ACEL Weekly Update – December 12, 2014



Blog Question of the Week

Each week there will be a new question for our students to answer and the responses will be compiled into a blog post. You can share your name or submit anonymously. JThe question for this week: What are your plans for winter break?

Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals Leadership Experience
January 30-31, 2015 It’s an opportunity for leadership experience, building personal and professional skills, networking with agricultural leaders, and making a difference in our communities, Farm Bureau and agriculture. Join us for a time of personal and professional development, meeting other young professionals from around Ohio, fun, food and fellowship! Find out more information here.

Coolers and Padfolios with College Logo for Sale
Need a cooler for livestock shows or game day? How about a padfolio for the next career fair or job interview? ACT is selling coolers and padfolios with the college logo for $30 and $20, respectively. The coolers are a red chair and cooler in one, supporting up to 198 pounds. The padfolios are black with red lettering and are great for taking notes and storing copies of your resume. Bring cash or check to Ag Admin 203 to pick up your coolers and padfolio’s today. Supplies are limited!

Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum
The 2nd annual Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum will be held Dec. 10. There is a really great agenda with a little something for everyone. We are excited about the lineup and want to see as many people there as possible. It is great networking and professional development opportunity for students. All the info and registration can be found at

CFAES Outstanding Senior Applications
Applications are now available on the CFAES Website. They are due on January 15, 2015. Visit here for more information.

CFAES Recognition Program Applications
Applications are now available for individual and student organization awards. Please visit here for applications and instructions. Awards include: Internship Award, New Activity Award, Outstanding First Year Student Scholarship, Outstanding Service to Students, Outstanding Student Employee, Outstanding Student Organization, outstanding Undergraduate Academic Mentor, Ray Miller council Scholarship. Award applications are due January 30, 2015.


Upcoming Events



Ohio Soybean Council Foundation offers $36,000 in scholarships
The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation is pleased to offer $36,000 in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate Students for the 2015-2016 academic year. Scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies related to the soybean industry and the field of agriculture. The deadline to apply is January 16, 2015 at 5:00pm, applications are available at

Undergraduate scholarships: Six undergraduate scholarships of up to $3,000 each will be awarded, and one $3,000 Farmer, Lumpe + McClelland Excellence in Communications Scholarship, which was founded to provide resources to young people with a passion for agricultural and business communication. Also available to one undergraduate student is a $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, named to honor Dr. Vijayendran’s contributions to the soybean industry through his scientific research and commercialization activities at Battelle.

Eligibility: Applicants must be Ohio residents enrolled as full-time students at an Ohio college or university, having attained at least sophomore status by the fall of 2015, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Eligible majors include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, molecular biology, chemistry, engineering, biotechnology, bioenergy, biofuels, food science, crop science, environmental science, agricultural communications, agricultural business, agricultural education or any of the agricultural disciplines or related fields.

TOCA Scholarship
The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association will award one $2,500 fall semester scholarship (2015-2016 academic year,) to undergraduate college students pursuing a career in green industry communications such as but not limited to careers working for trade publications, newsletters or companies/marketing agencies that promote the golf course, lawn and landscape, sod and nursery/greenhouse, sports turf or maintenance industries. Application deadline is March 2, 2014. Application is attached.

Wilbur H. Bruner Pork Industry Award
The person selected must complete an “internship” of at least one semester in one phase of the pork and swine industry. The minimum cash award will be $1,200 ($600 prior to the internship and $600 after satisfactory completion of the internship).

ELIGIBILITY – Undergraduate and graduate students in The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and the Agricultural Technical Institute (Wooster) are eligible. CRITERIA – The person selected must have an interest in the Pork Industry. Scholarship, financial need and moral character will be considered.Download the application and eligibility requirements here.


Study Abroad

The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership is again sponsoring a study abroad experience to Honduras during the May Term 2015.  We will depart Columbus on May 23 and return on June 7, 2015.  This study abroad experience is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.  The Honduras  study abroad was developed with consideration of the needs of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership students.   If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Cano or Tyler Agner.

England/Scotland Study Abroad
Are you interested in exploring agricultural and environmental issues and the ways through which mass media communication with and education the public about these issues in Scotland and England? If so, apply for the Agricultural and Environmental Communication study abroad program which is open to all majors. The program fee will be $4,730. Attached is a draft itinerary. The application deadline is January 1, 2015. See a video about the last program here.

Internships & Jobs

Internship Openings
fossil Rim Wildlife Center – Conservation Education Intern
NAAE – Communications Intern (December 19 deadline)
NAAE – Professional Development Intern (December 19 deadline)
NAAE – Advocacy Intern (December 19 deadline)
National 4-H – Leadership Washington Focus and Citizen Washington Focus program assistants (January 15 deadline)
National Pork Producers Council – Washington DC Internship (February 9 deadline)
Rodale Institute – Communications and Outreach Internship (January 15 deadline for Spring Semester)
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo – Spring Internships (Development Internship, Graphics/Fine Art Internship, Marketing Digital Photography Internship, Marketing Internship, Marketing Media Production Internship, Public Relations Internship, Special Events Internship)
Tracy Aviary – FT Environmental Education Internship
Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association – Internship Program (attached)
United Producers Inc – Communication Intern (attached) (December 19 deadline)

National Teach Ag Campaign – The National Teach Ag Campaign is accepting applications from current agricultural education majors interested in serving as the 2015-2016 National Teach Ag Campaign intern.  The internship is made possible through support from our sponsors the CHS Foundation, DuPont Pioneer and Growth Energy.  The position begins in May 2015 with the possibility of going through April 2016.  Selected applicants must be based out of Lexington, Ky for the summer and then depending on performance may be offered the position from their degree institution for the remainder of the position.  Therefore all interested individuals are encouraged to apply not just those in the Kentucky area.   Agricultural education majors who will be student teaching in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 are not eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59pm ET on Friday, December 19.  Application and Position Description available here:

Full-Time Job Openings
Accelerated Genetics – Digital Communications Coordinator
Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits – Communications Coordinator
American Rivers – Associate Director of Media Relations
American Soybean Association – Membership Development and Engagement Manager
Aquarium of the Bay – Director of Marketing and Communications
Arizona Community Action Association – Community Outreach Coordinator
Certified Angus Beef – Educations and Events Manager
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – Administrative Assistant and Special Events Volunteer Advisor (February 15 deadline)
COSI – Outreach Educator
Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council – Marketing and Communications Manager (December 31 deadline)
International Plant Nutrition Institute – Communications Specialist
Ohio Association of Broadcasters – Director of Communications and Member Programs
Ohio Christian University – Dublin and Columbus Recruiter
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau – Director, Digital Media and Marketing
Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America – Online Marketing Manager
Toledo Zoo – Play and Interpretive Programs Coordinator (December 12 deadline)
Tu Nidito – Volunteer Coordinator (Tuscon, AZ)

Extension and Teaching Jobs
Ohio Ag Ed Openings
OSU Extension, Fayette County – Extension Educator, Ag & Natural Resources (December 21 deadline)
OSU Extension, Miami County – Extension Educator, Ag & Natural Resources (December 21 deadline)

Jobs to check out on Hire-A-Buckeye
Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership



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