CFAES Connect: February 2022

  1. National Random Acts of Kindness Day

    Alumni and friends are encouraged to embrace this opportunity to share our Buckeye Love with your community. Please consider paying it forward with Random Acts of Kindness, such as donating to a local food bank, thanking frontline health care workers, sending a note of appreciation to local farmers, leaving a “Have a nice day” note on the windshield of five random cars, or partaking in your own Random Act of Kindness. 

    Be sure to share your kindness on social media with #BuckeyeLove.

  2. Black History Month

    United Black World Month graphic image

    This years United Black World Month theme is Love: Building Our Community Through Intention and Action. The theme is from bell hooks’ masterpiece, All About Love, in which she states that love is “an act of will, both an intention and an action.”

    Click here to visit the Multicultural Center for a list of events and programs.

  3. CFAES wants to celebrate your milestones

    We want to celebrate the milestones in your life! Let us know your milestone and we will send you a gift from your CFAES family. Update here.

  4. Spring gardening webinar series continues

    ​​​​​​The CFAES Alumni Society Board of Directors has launched its spring gardening webinar series. The next webinar will be Indoor Seed Starting” on March 8 at noon EST. Register today!

  5. A successful season for Ohio State ATI’s Dairy Judging Team

    The 2021 Ohio State ATI Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Team just completed its very successful judging season. The team—consisting of Hayley Bankey, Stephen Parthemore, Megan Raudebaugh, Rachel Sherman, Rebecca Sprang, and Marissa Topp—competed in four different contests. These contests included the Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show, the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE), and two contests at the World Dairy Exposition.

    Dairy judging teams receive several scores following a contest. These include their overall team placing, their team placing in oral reasons, their team placing in specific breed classes, and placings of individuals on the team. The Ohio State ATI team placed third overall at the Pennsylvania All-American, second overall at NAILE, and second overall in the traditional contest at the World Dairy Expo.

    Due to its high placing at the World Dairy Expo, the Ohio State ATI team has been invited to participate with the International Dairy Cattle Judging Tour this summer. This trip to Europe includes competing at both the Royal Highland Show held in Scotland and the Clonmel Agricultural Show in Ireland, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many students.

    “In 1974, I made a trip over to Europe to judge just like the students are doing,” said Royce Thornton, the Dairy Judging Team coach. “I don’t know if there’s very many people that can say they went as a student and then as a coach.”

    Thornton is a faculty member at Ohio State ATI, where he serves as the dairy cattle program coordinator. He has also served as the Dairy Judging Team coach since he joined the university in 1983. He knows how valuable these experiences are from both an academic and character-building standpoint.

    Without the generous support of donors, the Ohio State ATI Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Team would not be possible. All donated funds go directly to travel expenses associated with the contests. If you are interested in supporting the team’s participation in the International Dairy Cattle Judging Tour, please visit

  6. Join EPN and CHAIRE in person or virtually for ‘Coyotes, Coffee, and Carnivores’

    The program is set for Feb. 15. The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) and Ohio States Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education (CHAIRE) are co-hosting Coyotes, Coffee, and Carnivores—an exploration of human-animal coexistence in a crowded world—on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Register now.

  7. CFAES young alumni spotlight: Evan Callicoat

    ​​​​​​Evan Callicoat ’21 has been named director of state policy for Ohio Farm Bureau.

  8. CFAES young alumni spotlight: Rosa Raudales

    Dr. Rosa Raudales ’08 has been named director of outreach and engagement at the University of Connecticut.

  9. CFAES young alumni spotlight: Mike Hannewald

    ​​​​​​Mike Hannewald ’14 has won the 2022 Farm Bureau Discussion Meet.

  10. Support CFAES through this month’s featured fund

    Photo of MANRR students with advisor Kathy Lechman

    The John A. & Deborah Taylor Manrrs Support Fund supports students in the Multicultural Students in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences chapter at The Ohio State University.