Student Showcase at ACEL Banquet

At our annual department banquet this year, we added a new student showcase feature where our undergraduate and graduate students were invited to display posters of their internship, study abroad and field experiences, research, class projects and student organization activities.
 
Thank you to our students at both the Columbus and ATI campuses who made this first year a success.
 

ACEL Distinguished Students

At the 2019 Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership Banquet, one graduate student and 10 seniors were named as Distinguished Students.

Congratulations to these students on their academic success and best wishes in their future endeavors!

2019 CFAES Celebration of Students

Students in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership were recognized at the annual CFAES Celebration of Students Recognition Program on April 4, 2019.

Held in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union, students and student organizations in ACEL were recognized for their academic achievements and community engagement.

Congratulations to our students on a fantastic year!

Marlee Stollar, a junior studying agricultural communication (left), and Megan Bergman, a junior studying agriscience education, served as two of the three student co-chairs of the recognition program.

Paige Schaffter, a sophomore studying agriscience education at Ohio State ATI, and Sarah Longo, a senior studying community leadership, were recognized as Newcomb Scholars. This award is presented to the top four students for each rank in CFAES.

Haley Evans and Kaitlyn Evans, both juniors studying agriscience education, were presented the Ray A. Miller CFAES Student Council Scholarship. Both students are active members of the Council. This scholarship is in memory of long-time Council advisor, and former assistant dean, Dr. Ray A. Miller. The Evans sisters are pictured with Miller’s wife, who presented the award.

 

Our department nominated Bart Johnson with the CFAES Meritorious Service to Students Award. Bart owns Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net Radio and has been instrumental with the success of A Night for Young Professionals, an event hosted by Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.

 

Agricultural Education Society was presented with the New Activity Award. AES has been active in the development and success of an after school agriculture club with Metro Middle School. Twice each month, AES members present lessons on agriculture to the students, ranging from the evolution to agriculture, types of soybean plants and tours of the Waterman Dairy Farm.

 

Josie Montoney, a junior studying agricultural communication and public affairs, was awarded the CFAES Outstanding Student Worker Award. Josie works in the CFAES Office of Government Affairs and was nominated by her supervisor and director Adam Ward.

 

 

 

News Release: ACEL names 2019 Distinguished Students

The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership has named 11 students to the first class of ACEL Distinguished Students in 2019. These students were selected by the faculty and staff of the Department for their excellence both in and out of the classroom.

2019 ACEL Distinguished Seniors include:

  • Jane Hulse, agricultural communication
  • Mary Jenkins, agricultural communication
  • Sarah Longo, community leadership
  • Cody McClain, agriscience education
  • Micah Mensing, agriscience education
  • Abby Motter, agriscience education
  • Emily Paulsen, community leadership
  • Sydney Snider, agricultural communication
  • Kayla Walls, agriscience education
  • Meghann Winters, agricultural communication

“These 10 seniors are great examples of how you can succeed in both academics and student life,” said Dr. Tracy Kitchel, professor and chair of ACEL. “Each has a unique combination of involvement around student organizations, Greek life, research, internships, and education abroad while performing well in their academics. It’s within that unique combination where we see potential for extraordinary success beyond their undergraduate careers.”

Dr. Fally Masambuka was named the 2019 Distinguished Graduate Student. Masambuka will graduate in May with a doctorate in agricultural and extension education with specialization in international development and agricultural communication.

The ACEL Distinguished Students will be recognized at the Department’s annual banquet on April 16, 2019.

ACEL prepares communicators, educators and leaders in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences to integrate research-based learning, practice and engagement, in ways that will advance positive changes that strengthen individuals, families and communities. For more information on the academic programs and research available in ACEL, please visit acel.osu.edu.

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Undergrads present at research forums

Students from the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) competed in undergraduate research forums at The Ohio State University. The University’s Richard J. and Martha D. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on February 20 and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Undergraduate Research Forum on March 6.

Kayla Walls, a senior studying agriscience education from Mendon, participated in both undergraduate research forums. At the Denman, she was awarded first place in the education across the human lifespan category and at the CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum, she was awarded first place in the social sciences category. For her research project, “Safety Education for Women in Agriculture,” she was mentored by Dr. Dee Jepsen, associate professor in the Department of Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering.

Courtney Fulton, a senior studying agricultural communication from Kenton, Ohio, participated in both the Denman and the CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum. Her research project, “Exploring the Roles of youth in Community Programming and Their Connections to Positive youth Development and Involvement in Community,” was mentored by Dr. Mary Rodriguez, an associate professor of community leadership.

Abby Motter, a senior studying agriscience education from Mansfield, Ohio, participated in the CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum. She was awarded second place in the social sciences category for her project “The Influence of Pre-Service Teacher’s Education Abroad Experience in Choluteca, Honduras on Internationalize Agricultural Curriculum”. She was mentored by Dr. Tracy Kitchel, professor of agriscience education.

“The research our undergraduate students conducted and presented at these research forums has the opportunity to change communities and programs,” said Dr. Tracy Kitchel, professor and chair for the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. “I am extremely proud of them for taking the initiative to engage in asking important questions and using research to help solve problems and make communities, programs and people better.”

The CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum provides a means for undergraduate students to share their research with members and friends of the OSU community; recognizes the significant contributions to research by OSU undergraduates; and facilitates exchange between students, faculty, and the public.

Students enrolled in any undergraduate degree program in College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and the School of Environment and Natural Resources are invited to participate, provided they have a CGPA of 2.5 or higher and are engaged in supervised research projects in the area of their major.

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Kayla Walls

Courtney Fulton

Abby Motter

Allman added to Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame

Maddie Allmän

Maddie Allman, a freshman majoring in community leadership, was inducted into the Ohio 4-H Teen Hall of Fame during the annual teen luncheon at the Ohio 4-H Conference on March 2, 2019.

During her more than 10 years as a 4-H member, Allman has developed a passion for youth development and agriculture. She has served as a camp counselor, Vinton County Junior Fairboard Member, Junior Leader and a member of the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council. She was named “The 4-H Lady” by her local newspaper for her involvement in the youth development organization.

After she completes her bachelor’s degree, where she focuses her studies in community and extension education, Allman plans to become an extension educator.

Congratulations Maddie!

News Release: Specht elected to Ohio State’s University Senate

 

Dr. Annie Specht was recently elected to serve as a senator for Ohio State’s University Senate. She is an assistant professor of agricultural communication in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL). The University Senate is a shared governance body that helps the university function as a unified institution and is made up of faculty members, students and administrators from throughout the University.

Faculty senate members are elected from each of Ohio State’s 15 colleges by their peers, with the number of representatives proportional to the size of the college. Specht is one of seven faculty members from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

“We are pleased to have an ACEL faculty member serve in a university leadership position such as the University Senate,” said Dr. Tracy Kitchel. “Dr. Specht has represented our department on a variety of committees throughout CFAES, where she has shown her dedication toward improving our university. She will be a valuable asset as she is involved in the policies, processes, programs and solutions for issues of university.”

“I’m honored by the opportunity to represent the college, especially as a young female faculty member. I’ve been looking for ways to get involved in the broader campus community, and I’m excited to learn more about university governance over the next few years,” said Specht.

She will serve a three-year term from Autumn Semester 2019 through Spring Semester 2022.Specht is a two-time alum of Ohio State, earning bachelor degrees in English and agricultural communication in 2008 and a master’s degree in agricultural communication in 2010. She completed a doctorate in agricultural communication from Texas A&M University in 2013.

ACEL prepares communicators, educators and leaders in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences to integrate research-based learning, practice and engagement, in ways that will advance positive changes that strengthen individuals, families and communities. For more information on the academic programs and research available in ACEL, please visit acel.osu.edu.

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News Release: Buck completes national leadership development program

Dr. Emily Buck (second from left) with other LEAD21 participants from The Ohio State University.

 

Dr. Emily Buck, of Marion, was one of 79 individuals who completed the LEAD21 leadership development program. This group of distinguished individuals represents land-grant institutions and their strategic partners from across the nation. Buck is a professor of agricultural communication at The Ohio State University in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL).

Over the course of the past year, Buck met regularly with her peers, both in-person and virtually, to enhance her personal leadership capacity. The graduation was held at the culmination of the third in-person session, where the focus was on organizational leadership through collaboration, communication and leading change.

The primary purpose of LEAD21 is to develop leaders in land-grant institutions and their strategic partners who link research, academics and extension who can to lead more effectively in an increasingly complex environment, either in their current positions or future leadership positions.

“LEAD21 is a great program for faculty to improve their leadership skills and network with other’s in colleges similar to ours across the country,” said Buck. “I have been a part of many similar leadership programs, but this one was exceptional in taking our understanding of our skills and using them to show us how to effect change in the land-grant system.”

Goals of LEAD21 are to enhance application of skills and knowledge across a set of nine leadership competencies, to develop a network of peer leaders to enhance personal leadership practice, collaboration and diversity of perspective and to develop and implement an individual’s leadership development process.

“I am thrilled Dr. Buck had the opportunity to participate in this leadership program that not only benefits her professional growth and leadership, but will also benefit our department and the students she teaches and mentors” said Dr. Tracy Kitchel, professor and chair of ACEL. “Whether she chooses to pursue formal administrative roles in the future or not, the investment is one in faculty leadership, which can be applied in multiple ways. Ultimately, we rely on faculty to provide all kinds of leadership in carrying out the teaching, research and outreach missions of the department, college and university.”

ACEL prepares communicators, educators and leaders in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences to integrate research-based learning, practice and engagement, in ways that will advance positive changes that strengthen individuals, families and communities. For more information on the academic programs and research available in ACEL, please visit acel.osu.edu.

The next LEAD21 class will begin in June 2019. For more information about LEAD21, visit www.lead-21.org.

ACEL grads awarded CFAES alumni awards

Congratulations to four alumni of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership at Ohio State.

Dr. Bob Birkenholz, Dr. Bryan Garton ’93 PhD, Chris Henney ’98 and Leah Finney Curtis ’07 were selected as recipients of alumni awards presented by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Alumni Society.

The four alumni were recognized by ACEL at a department reception and will be the guests of honor, along with eight other CFAES alumni selected for awards, at the CFAES Alumni Awards on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Fawcett Center.

CFAES Alumni Award: Leah Finney Curtis ’07

Leah Curtis
CFAES Young Professional Award

Leah Curtis currently works for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation as the policy counsel and senior director of member engagement. She manages a team of three membership engagement professionals and providing legal guidance to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation policy department. Recently her work was presented before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Curtis is a strong advocate for the interests of Ohio’s farmers and landowners. She serves on the Ohio Department of Taxation’s Agricultural Advisory committee. She has a podcast “Legal with Leah” that is the highest click-thru rate in the Ohio Farm Bureau’s electronic newsletter. An episode of her podcast has also received the “Best Audio News Story”. Curtis was selected to take part in the 2014-2015 Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy. She was also appointed to the Bar Association’s membership task force and to the Women in the Profession Section Council. Leah currently serves as the vice-chair of the Bar Association’s agricultural law committee.

Leah is a great supporter of CFAES and its students, where she regularly comes to Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow meetings and has been an influence in the AGRCOMM 2367 course. She is known or her service and dedication to help others, which is seen throughout organizations such as the Southeastern Ohio Legal services and Ohio FFA Association.

Congratulations, Leah!