CFAES Connect: June 2018

  1. Living Laboratory for Students and the Community

    Students learning about counting tree rings with OSU Extension Forestry Program Director Kathy Smith.

    Imagine a 640-acre classroom with gorgeous natural light and a lifetime's worth of lessons.  You can find just such a space at The Ohio State University's Mansfield Campus. A recent story in the Mansfield News Journal highlighted how the campus's woodlands are used to teach classes for students from the School of Environmental and Natural Resources.  Classes are also offered to community members interested in learning about subjects such as pollinators or woodland fungi or tree identification.  See a schedule of upcoming courses offered by the Woodland Stewards program and to learn more about the program.

  2. The Path of a Food Scientist

    Anna Schmenk, 2018 Food Science Technology Alumna

    Recent grad Anna Schmenk shares what set her on the path of becoming a food scientist and how her time in the Food Science and Technology department at CFAES provided the knowledge and experience she needed to launch her career.  Read about this amazing new alumna here.   


  3. Student Farm Provides Bounty of Opportunities

    Student farmers at Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory

    Located on the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, a student farm is buzzing with activity and staffed by students from across many disciplines.  The student farm offers community supported agriculture shares to the community, and also gives students an opportunity to learn about food systems and the environment.  Learn more about this student-driven program and how to stay up-to-date on their activities. 

  4. Music to Soothe the Sows

    Nicole Lorig, recent animal science grad

    CFAES students do some amazing things during their time at college.  Many take part in undergratuate research projects.  Nicole Lorig

    Read about how Nicole Lorig, a recent graduate from the Animal Science program, combined her passion for music and a desire to help farmers reduce aggressive behavior in pigs.  Her novel idea, aided by a supportive advisor and college resources, brought Mozart to swine and resulted in some interesting findings.

  5. Fallfest 2018 - Come Home to CFAES!


    We hope you are planning on partaking in that alumni tradition, the Fallfest Tailgate, which will be held rain or shine on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Nationwide &CFAES Fallfest Tailgate is October 6th Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center before the Buckeyes face the Hoosiers of Indiana University in Ohio Stadium. Expect delicious tailgate fare, excellent entertainment and CFAES comaraderie. We will celebrate the anniversary classes from 1968 and 1993.

    Tickets go on sale on July 23rd.  In the meantime, please update your Ohio State University Alumni Association contact information on our CFAES alumni portal now to stay connected and ensure event access.  Just click on then select “Update Your Info.” If you have issues logging in, contact Claire Badger, Director of Engagement, at 614-292-0250 or

    The CFAES community awaits your return, alumni. Go Bucks!

  6. Events Calendar

    Visit with CFAES at the Ohio State Fair.  Photo credit: Ohio State Fair

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

    Insect Night at Secrest Arboretum - June 30 - Wooster, Ohio
    Explore insect life after dark at this free event! Enjoy insect collecting, bug zoo, maggot art(!), cockroach races and more. Don't forget to bring your flashlight, sneakers and bug jar.  More information here.

    Stone Lab Guest Lecture - July 5 - Put-in-Bay, Ohio & Online
    This evening begins with a brief from Dr. Rachel Gabor, Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University on identifying water controls in urban environments. Dr Jeff Sharp, Director, School of Environment and Natural Resources and Professor of Rural Sociology, The Ohio State University will present on 50 Years of Environmental and Natural Resource Education at The Ohio State University… Looking to the Next 50. Guests can see the presentation in person or online.Macro photograph of moss

    Intro to Macro Photography - July 7 & 8 - Wooster, Ohio
    Join OSU Extension Ed Tech Specialist & macro photographer, Danae Wolfe, at Secrest Arboretum to learn the basics of shooting close-up and macro photos of insects and flowers. Workshop is from 10 AM- 3 PM each Day. Register here.

    EPN Field Trip - A Walking Tour of the Lower Olentangy - July 10 - Columbus, Ohio
    Join a variety of environmental scientists and field specialists for a walking tour of the Lower Olentangy River featuring learning modules on wildlife (terrestrial and aquatic), forestry, invasive species, water quality and the impact of lowhead dam removals on riparian ecosystems. More information and registration.

    Roads Scholars Tour at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - July 10 - Cleveland, OhioRock and Roll Hall of Fame
    Register today to twist, shout and rock out with fellow Buckeyes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hear from special guest Ohio State President Michael V. Drake, Roads Scholars faculty, and current students about the incredible initiatives taking place on campus. The event is free but requires registration.  

    Honey Bee / Animal Husbandry Webinar - July 18 - Online
    Learn from Alex Zomchek, Master Beekeeping Instructor.  Alex will present "Honey Bee/Animal Husbandry – What and When you do (or don’t do) Matters."  Find out more here.

    Chadwick Arboretum Open House - July 22 - Columbus, OhioCanoeing at Chadwick Arboretum.
    The public is invited for an afternoon of refreshments, canoring, fishing, education and fun.  This event is free. 

    Visit with CFAES at the Ohio State Fair - July 25 - August 5 - Columbus, Ohio
    Stop by the Youth Center during the State Fair and catch up with the college.  There will be activities for kids and an opportunity for CFAES & 4-H alumni to win Fallfest tickets.  On July 29, the Licking County 4-H Band will perform in the building.

    From Forests to Furniture - July 26 - Wooster, Ohio
    The Woodland Stewards Program offers an all day class to explore the connection between forestry and furniture.  The group will visit some research plots, Secrest Arboretum, Bent Wood Solutions, and Homestead Furniture.  Register here. 

    New Buckeyes, New City - August 14 - 26th - 12 Cities throughout the United States
    The OSU Alumni Association will host welcome events in 12 cities for recent graduates to form connections with established alumni and learn more about their new city.  We'd love to have a great CFAES showing to make sure our newest grads get a true Buckeye welcome as they start their careers.  Learn more and RSVP here.  

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

  7. Meet the Newest Members of the CFAES Alumni Society Board

    Mark Evans, Mary Ann Frantz, Nicky Gallagher, and Katherine Wolfe

    The CFAES Alumni Society Board of Directors recently held elections for four open board representative positions.

    Mark Evans will represent northeast Ohio.  Mark received his BS and MS in Agricultural Education in 1977 & 1980.  Mark is a sales representative for Eason Horticultural Resources and lives in Westlake, Ohio.  

    The new Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) representative is Mary Ann Frantz. Mary Ann was part of ATI's first graduating class.  She has an AS in Floral Design and Marketing Technology and a BS in Agricultural Education.  She is an Academic Coach at ATI and lives in Wooster, Ohio.  

    The Entomology (SENR) representative is Dr. Nicky Gallagher.  Nicky has an MS & PhD in Entomology and is a Technical Service Manager for Syngenta Professional Pest Management. She lives in Dublin, Ohio.

    Katherine Wolfe will serve as the Plant Pathology representative.  She is a 2018 graduate, living in Louisville, Ohio.  She works at Carrollton Farmers Exchange in Agronomy Sales.

    The Society Board extends a heartfelt thank you to Ralph Coffman who concluded his term as Past Board President in June. We thank him for his dedication to serving his fellow alumni and current students. 

    The CFAES Alumni Society Board is still in need of a 2018 graduate to represent our newest class of alumni!  If you or someone you know received a degree in May (AS, BS, MS or PhD) and is interested in serving fellow alums for a three-year term on the Board, email


  8. CFAES Alumni Making News

    Dr. Juliana Vasco-Correa

    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.

    Jeffrey Carpenter, AS in Livestock Science and BS in Agricultural Education, 2001 & 2003 - Alumni Spotlight: Jeffrey Carpenter ’03

    Chris Clark, BS and MS in Agricultural Education, 1988 & 1994 - Alumni Spotlight: Chris Clark

    Mark Dilley, BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Management and an MS in Environmental Science, 1991 & 2003 - Don’t Worry: MAD Scientists have been monitoring and restoring Ohio’s wetlands Katy Endsleyand streams!

    Sarah Jane Duffy, BS in Agricultural Communications, 2002 - Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Jane Duffy ’02

    Katy Endsley, BS in Agricultural Communications, 2004 - This place feels like home

    Coralie Farinas, MS in Plant Pathology, 2018 - AmericanHort announces 2018 HortScholars

    Sara Fischer, BS in Environment, Economy, Development & Sustainability, 2018 - Women look to close renewable energy’s employment gender gap

    Gregg Fogle, BS in Animal, Dairy & Poultry Science, 2000 - Garcia and Fogle Receive Honorary State FFA Degrees

    Dr. Francis Fluharty, BS, MS & PhD in Animal Science, 1982, 1987 & 1993 - Dr. Francis Fluharty Retires After 35 Years of Service

    Kendall Glasser, BS in Community Leadership, 2017 - Alumni Spotlight: Kendall Glasser ’17

    Xiang Gu, BS in Community Leadership, 2016 - Alumni Spotlight: Xiang Gu ’16

    Dennis Hall, BS and MS in Agricultural Education, 1981 - Alumni Spotlight: Dennis Hall

    Chris Henney, BS in Agricultural Education, 1998 - 6 dads, 5 questions

    Dan Herms, BS & MS in Horticulture, and an MS in Entomology,  1983 & 1984 - Global warming impacts everything from birds to allergiesXiang Gu

    Robin Hovis, BS in Agricultural Education, 1981 - Alumni Spotlight: Robin Hovis ’81

    Jenny Hubble, BS in Agricultural Communications, 1994 - Farm field trip offers third graders a unique learning opportunity

    Rattan Lal, PhD in Agronomy, 1968 - Rattan Lal: Our Soils Rock Star

    Aaron Laver, BS in Environmental Science, 2014 - Don’t Worry: MAD Scientists have been monitoring and restoring Ohio’s wetlands and streams!

    Larry Lokai, BS & MS in Agricultral Education, 1967 & 1973 - Lokai profiled in annual publication

    Dr. David McCracken, PhD in Agricultural Education, 1970 - Alumni Spotlight: J. David McCracken

    Suzie McMullen, BS in Agricultural Education, 2013 - The Farm Stead Market

    Marissa Mulligan, BS in Animal Science, 2017 - Policy Outreach Fellow program

    William Murdock, MS in Natural Resources, 2000 - Leadership Columbus GraduationMarissa Mulligan

    Kelly Newlon, BS in Agricultural Education, 1998 - Faculty and Grad Students Earn NACTA Teaching Awards

    Jenna Odegard, MS in Environment and Natural Resources, 2017 - Don’t Worry: MAD Scientists have been monitoring and restoring Ohio’s wetlands and streams!

    Christina O'Keeffe, BS in Human Dimensions, 2002 - Leadership Columbus Class of 2018Senator Bob Peterson

    Ken Parrott, BS in Agricultural Education, 1989 - Alumni Spotlight: Ken Parrott

    Senator Bob Peterson, BS in Animal Science, 1983 - 6 dads, 5 questions

    Dr. Mary Kay Pohlschneider, BS & MS in Animal, Dairy & Poultry Science and a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition, 2000, 2003 & 2008 - Faculty and Grad Students Earn NACTA Teaching Awards

    John Poulson, BS in Animal Science & MS in Agricultural Education, 1981 & 1987 - Alumni Spotlight: John Poulson ’87

    Dr. Cheryl Ruey-Fen Bain, PhD in Agricultural Education, 2000 - Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Cheryl Ruey-Fen Bain ’00 

    Dr. Joy Rumble, AS in Livestock Science, BS in Animal, Dairy & Poultry Science, and MS in Agricultural Education, 2006, 2007 & 2010 - Rumble hired as OSU assistant professor of agricultural communication

    Anna Schmenk, BS in Food Science & Technology, 2018 - For the Love of Food

    Don Schmenk, BS in Forestry, 1990 - For the Love of Food

    Dr. Scott Shearer, BS, MS & PhD in Agricultural Engineering, 1981, 1983 & 1986 - Ahead of the Curve: Precision Agriculture Seeing Rites of Passage

    Whitney Beck Short, BS in Animal, Dairy & Poultry Science and MS in Agricultural Education, 2007 & 2009 - Alumni Spotlight: Whitney Beck Short

    Dr. Mei-Ling Shotts, PhD in Food Science & Technology, 2018 - Faculty and Grad Students Earn NACTA Teaching AwardsKelly Newlon & Dr. Cheryl Ruey-Fen Bain

    Rose Smith, BS in Agricultural Education, 2006 - Alumni Spotlight: Rose Smith

    David Spillman, AS in Agronomic Business Technology, 2008 - Grain farming: There’s an app for that

    Matt Spillman, AS in Crop Production Management, 2009 - Grain farming: There’s an app for that

    Steven Spillman, BS in Environmental Policy & Management, 2012 - Grain farming: There’s an app for that

    Dr. Juliana Vasco-Correa, PhD in Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 2017 - Vasco-Correa Receives Faculty for the Future Fellowship

    Dr. Roger Williams, BS in Forestry and MS in Natural Resources, 1977 & 1981 - Faculty and Grad Students Earn NACTA Teaching Awards

    David Zenk, BS in Landscape Horticulture, 2001 - Metroparks Toledo unveils plans for Marina District

    Chris Zoller, BS and MS in Agricultural Education, 1991 & 1997 - 6 dads, 5 questionsEric, Steven, David, Matt and Mark Spillman.  Photo credit: Katy Mumaw, Farm and Dairy

    Spot an alum in the news? Let us know!

  9. Study Abroad Memories

    Amanda Folck

    In the last CFAES Connect, we asked alums to share their memories of educational abroad opportunities.  A couple of great stories were submitted! 

    Amanda Folck received her BS in Sustainable Plant Systems: Turfgrass Science in 2017.  Her internship abroad has led to an amazing career.
    Amanda Folck
    I had the opportunity to intern with the Arsenal Football Club at their practice field in London Colney, Hertfordshire, England my senior year.  Early in my college career, I thought I wanted to become a nurse or have a career in sports medicine.  I grew up on a strawberry farm though and played several sports in high school. This combination of experience led me to a career in turfgrass, and my internship opened up huge doors for me.  While working in England, I learned a great deal and met incredible industry professionals.  The spring following my internship, I received the Gary Vanden Berg Internship Grant from the Sportsturf Managers Association - I was the first woman to be awarded this grant.  This honor led to meeting Craig Potts and a job offer to be an athletics groundskeeper at Texas A & M overseeing their womens soccer fields in addition to other athletic grounds.  Some wondered if I could handle the Texas environment, and I tell them that it's a lot like my work in England - people just talk with a different accent! 


    Margo Freed, a 2012 Agricultural Business alum, spent a year abroad in Japan.  Margo Freed in Japan

    I spent a year abroad teaching English in Yokohama, Japan. It was a great experience and it really helped me learn how to teach people, improve my Japanese, adapt to a different culture, and give me more confidence to travel other places. My favorite part of the year was hiking Mt. Fuji in late summer. I also enjoyed participating in the school activities with my students such as Sports Day, the School Bazaar, Chorus Festival, and more. I highly recommend anyone go abroad whether it’s for school or work. I’m hoping to work abroad again in a few years.  

    CFAES students are tomorrow's leaders and scientists.  A global perspective better prepares them for that role.  A gift to the CFAES Study Abroad Fund will send a CFAES student somewhere internationally to learn more about the world and his or her role in it. 

  10. We Want to Hear from You!

    OSU students in class

    Tell us about your most eye-opening class.  Was it a hands-on experience or a subject matter that was brand new to you?  Tell us your story, and we will share with students and with fellow alumni and friends in the next issue.

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