CFAES Connect: August 2015

  1. Nominate an Alum for the CFAES Alumni Awards!

    Do you have an individual in mind who has made significant contributions to the agricultural industry or to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences? What better way to honor them than to nominate them for the CFAES Alumni Awards. There are five different award categories given each year that recognize both alumni and non-alumni for making a significant difference in our college or industry through their support, research, talents or leadership. The five categories are listed below:

    • Meritorious 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.
    • Outstanding Service to the Society Award: The Outstanding Service to the Society Award recognizes a supporter, alum or non-alum, of the CFAES Alumni Society and its programs and efforts to provide alumni with opportunities to interact with the society, the college and the university.

    To nominate an individual, please click on the link below to complete the application.  More details on each award category, lists of past award recipients, and the current CFAES Alumni Awards Nomination Form can be found at . Nominations for the 2016 awards will be accepted via mail or email through September 1, 2015.

  2. Register Now for Homecoming!

    Register Now for this year's CFAES Homecoming Weekend, October 9-10!

    Reconnect with fellow alumni and friends of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences during Homecoming Weekend, which gets bigger and better each year. Enjoy alumni programming on Friday and then party during that pregame tradition, the Fallfest Tailgate, before Saturday's football contest against the University of Maryland Terrapins.

    IMPORTANT! Update your Ohio State University Alumni Association contact information on our CFAES alumni portal now to stay connected and ensure access to CFAES Homecoming.
    Just click on then select “Update Your Info.”  Event registration is open, so register here now.  

    Friday, October 9, 2015 

    Alumni Programs*

    8 to 9 a.m. —  Continental Breakfast

    9 a.m. — Dean’s State of the College Address

    10:30 to 12:45 p.m. Alumni Morning Activities 

    • Golf Cart & Walking Tour of the new Student Success Center, enCORE (Ohio State’s solar-powered, student-designed and -built house) & Chadwick Arboretum
    • Tour of Parker Food Science and Technology Building, including a discussion of current projects and research

    12:45 p.m. — Buffet Lunch

    2 to 4 p.m. — Agricultural Bus Tour

    • Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory
    • The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park

    $35 per person includes all Friday activities

    *Activities either take place or depart and return from the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Parking passes will be provided.

    Department of Food Science and Technology Hall of Distinction Induction Ceremony & Reception

    4:15 to 5:30 p.m.  — Dessert & Beverage Reception Following Ceremony 

    Saturday, October 10, 2015

    Fallfest Tailgate

    8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
    9:30 a.m. program begins

    Ohio State vs Maryland

    Ohio Stadium

    To attend CFAES Homecoming Weekend activities and purchase football tickets, please register at or call 614-292-2281 or 800-762-5646 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

    Questions? Please call the CFAES Development Office at 614-292-0473 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.


    We have reserved a block of rooms at two nearby hotels. Please call the hotel of choice directly for special rates and policies. Ask either hotel for the CFAES Homecoming Rate.

    Homewood Suites Columbus/OSU 1576 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221, 614-263-7200 CFAES Homecoming rate available until September 8, 2015.

  3. CFAES Career Expos Open to Recent Alumni

    Expo season is always a beneficial and fun time of year for employers, students and recent alumni. Our expos attract a variety of companies to campus from across the United States. If you have recently graduated from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and are seeking an entry level job, we invite you to explore of one of our many career expos.   Below is a list of upcoming events:

    Construction Career Expo - Fall 2015
    Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    12:00 - 4:00 PM
    Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
    Open to all OSU students and recent alumni

    Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) Career Fair - Fall 2015
    Wednesday, September 30, 2015
    12:00 - 4:00 PM
    Location: Wooster campus
    Open to all OSU students and recent alumni

    Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Career Expo - Fall 2015
    Thursday, October 1, 2015
    12:00 - 4:00 PM
    Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
    Open to all OSU students and recent alumni

    Environmental & Sustainability Career Expo - Winter 2016
    Thursday, January 21, 2016
    12:00 - 4:00 PM
    Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
    Open to all OSU students and recent alumni

    Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Career Expo - Winter 2016
    Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    12:00 - 4:00 PM
    Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
    Open to all OSU students and recent alumni

    For more information about the career expos please visit.

  4. Miller, Isler inducted into Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame

    Congratulations to Lucinda Miller, OSU Extension specialist, 4-H companion and small animal programs, on being one of seven 2015 inductees into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame. She was honored for being an exhibitor and supporter of 4-H and livestock shows for 37 years. The induction ceremony was Aug. 7 at the fair.

    Also during the ceremony, the late Gene Isler, who was a professor of animal sciences in CFAES for 23 years, was inducted posthumously into the hall for his 63 total years of swine support. He died in March.

    The Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame was created in 1976 for the purpose of recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward making the Ohio State Fair one of the nation’s premier expositions. Inductees are chosen each year by the Governor.

    See the program from the induction ceremony here.

  5. You're Invited: Farm Science Review VIP Alumni Tent!

    We hope you will plan to join the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at the Farm Science Review on September 22-24.  New to Farm Science Review this year will be an exclusive CFAES VIP Alumni Tent for alumni and friends to visit during their experience at the review, the premier exhibition of agricultural sciences and production. Please bring your friends and stop by the VIP alumni tent for a sweet treat and a place to sit down and interact with staff and students in the college!  Also, you can enter for a chance to win a free pair of football tickets to the 2015 Homecoming game and Fallfest. 

    For more information about Farm Science Review and tickets, please visit

  6. Three CFAES Alumni honored

    Congratulations to Chad Endsley, Jack Fisher and Bill Simon, each of whom will receive a 2015 Ohio State University Alumni Award during the annual awards ceremony in September.

    Endsley (B.S. 2003, Agriculture and Applied Economics; J.D. 2006), of Pickerington, Ohio will be given the William Oxley Thompson Alumni Award for early career achievement.

    Fisher (B.S. 1967, M.S. 1969, Animal Science), of Columbus, has been selected to receive the Dan L. Heinlen Award university advocacy.

    Simon (BS 1970, MS 1973, Animal Science), of Chesterfield, Missouri, has been named recipient of the Ralph Davenport Merson Award for service to Ohio State.



  7. ATI awarded U.S. Department of Education grant

    Ohio State ATI has received a five-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Support Services Program to fund a project called Program Excel.

    ATI has a large population of eligible students who need sustained academic support, and the project aims to increase their retention, academic standing, and graduation and transfer rates.

    Specifically, Program Excel will:

    • Identify, enroll and assess the needs of 210 eligible participants.
    • Develop individual support plans, including a blend of support services tailored for each student, and actively monitor student progress.
    • Provide comprehensive and coordinated services in five major categories: College Transition Services, Retention Counseling Services, Professional Tutoring Services, Financial Management Services and Four-Year Degree Transition Services.
    • Measure student progress, evaluate program performance for continuous improvement, maintain thorough project records and report performance on funded objectives annually.
    • Draw commitments from our supportive institution, evaluate the cost effectiveness of the project, and hire and develop qualified personnel.
    • Foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first-generation college students and students with disabilities.

    ATI also proposes to adopt innovative, research-proven strategies to help increase the persistence and academic performance of students participating in Program Excel:

    • Competitive Preference Priority (CPP) 1a, Influencing the Development of Non-Cognitive Factors: Program Excel will provide a panel discussion for new students designed to positively influence their non-cognitive factors.
    • CPP 1b, Strategies to Influence the Development of Non-Cognitive Factors Supported by Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness: Research recommended by the Department of Education as a study that meets the Standard for Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness is detailed here.
    • CPP 2a, Providing Individualized Counseling for Personal, Career and Academic Matters: Program Excel will implement innovative methods of providing individualized coaching for students participating in the project.
    • CPP 2b, Individual Counseling Activities Based on Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness: Research recommended by the Department of Education as a study that meets the Standard for Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness is detailed here.

    Through the Student Support Services grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, to assist students with basic college requirements and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

    Learn more about the Student Support Services Program here.

  8. Remember Move-In Day?

    With the start of Autumn Semester 2015, students moved last week all over campus, including Norton Hall, home of the Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Living-Learning Program.

    Go on the college's Facebook page to see more images and share your dorm memories.



  9. ATI offering online professional development and other courses online

    Beginning this semester, the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) is offering professional development classes and other courses in an online education program that engages students where they are, beyond the traditional classroom, and breaks down barriers. 

    Learn more about this new institutional partnership here.