Ohio State student organization hosts agricultural outreach event on campus

The Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) student organization hosted the 3rd Annual “Farmers Share” on The Ohio State University campus on Wednesday, April 12.

As a part of this event, student organizations in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences provided interactive activities to engage Ohio State students with the agricultural industry.

Students were able to make ethanol, milk a cow, drive a combine simulator and engage with live sheep and goats, among education displays about plant diseases, the use of soybeans in food production and food processing, the meat industry and women’s roles in agriculture.

“This event allows Ohio State students who may have no connection to the agricultural industry experience it first hand through hands-on interaction and dicusssion with their peers,” said Megan Besancon, senior in agricultural communication and president of Ohio State ACT. “Students are always fascinated to learn about the differerent uses of soybean oil and sheeps wool in their every day lives.”

ACT is a student organization that provides professional and academic development for members and promotes the agriculture industry. In 2016, ACT was named the Ed Johnston Outstanding Student Organization in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.

While membership is open to any Ohio State student, many member’s of ACT are majoring in agricultural communication, which prepares students to plan, develop, and implement a communication campaign, using visual media, writing and editing. Students study crisis communication, graphic design, marketing, and journalism so they can spread the word about agriculture.


Six ACEL Seniors named CFAES Outstanding Senior

Six students in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership were recognized at the annual CFAES Celebration of Students (formerly known as the CFAES Recognition Program) as Outstanding Seniors.

These seniors were selected through an application and interview process by CFAES faculty members.

The six students from ACEL selected include:

Megan Besancon, agricultural communication
Miranda Miser, agricultural communication
Leah Schwinn, agricultural communication
Jarred Shellhouse, agricultural communication
Mary Siekman, agricultural communication
Carley Snider, agriscience education

We wish you the best of luck as you leave Ohio State and continue your careers as communicators, educators and graduate students!

Dr. Tracy Kitchel, professor and department chair, poses with the six CFAES Outstanding Seniors from our department at a reception held prior to the program.

ACEL students are new CFAES Ambassadors

Five ACEL students where selected to represent the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences as CFAES Ambassadors for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Students selected from ACEL are:

Brianna Gwirtz, a junior majoring in Agricultural Communication from Shelby, Ohio

Wyatt Jones, a sophomore majoring in Agriscience Education from South Salem, Ohio

Micah Mensing, a sophomore majoring in Agriscience Education from Oak Harbor, Ohio

Sydney Snider, a sophomore majoring in Agricultural Communication from Moscow, Ohio

Kayla Walls, a sophomore majoring in Agriscience Education from Mendon, Ohio

We look forward to seeing all of the work that each of you do as you represent CFAES! Congratulations and good luck!

Lindsay Hill Basketball Tournament

Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) hosted their annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday, February 25th.

This event is held each year in memory of agricultural communicator, Lindsay Hill who passed away in 2011 in a tragic car accident. Hill had a deep passion for Ohio State and Ohio State basketball. To honor the legacy of Hill, ACT hosts this annual event with proceeds from the tournament going toward the Lindsay Hill Memorial Endowment fund. Donations may also be given directly to the fund at giveto.osu.edu and search “Lindsay Hill Memorial Endowment Fund”, fund number 482151.

Thank you to the students and teams who participated in this annual tradition in 2017.

First Place Team: Sky Hookers

Second Place Team: Wayne County Boys

Third Place Team: Columbus Dads

Fourth Place Team: Mo Buckets

Fifth Place Team: Ag Ed Society

ACT Members


ACEL Dean’s List – Autumn 2016

Congratulations to the students in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership who were named to the Dean’s List for the 2016 Autumn Semester.

The students with an asterisk(*) beside their name received a 4.0.


Agricultural Communication 
Kristen Bondurant
Mindi Brookhart
Amanda Champa
Haley Clinker
Lauren Corry*
Tyler Crowe
Brianna Gwirtz*
Alexandra Hulvalchick
Mary Jenkins*
Karli Lump*
Miranda Miser
Chloe Moreland
Elizabeth Overholt
Michael Price
Taylor Pugh
Kaylee Reed
Leah Schwinn*
Jarred Shellhouse*
Mary Siekman
Alyssa Stanicki
Marlee Stollar*
Mandy Taylor
Ryan Vonderhaar

Agriscience Education 
Christine Balint
Shelby Balint*
Katherine Bell
Megan Bergman
Christopher Brown
Emily Burns*
Karlie Canfield
Katelyn Deaton
Jordan Dues
Sara Dungan
Connor Frame
Courtney Fulton
Donald Gase
Katrina Harper
Katie Hart
Logan Heiby
Wyatt Jones
Sarah Landis
Hailey Lowden *
Cody McClain*
Rachel McClellan
Summer McLain*
Abigale Motter
Frances Nicol
Geoffrey Norris
Etta Ray
Cole Riddle*
Tricia Schoen*
Ellyse Shafer
Haley Sherman
Carley Snider*
Emily Starlin
Robert Thiel
Tara Vorst
Kayla Walls
Samantha Wander*
Jessica White
Michael Willeke

Community Leadership
Sarah Bookman
Justin Bower
Nolan Champer
Ashley Gerlach
Kendall Glasser
Audrey Hoey
Morgan Jolliff
Chandler Kisiel
Travis Long
Sarah Longo*
Kristen Ramey*
Ryan Skinner
Mariah Stollar*
Katharine Stottlemyer

Hawaii Buck-I-Serv

By: Bailey Wagner
agricultural communication

I hear it every time I ask my parents about an upcoming trip; “The cheapest you’ll ever travel will be your years of college, so go!” Taking full advantage of my parent’s willingness to see me fall in love with every part of the world, I started packing my bags to go to Hawaii.

I was able to explore the beautiful backcountry of the island of Maui with 11 other people. A 9 day backpacking and service trip provided through the university’s Buck-I-SERV and Ohio Adventure Center programs.

I became what some would say “crazy hiker person” for that 9 day trip. Never once did I see the inside of a resort, but instead we stayed in close quarters of what seemed to be the smallest 4 person tents. Never once did I shower with more than a garden house or the salt-water waves of the Pacific Ocean. Only twice did I have dinner prepared in an actual kitchen. I learned to envy those “crazy hiker people”.

I had never felt so out of shape until this trip. The adventure part of this experience were definitely some of the most strenuous work I have ever done. Never before would I have thought hiking would be a difficult task, but that was before I went down into a crater of a mountain then expected to go back up, not to mention this mountain sits 10,000 feet above sea level at its highest point. Let alone the work that goes into surfing! Surprisingly I was actually not half bad at the surfing deal, but man did I just want to lay on my board and take a nap.

The people I met and the service we did were just as impactful. One day we planted 50+ coconut trees, ending the day covered in mud from head to toe. (Remember how I said I didn’t shower for 9 days…I came back to Ohio with mud in my hair still.) And 3 days later we cut down 2,300+ pine trees in the national park. Pine is an invasive species to Hawaii and will take over the land, not letting native species grow. Coming home with more than just mud and souvenirs, I gained awful tan lines from the days in the sun, there was no beautiful Hawaiian glow for me.

There will never be enough words to describe this amazing experience nor will the pictures ever do it justice. So I encourage you, travel while you are in college, for it is one of my most memorable pieces about my college career.

Mahalo for reading!



I found my calling in agricultural communication

By: Maggie Hovermale
agricultural communication

Throughout high school, I was set on studying animal science, and potentially going to vet school. However, through my involvement in my SAE working at Honeyrun Farm and participating in CDEs like agricultural sales and agricultural communications, I found my calling.

I was then able to recognize that while I do still love science, biology, and animals, I truly was going to be happy in a career within agricultural communications.


Maggie Hovermale (left) at OSU for the agricultural communications CDE.


Maggie Hovermale (left) at the 88th Ohio FFA Convention.