CFAES Connect: February 2020

  1. Hey, CFAES community, share your #BuckeyeLove!


    To every Buckeye around the world, #BuckeyeLove means something different.

    Now through Feb. 14, CFAES alumni and friends are invited to join in and share their passion for Ohio State.

    Whether it was making lifelong connections through the college, being inspired by a CFAES professor, or storming the field after beating That Team Up North, this is an opportune time to share that love with the world.  

    Include #BuckeyeLove in your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts. Search the hashtag and join the conversation.

    Perhaps this video will offer some inspiration:


  2. Don't miss the Sesquicentennial Open House March 21!

    Save the date!  

    Sesquicentennial Open House 

    When: Saturday, March 21, 1–4 p.m. 

    Where: Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, 2490 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio

    Discover CFAES through hands-on activities and demonstrations, and explore what makes Waterman an essential resource to our university.

    There will be activities for the whole family! This is a great chance to check out some of the updates currently happening at the property, including the newly-opened Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building.  

    Registration is open. Parking information coming soon!  

    During this time, you will also have a chance to explore Ohio State's Columbus campus with the Sesquicentennial Community Open House & Celebration happening at Thompson Library! Learn more.

  3. CFAES Spring Game Tailgate is April 11

    Save the date! 

    CFAES Spring Game Tailgate 

    When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 11 (Spring Game kickoff is noon at Ohio Stadium.) 

    Where: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio

    Price: Adult ticket and tailgate, $17; children ages 6–12 ticket and tailgate, $12; children ages 5 and under, free 

    Event includes buffet lunch, family-friendly activities, and more!

    Registration opens Monday, Feb. 10! Space is limited!

  4. The value of a drop

    By Emily Beal 

    Digging my dirt-covered sandals into the soil, I tried to gain my balance on the uneven ground. There I stood on the side of a path that led to a river in the heart of Ghana, carrying a battered, yellow 3-gallon container. The worn crate contained water I had just scooped from the river.

    As I hiked up the beaten path, my mind started to reflect about the incredible nine days that had flown by. I never imagined I would spend my holiday break in the country of Ghana on a Buck-I-SERV trip, an alternative break service program through The Ohio State University.

    After closing out autumn semester with finals, I boarded a plane headed to West Africa with 14 fellow Buckeyes, all of us essentially strangers to each other, having had little or no contact before the trip.

    We were greeted by the sun’s stinging rays and an orchestra of honks and beeps that filled the muggy streets.

    On the three-hour car ride from the airport to our final destination, I was taken aback by the scenery. My eyes remained focused on the bold yet beautiful colors that danced around the roadside and the women’s garments demanding my attention with their deep purples and daring oranges and blues.

    The lush, verdant trees created a frame enclosing the pastel landscape. I took it all in, trying to remember every inch of the beauty just outside the van window.

    Before I knew it, we were pulling into a dusty driveway, rocking as the van made its way over the many potholes. We laughed. Some screamed. We had arrived at the orphanage.

    As we all emerged from the van, little faces and smiles radiated everywhere. A sea of tiny, smooth hands were touching my arms and hands, urging me to take them.

    Two tiny palms nestled their way into mine, and soon I was led all over the orphanage. At every stop, the children would point and tell me what it was they were showing me. One boy showed me the tire swing. He smiled as if he was showing me the crown jewels.

    We were quickly thrown into everyday life in Ghana. Chores at 6 a.m. Helping children with bath time at 6:15. Doing dishes at 6:30. Getting water at 6:45. Helping make breakfast at 7:15.

    I’m neither a breakfast person nor a morning person. Yet in Ghana, mornings and sharing breakfast with my group was my favorite part of the day.

    Sitting on the front porch passing out mugs that would later be filled with coffee, I became family with those strangers. Gushing about our favorite child at the orphanage or chitchatting about our life at home over a cup of joe, we quickly became a tribe.

    At first, I was surprised we would have no running water during our stay at the orphanage. How was I supposed to shower?

    I quickly became accustomed to “bucket showers” and, dare I say, started to enjoy them. Though the water was cold, washing the day’s dust and grime off with its iciness quickly became a welcomed feeling. Hand sanitizer became one of my most coveted possessions.

    With no air conditioning, our rooms were saunas. The initial shock of the heat was a sensation we soon all became used to.

    It wasn’t long before we all noticed we each had a shadow following our every move and claiming us as their own. My shadow was just under 3 years old. Her name was Charity.

    Emily Beal is a senior majoring in agricultural communications. To read more about her trip, click here.

  5. Support CFAES, help your taxes

    Enjoy favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support CFAES and your favorite charities.

    With The Ohio State University Foundation’s Donor Advised Fund, you can decide which programs at CFAES and other eligible charities to support according to your own interests and timetable. Your fund has the potential to grow tax-free in one of our investment options, ready to support your next philanthropic endeavor when the moment is right for you. Read more.

  6. Alumni in the news

    Sarah Lucha

    Our alumni are out in the world making great things happen.  If you see an alum in the news, let us know!

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

    Angela Arnold AS Agricultural Business Technology 2013, BSAGR Sustainable Plant Systems 2013, MS Horticulture and Crop Science 2018 - OSU extension gets new educator

    Joy Bauman BS Agricultural Communications 1992, MS Agricultural and Extension Education 2019 - Youth Cooperative Leadership Experience sets stage for success

    Dr. Emily Buck BS Agricultural Communications 2002 - Youth Cooperative Leadership Experience sets stage for success

    Frank Burkett BS Agricultural Mechanization & Systems 1997 - Senate passes USMCA

    Stephanie Conway BS Agricultural Education 2004 - State superintendent tours BG High School, talks EdChoice

    Kyle Daugherty AAPPSCI Dairy Cattle Production & Management Technology 2018 - Robotic milking coming to six-generation Daugherty dairy farm

    Dr. Donald Davidson BS Dairy Science 1982 - People, product and protocol — Biosecurity and African swine fever

    Dr. Rick Daugherty BS Animal Science 1980 - Robotic milking coming to six-generation Daugherty dairy farm

    Kelly Henderson BS Landscape Horticulture 2011 - Public service? Officials consider adding farmers to loan forgiveness program

    Sarah Lucha BS Agricultural Education 2001, MS Human & Community Resource Development 2002 - SC teacher honored for outstanding agricultural education

    Matthew Pleiman BS Agricultural Education 2001 - GROWMARK Announces 2020 Ohio Essay Contest Winner

    Dr. Gene Rapp PhD Agricultural Education 1971 - Gene Edward Rapp, Ph.D.

    Jeremy Ryan BS Agricultural Education 2011 - West Muskingum Ag Teacher Honored with Award

    Dr. Jeff Stachler BS Agronomy 1992, PhD Horticulture and Crop Science 2008 - 2020 weed control strategies for waterhemp and Palmer amaranth

    Wendi Mizer Stachler BS Agricultural Education 1999 - MTHS Ag teacher one of 10 finalists for Golden Owl/Ag Teacher of the Year

    Emily Wickham BS Agricultural Communications 2007 - Youth Cooperative Leadership Experience sets stage for success

  7. Calendar of events

    Mark your calendars! 


    Olentangy's ONE COMMUNITY Equity and Inclusion Conference - Lewis Center, Ohio - Saturday, February 8th

    Olentangy Local School District is hosting the eighth annual free ONE COMMUNITY Equity and Inclusion Conference.  This year’s theme is “Inspiring a Community Change Makers”.

    NMAAHC with OSUDC - Washington, DC - Saturday, February 15th 

    Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture with OSUDC

    Buckeye Brunchers - Seatle, Washington - Sunday, February 16th 

    Start off your Sunday morning by connecting with fellow Seattle Buckeyes for brunch, drinks and conversation.

    Buckeyes After Work at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History - Cleveland, Ohio - Thursday, February 20th 

    Join fellow Buckeyes for an evening at the museum to help unwind from a busy workday.  

    12th Annual Alumni Society Hockey Night - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, February 29th 

    Enjoy a pregame tailgate with food, fun, entertainment and prizes. Then, walk to the arena and watch the Ohio State’s Men’s Hockey team take on Big Ten rival Wisconsin

    CFAES Alumni Awards - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, March 7th 

    Support CFAES Alums who have made a difference in the College over the years.  

    Collegiate 4-H Plowboy Prom - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, March 14th

    Join OSU's Collegeiate 4-H for an evening of square dancing, food and fun with music from The Pleasant Valley Boys. Admission is just $5! 

    CFAES Sesquicentennial Open House - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, March 21st

    A great chance to see what's new at Waterman!

    CFAES Spring Game Tailgate - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, April 11th

    For more events hosted by the OSU Alumni Association, CFAES Alumni Society, OSU Extension Offices, OSU Alumni Clubs across the US and our partners, Click Here!