End-of-Campaign Homecoming Celebration


A tantalizing brewery tour, a mouth-watering lunch and a pregame tent party were but a few of the events enjoyed during Homecoming at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences last weekend.

Alumni and friends joined faculty, staff and students in celebrating the successful close of the But For Ohio State campaign.

The college received $154,721,751.53 from 33,033 donors over the course of the campaign, topping its $150 million goal. The Ohio State University as a whole raised $3,004,563,961.

Both are record fundraising amounts for the college and university. 

During the Celebration Lunch Friday and at the tailgate Saturday, Lonnie King thanked all of our supporters and shared some insights on the campaign's impact on the college. King, who serves as interim vice president for agricultural administration and dean, said the generosity will help CFAES provide scholarships, empower faculty research, create modern learning spaces and support community outreach.

Also recognized was the volunteers on the Campaign Committee, which included co-chairs Jack Fisher and Dan Wampler and members Kevin Adams, Kurt Deibel, Bill Hirzel, Todd Kranz, Mike Townsley, Keith DiDonato, Chad Endsley, Andrea Grube, Nathan Louiso, John Torres and Melanie Wilt.

On Friday, alumni enjoyed tours of the Land-Grant Brewing Company, as well as Franklinton Gardens, The Ohio Union and Thompson Library. Finally, the Department of Food Science and Technology inducted three individuals -- Pat Brundige, Mark Sandridge and Joe Soehlnlen into its Hall of Distinction.

Nearly 300 people attended Saturday's FallFest tailgate, held outdoors for the first time under a tent at the Plumb Hall Lawn, prior to the Buckeyes' win over Rutgers University.

All weekend, members of the college's Class of 1966 celebrated their 50th anniversary, capped off by a special invitation-only lunch given by The Ohio State University Alumni Association on Sunday.

If we missed you at Homecoming this year, there's always next year! Save the date: Oct. 6-8, 2017. See more photos.

Land-Grant Brewery Tour

Lonnie King discusses the campaign on FridayFallFest Tailgate Party

The OSU Marching Band thanked campaign donors in its own way prior to the start of the Rutgers game.