CFAES Connect: July 2018

  1. Will We See You at the State Fair?

    Butter cows at the Ohio State Fair

    There are a million things to do at the Ohio State Fair which runs from July 25th to August 5th, and we hope that CFAES alumni and friends will be sure to make time to stop by CFAES activities - both on the fairgrounds and just outside of them.

    CFAES will have a booth within the Youth Center for the duration of the fair. Visitors will have the chance to catch up on what's happening at the college, gather information about our majors, and learn about college visit opportunities.  There will be fun giveaways and activities and a chance to win two tickets to OSU's Homecoming Game against the Hoosiers on October 6th.  All CFAES & 4-H alumni who stop by the booth and enter their names into a drawing will have the opportunity to win. The winner will be notified after the fair.Fourth Street Bar and Grill

    On August 2nd, the CFAES Alumni Society Board is hosting an Ohio State Fair Happy Hour at Fourth Street Bar & Grill (1810 N 4th St, Columbus, Ohio 43215) from 5:30 to 7:30.  Take a break from the fair food, show ring, barn or display booth to join your fellow CFAES Buckeyes for a drink! The more the merrier, so bring along other alumni from our college that you see on the fair grounds. Light appetizers will be provided by the CFAES Alumni Society, but drinks will be on your own.  RSVP via the facebook event or by emailing



  2. Breaking Ground on the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building

    Director of Franklin County Extension, Dr. Laquore Meadows with Patricia Brundige, longtime volunteer and donor who gave in memory of her parents.

    On June 29th, CFAES broke ground for a space that will serve countless people in Franklin County.  The Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Office will exist within the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory on West Lane Avenue.  This new facility is made possible through the tremendous generosity of Patricia Brundige, who gave in memory of her parents, Kathryn and Fredrick Kunz.  Read more about the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Office here. 

    You can also donate to support furnishing, operations and programming within the new building.



  3. Everything You Need to Know about Ticks

    Black legged tick

    Lyme disease?  Meat allergy?  You've likely heard that the tick population is high this year and that you need to be vigilant to avoid tick-borne disease.  But how exactly do you do so?

    Lucky for us, Dr. Nicky Gallagher will present on ticks via a webinar for fellow CFAES alumni and friends on Thursday, August 9th from 7 to 7:30 p.m.  Dr. Gallagher is an entomologist working for Syngenta.  She also serves on the CFAES Alumni Society Board. 

    The webinar is free but requires pre-registration.  Email to reserve your space to learn about tick safety and ask your questions directly to an expert.

  4. Athlete Extraordinaire

    Zack Bazile, NCAA national title holder and ACEL student

    It's been a year to remember for Zack Bazile, a senior majoring in agricultural communications.  This June, Bazile won the NCAA national title and set a school record for his 27'5.5" long jump.  He heads to Toronto next month for the NCAC Track and Field Championships to compete against international track and field stars.  Read about Bazile's amazing feats on the track and his work in the classroom.


  5. How Do You Keep a Mosquito from Biting?


    If you spend your summer days swatting away mosquitos, you may be delighted to hear about the work of Dr. Megan Meuti, entomologist.  Dr. Meuti has found that messing with a mosquito's sleep could lead to fewer mosquitos.  Her research involves fooling mosquitoes' systems so they go into hibernation rather than buzzing around. 

    This research could have a big impact in prevention of the West Nile virus.  Read all about Dr. Meuti's work here.



  6. Events Calendar

    Boy milking a cow model

    Here are some interesting events coming up that we thought you might like:

    CFAES at The Ohio State Fair - July 25 to August 5 - Columbus, Ohio
    Stop by the CFAES booth inside the Youth Center.  We'll have college updates, information for prospective students, and CFAES and 4-H alumni can enter to win two tickets to the Buckeyes' Homecoming Game on October 6th.  More information available here. 

    Urban Farm Tour at Freshtown Farm - July 26 - Columbus, OhioFreshtown Farm
    Take part in Franklin County Extension's Urban Farm Tour Series with a visit to a new urban farm in a residential neighborhood.  Learn more about the tour series here. 

    Buckeyes at the Ballpark - July 30 - Dayton, Ohio
    Join fellow Ohio State alumni in the Dayton area to cheer on the hometown Dragons as they face the Lansing Lugnuts. Registration is $15 and includes lunch.

    CFAES Alumni Happy Hour - August 2 - Columbus, Ohio
    Take a break from the fair food, show ring, barn or display booth to join your fellow CFAES Buckeyes for a drink! This event is at Fourth Street Bar & Grill - right next to the Ohio State Fair.  The more the merrier, so bring along other alums from our college you see on the fair grounds. More information here.  OSU Alumni Band

    OSU Alumni Band Performance - August 5 - Worthington, Ohio
    Catch the TBDBITL Alumni band at the concert on the green in Worthington.  The event is free and open to the public.  More information is available here.

    Turfgrass Research & Technology Field Day - August 7 - Columbus, Ohio
    Turf professionals can receive the latest information from the Ohio State Turf Team for managing healthy turfgrass and can test out new tools and technology to make their programs more efficient. Click here for the schedule and registration information.

    Wild Tuesdays: Kristin Stanford on the Lake Erie Water Snake - August 7 - Put-in-Bay, Ohio
    Kristin Stanford, from Ohio State's Stone Laboratory, will present on the Lake Erie Water Snake at the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center.  More information is available here.  

    COSI Farm Days - August 8 to 12 - Columbus, Ohio
    Take the kids to learn where their food comes from by meeting local farmers and climb aboard tractors and even a combine. They can also test their driving skills on a pedal tractor course and even milk COSI’s fiberglass cow, Daisy.  More information is available here.   

    Tick Safety Webinar - August 9 - Online
    Dr. Nicky Gallagher will present on tick safety via a webinar for fellow CFAES alumni and friends from 7 - 7:30pm.  The webinar is free but requires pre-registration.  Email to reserve your spot.

    Foodstock 2018 - August 11 - Dunwoody, Georgia
    Work with other volunteers to pack more than 300,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger. Volunteers set up and take down packaging stations and equipment, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets,and load the pallets and equipment onto a truck.  Sign up here.Ohio State Day with the Columbus Crew

    Ohio State Day with the Columbus Crew - August 11 - Columbus, Ohio
    Join fellow Ohio State alumni and friends for a special prematch celebration. Then watch the Crew SC take on the Houston Dynamo.  Register here.

    Precision Ag Day - August 14 - Wauseon, Ohio
    The Northwest Ohio Precision Planter Day will focus on precision planters and feature discussions and demonstrations from equipment, seed, and technology professionals. The day’s topics will include variable rate seeding, precision placement, downforce options, and high-speed availability.  Schedule and registration information is here.

    Buckeyes at Kings Island - August 18 - Mason, Ohio
    Enjoy performances from The Capital Pride Band and Ohio State Jump Rope Club. There are more than 100 world-class rides and attractions, including Soak City Waterpark, dazzling shows, and the award-winning Planet Snoopy.  Register online.

    Urban Farm Tour at Friends of the Homeless Garden - August 19 - Columbus, Ohio
    Learn about urban farming efforts at this garden that helps the homeless. Learn more about the tour series here. 

    Precision Ag Day: Data Management - August 19 - Milford Center, Ohio
    Learn about data management in precision agriculture. The day will start with an overview of farm research and will continue with data management, data stewardship fundamentals, and troubleshooting along with much more. Click here for more information.

    Pumpkin Field Night - August 23 - South Charleston, OhioPumpkin Field Night
    Beginner and experienced growers will benefit from attending the pumpkin field night for research updates regarding cover crops, pest management, and new pumpkin and winter squash varieties.

    2018 No-Till Summer Conference - August 29 - Wooster, Ohio
    OSU Extension will host No-Till Field Day at OARDC. Extension staff will assist with afternoon sessions. This conference is for anyone interested in learning about keeping Ohio soils healthy and the newest and best ways to do just that.  Check out the agenda and register here. 

    Fallfest & Homecoming - October 6 - Columbus, Ohio
    Tickets for the CFAES Fallfest Tailgate and OSU's Homecoming Game against the Indiana Hoosiers are on sale now.  More details available here. 

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

  7. CFAES Alumni Making News

    Chris Kurt

    Our alumni are 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:Dr. Kirby Barrick

    Dr. Bala Balasubramaniam, PhD in Agricultural Engineering, 1993 - Scientists studying healthier food, beverage processing options

    Dr. Kirby Barrick, BS, MS & PhD in Agricultural Education, 1970, 1973 & 1980 - Alumni Spotlight: Dr. R. Kirby Barrick

    Bruce Buurma, BS in Horticulture, 1972 - OSU Roads Scholars Tour stops in Willard

    Lauren Corry, BS in Agricultural Communications, 2017 - Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Corry

    Nate Douridas, AS in Crop Production Management, 2000 - Leading through Conservation 

    Dr. Jack Elliot, PhD in Agricultural Education, 1988 - Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Jack Elliot

    Shelby Faulkner, BS in Agricultural Education, 2016 - AgEd2Malaysia

    Dr. Caryn Filson, BS & PhD in Agricultural Education, MS in Human & Community Resource Development, 2006, 2007 & 2012 - Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Caryn Filson Dr. Caryn Filson

    Julio Ernesto Acuna Garcia, MS in Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, 2015 - Central American kids come to the US fleeing record-high youth murder rates at home

    Whitney Fogle Gentry, BS in Agricultural Communications, 1993 - Alumni Spotlight: Whitney Fogle Gentry

    Kristin Guthrie, BS in Agricultural Education, 1989 - Marion County Fair crosses generations for families

    Kiersten Heckel, AS & BS in Agricultural Communications, 2010 & 2011 - A Closer Look at the Most Popular 4-H Projects

    Dr. Dennis Heldman, BS & MS in Dairy Technology, 1960 & 1962 - Meet IFT’s 2018 Achievement Award Winners

    Roger High, BS in Animal Science & MS in Agricultural Education, 1985 & 1993 - Farmers Flocking to Meet the Demand for Lamb

    Andy Hollenback, BS in Parks Recreation and Tourism, 2000 - Licking County farmers suffering from trade war with China

    Jenny Hubble, BS in Agricultural Communications, 1994 - Curious Cbus: What Happens To The Butter Cow After The Ohio State Fair?

    Dr. Earl Kantner, BS, MS & PhD in Agricultural Education, 1950, 1956 & 1965 - Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Earl "Doc" Kantner

    Bill Knapke, BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, 1994 - Leading through Conservation 

    John Kraft, BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, 1995 - Leading through Conservation 

    Chris Kurt, BS in Agricultural Education, 1997 - Leading through Conservation 

    Margo Long, BS in Agricultural Communications, 2011 - Marion County Fair crosses generations for families

    Mike Lynch, AS in Landscape Construction & Contract Technology, 1986 - Nursery & landscape tour preview

    Patrick Lynch, AS in Landscape Construction & Contract Technology, 1986 - Nursery & landscape tour preview 

    Tom Moherman, BS in Agronomy, 1969 - Green Valley Growers Caters to Customers 

    Jason Nuhfer, AS & BS in Agricultural Education and AS in Cattle Production & Management Technology, 2007 & 2008 - Electronic Feed Pusher in the Dairy BarnJason Nuhfer

    Lane Osswald, BS in Agronomy, 1997 - Leading through Conservation 

    Jessica Parrish, BS in Agricultural Communications, 2014 - Growing our Generation: How we learned hard work

    Dr. Lindsay Pease, BS, MS & PhD in Food Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 2010, 2012 & 2016 - Farmers and fertilizer reps study nutrient management

    Dr. Gary Pierzynski, PhD in Agronomy, 1989 - CFAES Announces New Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education

    Cinda Plante, BS in Horticulture, 1980 - A horticulturist called Plante? Some Daytonians’ names fit them all too well

    Dr. Doug Pletsch, MS & PhD in Agricultural Education, 1966 & 1968 - Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Doug Pletsch  

    Amanda Raines, MS in Agricultural and Extension Education, 2017 - A Closer Look at the Most Popular 4-H ProjectsKaterina Sharp

    Dr. Roger Rennekamp, PhD in Agricultural Education, 1987 - OSU Roads Scholars Tour stops in Willard

    Katerina Sharp, BS in Agricultural Communications, 2018 - Keeping ACEL in the Family

    Tim Shipley, AS in Livestock Production and Management for Beef and Sheep, 1977 - Licking County farmers suffering from trade war with China

    Dr. Liz Smith, PhD in Agricultural Education, 2017 - Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Elizabeth Smith

    Brian Stickel, BS in Agricultural Mechanization & Systems, 2011 - Leading through Conservation 

    Dr. Robert Torres, PhD in Agricultural Education, 1993 -  U.S. Department of Agriculture Presents E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program award recipients

    Karl Wedemeyer, AS in Dairy Science & BS in Animal Science, 2008 & 2009 - Preparing for fewer dairy farms

    Rebecca Winkler, AS in Crop Production Management, 2003 - Winkler Farms hosts Dairy Twilight Tour

    Tracy Winters, BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, 1991 - A Closer Look at the Most Popular 4-H Projects

    Mike Zeedyk, AS in Crop Production Management, 1996 - Feeding Farmers at Zeedyk Farms Dr. Robert Torres (center)

    Darcie Zirkle, BS in Agribusiness and Applied Economics, 2014 - Interns Guiding Logan County 4-H

    Dr. Carl Zulauf, BS & MS in Agricultural Economics, 1973 - Farm bill deadline nears on heels of tariff fight

    Spot an alum in the news? Let us know!

  8. Volunteer to Help Students Move In

    OSU students

    Both Columbus and Newark campuses could use a few good volunteers to help students move into their dorms next month.

    There are two main volunteer jobs for Columbus campus:

    Welcoming committee volunteers are placed in the staging lots to greet parents and students before they get to the building to unload. These volunteers get to be friendly, outgoing, and welcoming in conversations with parents and students.

    Building volunteers are welcoming and friendly as they direct traffic, greet cars when they pull up to the building, help unload, manage elevators, and usher students and parents to their new homes.

    Columbus move-in volunteers are needed August 15th and 18thOSU Newark is looking for building volunteers on August 18th.  OSU's Wooster campus has all the move-in help it needs for August, but if you are interested in lending a hand for other upcoming events in Wooster, email


  9. Eye-Opening Class Memory

    Krystel A. Navarro-Acevedo

    In the last issue, we asked alumni to tell us about their most eye-opening class.  Krystel A. Navarro-Acevedo, 2016 MS in Plant Pathology, shared her memory of Dr. Jason Slot's mycology class:

    The class had a mixture of plant pathology related topics and general mycology. The professor was always prepared for class and was very open to any type of questions that came from students. One of the most amazing things about this class was that he brought in recent papers and discussed them as part of the material in a very simple way. One of the best parts of the lab was when Dr. Slot asked us to bring a dish that was made from fungi and share with other students. It was so interesting to learn about why fungi are so important in this world and also taste some of them and learn about dishes from other countries. He also talk about the influence of fungi in different cultures around the world and how fungi have been so important for evolution. In the lab, everything was hands on and allowed students to come up with new ideas about the topic. We also had to work in teams but in a different way. We all did the experiments independently but we had to interact with others to understand the results and move forward. He created an environment of friendship, and it was also very fun. His exams were challenging but focused on what you learned in class. Exams challenged us to really focus on understanding the material rather than memorizing it. As a person, Dr. Slot is very humble and bright, and I was very happy to be part of his class. I also had the opportunity to be a TA for his class and this was a very gratifying experience. In order for us to get a satisfactory grade, we had to come up with new laboratory material. I worked with my peer Emile Gluck Thaler (also a graduate student), and we both came up with new ideas that resulted in very interesting outputs. This was a very nice thing because it allow us to think outside the box and find new ways to teach the material in a different and fun way. Finally I think Dr. Slot was very open to the different cultures, academic backgrounds and also respected the opinion of every student. I really think he made a difference in my life and career.       



  10. We Want to Hear from You!

    OSU roommates

    The Columbus Dispatch recently wrote an article about how incoming freshman are matched as roommates.  The majority still chose to be assigned a random help - with a little help from a survey that ties to match based on a few preferences.   

    Tell us about your roommate memories, and we will share with fellow alumni and friends in the next issue.

    And if you have a good idea for a future question, please email it to