CFAES Connect: March 2020

  1. 12 honored at the Alumni Awards Luncheon

    2020 CFAES Alumni Awards

    On March 7, 140 alumni, family, and friends came together to honor 12 individuals who received awards during the annual CFAES Alumni Awards Luncheon, held on the Ohio State campus at the Fawcett Center:

    • The Meritorious Service Award is given to alumni or nonalumni who have been singularly significant in CFAES’ quest for excellence.
      • Jerry Bigham, Hilliard, Ohio
      • William Hildebolt ('69 PhD, '67 MS, '66 BS), Winston Salem, North Carolina
    • The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to those who have brought distinction to themselves and to CFAES through their commitment and leadership.
      • Jeffrey Dickinson ('95 PhD, Entomology, '82 MS, '81 BS, Horticulture) Delaware, Ohio
      • Elizabeth Guertal ('88 MS, '84 BS, Agronomy) Auburn, Alabama
      • Bruce Kettler ('87 BS Agronomy) Westfield, Indiana
      • Lou Kozma Jr. ('95 BS Horticulture) Perrysburg, Ohio
      • Robert Joseph ('75 PhD, '70 MS, '68 BS, Horticulture) Columbus, Ohio
      • Dave Richards ('81 ASC, Nursery Management Technology) Ashtabula, Ohio
    • The International Alumni Award is given to outstanding international alumni representing, supporting, and promoting CFAES and Ohio State worldwide.
      • Mauricio Bittencourt ('04 PhD Agricultural Economics) Curitiba, Brazil 
      • Luiz Lucchesi ('97 PhD Agronomy) Curitiba, Brazil
    • The Young Professional Achievement Award recognizes young men and women for their early professional accomplishments.
      • Clifford Greer ('07 BS Construction Systems Management) Naples, Florida 
      • Sarah Herringshaw ('07 BS Animal, Dairy, and Poultry Science) Bowling Green, Ohio

    Learn more about the 2020 CFAES Alumni Awards recipients at Find additional event photos here

  2. 150 Actions to Sustain Life Challenge

    Sustaining life can look like many things.

    Throughout 2020 we are looking to you to help us sustain life near and far by giving back to your communities or starting a new effort in your personal life. Whether you are a student, faculty, staff, alumnae, industry partner, stakeholder, or community partner, we want you to participate! Let us know how you are sustaining your life or giving back to your community. Please help us reach a goal of 150 actions during 2020!

    1. Take a picture of the way you are helping to sustain life.
    2. Please share it on social media. Use #CFAES150 and #CFAES150ActionsToSustainLife, and tag a friend to challenge them to join in on the fun!
    3. Include your name/group name and a brief description of the action.
  3. CFAES gave undergraduate students more than $2.6 million in scholarships last year

    Our students benefit from scholarships in many ways.

    CFAES led the way in undergraduate scholarship spending among the Ohio State colleges reporting their figures for fiscal year 2019, as reported by the university’s student newspaper, The Lantern. CFAES’ total, more than $2.6 million, topped all 10 of the Ohio State colleges whose figures were available for the story, which looked at scholarship money left unused throughout the university. (The College of Engineering declined to provide its figures. The College of Medicine, the story said, doesn’t manage its own undergraduate scholarships.)

    Pat Whittington, CFAES assistant dean for student development, was interviewed, among others, for the story. He noted how CFAES manages all of its scholarships at the college level, so individual school and departmental scholarships don’t have a separate application.

    CFAES has a students-first philosophy at the root of its strategic plan and its capital campaign. It takes awarding and funding scholarships seriously.

    Read the story in The Lantern.

  4. Cornerstone Conversations, a new CFAES podcast

    We are one of two cornerstone colleges for the university

    We are pleased to announce our new podcast about all things CFAES. Cornerstone Conversations brings you interviews with the faculty, staff, and students who fulfill the vision of CFAES, one of two of Ohio State’s cornerstone colleges. Episode one, featuring Dean Cathann A. Kress, is now available on Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud. New episodes will be released throughout the spring semester.

  5. Alumni in the news

    Tony Losekamp

    Our alumni are out in the world making great things happen.  If you see an alumni in the news, let us know!

    Here are some recent CFAES newsmakers:

    Kasey Baker ASC Dairy Cattle Production & Management Technology 2010 - Mixing it up: Dairies diversify for success

    James Beardsley ASC Dairy Cattle Production & Management Technology 1979 - Life After Dairy

    Melissa Bell MS Human & Community Resource Development 2000- Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 140| The Ractopamine Saga Continues

    Dr. Andrew Bowman BS Animal, Dairy & Poultry Science 2002 - Pork Congress highlights

    Colonel Eric Casey BS Agricultural Economics 1992 - Interview: Eric Casey, CEO, GT USA Wilmington 

    David Cunningham ASC Crop Production Management 1979 - Results from the 2019 Ohio Corn Yield and Ohio Wheat Yield contests

    Tony Debevc BS Horticulture 1969 - Winning winery: Debonné Vineyards brings national recognition to northeast Ohio wine

    Julia Dettore BSAGR Animal Science 2018 - Joe Blundo: So to Speak | Harnesses for parrots take flight at Reynoldsburg business

    Dr. Daniel Doster BS Agricultural Economics 1955, MS Agricultural Economics 1959, PhD Agricultural Economics 1968 - Purdue Extension and agricultural economics professor emeritus dies

    Keith Gibson BSAGR Animal Science 2012 - Select Sires Appoints New Dairy Development Data Manager and Welcomes Dairy Sire Development Intern Jim Beardsley

    David Glass AS Agricultural Business Technology 2016, BSAGR Agribusiness & Applied Economics 2017 - Mensing wins Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

    James Grafton BS Agricultural Economics 1975 - A Happy Valentine’s Day hillside message

    Chris Henney BS Agricultural Education 1998 - OABA Industry Conference focused on 2020

    Scott Higgins BS Agricultural Economics 1984 - A million dollar response: H2Ohio meetings

    Jordan Hoewischer BS Turfgrass Science 2007 -  A million dollar response: H2Ohio meetingsKeith Gibson

    Shawn Houck BS Agricultural Economics 1991 - Results from the 2019 Ohio Corn Yield and Ohio Wheat Yield contests

    Mark Jordan ASC Turfgrass Management Technology 1984, BS Agronomy 1986 - A passion for golf — Nova native elected vice president of Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

    Bill Knapke BS Fisheries & Wildlife Management 1994 - Pork Congress highlights

    Antonio Losekamp BSENR Environmental Science 2017 - CISE Graduate Discerns Priesthood

    Micah Mensing AS Agriscience Education 2017, BSAGR Agriscience Education 2019Mensing wins Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

    Terry Mescher BS Agricultural Engineering 1994 - A million dollar response: H2Ohio meetings

    Susan Radachi Metzger BS Horticulture 1985, M Agricultural Education 1992 - Pickaway Park Board Swears in Two New Board Members

    Thomas Oberhaus BS Dairy Science 1979 - 'We help feed the world': Wisconsin dairy farmer slams Joaquin Phoenix's anti-dairy Oscar speech 

    Scott Saum BS Agribusiness & Applied Economics 2003 - Results from the 2019 Ohio Corn Yield and Ohio Wheat Yield contests

    Todd Schroeder BS Agronomy 1996 - Results from the 2019 Ohio Corn Yield and Ohio Wheat Yield contestsSusan Radachi Metzger

    Dr. Scott Shearer BS Agricultural Engineering 1981, MS Agricultural Engineering 1983, PhD Agricultural Engineering 1986 - Adopting technology and working together: The future is now for agriculture

    Karie Staley BS Agribusiness & Applied Economics 1999 - OABA Industry Conference focused on 2020

    Alan Sundermeier BS Agronomy 1977  - Sundermeier honored for outstanding service in ag

    Terry Wehrkamp BS Poultry Science 1982 - Wehrkamp receives USPOULTRY award

    Michael Wolfe BS Agronomy 1989 - Results from the 2019 Ohio Corn Yield and Ohio Wheat Yield contests



  6. Calendar of events

    There's something for everyone this month!


    Check here for upcoming events, event postponements, and other schedule changes


    CANCELLED - CFAES Sesquicentenial Open House - Saturday, March 21st 

    Webinar: Preparing to Step Into a Management Role - Online - Friday, March 27th 

    Let the Alumni Association help you with the next step in your career.  

    CANCELLED - CFAES Spring Game Tailgate - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, April 11th

    Highland Youth Garden Volunteer Project - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, April 25th 

    Help give back by volunteering your morning and getting your hands a little dirty. 

    Ohio State Day at Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio - Friday, May 8th 

    It's an exclusive day just for Buckeyes, prior to the park's official opening day.  

    SAVE THE DATE - 4-H Night at the Reds - Tuesday, June 23rd - Cincinnati, Ohio 

    For more events hosted by the OSU Alumni Association, CFAES Alumni Society, OSU Extension county offices, OSU Alumni Clubs across the United States, and our partners, click here!