CFAES Connect: August 2017

  1. Foster Mother’s Life Changed by Local Extension Office

    Tredella Floyd made a huge difference for her kids and foster kids with the help of the Wayne County Extension Office.  Photo courtesy of Bobby Warren and the Daily Record.

    OSU Extension's county offices offer a wide range of resources to all, but did you know that they have the power to turn lives around?  The office in Wayne County did just that for Tredella Floyd, a 51-year-old foster mother.  Read her story.

    And if you want to make a difference for families throughout Ohio, make a gift to Ohio State. Financial literacy is just one of Extension's signature programs.  County offices also help teach teens about safe driving, focus on healthy lifestyle choices, helping towns boost their economies, STEM training, and so much more.

    You can support your local office or make a gift to greater OSU Extension to help this programming reach even more families.  Either way, you are changing communities and lives! 

  2. CFAES Alum Tapped to Chair Animal Sciences

    John Foltz, CFAES alumni, accepted appointment as chair of Animal Sciences.

    Dr. John Foltz has accepted an appointment to chair the Animal Sciences department starting October 9, 2017.  Dr. Foltz received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics in 1979 and 1981 respectively.  He was recognized with a distinguished alumni award by the CFAES Alumni Society in 2012. Furthermore, his father and son both have been honored as well. His wife Barbara Foltz is also an OSU alum – having received her bachelor of science degree in human ecology in 1980. 

    We’re excited to welcome these Buckeyes back from the University of Idaho where Dr. Foltz is serving as special assistant to the President for Agricultural Initiatives, leading two livestock-focused projects.   “I am extremely excited to return to my alma mater to head an important department in CFAES," Foltz said.

    CFAES is looking forward to Foltz’s solid understanding and appreciation of animal sciences, facilities development, and the livestock industry.  He’ll be a great addition to the team. 

  3. Volunteer at Farm Science Review

    Father and son at Farm Science Review. Photo source: Farm and Dairy, Salem, Ohio.

    Want to lend a hand at Farm Science Review? We have plenty of ways to pitch in and make the day even better for CFAES alumni and friends.

    The event takes place September 19 - 21 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.  The event is the nation’s premier agricultural trade and education show and a great place to catch up with alumni and friends.  CFAES will be there!

    We need help with:

    • Hosting the Alumni Tent – welcome visitors, hand out water and cookies, and point visitors toward the prize drawing. Shifts are for 2 hours at a time Tuesday through Thursday.
    • Registration Tables for Tuesday and Thursday lunch events – 10 a.m. to noon.
    • Recent alums needed for Future Buckeyes Booth. If you graduated from CFAES within the last 10 years, sign up to tell teens about what college was like. Half hour shifts available Tuesday through Thursday.

    For more information or to sign up for any of these jobs, email

    And if you’ll be at Farm Science Review, don’t forget to stop by our Alumni & Friends tent for a sweet treat, a spot to recharge your phone, and a chance to rest your legs.

  4. Tips from OSU Extension for Giving Stink Bugs the Boot

    Dr. Celeste Welty

    As the temperatures cool, you may find yourselves with some uninvited house guests.  Stink bugs!  Dr. Celeste Welty, OSU entomologist, has some tips for dealing with the pests.

    Did you know that your local OSU Extension office has answers and resources for all kinds of problems?  You can ask experts directly about subjects to help improve the quality of your life, family, garden, business or community.  You can also visit your local office for advice and resources. 

  5. Events Calendar

    Golfers at ATI golf outing.

    Hold onto your hats – there is a lot going on over the next couple of months! 

    Jedidiah Farm and Studio Urban Farm Tour – September 2 – Westerville, Ohio
    The last of this summer’s Urban Farms Tours visits a five acre working farmstead in the suburbs of Westerville.  The Urban Farm Tour Series is a joint project sponsored by the Franklin County Office of Ohio State University Extension, and the Columbus Urban Farmers Network.

    Ohio State ATI Golf Outing - Thursday, September 14 – Wooster, Ohio
    Join us for a great day of golf and support Ohio State ATI turfgrass scholarships at the same time by registering for the ATI Scholarship Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 14 at Hawk's Nest Golf Course.  For more information, contact Zane Raudenbush at 330-287-1246 or Science Review aerial photo

    Farm Science Review – September 19 – 21 – London, Ohio
    The Farm Science Review, one of the nation’s premier agricultural trade and education shows, will be held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.  See field demonstrations, learn about the latest in agricultural production and visit the Gwynne Conservation Area.  Tickets are on sale now.  

    Network Like  a Pro – September 19 – Lima, Ohio
    Get advice from a panel of experienced networkers and mingle with Lima-area alumni.

    Homecoming & Fallfest – October 6 – 7 – Columbus, Ohio
    There are still tickets available to join us for the Dean’s State of the College on Friday, October 6th and Fallfest and the Buckeyes vs Maryland game on Saturday, October 7th.  There are special activities lined up for Food Science & Technology and ACEL alumni on October 6th too.

    School Garden Conference – October 13th – Columbus, OhioCFAES Fallfest on Plumb Hall Lawn
    Educators, after school personnel and others are invited to attend this day-long conference.  The event features garden-based nutrition education, after-school gardening, and hands-on activities.

  6. CFAES Alumni Making News

    CFAES alum Rattan Lal in a corn field

    We love to see our alumni out in the world making great things happen.

    Here are some recent newsmakers from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

    Dwight Beougher, BS in Animal Science, 1962, Farm Bureau Leaders Among Hall of Fame Inductees

    Ann Christy, BS in Agricultural Engineering, 1983, ASAB Gold Medal Awards Presented

    Matt Darr, BS & PhD in Food Agricultural & Biological Engineering, 2002 & 2007, Five Earn Awards for Early Career Achievement

    Travis Hartman, BS in Fisheries & Wildlife Management and MS in Environment and Natural Resources, 1999 & 2001, Fishing said to be great in Lake Erie, despite opposite perception

    Rachel Hoverman, BS in Landscape Horticulture, 2005, Getting to know a Master Gardener Coordinator

    Rattan Lal, PhD in Agronomy, 1968, Rattan Lal to receive 2017 Sustained Achievement Award
    Ann Christy
    Willie D. Larkin, PhD in Agricultural Education, 1980, ASU Presidential Search: Final 4 candidates Revealed

    Jamie McConnell, MS in Agricultural Education, 2012, New 4-H Extension Educators

    Sylvia Schonauer –BS & MS in Agricultural Engineering, 1983 & 1985  Congratulations to the 2017 Class of ASABE Fellows

    Scott Shearer, BS, MS & PhD in AgricultuWillie D. Larkinral Engineering, 1981, 1983 & 1986, ASAB Gold Medal Awards Presented

  7. Homecoming Memories

    Students huddled together in the rain during Homecoming 2006

    Emily Wickham and Jessica Parrish each shared a great memory from their days as CFAES students.

    Emily Wickham received her BS in Agricultural Communications in 2007.  She shares her favorite Homecoming memory.  

    Emily Wickham shares her favorite homecoming memory.In 2006, my senior homecoming, I convinced the members of Saddle & Sirloin Club that we should build a float to enter into the homecoming parade. The theme that year was “Where’s Brutus?” so we decided to have him showing a heifer at the club’s annual Little International Showmanship Competition. For two evenings, the club worked in the South Stands of Ohio Stadium building Brutus and his heifer from wood, chicken wire and tissue paper pomps. Those who showed cattle in the club made sure the heifer was perfect and show ready and we had Brutus wear jeans and boots in addition to his scarlet and gray top. The night of the actual parade was a rainstorm, but the parade went on despite the rain and we received 3rd Place with our entry! Those three evenings are some of my favorite memories from my time at Ohio State – we worked together as a team and had a lot of great laughs.


    Jessica Parrish, 2014 graduate

    Jessica Parrish received her BS in Agricultural Communications with a minor in Agribusiness in 2014.  Her memory includes a surprise visit from Brutus.

    My favorite Ohio State homecoming memory was being selected to serve on Homecoming Court. During a normal day at my internship, I was surprised by Brutus, the entire Homecoming Court and my most influential mentors as I was tapped onto court. I’ll always remember the overwhelming pride I felt for Ohio State during that moment. This university (and its people) are exceptional. I was (and am) so proud to be a Buckeye! 


    If you are looking to make new Homecoming memories, join us for Fallfest and then go cheer on the Buckeyes on October 7th.  There are still tickets available!  And if you are an ACEL alum like Emily & Jessica, be sure to check out all the special activities that same weekend to celebrate ACEL's centennial year!



  8. We Want to Know

    OSU students having a meal.

    Students have made it back to school and completed their first week of classes.  Tell us your stories of making new friends on campus.  


    Tell us your story, and we will share a few in the next issue.