CFAES Connect: May 2017

  1. ATI’s New Greenhouse Brings Opportunity

    Dean Cathann A. Kress with a tractor

    Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute Director Dr. Kristina Boone and CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress recently dedicated ATI’s new greenhouse on the Wooster campus.

    In this video, Ohio Ag Net reported on the event and what the updated facilities make possible. 

    Read more here.

  2. Leveling the Playing Field for Ohio Communities

    Mark Partridge, Mark Rembert, Bo Feng

    Mark Rembert, Bo Feng and Mark Partridge of the Department of Agricultural, Environment, and Development Economics recently published a report that explored access to broadband access throughout Ohio.

    Partridge is the C. William Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Rembert is a doctoral candidate and a graduate research associate, and Feng is a doctoral student in the college.

    The report explores costs and economic gains of expanding access and lays out recommendations for the state.

    GovTech writes about the report and speaks to Connect Ohio and a state lawmaker about the potential impact.

    Read the GovTech article.


  3. Turning Egg Shells and Tomato Peels into Tires

    Katrina Cornish

    Dr. Katrina Cornish and her team have found a way to make tires more environmentally and use food waste. By using tomato peels and eggs shells as filler in tire manufacturing, companies can reduce the amount of petroleum-based filler necessary. Popular Science recently reported on the work.

    Cornish, a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, was also recently appointed to an independent panel responsible for advising the federal Biomass Research and Development Initiative that will advise secretaries of the US Departments of Energy and Agriculture. She hopes to bring attention to alternative crops for biofuel. Read more about it.

    It's exciting to see such strides toward building a more sustainable future being made right here at The Ohio State University.

  4. You Can Help Secrest Arboretum Touch More People

    Child holding a plant

    Do your memories of Secrest Arboretum include rambling through it as a student or taking the grandkids to play on the slide? Maybe you were on campus after the tornado went through in 2010 changing the landscape forever. Or you have you not been yet, and in that case what is stopping you? We highly recommend the Family Insect Night on July 15th but there are amazing things happening all the time at the Arboretum, located on the Wooster campus.

    No matter what your relationship is to Secrest, you can help support its future by making a gift to their fund to support the Secrest Welcome and Education Center.

  5. Off to Change the World

    Graduates seated at a table on

    On a drizzly May morning, nervous CFAES students and beaming parents came together with faculty and staff to celebrate this spring’s graduating seniors.

    The event, held at the Nationwide 4H Center, featured lunch, instructions for commencement, words of congratulations and advice from Associate Dean Linda Martin, Dean Cathann A. Kress, alum Abby Waidelich, Assistant Dean Steve Neal and Assistant Dean Pat Whittington.

    Ms. Waidelich advised the graduating seniors, “Cherish the memories these last few days as an undergrad, but know that they most definitely aren’t your last memories of Ohio State. Stay engaged, get involved and go change the world one community at a time.”

    Our hearty congratulations to the 609 Spring 2017 CFAES graduates!

    A large crowd at the Nationwide 4H CenterDean Kress addressing guests at Senior Send-Off


  6. We Want to Hear from You!


    In honor of our recent graduates, tell us your favorite graduation memory. We’ll share a few of them in the next issue.


  7. Alumni Making News

    News media

    We love to see our alumni out in the world making great things happen. 

    Here are some recent news makers from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

    Spot an alum in the news? Let us know!

  8. Events Calendar


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

  9. New Video: Shelley Meyer asks you to Raise Your Hand for Ohio 4-H!

    Shelley Meyer

    Are you a #4HGrown Alum? Raise your hand to pay it forward & help the next generation of #TrueLeaders:

    Ohio currently leads the pack in a competition among the states for most 4-H alumni. Top prizes are $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 to use towards 4-H programming.

    Shelley Meyer remembers the pledge. See the video below.


    Raise Your HandIn 4-H, we believe in the power of America’s youth to succeed in life; however, only one in three kids says they have the skills they need to handle what life throws their way. That’s why 4-H created “Raise Your Hand.” A nationwide call to action for alumni to "raise their hands" to empower our nation's youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Help us grow the next generation of True Leaders—because every child deserves the opportunity to succeed.

    Go to and let us know about your 4-H experience. It doesn't cost a thing, and you don't have to be a 4-H alum to have your hand count towards Ohio's tally. The competition runs through June.

    Learn more here. 

    Ohio 4-H remains in front so far, followed by Indiana, Texas, Kansas and that state up north.

  10. Stop by the new Fawcett Café!

    The Fawcett Café, in the lobby of the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Now Open!

    The new Fawcett Café, in the lobby of the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with freshly-made sandwiches, salads, bakery items, daily specials along with Starbucks® beverages.

    Stop in, have a seat, meet and re-charge, or take yours to go!

    Menu available at