CFAES Connect: October 2015 - Special Homecoming Recap Edition

  1. Homecoming Programming Day Tours

    Alumni caught a first-hand glimpse of what's new at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in walking tours on Programming Day Oct. 9. They also interacted with fellow alums and friends of the college.

    After receiving continental breakfast and attending the annual State of the College Address at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, alumni walked through the enCore House. The enCORE house is an 800+ square foot home designed to house a three-person family. To further minimize the home’s environmental impact, the design combines passive and active solar strategies, as well as rainwater collection and greywater reuse systems.

    The group then traveled to the new CFAES Library and Student Success Center at the Agricultural Administration Building. The library has 108 seats, five group study rooms – two with videoconferencing – as well as wireless computing.  The tour then led upstairs to the Dean’s Suite and Geraldine and Arthur Winfough Jr. Executive Board Room. The Administrative Suite, adjacent to the Student Success Center, has allowed college leadership a central office from which to collaborate.

    After, the tour crossed Woody Hayes to Howlett Hall and toured the Chadwick Gardens, Trial Gardens, and Green Roof led by Mary Maloney, Director of the Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens.

    Then the tour stopped at Parker Food Science & Technology led by Kelly Elisar, Department of Food Science & Technology Program Manager. After touring Parker Food Science & Technology, thre group returned to the 4-H Center and ate a buffet lunch served by Metro Cuisine Catering.

    Once lunch was complete, the tour continued to the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory led by CFAES Department Farms Manager Glenn Mills and John Lemmermen, CFAES Dairy Teaching and Research Facility Manager. Chair Henry Zerby discussed Animal Sciences updates, research, dairy production and facilities.

    Last stop was at the scenic Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Park. Brent Macolley, Facilities Service Manager, shared updates to the park, student involvement, water research and current activities around the state.

    For more information about any of the stops of the tour, please select these following links:

    enCore House

    CFAES Library & Student Success Center

    Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens

    Parker Food Science & Technology

    Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory

    Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Park

  2. Homecoming Fallfest

    More than 400 alumni and friends of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences gathered Oct. 10 for a tailgate before the Ohio State-University of Maryland football game.

    In addition to honoring the Class of 1965 and other anniversaries, this year’s annual Fallfest Alumni Tailgate offered fantastic food and many fun activities. Participants could enjoy being drawn in caricatures and snapping wacky pictures in a photo booth. The band Steel Away harmonized as alumni enjoyed a pregame brunch served by Bob Evans Catering.

    For the first time, we invited CFAES clubs, organizations, fraternities, and sororities, to participate. Alumni were able to interact with the current members of these organizations and find out what the organizations were involved in today.

    Find photos here.

  3. Celebrating Graduation Anniversaries at Homecoming

    Congratulations to those who celebrated their graduation anniversaries at The Ohio State University during Homecoming. 

    Alums celebrating their 5-year anniversaries were invited back to Homecoming Weekend to reconnect with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, along with fellow alumni and friends, by attending the CFAES Homecoming Weekend. Find photos here.

    This year we had a record number of alums who were celebrating their 25th and 50th year reunions.  Each graduate received a special pin and gifts from the college during a special presentation from Dr. Bruce A. McPheron, Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean of the college.

    We hope to see all of you again next year when the 25th year reunion class will be from 1991 and the 50th year reunion class will be from 1966. 

    Pictured are the alums who were celebrating 50 Years from the Class of 1965.

  4. Save the Date for Homecoming 2016

    Save the date for the 2016 Homecoming Weekend and CFAES Fallfest - September, 30 - October 2, 2016!  We hope you plan to come back and celebrate your Ohio State experience. 

    More information regarding Homecoming will be available in the summer.  To stay connected or submit changes to your personal information, please visit Ohio State’s Alumni Portal at You will also be able to register for events, search fellow CFAES alumni and more!


  5. State of the College

    As the kickoff to 2015 Homecoming weekend activities, Bruce McPheron, Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, delivered the annual State of the College address on Oct. 9.

    If you missed the speech, watch it, here.

  6. Food Science Technology Hall of Distinction Induction

    On Friday, October 9th the College held the 2015 Food Science and Technology (FST) Hall of Distinction induction reception and ceremony during Homecoming Weekend. Now in its third year, the FST 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 2015 inductees:

    Dr. Robert L. Evans (posthumous)

    Dr. Poul M.T. Hansen

    Mr. William J. Hirzel

    Dr. Robert L. Joseph

    Dr. John B. Lindamood

    Dr. Corey E. Scott

    Mr. Jack Warner

  7. ATI dairy cattle team takes first in Pennsylvania

    The Ohio State ATI Dairy Cattle Judging team turned in an excellent performance at the Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 15. 

    The team was first overall and first in oral reasons. Hannah Dye was second place individual, Tanner Topp was third place individual, Kaleb Kliner was fifth place individual and John Paulin was sixth place individual. The team was coached by Don Hange.

    In individual areas of the contest:

    • The team was first in oral reasons, second in Ayrshire, second in Brown Swiss, first in Guernsey, first in Holstein and first in Jersey.
    • Dye was first in oral reasons, first in Ayrshire, ninth in Brown Swiss, fourth in Guernsey, first in Holstein and first in Jersey.
    • Topp was fifth in oral reasons, third in Brown Swiss, first in Guernsey, fifth in Holstein and seventh in Jersey.
    • Kliner was fourth in oral reasons, third in Ayrshire, sixth in Brown Swiss, second in Holstein and fourth in Jersey.
    • Paulin was seventh in Brown Swiss, 10th in Guernsey, eighth in Holstein and third in Jersey.

    Pictured from left to right are Hange, Dye, Kliner, Topp and Paulin.


  8. Environmental film series

    Students from Ohio State and members of the broader community will screen and discuss six weekly environmental films with university and local experts in October and November.

    The series is designed to raise awareness of climate change and its economic, health, political and environmental impacts, said David Hanselmann, a lecturer with CFAES and the coordinator of the Environmental Professionals Network.

    The network, which is a service of the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), is co-hosting the series with Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment.

    The series will also highlight how people’s use of land and water can still support diverse wildlife and protect the environment, Hanselmann said.

    Screenings, discussion in Columbus

    The films will screen at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings from Oct. 20 through Nov. 24 in the U.S. Bank Theater in Ohio State’s Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. in Columbus. Admission is free and open to the public.

    Each film will be one hour long. A discussion session with the experts will immediately follow. Ohio State students are eligible to attend the screenings as an independent credit course.

    Three evenings will screen episodes of the PBS series “Earth: A New Wild,” and three will screen episodes of the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously.”

    The schedule of screenings and experts is:

    • Oct. 20, “Home” episode of “Earth: A New Wild” with Josh Knights, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Ohio, and Barbara Wolfe, DVM, clinical associate professor in Ohio State’s Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
    • Oct. 27, “Dry Season” episode of “Years of Living Dangerously” with Greg Hitzhusen, assistant professor in SENR, and Bryan Mark, associate professor with Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.
    • Nov. 3, “Plains” and “Forests” episodes of “Earth: A New Wild” with Rebecca Swab, director of restoration ecology at The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio, and Peter Curtis, professor in Ohio State’s Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology.
    • Nov. 10, “True Colors” episode of “Years of Living Dangerously” with Kate Bartter, director of the Office of Energy and Environment, and Craig Butler, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
    • Nov. 17, “Oceans” and “Water” episodes of “Earth: A New Wild” with Cinnamon Carlarne, associate professor in Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, and Jeff Reutter, special adviser to Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, both at Ohio State.
    • Nov. 24, “Revolt, Rebuild, Renew” episode of “Years of Living Dangerously” with Gökçe Esenduran, assistant professor of operations management in Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business.

    A flier with full details about the series is available online at

    Message: ‘There really are solutions’

    “This series will inspire students and others to understand there really are solutions to today’s enormous environmental challenges,” Hanselmann said.

    To that end, he said, the Environmental Professionals Network is “very excited” to also be bringing the host of “Earth: A New Wild,” M. Sanjayan, to Ohio State’s campus on Feb. 11, 2016, for a free public evening presentation. Details are at

    For more information about the film series, Sanjayan’s presentation and the network, contact Hanselmann at or 614-247-1908.


  9. CFAES Technologies In Focus at Next Startup Snapshot Nov. 12

    Alumni from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are invited to a technology showcase and networking opportunity at the next Startup Snapshot, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

    Steven A. Slack, OARDC Director and Pat Morand, president of Open Prairie Ventures, are the featured speakers at this Startup Snapshot, which focuses on CFAES technologies and software ranging from nutrition, biomedicine, agricultural engineering, and more.
    Startup Snapshot is a chance for entrepreneurs, investors, alumni, industry partners,college leaders, and inventors to interact, connect and preview Ohio State’s startup portfolio. Inventors or entrepreneurs present a brief overview of their technologies followed by a discussion and networking session. Refreshments will be served.
    RSVP by Oct. 31. Questions can be directed to
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