CFAES Connect: March 2017

  1. Spring Game Tailgate April 15 is SOLD OUT! Thanks for your interest.

    A view of the game from the south stands.
    Break out your Buckeye gear and prepare for some Spring football!
    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is hosting a Spring Game Tailgate for CFAES alumni, friends and their families on Saturday, April 15, 2017.
    The event is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, prior to the 2017 LifeSports Spring Game.
    The sold-out event includes a catered lunch buffet, game ticket & family-friendly activities. Parking will be free on the Columbus campus lots for Spring Game. 
    RSVP for Spring Game Tailgate by Friday, March 31, 2017 to the Alumni Association at or by phoning 800-762-5646 or 614-292-2281 {7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., M - F) for a customer service agent.
    For event questions, phone the CFAES Advancement Office at 614-292-8635, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    You're Invited to the Spring Game Tailgate April 15


  2. CFAES Alumni Awards banquet honors 14 of our best

    Alumni award winners holding their trophies

    Nearly 150 people recently assembled to honor the achievements and service of 14 alumni from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

    The annual CFAES Alumni Awards luncheon recognizes alumni and friends with awards for Meritorious Service to the College, Distinguished Alumni, International Professional and Young Professional.

    “Thank you for advancing your professions and bringing honorable recognition to yourself, our college, and the university,” presenter Ryan Conklin said before alumni, faculty, staff, family and friends during the event, hosted by the college March 4.

    It was the first time back on campus since graduation for Young Professional Award recipient Chanun "Mo" Somboonvechakarn, who traveled from Bangkik, Thailand for the ceremony.

    "I feel very honored to be receiving this award. It reminds me of where I am from and to keep moving forward," he said.

    Guests joined recipients for a pleasant buffet lunch and a celebration of their accomplishments and service to the college. Photos can be found at

    Meritorious Service Award

    • John C. “Jack” Fisher, B.S., M.S. (1967, 1969) Columbus, OH
    • Dan Wampler, B.S., Ph.D. (1980, 1983) Cincinnati, OH
    • Jill Pfister, B.S., Ph.D. (1976, 1983) Springfield, OH
    Distinguished Alumni Award
    • William Hildebolt, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. (1966, 1967, 1969) Winston Salem, NC
    • The Honorable Brian Hill, AAS, B.S. (1984, 1986) Zanesville, OH
    • Lewis R. Jones, B.S. (1965) Grove City, OH
    • Isaac “Ike” Kershaw IV, Ph.D. (1993) West Jefferson, OH
    • Kurt Loudenback, B.S. (1983) Sioux Falls, SD
    • John O’Meara, B.S., M.S. (1978, 1983) Worthington, OH
    • Ron Overmyer, B.S., M.S. (1966, 1972) Oak Harbor, OH
    • Lawrence “Larry” Piergallini, B.S. (1977) Dillonvale, OH
    International Alumni Award
    • Albert T. Modi, Ph.D. (1999) Scottsville, South Africa
    Young Professional Award
    • Katy Endsley, B.S. (2004) Baltimore, OH
    • Chanun Somboonvechakarn, B.S., M.S. (2007, 2009) Bangkok, Thailand


  3. "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

    Happy Hour

    The CFAES Alumni Society is hosting a happy hour at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Hofbrauhaus, 800 Goodale Blvd., in Grandview Yard.

    Meet and have fun with fellow alumni over complimentary appetizer platters. All other food and beverage purchases are up to guests. Seating is limited. Just ask for "CFAES Alumni Society" or "Ryan Conklin" when you walk in.

    Hope to see you there!

  4. Take part in Plant Pathology's 50th Anniversary celebrations

    OSU Department of Plant Pathology 50 years of excellence 1967-2017

    Join the Department of Plant Pathology throughout the year with events commemorating its 50th anniversary.

    The first events are a reunion luncheon July 1 at Longaberger Alumni House on the Columbus campus and an informal visit to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster on July 2.

    Seating is limited at the luncheon. RSVP here.

    Learn more.


  5. This Badger is a Buckeye!

    Claire Badger

    Please join us in welcoming Claire Badger to the CFAES Advancement Team as director of alumni engagement. Claire begins her new role on April 3.

    Claire joins the college with years of experience making meaningful connections with donors and volunteers. Since 2009, she has been director of annual giving at Mid-Ohio Foodbank. She has held varying roles, all focusing on constituent engagement, with the Foodbank since 2001.

    Herself a member of Ohio 4-H growing up, Claire earned her B.A. in English literature from The Ohio State University at Newark.

    Beginning April 3, Claire will be located at the Advancement Office, 364 West Lane Avenue, Suite B100, in Riverwatch Tower. Her phone number will be 614-292-0250.

    Welcome, Claire!


  6. New pilot plant donations enhance food industry research, learning and commercial enterprise

    A team of corporate partners standing together in front of some of the donated pilot plant equipment.

    Eventually, anyone who eats food produced in Ohio may see -- or taste -- the benefits of some recent equipment donated to The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

    In addition to a new teaching tool for food science students, the gift from nine corporate donors will provide hands-on training and applied research opportunities for Ohio’s food industry professionals and entrepreneurs.

    The state-of-the-art equipment is located in the pilot plant at the Wilbur A. Gould Food Industries Center in the Ohio State Department of Food Science and Technology:

    • An HTST Pasteurizer Skid and Homogenizer allows for processing of milk, dairy and non-dairy products, including frozen dessert mixes, non-dairy milks (almond, soy, etc.), yogurt mixes and juices. This donation was spearheaded by OCS Process Systems with gifts from Rockwell Automation, Pentair, AGC Heat Transfer, Anderson-Negele, Fristam Pumps, Industrial Automation and Tetra Pak.
    • An Expander-Extruder-Cooker™, donated by Anderson International, can be used to produce snack foods, breakfast cereals, pet food and animal feed.

    “Food companies in Ohio and beyond will be able to conduct relevant trials that are economical and can be scaled up, while having no effect on their operation’s production efficiency,” said Steven Simmons, a program specialist with the pilot plant.

    “The Food Industries Center now has the opportunity to conduct applied research on a wider variety of food products, with an emphasis on foods for health, which aligns with the focus of the Department of Food Science and Technology, the college, and university,” Simmons said. “All current and future applied research initiatives are developed with the industry in mind. The Food Industries Center’s goal is to produce relevant findings and data that are immediately applicable for the food industry.”

    “Thank you to our supporters for their generosity and dedication to our program,” Prof. Valente Alvarez told nearly 100 industry professionals who gathered recently to celebrate the gift and see the equipment at the J.T. “Stubby” Parker Food Science and Technology Building.

    “This generous gift epitomizes the importance of industry collaboration with the college,” Department Chair Sheryl Barringer said.

  7. Watch the National 4-H Youth in Action Winner for STEM

    Ava Lonneman

    Congratuations to Ava Lonneman, 17, of Mogadore, Ohio, selected as winner of the national 2017 Youth In Action Pillar Award for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). 

    Ava was recognized at the 4-H Legacy Awards March 21 in Washington, D.C. for establishing herself as a leading youth advocate and organizer for STEM education, reaching more than 1,600 youth with hands-on programming in three years.

    She is receiving a $5,000 scholarship and gets to serve as an advocate and spokesperson for 4-H STEM programming nationwide.

    Learn more about how Ava put her exceptional talents to work here and watch this video:




    Ava is the second consecutive Ohio 4-H member to win this award.


  8. Video View: BUILDING OHIO STATE, Final Chapter!


    Time remains to see the exhibit Building Ohio State: From Forest to the Renovation of the Thompson Library, which examines the shared history of Ohio's forests and The Ohio State University.  The exhibit is documented in this video from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

    The exhibit runs through May 14 in the Thompson Library Gallery, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, on the Columbus campus

    Please watch the third chapter of the three-part series, which is below.

    And here are the second and first chapters in the trilogy, in case you missed them.







  9. Dr. Cathann Arceneaux Kress named new CFAES Dean

    Dr. Cathann Arceneaux Kress
    The Ohio State University has recommended the appointment of Dr. Cathann Arceneaux Kress as vice president for Agricultural Administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Provost Bruce A. McPheron has announced. The appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.
    Kress, currently vice president for extension and outreach and director of cooperative extension at Iowa State University, was chosen following a nationwide search.
    She will begin May 1.
       OFFICE OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Bruce A. McPheron, PhD Executive Vice President and Provost    Leadership Announcement

    Dear Colleagues: With great pleasure, I write to advise you that we have recommended the appointment of Cathann Arceneaux Kress, PhD, currently vice president for extension and outreach and director of cooperative extension, Iowa State University, as vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, Dr. Kress will begin her appointment on May 1, 2017. In her current role, Dr. Kress leads the land-grant mission of teaching, research and service for the public good at Iowa State.  This $100 million operation connects the full assets of the university with all of Iowa.  Her success in using university-wide outreach programs to enhance education and innovation in Iowa communities have aligned with her key responsibility to advise the president and provost on extension and outreach issues.  Dr. Kress has taught undergraduate and graduate students at all levels.  In addition, her research and applied research efforts have focused on impacts on rural populations.  For example, her work has included the impacts of multiple deployments on dependent children of Reserve and Guard, programs to assist disadvantaged children, youth and families and on achievement gaps that impact rural youth. Prior to her leadership at Iowa State University, Dr. Kress served as a senior policy analyst of Military Community and Family Policy at the Department of Defense in Washington, DC.  In addition, she has served as director of youth development at the National 4-H Headquarters, USDA, also in Washington, DC, and as assistant director, Cornell Cooperative Extension and State Program Leader at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Among her many national leadership roles, she currently serves as a trustee of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Board in Battle Creek, Michigan; secretary and incoming chair, Administrative Heads Section, Board on Agriculture Assembly, Association of Public Land Grant Universities; and as a National 4-H Council trustee.  Dr. Kress earned a BS in social work at Iowa State University, and an MA in counselor education/college student development and a PhD education from the University of Iowa. Please join me in thanking the search committee chair, Dean Karla Zadnik, College of Optometry, and other committee members for their diligent work during the past several months.  I look forward to working with Cathann as we move forward with an ambitious agenda for our college and university.  Please join me in congratulating Cathann and welcoming her to Ohio State.  Sincerely,   Bruce A. McPheron, PhD Executive Vice President and Provost