CFAES Connect : October 2019

  1. Veterans in the CFAES Community

    Retired Lieutenant Colonel Bob Joseph, an Army Reservist, and his wife, Linda

    No matter who you are, you probably know a veteran.  The military and CFAES are two paths that seem to intertwine quite often.  This November, we want to honor our alumni veterans by sharing their stories.  If you are a military veteran or ROTC alum, we want to hear your story.  Please send your story and a photo if you have one to  We hope to share these stories on the CFAES Facebook page throughout the month of November.  

    One CFAES alum and military veteran is Dr. Robert 'Bob' Joseph.  BS Horticulture 1968, MS Horticulture 1970, PhD Horticulture 1975. 

    This is his story: 

    "The first two years of ROTC were semi-mandatory when I entered OSU in 1964.  With a low draft number, I chose to take advanced ROTC for the service options a commission might provide.  Linda Roe Joseph’s engagement ring was purchased with a three-month stipend from ROTC.  After receiving a bachelor’s degree in food technology (’68) and a master’s degree in horticulture/food technology (’70), I served on active duty in the Quartermaster Corps at Fort Lee, Virginia, from 1970-1973 as a food procurement instructor and a food facility designer.  That was followed by a return to Ohio State on the GI Bill and a graduate assistantship to work on a PhD (’75).  Although I had no clear career military plans, I joined the Army Reserve in 1973, serving in a series of roles as the opportunities arose:

    • Transportation Company platoon leader
    • Quartermaster Company commander
    • Army Reserve School operations officer, instructor, and director of officer courses
    • Psychological Operations company propaganda officer…the most interesting assignment of all.

    Lieutenant Colonel Bob Joseph circa 1971

    "As a citizen soldier, family activities and civilian work responsibilities were interspersed with many evening and weekend drills and two-week annual training periods for 23 more years, until (military) retirement in 1996.  I’m proud to have served, but my (and my family’s) sacrifices pale in comparison to those of military service members and families today.  Linda and I enthusiastically support the cadets of the Buckeye Battalion through active membership in the OSU Army ROTC alumni society and an endowed cadet scholarship."

    CFAES wants to continue to support our veteran community, specifically through programming at Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory.  Learn more about it here.  

  2. Reserve Seats Now for a "Wicked" Panel Discussion Nov. 18

    Lake Erie algal blooms

    Explore the application of transdisciplinary research and systems approaches to solve grand challenges in our food, water, and energy systems at “Converging on Wicked Systems Problems" on Nov. 18.

    You are invited to a special event hosted by Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR).

    Converging on Wicked Systems Problems is 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Columbus campus. 

    The afternoon will include presentations and a panel discussion with Rolf Nordstrom, president and CEO of the Great Plains Institute, Greg Soehnlen, president and CEO of Superior Dairy, Inc, and Lois Wright Morton, professor emeritus of sociology, Iowas State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  

    Please register by Nov. 12 at  Space is Limited.  Those unable to attend may wish to livestream the event on the CFAES Facebook page.   

    Check out this video below to learn more. 


    Converging on Wicked Systems Problems



  3. Celebration of Youth Raises Over $100,000 for 4-H

    Supporters of 4-H Programming

    The 22nd annual 4-H Celebration of Youth was a special evening, bringing in $104,548 for Ohio 4-H Youth Development programs, a 20-percent increase in proceeds from 2018.

    More than 250 guests at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center enjoyed food, auction bidding, and guest speaker Katie Smith. The Hocking County 4-H alumna and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer shared the impact 4-H made in her life. Smith, a former Ohio State and professional basketball standout, also focused on the importance of the fourth “H” – health.

    Health was also in the spotlight when this year’s Celebration of Youth auction concluded. Auctioneer Johnny Regula asked for $1,000 sponsorships to send Ohio 4-H teens to the National 4-H Healthy Living Summit in Maryland. Pledges totaling $18,000 were received, sending the largest group in Ohio 4-H history to the Summit.

    All event proceeds benefit two funds:

    • The Ohio 4-H Foundation Endowment, which supports new and existing Ohio 4-H programs at the county and state levels
    • The Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center Endowment Fund, which helps ensure 4-H programs and activities continue to meet the needs and interests of Ohio youth

    A special thanks to this year’s sponsors for their continued support and dedication. Visit our Celebration of Youth page for a list of sponsors and photos of the evening.

    Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center         Katie Smith

  4. Welcome to Our New Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving

    Amy Jo Baughman

    The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has a new director of alumni engagement and annual giving.

    "This college has a strong alumni base, and we are so excited to engage with all of you," said Amy Jo Baughman, who joined the CFAES Advancement Team this month.

    She already knows the college well. In her previous role, she was coordinator of prospective student services within CFAES Academic Programs. Amy Jo is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. She has a BS and an MS from the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, focusing on education and international development. 

    "Amy Jo brings with her a passion for the college, its mission, and many connections throughout our alumni and stakeholders," CFAES Chief Advancement Officer Keith DiDonato said.  

    Amy Jo has been actively involved with the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) and with the College Outreach Group through CFAES.  Having grown up on a sheep farm in Fayette County, Ohio, she has strong ties to both the National FFA Organization and to Ohio 4-H. On a personal note, she is married to an alumnus of the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Also, she enjoys running. 

    Reach Amy Jo at or 614-292-0250.







  5. Thank a Mentor

    Faculty mentor students in a variety of ways.

    No one goes through their academic career alone; it takes academic advisors, faculty, administrative staff, and more to help get us through our time as a student. 

    During the month of November, we want to help you say thank you to the individuals who helped get our alumni through their academic careers. 

    Please send your name, degree/graduation year, whom you would like to thank, and a brief message to that individual to

    We will do our best to connect you with that mentor.  If he or she is no longer living, we will do our best to send your message to his or her family.  This November, help us thank the village that made our alumni who they are today!  

  6. Pay Forward to CFAES Through a Gift of Property

    Teaching opportunities at Waterman

    Want to make a gift to CFAES while realizing the maximum benefits from your real estate?

    Consider donating appreciated property, and it will mean a brighter future for Buckeyes.

    Such a generous gift helps us to continue supporting student scholarships or other programs for years to come.  Read more.

    Time and Change: The Ohio State Campaign


  7. Events Calendar

    Green Gala - November 16th 5:30-9:00pm - Columbus, Ohio 

    Join the Ohio Environmental Council for a spectacular evening celebrating five decades of environmental progress. Together, we’ll honor trailblazers who have fought for a healthier environment for all Ohioans and we’ll set our sights on what’s to come.

    Converging on Wicked Systems Problems - November 18th 1:00-3:00pm - Columbus, Ohio 

    "Converging on Wicked Systems Problems" includes presentations and a panel discussion with Rolf Nordstrom, president and CEO of the Great Plains Institute; Greg Soehnlen, president and CEO of Superior Dairy, Inc.; and Lois Wright Morton, professor emeritus of sociology, Iowa State Unversity College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

    EPN Breakfast: The Future of Conservation Funding - November 19th 7:30am-1:00pm - Columbus, Ohio

    Join this EPN Breakfast Program to learn from Kendra Wecker (the Chief of Ohio’s Division of Wildlife) and Naomi Edelson (Senior Director for Wildlife Partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation; national expert on state-based conservation funding strategies), as we discuss a variety of strategies aimed at enhancing the future of wildlife conservation in Ohio.

    Celebrate Everyday Heroes at Family Friday - November 22nd 6:00-8:00pm - Columbus, Ohio

    Come show your appreciation for those currently serving our country at a night filled with entertainment, a DJ, facepainting, and more! 

  8. Alumni in the News

    Brandon Hawkins (L) at Farm Science Review

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

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

    Cody Beacom BS Agricultural Mechanization & Systems 2009 - Ohio Ag Net Podcast Ep. 123 Cover Crops & Agritourism 

    Julie Becker BS Agricultural Communications 1992 - Select Sires Honors Employees with 30-plus Years  Julie Becker

    Brad Bergefurd BS Horticulture 1990, MS Agricultural Education 2011 - Papaws Making a Comeback in Ohio, Other Markets

    Eric Bernard ASC Agricultural/Industrial Power Equipment Technology 1986 - Eric Bernard Obituary - Avon, Ohio

    John Collier Jr. BS Horticulture 1965 - John Rust Collier Jr. 

    Dr.Laura Deeter BS Horticulture 1995, PhD Horticulture and Crop Science 2002 - Ohio State ATI Professor Named National Educator of the Year

    Cassaundra Dietrich BS Agricultural Communications 2009, MS Agricultural Education 2016 - Extension Work Far From Cookie Cutter

    Dr. Yu Gao MS Horticulture 1988, PhD Horticulture 1993 - Small Fruits Specialist Leaving YouTube Legacy

    Cheryl Gordon BS Agricultural Education 1982, MS Agricultural Education 1984 - Sheep Tour Takes Producers to Northeast Ohio

    Peggy Hall MS Natural Resources 1991 - Balancing the Risks and Benefits in Agritourism

    Rose Hartschuh BS Agricultural Education 2008 - Crawford County Farm Bureau Wraps Up the Year with Honors

    Rose Hartschuh BS Agricultural Education 2008 - Hartschuh, Harrison Take Roles with Ohio Farm Bureau

    Brandon Hawkins BS Agribusiness & Applied Economics 2008 - Attendance at OSU's Farm Science Review Tops 100,000

    Charles Hebble BSAGR Sustainable Plant Systems 2016 - OABA 2019 Winners Announced 

    Bart Johnson BS Agricultural Economics 1989 - Great Staff is Like a Second Family

    Ed Johnson BS Rural Sociology 1959 - Great Staff is Like a Second Family

    Tracey Kastl ASC Greenhouse Production & Management Technology 1994 - Tracey Kastl Obituary - Lorain, Ohio

    Andrew Klopfenstein BSFABE Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering 2013, MS Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering 2016 - Digital Agriculture Program Celebrates Ohio State's Sesquicentennial

    Rattan Lal PhD Agronomy 1968 - The Ohio State University Alumni Association Honors Extraordinary Alumni

    Dr. Willie Larkin PhD Agricultural Education 1980 - Edgewood College Names New Diversity Officer, Chief of Staff   Willie Larkin

    Garrett Leeds BSAGR Agricultural Systems Management 2018 - Attendance at OSU's Farm Science Review Tops 100,000

    Kimberly Lemmon BS Agricultural Communications 1999 - Great Staff is Like a Second Family

    Matthew Liskai BS Agriculture & Construction Systems Management 2001 - How Much Do You Value Your Data? 

    Dr. Courtney Little BS Food Science & Nutrition 2007 - Ross Board of Health Selects New Health Commissioner, Medical Director

    Larry Lokai BS Agricultural Education 1967, MS Agricultural Education 1973 - Buckeyes for a Cornhusker

    Dr. Horacio Lopez Nicora MS Plant Pathology 2015, PhD Plant Pathology 2016 - Do you know your Number?

    Paul Lyons BS Animal Science 1992 - Ohio County Farm Bureau Efforts Win National Recognition

    Leslie Maurice BS Agricultural Education 2003 - Graham BOE Candidate Profile: Leslie Maurice

    Lynn Miller BS Agronomy 1983 - Ohio's Top Conservation Farmers Honored 

    Timothy Miller BS Agricultural Education 1983 - Ohio's Top Conservation Farmers Honored 

    Dale Minyo BS Agricultural Economics 1989 - Great Staff is Like a Second Family

    Ryan Morrison BS Agricultural Mechanization & Systems 2009 - The 'Great Pumpkin' of Fayette County

    Levi Morrow BSAGR Agribusiness & Applied Economics 2013 - Growing our Generation: Our Jump into the Sheep Industry

    Heather Neikirk BS Animal Science 1993 - Plant Lovers' Almanac: Attacking the 'Wicked' Problems of Hunger and Food Insecurity in Communities

    Glen Newcomer ASC Livstock Production & Management Beef & Sheep 1981 - Faith, Family and the Future of Newcomer Century Farm

    Brad Ott BS Crop Science 2001 - Pioneer Field Report | Brad Ott    Morrow Family

    John Poulson BS Animal Science 1981, MS Agricultural Education 1987 - Nominate an Ag Teach for the Golden Owl Award

    Eleanor Everly Sanford BS Poultry Science 1947 - Mary Eleanor Everly Sanford

    Hannah Scott MS Environment and Natural Resources 2015 - Scott Selected to Receive Sustainable Agriculture Grant from NCR-SARE

    Sydney Snider BSAGR Agricultural Communications 2019 - Felicity-Franklin Schools Grad Sydney Snider Honored

    Dusty Sonnenberg BS Agricultural Education 1995 - Great Staff is Like a Second Family   

    Karie Staley BS Agribusiness & Applied Econ 1999 - OABA 2019 Winners Announced

    Mike Stitzlein BS Animal Science 1991 - Sheep Tour Takes Producers to Northeast Ohio

    Dr. C. William Swank BS Animal Science 1953, MS Agricultural Economics 1956, PhD Agricultural Economics 1962 - Former OFBF Executive Vice President Bill Swank Dies at 88

    Ryan Tietje AS Agricultural Systems Management 2015, BSAGR Agricultural Systems Management 2017 - Digital Agriculture Program Celebrates Ohio State's Sesquicentennial

    Dr. W. Alan Wentz BS Natural Resources 1969 - Dr. W. Alan Wentz Receives Aldo Leopold Memorial Award

    Nick Zachrich BS Agricultural Education 2007, MS Agricultural and Extension Education 2017 - Fun at Farm Science Review