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

Birkenholz Retirement Celebration

On Friday, August 24, a retirement celebration was held for Dr. Robert J. Birkenholz, professor in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership.

Colleagues, students and former advisees joined together at the Fawcett Center from across the country to wish Birkenholz, and his wife Pam, well in their new adventures.

Ice Cream Social & Student Open House

All students are invited to join the faculty and staff of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership for an ice cream social and open house of our recently renovated space!

Graeter’s Ice Cream will be served from 3:30-5pm on Monday, August 27 in Agricultural Administration 200.

Congratulations Dr. Overholt!

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Larry Overholt on the successful defense of his dissertation titled “Out of School and Out of Work in Choluteca, Honduras: A Phenomenological Study.”

Dr. Overholt’s committee including advisor, Dr. Tracy Kitchel, committee members Dr. Caryn Filson and Dr. Graham Cochran, and Graduate Faculty Representative Dr. Jeffrey Cohen from the Department of Anthropology.



Congratulations Larry!

Please join us in congratulating Phillip Goerig on the successful defense of his Master’s thesis titled “Ohio 4-H Professionals Perceptions of Attitudes Towards 4-H Camping Programs.”

Goerig’s committee members included Dr. Scott Scheer and advisor Dr. Jeff King.

Congratulations Phillip!!

Join us to celebrate Dr. Bob Birkenholz

On Friday, August 24, we will be celebrating the retirement of Dr. Robert J. Birkenholz!

Faculty, staff, students and colleagues from across the country are invited to join us in wishing Bob the best in his new adventures.

Please RSVP to acel@osu.edu by August 21.

Talking Shoppe: Born to be a teacher

By Cody McClain ’19
senior, agriscience education

“Go change the tire on my truck!” – Mr. Keck told his class. I heard Mr. Keck tell his class to perform this task when I was completing my early field experience (EFE) for agriscience education at Marysville High School. In Keck’s class, students explore their psychomotor skills and learn to work with their hands.

Mr. Bill Keck is an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Marysville High School. Along with being an agriculture teacher for 33 years, Keck is a farmer in the local Marysville community.

I met Mr. Keck for the first time during my EFE. Mr. Keck primarily teaches agricultural mechanics which include engines, woodworking, welding, electricity, hydraulics and much more. His passion for teaching agricultural mechanics inspired me pursue a minor in agricultural systems management, where I can focus on courses that will prepare me to teach this content. I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing Mr. Keck and hearing about his career teaching agriculture. As I prepare for student teaching this spring, I am looking forward to reflecting and utilizing the knowledge and skills that I learned during my EFE.

“Here is your pilot, he is studying to be a teacher, a job more important than being a pilot.”


Pathway to Marysville FFA
Mr. Keck’s passion for agricultural started with growing up on a small hobby farm and raising a few market steers for his supervised agricultural experience (SAE) project for FFA. He had always aimed to be a pilot; however, he was not sure if that was going to be a career, so along with aviation, he studied agricultural mechanization and agricultural education at The Ohio State University. He concentrated on his journey in teaching after he had a pilot, who was teaching Keck to fly, tell Keck that teaching is more important than being a pilot.

Student teaching was the hardest job but very rewarding, said Keck. Dr. Gliem and Dr. Hedges, faculty in the Department of Agricultural Education, were valuable mentors for Keck throughout his student teaching and graduate school experience. After starting his teaching career at Licking County JVS for two years, he then moved to Marysville where he has been for 31 years. He primarily teaches agricultural mechanics, and the content priorities for these courses have changed much in the past 33 years, Keck said. However, his ag mechanic laboratory (a.k.a. “the shop”) has changed with tools and equipment in the past 33 years. When Keck started teaching, he only had buzz box stick welders in his shop, but now he has wire feed welders and a virtual reality arc welder to train his students the fundamentals of welding.

“Teach students to be productive citizens of society. Agricultural education and FFA are great vehicle to do that.”


Impactful Teacher and FFA advisor
Keck has been a positive force in the world and impacts the lives of every student who walks into his classroom. He pushes students to be the absolute best that they can be at whatever they want to do. Whether a student wants to be veterinarian or electrician, he guides students to choose career pathways that suit their passion and skills. As an Ag Teacher and FFA advisor, Keck’s ultimate goal is to teach students to be productive citizens of society. He has enriched many lives through hands-on learning. He loves his job and plans to continue to pursue his passion of teaching agriculture and advising FFA members.

“Teaching is an important job.”


Importance of Agricultural Education
The bottom line is, teachers need to teach students how to work with their hands. From changing tires to cutting steel, students learn to work with their hands in Keck’s classroom and shop.  Students need to learn psychomotor skills that prepare them to be productive citizens of society when they graduate high school. For Keck himself, learning psychomotor skills has been a lifelong learning experience. These are skills that are difficult to gain but extremely important. Agricultural education is the ideal place for students to learn these skills. As this industry moves forward, he believes we need teachers who teach with their hands, so their students learn those psychomotor skills. Keck played a role in preparing these teachers when he taught the laboratory management and pedagogy course at Ohio State from 2008 to 2012.

“Teachers raise kids, which has made it an important job in society,” said Keck. Ag education is the vehicle to change lives, and as a whole, society needs to continue to advocate and share the importance of agricultural education. From starting out wanting to be a pilot to teaching agriculture for 33 years, Keck has pursued an important and impactful career. He is looking forward to year 34. Keck is a remarkable agriculture educator, and we are grateful to have many like teachers like Keck in our schools across Ohio.