Jenkins Interns With Ohio Pork Council

Mary Jenkins
agricultural communication

Hello fellow Buckeyes! My name is Mary Jenkins and I am a senior in ACEL studying Agricultural Communication with a minor in Spanish. This past summer, I had the opportunity to intern with the Ohio Pork Council (OPC) in New Albany, Ohio.

When searching for an internship last spring, I immediately went to Hire-A-Buckeye (now known as Handshake), where I had found my previous internship. The application and interview process were relatively easy and I had a great experience with both of them. Prior to this internship, I had some knowledge of the pork industry, as I  lived on a hog farm and showed market hogs for 10 years at the Champaign County Fair in Urbana, Ohio. However, there was still much to learn!

Throughout this summer, I primarily worked on communication projects, whether it be press releases, content for the quarterly publication Ohio Porkline, creating graphics, or designing a magazine insert. I loved getting to apply what I had learned in previous courses, like AGRCOMM 4310 or COMM 2221, and seeing how much of a difference there was between course work and projects for an organization. This internship made me even more confident that I had made the right decision to major in Agricultural Communication and eager to begin my career.

In addition to those responsibilities, I also spent a few days in Des Moines, Iowa, where I attended the National Pork Board intern training and the World Pork Expo. It was great to see how my work related to what was happening on a national level and to experience a global agricultural event. One of my final projects of the internship was spending time working at the 2018 Ohio State Fair, where I served as assistant manager of OPC’s food stands. My day-to-day responsibilities included training volunteers, counting money, or running supplies from one stand to another. Although not directly related to communication, there were still many transferable skills I gained from this experience, like time management, organization, and attention to detail.

All in all, my time as a communications intern with the Ohio Pork Council was a wonderful experience! I learned so much about communication and the pork industry that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience had it not been for this internship. If anyone is interested, I encourage them to apply next spring, or to keep their eye out for any internships that might interest them. You never know what you might gain from an experience outside of the classroom.

Mary Jenkins, agricultural communication

Jane Hulse Studies Sustainability and Policy in Prague

Jane Hulse
agricultural communication

There are a lot of amazing opportunities to study abroad in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. This past summer I was able to participate in one such opportunity, traveling abroad to Prague with the Czech Republic: Sustainability and Agricultural Policy in the EU program.

I first learned about this program when researching classes and opportunities in the International Economic Development program, which is one of my minors. The study abroad program would not only count for six credits towards my minor but would also enable me to really experience the international part of the International Economic Development minor.
The program ran from May 11, 2018, to June 9, 2018. The first day was mostly taken up with travel. After nearly 13 hours of airports and flights, I arrived in Prague and was picked up at the airport by our group leader and some of the Czech students who would be guiding us during our stay. We went back to the hotel and had some time to rest before going to dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Over the next few weeks we took classes at the Czech University of Life Sciences and got to tour the city and see some of the major monuments, such as Prague Castle. We slowly became accustomed to using the extensive public transportation system to get where we wanted to go, and ate at the same Vietnamese restaurant at least once a week. We also had the opportunity to see other parts of the Czech Republic outside of Prague. We went on excursions to South Bohemia and Moravia to see and learn about different industries and farms. We went on a 16 mile hike up and down a mountain in Moravia, which was one of my favorite activities. Another of my favorite things was the weekend we spent doing family stays with the Czech buddies. My buddy took my roommate and me to her family cottage in South Bohemia where we saw places like Hluboká Castle, a healing spring that was fabled to have healed the blind, the ruins of Pořešín Castle, and several beautiful forests that we hiked through. The last day, we had a farewell dinner where everyone was given a graduation certificate and some printed photos to take home with us.

My month in the Czech Republic went by very quickly, and I was sorry to go when there was still so much more to see. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the program, and it is good to know that there are so many remarkable study abroad experiences available in the College. In fact, I will be participating in another this upcoming winter break; I will be traveling to Antarctica to study the human impact on a fragile environment.

Hulse learning about tractors in Prague.

Prague Study Abroad Group.


Hulse (right) poses in Prague.

Olgesby Interns With Highland County Extension

Meredith Oglesby
Agricultural Communication

During the summer of 2018 I had the opportunity to intern with The Ohio State University Extension in Highland County. I worked closely with our county extension agent to prepare for 4-H camps, summer judging and the Highland County Fair.

I worked a large part to plan Clover Fun Day. The theme this year was “Down on the Farm with 4-H.” I worked to create name tags, design t-shirts, and ensure we had all the supplies needed for the activities and meals. I also worked with the Highland County Junior Leaders who are the members who are in charge of the event. It was fun to design and create all the materials needed for the day.

Summer judging takes place in July which is where the cooking, sewing, and several other special interest projects are judged. I helped to write the press releases for the awards ceremony, crafted the packets for the first-place winners, worked closely to ensure all the scoresheets and folders had the scoresheets and questions for each project. I helped to create the state fair packets for the members who qualified for state fair. I loved learning about projects I had no idea existed and working on my communication and writing skills.

While in the office I interacted with those who came into the office for different needs. I answered the phones, learned how to balance and work with money for different items sold, and filed papers. I also designed and wrote the monthly newsletter entitled “Highland Happenings.” I learned more about working with branding guidelines.

During the final weeks of my internship I worked to prepare materials for the Highland County Fair which is the week of Labor Day. I copied and prepared scoresheets and questions for the judges. I also worked to create a schedule for special interest judging at the fair.

Interning with extension was a fun experience to learn to design and create different marketing materials and work to gain skills in the communication field.


Meredith (far right) with 4-H participants.

McClain and Motter selected for national agricultural education symposium

Abby Motter, left, and Cody McClain

Ohio State agriscience education students Cody McClain and Abby Motter were selected to attend the Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium as part of the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ (NAAE) annual conference in November in San Antonio, Texas.

McClain and Motter are two of 35 agriscience education students from across the nation who were selected to attend the conference’s track for current preservice agricultural educators. Throughout the conference, students participating in the FAST Symposium will experience professional development, networking and mentoring . The sessions will focus on creating an inclusive classroom environment, inquiry-based learning, classroom management, professional development and collegiality.

“I am proud of these two students for seeking opportunities to expand their professional development before entering the classroom,” said Dr. Tracy Kitchel, professor of agriscience education and chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. “The FAST Symposium will provide experiences for Cody and Abby to network with other educators with diverse classroom experiences that will benefit their future students.”

McClain, of Nevada, and Motter, of Ashland, are seniors studying agriscience education. McClain will complete his student teaching experience beginning in January at National Trail High School in New Paris, Ohio, under the supervision of Mr. Eric Kennel. Motter will complete her student teaching at Alexander High School in Albany, Ohio, under the supervision of Mr. Bryan Ford, also beginning in January.

The agriscience education major at Ohio State prepares its students to acquire a license to teach agricultural science in secondary high schools in Ohio and across the country, with extensive training in agricultural science, educational psychology, instructional methods, and youth development. For additional information on the agriscience education major, visit or call 614.247.6358.

ACEL Upperclassmen Q&A

Some of our first year students had a few questions. We asked two upperclassman – Sydney Snider, a senior studying agricultural communication, and Brittany Weller, a junior studying agriscience education – these questions and below are their responses!

What would be your best first year student advice?

Sydney Snider: Everyone says it, but get involved! Find some things that interest you and get engaged with them right away. Also, don’t be afraid to make friends inside of class. Having friends to study with and talk through class concepts with is really nice!

BrittanyWeller: Don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone and get involved! Find your fit and fuel your passions. You get the opportunity to meet great people and make great memories. It makes Columbus and Ohio State seem a lot less “scary”.

What is your favorite place to eat on or close to campus?

Snider: There are lots of places not far from campus that are great. If you like sushi, I’d suggest checking out Fusion. I’d also suggest checking our Bibibop. Both are on High Street. The Short North has some great places to eat and isn’t too far from campus. It’s a great place to take your parents when they visit or if you’re looking for something a little less casual. Columbus is a foodie city – take advantage of that and explore!

Weller: The options in Columbus are endless. High Street has a lot of great options that can never go wrong. If you go downtown you can find some unique places like Schmidt’s and The Thurman Cafe. I enjoy Piada, Roosters, and of course, Canes

What is the most popular organization in ACEL?

Snider: I don’t know if there is a “most popular” organization in ACEL, but both Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and Ag Ed Society are great organizations to get involved with. It doesn’t matter your major, if you care about agriculture and either communicating that message or educating others, than either organization is great to join! I would highly recommend attending the first few meetings of both to see if it would be a good fit for you.

Weller: Agricultural Education Society and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow are the two most “popular” organizations in the ACEL Department. These two organizations are awesome ones to get involved in! You don’t have to be an ACEL student, as long as you have an interest in educating and communicating about agriculture, these two organizations would love to have you! You may find your fit in one of these clubs.

What is a good way to stay on top of school work?

Snider: Prioritize and keep a calendar that lists due dates! Don’t procrastinate. If you want to turn in good, quality work then start on projects with plenty of time to review and ask professors or teaching assistants for help before it is due. Dedicate a couple hours each week to working on assignments and studying for exams. Again – don’t procrastinate!

Weller: Planning and organization are key! Buy yourself a nice planner, and organize your days and assignments. Plan ahead, because the days go by so quickly. Exams come a lot quicker than what you think. Try to stay up to date with assignments and don’t wait until the last minute, you’ll thank yourself later.

What is a good place to hang out between classes?

Snider: When it’s nice outside, I enjoy sitting in Chadwick Arboretum to work on assignments, eat lunch or just hang out for a bit before class. When Ohio winter’s hit, I usually hang out in Ag. Admin because I always see people I know and can find good spots to get work done!

Weller: I can always be found in Ag Admin. For me, Ag Admin is a comfy place where you can hang out, you can study, or get food. It’s also a place where everyone goes, so you can find someone to know. I also enjoy going over to Parker Food Science and Technology building- they have ice cream, which is great on warm days!

Do you have questions for our upperclassmen? Email your questions to All questions will be shared anonymously.

National Teach Ag Day

Today is National Teach Ag Day!

This is a holiday devoted to celebrating our agricultural educators as well as promoting the profession for those interested in becoming a teacher of agriculture!

There are currently 111 students studying agriscience education across six campuses at Ohio State. Below are just a small sampling of the students who were “tagged” to teach ag!

Cassi Thomas
agriscience education

Nicole McMullen
agriscience education

Kymber Sand
agriscience education

Kristen Oliver
agriscience education

Enrique Gonzales
agriscience education

Dakota Brame
agriscience education

Brandon Eischenbrenner
agriscience education

Ashley Garlick
agriscience education

AJ Arnott
agriscience education

Adrianne McPhillips
agriscience education


Centennial Endowment Donors

Thank you to the following donors who have made contributions to the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership’s Centennial Endowment.

$25,000 – $49,999
Dr. Kirby and Susan Barrick

$10,000 – $24,999
John and Ruth Davis
Robin Hovis
Drs. Rick Rudd and Donna Westfall-Rudd
The John W. Stimpert Family
Drs. Pat and Susie Whittington

$5,000 – $9,999
Dr. Jacquelyn Deeds
Dr. Jeremy Falk
Drs. Tracy and Laura Kitchel
Barbara McCaslin

$1,000 – $4,999
Dr. Larry and Candy Arrington
Dr. Bryan and Debbie Garton
Dr. C.Dale Baughman
Drs. Blannie and Cathy Bowen
Dr. Clarance and Jane Cunningham
Dr. R. W. Flood
Drs. Daniel and Melanie Foster
Dr. Barbara and Milford Kirby
Mill Creek Farms of Ostrander
Dr. Eddie and Marilyn Moore
Kelly Newlon
Dr. Jill Pfister
Dr. Frederick and Kathleen Rohs
James and Carmela Scott
Dr. Gary and Alyson Straquadine
Dr. Robert and Sara Torres
Drs. Joe and Christine Townsend
Dr. Robert and Catherine Warmbrod

$500 – $999
Dr. Steve and Andrea Gratz
Dr. John Hillison
Andrew and Rhonda Motter
Vince and Shelly Stollar

$250 – $499
Jean Anders
Gary and Mary Bauer
Dr. Roy and Agnes Butler
Sam and Toni Custer
Dr. Larry and Donna Householder
Dr. Carla Jagger
James and Dr. Shelly D. Jepsen
Dr. Mya Maung
John and Lexie Poulson
Dr. Scott and Tina Scheer
Sunnybank Farms

$1 – $249
Myron and Pamela Ashcraft
Trina Beebe
Hayley Beck
Dr. Donald and Ellen Breece
Roy and Antoinette Bristol
Dr. Graham and Stacy Cochran
James and Stephanie Conway
Cooperative Ventures
Roger and Christine Cramer
Dr. James and Luna Cummins
Dr. John and Sherry Crunkilton
BJ and Marlene Eick
Dr. Dennis and Judith Elliot
P. James and Karen Faust
Beth Flynn
Dr. Caryn Filson
Dr. John and Anne Foltz
James Foster
Emily Jewell
Charles and Suzanne Hawley
Dr. Jan Henderson
Dr. Matthew and Joan Hughes
Joyce Hummel
Dr. Don Ibezim
Dr. Earl and Onnolee Kantner
Dr. Eric and Shevon Kaufman
Thomas Konst
Joseph Kotva
Mark Layman
Cara Lawson
Frederick and Carla Lendrum
Cheryl Lyman
Drs. Adam and Bethany Marx
Odell Miller
Brad Moffitt
Eric and Heather Norton
Robert and Edith Nuding
Vincent and Mary Paumier
Dr. Brian and Jill Raison
Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti and Mark Leder
Dr. Earl and Ellen Russell
Dr. Lisa Kitinoja and John Sargeant
Bernard and Jean Scott
Dr. Annie Specht
Thomas and Karen Stemm
Dennis and Mary Swartz
Katrina Swinehart
Larry and Gloria Wendel
Emily Wickham
Dr. Suzanna Windon
Jake and Janice Wolfinger
Richard Youngpeter
Michael and Deborah Zientek
Daniel and Ellen S. Zimmerman

Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Dates set for Autumn 2018

The Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow student organization will meet on the dates listed below at 6pm in Agricultural Administration 211.

September 5 (guest speaker Hayley Beck, United Producers, Inc.)
September 26 (guest speaker Kelsie Hinds, Ohio Soybean Ambassador)
October 3 (guest speaker Joel Penhorwood, Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net)
October 17
November 7 (guest speaker BJ Eick, Herdmark Media)
November 28