CFAES Connect: September 2018

  1. Watch the 2018 Dean's State of the College Address

    Dean Cathann A. Kress

    Dean Cathann A. Kress will deliver her 2018 State of the College Address on Oct. 31 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

    If you can come to campus to watch it in person, RSVP here if you want to attend.

    Also, you can watch the address at as it is streamed live on the CFAES Facebook page.

    2018 Dean's State of the College Address


  2. How to Grow a Buckeye Tree

    You can make a fallen seed grow into a tree that shows the world your Buckeye pride.  This recent article, full of advice from Paul Snyder, a program coordinator at Ohio State’s Secrest Arboretum, and Kathy Smith, a forestry program director in Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, will provide the answer. 

  3. Glass Half Full

    Sustainability manager Valentino outside of Land-Grant Brewery, located in the downtown Columbus community of Franklinton.

    Vincent Valentino had a circuitious path to CFAES and then went on to become Land Grant Brewing Company's first sustainability manager and operations assistant.  Read more about this Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability alumnus and how he is advancing sustainability within the brewing industry. 

  4. Events Calendar


    Here are some interesting events coming up that we thought you might like:

    CFAES Alumni Community Service Project with FLOW - September 29 - Columbus, Ohio
    Join fellow CFAES alumni in helping clean up the Olentangy with a service project on September 29 with Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)! During this service event, volunteers will plant trees, clear out invasive species, and more.  All CFAES alumni and their families and friends are welcome. RSVP here or by emailing

    Celebrate the Newly Renovated Pomerene Hall and Restored Mirror Lake - October 5 - Columbus, Ohio
    Be among the first to tour the fully renovated Pomerene Hall and experience the restored Mirror Lake. You’ll join friends and fellow Ohio State supporters to kick off Homecoming weekend festivities for the grand reopening of these university landmarks.  Light breakfast will be served, followed by remarks from President Michael V. Drake, Ohio State Alumni Association President and CEO Jim Smith, and John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education.  Register here.

    CFAES Fallfest Tailgate - October 6 - Columbus, Ohio
    Join us at the Fallfest Tailgate, which will be held rain or shine on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center before the Buckeyes face the Hoosiers of Indiana University in Ohio Stadium. Expect delicious tailgate fare, excellent entertainment and some CFAES camaraderie. We will be celebrating the anniversary classes from 1968 and 1993. The Tailgate starts at 11:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., one hour before kickoff.  More information on Homecoming weekend and how to purchase Fallfest tickets.

    Autumn Discovery Day at Secrest Arboretum - October 6 - Wooster, OhioAutumn Discovery Day at Secrest Arboretum
    Visit with experts and purchase unique trees and shrubs for your home landscape. Proceeds benefit arboretum programs and maintenance. Parking and admission are free.  The sale goes on, rain or shine.

    Dinosaur Day at Orton Hall - October 7 - Columbus, Ohio
    Welcome OSU's new dinosaur friend, Cryolophosaurus ellioti, to Orton Hall. The skeleton was discovered and named in honor of one of Ohio State's own geology professors, David Elliot. Found in Antartica, it's the most complete dinosaur found from that continent and highlights the university's long history of research in the polar regions.  More information available here.

    Grill Smart - October 9 - Napoleon, Ohio
    Henry County Extension offers a hands-on lesson on food safety and getting the best taste out of your grilling.  Register by October 1st.  Cost is $20 and includes meat and educational materials. 

    Fall Treasures in Your Woodland - October 12 - Vinton Furnace State Forest, OhioDinosaur Day at Orton
    Explore the forest in search of fungi, lichens, and other organisms that are present in the fall. Learn about the ecology and function of these often overlooked organisms.  Registration fee is $12.  More information on this series available here.

    Fascinating Woodland Fungi - October 12 - Mansfield, Ohio
    Fungi of many types can be found in every woodlot throughout Ohio. They get overlooked, ignored, and/or avoided by visitors to the woods because people don’t know what they are, have limited knowledge, or have been misinformed as to their importance or dangers. Fungi are quite intriguing once one gets to know them, their life histories, their ecological importance, and their diversity. Come join us for a day in the woods of learning what these fascinating organisms are and the beauty they possess.

    Stinner Summit: The Roles of Faith & Ecology in Sustainable Agriculture - October 12 - Delaware, Ohio
    The Summit is a highly engaging and participatory event that draws stakeholders from around Ohio (and sometimes beyond). Attendees with diverse interests and expertise work together to develop projects that address healthy agroecosystems and sustainable communities. At the end of the day, the attendees vote on the project(s) they would like to see receive funding. Funding for the selected project(s) is provided by the Ben Stinner Endowment. Great local food is always a part of the day. The event is free of charge and open to any who are interested, though space is limited. More information available here.

    Family Friday – Fall Fun! - October 12 - Columbus, Ohio
    The Ohio State Alumni Association is hosting this event.  They invite Buckeyes and their families to come out for some fall fun!  Decorate mini pumpkins and trick-or-treat bags.  Enjoy the fire pit and entertainment, including a DJ, face painting, and a balloon animal artist.  Food will be available for purchase from popular food trucks. A cash bar, complimentary snacks, and soft drinks will be provided.  Register here.

    Environmental Film Series: Rancher Farmer Fisherman - October 15 - Columbus, Ohio
    The School of Environment and Natural Resources & Office of Energy and Environment invite you to the Autumn 2018 Film Series, with lively discussions led by leading OSU and local experts. This showing is “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman” with featured Montana rancher, Dusty Crary and Plain City, Ohio conservation farmer, Fred Yoder.  Free pizza and beverages at 6:30.  Learn more about the film series here.

    EPN Breakfast: Healthy Planet, Healthy Patients: Hospitals Reduce their Environmental Footprint - October 16 - Columbus, Ohio
    This EPN Breakfast program, in collaboration with the Ohio Hospital Association’s Environmental Leadership Council, Practice Greenhealth and Health Care without Harm, focuses on efforts to embed environmental sustainability into healthcare systems in Ohio. We will explore how three hospitals – the Cleveland Clinic, Barnesville Hospital and Ohio State Wexner Medical Center– are working to increase their energy efficiency, retrofit lighting fixtures, engage in staff and public education programming and reach carbon neutrality goals.  Register here.

    Environmental Film Series: What Lies Upstream - October 22 - Columbus, Ohio
    The School of Environment and Natural Resources & Office of Energy and Environment invite you to the Autumn 2018 Film Series, with lively discussions led by leading OSU and local experts. This showing is “What Lies Upstream” with Lisa Morris, JD, past Chief, Ohio EPA Div of Surface Water and OSU CEDE Professor and Ohio Water Resources Center director, Linda Weavers, PhD. More information available here.

    Environmental Film Series: Catching the Sun: The Race for a Clean Energy Future - October 29 - Columbus, Ohio
    The School of Environment and Natural Resources & Office of Energy and Environment invite you to the Autumn 2018 Film Series, with lively discussions led by leading OSU and local experts. This showing is “Catching the Sun: The Race for a Clean Energy Future” with Josh Knights, Associate Director, Assoc. Director, OSU Office of Energy and Environment and Tyler Grassman, PhD, OSU Materials Science and Engineering.  More information available here.



    Looking for more to do?  Upcoming events are frequently added to our events page.

  5. Two CFAES Alums Honored by Ohio State Alumni Association

    Dr. Edison Fowlks and Kristy Mount Staats

    CFAES is bursting with pride over two of our alumni who were honored at The Ohio State University's Alumni Awards this month.  Dr. Edison Fowlks, PhD in Plant Pathology in 1965, and Kristy Mount Staats, BS in Environmental Education in 1982, were honored along with eight others at the 60th Alumni Awards on September 21st. 

    Dr. Edison Fowlks, a legend in his field, was recognized for teaching and providing pathways to STEM fields for underrepresented students.  Dr. Fowlks provided molecular biology experience to Bishop College in Texas  and Hampton, two historically black colleges, because of a desire to make an impact on “people who looked like me: people of color.”He introduced undergraduate research and provided new outreach programs to reach even more minority students. 

    Kristy Mount was honored for her extraordinary work as member and president of the Stadium Scholarship Alumni Society.  As a student, the program mad eit possible for her to come to Ohio State, and as an alum, she has paid forward to many students by helping the society raise funds for more scholarships.  She told the audiance, “Ordinary people, given half of a chance, can do extraordinary things," and then expressed what an honor it was to give more students the opportunity to come to Ohio State and then leave to change the world.

    Read about these two inspiring CFAES Alumni and their fellow honorees.



  6. CFAES Alumni Making News

    Nancy Stranahan

    Our alumni are 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:

    Emily Adams, BS & MS in Food Science & Nutrition, 2002 & 2003 - Adams, Extension office honored by peers across the country

    Stacey Atherton, BS in Animal Dairy & Poultry Science, 2006 - Meet the Shipley Family

    Frank Burkett III, BS in Agricultural Mechinization & Systems, 1997 - Talking the divide between U.S., Canada dairy supply systems

    Adam Campbell, BS in Agribusiness & Applied Economics, 2009 - Campbells win Ohio Farm Bureau awardJess & Adam Campbell

    Jess Campbell, BS in Animal Dairy & Poultry Science, 2009 - Campbells win Ohio Farm Bureau award

    Susan Farr, BS in Agricultural Education, 1992 - Vantage Career Center Receives Living To Serve Grant From National FFA Organization

    Dr. Bo Feng, MS & PhD in Agricultural Environmental & Development Economics, 2015 & 2018 - Lewis College of Business appoints new faculty members

    John Grafton, BS in Agricultural Economics, 1977 - Quick Takes

    Jim Herron, AAS in Dairy Cattle Production and Management Technology, 2006 - Meet the Herron FamilyDr. Bo Feng

    Tara Herron, AAS in Dairy Cattle Production and Management Technology, 2007 - Meet the Herron Family

    Dr. Bill Hildebolt, BS in Food Science Technology, MS & PhD in Horticulture, 1966, 1967 & 1969 - Cooking up a leading brand

    Erica Hillard, BS in Agricultural Education, 2002 - Farm Science Review 2018: ‘I Love the Atmosphere Here’

    Dr. Lynn Knipe, BS in Animal Science, 1978 - Knipe Teaches 70+ HACCP Training Courses Over 20 Years

    David Marrison, BS in Agricultural Education, 1990 - Adams, Extension office honored by peers across the country

    Dr. Glyde Marsh, MS in Poultry Science, 1948 (in memoriam) - 99-year-old city council member, oldest poll worker in Franklin County passes away

    John Massie, BS in Dairy Science, 1951 (in memoriam) - John William MassieErica Hillard

    Casey Niese, AAS in Agricultural Technologies, 2013 - Crop farming at a young age

    Dr. Brandy Nuhfer, AS in Livestock Science and BS in Animal Dairy & Poultry Science, 2005 & 2007 - Meet the Nuhfer Family

    Jason Nuhfer, AAS in Dairy Cattle Production and Management Technology and AS & BS in Agricultural Education, 2007 & 2008 - Meet the Nuhfer Family

    Victoria Popp, BS in Animal Science, 2015 - Growing our Generation: An unconventional start in agriculture

    Dr. Joy Rumble, AS in Livestock Science, BS in Animal Dairy & Poultry Science and MS in Agricultural Education, 2006, 2007 & 2010 - Specht, Rumble win ACE awards

    Wayne Sanders, BS & MS in Agricultural Education, 1958 & 1965 (in memoriam) - Wayne L. Sanders

    Dr. Annie Specht, BS in Agricultural Communications and MS in Agricultural Education, 2008 & 2010 - Specht, Rumble win ACE awardsEmily Adams & David Marrison

    Nicole Steiner, BS in Agricultural Communications, 2014 - Growing our Generation: Farmer to Foodie

    Nancy Stranahan, BS in Natural Resouorces, 1974 - 2018 Green Gala Award Winners

    Dr. Gary Straquadine, PhD in Agricultural Education, 1987 - USUE leader refines university’s mission toward better meeting community’s needs

    Jaime Uren, BS in Animal Science, 2018 - Alumna Uren Wins First Place at ADSA

    Jeff Weeks, BS in Agricultural Education, 1984 - Farm Science Review 2018: ‘I Love the Atmosphere Here’

    Spot an alum in the news? Let us know!Jeff Weeks

  7. We Want to Hear from You!

    Homecoming is right around the corner!  Tell us your homecoming memories, and we'll share them with your fellow alumi.

    And if you have a good idea for a future question, please email it to