CFAES Connect: July 2017

  1. Get Your Fallfest tickets NOW

    Ohio Stadium

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences invites you to reconnect with alumni and friends by attending the CFAES Homecoming Weekend October 6–7.

    Dean Cathann A. Kress will present the State of the College the morning of October 6th. Join us for breakfast or live stream the presentation.

    On Saturday, October 7, the Buckeyes will play the Maryland Terrapins. We will celebrate with the annual Fallfest tailgate, which includes a catered meal, live music, family-friendly activities and fond memories.

    You can purchase tickets for Fallfest and the football game at To get accessibility game seating (one companion ticket allowed) call Customer Service at at 614-292-2281 or 800-762-5646. These requests must be received by August 31.

    For more information about Fallfest and events during Homecoming weekend, visit Fallfest 2017.

  2. Tomatoes as a Way to Fight Skin Cancer?

    It’s tomato season right now, and those delicious fruits may be doing more than just making your taste buds happy. Ohio State researchers discovered that daily tomato consumption reduced by half the rate of non-melanoma skin cancers in mice. The study's senior author is Tatiana Oberyszyn, professor of pathology and member of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. Jessica Cooperstone, who co-authored the study, is a research scientist in the Department of Food Science and Technology (FST) in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Cooperstone recently accepted the position of Assistant Professor in Functional Food Biochemistry and Metabolomics. This is a joint appointment between the college's department of Horticulture and Crop Science and Food Science and Technology. Read more about their findings.

    The Department of Food Science and Technology is committed to educating students and providing specialized cutting-edge research programs that focus in areas such as food and health, emerging food processing and packaging technologies, and, food safety and quality programs. The department also plays a role in the University’s Discovery Themes initiative around food and nutrition for healthier individuals and communities. To support FST’s technology needs, make a gift here.

  3. Volunteer Naturalists - You Can Be One Too!

    Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists do 40 hours of coursework and 40 hours of volunteer service to be certified.  Photo courtesy of Jim McCormac.








    Earlier this month, 21 central Ohioans joined the ranks of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists (OCVN) by completing 40 hours of coursework and 40 hours of volunteer service. This program is overseen by Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, a part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

    According to Thomas Wendt, one of the newly-certified OCVN’s, the training facilitated a “common ground for environmentally conscious people to connect with nature as well as other people, and promote preservation of our natural resources.”

    Read about the recent class experiences and find out how you can become certified to connect others with the natural world.  The next class begins April of 2018.  To get a heads up on when registration starts, email Sandra McBrearty.

  4. Visit with CFAES at the Ohio State Fair (and maybe win some football tickets)

    Child looks at rabbit at the Ohio State Fair

    While you’re enjoying the sights and sounds of the Ohio State Fair, don’t forget to stop by and visit CFAES.  We will provide fun giveaways for future students and alumni.

    All CFAES alumni who stop by one of the designated dates and times below during the fair and enter their name into a drawing will have the opportunity to win a pair of football tickets to the OSU vs Maryland football game on October 7. The winner will be notified after the fair. 

    • Tuesday, August 1

    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Location: Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building

    Thursday, August 3

    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Location: Rhodes Center

    Additionally, CFAES will have a booth within the Ag & Hort Building presented by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nationwide for the duration of the fair – July 26 to August 6th. Visitors will have the chance to learn more about the college, gather information about our majors, and learn about college visit opportunities.  Children who stop by will get the chance to play the Commodity Carnival. 

    If you're also a 4-H alum, stop by the Lausche Center and visit the 4-H booth from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. and pick up a #4-H Grown button.

    We hope to see you there!


  5. We Did It! Ohio Comes in First in National 4-H Competition

    Ohio wins Raise Your Hand competition

    Ohio 4-H announced its award of $20,000 for participation in Raise Your Hand, a national 4-H initiative asking the millions of 4‑H alumni across the nation, including 4-H alumni in Ohio, to ‘Raise Your Hand’ and pay it forward in support of providing the hands-on learning that empowers kids across America.

    4-H, the largest youth development program in the nation, called on alumni to raise their hands to help bring 4-H to 10 million youth by 2025. Currently 4-H empowers nearly six million young people in every county across America, including 183,000 4-H’ers in Ohio.

    “We are delighted that in the national campaign to connect with millions of 4-H alumni, our Ohio 4-H alums led the way to a first place finish,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “When the hands were counted, the Buckeye State accounted for about one-fifth of the participants. Best of all, raising your hand meant paying it forward for the next generation and our 4-H youth programs will benefit from the $20,000 award. Thanks to all our great alumni for, once again, making us 4-H and Buckeye proud!”

    With all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., participating, Ohio 4-H alumni took the lead with nearly 12,000 hands raised, with Indiana 4-H (10,600) and Texas 4-H (6,836) rounding out the top three.

  6. Events Calendar

    Looking for a way to engage with faculty, alumni, or the community? Check out these upcoming events.

    • Buckeye Smart: Creating Bee Habitats in Cities – Tuesday, August 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Join Dr. Mary M. Gardiner, Associate Professor in Ohio State’s Department of Entomology, for an interesting conversation about the growing conservation focus in shrinking cities. This presentation will examine how the design, management, contamination legacy, and landscape context of urban greenspaces influence their conservation value for bee communities.  Register here.  

    • Ohio State ATI Golf Outing - Thursday, September 14

    Join us for a great day of golf and support Ohio State ATI turfgrass scholarships at the same time by registering for the ATI Scholarship Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 14 at Hawk's Nest Golf Course.  For more information, contact Zane Raudenbush at 330-287-1246 or

  7. Help Future Alums Move in on August 19th

    Remember moving in to the residence halls when you lived on Campus? Come and roll out the scarlet carpet for OSU students and their families, as they can start the 2017-18 academic year and have fun with other Buckeye alumni!  The University is in need of volunteers to greet and direct students and their families, help unload and provide a welcoming environment on this big day.  You may even get to work at your old residence hall!  To sign up, visit Columbus Campus Move-In Day Volunteer Event.

  8. Buckeyes are Everywhere

    Jon Gerken

    Jon Gerken, a 1970 Agronomy major, shared the most interesting place he’s run into fellow Buckeyes:

    By far my most interesting encounter with OSU alumni was during our last trip to Germany.

    In 2010, we traveled to Germany with 5 of my siblings, one cousin and spouses. It was a fantastic trip for many reasons, one of which was our visit to the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. I had heard many comments about yelling OH anywhere you travel and anticipating an IO response, but I really had never anticipated what we experienced.

    We enjoyed dinner and watched the dancers in the upper room and then went downstairs to the traditional beer hall to enjoy the atmosphere that the Munich Hofbrauhaus is famous for.

    When we went downstairs and wandered through the beer hall, much to my surprise, two tables were chanting OH…IO back and forth, as well as participating in other songs from OSU.

    Needless to say, we sat down at a table beside one of these groups and began our own fun time.

    But that wasn’t the end of the surprises. After we had been there for a time, a young lady came over to our table and asked about our connection to OSU. As it turned out, she had just graduated from OSU the month before and was on a graduation trip with her parents.

    To say that a good time was had by all would be an understatement. But this evening was truly one of the highlights of the trip. To visit the original Hofbrauhaus is always a memorable experience. But to find yourself enjoying the evening with three other tables of OSU alums so far from home was nothing short of a miracle to me.


  9. We Want to Know

    OSU football game

    In honor of Fallfest tickets going on sale, share your Homecoming memories with us. Tell us your story, and we will share a few in the next issue.