CFAES Connect: October 2017

  1. Healing Power of Gardens

    11-year-old Cailea Williams, a cancer survivor, takes part in garden experience.

    Cancer treatment can make it hard for patients to keep up their weight, and even when the cancer is in remission, health challenges linger. 

    Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory is home to several research gardens attempting to address nutrition in collaboration with Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the College of Medicine.  The gardens and research are run by Dr. Colleen Spees, an assistant professor and cancer researcher with The Ohio State University’s College of Medicine.  The gardens have served adult cancer survivors for years.  This year the work has expanded to survivors of pediatric cancer in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

    If you are interested in volunteering with the Garden of Hope, learn more here.

  2. Food Science and Technology Hall of Distinction Welcomes Six Inductees

    2017 Hall of Distinction winners

    On October 6th, the Department of Food Science and Technology recognized several people who have made significant contributions to food sciences, in the industry and at Ohio State.  They welcomed David H. Brown, Surinder Kumar, John Miller, Donald Schriver, Timothy P. Smucker, and James Harper into its Hall of Distinction.  Read about the honorees.

  3. ATI Students Provide the Blooms for Homecoming

    ATI students made the bouquets and boutonnieres for Homecoming.

    What would Homecoming be without the pomp and circumstance of the parade and the Homecoming Court?  Students of the horticultural lab at the Agricultural Technical Institute work every year to make the court shine its brightest by creating bouquets and boutonnieres for their court and OSU’s regional campuses.  Read about this unique class and their hard work for that special day.  

    If you'd like to support students at ATI, make a gift to the Agricultural Technocal Insitute Scholarship Fund.  

    ATI Homecoming Court 2017

  4. Dean Kress Presents the State of the College

    Dean Cathann A. Kress presented the State of the College on October 6.

    On October 16, Dean Cathann A. Kress presented the State of the College.   Dr. Kress shared updates about the college and a SWOT analysis as well as some of the things she has observed in her five months here at CFAES. If you missed the live stream, you can watch the video online.  

  5. Nominate an Amazing CFAES Alum to be Recognized

    2017 CFAES Alumni Award Honorees

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society recognizes outstanding alumni every year. The alumni society needs your help in determining who should be honored this spring!

    If you know a CFAES alumni that the board should consider for an award, please nominate them. You do not have to be an alum to nominate All that’s required is to fill out this one-page nomination form and submit it by November 13th.

    The board bestows five awards every year:

    • Meritorious Award (both alumni and non alumni are eligible) 
    • Distinguished Alumni Award
    • International Alumni Award
    • Young Professional Achievement Award

    For more information, visit the alumni award page or contact Claire Badger at 614-292-0250 or

    Animal Sciences Hall of Fame is also accepting nominations. If you know an animal sciences major that should be considered, submit a nomination by January 31st to Dr Stephen Boyles. Click here for information on the Hall of Fame and the nomination process.

  6. Events Calendar

    The 103rd Annual Saddle and Sirloin Little International will be held November 4, 2017.

    There's a lot happening in the coming month!  

    Poultry Science Club Annual Turkey Sale – Now through November 8, Columbus, Ohio
    Get a fresh Ohio-grown range-reared turkey and support students in the Poultry Science Club.  Place your order here.  

    Pre-Game Huddles – Saturday, October 28 & Saturday, November 11, Columbus, Ohio
    If you are going to the OSU vs Penn State or Michigan State football games and are looking for a pregame activity, consider attending Dr. Drake’s Pregame Huddle!  The event includes tailgate-inspired festivities featuring Ohio State personalities, a game-day menu, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, and all things Buckeye spirit.  Purchase your ticket online.

    "Understanding the Amish: Persistence and Change" a lecture by Joseph Donnermeyer, SENR Professor Emeritus - Wednesday, November 1, Columbus, Ohio
    The Emeritus Academy hosts a monthly lecture series in which members discuss their current research and creative activities. Lectures are free and open to the public.  This lecture will guide the audience on a journey from the outer to the inner characteristics of the real Amish, who today represent one of the fastest growing religious groups in US society.  Learn more and register here.  

    Third Annual Buckeye Classic Meat Judging Contest – Saturday, November 4, Columbus, Ohio
    The Animal Science Department invites alumni and friends to meet up with old friends and current students involved in meat science. Alumni are invited to dust off their judging skills, and enjoy another round of judging meat.  See the flyer for more information and how to RSVP.

    Little International – Saturday, November 4, Dublin Ohio
    Take in the showmanship competitions in five livestock species (goats have been added this year), and a Ham and Corned Beef Cure contest for the 103rd Annual Saddle and Sirloin event.  Students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to participate in the events and share this experience. Little I is open to family and friends of students, faculty, and industry members. As part of the program, you're invited  to watch the showmanship contest and/or attend the luncheon and awards ceremony where attendees will have the opportunity to bid at an auction on the winning ham and corned beef products from the cure competitionEPN Breakfast Series “Cats – Cuddly Pets Indoors, a Threat to Birds, Wildlife, Health Outdoors” is Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

    EPN Breakfast Series “Cats – Cuddly Pets Indoors, a Threat to Birds, Wildlife, Health Outdoors” – Tuesday, November 7, Columbus, Ohio
    Peter Marra , PhD, Director, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center at the National Zoo will present about the global impacts of free-ranging cats as well as what people can do to ensure cats are well cared for and what can be done to reduce wildlife and health impacts of unowned and outdoor cats.  Register online.

    Food Evolution Screening with Reception & Panel – Tuesday, November 7th, Wooster, Ohio
    Join us for a free screening of the documentary Food Evolution. This film, directed by Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, explores controversy around the science of food through the lens of the debate over genetically engineered foods.Food Evolution film

    There will be a reception for alumni and friends before the screening, and at 7 pm a discussion panel including our very own Dean Cathann A. Kress and other notables.  Learn more here.

    HireOhio Alumni Only Career Fair – Wednesday, November 29, Columbus, Ohio
    This event is available to alumni from The Ohio State University, Capital University, Cedarville University, Miami University, Ohio University, Otterbein University, Wright State University, Xavier University, University of Mount Union and Franklin University. RSVP here.

  7. CFAES Alumni Society Board Welcomes 3 New Members

    Molly Hardesty, Hayley Beck, Rishona Headen-Brown

    The CFAES Alumni Society Board of Directors recently held elections for three open board representative positions.

    The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) representative is Molly Hardesty.  Molly, a 2017 SENR graduate, currently works as a program assistant at SENR. She is originally from Maria Stein, Ohio.

    The Class of 2015 representative is Hayley Beck. Haley, an agricultural communications major, currently works at United Producers as a marketing communications specialist.  She is originally from Columbus.

    The Class of 2017 representative is Rishona Headen-Brown. Rishona, a Food, Science, and Technology alum, is COO and cofounder of Blended Ingredients, Nutrients, & Flavors.  She is originally from Philadelphia.

    The Society Board extends a heartfelt thank you to Jon Gerken who concluded his term as SENR Representative in June. Through Jon's service, CFAES Alumni Society Board is in better position for the future.

    Rishona Headen-Brown, class of 2017 representativeHayley Beck, class of 2015 representativeMolly Hardesty, SENR representative

  8. CFAES Alumni Making News

    Eli T. Humphries

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

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

    Dennis Corcoran, BS in Agronomy, 1993 - Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission Appointment Made

    Christian Hoffman, AS & BS in Dairy & Poultry Science, 2007 & 2009, and Joseph Vodraska BS in Horticulture, 1970 - Hoffman named OFBF Outstanding Young Farmer

    Eli T. Humphries, MS in Environment & Natural Resources, 2015 – The State Journal People Update

    Joy Sharp, BS in Animal Science & MS in Agricultural Education, 1992 & 1996, and Scott Sharp, BS in Agricultural Education, 1992 - Newborn calf makes Fairfield County Fair deChristian Hoffmanbut

    Pat Whittington, BS in Agricultural Economics, 1982  - UI CALS Alumni & Friends Association 2016-17 AwardsSusie Whittington

    Susie Whittington, BS, MS & PhD in Agricultural Education, 1982, 1988 & 1991 - Whittington to Serve as Director of Second-Year Transformational Experience Program

    Spot an alum in the news? Let us know!


  9. Memories of a Favorite Spot and a Legend

    Ron Buchenroth, CFAES alumnus

    Ron Buchenroth received his BS in Agricultural Economics in 1982.  He shares the remarkable story of his favorite place on campus.    

    While attending a track and field day at French Field House, I was honored to shake hands with the great Jesse Owens.  Later our coach took us to lunch at the Student Union.  We sat in a booth near a window overlooking Mirror Lake ravine.  A beautiful fall day with sun light beaming down through the leaves cast the day as one of the most memorable at The Ohio State University and in my life.  As I sat and gazed out the window watching students walk by absorbing the scene, I set in my mind a goal to come back to this university and become a member of this community and great university.

    I did just that!  

    On several occasions I returned to the Student Union to sit that same booth to gaze out over the same picturesque scene.  My thinking did not change.  I was very happy to be a Buckeye at The Ohio State University.

    Sad it is that I can no longer return to the Student Union and sit near that window where coach directed us for our lunch.

    The building is gone but the memory is vivid and beautiful.

    That booth at the Student Union will remain one of my most favorite spots at The Ohio State University.

    Go Bucks!

  10. We Want to Hear from You!

    Ohio State University students

    Did a scholarship make a difference in your life? Whether it be for your studies or an education abroad opportunity or a club activity, what did a scholarship do for you?

    Tell us your story, and we will share a few in the next issue.