CFAES Connect: May 2015

  1. Celebrating those who invest in the future of CFAES

    Estate gifts and the people who make them are part of a deeply rooted tradition at Ohio State. CFAES is grateful to the generous alumni and friends who have remembered Ohio State in their estate plans. We applaud these donors and honor their generosity through the Neil Legacy Society.

    The Neil Legacy Society recognizes individuals who have named the university a beneficiary of a planned gift. Named in honor of the Neil family, who made 361 acres of farmland available for what is now known as The Ohio State University, the Neil Legacy Society recognizes the generosity and vision of these individuals.

    Donors are invited to campus for an annual event to celebrate their generosity. This year’s event was held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Dr. Michael V. Drake, 15th president of The Ohio State University, personally thanked donors for their support and commitment. Dr. Giorgio Rizzoni, director of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), impressed guests with an update on Ohio State’s efforts in sustainable and safe mobility.

    Learn more and view more pictures from the event.

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    Stay connected to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences by following us on social media!  It is the best way to learn the day-to-day, minute-by-minute college happenings.

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  3. Join the Buckeye Room

    Join The Ohio State University's Buckeye Room to provide strong representation from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences alumni community.  To facilitate hearing the voice of alumni on countless Ohio State priorities, an initiative called the “The Buckeye Room” was recently launched. Some think of it as the world’s biggest focus group. The Buckeye Room – open to all alumni – is an online forum that will enable the university to better understand the perspectives of alumni, and then shape programs around those viewpoints and preferences. If you agree to participate, you will be asked a handful of questions a couple of times each month. The questions will be brief, aiming for an investment of no more than 10 minutes of your time; and you will receive frequent reports on results. We hope you will join us in The Buckeye Room. We want to hear from you!

    For more information and to join:


  4. Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Clarence Cunningham

    Congratulations to Dr. Clarence J. Cunningham (B.S. 1953, M.S. 1958, Ph.D 1964, agricultural education), who is being inducted into the 2015 National 4-H Hall of Fame.
    An enshrinement ceremony is planned for October 9 at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md., for Cunningham, an Ohio 4-H Foundation board member.
    Cunningham, of Hilliard, Ohio, taught as a professor for The Ohio State University ag college and for Ohio State Extension from 1957 to 1988. Upon his retirement as associate director of Extension, he has been a professor emeritus and served as a longtime volunteer for 4-H and the Ohio 4-H Foundation.
    “I am honored that someone would think that I should even be nominated, then to be selected, I am excited,” he said recently. “It is another step that demonstrates that the state of Ohio and The Ohio State University have a lot of leadership that becomes evident in many ways.”
    “I grew up in a very small rural school, and 4-H was a very significant part of getting me started, and getting me talking in front of groups. I have been pleased to help pay forward.”
    Cunningham worked on the steering committee to raise $16.5 million to fund construction of the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. He established an endowment that creates scholarships and 4-H leadership awards.
    “I spent a lot of time teaching non-credit and academic programs to the 4-H professionals. I think that has been a significant thing that I had the opportunity to influence the lives of many of our 4-H leaders not only in Ohio but across the country,” he said. “The pleasure of continuing to see the growth of people I have taught has been very satisfying to me.”
    Feel free to celebrate Dr. Cunningham's induction with a gift to 4-H.


  5. Welcome, new alumni!

    Welcome to our newest alumni: 340 CFAES Spring 2015 graduates. Nearly  290 walked in the commencement ceremony at Ohio Stadium May 10.

    The college provided an Italian-style buffet lunch at the Nationwide Ohio 4-H Center prior to Friday's commencement rehearsal. Those attending heard from several college and university representatives, including CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron, CFAES Director of Alumni Engagement Jody Poth, and Ohio State Volunteer Relations Director Michell Domke, about ways to keep in touch through alumni clubs and societies, FallFest, and volunteering and giving opportunities.  

    "Don't lose contact with these friends. Don't lose contact with the college," McPheron said.

    From left, Pamela Thomas, Yasmine Jackson, Anikka Smith, Shanah Frankel, Maya Frankel, and Eva FrankelFrom left, Sattelberg, Amber Sattelberg, Robert Saddelberg, Nydia Sattelberg

  6. CFAES recognizes outstanding students, supporters

    CFAES held its 2015 Recognition Banquet on April 16 in the Ohio Union in Columbus. The event was a celebration of the outstanding accomplishments of the college’s students, student groups, faculty and supporters. It was dedicated to the late Raymond A. Miller, who was CFAES’s assistant dean for academic affairs, and his wife, Linda Miller.

    We congratulate the winners of the following awards, which were presented during the evening:

    Top 20 Outstanding Seniors

    • Caitlyn Black, Culinary Science
    • Joey Brown, Animal Science
    • Brandon Colby, Animal Science
    • Katherine Dowling, accepted into Veterinary Medicine
    • Seth Erwin, Agribusiness and Applied Economics
    • Kelly Frager, Agricultural Communication
    • Amanda Haines, Agribusiness and Applied Economics
    • Hillary Hall, Food Science and Technology
    • Natalie Jercak, Animal Science
    • Michelle King, Community Leadership
    • Kade Louiso, Sustainable Plant Systems
    • Megan Moorman, Agricultural Education
    • Caitlyn Mullins, Meat Science
    • Megan Parsley, Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
    • Samantha Parsons, veterinary school in fall 2016
    • Sarah Peterson, Agribusiness and Applied Economics
    • Stacie Seger, Agricultural Communication
    • Kayla Starlin, Agribusiness and Applied Economics
    • Samantha Ward, Food Science and Technology
    • Erin Williams, Agricultural Communication

    Jill A. Pfister Outstanding First Year Student 

    • Ashley Rose, dual major, Community Leadership and Animal Sciences
    • Marina Sweet, Animal Sciences

    Ray A. Miller Council Scholarship

    • Jordan Bonham, Agricultural Communication
    • Joey Brown, Animal Sciences, B.S. in Nutrition

    Lee Johnston Leadership Award

    • Alissa Finke, Environmental Sciences
    • Megan Fuerst, Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability

    Academic Mentor Award

    • Maurice Eastridge, Department of Animal Sciences

    Rodney F. Plimpton Outstanding Teacher Award

    • Monica Giusti, Department of Food Science and Technology

    New Activity Award

    • Collegiate Cattlewomen’s Club of Ohio State

    Gamma Sigma Delta Scholarship

    • Caitlyn Mullins, Meat Science

    Towers Faculty Award

    • Mary Maloney, director, Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens

    Outstanding Student Employee

    • Rebecca Mellino, Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability
    • Alyssa Lamb, Agribusiness and Applied Economics

    CFAES Internship Award

    • Natalia Jurcak, Animal Sciences
    • Kelly Fager, Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership
    • Jessica Stacy, Horticulture and Crop Science
    • Olimpia Ferguson, Entomology
    • Ryan Riddle, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
    • Kayla Starlin, Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

    Outstanding Service to Students

    • Maurice Eastridge, professor, Department of Animal Sciences
    • David Hahn, professor emeritus, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

    Meritorious Service to Students

    • Ron Harris, former executive vice president of Nabisco
    • Natalie Bumgarner, horticulturist, Crop King

    Ed Johnson Outstanding Student Organization

    • Buckeye Dairy Club
  7. ATI honors outstanding students

    ATI honored the winners of its Director’s Award and Outstanding Student Awards during its 26th annual Student Recognition Banquet April 9 in Wooster. Featured speakers at the event included CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron and ATI Interim Director James Kinder.

    Director’s Award

    • Corbin James Crownover, Crop Management and Soil Conservation

    The annual Director’s Award honors the most distinguished ATI student based on five criteria: ATI academic history, ATI organizations and activities, ATI leadership and awards, community and industry leadership and awards, and work experience. The recipient presents the student address at ATI’s spring commencement, which was May 9 this year, and receives a cash award of $200 donated by the Ohio State ATI Alumni Society and by ATI.

    Outstanding Student Awards

    • Marie Catherine Arnold, Floral Design and Marketing
    • Taylor Banbury, Agricultural Communications
    • Corbin James Crownover, Crop Management and Soil Conservation
    • Logan Eaton, Agricultural Systems Management
    • Cassandra Marie Flack, Agricultural Communications
    • Andrew Thomas Glick, Construction Systems Management
    • Jeremy E. Hershberger, Agronomy
    • Eric Stephen Heydinger, Construction Management
    • Whitney Alexis Hottle, Floral Design and Marketing
    • Morgan Lathem, Agricultural Business
    • Savannah Mae Long, Agricultural Business
    • Katelyn Miller, Agricultural Commerce
    • Kayla Leigh Murray, Horse Science
    • April Lynn Rose, Livestock Science
    • Ellen Carreen Schwieterman, Horse Science
    • Garrett Thompson, Construction Management
    • Tamara Sue Warren, Floral Design and Marketing

    The Student Recognition Program was initiated in 1989 for the purpose of recognizing and encouraging scholarship, leadership and service among ATI students. Students are nominated for these awards by faculty members, and the nomination forms are reviewed for final approval by a faculty evaluation committee. Selection is made on the basis of academic history, participation in ATI organizations and activities, on-campus leadership and awards, community leadership and awards, and work experience.

  8. OARDC annual conference spotlights water quality

    OARDC’s 2015 Annual Research Conference, which took place April 16 in Columbus, featured 11 speakers on a theme of “Water Quality: Sustaining a Vital Resource.”

    The speakers included Deanna Osmond, North Carolina State University soil science professor, who spoke on “Can We Protect Water Quality? The Importance of Watersheds”; Jay Martin of CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, on “Field to Faucet: Impacts of Phosphorus and Steps Forward in the Lake Erie Basin”; and CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron on “CFAES’s Role in Solving Today’s Challenges for a Better Tomorrow.”

    “If we can control what’s coming in from the rivers, we can have an impact and lessen algal blooms,” said Martin, who is lead faculty member of the new Field to Faucet program. “The goal is to sustain agricultural production while improving water quality in Lake Erie.”

    Watch: CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron speaks April 16 at OARDC’s 2015 annual research conference.

    “I’ve been talking about water for a long time,” said McPheron, who was named leader of CFAES in 2012 and was Penn State’s agriculture dean before that. “I used to start conversations by saying, ‘Water is the next generation’s oil.’ I have abandoned that statement. Water is our oil. It is this generation’s oil.

    “When we talk about food security, we have to have water security first or there is no food.”

    A panel discussion included water experts from Ohio Sea Grant, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Ohio State’s Office of Research and School of Environment and Natural Resources.

    Watch: OARDC Director Steve Slack speaks April 16 at the center’s 2015 annual research conference.

    “Water is a very important resource,” said one of the panelists, Karl Gebhardt, OEPA’s deputy director for water resources, speaking on the need for agencies, Ohio State and other universities to coordinate their efforts. “Ask the people in California and Toledo, and I think they’ll agree.”

    OARDC Director Steve Slack and Dave Benfield, the center’s associate director, gave the conference’s opening remarks and an update on research in the college.

    See the complete conference program at

  9. Nominate someone for the Food Science and Technology Hall of Distinction

    Be a part of highlighting the success and service of the OSU Food Science and Technology alumni and nominate someone today for the Hall of Distinction.

    Established in 2013, the Hall of Distinction seeks to recognize graduates and friends of the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University who have made significant contributions to the food science and technology profession.
    The recognition is intended to honor individuals who have:

    • Notable professional accomplishments and contributions in the field of Food Science and Technology
    • Service to others, and, in doing so, have brought recognition and honor to the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University
    • Involvement in the Department of Food Science and Technology through volunteer engagement and/or philanthropic support
    • Nominating statements must be limited to three typewritten, single-spaced 81/2" x 11" pages
    • Nominations will include at least one, but no more than three letters of support. Each letter of support will be limited to one 81/2" x 11" page
    • Curriculum vitae and resumes may be accepted but will be counted in the maximum number (six) of pages
    • Posthumous nominations will be accepted

    To nominate someone, simply download the nomination form and mail it in or fill out the nomination form online.

  10. Beck's Hybrids donates $1 million to support Field to Faucet, Farm Science Review

    A $1 million gift from Beck's Hybrids to The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will support Field to Faucet and the Farm Science Review.

    The gift, announced May 21, will be contributed over the next five years.

    The funds and in-kind donation will support Field to Faucet, the college's water quality initiative led by Jay Martin, and the Farm Science Review. The annual trade show and exhibition will be Sept. 22-24 this year at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. The nation's largest family-owned seed retailer, Beck's Hybrids has a location in London and owns nearby property that will be used for joint research and outreach projects.

    “By cooperating with Ohio State on these water quality projects and supporting the mission of the Farm Science Review, we want to help farmers become more productive and successful while protecting Ohio’s important natural resources,” Beck's President Scott Beck said. “We expect this to be the beginning of a long partnership with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.” (Beck is in the accompanying photo at right with Beck's Public Relations Director Bruce Kettler, a college alum, and Dean Bruce McPheron)

    The college appreciates the gift.

    “Beck’s Hybrids’ great generosity will go far in advancing the objectives of Field to Faucet,” Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and CFAES dean. “Clearly, Beck’s shares our goal of identifying best practices for nutrient management. And their support of Farm Science Review— the largest university-sponsored event of its kind in the country — will greatly enhance our outreach effort.”

    More about the gift can be found here.

  11. Spotlight Fund: The Ohio State Fund for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

    Consider giving to The Ohio State Fund for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (Fund#303008).

    The fund provides discretionary monies for activities that could not otherwise be provided, including outreach, alumni relations, students' co-curricular activities and undergraduate research.

    Recently, this fund supported the World Food Prize Ohio Youth Institute hosted by CFAES, a portion of the college’s commitment to the Association of Public Land Grant Universities, and over $57,000 in scholarship awards.

    For more information, contact the CFAES Development Office at 614-292-0473.