Ohio State Bound: Kathaleen

Welcome to the Buckeye family, Kathaleen!

Kathaleen will be a freshmen studying agricultural communication on the Columbus campus this autumn.

When asked about why she selected her major, she said “I chose agricultural communication because I want to be a voice for the 2% of Americans that help feed the world.”

She is a recent graduate of Green High School and said “I’m excited to be part of the legacy of THE Ohio State University!”

Ohio State Bound: Kolt

Welcome to the Buckeye family, Kolt!

Kolt is a recent graduate of Kenton High School and will major in agricultural communication this autumn.

When asked why he selected his major and what he was most excited about, Kolt said “I chose this major to help bridge the communication gap between agriculturalists and consumers. I’m most excited have access to all of the brilliant resources and networking opportunities at OSU!”

Ohio State Bound: Emma

Emma Newell will be a freshmen in agricultural communication. She is a recent graduate of Pickerington North High School.

When asked what excites her the most about becoming a Buckeye she said, “I am so excited to learn about the unknown. College is a time to learn about things that I don’t even know exist, and I am looking forward to embracing the experience.”

Welcome to the Buckeye family Emma!

ACEL Banquet: Graduating Undergraduates

During the ACEL Annual Banquet on April 11, 2017, seniors graduating in 2017 were recognized. Between three graduations at the end of spring, summer and autumn terms, 49 graduates will complete degrees in agricultural communication, agriscience education or community leaderships.

Class of 2017

Stats on our Class of 2017

agricultural communication graduates: 25
agriscience education graduates: 11
community leadership graduates: 13

Home State:
Ohio: 48
North Carolina: 1

Male: 13
Female: 36


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.