CFAES Connect: January 2018

  1. 2018 CFAES Alumni Awards Honorees Announced

    Dr. Edison Fowlks is one of thirteen people being recognized at the CFAES Alumni Awards Luncheon.

    After much deliberation, the CFAES Alumni Society Board has announced this year's Alumni Award Honorees.  Congratulations to these 13 award recipients:


    Meritorious Service Award
    Michael Day, Laramie, WY
    Kent Hammond, BS in Horticulture(1972) Wooster, OH
    Dale Seiberling, BS & MS in Dairy Technology (1950, 1951) Granville, OH

    International Alumni Award
    Ming-Tsao Chen, PhD in Animal Science (1977) Taichung, Taiwan
    Alexander Grobman, BS in Agronomy (1948) San Isidro, Lima, Peru

    Young Professional Award
    Kevin Fath, BS in Animal Science (2010) Takoma Park, MD
    Nutsuda Sumonsiri, PhD in Food Science and Nutrition (2012) Bang Sue, Bangkok, Thailand

    Distinguished Alumni Award
    Clifford Baughman, BS, MS (1959, 1968) Saint Paris, OH
    Edison Fowlks, PhD (1965) Hampton, VA
    Joel Korte, ASC (1987) Chicago, IL
    W. Kirk Miller, BS (1970) Fairfax, VA
    Rohini Desai Mulchandani, PhD (1976) Worthington, OH
    Carl Zulauf, BS, MS (1973) Nevada, OH


    Honorees will be recognized at the CFAES Alumni Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3rd at the Fawcett Center on campus.  For more information or to purchase a ticket, check out the event page.  

  2. Bugs to the Rescue!

    Guo-Liang Wang, an Ohio State geneticist and professor of plant pathology, is helping lead the research to make crops resistant to environmental stresses. Credit: Kaylee Harter | Lantern reporter

    CFAES plant pathology researchers Peg Redinbaugh and Guo-Liang Wang lead the Insect Allies- Team Maize Hopper.

    The project, a collaboration with other scientists nationwide, will alter the DNA of aphids, leafhoppers and other bugs to prescribe and apply immunities to crops as an emergency response. 

    If a farmer learns that the growing season will be plagued by droughts after non-drought-resistant seeds have been planted, this new technology would give more flexibility for saving their crops. 

    Read more here.  

  3. "Our Momentum Has Never Been Greater"

    President Drake's State of the University Address

    President Michael V. Drake presented his State of the University address on January 25th. "Our momentum has never been greater — and we have done the hard work and planning to envision the next meaningful steps in a long tradition of excellence."

    Read or watch a video of the speech.

  4. Tips for a Healthy New Year

    Mother and child practicing yoga.

    Tips from The The Ohio State University’s Vice President for Health Promotion and Chief Wellness Officer Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk on how to live a healthier new year.  Take a look at these wellness tips!

  5. Events Calendar

    Dr. Mažeika Sullivan will present at Stone Lab's Winter Program.

    It's a short month but there is so much going on.  Here's a few things we thought you would like.

    Support 4-H with the Paper Clover Program at Your Local JOANN Store - February 1 to 28 - Everywhere Support 4-H at local JOANN stores.
    During the month of February, millions of JOANN customers, 4-H members and supporters will have a chance to share their hearts and show their love by equipping local 4-H programs with resources to reach more kids in need.  Support the 4-H Paper Clover Campaign by visiting your local store between February 1 and 28, 2018.  Donate $1 or $4 at purchase, and you'll receive a clover featuring a special Valentine's Day craft from FamilyFun.  With each $4 donation, you'll get $4 off your next purchase.  Learn more here.

    CFAES Alumni & Friends Reception - February 1 - Phoenix, Arizona
    Join the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences as we gather for a reception to celebrate our college and reconnect with alumni and friends in Phoenix. This event is in partnership with the Ohio Cattlemen's Association and United Producers.  More information and how to RSVP here.  

    Wooster Science Cafe - February 1 - Wooster, Ohio
    The Wooster Science Cafe invites the public for lively conversation and insights on current science topics - all in plain English!  This month's presentation by Dr. Nathan Crook, Assistant Professor at  Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, is "The Science of Culture: Understanding Who We Are, What We Do, and Why We Do It."  The Science Cafe takes place in the event space above Spoon Market & Deli (144 West Liberty Street in downtown Wooster.)  Dr. Nathan Crook presents at the next Wooster Science Cafe.

    Introduction to Beekeeping - February 3 - Defiance, Ohio
    Defiance County Extension Office will introduce you to the ins and outs of beekeeping in this one-day class.  Details here.  

    Guided Bird Walk At Secrest Arboretum - February 10 - Wooster, Ohio
    Members of the Greater Mohican Audubon Society guide birders of all skill levels. Spot birds, learn their calls, and discover their habitats in the arboretum. The walk begins at Seaman Orientation Plaza.  More details here.

    Franklin County 4-H Winter Project Fair - February 10 - Columbus, Ohio
    Join 4-H educators, volunteers, and youth as they exhibit their 4-H projects, answer questions about their experiences in Franklin County 4-H, and display their passion for the 4-H program. This event is great for current 4-H members and youth interested in 4-H to see examples of 4-H projects.

    There will also be hands-on activities led by 4-H youth.   More information available here.

    Atlanta Buckeyes Visit the Center for Civil & Human Rights - February 10 - Atlanta, Georgia
    Join fellow alumni at the Center for Human and Civil Rights.  You’ll enjoy a delicious lunch catered by Wolfgang Puck, embark on a guided tour of the center, and hear a special presentation on inclusive leadership by two-time alumna Ashley L. Pryor, director of Student Life Social Change at Ohio State. Registration is $15.

    Sarasota Buckeyes at the Botanical Garden -  February 11 -Sarasota, FloridaTake a guided bird walk through Secrest Arboretum.
    The Ohio State University Alumni Association invites you to experience the living collection of rare tropical plants at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. You’ll enjoy a delicious lunch catered by Michael’s on East, embark on a self-guided tour of the lush gardens, and hear a special presentation on plant pathology by Dr. Randy Rowe, professor emeritus of Ohio State’s Department of Plant Pathology.   Register here.

    EPN Breakfast: For the Love of Rivers: Celebrating 50 Years of the Scenic River Act - February 13 - Columbus, Ohio
    Join us for breakfast and to learn about Ohio's scenic rivers and the efforts to protect them.  Former Ohio First Lady, Hope Taft, and Bob Gable, Scenic Rivers Program Manager for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will present.  Learn more and register here.    

    Buckeye Nation at the Statehouse - February 13 - Columbus, Ohio
    Buckeye advocates are invited to meet with Ohio legislators and help ensure that funding for higher education is a priority this legislative session.  More information here. 

    Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Conference - February 15 - 17 - Dayton, Ohio
    OSU & CFAES will have a big presence at the conference.  See the list of departments you can catch up with at the event.  Take an introduction to beekeeping class in Defiance, Ohio.

    Stone Laboratory’s Winter Program - February 19 - Columbus, Ohio
    Join researchers, students, and faculty in getting a glimpse at the accomplishments of Ohio State University’s research facility.  This year’s keynote speaker will be the Director of the Wilma H. Shiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park and Ohio State professor, Dr. Mažeika Sullivan. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Longaberger Alumni House in Columbus.  Refreshments will be provided.  Registration and more information available here.  

    Stone Lab Night at The Land-Grant Brewing Taproom - February 20 - Columbus, Ohio
    Learn about programming at Stone Laboratory and the sustainability initiatives at the Land-Grant Brewing Taproom. Stone Lab staff will be on hand to answer any questions about summer courses, research experiences and the lab in general.  Proceeds from the event will support scholarships and other initiatives at Ohio State’s island campus.

    Looking for more to do?  Upcoming events are frequently added to our events page.  


  6. Call for Northeast Ohio Alumni to serve on the Alumni Society Board

    CFAES alumni

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board has an opening for a Northeast Ohio representative.  Board members serve a two-year term.

    The board is made up of volunteers who work to provide CFAES alumni with a lifelong connection to the college and to one another.  The board meets four times a year and plans a variety of activities for alumni.  It's a great way to meet new people and reconnect with old friends while championing CFAES.

    Any alum who lives in the northeast section of the state and is interested can email Peg McMahon at

    Counties in the Northeast section are:


  7. CFAES Alumni Making News

    Ashley Kasler

    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.

    Raymond Bricker, BS in Animal Science, 1964 - Bricker named 2017 Haymaker of the Year Dr. Dee Jepsen

    Graham Cochran, PhD in Agricultural Education, 2009 - Graham Cochran named associate dean, operations

    Dee Jepsen, AS in Livestock Management & Production, BS in Animal Science, MS in Agricultural Education, PhD in Human & Community Resource Development, 1985, 1989, 1997 & 2006 -  Jepsen to lead International Society of Agricultural Safety and Health

    Ashley Kasler, AS in Livestock Science, BS in Animal Science, 2012 & 2013 - Kasler joins Farm Bureau staff

    Rob & Christy Leeds, BS & MS in Agricultural Edication, 1992 and BS, MS & PhD in Agricultural Education, 1982 & 1997 respectively - Agritourism: Farm Fun and Education 

    Tadd Nicholson, BS in Animal Science, 1993 - Ohio grain farmers talk trade and farm bill Dr. Barbara Nikolajczyk

    Barbara Nikolajczyk, BS in Animal Sciences, 1985 - Nikolajczyk named Associate Director of Translational Research in the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at the University of Kentucky

    John Schuerman, BS in Agribusiness and Applied Economics, 1997 - 3 Appointments Made to Wood County Boards 

    Vincent Valentino, MS in Agricultual, Environmental & Developmental Economics, 2013 - Ohio State graduate helps brew an environmentally friendly beer

    Carl Zulauf, BS & MS in Agricultural Economics, 1973 - Ohio grain farmers talk trade and farm bill 

  8. Resolution for the New Year

    Kelsey Turner, 2016 Agribusiness and Applied Economics alum

    Kelsey Turner, a 2016 Agribusiness and Applied Economics alum, told us about one of her goals for 2018.

    This year rather than creating resolutions, I created five goals for myself. One of them is to read one book each month. I didn’t have a specific genre in mind; rather, I wanted to read books that would help further my education! My next books include: The Leadership Gap by Lolly Daskal, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk, and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. 

    What a great goal for a new year!  If you have books you would suggest for furthering one's education, please share them with  We'll collect and share on the CFAES Alumni & Friends LinkedIn Group.

  9. We Want to Hear from You!

    Employer talks to a student at a CFAES career event.

    What's the best career advice you have ever been given?  CFAES has several events this spring to prepare students for the workforce.  What advice should we pass on from you?

    Give us your words of wisdom, and we will share with students and with fellow alumni and friends in the next issue.