 2015 from the College of Education and Human Ecology, where her dissertation focused on examining the influence of student perception of instructor cultural intelligence, sense of belonging, and intent to persist. She has an MA degree in conflict resolution from the McGregor School of Antioch University and a BA degree in sociology from the College of Wooster. She has prior experience at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, the Ohio Department of Youth Services, and the Cleveland Municipal School District. She has served as the interim executive director of the Kirwan Institute and as an interim associate director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise.

    In considering next steps for the CFAES DEI and assistant dean position, we recognized that continuing the momentum of our work in diversity, equity, and inclusion was of utmost importance and that it required immediate and not deferred attention. We took time to process options regarding our next steps. Typically, we might look at an interim. However, we also recognized that while interim leadership can be helpful and important, the inherent challenges of interim leadership during this time could have consequences to our momentum. Before moving to that option, we processed other options of individuals within the college and across campus who could keep us moving forward with our internal audit and other DEI initiatives with as little loss in momentum as possible. 

    We hope you will join us in welcoming Dr. Lechman back to CFAES and continuing our shared commitment to our DEI work. Her first day back at CFAES was Oct. 19.

    To learn more about CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, click here.  

  256. These masks save lives and support Ohio State scholarships

    Ohio State masks

    Ohio State alumni clubs and societies awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships to almost 700 students from around the world last year. Much of the fundraising done to provide these generous gifts to future and current Buckeyes came from fundraising opportunities during in-person events. While we all navigate new ways to stay connected and safe, new ways to make the Ohio State dream possible for future Buckeyes are available.

    Purchase a mask and help future and current Buckeyes make an Ohio State degree a reality. Check out our different options for the masks that will look great and keep you safe! All proceeds from your mask purchase will go to the club or society scholarship fund of your choice. 

    To support CFAES student scholarship funds: 

    1. Go to buckeyefunder.osu.edu/project/21724.
    2. Click on “Select a mask.”
    3. Select the mask(s) that you wish to purchase. Be sure that the amount at the top of the page matches the price of the mask(s) you wish to purchase.
    4. Fill in your contact and billing Information. 
    5. Under the dropdown that says, “I want my gift to support,” select “My alumni society”; from there, you will see a full list of all Ohio State alumni societies. To support a CFAES alumni society scholarship fund, choose one of the following options: ENR Society OR Farm Science Review OR FAES Society. If you would like to support your regional alumni club, you can do so by selecting “My alumni club” and picking the club that is most applicable to your geographic location.
    6. Fill in your "Why?” and fill in the final questions on the form. 

    This is great way for you to not only purchase an exclusive Ohio State mask, but to support the current students of the university. This campaign will remain open through Dec. 31, 2020.  

    Script Ohio mask

  257. Where are they now? Alumni Awards edition

    Young Professional Achievement Award

    The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes alumni for their early professional accomplishments. This award provides recognition for these individuals and serves as a stimulus toward further efforts by younger alumni. Nominees are to be 35 years of age and younger at the time of receiving the award. We checked in with them to see what they have accomplished since earning their award and what it meant to them. Hear from a few of our honorees below. 

    Julie Royer-EstvanderJulie Royer-Estvander, ’92 BS Food Science and Technology 

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 2003

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: I was extremely proud to receive the Young Professional Achievement Award. To be recognized by the college and The Ohio State University for my accomplishments as a young professional woman in the food industry was a distinct honor.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement since winning your alumni award? 

    A: I have been fulfilled with a very successful career in the food industry. I am currently in a key corporate quality role with the Campbell Soup Company. Previous to joining Campbell's, I was in a corporate quality role with Hormel Foods for 16 years. One main achievement I accomplished since winning the award was earning my black belt in Six Sigma.

    Melanie WiltMelanie Wilt, ’98 BS Agricultural Communications 

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 2011

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: Receiving this award from the college was among my proudest moments because it affirmed two things for me: that (1) I could achieve my goals in my career and life, and (2) that I was able to do that at a young age, whereby I could push and challenge myself beyond my wildest dreams. I’ve set even greater goals and accomplished them since then thanks to that encouragement.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement since winning your alumni award? 

    A: Running for and being elected as a Clark County commissioner, and since then serving as president of the commission for the last two years. Also, starting the Virtual Farm Trips program through Shift•ology to connect more consumers with farmers in real, unscripted experiences. 



    Joel PankowskiJoel Pankowski, ’89 BS Dairy Science, ’91 MS Dairy Science 

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 2002

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: Being named a College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Young Professional Achievement Award recipient was both humbling and gratifying. Personally, it was humbling given the pool of high-caliber alumni candidates that were eligible. In addition, it was a “family” award in the sense that it provided me an opportunity to formally thank and recognize my wife and parents for the sacrifices and counsel they provided me during my education and professional career.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement since receiving your alumni award? 

    A: My 20-plus-year career has included a variety of technical and leadership positions with Monsanto Dairy Business, CPG Nutrients, AGWAY Inc., Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, Alpharma Animal Health, and Church and Dwight Inc. Currently, I am manager, ruminant technical services, for Church and Dwight’s Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production Division—providing technical support to key dairy professionals and producers throughout the U.S. and Canada—for food safety solutions that maintain animal productivity and fight foodborne pathogens. However, my greatest achievement is my family. 

    Q: What are some reflective thoughts on your alumni experience? 

    A: Never forget your roots or those that contributed to your personal and professional development and successes. You are only as good as your foundation, and for me ... The Ohio State University provided me a launching pad for a fulfilling life! 

    Heather BiehlHeather Biehl, ’01 BS Food Science and Nutrition, ’03 MS Food Science and Nutrition 

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 2012

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you. 

    A: Winning this award was an honor! It was a great feeling to be recognized for hard work and perseverance in my professional career!

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement since receiving your alumni award? 

    A: Since winning this award, I went on to work on developing infant formula for the U.S. and China markets and ultimately ended up in product development at the largest retailer—Walmart—working on OTC and personal care items for private brands.

    Matthew Pullins, ’00 BS Agribusiness and Applied Economics

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 2014

    Q: Describe what receiving your alumni award meant to you.

    A: It was great to be recognized by the college and especially the professor who nominated me.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement since receiving your award? 

    A: Expanding my professional responsibilities to managing PNC Bank’s regulatory reporting and loan accounting functions, which includes direct responsibilities of an organization of approximately 70 staff.

    Connie Cahill Connie Cahill, ’70 BS Family Resource Management 

    CFAES Young Professional Development Award, 1980 

    Q: Describe what receiving your Alumni Award meant to you. 

    A: As an aspiring young professional, recognition by my college and dean was a huge honor. I feel that receiving the award propelled me into creating a great career for myself.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement since receiving your award? 

    A: My family. Seeing them achieve their goals in the workplace and at home gives me such satisfaction. Enjoying an incredible career and food consulting business, one of the first among my peers, was highly satisfying, too.  

    Kenya HairstonKenya Hairston, ’98 BS Food Science and Nutrition 

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 2009

    Q: What did receiving your alumni award mean to you? 

    A: The award has allowed me to be invited to be a liaison on the Food industry Advisory Board, where I can share my knowledge and insight of the industry to the students and faculty.

    Q: What has been your greatest milestone since receiving your award? 

    A: I have had the pleasure to mentor several prospective food scientists and use my skillset and experience to help coach them.

    Tracy KitchelTracy Kitchel, ’98 BS Agricultural Education, ’99 MS Agricultural Education

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 2008

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: I was aware of previous award recipients and was quite honored to be included on the roster of other CFAES alumni who had early career success. It was rather meaningful that others felt my impact in my profession was noteworthy.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: Career-wise, there are two major milestones that come to mind. First was when I had the opportunity to return home to Ohio in 2016 to work at Ohio State as professor and chair of my home department (the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership), where my academic training began. The second was when I was named a Fellow of my professional organization, the American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE).

    Bruce SherrickBruce Sherrick, ’85 BS Agricultural Economics, ’89 PhD Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology 

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 1995

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your award? 

    A: I have had an incredibly fortunate academic and private sector career since leaving Ohio State. I am currently the Fruin Professor of Farmland Economics and director of the TIAA Center for Farmland Research at the University of Illinois. I am also a Presidential Nominee on a GSE Board, and have had the privilege of a Kellogg National Leadership Program Fellowship. In any list of memories in an academic career, seeing students continue and succeed and build their own careers always ranks highest, however.

    Q: Do you have any comments about your CFAES alumni experience? 

    A: The bonds with my fellow students and faculty from over 30 years remain unbroken. I still join my OSU family at get-togethers whenever we can, and follow the college and department closely. In the end, once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye—and I am forever grateful for the experiences I could have only had at The Ohio State University.

    Lynn AngellLynn Angell, ’81 BS Agricultural Economics 

    CFAES Young Alumni Achievement Award, 1994

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: I felt that I had met the high standards of our university when I received the award. I had opened my own business and was contributing to my community, and this award told me I was doing it right. Many times alumni that return to their small Ohio communities worry that we aren't keeping up with our big-city peers. This told me the university cared about our Ohio and returning to our communites, not just job titles and big dollars.  

    Q: Do you have any comments about your CFAES alumni experience? 

    A: I miss coming to Columbus for activities and seeing my university right now. I love still being active and tied into my school, and no matter where my other degrees have come from, I am an OSU alum.

    To see the complete list of International Alumni Award winners, click here.  

     

  258. Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    Brutus Sandiego

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association and has representatives from every academic department, every region of Ohio, from out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly in addition to holding events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.

    Adisa AaronsAdisa Aarons, Out of State Representative 

    ’09 BS Construction Systems Management 

    Field Engineer, City of Atlanta 

    Q: Tell us a bit about what you do when you are not at work. 

    A: Watch sports, travel (answered prior to COVID-19), enjoy time with family.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Alumni Society Board? 

    A: My favorite thing about being on the CFAES Board for the past four years has been being able to work with my fellow board members to help support the college. I’ve also enjoyed being able to hear from the current students regarding their experiences as college students.

     

    Ryan ConklinRyan Conklin, Department of Animal Sciences Representative 

    ’10 BS Agribusiness and Applied Economics, ’10 BS Animal Science 

    Attorney, Wright & Moore Law Co., LPA

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Alumni Society Board? 

    A: Aside from the entertaining interactions with a diverse group of fellow Buckeyes, I really cherish the ability to remain connected to CFAES through the Alumni Society Board. I know my degree reads “The Ohio State University” across the top, but my connection to OSU runs through the college. Reigniting that connection five years ago after law school was incredibly refreshing after being away. There is an incredible sense of togetherness and collegiality among CFAES alums, and I am proud to share in that feeling.

    Q: What is your favorite CFAES memory? 

    A: Reducing my CFAES story to one memory is difficult, so I would pick the collective memories from student organizations. Alpha Gamma Sigma, Ambassadors, Student Council, Agribusiness Club, Saddle & Sirloin, Buckeye Dairy Club all provided such great moments and the chance to be around some awesome people. CFAES student groups are some of the best in the entire university. Honorable mention goes to working in Ag Admin 100, the 2010 Celebration of Students (shout-out Dr. Trefz, Callie, and Meredith!), and the CFAES Ag-Lympics.

  259. Alumni in the News

    Nick Kennedy receiving his OFBF Award

    Our alumni are out in the world making great things happen. 

    Here are some recent CFAES newsmakers:

    Dr. Kris Boone ’91 MS Agricultural Education, ’94 PhD Agricultural Education – Kubota partnership to aid ATI workforce development

    Lindsay Bowen ’00 BS Agricultural Education – Hillsdale FFA brings creative touch to national convention

    Brady Campbell ’15 BSAGR Animal Science, ’17 MS Animal Science – Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium goes virtual in 2020 

    Dr. Francis Fluharty ’82 BS Animal Science, MS ’87 Animal Science, ’93 PhD Animal Science - Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium goes virtual in 2020

    Aaron Heilers ’06 BS Landscape Horticulture - OFBF, NRCS Extend Demo Farms Project

    Janessa Hill ’10 BSAGR Agricultural Communications - OSU Extension happy in its new home

    Jim Hoorman ’84 BS Animal Science, ’87 MS Agricultural Economics – Cover Crop Management

    Robert Hottle ’70 Agronomy – Robert D. ‘Bob’ Hottle

    Dr. Ani Katchova ’01 PhD Agricultural Economics – Ohio State Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference – Day One Recap

    Glenn Keck ’78 BS Agricultural Education – Lietenant Colonel Glenn Allen Keck

    Nick Kennedy ’04 BS Agricultural Education – Farm bureau gives out service awards

    Emily Laugesen ’16 AS Agricultural Communications - OSU Extension happy in its new home

    Joanna Lininger ’18 BSAGR Agricultural Communications – The importance of agriculture: My new role

    Dr. Don Myers '56 BS Animal Science, PhD '75 Agricultural Education - Dr. Donald K. Myers

    Garth Ruff ’15 BSAGR Animal Science, ’17 MS Animal Science - Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium goes virtual in 2020

    Adam Sharp ’94 BS Agricultural Communications – OFBF, NRCS Extend Demo Farms Project

    Keith Stimpert ’83 Agricultural Education - Farm Bureau’s Keith Stimpert hanging up the hat

    Robert Treece '51 BS Entomology, '53 MS Entomology - Robert E. 'Bob' Treece

    Jack Waldock ’16 BSAGR Agribusiness & Applied Economics, ’18 MPHM Plant Health Management – Ohio Brothers make aquaculture dream a reality

    TJ Waldock ’16 BSAGR Agricultural Communications - Ohio Brothers make aquaculture dream a reality

    Melinda Witten ’07 BS Agricultural Education – National recognition for Ohio county Farm Bureaus

    Chris Zoller ’19 BS Agricultural Education – Dover Public Library to host GMO Overview

  260. CFAES launches the Knowledge Exchange

    Knowledge Exchange

    Sir Mark Walport, UK chief scientist, stated in 2013, “Science isn’t finished until it’s communicated.” The Knowledge Exchange (KX), a unit in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, was created to do just that. The team launched a new data and communications platform Oct. 1, kx.osu.edu, designed to help broader audiences connect with the world-class research from the college in one centralized resource.

    KX translates research into engaging communication products—stories, videos, tools, FAQs—for Ohio State University Extension professionals, decision-makers, and the general public. KX works closely with specialists and educators from Extension (the outreach arm of the college) to understand their needs and what communication products would be beneficial for their work and local communities. But the mission of the unit goes beyond translation. KX actively collaborates with researchers and other Ohio State entities to build a story around complex issues affecting Ohio, such as water quality, farm trends, and food supply systems.

    Users can explore four main topic “buckets” on the site: Data and Tools, Environment and Natural Resources, Food and Agriculture, and People and Communities. Over 25 subtopics ranging from health and medicine to harmful algal blooms and water quality cover the latest research findings. Feedback is welcome, and users are encouraged to ask questions in a full circle of engagement that could inspire future research.

    KX is currently developing decision tools and interactive features for upcoming projects. Two tools now available on the site include Community Profiles—incorporating census data in an easy-to-navigate menu—and eFields, a searchable database of research from the Ohio State Digital Ag Program. And the team hopes to attract audiences to science using different techniques. Coming up later this year: a collaboration with composers from the Ohio State School of Music offers musical interpretations of stories around food insecurity, a farm community, and life on the lake.

    The site is just the beginning for KX. Updates to features and tools will be continuous, with new projects, data, and links to translated research added weekly. Have a research story about your work to tell KX? Reach the team at kx@osu.edu.

  261. Alumni webinar series continues

    Time & Change Webinar Series

    Join us for the fourth installment of the CFAES Time and Change Alumni Webinar, a monthly series for our alumni and friends on a variety of intriguing issues led by prominent CFAES alumni and industry experts. Please mark your calendar for the third Thursday of each month.

    The fourth webinar in the series will be Thursday, Oct. 15, from 2–3 p.m. EDT. Our alumni panel will share their expertise and address current policy considerations in the food, agricultural, and environmental industries, as well as how we can work collaboratively across these areas.

    The panel of speakers will include: 

    • Ellen Crivella, ’03 BS, ’06 MS Environmental Science; senior vice president for project development and engineering, DNV GL, Portland, Oregon
    • Joe Shultz, ’03 BS Agribusiness and Applied Economics; Democratic staff director, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Washington, D.C.
    • Melanie Wilt, ’98 BS Agricultural Communication; owner, Shiftology Communication, Springfield, Ohio; Clark County Commissioner

    Register Here

  262. Lal to speak at Borlaug Dialogue, receive World Food Prize, and be honored by Ohio State

    Rattan Lal

    Rattan Lal, one of the most decorated professors to teach and conduct research at The Ohio State University, will receive the 2020 World Food Prize on Thursday, Oct. 15, during the virtual Borlaug Dialogue streaming from Des Moines, Iowa. That same day, he will also be honored by Ohio State in a virtual ceremony to honor his legacy.

    The renowned soil scientist and Distinguished University Professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) was named recipient of the 50th World Food Prize in June. He will be honored on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony, set for 9–10 a.m. CDT and 10–11 a.m. EDT. The prize includes a prestigious $250,000 cash award and a sculpture by noted artist and designer Saul Bass. Join in the special celebration at www.worldfoodprize.org/live.

    Later that afternoon, friends and colleagues from Ohio State and around the world are invited to honor the 76-year-old Lal’s legacy by participating in a virtual side event hosted by CFAES.

    Registration is required at go.osu.edu/Bxqr to participate in Ohio State’s “The Legacy of Dr. Rattan Lal” on Oct. 15 from 1–1:45 p.m. CDT and 2–2:45 p.m. EDT.

    This event will include an overview of Lal’s work, from his humble beginnings as a refugee growing up on a small subsistence farm in India, to becoming a world-renowned scientist and World Food Prize Laureate. A guided discussion and reflection with Lal will be featured, as well as the announcement of upcoming CFAES and Ohio State plans that will contribute even more to his legacy. 

    To read more about Rattan Lal, click here

  263. 4-H Celebration of Youth: Pathways to the Future

    Celebration of Youth

    Since 1998, Celebration of Youth has been an annual fundraiser supporting Ohio 4-H Youth Development programming and operations. The evening celebrates all 4-H has to offer and will be held virtually on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. EST.

    This year, for the first time, our virtual event is open to everyone free of charge. The program will celebrate the perseverance and resilience of Ohio 4-H members during this unique year and will include an online auction. We hope you will join us to enjoy the program, bid on auction items, and make a donation.

    Funds raised from Celebration of Youth support Ohio 4-H programming and operations. To help us continue to forge new pathways to future success in this unique year, our greatest needs include 4-H camp facilities, innovative program development and delivery, and capacity support to engage youth across Ohio’s 88 counties.

    Please consider joining us for this year’s exciting and unique event. Visit go.osu.edu/COY for event details, sponsorship information, and registration information.

  264. Celebrating Buckeyes Week recap

    Celebrating Buckeyes Week Recap

    As we wrapped up Celebrating Buckeyes Week (Sept. 28 to Oct. 2), Ohio State University President Kristina M. Johnson applauded our Buckeye family for sharing our stories. “We just concluded #CelebratingBuckeyes week, and I want to thank all of you for highlighting the contributions of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who are changing the world for the better,” she said. “Your stories posted across social media have inspired me, and I was proud to contribute as a new member of our Ohio State family.”

    But just because Celebrating Buckeyes Week is over, that doesn’t mean we want to stop celebrating our Buckeyes. You can help us share your story in one of three ways: 

    Update Your Contact Information 

    Celebrate Your Milestones 

    Tell Us Your Favorite CFAES Memory

  265. Farm Science Review Hall of Fame announces inductees

    Dave Donohue, left, and Mike Miller, right

    Farm Science Review has a long-standing tradition of honoring individuals who have made their mark on the FSR community. Though the annual farm show was held virtually this year, that did not prevent the honoring of two well-deserved individuals. This year, Dave Donohue and Mike Miller were inducted into the Hall of Fame. To learn more about them, click here.

  266. Submit your family O-H-I-O photo

    A family of CFAES alums at Alaska’s Matanuska Glacier

    We want to see your Buckeye spirit. We are asking you to submit your family’s O-H-I-O photo for the CFAES Advancement Office to use in promotional materials, on our website, and in other communications. Photos can be recent, from the past, from a milestone event, or from a destination location. Help us spread a little Buckeye spirit this fall!  

    Submit your

    O-H-I-O photo here

    Ohio State staff, alums, and current students all love taking O-H-I-O photos!

  267. Where are they now? Alumni Awards edition

    CFAES International Alumni Awards

    The International Alumni Award is presented to outstanding international agriculture alumni representing, supporting, and promoting the college and The Ohio State University around the globe. We have been honoring individuals with this award since 1989, and in that time we have honored 55 individuals. Of those honored over the years, 91% are male, and 8% are female. This compares to the current alumni population that includes 44,554 individuals, with 67% male and 33% female. Honorees of this award represent each of the college's academic units, with 31% coming from the Department of Animal Sciences, 27% coming from the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, and 14% coming from the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. We checked in with them to see what they have accomplished since earning their award and what it meant to them. Hear from a few of our honorees below. 

    Mauricio Vaz Lobo Bittencourt, ’04 PhD Agricultural Economics

    CFAES International Alumni Award, 2020

    Mauricio BittencourtQ: What did receiving the International Alumni Award mean to you? 

    A: Receiving this award brought me a sense of recognition for all the dedication I gave to my academic career, always trying to narrow even more of my bonds to OSU and helping to promote this fantastic university everywhere I go.

    Q: What is your favorite CFAES memory? 

    A: The lifetime friendships I still have with so many people I know since those years as a PhD student and the learning environment we had back then.

    Q: What was your CFAES Alumni Award experience like? 

    A: When I attended the ceremony, I felt I was returning to my second home. Definitely it was an emotional and unforgettable experience to meet so many brilliant faculty and be recognized and honored by them.

    Seung Il Na, ’93 PhD Agricultural Education 

    International Alumni Award, 2009

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement or milestone since receiving your International Alumni Award? 

    A: I was inaugurated on March 14, 2013, as vice minister of education of the Republic of Korea and worked until Aug. 26, 2014. At that time, the Ministry of Education promoted two-axis policies, one was the pursuit of happiness education for all, and the other was the policy to realize a competency-based society. In particular, I, as a professor in vocational education and workforce development of Seoul National University, led the policy of establishing both National Competency Standards (NCS) and National Qualifications Framework (NQF) in order to transition from the academic backgrounds and specs-oriented society prevalent in Korea to the competency-based society. Since returning to university, I have been monitoring and conducting follow-up research on the policies that are continually being promoted.

    Q: What is your favorite CFAES memory? 

    A: As I recall now, my whole life there as a PhD student was a good memory. I am deeply grateful to Professor R.K. Barrick for his guidance, as well as Professor N.L. McCaslin, who highly recommended me as an award nominee. My favorite memory was the grand graduation ceremony held at Ohio Stadium on June 11, 1993, on a sunny day.

    Milton Gorocica, ’03 MS Animal, Dairy and Poultry Science, ’06 PhD Animal, Dairy, and Poultry Science

    CFAES International Alumni Award, 2016

    Milton GorocicaQ: What has been your greatest achievement or milestone since receiving your award? 

    A: I have been involved in launching several of our key products for beef and dairy cattle in new markets from four different continents, representing significant additional revenue for the company.

    Q: What is your favorite CFAES memory? 

    A: The relationship with my advisor and faculty members of the Animal Sciences Department. We are still in touch and became friends for life. My third boy is named after Dr. Steve Loerch, my MS and PhD adviser, to signify how special his impact has been in our lives.

    Q: What has your CFAES alumni experience meant to you? 

    A: Our time at OSU remains a key highlight of my life. Friends and opportunities multiplied during and after our time there. The network I’ve been able to develop with alumni, faculty, and staff has really helped to capture new business and collaboration opportunities that would not be there had I not been part of this family.

    Shih-Torng Ding, ’96 PhD Poultry Science

    CFAES International Alumni Award, 2010

    Shih-Torng DingQ: What has been your greatest achievement since receiving your alumni award? 

    A: I received an Outstanding Research Award from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan. I became the deputy secretary for the Board of Science and Technology of the Taiwan central government for five years. I am now the vice president for academic affairs at National Taiwan University.

    Q: What is your favorite CFAES memory? 

    A: Working at OARDC.

    Augustine Mokwunye, ’66 BS Agronomy, ’68 MS Agronomy

    CFAES International Alumni Award, 1998

    Q: Describe what receiving the International Alumni Award meant to you. 

    A: I had the opportunity to bring my entire family to Columbus. I was single while I was at OSU. I left OSU to attend the University of Illinois, where I met my wife, Elaine. By the time of my award, we had grown to become a family of six with three boys and one girl. It was exciting to bring the full family to OSU to see where their “daddy” had his education.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement since receiving your award? 

    A: I was employed by the United Nations University as the director of the Institute for Natural Resources in Africa based in Accra, Ghana, when I received the award. Since then I became a member of the board of directors of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), one of the centers managed by the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). I rose to become chairman of the board and eventually, chairman of the Committee of Board Chairs of the CGIAR.

    To see the complete list of International Alumni Award winners, click here.  

  268. Who in the world is on the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    Brutus Sandiego

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association and has representatives from every academic department, every region of Ohio, from out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly in addition to holding events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.

    Rishona Headen-Brown, Out of State Representative 

    17 BSFDSCI Food Science and Technology

    Senior Continuous Improvement Manager, Walmart-Supply Chain Central Operations

    Rishona Headen-BrownQ: Tell us a bit about what you like to do when you are not at work.

    A: When I’m not at work I love to travel and include time for thrillseeking adventures. I’m a self-proclaimed beach bum, so any location with a beach and water sports works for me. Being a food scientist and foodie, I love to re-create dishes I try while dining out at home.

    Q: What is your favorite memory of CFAES

    A: My favorite memory from CFAES is AgOlympics. This was one time of year that everyone could just let their hair down and be in the moment enjoying the fun and festivities.

    Q: Tell us anything else that you would like to share with your fellow alums.

    A: Volunteer service is something I have taken seriously throughout life and during my time at CFAES. I want to take my passion for food and providing nutrient-dense food to my community to a higher level. I’m working towards developing a program to educate those suffering in food deserts how to eat better, while utilizing the resources available from food banks, food pantries, church food basket, and others.

    Nathaniel Kramer, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) Representative

    18 MSTAPLEC Applied Economics 

    Analyst, Econometrics and Forecast, Ohio Department of Medicaid 

    Nathaniel KramerQ: Tell us a bit about what you like to do when you are not at work

    A: I love to be outdoors, mostly hiking and backpacking. One of my life goals is to visit every national park.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the Alumni Society Board? 

    A: My favorite thing about being on the CFAES board is getting to attend the annual awards ceremony and hear about the incredible things our alumni are doing!

    Q: What is your favorite memory from CFAES? 

    A: I was only in CFAES for a year, so I’ll go with my favorite memory from undergrad: storming the field after OSU’s miraculous double-overtime victory over TTUN in 2016, my senior year.

  269. Alumni in the news

    Jerry Borton portrait

    Our alumni are out in the world making great things happen. 

    Here are some recent CFAES newsmakers:

    Glen Arnold - ’84 BS Agricultural Education - Surber family receives Ohio Pork Industry Excellence Award

    Jerry Borton - ’71 BS Agricultural Education - Fulton Co. 2020 Ag Hall of Fame inductees named

    Doug Foxx - ’03 BS Agricultural Education - Wayne County Fair pushes forward despite pandemic

    David Heisler - ’85 BS Agricultural Economics - Surber family receives Ohio Pork Industry Excellence Award

    Sandra Kuhn - ’88 BS Agricultural Education, '95 MS Agricultural Education - Pandemic drives very different-looking Delaware County Fair

    Eric Richer - ’99 BS Agricultural Education - Sweltering summer stifles corn crop

    Tanner Schoen - ’15 BSAGR Agriscience Education - Indian Lake on track to have one of the largest agricultural programs available

    Keith Stimpert - ’83 MS Agricultural Education - Farm Bureau’s Keith Stimpert hanging up the hat

    John Surber - ’75 BS Dairy Science - Surber family receives Ohio Pork Industry Excellence Award

  270. Farm Science Review will be virtual for the first time, and free

    Virtual FSR

    By Alayna DeMartini

    CFAES’ Farm Science Review trade show is being held entirely online this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, reaching people not in person but on their laptops and smartphones. From Sept. 22–24, virtual visitors from across Ohio, the Midwest, and the world will learn tips for increasing farm profits and for growing crops from soybeans to hemp. Sign-up is free starting Sept. 8 at fsr.osu.edu. Watching all the sessions is free. Video recordings of the sessions will be available on the Review’s website after the event.

    “It will be even easier this year to benefit from the show’s valuable advice that can help farmers improve their businesses,” said Review manager Nick Zachrich. 

    “Whether farm operators have questions on finances, insurance protection, or which new tool fits their needs, resources will be available through Farm Science Review online.”

    Read more.

  271. An atypical semester begins

    Not a traditional start to fall semester

    By Matt Marx 

    The campus experience has an atypical look and feel as autumn semester began August 25 at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

    Faculty and staff have been preparing for the return of students and the resumption of classes, both virtual and physical, with new procedures in place to safeguard against COVID-19.

    “Things look different, but we’re still here for them,” said Krista Scott, CFAES director of undergraduate recruitment and student engagement.

    Enrollment figures will not be available until after the 15th day of the semester, but the majority of courses are being taught online.

    As of last week, nearly two-thirds of CFAES’ sections offered on the Columbus campus during fall semester are in courses that are fully or partially distance learning. About one-third of college sections involve in-person instruction, including a few designated as hybrids, according to estimates from the college’s Office of Academic Affairs.

    These estimates include undergraduate and graduate sections as well as those for one-to-one courses such as internships, independent study, and research. Many distance and in-person course offerings have multiple sections, such as lectures or labs, in which students enroll.

    The number of sections available in a distance format is likely to change over the next first few weeks as students revise their schedules and faculty amend course offerings to support student learning.

    The in-person sections are limited to 50 students.

    Like the rest of the university, CFAES’ Columbus classrooms, as well as those at the college’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, have been reconfigured for physical distancing. Face masks are required on campus, and students, faculty, and staff are being provided with return-to-campus PPE kits to support healthy behaviors. University-wide, faculty have received training on how to handle students who are not following protocols.

    To read on, click here.  

  272. Land-Grant Cornerstone Conversation

    Join the Dean as she discusses the future of agriculture!

    Join us on Sept. 22 at noon EST for a Land-Grant Cornerstone Conversation. Host Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), along with special guests will discuss the future of agriculture research technology and ensuring the food supply chain in Ohio and beyond.  

    To register, click here!

  273. #CFAESStudentsFirst

    Share advise with students as they start their fall semester

    As our college faculty and staff welcomed back students two weeks ago and enjoy the renewed energy that every fall semester brings, we reflect upon the times we’ve shared these last several months and recognize that they’ve looked different for everyone. Given the obstacles our students, faculty, and staff have overcome, your support means a great deal now more than ever before.  

    As classes are underway, the CFAES community continues to place students first. Student success is one of the college’s campaign priorities in Time and Change: The Ohio State Campaign. CFAES students will be studying a wide range of sustainability-oriented disciplines, taught online in virtual courses and in-person in classrooms, in indoor labs, and in outdoor field labs.  

    During this time, CFAES students have become more resilient, and, therefore, they are now certain to be more adaptable in their chosen, ever-evolving career fields.  

    We invite you to share an inspiring story from your college days or offer some encouraging words to our current returning students. On social media, please tag us at #CFAESStudentsFirst, so our students can see your message. Timely motivation from someone like you can make a critical difference.  

    Thank you for sharing your time and talents with our college.

    Feel free to share your advice on all social media platforms, and don't forget to check out the College's Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages!

    Students enjoy a multitude of activities prior to COVID-19

  274. Alumni then and now

    Amy Jo (Frost) Baughman, CFAES Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving with her husband Brett, ENR Scholars Coordinator Then and Now

    Do you have great memories of your time at CFAES? What about a picture that takes you back to the halls of an academic building?  

    As part of the upcoming Celebrating Buckeyes Week, CFAES Advancement wants to hear your favorite memories from your time in the college

    See CFAES Alumni Engagement Coordinator Molly Berger's responses to get a peek into what her experience in CFAES was.  

    Name: Molly (Hardesty) Berger 

    Degree: BSENR, Environmental Policy and Decision Making, 2017

    Favorite memory: My favorite CFAES memory was in ENR 4400, Law and Legal Process. Professor Julianna Bull passed out pocket Constitutions, and I instantly started humming “The Preamble” from “Schoolhouse Rock!” I realized the student next to me was humming the same tune, and we instantly became friends. I couldn’t imagine my time in CFAES without Emily! 

    Berger with her friend, Emily their final year in CFAES and Now with her husband, Brandon and daughter Bernadette

    Now it is your turn to submit your own memory. Click here

  275. Forshey, Waters inducted into Agricultural Hall of Fame

    Portraits of Tony Forshey and Wendell L. Waters

    Two out of the four inductees to the 2020 Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame are alumni of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

    Tony Forshey (’77 BS Animal Sciences) and Wendell L. Waters (’69 BS Agricultural Education) were inducted this summer into the hall of fame, which is sponsored by the Ohio Agricultural Council. 

    Forshey is Ohio’s state veterinarian and chief of the Ohio Division of Animal Health. He practiced veterinary medicine for 27 years, with an interest in swine production. 

    For the past 10 years, Forshey has served as an adjunct professor at the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, where he also earned his DVM. His focus on herd health and disease prevention has been credited with enhancing the growth of the Ohio swine industry.

    Learn more about Forshey from this video.

     

    Waters, recognized for championing Ohio farmers for 50 years, is founder and owner of WenMar Farms Inc., which consists of 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans and a 3,600-sow farrow-to-finish hog operation. 

    He, along with several others, founded the Ohio Corn Growers Association in 1977. In 1994, Waters was instrumental in the formation of the PGI Group, a coalition of hog farmers dedicated to the betterment of the industry.

    This video has details about Waters.

     

    Also inducted into the 2020 class were Joe Cornely and Larry R. Gearhardt.

    Ordinarily, the annual induction breakfast is held during the Ohio State Fair, but the council postponed this year’s event after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine canceled the fair because of the pandemic.

  276. Governor names Elizabeth Harsh an Ohio State Trustee

    Elizabeth Harsh

    By Matt Marx

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Congratulations to college alumna Elizabeth A. Harsh, who has been appointed to The Ohio State University Board of Trustees.

    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine appointed Harsh, executive director of the Ohio Beef Council and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, to a term as trustee that began Aug. 12 and ends May 13, 2029.

    “I look forward to this exciting and challenging opportunity to help contribute to the continued success of The Ohio State University,” Harsh said. “Ohio State has always held such a special place in my life, with my family and my career, and I welcome this new role with great anticipation.”

    The board of trustees has full fiduciary authority for both the university’s academic and health sciences organizations, and oversees academic programs, budgets, general administration, and employment of faculty and staff.

    Harsh, of Radnor, Ohio, graduated from Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) with a BS in animal sciences in 1983. In college, she competed on Ohio State’s general livestock judging team.

    “We are delighted to hear of Elizabeth’s appointment to the board of trustees. As a graduate of CFAES and strong advocate for Ohio agriculture, she will represent Ohio’s premier land-grant institution well, and be a strong voice for all Ohioans. Elizabeth has a keen understanding of our state, the importance of education and scientific research, and is a proponent of public-private partnerships,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and CFAES dean.

    To read on, click here.

  277. Where are they now? Alumni Awards edition

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award

    The CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award gives public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at large through their participation, commitment, and leadership. We have been honoring individuals with this award since 1971, and in that time we have honored 358 individuals. Of those honored over the years, 86% are male, and 14% are female. This compares to the current alumni population that includes 44,554 individuals, with 67% male and 33% female. Honorees of this award represent each of the college's academic units, with 32% coming from the Department of Animal Sciences, 17% from the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, and 16% from the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. We checked in with them to see what they have accomplished since earning their award and what it meant to them. Hear from a few of our honorees below. 

    Todd Beckwith, ’83 BS Agricultural Economics 

    CFAES Young Professional Achievement Award, 1995

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010

    Todd BeckwithQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: Receiving both the Young Professional Achievement and Distinguished Alumni awards was a tremendous honor. It was a humbling experience to be included with the distinguished alumni that are past recipients of these awards. This honor has served as a motivation for my career and personal life, to strive to live up to the high standards set by the previous recipients.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: My greatest accomplishments since winning the alumni awards are the new and continued friendships, both personally and professionally. God has blessed me throughout my career—many of these relationships tie back to Ohio State.

    Don Schriver, ’69 BS Agricultural Economics 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2002

    Don SchriverQ: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: Retiring in 2006 as executive vice president of Dairy Farmers of America, the largest dairy farmer-owned cooperative in the United States, of which I was involved in its formation in 1998, was a special achievement. I immediately became involved as the founding director of Global Dairy Platform (GDP) on behalf of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) based in Chicago. GDP is an international organization comprised of 70 dairy businesses and support organizations throughout the world, working together to align and support the dairy industry, promoting sustainable dairy agriculture, and encouraging nutrition from dairy.

    Q: Do you have other thoughts or comments about your CFAES alumni experience? 

    A: Being an Ohio State graduate brings immediate recognition in the U.S.A. and around the world.

    Blannie Bowen, ’80 PhD Agricultural Education

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2009

    Blannie BowenQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: This is a tremendous honor because other fellow Buckeyes thought that my accomplishments were worthy of this recognition.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: I worked for several more years and retired in 2017 from a position that I found very rewarding both professionally and personally.

    David Thorbahn, ’84 BS Dairy Science 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010

    David Thorbahn

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you. 

    A: It was a great honor for me and my family. It showed the respect the university has for industry and for following its students’ careers after college.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: I received the Founders Award for organizing and being the first chairman of the North American Intercollegiate Challenge. It is an organization that brings business, academia, and students together in an academic challenge for dairy science students in real work situations. It raises over $200,000 annually and has had over 6,000 student participants in North America. One has now been started in China, with over 65 Chinese universities participating.

    Kirby Barrick Jr., ’70 BS Agricultural Education, ’73 MS Agricultural Education, ’80 PhD Agricultural Education

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2005

    Kirby Barrick Jr.Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: It is always a great feeling when others recognize your achievements. It is especially meaningful when the recognition comes from your college. With three degrees from OSU in agricultural education, I obviously have tremendous pride in and admiration for the department, college, and university. The Distinguished Alumni Award was a wonderful honor.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: No one achievement or milestone can be singled out of 46 years in agricultural education. But globally (no pun intended), working with high school teachers, extension personnel, and university faculty throughout the United States and in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Korea, Turkey, and other countries has meant a lot to me professionally. I hope I have helped bring about positive change in teaching and learning for all those whose lives I have been fortunate to touch.

    Rob Rettig, ’84 BS Agricultural Economics 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015 

    Rob RettigQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: Receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award was quite a humbling experience. The validation of years of service to the industry and community(ies) was appreciated. Much more important however was the realization of and appreciation for all of the efforts so many teachers, mentors, and friends had poured into me.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: I am proud of several accomplishments over the past few years. Our local school district has undertaken meaningful succession planning resulting in the institution being quite well positioned for the future. New Vision Farms, where I currently serve as general manager, continues to develop in terms of personnel and industry relationships and is also well positioned for relative success. And lastly, our family has been extremely well blessed and I am both proud and humbled by the development of our children.

    James Starr, ’71 BS Plant Pathology, ’72 MS Plant Pathology 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2008

    James StarrQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you. 

    A: My most treasured award because of the high level of respect I have for the faculty at the OSU Department of Plant Pathology who nominated me for the award. Their apparent respect for me and my academic accomplishments was greatly appreciated.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: Retirement as a still productive faculty member at Texas A&M, one who had active and productive teaching and research programs up to the very end of my career. I retired in 2013.

    David Ames, ’64 BS Animal Science, ’66 MS Animal Science 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2006

    David AmesQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you. 

    A: I was humbled to receive the award from Ohio State after growing up in a rural community and attending a small school. I quickly reflected on my support from grandparents, parents, and other relatives who had encouraged me along the way. I was thankful.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: I received the award near retirement and since then have enjoyed watching people and programs that I impacted become successful. I have enjoyed the many 100-year celebrations of organizations like 4-H, American Society of Animal Science, Alpha Gamma Rho, and more that have endured for a century. And, I have continued my love of sport as a football official being a part of three national championship events!

    Rodney Bothast, ’67 BS Animal Science 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2013

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you. 

    A: A humbling experience and an opportunity to visit the campus and my early research mentors, Drs. Herb Ockerman and Vern Cahill.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: 2014, Charles D. Scott Award for distinguished contributions to the field of biotechnology for production of fuels and chemicals. 2020, able to enjoy a healthy retirement in the woods of northern Minnesota with my wife of 55 years and nine grandchildren!

    Lewis Jones Jr., ’65 BS Agricultural Economics 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2017

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: It was a great honor to be selected by the CFAES Alumni Board to join the many who have dedicated a great part of their lives to aid past, current, and future CFAES students.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: The year 2019 will always be a memorable year for me in Ohio agriculture, as I was awarded the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Service Award, and I was selected by the Ohio Agricultural Council to join others in the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

    C. Dale Baughman, ’61 BS Agricultural Education 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award?  

    A: Serving as a director of Brookhaven Retirement Community for 27 years, 10 of which included being president and chairman of the board.

    Q: Do you have any thoughts about your CFAES alumni experience? 

    A: My experience at Ohio State was unique in that I experienced very little in terms of traditional campus life since I never spent a weekend on campus, having had to work on a neighbor’s farm for money to stay in school. I view alumni activites as an opportunity to use available time and resources to make up for lost time, to the extent possible.

    Do you know of someone who you think is extraordinary in their field or has given back greatly to the CFAES community? Nominate them for the 2022 Alumni Awards. More information can be found here.  

  278. Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    Brutus Sandiego

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association and has representatives from every academic department, every region of Ohio, from out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly in addition to holding events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.

    Ellen Zimmerman, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) Representative 

    ’14 BSAGR Agricultural Communication

    Director, Internal Communications and Member Engagement, American Seed Trade Association 

    Ellen ZimmermanQ: Tell us a bit about what you like to do when you are not at work.

    A: One of my hobbies is getting certified in all sorts of things! Some are useful, like FranklinCovey and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator facilitation. Some things are just for fun, like being a scuba diver and ordained minister (I have performed two weddings and will do my third this September). I also love to read, listen to podcasts, and TRAVEL! I travel a lot for work but take advantage of opportunities to see the world with my husband. We will be going to Spain in May!

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Board? 

    A: My favorite thing about the board is the opportunity to stay connected to the college, interact with students, and get to work with other alumni.

    Q: Tell us anything else that you would like to share with your fellow alums.

    A: Currently, I am the president of the ACEL alumni board and the vice chair of the AFA (Agriculture Future of America). 

    Mary Buehler, Class of 2020 Representative 

    ’20 BSAGR Agribusiness and Applied Economics 

    Illinois Farm Bureau, Youth and Collegiate Program Coordinator

    Mary BuehlerQ: Tell us a bit about what you like to do when you are not at work. 

    A: Having uprooted myself from my Ohio hometown to move to Illinois to start my first career during the pandemic, I’ve recently acquired some new hobbies that take up the better part of my nonworking time. Many of my days include trying to harness train my newly adopted cat, Melon, or exploring new parts of my local community by bike. I really enjoy perusing estate sales with my fiancé, Matthew, as we daydream about the possibilities of our future home that we’re currently on the hunt for. I eagerly await any opportunity to try a new coffee shop, road trip, or venture back to Ohio to catch up with family and friends around a campfire.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Board? 

    A: It is inspiring to join together with fellow alumni and hear how CFAES has made such a lasting impression in their life. Each person has their own story of what made the difference for them. My favorite part of serving on the CFAES Board is to help provide opportunities to have these reflective conversations while also promoting the betterment of the college for generations to come.

  279. Alumni in the news

    Eric Kaufman

    Our alumni are out in the world making great things happen. 

    Here are some recent CFAES newsmakers:

    Benjamin Bohrer, ’11 BS Animal Science, ’13 MS Animal Science, Get to Know our New CFAES Faculty

    Thomas Elliot, ’80 BS Agricultural Education, ’86 MS Agricultural Education, Thomas “Tom” Elliott

    John Grusenmeyer, ’17 BSAGR Sustainable Plant Systems, Formation Candidates Installed in Ministry of Lector

    Eric Kaufman, ’00 BS Agricultural Education, Eric Kaufman, Tamarah Smith represent faculty and staff on Virginia Tech Board of Visitors

    Larry Lokai, ’67 BS Agricultural Education, ’73 MS Agricultural Education, Ohio State superfan ‘disappointed but relieved’ after Big Ten postpones fall football season

    Antonio Losekamp, ’17 BSENR Environmental Science, Formation Candidates Installed in Ministry of Lector

    Lisa McCutcheon, ’97 BS Agricultural Education, Smaller Hartford Fair to include junior fair events, safety precautions

    Martin Overholt, ’82 ASC Livestock Production and Management, Beef and Sheep, THEY’RE GETTING A CHANCE TO SHOW

    Jessica Pempek, ’09 BS Animal, Dairy and Poultry Science, ’11 MS Animal Science, ’15 PhD Animal Science, Get to Know our New CFAES Faculty

    Pat Petzel, ’92 BS Agricultural Communications, Jackson County shop tops Ohio Farm Bureau’s ‘Ice Cream Battle’ poll; Terry’s makes Top 10

    Judy Villard Overocker, ’82 BS Agricultural Economics, ’83 MS Agricultural Economics, ’04 PhD Human and Community Resource Development, 4-H shows go on at abbreviated Richland County Fair

    Nick Zachrich, ’07 BS Agricultural Education, ’17 MS Agricultural and Extension Education, 2020 Farm Science Review to be free, online

    Bruce Zimmer, ’87 BS Dairy Science, ’88 MS Agricultural Education, Pandemic restrictions in place for local fairs

  280. Fifty years of transformative power

    ODI celebrates 50 years!

    In May 2020, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion celebrated 50 years as part of The Ohio State University. The road we have traveled over this half century is a story we are just beginning to tell.

    America was going through a dark time in late April 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. had just been assassinated. Within six weeks, Robert Kennedy would also be murdered.

    When two Black students were unjustly ordered off an Ohio State shuttle bus by the white driver, the student-activists of the Black Student Union decided to act. By the end of that tumultuous day—April 26, 1968—43 students would be arrested for a daylong occupation of Bricker Hall, Ohio State's main administrative building. Eight students eventually would be expelled for their actions, but out of their struggle a seed would be planted and begin to take root—a notion that inclusion has merit and diversity brings us strength.

    In reaction to the student protest, the university would establish a Black Studies Department in 1969 and, in 1970, would create an Office of Minority Affairs to recruit Black students to come to Ohio State. Other victories sought by those students would follow over the years—the establishment of a Black Cultural Center at Hale Hall, the hiring of more Black faculty and administrators, more student employment opportunities for Black students, to name just a few—and the office built from the bricks of their dissent would become the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI).

    Now, with the calendar having flipped to 2020, ODI is celebrating its Golden Anniversary, a salute to a half century of advocating for all historically underrepresented students, faculty, and staff throughout the university.

    We keep the spirit of 1968 alive in our work today, not through active rebellion, but through the peaceful actions of our flagship programs dedicated to championing underrepresented students as they successfully navigate our campus.

    Actions like the Young Scholars Program, a scholarship pipeline from Ohio’s largest urban school districts to Ohio State that began 30 years ago and has brought the lifetime opportunities of a college education to thousands of first-generation college graduates. Or the Morrill Scholars Program, formerly the Minority Scholarship Program, Ohio State’s chief diversity/merit scholarship, which has gained acclaim in recent years for undergraduate academic stars thanks to a pair of Rhodes Scholars pulled from its ranks.

    To read more, click here.

  281. Showing the passion of Lucas Regula

    Regula family posing together with Lucas holding the daughter.

    By Matt Marx

    Hard-working, talented, and passionate for the cattle industry, Lucas Regula was a devoted husband and father whose tenacious battle with brain cancer ended at age 33.

    August 30, 2020 marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Regula (BS 2009, animal, dairy & poultry sciences), who is remembered by his wife, Allison, daughter, Autumn Rose, and many other relatives and friends.

    To honor his memory, Allison’s grandparents Betty and John Baird (BS 1958, dairy science) have established an endowment in Regula’s name to support financially-challenged students in The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

    Lucas RegulaThe Lucas J. Regula Memorial Scholarship Fund (#645993) provides scholarships to CFAES undergraduates in need who are active members of Ohio State’s livestock judging team or are majoring in animal sciences while attending the Columbus campus. 

    It is the fifth endowment fund established by the Bairds and the fourth in the college. The longtime donors place tremendous value in CFAES’ academic programs and in education in general.

    “Establishing a foundation for Luke Regula was an easy decision for Betty and myself,” said John Baird, of Springfield, Ohio. “Our hope for this foundation is to help students who are pursuing a degree in the animal sciences.  We cannot bring Luke back; however, the memories of Luke can live on as scholarship recipients pursue a degree in the field that Luke enjoyed.

    “Luke was a very hard worker with a bright future. Luke loved his family, his work, and had a passion for the cattle industry like no other,” Baird said. “He had a special talent for breeding and showing cattle and loved being competitive on the show circuit.”

    The 2007 Livestock Judging Team posing together.

    Regula especially enjoyed being around show cattle. In college, he competed on the livestock judging team and was an active member of Alpha Gamma Rho.

    He and Allison (BS 2009, food business management) met in college and they married in 2010.

    “He was one in a million,” Allison Regula said. “He had a zest for life and was relentless in the pursuit of making things—whether it be his work, himself or his co-workers/friends—better. He never tired. He never once complained about hardships or his illness.”

    At Elanco Animal Health, where he worked, earned a strong reputation as a leader among colleagues and customers. 

    Regula spent a decade with Elanco, first as an ambitious and spirited college intern, and later as a full-time employee, holding positions of increasing responsibility serving cattle customers in the U.S., said Grady Bishop, Elanco’s executive director of global beef marketing.

    “Lucas’s intelligence, candor and straightforward, customer-focus made an immediate impact on our company, and anyone who had the pleasure to work around him,” Bishop said. “Nearly a year after his passing, Lucas’s legacy still lives on as someone who lived out our brand with a fervor and passion we all strive to achieve. His passing was an unimaginable loss for the Elanco family, but we still celebrate what he brought into our lives.”

    Her husband always desired to make an impact on the world around him, Allison Regula said, and those who knew him would say he was successful. 

    “The world is quieter and dimmer without him,” she said. “He would want us all to think about what kind of impact we can each make and to use that to drive us to keep moving forward.”

    Those wishing to honor Lucas Regula and help CFAES students can do so here.

  282. CFAES Alumni Webinar Series continues

    Time and Change Webinar Series

    Join us for the third installment of the CFAES Time and Change Alumni Webinar, a monthly series for our alumni and friends on a variety of intriguing issues led by prominent CFAES alumni and industry experts. Please mark your calendar for the third Thursday of each month.

    The third webinar in the series will be Thursday, Aug. 20, from 2–3 p.m. The topic will be “Cultivating inclusion in food, agricultural, and environmental industries.” In this latest installment, our alumni panel will address the current challenges of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the food, agricultural, and environmental industries.  

    The panel of speakers will include: 

    • Lewis R. Jones, ’65 BS Agricultural Economics, deputy director (retired), Ohio Department of Agriculture, Grove City, Ohio 
    • Yolanda Owens, ’07 BS Agricultural Communication, director of marketing, DNO Produce Inc., Columbus, Ohio 
    • Juan Moreno, ’88 BS Dairy Science, founder and CEO, Sexing Technologies and STgenetics, Navasota, Texas 

    Register for the webinar here

  283. Farm Science Review will be a virtual show in 2020

    Farm Science Review will have a different look from past years

    By: Sherrie Whaley

    For the first time in its nearly 60-year history, The Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review, scheduled for Sept. 22–24, will not be held in person. Instead, a virtual show will be implemented for 2020.

    The farm show, sponsored by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), annually attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada to the show site in London, Ohio.

    “We are committed to delivering a robust and innovative virtual show in support of agriculture during this pandemic,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES.

    “Throughout its history, the Farm Science Review has been at the forefront of showcasing the future of agriculture,” she said. “While it may look different in 2020, we will continue to meet the needs of our growers and partners through access to exhibitors, virtual demonstrations, and education about the most recent advancements in agricultural production.”

    The three-day event normally allows agricultural producers to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, view field demonstrations, and learn the latest in agricultural production. Popular educational programs feature specialists from Ohio State, Central State University, and other land-grant institutions.

    To read on, click here.

  284. Where are they now? Alumni Awards edition

    Distinguished Alumni Award

    The CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award gives public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at large through their participation, commitment, and leadership. We have been honoring individuals with this award since 1971, and in that time we have honored 358 individuals. Of those honored over the years, 86% are male, and 14% are female. This compares to the current alumni population that includes 44,554 individuals, with 67% male and 33% female. Honorees of this award represent each of the college's academic units, with 32% coming from the Department of Animal Sciences, 17% from the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, and 16% from the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. We checked in with them to see what they have accomplished since earning their award and what it meant to them. Hear from a few of our honorees below. 

    Dennis Swartz, ’61 BS Agricultural Education, ’69 MS Agricultural Education

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2005 

    Dennis SwartzQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.  

    A: Since I had completed over 43 years in agriculture and administrative education, it was a great culmination to the many students and staff I had worked with and the success they have had in life. I was nominated and supported for the award by these students and staff.

    Q: Do you have other thoughts or comments about your experience with CFAES Alumni Awards and your alumni experience? 

    A: It is a thrill to be considered for the award and to share the honor with so many of my peers and those who have mentored me. I have several former students as OSU graduates, and one currently teaching in the OSU agronomy department. I remain an active member of the OSU Marion alumni association.

    Gary Bennett, ’75 MS Animal Science, ’77 PhD Animal Science 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011

    Gary BennettQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.  

    A: It was an honor to be selected for recognition from among many deserving alumni of a great college and university. It was an affirmation of the education I received from some great professors and their influence on my life and career.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: Research Fellow Award, American Society of Animal Science, 2020; Pioneer Award, Beef Improvement Federation; acting director, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, 2017–2018.

    Ronald Overmyer, ’66 BS Agricultural Education, ’72 MS Agricultural Education 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2017

    Ronald OvermyerQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you. 

    A: It is very humbling to be recognized by the college that was the base for my success. The education that I received and the contacts that I made as part of my experience as a CFAES student provided me the tools for a successful life of learning and contribution. The impact of the college continued in my career as an OSU Extension agent for 37 years. It expanded my horizons locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally. 

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: I continue to utilize my skills and talents in numerous community and business organizations, providing leadership in helping the organizations grow and move forward.

    Q: Do you have other thoughts or comments about your experience with CFAES Alumni Awards and your alumni experience? 

    A: It made me think about other alumni who should be considered for the award. I hope to nominate people in the future for consideration for the award.

    W. Alan Wentz, ’69 BS Natural Resources 

    CFAES Alumni Award, 1999

    W. Alan WentzQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.  

    A: Recognition by The Ohio State Univerdity and the college was one of the most significant moments in my career. It was later followed by a similar recognition from Oregon State University, and lifelong accomplishment awards, such as the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award for Wildlife Conservation—the highest award in my profession—in 2019.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: The Aldo Leopold Memorial Award for Wildlife Conservation in 2019. Also my retirement in 2010 from the position of chief conservation officer of Ducks Unlimited after 20 years there.

    David Hawkins, ’63 BS Animal Science, ’65 MS Animal Science 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011

    David HawkinsQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: It was a high honor to be nominated by the OSU Animal Sciences Department. It validated the excellent mentoring that I received while I was a student at OSU, which enabled me to develop my professional career at Michigan State University so that I might be eligible to be considered for this award.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: In 2013, I was inducted into the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky. This gallery, which was established in 1903, is considered to be the Livestock Industry Hall of Fame and is one of the highest honors awarded in the U.S. livestock industry. There have been 374 inductees in the 117-year history, Additional information can be found at http://www.saddleandsirloinportraitfoundation.org/blog or http://www.livestockexpo.org/saddleandsirloin.html.

    Alan Brugler, ’76 BS Agricultural Education, ’76 MS Agricultural Education 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011

    Alan BruglerQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: It was a welcome recognition of some of the innovations I had initiated or fostered over the first 30 years of my career. Felt like I was in some pretty distinguished company!

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: I've been invited to be a speaker at several major conventions and ag events.

    Q: Do you have other thoughts or comments about your experience with CFAES Alumni Awards and your alumni experience? 

    A: It is a great way to remind us all that college can prepare you for a successful career, and also reminds us that career paths can vary greatly from what we thought they would be in college! It also reminds folks in agriculture that some of those high achievers they know are Buckeyes!

    Phillip Minerich, ’76 BS Food Technology Agriculture 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2019

    Phillip MinerichQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: This was quite the surprise, and honor, to be recognized by the university as a distinguished alumni. My wife and I have cheered for the Buckeyes for nearly 50 years and are both thankful for how our degrees prepared us for a life of service.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: We love to travel the world (have canceled several trips due to COVID-19) and proudly support the Buckeyes everywhere we go. What better way to show our gratitude than to speak highly of the university and support all Buckeyes, academically, musically, and athletically.

    Carroll Vance, ’71 PhD Plant Pathology 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 1993

    Carroll VanceQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: Receiving the award was an acknowledgement that my education at OSU not only gave me the foundation for critical thinking but extended the tools gained at OSU through mentoring individuals across the world.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: My greatest achievement(s) has been mentoring a great number of graduate students and postdoctoral associates at the University of Minnesota. The achievements made by those individuals led to me being elected to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Hall of Fame in 2019.

    Robert Benson, ’56 BS Agricultural Education

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2002

    Robert BensonQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you. 

    A: I was honored to have been selected. Never dreamed of even being considered! My aspirations were always to do the best you can at everything you do. The education I received at OSU helped me do my best! The recognition by CFAES was very gratifying. 

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: Lions Clubs International Life Membership, 2014; McClure Silver Ram Award by the American Sheep Industry Association for dedicated volunteer commitment and service to the sheep industry, 2017.

    David Pullins, ’72 BS Agricultural Education 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2008

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: The award was acknowledgement by my peers that my efforts to assist and support farmers and others in agriculture were successful and worthwhile.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: Following a 33-year career with the Ohio Farm Bureau serving farmers, I have continued to build a successful diversified farm operation with my wife, Cathy, and two sons.

    Floyd Poruban, ’61 BS Horticulture, ’64 MS Plant Pathology 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2019

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you. 

    A: It certainly wasn’t expected, especially for a blind person. I never expected that type of award. But I was appreciative anyways. I didn’t think I that I would be considered worthy for such an award. I was told that in 150 years of Ohio State, I am the only one that ever received a science degree as a blind person.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: Keeping my business running. The pandemic slowed down business quite a bit, people would call but were scared to come and see the plants. But after things started to slow down, things are starting to pick up. People are calling from all over.

    Nominations for the 2021 Alumni Awards have closed, but you can nominate for the 2022 awards here.

  285. Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    Brutus Sandiego

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association and has representatives from every academic department, every region of Ohio, from out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly in addition to holding events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.

    Yolanda Owens, President 

    07 BS Agricultural Communications 

    Director of Marketing, DNO Produce 

    Yolanda Owens

    Q: Tell us a bit about what you like to do when you are not at work.

    A: When I am not at work I am still very busy. I have two little boss ladies (their initials are CEO) that I like to hang out with. As a family, along with my husband and my mother, we like to go on hiking adventures in the local metro parks and road trips to his hometown of Pittsburgh (I'm a homegrown Buckeye!). I also manage a local breastfeeding support group for Black mothers, as there are many barriers to support for this/our community, as well as do systems change and participatory leadership consulting work with a group called The Outside. While this is a hectic life, throw in a random dance party to the latest Disney/Pixar soundtrack with the kiddos, and I'm alright.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Board? 

    A: My favorite thing about being on the board is being able to bring a unique perspective. I love being able to use the board as a platform to bring more awareness to young people of color of the variety of career choices that STEM (pun intended) from an ag background. The current makeup of the board, including representatives from each department of the college and in and out of state, allows for folks that would probably not interact to come together, learn from each other, and help to move the college in the direction that we wish to see. While this journey has not always been easy for those that look like me, I love being on the board to represent my ancestors' wildest dreams.

    Celena Ritchey, Class of 2018 Representative 

    ’18 BSENR Environmental Policy and Decision Making 

    Associate Regional Director, BBYO

    Celena RitcheyQ: Tell us a bit about what you like to do when you are not at work.

    A: Volunteering, gardening, painting, and working out, especially yoga and barre.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Board? 

    A: I really enjoy being able to support the recognition of outstanding alums.  

    Q: What is your favorite memory of CFAES? 

    A: My favorite memory with CFAES was having the opportunity to study abroad in Tanzania, as a part of the Sustainable and Resilient Tanzania community development project. The program provided the ability to seamlessly connect my interests in international water security, women’s rights, community engagement, and intergenerational learning with peers, community members, and faulty. I am deeply grateful to have had those experiences through Ohio State and know that those memories will continue to last as the years roll.

  286. Alumni in the News

    Yolanda Owens and her mom Sheila

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our partner, CFAES Career Development Office, is looking to feature alums on their social media pages.  They are looking for alums of every age and degree to feature.  This is a great way to connect with the College, current students, and fellow alums. The process is simple, all you have to do is fill out this brief survey and a representative from the Career Development Office will be in contact with you.  No matter if you graduated 3 months ago or 30 years ago, you have a CFAES story to tell and the Career Development Office wants to help you tell it.   

    Our alumni are out in the world making great things happen. 

    Here are some recent CFAES newsmakers:

    Mindi Brookhart BS Agricultural Communications 2017 - Looking Back at the Ohio State Fair

    Harry Cogswell BS Dairy Science 1950 - Obiturary: Harry Max Cogswell

    Jordan Fledderjohann BS Agribusiness & Applied Economics 2016 - Looking Back at the Ohio State Fair

    Michelle Funk AAPPSCI Agribusiness and Applied Economics 2011 - Looking Back at the Ohio State Fair

    Charles Hawley BS Agricultural Education 1956 - Charles Eugene Hawley

    Scott Higgins BS Agricultural Economics 1984 - Looking Back at the Ohio State Fair

    Patty House MS Agricultural Education 1997 - Clark County Fair organizers happy with shortened event, looking forward to next year

    Sandy Kuhn BS Agricultural Education 1988, MS Agricultural Education 1995 - Decisions made on fair

    Melvin Krill BS Agricultural Education 1953, MS Agricultural Economics 1962 - Melvin Krill

    Rattan Lal PhD Agronomy 1968 - VIRTUAL CEREMONY TO BESTOW THE DUAL TITLES OF IICA CHAIR IN SOIL SCIENCE AND IICA GOODWILL AMBASSADOR FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ISSUES ON PROFESSOR RATTAN LAL

    Margo Long BS Agricultural Communications 2011 - Marion County Junior Fair livestock shows start Saturday

    Beth Miller BS Dairy Science 1983, MS Agricultural Education 1988 - Pared down Auglaize Co. Fair opens

    Yolanda Owens BS Agricultural Communications 2007 - A Food Justice Advocate and Mom of 2 Talks Breastfeeding and Basement Herb Gardens

    Lloyd Smith BS Agriculture 1940, MS Agricultural Education 1958 - Ag Hall of Fame accepts Smith, Blythe

    Dr. Pat Whittington BS Agricultural Economics 1982 - Whittington Named President of the National Agricultural Alumni Development Association (NAADA)

    Emily Wickham BS Agricultural Communications 2007 - Wickham Elected to Board of Directors for National Agricultural Organization

    Stephen Wilhelm BS Agricultural Education 2000 - Urbana FFA attends FFA Camp Muskingum

    Meghann Winters AS Agricultural Communications 2019, BSAGR Agricultural Communications 2019 - Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 163 | Matt on a lawnmower with a porkchop

    Mallory Zachrich BS Agricultural Education 2007 - Urbana FFA attends FFA Camp Muskingum

    Nick Zachrich BS Agricultural Education 2007, MS Agricultural and Extension Education 2017 - OSU Farm Science Review to happen virtually this year

  287. HireOhio 2020 Virtual Alumni Career Fair

    Who will your next connection be with?

    Are you a job seeker interested in connecting virtually with employers to discuss opportunities? Or are you an employer interested in meeting qualified candidates to fill your current needs? Join us online for the HireOhio 2020 Virtual Alumni Career Fair hosted by The Ohio State University Alumni Association in partnership with Hire Talent. Alumni from Ohio colleges and universities will meet with recruiters from leading organizations in an exciting virtual event!

    Thursday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Register Here

  288. Whittington selected as president-elect of NACTA professional society

    M. Susie Whittington

    M. Susie Whittington, professor of agriscience education in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL), has been selected as president-elect of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). NACTA, which was formed in 1955 as a professional society, focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning in agriculture and related disciplines at the postsecondary level. Members of NACTA are from two-year and four-year colleges, both public and private.

    Whittington will serve as president-elect for 2020–2021 and will take over leadership of the organization at the 2021 annual conference, which is scheduled to be held at Ohio State’s Wooster campus in June 2021. 

    Since joining the department in 2000, Whittington has taught a variety of courses in the agriscience education major, preparing students to become high school agricultural educators through teaching methods, cultural proficiency, and program planning, as well as graduate courses in data collection and in advanced teaching methods.

    In addition to her faculty role with ACEL, Whittington serves as executive director for Ohio State’s Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP), which is a university-wide program focused on student success and development that allows students opportunities to engage in high-impact practices that cater to their individual interests and needs.

    “We are so proud in ACEL and Ohio State to have our very own Dr. Susie Whittington serve as president in this premier international organization,” said Scott Scheer, professor and interim chair of ACEL. “NACTA is fortunate to have Dr. Whittington in this role because she brings in a wealth of national and university leadership experience from serving as president in the American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) to the university-wide director of STEP at Ohio State. NACTA will certainly thrive and improve with Dr. Whittington as its president.”

    “As a member of NACTA since the early 1990s, my teaching has benefitted from the talent and expertise of its members,” Whittington said. “I look forward to giving back and to paying forward to a society that has given so much to me.”

    Whittington is a three-time graduate of Ohio State, earning bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in agricultural education in 1982, 1988, and 1991, respectively.

    ACEL prepares communicators, educators, and leaders in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences to integrate research-based learning, practice, and engagement, in ways that will advance positive changes that strengthen individuals, families, and communities. For more information on the academic programs and research available in ACEL, or to donate to student scholarships, please visit acel.osu.edu.

  289. Ohio State soil scientist awarded World Food Prize

    Rattan Lal

    Story by Alayna DeMartini 

    A soil scientist at The Ohio State University whose research spans five continents was just awarded this year’s World Food Prize for increasing the global food supply by helping small farmers improve their soil.  

    Over five decades, Rattan Lal, a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), has reduced hunger by pioneering agricultural methods across the globe that not only restore degraded soil but also reduce global warming.

    “Every year we are astounded by the quality of nominations for the Prize, but Dr. Lal’s stellar work on management and conservation of agriculture’s most cherished natural resource, the soil, set him apart,” said Gebisa Ejeta, chair of the World Food Prize Selection Committee and 2009 recipient of the award issued by the Iowa-based World Food Prize Foundation.

    “The impact of his research and advocacy on sustainability of agriculture and the environment cannot be overstressed,” Ejeta said. 

    Beginning in the 1970s with his research in West Africa, Lal has discovered ways to reduce deforestation, control soil erosion, and enrich soil by managing a critical element in the soil: organic carbon. 

    His research has provided the scientific foundation to show that soil can not only solve the global challenge of food insecurity but also global warming.

    As the 2020 winner of the World Food Prize, which was announced via webcast, Lal was awarded $250,000, which he will donate for future soil research and education. He is the first at Ohio State to receive the award.

    “It is a privilege and honor to be of service to the many small farmers from around the world because I was one of them. They are stewards of the land. They are the ones with the tremendous challenge of feeding the world,” said Lal, who is founding director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center in CFAES at Ohio State.

    To read on, click here.

  290. Create your legacy at CFAES

    Virgil Strickler with his family, three generations of Buckeye supporters

    An up-to-date estate plan is your most effective tool for protecting the security of your loved ones. But did you know you can also use your estate plan to support CFAES? Our personal estate planning kit can help you get started.

    Download your kit.

  291. Create your legacy at CFAES

    Virgil Strickler with his family, three generations of Buckeye supporters

    An up-to-date estate plan is your most effective tool for protecting the security of your loved ones. But did you know you can also use your estate plan to support CFAES? Our personal estate planning kit can help you get started.

    Download your kit.

  292. Alumni Webinar Series Continues

    Time & Change Webinar Series

    Join us for the second installment of the CFAES Time and Change Alumni Webinar, a monthly series for our alumni and friends on a variety of intriguing issues led by prominent CFAES alumni and industry experts. Please mark your calendar for the third Thursday of each month.

    The second webinar in the series will be Thursday, July 16, from 2–4 p.m. The topic will be "Managing in Today’s Global Grain and Feed Environment.” In our second session, three industry thought leaders—all CFAES alumni—share their insights on the interaction and impact of the global market on areas such as grain, feed, micronutrients, co-products, and other additives.

    The panel of speakers will include:

    Constance Cullman '90 BS Agricultural Economics, '92 MS Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology  

    President and CEO at American Feed Industry Association

    Kevin Adams '83 BS Animal Science, '86 MS Agricultural Economics 

    President  at Consolidated Grain and Barge

    Tadd Nicholson '93 BS Animal Science 
    Executive Director at Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association

    Register for the webinar here

  293. Where are they now? Alumni Awards edition

    Distinguished Alumni Award

    The CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award gives public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at large through their participation, commitment, and leadership. We have been honoring individuals with this award since 1971, and in that time we have honored 358 individuals. Of those honored over the years, 86% are male, 14% are female, this compares to the current alumni population which includes 44,554 individuals with 67% male and 33% female. Honorees of this award represent each of the College's Academic units with 32% coming from the Department of Animal Sciences, 17% from the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, and 16% from the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. We checked in with them to see what they have accomplished since earning their award and what it meant to them. Hear from a few of our honorees below. 

    Bernie Scott, ’61 BS Agricultural Education, ’77 MS Agricultural Education

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2007 

    Bernie ScottQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you. 

    A: It was an inspiring experience for me personally, especially having my wife, Jean, and entire seven grown children and their spouses present!

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: The 2013 induction into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame at the Ohio State Fair!

    Q: Do you have other thoughts or comments about your experience with CFAES Alumni Awards and your alumni experience? 

    A: I keep realizing or imagining that the 2007 Ag Alumni Award seemed like a gateway recognition leading to my 2009 Ohio State Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award and later the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame!

    Karl Kisner, ’90 BS Agronomy 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2016

    Karl KisnerQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you. 

    A: Recognition of my career achievements by my alma mater—but it could not have happened without the schooling, training, and teaching that I discovered while at Ohio State.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: Since the award, I was able to help my company go through a merger and then develop and lead its Global Marketing Team. Most recently, I accepted a new role, director of corporate strategy with Veseris, a company that is focused on the specialty pesticide markets—structural pest control, turf, and ornamental. Though the company name has changed, it’s the same company I started with upon graduation from Ohio State. 

    Nick Christians, ’77 MS Agronomy, ’79 PhD Agronomy

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2013

    Nick ChristiansQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: It was one of the highlights of my career. It was also good to get back to campus and see how it had changed.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: Distinguished Service Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America in 2017.

    Q: Do you have other thoughts or comments about your experience with CFAES Alumni Awards and your alumni experience? 

    A: The college was an excellent host during my visit to campus. They made sure that I saw everything that I wanted to see.

    Larry Lokai, ’67 BS Agricultural Education, ’73 MS Agricultural Education

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2016

    Larry LokaiQ: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: A great honor and humbling experience, when one looks at the great alumni from Ohio State. I was a 30-year career teacher and FFA advisor, plus in 1997 won a Ruby Award for 30 years as a 4-H advisor. I was very honored to be on stage with so many great leaders from The Ohio State University. 

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award?

    A: Since 2016, when I won the award, I have helped coach the past four Ohio FFA Milk Quality and Products champions. East Knox FFA was the state winner in 2016, 2017, and 2019. In 2018, the team from Lynchburg Clay FFA won the Ohio contest. However, one of the proudest moments I had was in 2019, when I helped coach the top four Ohio FFA Milk Quality and Products teams plus 16 of the top 20 students in Ohio. They included 1st, East Knox, Howard, Ohio; 2nd, Felicity Franklin FFA, Felicity, Ohio; 3rd, East Clinton FFA, Lees Creek, Ohio; and 4th, Versailles FFA, Versailles, Ohio. For four weeks before the state finals, I was averaging 900–1,000 miles a week going to four different schools. 

    James Males, ’73 PhD Animal Science 

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2006

    James Males Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you. 

    A: I was nominated for the award by my major professor, Dr. Burk Dehority. I was honored that he nominated me and more honored to receive the award. I was also the second member of my family to receive a College Alumni Award. It was a personal achievement to follow in the footsteps of my uncle, Herman Purdy. It was also the first time that many of the emeritus faculty in Animal Sciences knew that I was related to Herman.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: I successfully completed my career as a department administrator at Oregon State University. This included getting a major building project started. The most significant building in the project was a livestock arena, a large wet lab teaching facility, and additional classroom space. After retirement, I worked half-time and managed the facility and taught for three years. Since total retirement, I have written a book, The Purdys: A Cattle Family. The book includes a history of the beef cattle program at Ohio State from 1939 to 1954, and a complete biography of Professor Herman Purdy, including the 1946 National Champion Livestock Judging Team from Ohio State, which he coached.

    John Foltz, ’79 BS Agricultural Economics, ’81 MS Agricultural Economics

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2012

    John Foltz Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: I owe a lot to The Ohio State University: two degrees, it is where I met my wife, and it is where I made friendships which have lasted since college days. Receiving the award was a very nice recognition of my efforts in life and in agriculture.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: Educating young people as a college professor for 30 years. Youth are our future!

    Q: Do you have other thoughts or comments about your experience with CFAES Alumni Awards and your alumni experience? 

    A: Being a Buckeye alum makes me a member of a large and meaningful group. My experience at Ohio State and within CFAES was world class and gave me the “keys to the world.” Coming back after almost 40 years to be on the faculty at Ohio State is allowing me to continue to be a part of what we do as a great university.

    Richard Munson, ’71 BS Horticulture

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 1998

    Richard Munson Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: First of all, I was totally surprised and felt undeserving of the award. Upon reflection, I am deeply honored and somewhat proud to be a member of a group of alumni to be recognized as having contributed positively to the college. I am humbled to be honored.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: I was elected as a fellow of the International Plant Propagators’ Society in 2005. It is an organization of industry and academic professionals who embody all that is good about the nursery industry.

    Q: Do you have other thoughts or comments about your experience with CFAES Alumni Awards and your alumni experience? 

    A: I am a Buckeye forever and always proud of my association with CFAES, and I always let others know it!

    Fred Hegele, ’65 BS Food Technology Agriculture

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2013 

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: I have always felt surrounded by great people at Ohio State and in CFAES, so receiving recognition from within such a prestigious group is humbling.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: I have done some mission work in Kenya for teenage moms and their babies, I have helped with an early childhood development initiative for families living in poverty, and I have chaired the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation Board of Trustees in providing educational benefits to undergraduates.

    L. Andre ‘Andy’ Swiger, ’54 BS Animal Science

    CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2003

    Q: Describe what receiving a CFAES Alumni Award meant to you.

    A: After 15 years on the faculty at Ohio State, I went to Virginia Tech as head of Animal Science, then associate dean for research, and finally dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. To return for this special recognition was very fulfilling to me because of my lifelong love and respect for Ohio State.

    Q: What has been your greatest achievement and/or milestone since winning your alumni award? 

    A: About all that was left for me was retirement. I have been hung four times: first by the Ohio State Saddle and Sirloin Club, second by the Virginia Tech Block and Bridle Club, third by the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame, and finally by our College Hall of Fame.

    Q: Do you have other thoughts or comments about your experience with CFAES Alumni Awards and your alumni experience? 

    A: As a member of our local alumni association, I enjoyed a speaking visit by Archie and one by a past director of the marching band. 

    Nominations for the 2021 Alumni Awards have closed, but you can nominate for the 2022 awards here.

  294. Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    Brutus Sandiego

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association and has representatives from every academic department, every region of Ohio, from out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly in addition to holding events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.

    Nick Rettig, Past President 

    ’14 BSAGR Agribusiness and Applied Economics 

    Risk Manager, New Vision Farms 

    Nick RettigQ: Tell us a bit about what you like to do when you are not at work.

    A: I enjoy spending time with my wife, Aspen, and our dogs, Cali and Vida. I also like to go fishing and enjoy experimenting with new recipes on the grill.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Board? 

    A: Being able to connect with and work alongside fellow Buckeyes who are passionate about the CFAES community and mission.

    Q: What is your favorite memory from CFAES? 

    A: I don’t know that I can pick one favorite memory. Some of my favorites include Agribusiness Club trips and socials, being a part of the initial CFAES Peer Mentor group, the BBQ Science class I took, and overall all of the amazing and lasting relationships I got to build with my fellow Buckeyes—students and faculty alike.

    Marie McConnell, Treasurer and Class of 2019 Representative  

    ’19 BSENR Environmental Policy and Decision Making 

    Outreach Manager, Clean Fuels Ohio 

    Marie McConnell Q: Tell us a bit about what you like to do when you are not at work.

    A: I like to hike and go backpacking. I have a tiny garden and a ton of house plants. Like many of us, I’ve been bitten by the quarantine baking bug, and am working on perfecting my bread recipe. I also volunteer with a local animal rescue, fostering dogs who are waiting to be adopted.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Board? 

    A: Supporting recent grads as they begin building their lives and careers beyond Ohio State. Getting to connect with alumni from so many different academic backgrounds.

    Q: What is your favorite memory from CFAES? 

    A: Studying abroad in Nicaragua with other CFAES first years. Introducing potential students to Ohio State and the college as an Environment and Natural Resources Ambassador.

    Nick and Marie are both starting new roles as of July 1 on the CFAES Board. 

  295. Alumni in the News

    Emily Beal

    Our alumni are out in the world making great things happen. If you see alumni in the news, let us know!

    Here are some recent CFAES newsmakers:

    Emily Beal AS Agricultural Communications 2019, BSAGR Agricultural Communications 2020 - Beal joins Agweek as multimedia journalist

    Russell Brode ASC Horse Production & Management 1985 - Russell A. Brode

    Skylar Buell BSAGR Agricultural Communications 2020 - Animal Ag News: Latest News in the World of Animal Agriculture

    Dr. Hannah Epley PhD Agricultural Education 2014 - Ohio 4-H adapts to serve youth amid pandemic

    Hannah Crossen Everetts BSAGR Agricultural Education 2012 - Teacher ambassadors share info on FFA, ag education

    Randy Gerber BS Agricultural Mechanization & Systems 1982 - Gerber to helm WC's physical plant    Randy Gerber

    Patty House MS Agricultural Education 1997 - Free virtual 4-H camp scheduled for Clark County kids

    Nicole Jackson BSENR Parks Recreation & Tourism Administration - Nicole Jackson: Environmental Educator | Black Birders Week

    Ray Jackson BS Dairy Science 1990 - Creamery Business Booms During COVID-19

    Allen Johnson BS Dairy Science 1994 - The show must go on for Ohio’s livestock exhibition industry

    Dr. Max Judge MS Animal Science 1958 - Teacher of Purdue's first meat science course reflects on lifetime of research  Nicole Jackson

    Dr. Laura Lindsey BS Environmental Science 2009, MS Soil Science 2009 - Double-crop soybeans

    Aaron Meyer BS Environmental Science 2004 - Finish Lines: Aaron Meyer

    Sarah Noggle BS Agricultural Education 1999 - Paulding County 4-H and FFA kids stay resilient

    Dianne Shoemaker BS Dairy Science 1982, MS Dairy Scinece 1986 - New Federal Funds for Farmer

    Jon Smith  ASC Greenhouse Production & Management Technology 2004 - Along the Way: Respected local organic farm to sell produce on site

    Cameron Stephens  BSAGR Sustainable Plant Systems 2015 - Alumni Profile: Cameron Stephens Jim, Jason and Joel Wish

    Charles Troxell BS Agribusiness & Applied Economics 2005 - Spring Cab Cam | Charlie Troxell

    Wendell Water BS Agricultural Education 1969 - Wendell Waters named to Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame

    Jason Wish BS Animal, Diary & Poultry Science 1998 - Wishwell Farms taking 2020 farmers market changes in stride

  296. Kristina M. Johnson named 16th president of The Ohio State University

    The Ohio State University Board of Trustees has appointed Kristina M. Johnson, PhD, as the 16th president in university history. Johnson, who has served as chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) since 2017, brings more than 30 years of experience as an academic, business, and policy leader.

    “We are pleased beyond measure to welcome Dr. Johnson to Ohio State,” said board chair Gary R. Heminger. “Her range of knowledge, service, and accomplishments across sectors and throughout her career is nothing short of remarkable.

    “She is uniquely positioned to make an immediate impact—building on Ohio State’s momentum and advancing our mission to uplift lives through academic excellence.”

    As SUNY’s chancellor, Johnson led a system of 64 public colleges and universities—including five academic health centers and three hospital systems—with 1.3 million students, 30,000 faculty, and 90,000 employees overall. Prior to that, she founded and served as CEO of several successful science and technology companies, served as under secretary of energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and held academic leadership positions at institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

    Johnson has close family ties to Ohio State and Ohio. Her grandfather graduated from Ohio State in 1896, played right guard on one of the early football teams, and was a member of the Tesla Club. Family lore has it that Johnson’s grandfather met her grandmother on the Columbus campus. Johnson has deep family roots in Ohio.

    “Ohio State has always been a special place to me—well beyond its standing as one of the most respected teaching, research, and patient-care institutions in the world,” Johnson said. “I am humbled to be selected to lead this great land-grant university, and I look forward to meeting with students, faculty, and staff to begin our work together.”

    At SUNY, Johnson launched a system-wide student success initiative that increased two-year community college graduation rates by 22%, cut in half the number of students requiring remediation before starting college credit-bearing coursework, saved students $47 million in textbook costs over three years, and established a goal to hire 1,000 underrepresented minorities and women in STEM by 2030. She worked with New York’s Empire State Development to form industry partnerships with IBM, Applied Materials, and Cree totaling $4.6 billion, with associated programs that helped advance SUNY research expenditures by $100 million year over year. Johnson also partnered with the New York Power Authority to procure 100% renewable electricity at SUNY by 2023.

    In her role as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins, she led a university-wide strategic planning process, stood up the Carey Business School, and launched the MOSAIC Initiative to recruit underrepresented faculty. As dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke, she led a strategic planning process that increased undergraduate enrollment by 20%, doubled the number of graduate students, tripled research expenditures, increased the school’s endowment tenfold, and led to the construction of the Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences. Also at Duke, Johnson worked to increase the percentage of women faculty from 6% to 19%. She hired 55 faculty members, including 19 early-career award winners and three members of the National Academy of Engineering.

    Johnson will begin her tenure as Ohio State president on Sept. 1, 2020. She succeeds Michael V. Drake, who has served as president since June 2014.

    To read more, click here.

  297. CFAES appoints Patrice Dickerson as director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Patrice Dickerson

    CFAES welcomes Patrice Dickerson as assistant dean and director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

    Prior to her official start date of July 1, 2020, Dickerson is working part-time to onboard to the college, and is holding conversations about recent national events with students, faculty, and staff members of color. 

    In her new role, Dickerson will lead change as she oversees and manages DEI efforts that support CFAES’ strategic goals. She will be responsible for evaluating the college’s climate for faculty, staff, and students and for developing strategies to ensure that all CFAES faculty, staff, and students feel valued for their individual talents and unique cultural perspectives. She will also connect with CFAES faculty, staff, and students who do work in DEI to create synergies and garner guidance regarding CFAES’ DEI efforts and direction as a college.

    “Dr. Dickerson brings a rich background of work and accomplishments in DEI,” said Tracy Kitchel, CFAES associate dean for faculty and staff affairs and Dickerson’s supervisor. “More immediately, her leadership will be important in keeping in mind the needs of our faculty, staff, and students during the COVID-19 pandemic as such situations can exacerbate issues of inclusion and access.’’

    Following the tragic, unjust death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the expressions of sadness, confusion, pain, and rage—not only here in Ohio but across the nation—as well as the civic unrest that has sadly accompanied the protests, the college will turn to Dickerson to help our community move forward, together, to elevate current standards and practices to be more equitable and inclusive, college leadership has said.

    Dickerson joins CFAES from Virginia Tech University, where she is currently the inaugural director of faculty diversity in the Office for Inclusion and Diversity.

    For more on CFAES's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, click here

  298. Time is running out. Alumni Awards deadline approaches

    CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress, recipient Bob Joseph, Nick Rettig

    The 2021 CFAES Alumni Awards nominations are due June 30, 2020. Awards are given annually in four categories:  

    Meritorious Service Award: The purpose of the Meritorious Service Award is to give public recognition to non-alumni and/or alumni of the college who have been singularly significant in the college’s quest for excellence.

    Distinguished Alumni Award: The Distinguished Alumni Award gives public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at large through their participation, commitment, and leadership.

    International Alumni Award: The International Alumni Award is presented to outstanding international agriculture alumni representing, supporting, and promoting the college and The Ohio State University around the globe.

    Young Professional Achievement Award: The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes alumni for their early professional accomplishments. This award provides recognition for these individuals and serves as a stimulus toward further efforts by younger alumni. Honorees are to be no more than 35 years of age at the time of the award ceremony.  

    Here are some important dates to remember:

    • Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Nomination applications due. 
    • Saturday, March 6, 2021: Alumni Awards luncheon.

    Completed nominations should be submitted here. Please note that once you enter the webform you will not be able to save your progress, so we advise compiling nominations in a separate document and copying them into the webform.  

    To nominate an individual, find the formal application and other resources here.

  299. New CFAES Alumni Webinar Series debuts June 18

    CFAES Time and Change Alumni Webinar Series

    Join us for the first CFAES Time and Change Alumni Webinar, a monthly series for our alumni and friends on a variety of intriguing issues led by prominent CFAES alumni and industry experts. Please mark your calendar for the third Thursday of each month.

    The first webinar in the series will be Thursday, June 18, from 2–3 p.m. The topic will be "Sustaining Our Food Supply Chain.” In our inaugural session, we will examine the current condition and future state of our nation’s food supply chain in a discussion led by four prominent CFAES alumni. 

    The panel of speakers will include:

    • Kurt Loudenback ’83 BS Agricultural Economics, CEO and owner, Grand Prairie Foods, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    • Sally Rockey ’82 MS, ’85 PhD Entomology, executive director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. 
    • Mike Townsley ’81 BS Animal Science, chairman, Bob Evans Farms/Post Refrigerated Retail. 
    • Moderator: Annie Specht ’08 BS Agricultural Communication, ’10 MS Agricultural Education, assistant professor of agricultural communication, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, CFAES. 

    Register for what should be an exciting look into the food supply chain during these unknown times.  

  300. Who in the world is the CFAES Alumni Society Board?

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and The Ohio State University Alumni Association and has representatives from every academic department, every region of Ohio, from out of state, and from the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly in addition to holding events throughout the year.

    Get to know a few of our board members each month.  

    Cyndi Brill, Past President 

    ’93 BS Agriculture Education 

    Associate Superintendent, Switzerland of Ohio Local School District 

    Cyndi Brill Q: Tell us a bit about what you like to do when you are not at work.  

    A: I enjoy sports, traveling, fishing, beaches, and cooking with my family.  

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Alumni Board? 

    A: It has been a humbling experience to serve CFAES as an Alumni Board member. My favorite part of my role on this team has been my ability to give back to the college and the association through participating in different types of endeavors that financially support future students. Developing connections by rubbing shoulders with one another at games, social events, and community service functions. Staying informed and in the loop about news, research, and sports. Expanding my skills by participating in webinars, workshops, databases, and career coaching opportunities. And most of all, getting the chance to show my pride by supporting my Buckeyes!

    Q: Tell us anything else that you want your fellow alumni to know about you (family, kids, pets, etc.). 

    A: In high school, I had the honor of serving the Ohio FFA Association as a state officer, which grew my passion for the organization and the opportunities it provided to all students. I decided to apply to The Ohio State University to pursue a degree in agriculture. My grandparent’s initial disapproval had prompted me to withdraw my application, but after they gave me permission—they believed that knowing the subject matter would help in my desire to be an advocate for students studying agriculture—I was able to pursue this course of study.

    Craig Berning, Class of 2017 Representative 

    ’17 BSAGR Agribusiness and Applied Economics

    Legislative Aide, U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska 

    Craig BerningQ: Tell us a bit about what you like to do when you are not at work.

    A: When not at work, I’m often found hanging with friends (lucky to have a great crew of Ohio State friends that now live in DC!), been doing a lot of cooking during quarantine, and have rediscovered and been binge-watching previous seasons of “Survivor” that I used to love watching on Wednesday nights with my siblings growing up.

    Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the CFAES Alumni Board? 

    A: The fellow board members really impress me with their passion for staying connected and giving back to the CFAES community. It really shows, even though many of us graduated decades apart, how much of an impact everyone's time at OSU had on their lives.

    Q: Tell us anything else that you want your fellow alum to know about you (family, kids, pets, etc.).

    A: No pets ... yet. I’ve been very close to wanting to get a quarantine puppy though. My favorite food actually developed in college—nachos. I made it through my junior and senior years of college living off of Monday and Thursday $5 nachos that could feed three people at Ethyl and Tank. But to this day, I love nachos! After three years in D.C., I’m still on the search for the best place to get them.

    Cyndi and Craig are both ending their terms on our board at the end of June. We want to thank them for their years of service and their countless hours of dedication to CFAES and its alumni family.  

  301. Alumni in the news

    Luke Baugess

    Our alumni are out in the world making great things happen. If you see alumni in the news, let us know!

    Here are some recent CFAES newsmakers:

    Cassie Jo Arend ’06 BS Agricultural Communications, Local butcher shops busy as national processing hiccups

    Robert Ascheman ’62 PhD Agronomy, Dr. Robert "Bob" Ascheman

    Christi Bachman ’89 BS Agricultural Communications, Honoring Ohio’s agricultural educators

    Courtney Baker ’18 AS Biochemical Science, ’20 BSAGR Animal Science, Years of hard work pay off for local veterinary students

    Madison Baker ’18 AS Biochemical Science, ’20 BSAGR Animal Science, Years of hard work pay off for local veterinary students

    Luke Baugess ’16 AS Agricultural Systems Management, ’18 BSAGR Agricultural Systems Management, Ambition bests troubling times for young farmer

    Nathaniel Birkhimer ’13 AS Agriscience Education, ’15 BSAGR Agriscience Education, Honoring Ohio’s agricultural educators

    Jim Chakeres ’86 BS Animal Science, ’89 MS Animal Science, Foodbanks still in need and being supplied by Ohio farms

    Samuel Custer ’81 BS Agricultural Education, ’84 MS Agricultural Education, 'Right now, we're all struggling': COVID-19 pandemic adds to farm stress

    Shelby Faulkner ’16 BSAGR Agriscience Education, FFA members and advisors making due during COVID-19

    Tony Forshey ’77 BS Animal Science, Ohio Agricultural Council announces 2020 Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame inducteesJohn Gilson, Madison Baker, and Courtney Baker

    John Gilson ’18 AS Biochemical Science, ’20 BSAGR Animal Science, Years of hard work pay off for local veterinary students

    Laura Gordon ’12 BSAGR Animal Science, Gordon Joins World Wide Sires Team

    Kenney Gray ’79 PhD Education: Vocational and Technical Education, Kenney Gray

    George Harris Sr. ’58 BS Agricultural Economics, George Richard Harris Sr. 

    Dan Hohman ’96 ASC Greenhouse Production and Management Technology, Hohman is new head grower at Wagner's 

    Roger Hunker ’90 BS Dairy Science, New alternatives for county fair auctions

    Stephanie Jolliff ’96 BS Agricultural Education, ’03 MS Agricultural Education, FFA members and advisors making due during COVID-19

    Timothy Knight ’87 BS Agricultural Economics, Sales and marketing positions filled by Marrone Bio Innovations

    Lynn Knipe ’78 BS Animal Science, Local butcher shops busy as national processing hiccups

    Sarah Lucha ’01 BS Agricultural Education, ’02 MS Human and Community Resource Development, Honoring Ohio’s agricultural educators

    Wendi Mizer Stachler ’99 BS Agricultural Education, Honoring Ohio’s agricultural educators

    Noah Neiderhouse ’02 BS Agricultural Education, FFA members and advisors making due during COVID-19Dan Hohman

    Gregory Pontius ’71 BS Horticulture, Ambition bests troubling times for young farmer

    Tyler Pope ’05 BS Agricultural Education, Honoring Ohio’s agricultural educators

    Jeremy Ryan ’11 BS Agricultural Education, Honoring Ohio’s agricultural educators 

    David Seif ’71 BS Agricultural Economics, Dave Seif

    Wendall Waters ’69 BS Agricultural Education, Ohio Agricultural Council announces 2020 Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees

    Charles Punch Woods ’61 BS Agricultural Economics, Punch Woods 

    Christopher Zoller ’91 BS Agricultural Education, ’97 MS Agricultural Education, 'Right now, we're all struggling': COVID-19 pandemic adds to farm stress

  302. The ‘Carmen’ heard ’round the world

    Join The Ohio State University Buckeye family in a singing of “Carmen Ohio” around the world! 

     

     

  303. Where’s the beef ... pork ... chicken ... lamb?

    (Photo: Getty Images)

    By: Alayna DeMartini 

    Meat prices are up. And some grocery stores have limited how much meat you can buy. While shoppers might be paying more for meat, the prices livestock owners are earning for their pigs, chickens, cattle, and other animals are down—that’s if they can even sell them.

    Meatpacking plants have had to shut down fully or partially because of the number of their employees sick with COVID-19 or concerned about catching the disease. As a result, farmers have had to keep their fully grown livestock on the farm, though they were ready to go to market. In some cases, farmers in Ohio and nationwide have had to begin reducing their flocks or herds by euthanizing them.

    Stan Smith, a livestock owner and program assistant for Ohio State University Extension in Fairfield County, and Lyda G. Garcia, an assistant professor of meat science with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), described the current challenges in the livestock industry. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.

    To read on, click here

  304. Social distancing—an immigrant perspective

    Rohini Desai Mulchandani

    Dr. Rohini Desai Mulchandani is a 1976 Ohio State graduate with a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition. She is a strong supporter of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences through her time and treasures. She supports current Food Science and Technology students and the continued efforts of our college.  

    By Rohini Desai Mulchandani

    Today is Saturday, April 18, 2020. Exactly a month ago, I ate my last meal in the “socially distanced” company of a fellow resident, Karen Carpenter, in the Legacy Dining Room. Then, the iron curtain of self-isolation descended upon us all, and life as we had known it here at the Friendship Village of Dublin came to a grinding halt. Meals were delivered to us instead, twice a day, communication became more electronic than face to face, and interaction was a wave from a distance or a few words exchanged in passing, in a hallway or out of doors in good weather. Entertainment was internalized to within our apartments and became more solitary in nature, especially for those of us who are single. News reports are now increasingly focusing on how this new pandemic lifestyle is impacting the mental well-being of Americans, especially those experiencing undue economic strain as well (I guess we retirees are fortunate in that regard). I seem to have settled in quite easily, psychologically speaking; isolation has not been isolating so far, and I seem unconcerned about how long this will last. I wondered why. Then, it dawned on me. I, an immigrant to the USA, have been through this before, though not in a pandemic mode!

    In 1964, I boarded a plane and flew into the wild blue yonder to a distant land. One day I was “here,” and the next, I was “there.” The change was (equally) sudden. In doing so, the people and places, so familiar until then, became socially distanced and my Indian life a memory, a virtual reality of sorts. For seven years thereafter, I did not see, hear, or talk to my parents, siblings, and friends in India. Letters were our only means of communication. Those seven years of sustaining myself emotionally and psychologically in the “new world” taught me that connectedness has more than one layer to it. Physical interactions are vital, but we can survive without them. I had to. A sense of connectedness at the mental level, I realized, was more important. Loneliness is a state of mind. Happy memories, a joyful mental engagement with one’s present circumstance(s), whatever its nature, is more helpful in paving the way to a successful survival. No going stir crazy. In the ’60s, I delved into a merge mode with my new American life on the Spartan campus; now in 2020, it is a different routine of activities at home (some old, some new) from a month ago. My international trips have all been cancelled for this year, but I found another way to cruise the world, international movies on Netflix! While my physical travels gave me a bird’s-eye view of life in a foreign land through its monuments, museums, vistas, and food, the movies have taken me inside the lives of the natives in various countries, and provided a sense of virtual interaction at a more human level. I accidentally clicked on a Korean TV drama, instead of a movie, and found them to be engaging. How engaging? I have spent 10 years in college and never burned the midnight oil; it was always early to bed and early to rise. Not any more. Last week, I binge-watched one of those dramas, 18 episodes, most of them 1.5 hours long, from start to finish with very short breaks, and learned in the process, that I can stay up all night and most of the next day without sleeping. A new pandemic milestone for me!

    The days have turned into weeks, and the weeks into a month of self-isolation, and as I said before, I don’t seem to be concerned about “How long will it last?” I have been there before, seven years’ worth of it. My story will have a familiar ring for all immigrants, everywhere. Social distancing and self-isolation from one’s norm was a prerequisite to the new normal we sought to better our lives. The only difference? We chose the former, but not the latter. The earlier experience taught us that we can survive isolation, for we did. We will survive this time, as well. So, “natives,” hang in there. This too shall pass. Our collective new normal is just around the bend and at the low point of the descending COVID hospitalization curve!

    Read more about this illustrious alumna.

     

  305. Ohio State celebrates virtual commencement

    O-H-I-O

    Inside an empty Ohio Stadium and homes across Buckeye Nation, friends and family of nearly 13,000 graduates celebrated a virtual commencement for The Ohio State University class of 2020.

    It was a unique celebration, a safe ceremony during a deadly pandemic. The university’s swift response to COVID-19 included planning a virtual ceremony when restrictions on large gatherings made an in-person celebration impossible.

    “It is an honor and a privilege to share this time with you and your families and friends. We are not here together. We wanted to recognize your incredible accomplishments, nevertheless, on this day,” said President Michael V. Drake. “These are extraordinary times that have affected everything in our lives, including the way you completed your journey at Ohio State. We’ll celebrate today, and then look forward to a future joyous celebration when we are able to come back together in the ’Shoe.”

    The program inside the stadium included Drake and a small number of university officials in traditional commencement regalia. Graduates filled social media with photos in their caps and gowns from remote locations around the nation, congregating under the #OSUGrad hashtag.

    It was livestreamed and broadcast on WOSU TV and The Ohio Channel. At one point, the livestream had nearly 20,000 views.

    The university awarded a record 12,967 degrees and certificates to its largest-ever graduating class.

    “It must be acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken many things away from us over the past several weeks,” said Vice President for Student Life Melissa Shivers as she opened the ceremony. “But what can never be taken away from you, from your families, from your loved ones, from your friends, is the immense pride I hope that you all feel in this moment, and for the rest of your days.”

    Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered the commencement address via a video in his office. He celebrated the resilience of this class and called on graduates to rise to this new challenge.

    “When our glittering plans are scrambled, as they often will be, and our dearest hopes were dashed, as will sometimes happen, we’re left with a choice. We can curse the loss of something that was never going to be or we can see reasons to be grateful for the yank on the scruff of the neck and in having our eyes lifted up from the story we were writing for ourselves and turn instead to a remade world,” he said.

    To read on about commencement and to watch the virtual commencement ceremony, click here.  

  306. Nominate a friend or colleague for a 2021 CFAES Alumni Award

    Dean Cathann A. Kress, recipient Clifford Greer, Nick Rettig

    The 2021 CFAES Alumni Awards nominations are due June 30, 2020. Awards are given annually in four categories:  

    Meritorious Service Award: The purpose of the Meritorious Service Award is to give public recognition to non-alumni and/or alumni of the college who have been singularly significant in the college’s quest for excellence.

    Distinguished Alumni Award: The Distinguished Alumni Award gives public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at large through their participation, commitment, and leadership.

    International Alumni Award: The International Alumni Award is presented to outstanding international agriculture alumni representing, supporting, and promoting the college and The Ohio State University around the globe.

    Young Professional Achievement Award: The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes alumni for their early professional accomplishments. This award provides recognition for these individuals and serves as a stimulus toward further efforts by younger alumni. Honorees are to be no more than 35 years of age at the time of the award ceremony.  

    Here are some important dates to remember:

    • Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Nomination applications due 
    • Saturday, March 6, 2021: Alumni Awards luncheon 

    Completed nominations should be submitted here. Please note that once you enter the webform you will not be able to save your progress, so we advise compiling nominations in a separate document and copying them into the webform.  

    To nominate an individual, find the formal application and other resources here.

  307. Become a member of the CFAES Alumni Board

    Alumni Society Board

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Board represents the voice of all alumni of the college. The board serves as a resource for all relations between college alumni and the OSU Alumni Society, and it has representatives from every academic department, every region of Ohio, out of state, and the last three graduating classes. The group meets quarterly in addition to events throughout the year. Currently there is one opening on the board, Ohio at Large Representative. Representative applicants must live within the state of Ohio.  

    Requirements

    • Sustaining member of The Ohio State University Alumni Society. (Membership must be maintained during your time on the Board of Directors. This requires an annual donation of $75 to the Ohio State fund of your choice.)

    • Be available to attend meetings of the Board of Directors in person, by phone, or by Zoom. 

    • Be able to plan and promote the mission of the CFAES Alumni Society.

    • Have not previously served on the Board of Directors as a Geographical or Departmental Representative for the maximum number of years.

    • For Geographical Representatives: Live in the area that you are representing.

    Term limits

    • Three-year term, serving no more than two terms concurrently or nonconcurrently.

    • Term begins July 1 of the year elected and concludes three years later on June 30.

    If you are interested in applying, please fill out the application found here. Applications are due Sunday, May 31, and can be emailed to CFAESAlumni@osu.edu.

  308. CFAES students receive university honors

    This year marked the 60th annual Student Life Leadership Awards. Six CFAES students were among those honored.  

    Outstanding Student Life Student Employee Award 

    • Andrea Prokup; Waterville, Ohio; Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability

    Scarlet, Gray, and Green Award

    • Alyssa Barbuto; Canton, Ohio; Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability 
    • Hailey Hayes; Brookhaven, New York; Environmental Science 
    • Melina Mallory; Playa Del Rey, California; Environmental Science 
    • Jayson Valazquez; Paterson, New Jersey; Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability 

    University Outstanding Senior Award (given to less than 1% of Ohio State’s graduating seniors) 

    • Matthew Klopfenstein; Haviland, Ohio; Agricultural Engineering 

    To view the full program of students honored, click here.

  309. Ways you can help during this time

    various surgical masks

    During this unprecedented global crisis, there are many ways that you can give back to your Buckeye community, through your support to the work happening at the Wexner Medical Center.  

    To support CFAES students specifically during this time, click here

    • Make caregivers smile by sending encouraging words to frontline care workers by emailing BRAVO@osumc.edu.
    • Support immediate needs by giving to the Wexner Medical Center Greatest Need Fund to help accelerate research on testing and treatments as well as assist in purchasing additional medical equipment. To give, click here.
    • Donate supplies that are new and unopened. For guidelines on donating supplies, click here.
    • Donate blood if you are healthy and eligible. There is a critical national shortage. To find a blood drive near you, click here.

    For more details about how you can give back, click here

     

     

     

  310. Celebrating our students

    CFAES Distinguished Senior Award Recipients

    As Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake stated, during the extraordinary times confronting the university and our nation while in the midst of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, it is essential that we remain flexible to ensure our community stays well and safe.

    Therefore, in adherence with current university and state guidelines, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences canceled two in-person student recognition events:

    • Though the Celebration of Students banquet that had been planned for April 9 was canceled this year, the event's planning committee created an electronic yearbook to honor the students. The yearbook was titled A Snapshot in Time after the event’s theme. For more on the Celebration of Students and those recognized, click here.  
    • The 2020 CFAES Distinguished Senior Award recipients were to be honored formally during an awards banquet on March 25. Instead, recipients were recognized via local media outlets, social media, and postings to the college’s website. Additionally, awardees were sent a special recognition package through the mail.
  311. Alumni career services

    Three alumni discussing ideas

    The Ohio State University Alumni Association is home to The Bill and Susan Lhota Office of Alumni Career Management. Within this office, you can find information about building resumes and cover letters, resources about job-searching, help with career advising, and webinars about career-themed topics. Just because you have already graduated from Ohio State does not mean that we no longer want to support you in your career ambitions.  

    To check out everything that we have to offer, click here.  

  312. 150 years of Buckeye traditions

    Remember the traditions

    From Carmen Ohio and script Ohio to the Orton Hall chimes, Buckeyes everywhere revel in rituals of pride for Ohio State. “Traditions”—the fourth episode of Our Stories, Our Future—explores the significance of these ties that bind Buckeyes together and have stood the test of time throughout our 150-year history. We look forward to the day when we can again enjoy them together.

     

     

     

     

  313. A virtual battle cry

    OSU Marching Band in formation

    By Laura Arenschield 

    Every Buckeye football game at Ohio Stadium starts with the band marching onto the field, perfectly in step, precisely positioned, playing Buckeye Battle Cry. It’s a song of optimism, rising up to a crescendo of percussion and horns. When the band starts playing it, people stand up throughout the stadium—often 100,000-plus people coming together in one moment—and cheer.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has stopped almost every communal moment from happening. But, like musicians around the world, the Ohio State University Marching Band is still trying to create them.

    This week, the band posted Socially Distanced Buckeye Battle Cry to its various social media accounts. Sixty-one of the band’s members recorded themselves playing Buckeye Battle Cry from their homes. One band member, baritone horn player Luke Boyle, edited their audio together. Evan Drexler, the band’s communications manager, edited their videos into a patchwork and laid the audio over top.

    Drexler said he almost dismissed the idea at first because he knew so many students—sousaphone players, bass and tenor drummers, cymbalists—wouldn’t have their instruments at home.

    “There was a lot of percussion missing,” he said. “But we wound up having one student who had finger cymbals—she’s in it.”

    To read more, click here. Watch the virtual battle cry below! 

     

     

  314. Nominations open for CFAES Alumni Awards

    Nominations are open!

    Nominate someone for the 2021 CFAES Alumni Awards here

  315. Alumni in the news

    Sarah Humphrey

    Our alumni are out in the world making great things happen. If you see alumni in the news, let us know!

    Here are some recent CFAES newsmakers:

    Dr. Brooke Beam BSAGR Agricultural Communication 2012, MS Agricultural Education 2014, Agricultural Education 2017 - AGGRAD ANNOUNCES 30 UNDER 30 CLASS FOR 2020

    Pamela Bennett BS Horticulture 1981, MS Agricultural Education 2000 - Coronavirus: Clark, Champaign farmers markets adapt to social distancing guidelines

    Robert Bossley BS Plant Biology 1949, MS Plant Pathology 1951 - Robert C. Bossley 

    Justin Bower BSAGR Community Leadership 2017 - 4-H Continues Through COVID-19

    Jim Chakeres BS Animal Science 1986, MS Animal Science 1989 - Farmers at work keeping grocery store shelves stocked on National Agriculture Day (and every day)

    Elizabeth Harsh BS Animal Science 1983 - Farmers at work keeping grocery store shelves stocked on National Agriculture Day (and every day)

    Rose Hartschuh BS Agricultural Education 2008 - Rapid sector demand shift leads to disposing of milk

    Nicole Hawk BS Agricultural Education 1997, MS Agricultural Education 1999 - Hawk takes new role as OACI project leader

    Chris Henney BS Agricultural Education 1998 - Farmers at work keeping grocery store shelves stocked on National Agriculture Day (and every day)Nikki Hawk

    Scott Higgins BS Agricultural Economics 1984 - Rapid sector demand shift leads to disposing of milk

    Dr. William Hildebolt BS Food Technology 1966, MS Horticulture 1967, PhD Horticulture 1969 - William Hildebolt

    Sarah Humphrey BS Animal, Dairy and Poultry Sciences 1999 - New Richland Public Health commissioner faces tough task in COVID-19

    Holly Jennings BS Agricultural Education 2001 - Ohio FFA coping with COVID-19 through resilience

    Stephanie Jolliff BS Agricultural Education 1996, MS Agricultural Education 2003 - Ohio FFA coping with COVID-19 through resilience

    Carl Kennerly MS Horticulture 1953 - Carl David Kennerly -- Orangeburg 

    John Lowrey MS Food Science and Technology 2014, MSTAPLEC Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics: Applied Economics 2019 - Columbus 30 under 30 awards

    Paul Lyons BS Animal Science 1992 - Ohio Farm Bureau 2020 Membership Campaign Highlights

    Dr. Gary Moore MS Agricultural Education 1973, PhD Agricultural Education 1975 - Tarleton Distinguished Alumni honored

    John Poulson BS Animal Science 1981, MS Agricultural Education 1987 -  Ohio FFA coping with COVID-19 through resilience

    Dean Rossman ASC Landscape Construction and Contract Technology 1980 - Dean Michael Rossman

    Roger Stitzlein BS Agricultural Economics 1975 - Roger Stitzlein retires after 42 years at Loudonville Equity

    Roger Strup BS Animal Science 1952 - Roger Dean Strup

    Hannah Thompson-Weeman BS Agricultural Communication 2011, MS Agricultural Education 2012 - AGGRAD ANNOUNCES 30 UNDER 30 CLASS FOR 2020 Charlie Troxell

    Charlie Troxell BS Agribusiness and Applied Economics 2005 - Tomorrow's Autonomy Technology in Use Today

    Christopher Wiegman BSFABE Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering 2016 - Spraying with Drones 

    Matt Winkle BS Agricultural Education 2001 - Ohio FFA Convention cancelled, other events postponed

    Carl Young BS Dairy Science 1951 - Co-founder of Young's Jersey Dairy dies at 91

    Jay Young BS Animal, Dairy and Poultry Sciences 1996 - Mad River Twp. trustees fill vacant board seat

  316. Alumni in the news

    Kayla Erickson

    Our alumni are out in the world making great things happen. If you see alumni in the news, let us know!

    Here are some recent CFAES newsmakers:

    Cassie Anderson MS Human & Community Resource Development 2002 - Young yogis jump from frog to ‘chill pose’

    Dr. Mary Battrell BS Animal Science 1986 - Harker to lead American Association of Swine Veterinarians

    Dr. Brooke Beam BSAGR Agricultural Communications 2012, MS Agricultural Education 2014, PhD Agricultural Education 2017 -  Beef production, taste testing at agriculture event

    Dr. Kirk Bloir PhD Agricultural Education 2014 - Columbiana County celebrates Ohio 4-H Week

    Dr. Kirk Bloir PhD Agricultural Education 2014 - Celebrating 4-H Week

    Dr. Kirk Bloir PhD Agricultural Education 2014 - Ohio leaders proclaim Ohio 4-H Week

    Frank Burkett III BS Agricultural Mechanization & Systems 1997 - Farm Bureau’s Ag Day filled with Ohio’s leading legislators

    Frank Burkett III BS Agricultural Mechanization & Systems 1997 - D.C. trip about relationshipsDr. Laura Lindsey

    Peter Bucher BSENR Environmental Policy & Management 2013 - DeWine Says Farmer Participation Key To Improve Water Quality

    Darrin Drollinger BS Agricultural Engineering 1988 - Third Annual 'Davidson Prize' for Ag Innovations Announced by AEM & ASABE At Commodity Classic

    Kayla Erickson AS Agriscience Education 2018 - Barnesville graduate student teaching agriscience education

    Katherine Heimerl BS Agronomy 1977 - Ohio pig farmers host chef competition at annual Taste of Elegance 

    Benjamin Heskett BS Horticulture 1955 - Benjamin Heskett

    Jordan Hoewischer BS Turfgrass Science 2007 - Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net| Ep. 144| The Great Black Swamp

    Joshua Jennings ASC Livestock Production & Management Beef & Sheep 2000, BS Animal, Dairy & Poultry Science 2000 - National FFA officer team experiences Ohio

    Dr. Laura Lindsey BS Environmental Science 2009, MS Soil Science 2009 - Soybean research recapKate Myers

    Dr. Gary Moore MS Agricultural Education 1973, PhD Agricultural Education 1975 - Tarleton Distinguished Alumni honored

    Kate Myers BSAGR Agribusiness & Applied Economics 2018 - NT grad placed at Wayne Trace HS

    Dr. John Newton MS Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics 2010, PhD Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics 2013 - Global economic setbacks, progress and potential as planting season draws near

    Adam Sharp BS Agricultural Communications 1994 - Environmentalists: Lake Erie won’t recover without new rules

    Adam Sharp BS Agricultural Communications 1994 - D.C. trip about relationships

    Dr. John Shuler BS Dairy Science 1985 - Shuler named Ohio Veterinarian of the Year

    Kristopher Swartz BS Agricultural Engineering 1983 - Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net| Ep. 144| The Great Black Swamp

    Michael Tonkovich BS Fisheries & Wildlife Management 1986 - Outdoors | Deer hunting limit reduction in Delaware County raises eyebrows

    Kelsey Turner BSAGR Agribusiness & Applied Economics 2016 - Youth Capital Challenge kicks off in Columbus

    Dr. Bobby Vanstavern MS Animal Science 1956, PhD Animal Scinece 1960 - Meat scientist, branded beef leader VanStavern passes awayDr. John Shuler

    Matthew Wentworth BS Agricultural Education 1999 - Rolling Hills: Vocational Agriculture teacher recognized before departure

    Rhonda Williams MS Human & Community Resources Development 2003 - Commission proclaims Ohio 4-H Week

    Austin Wippel BSAGR Sustainable Plant Systems 2017 - Farmers educate Ohio lawmakers on agriculture

    Jeffrey Wuebker BS Agricultural Education 1993 - Ohio pig farmer hosts Virtual Field Trip for Springfield Rotary Club

     

  317. Calendar of events

    Calendar of events with smartphone app

    The events calendar has moved.

    Given the current environment, please confirm whether your event is still taking place. To do this, either check here or contact the event-holder.

  318. 12 honored at the Alumni Awards Luncheon

    2020 CFAES Alumni Awards

    On March 7, 140 alumni, family, and friends came together to honor 12 individuals who received awards during the annual CFAES Alumni Awards Luncheon, held on the Ohio State campus at the Fawcett Center:

    • The Meritorious Service Award is given to alumni or nonalumni who have been singularly significant in CFAES’ quest for excellence.
      • Jerry Bigham, Hilliard, Ohio
      • William Hildebolt ('69 PhD, '67 MS, '66 BS), Winston Salem, North Carolina
    • The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to those who have brought distinction to themselves and to CFAES through their commitment and leadership.
      • Jeffrey Dickinson ('95 PhD, Entomology, '82 MS, '81 BS, Horticulture) Delaware, Ohio
      • Elizabeth Guertal ('88 MS, '84 BS, Agronomy) Auburn, Alabama
      • Bruce Kettler ('87 BS Agronomy) Westfield, Indiana
      • Lou Kozma Jr. ('95 BS Horticulture) Perrysburg, Ohio
      • Robert Joseph ('75 PhD, '70 MS, '68 BS, Horticulture) Columbus, Ohio
      • Dave Richards ('81 ASC, Nursery Management Technology) Ashtabula, Ohio
    • The International Alumni Award is given to outstanding international alumni representing, supporting, and promoting CFAES and Ohio State worldwide.
      • Mauricio Bittencourt ('04 PhD Agricultural Economics) Curitiba, Brazil 
      • Luiz Lucchesi ('97 PhD Agronomy) Curitiba, Brazil
    • The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes young men and women for their early professional accomplishments.
      • Clifford Greer ('07 BS Construction Systems Management) Naples, Florida 
      • Sarah Herringshaw ('07 BS Animal, Dairy, and Poultry Science) Bowling Green, Ohio

    Learn more about the 2020 CFAES Alumni Awards recipients at go.osu.edu/2020honorees. Find additional event photos here

  319. 150 Actions to Sustain Life Challenge

    Sustaining life can look like many things.

    Throughout 2020 we are looking to you to help us sustain life near and far by giving back to your communities or starting a new effort in your personal life. Whether you are a student, faculty, staff, alumnae, industry partner, stakeholder, or community partner, we want you to participate! Let us know how you are sustaining your life or giving back to your community. Please help us reach a goal of 150 actions during 2020!

    1. Take a picture of the way you are helping to sustain life.
    2. Please share it on social media. Use #CFAES150 and #CFAES150ActionsToSustainLife, and tag a friend to challenge them to join in on the fun!
    3. Include your name/group name and a brief description of the action.
  320. CFAES gave undergraduate students more than $2.6 million in scholarships last year

    Our students benefit from scholarships in many ways.

    CFAES led the way in undergraduate scholarship spending among the Ohio State colleges reporting their figures for fiscal year 2019, as reported by the university’s student newspaper, The Lantern. CFAES’ total, more than $2.6 million, topped all 10 of the Ohio State colleges whose figures were available for the story, which looked at scholarship money left unused throughout the university. (The College of Engineering declined to provide its figures. The College of Medicine, the story said, doesn’t manage its own undergraduate scholarships.)

    Pat Whittington, CFAES assistant dean for student development, was interviewed, among others, for the story. He noted how CFAES manages all of its scholarships at the college level, so individual school and departmental scholarships don’t have a separate application.

    CFAES has a students-first philosophy at the root of its strategic plan and its capital campaign. It takes awarding and funding scholarships seriously.

    Read the story in The Lantern.

  321. Cornerstone Conversations, a new CFAES podcast

    We are one of two cornerstone colleges for the university

    We are pleased to announce our new podcast about all things CFAES. Cornerstone Conversations brings you interviews with the faculty, staff, and students who fulfill the vision of CFAES, one of two of Ohio State’s cornerstone colleges. Episode one, featuring Dean Cathann A. Kress, is now available on Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud. New episodes will be released throughout the spring semester. go.osu.edu/applepodcast go.osu.edu/soundcloud

  322. Alumni in the news

    Tony Losekamp

    Our alumni are out in the world making great things happen.  If you see an alumni in the news, let us know!

    Here are some recent CFAES newsmakers:

    Kasey Baker ASC Dairy Cattle Production & Management Technology 2010 - Mixing it up: Dairies diversify for success

    James Beardsley ASC Dairy Cattle Production & Management Technology 1979 - Life After Dairy

    Melissa Bell MS Human & Community Resource Development 2000- Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 140| The Ractopamine Saga Continues

    Dr. Andrew Bowman BS Animal, Dairy & Poultry Science 2002 - Pork Congress highlights

    Colonel Eric Casey BS Agricultural Economics 1992 - Interview: Eric Casey, CEO, GT USA Wilmington 

    David Cunningham ASC Crop Production Management 1979 - Results from the 2019 Ohio Corn Yield and Ohio Wheat Yield contests

    Tony Debevc BS Horticulture 1969 - Winning winery: Debonné Vineyards brings national recognition to northeast Ohio wine

    Julia Dettore BSAGR Animal Science 2018 - Joe Blundo: So to Speak | Harnesses for parrots take flight at Reynoldsburg business

    Dr. Daniel Doster BS Agricultural Economics 1955, MS Agricultural Economics 1959, PhD Agricultural Economics 1968 - Purdue Extension and agricultural economics professor emeritus dies

    Keith Gibson BSAGR Animal Science 2012 - Select Sires Appoints New Dairy Development Data Manager and Welcomes Dairy Sire Development Intern Jim Beardsley

    David Glass AS Agricultural Business Technology 2016, BSAGR Agribusiness & Applied Economics 2017 - Mensing wins Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

    James Grafton BS Agricultural Economics 1975 - A Happy Valentine’s Day hillside message

    Chris Henney BS Agricultural Education 1998 - OABA Industry Conference focused on 2020

    Scott Higgins BS Agricultural Economics 1984 - A million dollar response: H2Ohio meetings

    Jordan Hoewischer BS Turfgrass Science 2007 -  A million dollar response: H2Ohio meetingsKeith Gibson

    Shawn Houck BS Agricultural Economics 1991 - Results from the 2019 Ohio Corn Yield and Ohio Wheat Yield contests

    Mark Jordan ASC Turfgrass Management Technology 1984, BS Agronomy 1986 - A passion for golf — Nova native elected vice president of Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

    Bill Knapke BS Fisheries & Wildlife Management 1994 - Pork Congress highlights

    Antonio Losekamp BSENR Environmental Science 2017 - CISE Graduate Discerns Priesthood

    Micah Mensing AS Agriscience Education 2017, BSAGR Agriscience Education 2019Mensing wins Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

    Terry Mescher BS Agricultural Engineering 1994 - A million dollar response: H2Ohio meetings

    Susan Radachi Metzger BS Horticulture 1985, M Agricultural Education 1992 - Pickaway Park Board Swears in Two New Board Members

    Thomas Oberhaus BS Dairy Science 1979 - 'We help feed the world': Wisconsin dairy farmer slams Joaquin Phoenix's anti-dairy Oscar speech 

    Scott Saum BS Agribusiness & Applied Economics 2003 - Results from the 2019 Ohio Corn Yield and Ohio Wheat Yield contests

    Todd Schroeder BS Agronomy 1996 - Results from the 2019 Ohio Corn Yield and Ohio Wheat Yield contestsSusan Radachi Metzger

    Dr. Scott Shearer BS Agricultural Engineering 1981, MS Agricultural Engineering 1983, PhD Agricultural Engineering 1986 - Adopting technology and working together: The future is now for agriculture

    Karie Staley BS Agribusiness & Applied Economics 1999 - OABA Industry Conference focused on 2020

    Alan Sundermeier BS Agronomy 1977  - Sundermeier honored for outstanding service in ag

    Terry Wehrkamp BS Poultry Science 1982 - Wehrkamp receives USPOULTRY award

    Michael Wolfe BS Agronomy 1989 - Results from the 2019 Ohio Corn Yield and Ohio Wheat Yield contests

     

     

  323. Calendar of events

    There's something for everyone this month!

     

    Check here for upcoming events, event postponements, and other schedule changes

     

    CANCELLED - CFAES Sesquicentenial Open House - Saturday, March 21st 

    Webinar: Preparing to Step Into a Management Role - Online - Friday, March 27th 

    Let the Alumni Association help you with the next step in your career.  

    CANCELLED - CFAES Spring Game Tailgate - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, April 11th

    Highland Youth Garden Volunteer Project - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, April 25th 

    Help give back by volunteering your morning and getting your hands a little dirty. 

    Ohio State Day at Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio - Friday, May 8th 

    It's an exclusive day just for Buckeyes, prior to the park's official opening day.  

    SAVE THE DATE - 4-H Night at the Reds - Tuesday, June 23rd - Cincinnati, Ohio 

    For more events hosted by the OSU Alumni Association, CFAES Alumni Society, OSU Extension county offices, OSU Alumni Clubs across the United States, and our partners, click here!

  324. Hey, CFAES community, share your #BuckeyeLove!

    #BuckeyeLove

    To every Buckeye around the world, #BuckeyeLove means something different.

    Now through Feb. 14, CFAES alumni and friends are invited to join in and share their passion for Ohio State.

    Whether it was making lifelong connections through the college, being inspired by a CFAES professor, or storming the field after beating That Team Up North, this is an opportune time to share that love with the world.  

    Include #BuckeyeLove in your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts. Search the hashtag and join the conversation.

    Perhaps this video will offer some inspiration:

     

  325. Don't miss the Sesquicentennial Open House March 21!

    Save the date!  

    Sesquicentennial Open House 

    When: Saturday, March 21, 1–4 p.m. 

    Where: Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, 2490 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio

    Discover CFAES through hands-on activities and demonstrations, and explore what makes Waterman an essential resource to our university.

    There will be activities for the whole family! This is a great chance to check out some of the updates currently happening at the property, including the newly-opened Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building.  

    Registration is open. Parking information coming soon!  

    During this time, you will also have a chance to explore Ohio State's Columbus campus with the Sesquicentennial Community Open House & Celebration happening at Thompson Library! Learn more.

  326. CFAES Spring Game Tailgate is April 11

    Save the date! 

    CFAES Spring Game Tailgate 

    When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 11 (Spring Game kickoff is noon at Ohio Stadium.) 

    Where: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio

    Price: Adult ticket and tailgate, $17; children ages 6–12 ticket and tailgate, $12; children ages 5 and under, free 

    Event includes buffet lunch, family-friendly activities, and more!

    Registration opens Monday, Feb. 10! Space is limited!

  327. The value of a drop

    By Emily Beal 

    Digging my dirt-covered sandals into the soil, I tried to gain my balance on the uneven ground. There I stood on the side of a path that led to a river in the heart of Ghana, carrying a battered, yellow 3-gallon container. The worn crate contained water I had just scooped from the river.

    As I hiked up the beaten path, my mind started to reflect about the incredible nine days that had flown by. I never imagined I would spend my holiday break in the country of Ghana on a Buck-I-SERV trip, an alternative break service program through The Ohio State University.

    After closing out autumn semester with finals, I boarded a plane headed to West Africa with 14 fellow Buckeyes, all of us essentially strangers to each other, having had little or no contact before the trip.

    We were greeted by the sun’s stinging rays and an orchestra of honks and beeps that filled the muggy streets.

    On the three-hour car ride from the airport to our final destination, I was taken aback by the scenery. My eyes remained focused on the bold yet beautiful colors that danced around the roadside and the women’s garments demanding my attention with their deep purples and daring oranges and blues.

    The lush, verdant trees created a frame enclosing the pastel landscape. I took it all in, trying to remember every inch of the beauty just outside the van window.

    Before I knew it, we were pulling into a dusty driveway, rocking as the van made its way over the many potholes. We laughed. Some screamed. We had arrived at the orphanage.

    As we all emerged from the van, little faces and smiles radiated everywhere. A sea of tiny, smooth hands were touching my arms and hands, urging me to take them.

    Two tiny palms nestled their way into mine, and soon I was led all over the orphanage. At every stop, the children would point and tell me what it was they were showing me. One boy showed me the tire swing. He smiled as if he was showing me the crown jewels.

    We were quickly thrown into everyday life in Ghana. Chores at 6 a.m. Helping children with bath time at 6:15. Doing dishes at 6:30. Getting water at 6:45. Helping make breakfast at 7:15.

    I’m neither a breakfast person nor a morning person. Yet in Ghana, mornings and sharing breakfast with my group was my favorite part of the day.

    Sitting on the front porch passing out mugs that would later be filled with coffee, I became family with those strangers. Gushing about our favorite child at the orphanage or chitchatting about our life at home over a cup of joe, we quickly became a tribe.

    At first, I was surprised we would have no running water during our stay at the orphanage. How was I supposed to shower?

    I quickly became accustomed to “bucket showers” and, dare I say, started to enjoy them. Though the water was cold, washing the day’s dust and grime off with its iciness quickly became a welcomed feeling. Hand sanitizer became one of my most coveted possessions.

    With no air conditioning, our rooms were saunas. The initial shock of the heat was a sensation we soon all became used to.

    It wasn’t long before we all noticed we each had a shadow following our every move and claiming us as their own. My shadow was just under 3 years old. Her name was Charity.

    Emily Beal is a senior majoring in agricultural communications. To read more about her trip, click here.

  328. Support CFAES, help your taxes

    Enjoy favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support CFAES and your favorite charities.

    With The Ohio State University Foundation’s Donor Advised Fund, you can decide which programs at CFAES and other eligible charities to support according to your own interests and timetable. Your fund has the potential to grow tax-free in one of our investment options, ready to support your next philanthropic endeavor when the moment is right for you. Read more.

  329. Alumni in the news

    Sarah Lucha

    Our alumni are out in the world making great things happen.  If you see an alum in the news, let us know!

    Here are some recent newsmakers from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences:

    Angela Arnold AS Agricultural Business Technology 2013, BSAGR Sustainable Plant Systems 2013, MS Horticulture and Crop Science 2018 - OSU extension gets new educator

    Joy Bauman BS Agricultural Communications 1992, MS Agricultural and Extension Education 2019 - Youth Cooperative Leadership Experience sets stage for success

    Dr. Emily Buck BS Agricultural Communications 2002 - Youth Cooperative Leadership Experience sets stage for success

    Frank Burkett BS Agricultural Mechanization & Systems 1997 - Senate passes USMCA

    Stephanie Conway BS Agricultural Education 2004 - State superintendent tours BG High School, talks EdChoice

    Kyle Daugherty AAPPSCI Dairy Cattle Production & Management Technology 2018 - Robotic milking coming to six-generation Daugherty dairy farm

    Dr. Donald Davidson BS Dairy Science 1982 - People, product and protocol — Biosecurity and African swine fever

    Dr. Rick Daugherty BS Animal Science 1980 - Robotic milking coming to six-generation Daugherty dairy farm

    Kelly Henderson BS Landscape Horticulture 2011 - Public service? Officials consider adding farmers to loan forgiveness program

    Sarah Lucha BS Agricultural Education 2001, MS Human & Community Resource Development 2002 - SC teacher honored for outstanding agricultural education

    Matthew Pleiman BS Agricultural Education 2001 - GROWMARK Announces 2020 Ohio Essay Contest Winner

    Dr. Gene Rapp PhD Agricultural Education 1971 - Gene Edward Rapp, Ph.D.

    Jeremy Ryan BS Agricultural Education 2011 - West Muskingum Ag Teacher Honored with Award

    Dr. Jeff Stachler BS Agronomy 1992, PhD Horticulture and Crop Science 2008 - 2020 weed control strategies for waterhemp and Palmer amaranth

    Wendi Mizer Stachler BS Agricultural Education 1999 - MTHS Ag teacher one of 10 finalists for Golden Owl/Ag Teacher of the Year

    Emily Wickham BS Agricultural Communications 2007 - Youth Cooperative Leadership Experience sets stage for success

  330. Calendar of events

    Mark your calendars! 

     

    Olentangy's ONE COMMUNITY Equity and Inclusion Conference - Lewis Center, Ohio - Saturday, February 8th

    Olentangy Local School District is hosting the eighth annual free ONE COMMUNITY Equity and Inclusion Conference.  This year’s theme is “Inspiring a Community Change Makers”.

    NMAAHC with OSUDC - Washington, DC - Saturday, February 15th 

    Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture with OSUDC

    Buckeye Brunchers - Seatle, Washington - Sunday, February 16th 

    Start off your Sunday morning by connecting with fellow Seattle Buckeyes for brunch, drinks and conversation.

    Buckeyes After Work at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History - Cleveland, Ohio - Thursday, February 20th 

    Join fellow Buckeyes for an evening at the museum to help unwind from a busy workday.  

    12th Annual Alumni Society Hockey Night - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, February 29th 

    Enjoy a pregame tailgate with food, fun, entertainment and prizes. Then, walk to the arena and watch the Ohio State’s Men’s Hockey team take on Big Ten rival Wisconsin

    CFAES Alumni Awards - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, March 7th 

    Support CFAES Alums who have made a difference in the College over the years.  

    Collegiate 4-H Plowboy Prom - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, March 14th

    Join OSU's Collegeiate 4-H for an evening of square dancing, food and fun with music from The Pleasant Valley Boys. Admission is just $5! 

    CFAES Sesquicentennial Open House - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, March 21st

    A great chance to see what's new at Waterman!

    CFAES Spring Game Tailgate - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, April 11th

    For more events hosted by the OSU Alumni Association, CFAES Alumni Society, OSU Extension Offices, OSU Alumni Clubs across the US and our partners, Click Here!

  331. CFAES names its inaugural Distinguished Professors

    Distinguished Faculty Honorees

    The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) has announced four inaugural Distinguished Professors of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

    The title was bestowed on a competitive basis to four full professors who have excelled in teaching, research, or outreach/engagement. In addition, their work has significantly impacted their fields, students, college, university, and/or the public. 

    The honorees include environmental economist Elena Irwin, plant pathologist Sally Miller, food scientist Devin Peterson, and chemical engineer Judit Puskas.

    To read more about these Distinguished Faculty, click here!

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