Graduate Student Spotlight: Aaron Fowler

Aaron Fowler is a Program Assistant for OSU Extension Greene County where he teaches SNAP-Ed

Aaron Fowler is a student in our online Master’s program and is also a Program Assistant for OSU Extension Greene County. A native of Greene County, Aaron grew up in Fairborn, Ohio where he was first introduced to 4-H when he was 16. Aaron joined 4-H in high school and credits the program for helping to “break him out of his shell.” Although Aaron participated in other activities such as ROTC and Marching Band, he feels that the 4-H is unique in its ability to provide each person with an individual voice and find that person’s unique talents. Aaron found that 4-H helped him to see leadership as something that can be grown and nurtured instead of a characteristic that some people are born with.  He says that 4-H gave him a sense of purpose and impact as well as an ability to see that what he had to offer was valuable and not just a repeat of what someone else had to offer. His positive experiences with 4-H have helped shaped his career decisions and are helping to direct Master’s project as well.

Aaron earned his undergraduate degree from Wright State University where he majored in Psychology.  After college, he went to work for a local mental health organization where he worked with clients in group home settings. While he enjoyed this experience, he found that he was limited in the ways in that he could help clients and so the impact was not always as good as it could have been.  One way Aaron saw that he made a difference was when clients came to Aaron to talk through their troubles. He could see that these mini- therapy sessions were beneficial and that many times his clients just needed someone to talk to.  While this was rewarding, he was sometimes frustrated with a system that he wished was “a little bit different.”  Aaron was still involved in 4-H as an advisor and found that he enjoyed this type of a role which led him to consider a career in Extension. Aaron’s first job made him an advocate for mental health, something he also hopes to incorporate in his Master’s project.

Aaron Fowler at the Greene County Fair

Aaron now works with SNAP-Ed where he enjoys the “immediate impact” he sees in his clients through education.  While Aaron teaches SNAP-Ed to a wide range of ages from preschool to senior citizens, he primarily works with students in alternative high schools. He uses the Extension program, “My Plate” to teach low-income families how to eat healthy on a limited budget. Eating healthy does not have to be something that breaks your budget.  Aaron is inspired by Roger Rennekamp’s description of the SNAP-Ed program:  if SNAP benefits are the fish, then SNAP-Ed is like teaching people how to fish.

Aaron distributing awards at the Greene County Fair

For his Master’s project, Aaron hopes to combine his passion for 4-H with his advocacy for those with mental illness. He would like to see 4-H become the activity that youth with disability and mental health disorders come to as their source for development outside of school.  For this, he draws inspiration from Temple Grandin who credits 4-H and having the ability to work with animals from a young age in helping inspire her in her work.  Aaron is just finishing his first semester in the program, so he is still not quite sure how he is going to combine these ideas in his project, but this is the direction he would like to take. In addition to his academics, Aaron serves as the online representative for the Graduate Student Association.  This role is still developing, but Aaron as an online student himself, Aaron would like to find ways to keep the students in the online program involved with the Graduate Student Association. This may be through Zoom lunches or other distance opportunities.  Watch for more information on this as the semester progresses.  The one constant is that he is looking to make sure that everyone feels like they are part of the group.  If you are an online student and have ideas for Aaron, please feel free to e-mail (fowler.440).  When not busy with his graduate studies, Aaron enjoys spending time with his family.  He is lucky that brother Ryan, sister Emma, and mom Karla are also located in Greene County and they are able to get together often.

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Alumni Spotlight, Curtis Niedermier, ’07

Photo courtesy of Britney DeShea Photography

Curtis Niedermier graduated from Ohio State with a degree in agricultural communication in 2007. Shortly after graduation, he began working for FLW as an associate editor for their magazines. These days, Niedermier is responsible for the editorial content on

[ACEL]: Hi Curtis! You majored in agricultural communication. What influenced you to chose that major?
[Niedermier]: It’s complicated! For starters, I have a lot of interests, and often fleeting interests, and as a result I never really knew what I wanted to study or what I wanted to do after graduation, except I knew I was interested in writing. I always figured I’d find a job and then pursue freelance writing on the side, with hopes that I could write for outdoor magazines and maybe do some traveling to pursue my interests in hunting and fishing. Yet, for the first couple of years of college I never really considered pursuing journalism as a major. So I started with architecture then changed to construction systems management (CSM), which is when I really got involved on the “other side of the river” at CFAES.

When I decided to ditch CSM, I learned about agricultural communication, and I found out I could stay in CFAES, which is where I really wanted to be, but could also take journalism classes that counted toward my major. That sealed it for me. The nicest people I met at Ohio State were all involved in CFAES, and having grown up in a small rural town in northern Ohio, I really felt like I belonged on the CFAES campus. It was a small school within a massive university. I was able to take advantage of the opportunities provided by a university like Ohio State with the perks of a smaller college feel.

Why did you choose to attend The Ohio State University?
As I mentioned, I started off as an architecture major, and there are only a few schools in Ohio with accredited architecture programs. Ohio State is one of them. The OSU football team winning the 2002 national championship really sealed it for me. That game took place right when I was deciding where to go, and after that I was hooked on being a Buckeye.

How did your education at Ohio State influence your career path?
Obviously, my path at Ohio State wandered a little bit, but the choices I made really did set me up for my career. All of my advisors and professors in the agricultural communication program were positive people, and they all encouraged us to pursue big goals and dreams. That attitude helped give me the confidence to move away from Ohio after graduation and pursue a career in outdoor journalism. Also, I was able to participate in a couple of key internships while I was in the program that helped me get my entry-level job.

What were you involved in as an Ohio State student?
I joined several student organizations aligned with my various majors, but the most impactful experience I had at Ohio State was being part of Alpha Zeta Partners. I made lifelong friends, had a great advisor in Dr. Garee Earnest and got to travel abroad to Brazil. The AZP program taught a lot of important lessons for me, and it came at just the right time, when I realized I needed to grow up and focus on where I wanted to go in life. I’m very proud to have been a part of it.

I was also a member of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and was one of three student organizers of Scarlet and Gray Ag Day.

What classes did you enjoy the most while at Ohio State? What was your favorite and why?
Does volleyball count, because I enjoyed that class? Really, I loved any class where I could learn and practice writing and editing, but my favorite was a magazine journalism class that was taught in the evenings by a full-time editor. My basic news writing class was also taught by an editor from The Columbus Dispatch. Their experience as working journalists was very valuable to all the students in the classes, and I still recount things they said or taught me to the writers I work with today.

What professor, faculty or staff member had an impact on your education/career? How?
As I mentioned, Garee Earnest was a great advisor for AZP. I really looked up to Garee and stayed in touch with him for quite a while after graduation – though, unfortunately, not as much recently. He always pushed everyone to be better and to be leaders, which is what AZP is really about. He was a big positive influence in my last two years at Ohio State.

What is your favorite memory related to your time at Ohio State?
Had I actually made it onto the field when Ohio State beat Michigan in Columbus to go undefeated in 2006, that might have been it, but since the law stopped me before I could get there I’d say spending six weeks in Brazil as part of AZP was the best experience, hands down. The reasons why are too many to list here. It was life-changing. I’m sure most AZP members who made the trip would say the same thing.

What was your first job following your education at Ohio State?
I started at FLW about two weeks after graduation in 2007, and I’ve been with the company ever since. I celebrated 10 years in June.

For those who don’t know, FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization. We host bass fishing tournaments all over the country and license our brand to several international fishing circuits. Our events range from national-level pro events with six-figure payouts to local tournaments for the weekend angler to free high school and college events where students can win scholarships. Ohio State has a very competitive college fishing team.

My first job was as associate editor in the magazine department. At that time, we were publishing magazines for bass, walleye and saltwater fishing, each eight times per year. Our media department has transitioned several times in my career, and now we focus solely on bass fishing. I manage the editorial for, which includes reporting for most of the tournaments, and for FLW Bass Fishing magazine.

You said you’ve worked for FLW for 10 years. Have you worked anywhere else?
FLW is it. But I’ve also done some freelance writing for a few other publications and websites. The most notable is Outdoor Life. I also co-authored and co-self-published a book called Walleye Trolling with Capt. Ross Robertson, a Lake Erie walleye fishing guide.

During your career, have you received any awards or honors? If so, what are those?
Staying employed for an outdoor magazine for 10 years is an accomplishment, but there’s no reward for that other than a steady paycheck. Most awards for outdoor writing are managed by outdoor writer associations, and I’m not a member of any, nor have we ever submitted our magazine for award consideration. My reward is that the FLW website is one of the most popular fishing websites on the internet, and one of the fastest growing. And the magazine is regarded as one of the best fishing magazines in the country. The work done by the writers, editors, photographers and video producers in my department is seen by hundreds of thousands of people every year. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished.

As of today, what is your favorite career highlight?
There are particular stories I’ve written that stand out as my favorites, and there have been some fantastic trips to cover tournaments or to fish around the country. Those have all been highlights. Also, we just conducted our annual championship tournament, which is called the Forrest Wood Cup. It’s a huge event, with an outdoor expo, country concert, BBQ festival and a bunch of activities. This year’s attendance was more than 68,000. It’s the highlight of the year for me every year, and the memories I have from past championships will last forever.

What advice would you give to a current student?
Two things: First, take chances early in your life, because as you get older it becomes more difficult to take risks. When I was preparing to graduate, I never thought I’d leave home, but I took a chance and moved away to another time zone. Taking that chance set up my career and changed my life. It would be much harder to do something like that at this point in my life, now that I have a wife and a little girl. The second thing would be to consider opportunities to work for yourself, even if it’s not full time. I’ve never been fully self-employed, but I’ve done enough freelance writing to know that there’s a great reward for being your own boss and working for yourself. An entrepreneurial spirit is also a valuable thing in any workplace because companies need people who think big and recognize opportunities to grow.

What did ACEL cultivate in you? How?
More than anything I just felt like I belonged there. As I wrote earlier, I needed the small community atmosphere of CFAES and ACEL to really feel like I belonged at Ohio State. It’s such a big university that it’s easy to feel lost. Once I made it to ACEL, I was a lot more comfortable, and my confidence grew. From there, opportunities began to open up, and now I do what I love for a living.

Alumni Spotlight: Cassie Jo Arend, ’06

Cassie Jo Colliflower Arend graduated from Ohio State in 2006 with a degree in agricultural communication. Growing up in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, Cassie Jo now calls Paulding, Ohio home where she works as the corporate communications manager for Cooper Farms.

[ACEL]: Why did you choose to attend The Ohio State University?
[Arend]: The thing I loved the most about Ohio State from the first time I visited, was how you could be at such a large university, in a big city, and still feel like you are part of a close-knit community.

Why did you select your major/graduate program?
I didn’t go into college knowing that I wanted to work in communications, or even agriculture. I started with a major in exercise physiology of all things! After my first quarter (yes, we were still on quarters then), I realized that I needed to change paths. All three of my roommates happened to be agricultural communication majors, so I had the chance to learn about their goals and it was intriguing. I’ve always been creative and loved writing and I had grown a passion for agriculture, so it seemed like a perfect fit.

How were you involved in campus activities as a student?
I was a member of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Saddle and Sirloin Club, Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority and Towers Agricultural Honorary.

What professor, faculty or staff member had an impact on your education and career?
Dr. Mark Tucker and Mr. Tom Stewart both impacted me greatly. Dr. Tucker served as my advisor and helped me to determine my path, internships and so much more. Tom Stewart showed me, and many others, the possibilities of our chosen career path and helped us to see it’s real-world application. Both of the men also had an evident desire to help all of us succeed. That not only helped me in my college career, but taught me a lot about leadership.

What is your favorite memory related to your time at Ohio State?
My favorite memory is the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow’s trip to New York City. Not only was it fun, but we learned so much and had opportunities to learn about marketing, public relations and television that we could never get outside of that setting.

What was your first job following your education at Ohio State?
I started at Cooper Farms right out of college. Over the past nearly 11 years, the job has grown and morphed into something I only dreamed of when I started. What no one was certain would even fill one full-time job, has become a department of five helping the company to communicate in all areas.

As of today, what is your favorite career highlight?
The most memorable experience of my career would have to be when Cooper Farms raised the turkey that would be pardoned at the White House before Thanksgiving in 2014. Gary Cooper was the Chairman of the National Turkey Federation, a position that also holds the privilege of presenting the turkey to the President. We were well aware that raising the “Presidential Turkey” as we dubbed it, wasn’t an everyday occurrence, so we worked to make the most of a time when people would be interested to learn more about turkeys and turkey meat.

In preparation, a special, small barn was constructed in June, to show the details of a full-size barn, while eliminating biosecurity risks. Then three of us spent the better part of two months “talking turkey” throughout the state of Ohio. We hosted hundreds of students at the barn and also took a few turkeys on road trips to Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati city schools. It was a truly rewarding experience to get to see the kids’ eyes light up as they saw the turkeys in person and learned about them and the Presidential Turkey Pardon.

To top it all off, I then had the surreal honor of attending the ceremony inside the White House. Touring the main floor of the White House and sitting feet away from President Obama is something I will never forget.

What advice would you give to a current student?
Do as many relevant internships as you can. Internships will help you to see the application from the classroom to your career and it will provide you with tools for your future. I learned so much through my internships, writing for The Lantern and my job in CFAES Government Relations I still apply to this day.

What did ACEL cultivate in you?
ACEL cultivated a deeper passion for sharing the story of farming and agriculture. My time in the CFAES also cultivated relationships and connections that have impacted my life. I love seeing the many ways that I connect with friends from college through my job today. I’m so happy I took the path I did many years ago!

Arend pictured with other members of the Cooper Farms family who raised the Presidential Turkey.

Arend with the Presidential Turkey prior to visiting the White House for the ceremonial pardoning.

Arend at the Cooper Farms hog facilities.



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My American FFA Degree: Meredith Oglesby

One Organization. One Blue Jacket. Endless Opportunities.

Meredith Oglesby, Hillsboro FFA

“I believe in the future of agriculture.” This simple statement is presented by countless first year FFA members each year. Some saying it simply because their FFA advisor made it an assignment, while others are competing in the creed contest. These students having no idea the impact one organization, one blue corduroy jacket can have. I was one of these students, I never imagined that the early morning competitions, National Convention trips, and the countless memories made with my FFA Chapter would shape me into the individual I am today.

The American FFA Degree is the highest degree a FFA member can achieve. On October 28, 2017 I was fortunate enough to earn this degree, ending a six year journey through the FFA. Receiving this degree meant all the hard work had paid off. My SAE projects I maintained to be able to receive this degree included raising, showing, and selling market beef cattle and market lambs. I also maintained a herd of 25 breeding cattle. I grew pumpkins and gourds to sell to family and friends during the fall and also developed a garden at the Highland County Homeless Shelter.

I will never be able to express how grateful I am for the experience I had through the FFA. I was fortunate enough to serve as the 2016-2017 Ohio FFA State Vice President where I advocated for agriculture and Agricultural Education, while engaging with students to increase their leadership skills. Traveling through the state meeting FFA members and seeing the diversity of this organization showed me the future of agriculture is bright. I will hang this degree on my wall to serve as a reminder of the organization where I discovered a passion for the agricultural industry, gained some of my closest friends, and found a love for serving others. Wearing my blue corduroy jacket may have come to a close but I will always be a proud supporter of the FFA. I will continue to encourage others to immerse themselves in an organization that allows you to find your purpose and embrace your passion.

Oglesby with her American FFA Degree.


ACEL Weekly Update – December 6, 2017

Upcoming Events

December 6 – Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow meeting, 6pm, Ag Admin 205
December 7 – Reading Day Flicks for Free: Kingsman: The Golden Circle
December 9 – Family Fun Day: Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo
December 17 – Autumn Semester Graduating Senior Luncheon, 11:15am, Ag Admin Auditorium

More Ohio Union Activities Board events.

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On our Blog
Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Gary Straquadine, ’87
My American FFA Degree: Taylor Orr
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Alumni Spotlight: Lori Heiby, ’91
My American FFA Degree: Taylor Lutz
Alumni Spotlight: David Little, ’78

ACEL In the News

Matt Hartline, alum, Waterford FFA Members Receive National HonorMorgan County Herald
Ivory W. Lyles, alum, Ivory W. Lyles, University of Nevada Cooperative ExtensionNorthern Nevada Business Weekly
CFAES Peer Mentor Program – Information Sessions
Want to get involved and help your fellow students as they enter CFAES? Join Sarah Williams (.4263) and Justin Bower as they explain the CFAES Peer Mentor program for the coming year. In autumn 2018, we will have the following peer mentor groups: general freshmen, honors, ATI transition, and transfers. All information will also be found online:
January 16, 4:30-5:15 p.m., Ag Admin 108
January 25, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Kottman Hall 104
Ambassador Info Session
Are you interested in applying to be an Ambassador for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES)? To learn more about what the CFAES ambassador team is all about, attend an information session, which will be held at 5:20pm on Wednesday, January 24 in room 247 of the Agricultural Administration Building. This is an optional activity to learn more about the application and interview process. We will have current ambassadors in attendance to share what their experiences have been. Feel free to attend if you are considering submitting an application for the ambassador team. We hope to see you there!
Ambassador Applications Available Soon
If you would like to apply to be a College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Ambassador, the application will be available on Monday, January 8, 2018. Click here to learn more about becoming an ambassador. The application is due on Friday, February 2, 2018. CFAES Ambassadors are a team of undergraduate students selected to represent the college to prospective students and guests, alumni, and donors.Report Your Job or Internship
Graduates, report your Offers/Plans!
Current students, report your Internships!*
These answers help our office provide prospective and current students with information about job outcomes. Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to answer these questions. Your name will not be attached to your outcome when shared in reports.*Reporting your internship through the link above does not enroll you in academic credit for the internship. Please meet with the Internship Coordinator from your department to enroll in internship credit.

I-Corps @ Ohio State Application Opportunity
I-Corps@Ohio is an Ohio statewide program developed to assist faculty, staff, and students(undergrad, grad, & post docs) in validating the market potential of technologies and launching startup companies. I-Corps@Ohio is modeled after the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) successful I-Corps (Innovation Corps) program, which has been proven to increase innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry collaboration.

I will mentor you through the application process and the workshop series next summer.  See the information below. The deadline for submission of the application is January 16, 2018.  We have some time to prepare the brief application.  Just a few questions, submitted online, regarding your technology, your product or service, and market information – which I can help you obtain.  Please contact me (Shauna Brummet or call) soon to discuss your technology and product/service idea.

CFAES has been very successful in winning spots in these cohorts.  Our teams include:

  • Swine Flu Vaccine – Aradhya Gourapura, Santosh Dhakal, Shauna Brummet – 2015 – resulted in technology licensing
  • Guayule Latex (EnergyEne) – Katrina Cornish, Zhenyu Li, Tom Fontana, Shauna Brummet – 2016 – resulted in follow-on funding
  • Encapsulation Nanotechnology – Jon Parquette, Bob Tabita, Sriram Satagopan, Yuan Sun, Bill Timmons, Shauna Brummet – 2016 – resulted in pivot in market and further research development, continued funding
  • Bioproducts – Teddy Ezeji, Chris Okonkwo, Rob Yenne, Shauna Brummet – 2016 – resulted in pivot in market and further research development

Precision Ag Review
Precision Ag Reviews is a project funded by Ohio Soybean Council and GIS Heartland. Currently there is no resource for farmers to compare precision ag equipment other than the salesman’s word. We are a non-profit and a bias third party. The premise is “Farmers Helping Farmers.” Precision Ag Reviews shows comparisons between products and new upcoming products. Check out and create a review in less than 5 minutes to help farmers in your community make informed decisions. By completing a survey, you are entered into a raffle weekly to win a $100 gift card.

National Land-Grant Diversity Conference
The Conference is hosted by five land-grant universities from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It is designed for administrators, faculty, and staff from Cooperative Extension, research, and academic programs; private and public university representatives; K-12 educators; community outreach leaders; health and social services professionals; employers and supervisors; human resource staff; elected and appointed officials; and all others wanting to expand diversity efforts and increase cultural understanding in their communities and workplaces.For additional information click here.

Collegiate Ohio Agri-Women Information
Collegiate Agri-Women is a soon to be chartered organization that is focused on women’s role in the agricultural industry and their impact on agricultural policy. Collegiate Ohio Agri-Women is directly linked to Ohio Agri-Women a professional and social organization of women in agriculture. Both of these organizations are affiliates of American Agri-Women, a national organization and the largest coalition of women in agriculture. The Collegiate chapter at Ohio State is looking to help college women interested in agriculture network with women currently in the industry. In addition, we are looking to educate our members on agricultural issues, while providing a communication link to the general public and legislators. Collegiate Ohio Agri-Women is also looking to help educate young people in schools and communities nearby.

Meetings will formally begin after winter break; be on the look-out for posters with more information. However, please contact Maddie Bauer (bauer.551) if you are interested in joining the organization’s email list! Follow us on Instagram (@osuagriwomen) and Facebook (OSU Collegiate Ohio Agri-Women as well!

Graduate Student Specific Info

December 8 – OUAB Grad/Professional Student Speeding Dating


CFAES Scholarship Application NOW OPEN!
Any current student wishing to be considered for a college scholarship for 2018-2019 must complete the online college scholarship application between November 1, 2017 to February 15, 2018 in order to be considered. Current students receiving scholarships from CFAES must reapply to be eligible. Selection will be conducted spring semester. Generally, the criteria for these scholarships include a declared major in the college.  Those who are selected to receive a College and/or Department scholarship will be notified via mail in June 2018. Please note we will only notify students who have been selected as a scholarship recipient. More information and application information available here.

Education Abroad

Australia: Sustaining Human Societies and the Environment – ENR (May 7 – June 1, 2018)
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018China: Ag. Energy and Environment and Sustainable Buildings: China-US Collaborations – FABE (June 8 – July 1, 2018)
Application Deadline: January 3rd, 2018Czech Republic: Sustainability and Agricultural Policy in the EU – AEDE, FAES (May11 – June 9, 2018)
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018India: Sustainable Food Production in an Emerging Economy – FABE – (May – June, 2018)
Application Deadline: January 3rd, 2018New Zealand: Sustaining Human Societies and the Environment – ENR (May 7 – June 1, 2018)
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

Internship and Job Opportunities

Internship Openings
American Junior Golf Association – Communications Internship (Braselton, GA)
Buckeye Power – Marketing Intern (Columbus, Ohio)
Cargill – Corporate Affairs Intern
Certified Angus Beef – Communication Intern (Wooster, Ohio)
Child Advocacy & Women’s Rights International – Spring Intern (Washington DC)
Cincinnati Zoo – Environmental Education Internship (Cincinnati, Ohio)
City of Farmington – Marketing and Public Relations Intern (Farmington, NM)
City of Long Beach – Transportation Programs Intern (Long Beach, California)
Forage Genetics International – Forage Genetics Marketing Intern
Greater Green Bay Chamber – Graphic Design Intern (Green Bay, WI)
Harper’s Magazine – Editorial Internship (NYC)
Institute for Environmental Health – Marketing Intern (Lake Forest Park, WA)
Institute for Environmental Health – Communications Intern (Lake Forest Park, WA)
Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association – Convention Intern
Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association – Spring Intern
Longwoods Gardens – Marketing and Public Relations Internship (Kennett Square, PA)
Nashville Sounds – Media Relations Internship (Nashville, TN)
Nestle Waters North America – Corporate Affairs Summer Intern (Stamford, CT)
NHRA – Show Internship
NHRA – Marketing and Youth Internship
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – Science Education Internship(Pittsburgh, PA)
Power Home Remodeling – Graphic Design Intern (Philadelphia, PA)
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay – Communications, Social Media, Events Intern(Boston, MA)
The Wonderful Company – Marketing and Communications Intern
Washington Kastles – Photography Internship (Washington DC)
Washington Kastles – Communications Internship (Washington DC)

The Exploration of Modern Farming internship supported through a collaborative grant involving  OSU, Wilmington College, Central State University, Battelle, Grow Next Gen, and Ohio Soybean Council will include a minimum of 40 hours (includes 8 hours of training) during the months of April through September 2018, in which the intern will be expected to educate people of all ages in one-to-one and/or in larger groups at a variety of events. The intern  will be trained on how to educate the public in informal and formal settings including, but not limited to: county or state fairs, ag days for elementary school students, or classroom presentations.

A training is a required and will take place on February 16–17 at FFA Camp Muskingum, beginning at 6 pm on Friday, February 16 and ending at 4 pm on Saturday, February 17. All lodging and food is free to the intern during this training. Mileage is not included.

Intern training will include ‘how to present’ the following activities (minimum):

  • GMOs and how they are engineered
  • biodiesel and its performance
  • NDVI and the principles of light and how they are used to help farmers (flying a paper airplane drone)
  • programming and computational thinking using Makeblock
  • other outreach activities such as: soy ink, soybean seed necklaces, soy bioplastic, etc.
Interested?! Learn more here –>

Full-Time Job Openings
Akron RubberDucks – Promotions Coordinator (Akron, Ohio)
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University – Editor (Jamaica Plain MA)
Big Lots – Sr Graphic Designer (Columbus, Ohio)
Catholic Social Services – Marketing Manager (Columbus, Ohio)
City of Chicago – Cultural Affairs Coordinator (Chicago, IL)
Clean Oceans Access – Program Coordinator (Middletown, RI)
Conagra Brands – Assistant Manager of Digital Marketing (Mississauga, Ontario)
Cornell University, Agriculture and Life Sciences – Communications Coordinator(Ithaca, NY)
Descanso Gardens Guild – Volunteer Coordinator (La Canada Flintridge, CA)
Frank Group – Sr. Manager Communications (Chattanooga, TN)
IUPUI – Public Relations Specialist (Indianapolis, Indiana)
IUPUI – Assistant Director, Research Communications
Lions Club – Communication Specialist (Oak Brook, IL)
Lions Club – Senior Designer (Oak Brook, IL)
McCormick & Company – Digital Content Manager (Hunt Valley, MD)
Missouri Botanical Garden – Public Information Specialist (St. Louis, MO)
Monk Botanical Gardens – Educational Coordinator (Wausau, WI)
Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA – Director of Marketing (Moonachie, NJ)
Miami University – Communications Specialist (Oxford, Ohio)
Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Media Relations (Myrtle Beach, SC)
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – Associate Director, Science Communications
New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Communication Specialist (Loudon, NH)
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – Associate Director, Food and Health Communications
New Jersey Devins – Director, Communication (Newark, NJ)
Kansas Farm & Ranch Radio Network – Farm Broadcaster
Ohio Environmental Council – Events Coordinator (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio Farm Bureau – Marketing & Media Associate (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, CFAES Marketing & Communications – Web Communication Specialist(Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, Arts & Sciences – Marketing and Communications Office Assistant(Columbus, Ohio)
Outdoor Sportsman Group – Guns & Ammo, Associate Editor (Peoria, IL)
Outdoor Sportsman Group – Hunting, Digital Editor (Tulsa, OK)
Outdoor Sportsman Group – Game & Fish, Editor (Kennesaw, GA)
Paulsen – Immediate Opening: Art Director
Paulsen – Agri-marketing Account Coordinator
Paulsen – Senior Copywriter
Paulsen – Agri-marketing Account Specialist
Paulsen – Agri-marketing Creative Director
Paulsen – Interactive Designer/Front End Developer
Phipps Conservatory – “Let’s Move Pittsburgh” Program Manager (Pittsburgh, PA)
Tower Hill Botanic Garden – Manager of Youth Education (Boylston, MA)
Trenton Thunder – Community Relations Coordinator (Trenton, NJ)
University of California, Berkeley – Communications and Development Associate
University of California, Agriculture – Community Education Specialist
University of Idaho, Natural Resources – Communications Specialist (Moscow, ID)
Utah State University – Graphic Designer (Logan, UT)
Wexner Medical Center – Social Media Manager (Columbus, Ohio)

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Gary Straquadine, ’87

Dr. Gary Straquadine completed his PhD in agricultural education at Ohio State in 1987 after growing up in New Mexico and attending New Mexico State University for his bachelor’s degree. He served as the chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership at Ohio State from 2012-2015. He now serves as the vice chancellor for Utah State University Eastern and is a vice provost for Utah State University.


[ACEL]: Dr. Straquadine, why did you chose agricultural education as your doctoral program?
[Straquadine]: My program matched my career goal to improve the world through agriculture and extension education.

Why did you choose to attend The Ohio State University?
OSU is the best graduate program for agricultural education. Many of my agricultural education heroes attended The Ohio State University and I was fortunate to experienced their expertise and leadership. Plus, my dad graduated from The Ohio State University in 1951, thanks to the G.I. Bill and my mom’s persistent. She worked for cooperative extension and 4-H in Campbell Hall while Dad went school. We were one of the few Buckeye families in New Mexico.

How did your education at Ohio State influence your choice of career or your career path?
I completed my PhD in 1987 and was well prepared for a career in teacher preparation, research, and outreach. I learned how to learn and how to align my strengths and interests. I was fortunate to take on leadership position at Utah State University where I applied much of what I learned in the agricultural education graduate program.

What courses did you enjoy the most while at Ohio State?
I really enjoyed the four course research series taught the best of the best – Drs. Miller, Barrick, Warmbrod, and Van Tilburg. I also learned much about teacher education from Dr. Don Cruickshank. I am grateful every day for the many great professors and mentors I had back in the mid-1980s.

What professor had an impact on you during your time at Ohio State?
My advisor, Dr. Kirby Barrick, was and still is a great mentor. His acceptance and patience with me is worthy of sainthood in any church. I am sure he earned his double-digit merit and hazardous duty pay during my time at OSU.

What is your favorite memory related to your time at Ohio State?
Football season was a world class experience, complemented by the comradery of life among the other graduate students (Cano, Christmas, Denton, Newman, Odell, and Trefz,).

What was your first job following your education at Ohio State?
Utah State University, assistant professor and assistant department chair.

For what schools, companies and/or organizations have you worked throughout your career?
Utah State University and The Ohio State University.

During your career, have you received any awards or honors? If so, what are those?
I was selected Teacher of the Year in the College of Agriculture at Utah State University three times. I was also awarded Distinguished Professor in the College of Agriculture. I was selected Advisor of the Year for the entire university a few years ago. I have run many, many marathons. Maybe too many.

As of today, what is your favorite career highlight?
Preparing agricultural education teachers and county extension agents. Even in my higher level administrative positions, I have always found great satisfaction in preparing formal and non-formal educators for the diverse agricultural profession.

What advice would you give to a current student?
Experience university life to its fullest. But learn to delay gratification by living within your means. Learn how to fail and fail fast. Take responsibility for your mistakes and make amends.

What did ACEL cultivate in you? How?
Humility and gratitude. Both are essential and connected. Humility keeps me teachable. Gratitude reminds me that I am but one of several thousand graduates from the department and I have benefitted beyond anyone’s (and everyone’s) expectations. I am proud to be a Buckeye.


Straquadine finishes one of his many marathons with his grandson, both wearing Buckeye gear out west!

My American FFA Degree: Taylor Orr

This has been a long-term goal of mine since I entered into FFA my freshman year of high school. There was a wall in our classroom that showed just a few pictures of those who had received their American degree in the past. I knew at the time that very few FFA members typically got it because of all the work that was needed, but I was determined to have it. So, every year I worked my way up, getting each of my degrees until I could accomplish my ultimate goal. I had a wide variety of SAE projects that I spent a lot of time with. I raised my own personal flock of show sheep, raised market hogs and took many different agri-science fair projects over the years. Finally receiving this degree was such an amazing experience and I hope to help my future students achieve their goals just as my FFA advisor helped me to achieve mine.

Orr with her American Degree.


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