CFAES Connect: February 2018

  1. Sharing Practical Research with Farmers

    Tractor applying fertilizer to a field.

    eFields is a program through the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and OSU Extension that utilizes modern technologies and information to conduct on-farm studies with  education and demonstration components. Current projects focus on precision nutrient management strategies and technologies to improve efficiency of fertilizer placement, automate machinery, enhance placement of pesticides and seed, and to develop analytical tools for digital agriculture.

    The eFields team is very excited about the brand new publication of its 2017 Report.  This gives farmers real data that they can implement on their own farms. Copies are free to download.


  2. Help Feed Hungry Students in Need - Feb 28

    Ohio State Day of Giving - Feb 28, 2018

    Every day, Buckeyes come together to support what matters to us. From scholarships to research, community programs to social good, we're supporting tomorrow's leaders and making new discoveries. This year, there are so many opportunities to make a difference in your community: battle the opioid epidemic, find a cure for cancer, support veterans, and others. 

    Please visit the Day of Giving page on February 28th and make a gift to improve the world around you.  Your generosity and kindness changes the world. #BuckeyesGive

    CFAES is particularly proud to have our work to prevent students from going hungry spotlighted.  One of our students shared how receiving support from the Nourishing Success Scholarship has helped him focus on his education:

    Video about CFAES Nourishing Success Scholarship


  3. Volunteer with CFAES to Spruce Up a Children's Garden - April 7th

    Children at the Highland Youth Garden

    Buckeyes are mobilizing to make April the biggest Month of Service to date all over the country.  There are several volunteer opportunities already listed, and more are added everyday. 

    The CFAES Alumni Society is organizing a volunteer project at the Highland Youth Garden, an educational garden serving children in the Hilltop community.  Now we need your help!  We need volunteers to come help plant spring crops, till the soil, spread mulch, groom flower beds and rows, transplant seedlings, and other garden maintenance activities.  The project is April 7th from 9 a.m. to noon.  Sign up via VolunteerMatch.

    Not able to make our event?  Check out the many opportunities listed on VolunteerMatch for the Buckeye Month of Service.  You can also list your own project or report the volunteer work you do on your own that day for a chance to win a volunteer shirt.

  4. Events Calendar


    There's so much happening in the coming weeks.  Here are a few things we thought you would like.

    Lawn Mower Clinic Drop Off - February 28 - March 2 - Columbus, Ohio
    Need to get your lawnmower ready for spring?  Construction Systems Management students & Agricultural Systems Management students are ready to help!  For $40, the students will provide an oil change, replace the spark plug, clean the mower deck, and sharpen blades. For more information, see the club flyer. 

    Ohio State Day of Giving - February 28th - Everywhere
    Buckeyes around the world will come together to support the university causes that are important to them.  Visit Day of Giving to make gift to support a cause important to you.  Follow #BuckeyesGive on social media to see Buckeyes everywhere talking about causes important to them and share your own story. 

    Wooster Science Cafe - March 1 - Wooster, Ohio
    CFAES's own Dr. Thom Janini will present at this month's cafe on the topic of "Natural Product Synthesis."  The Science Cafe invites the public for lively conversation and insights on current science topics - all in plain English! 

    EPN Breakfast - Flooding: A National, State and Local Issue - March 6 - Columbus, Ohio
    From the near failure of the Oroville Dam, California, to the devastation in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey to flooding impacts within Ohio communities, our country faces challenges in dealing with land-use planning for flood risk reduction.  Join us for breakfast and to learn about state-specific flooding issues and management.  Learn more and register. 

    Wildlife Diversity Conference - March 6 - Columbus, OhioCoyote leaping in a field
    The Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference showcases experts from across the country to talk about Ohio’s predatory animals on Tuesday, March 6, at the Ohio Union on The Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus.  With subjects like "Caterpillars that Scream" and "Acoustic and Aerial Warfare Between Bats and Their Insect Prey," it looks to be a really interesting day.  Stan Gehrt, professor with the School of Environmental and Natural Resources, will present on urban coyotes as well.  More information here.

    Network Like a Pro - March 8 - Jacksonville, Florida
    Learn from and interact with a panel of experienced networkers and Jacksonville-area alumni as they share their perspectives on the importance and value of networking. This event is put on by OSU's Lhota Office of Career Management.  Learn more.

    Buckeyes and the Walleye - March 9 - Toledo, Ohio
    Enjoy a pregame buffet with fellow Buckeyes before seeing the Toledo Walleye take on the Quad City Mallards. After dinner, head down to your seat to see the big hockey matchup! This event is sponsored by the OSU Alumni Association.  Get more information.

    Plowboy Prom - March 10 - Columbus, Ohio
    Are you ready to rock around the clock?! It’s a flashback to the Fabulous Fifties with the 2018 Plowboy Prom hosted by Collegiate 4-H. Join us on Saturday, March 10 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center for an evening of dancing, games and prizes. All ages are welcome; admission is $5 each or $3 with a BuckID. Grab your saddle shoes and be there! RSVP.

    Explore 614 at Kingmakers - March 19 - Columbus, Ohio
    Kingmakers is not just a bar, or a board game store, or a coffee shop, but something that mixes all of those elements — and a bit more. Kingmakers is the perfect place for Buckeyes to meet old Kingmakers game parlorfriends, or make new ones. Enjoy a familiar flavor or try something for the first time from their sommeliers while unwinding after work.  This event is sponsored by the OSU Alumni Association.  Register.

    Buckeye Smart - Time and Change on a Planetary Scale - March 20 - Columbus, Ohio
    Dale Gnidovec, Collections Manager and Curator of Ohio State’s Orton Geological Museum, will introduce you to billions of years of life and change on our planet and tell you all about digging up dinosaurs in Montana.  This event is sponsored by the OSU Alumni Association. Register now. 

    Floral Arranging Workshop - March 23 - Wooster, Ohio
    This hands-on class at Secrest Arboretum is designed to teach basic floral design, using plants found in the home landscape. Participants have the opportunity to create and take home an arrangement. More information and registration link 

    Women in Sustainability Breakfast - April 4 - Columbus, Ohio
    Join the Office of Energy and Environment for a breakfast discussion on careers in the environmental and sustainability fields and challenges that women face in the workforce. The event's panelists are Kristina Bomberger, Energy and Environment Project Coordinator for Nationwide, Heather Taylor-Miesle, Executive Director of the Ohio Environmental Council, and Carolyn Watkins, Chief of the Office of Environmental Education, Ohio EPA.  Register by March 28th. 

    Highland Youth Garden Volunteer Day with CFAES Alumni Society - April 7 - Columbus, Ohio
    The CFAES Alumni Society is organizing a volunteer project at the Highland Youth Garden, an educational garden serving children in the Hilltop community. Volunteers are needed to help plant spring crops, till the soil, spread mulch, groom flower beds and rows, transplant seedlings, and other garden maintenance activities. The project is April 7th from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up via VolunteerMatch.

  5. Visitors Welcome to CFAES Alumni Board Meetings

    Did you know that the CFAES Alumni Society Board welcomes guests to their board meetings?  Want to come speak at a meeting?  Send us an email with your contact information, and we can let you know when and where the next board meeting will take place.  The board meets quarterly - usually in Columbus but sometimes in other areas of the state.  Alumni guests are always welcome.

  6. CFAES Alumni Making News

    Harold Watters inspecting a field of corn

    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.

    Bala Balasubramaniam, PhD in Agricultural Engineering, 1993 - Welcome V.M. (Bala) Balasubramaniam as new Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Food Process Engineering

    Jason Cromley, BS in Landscape Horticulture, 1999 - ONLA Announces 45th Annual Landscape Awards; Hidden Creek Landscaping Recognized 

    Daral Jackwood, MS and PhD in Poultry Science, 1980 & 1982 - Jackwood receives 2018 Charles Beard Research Excellence Award

    Albert Lang, BS in Horticulture, 1975  - ONLA Announces 45th Annual Landscape Awards; Greenleaf Landscapes Recognized

    Jeff McCutcheon, PhD in Animal Science, 2014 & Lisa McCutcheon, MS in Agricultural Education, 1997 - Royalty in the Extension Family
    Dr. Bala Balasubramaniam
    Matt Seiler, BS in Landscape Horticulture, 2001 - ONLA Announces 45th Annual Landscape Awards; Hidden Creek Landscaping Recognized

    Annie Specht, BS & MS in Agricultural Communications, 2008 & 2010  - Specht wins Ohio Farm Bureau competition

    Kris Swartz, BS in Agricultural Engineering, 1983 - Ohio SWCD supervisor gets national award

    Harold Watters, BS in Environment & Natural Resource, Natural Resources Development & MS in Agronomy, 1976 & 1983 - Watters named International Certified Crop Adviser of the YearAnnie Specht

    The McCutcheon Family

  7. Advice from Fellow Alumni

    Dr. Andy Swiger

    In the last issue, we asked for words of wisdom that could be shared with CFAES students.  Here is career advice from two of our own.

    • Dr. Andy Swiger, former dean of Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a 1954 CFAES animal science alum, offered this career advice:

    Do not actively seek advancement. Rather, let it come to you because of your good works. This will lead to peace of mind and satisfaction.

    We thank Dr. Swiger for his many years of service to the agricultural community!

    • Adam Cahill, a 2005 agricultural communications alum, gives advice as a big part of his role as CFAES Career Development Manager.  He stresses the value of networking to students and alumni alike:

    Networking is huge when it comes to your career. You never know when you may have made a great or not-so-great impression on someone throughout your life. Every interaction is a potential deposit or withdraw in your “career savings and loan bank”. My believe is that the higher the balance, the more your career will blossom, thrive, and grow.

    I cannot even begin to quantify the value of the relationships I have had over my career and how each individual has been a benefit to the work I do and I to theirs. It could be someone I met at a state 4-H camp, while a part of a college student organization, a competitor on the soccer field, someone I met at an alumni Fallfest football tailgate, a family friend, a colleague from another university, or even someone I met while attending my college orientation.Adam Cahill, CFAES Career Development Manager & Agricultural Communications Alum

    Network every time you have the opportunity to because you never know what may become of it. As I always say, “It’s not who you know. It’s who you know that also knows you… and chooses to acknowledge it."

  8. We Want to Hear from You!

    Food Science Club

    Did you take part in a club while in college?  Tell us about what being part of a student club meant for you.

    Tell us your story, and we will share with students and with fellow alumni and friends in the next issue.