CFAES Connect : April 2016

  1. Spring Game Tailgate draws Football Fans, Families and FAES

    Before Buckeye fans filled the `Shoe at the Spring Game, 183 alumni and friends ate a delectable pregame buffet and enjoyed youth-friendly entertainment, camaraderie and conversation at an alumni tailgate at Kottman Hall earlier this month.

    Learn more here.



  2. Recent Graduates Reflect in Video

    Young alumni from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences reflect upon the value of their degree and their experiences after graduation. As recent graduates of our college, these alumni feel equipped both personally and professionally.


  3. Noble, Wampler Honored for Meritorious Service to Students

    Two loyal friends of CFAES were honored with Meritorius Service to Students awards during the recent College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences awards banquet.

    • David Noble, president of the Donald and Alice Noble Foundation in Wooster, Ohio, was recognized for a longstanding commitment to Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute's students and programs, including Study Abroad and student development projects to help train extension agents.
    • Dr. Daniel J. Wampler was honored for his years of generosity towards The Ohio State University in general, and particularly the college, where he and his wife Lisa have created several endowment funds. An alum of the college, Dr. Wampler serves on a number of volunteer boards for the college and the university as a whole.

    The college is grateful to both recipients for their dedication to philanthropy and service.Mr. Noble receives award during banquet

    Dr. Wampler receives award during banquet

  4. Innovator in His Field, Supporter of His Alma Mater

    Using money from selling his 4-H steers, Dr. Bill Hildebolt paid for his first two undergraduate years at The Ohio State University.

    “It would take a whole herd of cattle in order to pay for college now,” said Hildebolt, an alum and friend of the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

    A teaching assistant position paid $125 per month, but also covered his senior-year tuition and all of graduate school, he recalls. His wife, Sandi, was working as well.

    A scholarship from the Ohio Canners Association provided the junior-year tuition. Hildebolt graduated debt-free.

    Remembering that assistance has motivated many college gifts, including those that established The Hazen and Anna Jane Hildebolt Preble County Scholarship (Fund #603185), The William and Sandra Hildebolt Food Science and Technology Hall of Distinction Endowment Fund (#643184) and Show Me the Data! (#315252), which benefits the CFAES student-run speaker series called Citation Needed.

    Hildebolt is saddened to see today's students racking up debt, he said. “I really do believe in payback or pay forward. Anyone who had the privilege to go to The Ohio State University should pay back there.”

    Hildebolt was the oldest of three children growing up in Preble County, Ohio, on the family farm -- a farm that has been in continuous operation for 200 years, growing corn, soybeans and wheat, and raising fat cattle, he said.

    He entered college majoring in pre-dentistry, but decided to switch when he realized he didn’t want to be a dentist. A fraternity brother who was majoring in horticulture suggested he talk with Dr. Wilbur A. Gould, who pioneered processing and quality of Ohio’s main horticultural products and later served as acting director of the Food Industries Center.

    “Doctor Gould convinced me that food technology was the career of the future. I grew up on the farm and really liked the aspects of food production,” he said. “I would do it all over again. Food science now is a great career, and even better, the things going on there are really amazing.”

    After earning his BS specializing in food technology and his MS and PhD in horticulture, Hildebolt began an illustrious career. Working for the Campbell Soup Company, he rose to vice president of research and development. He was credited with roughly 20 patents and led the development of Prego spaghetti sauce. He also spent six years as vice president of research and development for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

    Now making his home in Winston-Salem, N.C., Hildebolt is founder and owner of Nature’s Select Premium Turf Services, Inc., a biologically-based lawn-care business. The techniques are based on agricultural practices gleaned from his experience on the family farm and composting research at Ohio State with advice from Dr. Harry Hoytink, a retired plant pathology professor, Hildebolt said.

    “We were one of the pioneers in that area 20 years ago. Now people are finally realizing the full potential of biology-based programs,” he said.

    Read more here.

  5. Ohio Farm Bureau & Friends Days May 16-17 at Bob Evans Restaurants

    Save the date, and your appetite.

    The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, the Ohio FFA Foundation and Ohio 4-H will receive 15 percent of sales receipts from Bob Evans Restaurants in Ohio during a community fundraiser May 16-17.

    Every Bob Evans customer who brings in this printed flyer for dine-in, carryout or catering orders can participate in Ohio Farm Bureau & Friends Days. Simply present the flyer at checkout and Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of sales to the three charities. 

    Print a copy here.

    Bob Evans Community Fundraiser flyer

  6. Seniors Receive "Roaring" Recognition

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences 63rd annual Recognition Banquet was an evening of ‘Roaring Recognition.’ Held in the Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballroom on April 7th, the event drew more than 600 attendees —students and their families, college faculty, staff and friends of the college. The college's Facebook page posted a couple of videos from the evening.

    See more here.

  7. Janini Appointed Interim Director of Ohio State ATI

    Doctor Thom Janini has been appointed interim director of The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, beginning Aug. 1.

    The two-year degree-granting institution of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State ATI is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the awarding of associate degrees in agriculture and related sciences.

    Janini is associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Arts, Science, and Business Technologies Division at Ohio State ATI. He will take over for current interim director Jim Kinder and will lead the institution until a new director is appointed.

    “I’m grateful for Thom’s willingness to provide leadership during this critical transitional period,” said Ron Hendrick, acting CFAES dean and vice president for agricultural administration.

    “Thom has already provided valuable administrative leadership in his role as divisional chair, and he’s been a thought leader during the ATI re-envisioning and campus integration discussions. We look forward to his addition to the college’s leadership team.”

    A native of northeast Ohio, Janini holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Kent State University. He worked for nearly a decade in the coatings and pharmaceutical industries in New Jersey and then returned to Ohio to teach. He joined Ohio State ATI in 2007 as assistant professor of chemistry.

    “I welcome the opportunity to further serve the students and the institute in this capacity,” Janini said. “I want to make sure that we stay on the right track and build on the momentum we have as a result of the work of our present director.”



    Mauricio Espinoza


    Thom Janini

    Ron Hendrick



  8. Agunga Recognized for leadership and support of CFAES students

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences congratulates Robert Agunga, pictured, who recently received Ohio State’s 2016 Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, one of five Ohio State faculty to be so honored.

    Agunga is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, where he teaches courses on agricultural communication. He also is the director of Ohio State’s Center for African Studies.

    The Undergraduate Research Office created the awards program in 2007 “to recognize the leadership and support Ohio State faculty members provide to undergraduate students.”

    Further details about the program, including all the winners from this year and previous years, are here.


  9. The IRA Rollover Benefit: What You Need To Know

    Do you know the tax benefits of the IRA rollover? 

    The IRA charitable rollover law allows you to transfer up to $100,000 tax-free directly from an individual retirement account (IRA) to The Ohio State University Foundation without undesirable tax effects.

    Learn more about how you can make a difference and receive tax benefits here