CFAES Connect: June 2017

  1. Be the One!

    Ashley Rector

    Several of this spring’s graduating seniors declared what they will be in the coming years and how an education from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has prepared them.  See many more videos here.  


  2. ATI’s New Program Prepares Students to Tackle Global Issues

    Bioenergy research

    Every day the news is full of stories about water crises and the need to better protect our resources.  Starting this fall, The Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster will set more students up to play a role in this important issue.  ATI will offer associate degrees in bioenergy and biological waste management, a degree not offered in any other US institution. 

    Read more about this new offering. 

    Bioenergy research

  3. Who Plays a Part in Solving Hunger? Your Alma Mater

    Challenge of Change Report

    Millions of people in the United States and around the world don’t know where their next meal will come from.  The Ohio State University is part of a collective of land-grant and public universities joining with private industry, governmental agencies, and nonprofit groups to address hunger and work towards solving the problem.  The Challenge of Change Commission recently released a report on their findings and suggested actions. 

    According to Cathann A. Kress, vice president of agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, “The Discovery Themes initiative provides Ohio State with an opportunity to find durable solutions to our most compelling issues, like food insecurity. Having an interdisciplinary approach to addressing global issues positions Ohio State to tackle grand challenges.”

    Read the report here.  As the work moves forward, we will be sure to keep you updated on how you can be part of ending hunger by 2050. 

  4. Are Water Quality and Fighting Hunger Important to You?

    OSU student examines water sample.

    You can play a part in either of these causes!

    A donation to the FABE Bioproducts and Bioenergy Energy Research Fund supports research beneficial to Ohioans.

    A gift to the CFAES Nourishing Success Scholarship Fund covers the cost of meal plans for food insecure students at CFAES. Hunger shouldn’t bar students from an education and a brighter future.

  5. Your Help Provides $20,000 to Ohio 4-H

    Raise Your Hand for Ohio 4-H

    There are still a few days left to make sure that Ohio 4-H wins $20,000 for county-level programs.  If our state is at the top at the end of the day on June 30, we will win bragging rights AND be able to support Ohio youth.  Please raise your hand and ask fellow 4-H alumni and volunteers to do the same. 

    Raise-Your-Hand -- Ohio 4H remains in first place

  6. Events Calendar

    Cultivar trials at Cultivate17 event

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

    Cultivate17 Reception – July 17, 5:30 – 7:30pm   

    See the 2017 cultivar trials and join us for a reception at The Ohio State University Cultivar Trials Open House in the Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens on Monday, July 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

    The trials are a highlight of the annual Cultivate trade show held in Columbus that draws industry people from all over the world. The reception is hosted by Dr. Claudio Pasian, trial director and associate professor of Horticulture & Crop Science at Ohio State, and Mr. William Barnhill, trial manager.

    Whether you are a horticulture professional, an admirer of pretty plants, or just looking for a chance to spend some time with CFAES alumni and friends, we’d love to see you there!

    Let us know if you can make it by emailing



    Buckeyes at King’s Island – July 22  Buckeyes at Kings Island - July 22nd, 2017

    Join fellow Buckeyes for a day at Kings Island! Buckeyes will have exclusive access to the newest rollercoaster, Mystic Timbers, for an hour before the park opens. Guests will also enjoy performances from Ohio State groups, more than 100 world-class rides and attractions, including Soak City Waterpark, dazzling shows, and the award-winning Planet Snoopy.

    To purchase your discounted ticket, visit the Alumni Association page.  


    Chadwick Arboretum Open House - Sunday, July 23, 1-4pmCanoes at Chadwick Arboretum Open House.

    Held at the Arboretum North site, which is just north of the Ohio 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Chadwick volunteers and staff will provide tours of the grounds as well as tours of the enCore Solar House. There will be fishing experts on site distributing lead-free sinkers and talking about the species of fish in the catch-and-release pond; a basket weaver will demonstrate his crafts among the willow collections; pollinator and bee experts will talk about habitat and what you can do to protect desired species in your yard; and plein air artists will be sketching and painting at various locations. Franklin County Master Gardeners will answer your gardening questions, and there will also be root beer floats. Canoes will be available throughout the day. This free event is a restful way to spend a summer afternoon. Free parking will be provided in lots adjacent to the site.





  7. Volunteer for Your Fellow Alumni

    Alumni society board member, Abby Waidelich plants flower pots at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute.

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board has an opening for two representatives - one from our class of 2015 and another from the class of 2017.

    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.

    Anyone from the 2015 or 2017 class who is interested can email Peg McMahon at


    Alumni Society Board Members, Craig Miller & Yolanda Owens planting flowers at ATI.

  8. Graduation Memory

    Daniel Bonacci

    Daniel Bonacci, who received his BS in Construction Systems Management in 2016, shared his favorite graduation memory in response to our question last month:

    My favorite memory of my graduating class was the 30+ guys I graduated with. We were all a close group from our department, and I know that the many hours we spent in the computer lab finishing projects will not go unseen. Soon we will be running projects, operations, companies and maybe our own one day, too.

  9. We Want to Know

    Brutus hugs an alum

    Where is the most interesting place you have run into fellow Ohio State alums?  Tell us your story, and we will share a few in the next issue.  

  10. Alumni Making News

    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.

    Dr. Emily Buck, BS in Agricultural Communication, 2002  - See How A Family Farmer And New Holland Use Smart Tech To Make Better Farms   

    George Furrer, AS in Applied Science, 1984 - United Turf Alliance names George Furrer CEO

    Chad Mark, BS in Turfgrass Management, 2000 – Mark has Grounds Covered at Muirfield