ACEL Students Present at Youth Summit

By: Kayla Oberstadt, AEE graduate student
Carla Jagger, AEE graduate student
Mikayla Bodey, agricultural communication minor


The National Youth Summit on Agri-Science was hosted from January 16-19, 2015. In partnership with Merck Animal Health, the National 4-H Council and National 4-H Youth Conference Center presented a dynamic extended weekend of educational activities for youth participants.

Oberstadt, Jagger, and Bodey show their Ohio pride with the Washington Monument!

Oberstadt, Jagger, and Bodey show their Ohio pride with the Washington Monument!

Three students from The Ohio State University were engaged in leadership and teaching roles during the four-day summit hosted at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Mikayla Bodey, a sophomore from St. Paris, Ohio who is pursuing a minor in Agricultural Communication and two graduate students in Agricultural and Extension Education, Carla Jagger of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, and Kayla Oberstadt of New London, Wisconsin assisted through presenting workshops and leading roundtable discussions at the summit.

Carla Jagger and Kayla Oberstadt facilitated roundtable discussions in the Ag Issues Panel. Jagger led students in discussion of Urban Agriculture and Oberstadt in Public Perceptions of Production Animal Welfare. Other Ag Issues presented included Country of Origin Labeling and The Farm Bill.

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Oberstadt facilitates a discussion with youth about agricultural careers and college options.

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Participants work on their models for Monsanto’s Fish Farming Challenge in a workshop led by Bodey.

Workshops presented to the students included Monsanto’s Fish Farm Challenge, led by Mikayla Bodey. Ohio State’s own Dr. Bob Horton, Extension Specialist for Educational Design and Science Education, created this experimental challenge that gives students the opportunity to design a simulated fish feeding structure. Jagger guided students in an interactive workshop investigating Hydroponics in the Home where students researched materials needed for hydroponic gardens and were able to build their own simple hydroponic platform. In the Agricultural Career Panel, Oberstadt led students in discussion about college choices and routes to Extension Education, Jagger discussed Agricultural Education, and Dr. Rick Sibbel, director of U.S. Cattle Technical Services of Merck Animal Health, engaged students about veterinary work.

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Participants work on their models for Monsanto’s Fish Farming Challenge in a workshop led by Bodey.

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Jagger teaches students about components used in building hydroponic structures

This summit brought together youth participants representing regions from across the country. Students in 9th-12th grade were actively involved in the hands-on learning experience led by various representatives in the agricultural industry, including students from The Ohio State University Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. With much to learn in their days together, participants and presenters were also able to visit the nation’s capital on a night tour of monuments as well as a trip to George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon. This educational opportunity allowed for a unique educational opportunity for OSU students to share their passion for the agricultural industry and serve as a connection to high school students to explore agricultural education!

Communication 2223 – Lantern Practicum

By: Hayley Beck
Norwalk, Ohio
Agricultural Communications

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I choose to take the Lantern Practicum course because I was very interested in the Comm 2221 course that I had taken the prior semester. The Lantern Practicum counts as elective credits for the Agricultural Communications major. This is a 4 credit hour course that is intense, with a heavy work load. Over the course of the semester, the requirement is to write 16 stories for the paper.

There are three sections that you could potentially write for: sports, campus and arts and entertainment. I was a campus reporter, I wrote about events that were happening on campus, including construction on campus, Homecoming and other events, mainly on Ag Campus. Each week I had to submit three story ideas to my editor, these are ideas that I would then write stories about.

Coming up with three ideas every week was a challenge, but made me more aware of what was happening on campus.

My experience with the paper was overall positive. I enjoyed writing articles about events on campus, the teacher is strict and ruthless, he grades hard and is often times unreasonable and will not take any excuses as to why stories are late. That was the toughest part of the course in my opinion.

Being a reporter for The Lantern was a stressful but rewarding experience.


Hayley wrote this blog post on her experience in the Communication 2223 course at Ohio State, which fulfills an elective credit in the agricultural communication major. All opinions are her own.

ACEL travels for the Playoff Games

Several students, staff and faculty, and alumni traveled to New Orleans, LA and Dallas, TX for the first ever College Football Playoff.

The Ohio State Buckeyes were victorious in both the Sugar Bowl and National Championship game, defeating The University of Alabama and the University of Oregon, respectively.


ACEL alumni Emily Wickham ('07) Molly Wickham ('13) and Cara Lawson ('06, '14) after a Sugar Bowl victory.

ACEL alumni Emily Wickham (’07) Molly Wickham (’13) and Cara Lawson (’06, ’14) after a Sugar Bowl victory.

Ryan Vonderhaar and Adam Vonderhaar with friend and fellow student Dylan Koeloff at the Sugar Bowl

Ryan Vonderhaar and Adam Vonderhaar with friend and fellow student Dylan Koeloff at the Sugar Bowl.


Ryan Vonderhaar and Adam Vonderhaar at the National Championship Game.

Ryan Vonderhaar and Adam Vonderhaar at the National Championship Game.


If you traveled to the Sugar Bowl or the National Championship Game, share your photo by emailing

On Saturday, January 24, Ohio State will be celebrating the National Championship team with an event at Ohio Stadium from 11am-12noon. The event and parking are free! We hope to see you there!

Go Bucks!

ACEL Weekly Update – January 21, 2015

Upcoming Events:

January 21, 6pm – ACT Meeting in AA 205
January 22, 10am-3pm – Environment and Sustainability Career Expo in Ag Admin Auditorium
January 22, 5:15-6pm – Ambassador Info Session in Room 105, Ag Admin
January 23 – SPHINX Applications Due
January 24, 11am – Celebration for National Championship Football Team
January 30 – CFAES Recognition Program Award Applications Due
January 30 – CFAES Peer Mentor Applications Due
February 6 – CFAES Ambassador Application Deadline
February 6 – CFAES and university undergrad research forum applications due

Study Abroad Photos Wanted
Did you travel around the world during winter break? Share a photo of you traveling abroad. We are looking for both alumni and current students to participate. All photos will be shared on the department blog and our social media pages. Photos can be emailed to

Contribute to the ACEL Blog
If you’re completed an internship or studied abroad during the break, consider writing a short post on your experience for the ACEL blog. There is a quick and easy form to fill out: The posts will be added to the blog during Spring Semester.

We are also looking for students (and alumni) to write a review of the ACEL courses for the blog. This would include talking about what material the course covered, projects and assignments completed, etc. If you are interested in writing a short overview, sign up at

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.

NEW!!CFAES Ambassador Applications Available
If you are interested in applying for the 2015-2016 CFAES Ambassador Team, applications are now available. They are due by 5pm of February 6.

NEW!!CFAES Peer Mentor Applications Available
A Peer Mentor’s role is to help new first year students feel welcome into CFAES, be a source of information, and share experiences of transitioning to Ohio State. CFAES Peer Mentors will contact new students prior to arrival on campus, assist in FAES 1100 or ENR 1100, and work directly with an assigned small group of new first year students. In addition, CFAES Peer Mentors will assist the CFAES Academic Services team and University Residence staff with new first year activities. Click here to fill out the application. The application deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:00pm.

NEW!!Undergraduate Research Forums
Proposals for the CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum and the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum are due on February 6, 2015. These events are on February 19 and March 21, respectively. For more information on the CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum. For information on the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.

NEW!!Was your car towed by Shamrock or Camcar towing companies between 9/1/2008 and 7/17/2014?
Visit for information about a class action settlement and submitting a claim for possible repayment of fees. Please help spread the word about this settlement!  Forward this email to your present and past members, faculty, staff, and any friends or family who may have visited between 9/1/2008-7/17/2014.  Student Legal Services at The Ohio State University, 20 E. 11th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201, Email: / Web:

NEW!! Local Foods Across the School Meal Tray – Ohio Farm to School Conference
Thursday, March 5, 9am-4:30pm, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center

Featured topics and speakers:
Breakfast at School
·    The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge team will start the day with a breakfast demonstration, information about the challenge, and ways to include local foods in school breakfast
Ohio Farm to School Opportunities
Tara Gleason – USDA Food and Nutrition Service Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program
Lori Panda – Ohio Department of Agriculture OHIO PROUD Program
Procurement Simulation and Ohio Success Stories
·     Liz Solomon from the Ohio Department of Education will outline ways to procure local foods for school meal programs and provide a simulation of using specifications to target local foods.
·     School food service personnel from around the state will share procurement success stories.
Breakout Sessions focusing on four categories – panels of growers, producer groups, and others will provide:
Descriptions of the varieties of products produced locally
Samples of products suitable for schools
Processing and distribution information related to regions of the state
Food safety considerations for schools
Menu options, portion requirements, and trends for serving each food category in school meals
“Starting from Scratch” resources and COOK-OFF
·        Susan Patton, from the Ohio Department of Education will share scratch cooking resources for schools
·        STUDENT COOK-OFF: Teams from 3 Ohio schools will demonstrate recipes they created using local foods and school meal guidelines.
Registration is $40 and includes breakfast, lunch and handouts. Registration information is available on the conference website at The deadline to register for the conference is Feb. 20. For more information on Ohio’s Farm to School program, visit

NEW!!SPHINX applications do January 23
Selection for SPHINX is based upon scholarship, leadership and direct contribution to The Ohio State University. Each class of SPHINX is limited to no more than 24 students who fulfill these criteria and have notable achievements in various fields of endeavor. Linking into SPHINX is a distinct honor. The participation and commitment of all new links is a tradition of SPHINX that each class upholds. Please note that Mortar Board is also a senior class honor society at The Ohio State University. Individuals are permitted to apply to only one of the two honoraries. Additional Requirements: A minimum 3.00 GPA (verified at end of Fall Semester 2014), At least 60 credit hours completed (verified at end of Fall Semester 2014), Plan to graduate any semester after Summer 2015. Contact Sergeant-at-Arms, Evan Luse, at with any application questions.

NEW!! Celebrate the National Championship Football Team
Buckeye fans are invited to celebrate the 2014 National Championship season with head coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes from 11 a.m. ET to Noon this Saturday, Jan. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free with general admission seating in A and AA decks. Parking also will be free in all surface lots and in the Lane, West Lane, Tuttle, Northwest, Neil Avenue and Arps garages.


NEW! Forrest Bassford Student Award (scholarship)
Please remind your students the Livestock Publications Council is once again offering the Forrest Bassford Student Award. The overall winner receives a $2,000 scholarship, and up to three additional students receive $750 travel scholarships to attend the Ag Media Summit. AMS will be held in Scottsdale, AZ, July 25-29, 2015. The application is due February 17, 2015.

Students are eligible to apply if they…
1)      Will be a college junior or senior at the start of the 2015-16 college year with at least one semester before graduation.
2)      Are a student member of the Livestock Publications Council. Membership is $35 for students. A membership application can be found at

NEW! WinField $1,000 Scholarships to 10 Students Pursuing Agriculture Related Degrees
Scholarships worth $1,000 will be awarded to 10 college students in their first or second year who demonstrate scholastic achievement, leadership in agriculture and a perceived ability to contribute to agriculture in the future.
The Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program is available to first or second year college students pursuing two- or four-year degrees in agronomy, crop production, or closely related fields.

To qualify for the program, a student must:
·        Be a college freshman or sophomore
·        Demonstrate leadership abilities and academic performance
·        Complete an application including two reference letters and official transcript
·        Write essays describing the importance of farmer cooperatives, and why he or she is interested in an agricultural career.
Applications are available on the internet at in the News section. All applications must be postmarked by Feb. 2, 2015. Winners will be notified by mail in April 2015.

NEW! Scholarships available from Ohio Ag Council
On behalf of The Ohio Agricultural Council, I am pleased to share with you that we are currently accepting scholarship applications to assist students in pursuing their education in agricultural-related areas of study. Completed applications must be received by February 27 for the 2015-16 school year. OAC provides up to three (3) $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate college students from Ohio who are currently pursuing a degree in agriculture. Scholarships are selected based on academic record, leadership qualities, community involvement and responses to application essay questions. More details, as well as the application, are available by clicking here.

NEW!  Wildlife Leadership Award and Scholarship Application
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is currently accepting applications for our $3,000 Wildlife Leadership Award. Last year we awarded a total of $18,000 to six undergraduate students, and for 2015 we’re seeking another pool of qualified applicants who will be of junior or senior standing in the fall.  Our application can also be accessed at:

NEW!  Agricultural Relations Council Scholarship (See attached)
The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) will award one $1,500 fall semester scholarship (2015-2016 academic year,) to undergraduate college students pursuing a career in agricultural communications such as, but not limited to, working for agribusiness companies, marketing communications agencies, national/state/regional commodity or general farm organizations and other positions that that promote agriculture.

National FFA Scholarships
In 2014, the National FFA Organization awarded $2.2 million in scholarships designed to fit the diversity of our applicants. Scholarships are sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation and are given for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans. The selection process takes into account the whole student – FFA involvement, work experience, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), community service, leadership skills and academics. More than 1,800 scholarships are available. Click here for details and a list of 2015 sponsors.

CFAES Scholarship Application
Any current student wishing to be considered for a college scholarship for 2015-2016 must complete the online college scholarship application before February 15, 2015 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 2015. Please note we will only notify students who have been selected as a scholarship recipient.

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.

Internships & Jobs

Internship Openings (Internships in italic require you to log into  Hire A Buckeye to see details)
Alvis HouseCommunication and Development Intern (February 20 deadline)
American Angus Association – Communication and Public Relations Intern
American Angus Association – Editorial Intern
American Angus Association – Events and Education Intern
AmeriCheer – Marketing and Social Media Internship
American Heart AssociationGo Red for Women Internship (January 31 deadline)
American Horticultural SocietyEditorial Intern (March 21 deadline)
American Red Cross, Blood ServiceCommunication Intern (February 18 deadline)
American Shorthorn AssociationSummer Internship (February 16 deadline)
Bass Pro Shops – Marketing Internship
Carhart – Public Relations Internship (Dearborn, MI)
City of DublinCommunity Relations Intern (February 18 deadline)
City of DublinRecreation Intern (January 30 deadline)
Columbus Food LeagueCharitable Giving Coordinator, internship (February 28 deadline)
Columbus Blue Jackets – Digital and Social Media Summer Internship
Columbus Blue Jackets – Marketing Internship
Columbus Crew – Community Relations Internship
Columbus Crew – Creative Design Internship
Columbus Crew – Digital and Social Media Internship
Columbus Crew – Marketing Internship
Columbus Crew – Photography Internship
DSW IncCreative Marketing Internship, Summer (February 28 deadline)
Fashion Meets Music FestivalGraphic Design Intern (April 21 deadline)
Florence Freedom – Video/Graphic Design Internship
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center – Conservation Education Intern (Glen Rose, TX)
Great Smokey Mountains Institute at TremontSummer Internship in Environmental Education (February 13 deadline)
Greater Columbus Sports Commission – Communication Intern
HallmarkCreative summer internship (February 27 deadline)
Indianapolis Zoo – Summer 2015 Internship
Houston Zoo – Marketing Internship
Lakeside ChautuaquaAdvancement and Communications Internship (March 6 deadline)
Lakeside ChautuaguaGraphic Design/Photography Internship (March 6 deadline)
Lakeside ChautuaguaJournalism/newspaper Editor Internship (March 6 deadline)
Lakeside ChautuaguaMarketing/Digital Communications Internship (March 6 deadline)
Lake Erie Crushers – Broadcasting Summer Internship
Leukemia and Lymphoma SocietyLight the Night Campaign Intern, Social Media and Marketing, Summer Semester (April 1 deadline)
Leukemia and Lymphoma SocietyLight the Night Campaign Intern, Sponsorship and Retail Partners, Summer Semester (April 1 deadline)
Leukemia and Lymphoma SocietyLight the Night Campaign Intern, Team Management and Bright Lights Club, Summer Semester (April 1 deadline)
Leukemia and Lymphoma SocietyLight the Night Campaign Intern, Volunteers and Logistics, summer semester (April 1 deadline)
L’OrealCommunications Co-op (January 31 deadline)
National Pork Producers Council – Washington DC Internship (February 9 deadline)
New England Aquarium – Volunteer Programming Internship (Boston)
New England Aquarium – Marketing Internship (Boston)
New England Aquarium – Visitor Education Internship (Boston)
New England Aquarium – Curriculum Development and Design Intern (Boston)
New England Aquarium – School Programs Development and Evaluation Intern (Boston)
NuTech SeedMarketing/Advertising Intern (February 5 deadline)
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm AssociationEducation Program Internship (January 21 deadline)
ODE/Ohio FFA/OAAE – Agriscience Internship Program (attached) (February 13 deadline)
Ohio Pork Council – Summer Internship
Ohio State FairPublic Relations Internship, Summer (February 3 deadline)
Ohio State FairSocial Media Intern, summer (February 3 deadline)
Ohio State, Office of Student LifeGraphic Design Student Assistant (February 9 deadline)
Ohio State, Office of Student Life – Marketing Assistant Internship (April 30 deadline)
Oregon Coast Aquarium – Education Internship (Newport, OR)
Ohio Environmental Council – Digital Marketing Intern
Port Defiance Zoo and Aquarium – School and Community Programs Internship (spring deadline January 23, Summer deadline February 20)
Port Defiance Zoo and Aquarium – Special Events Assistant (Tacoma, WA)
Port Defiance Zoo and Aquarium – Youth Volunteer Coordinator Assistant (Tacoma, WA)
Scotts Miracle-GroIT Intern, Graphics Design (March 31 deadline)
State of Ohio, Dept of Transportation – Public Information Office, Internship (Lima, OH)
State of Ohio, Attorney General – Senior Editor
State of Ohio, Dept of Public Safety – Videographer
Rocky Mountain National ParkEnvironmental Education Intern (February 15 deadline)
Short North AlliancePhotography Internship (January 30 deadline)
Shurtech Brands – Visual Design Intern
Shurtech Brands – Graphics Intern
Shurtech Brands – Social Media Intern
Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of AmericaMarketing Intern
SmithsonianDigital Marketing Internship, summer (February 1 deadline)
Smithsonian Education Programs Internship, summer (February 1 deadline)
SmithsonianFilm Production Internship (February 1 deadline)
SmithsonianSocial media Internship (February 1 deadline)
SmithsonianSummer Camp Internship (February 1 deadline)
Tracy Aviary – FT Education Internship (Salt Lake City, UT)
Toledo ZooGraphic Design or Youth Program Development Internship (February 15 deadline)
United Schools NetworkMarketing and Recruitment Intern (Columbus)

Full-Time Job Openings
Accelerated Genetics – Animal Health Products Marketing Specialist
American Association of Service Coordinators – Communications and Marketing Manager (Columbus, OH)
American Rivers – Associate Director of Media Relations
American Soybean Association – Membership Development and Engagement Manager
Animal Agriculture Alliance – Marketing & Membership Manager
Bass Pro Shops – Social Media Manager
Bass Pro Shops – Marketing Manager
Bass Pro Shops – Photographer, Tracker Marine
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – Administrative Assistant and Special Events Volunteer Advisor (February 15 deadline)
Certified Angus Beef – Web Design Specialist (Wooster, OH)
Cincinnati Reds – Social media coordinator
Cincinnati Reds – social media host
Columbus International Program – Communications Coordinator
Dairy Records Management Systems – Communications Specialist
DairyBusiness Communications – Editorial Director (Work from Home)
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo – Education Program Supervisor
Experience Columbus – Marketing Events Assistant
Farm Journal Media – Editor Seeds & Production
Farm Credit Services – Financial Services Officer, Springfield
Farm Credit Services – Financial Support Specialist, Versailles
Farm Credit Services – Customer Relationship Specialist, Bellefontaine
Furniture Bank of Central Ohio – Donation Coordinator
Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council – Marketing and Communications Manager (Columbus, Ohio)
Greater Columbus Arts Council – Marketing, Communications and Events Strategist
Greater Cleveland Food Bank – Media Relations Coordinator
Hayes Presidential Center – Giving and membership Coordinator (Fremont, OH)
Living Desert – Graphic Creative Specialist (Palm Desert, CA)
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission – Public Affairs Specialist (February 27 deadline)
National FFA Organization – Education Specialist – Agricultural Literacy/Advocacy
NAACP – VP of Communication and Digital Media
Ontario Veal/Ontario Goat – Communications Coordinator
Ohio State, Lake Erie Research Center – Sea Grant Extension Educator (January 25 deadline)
Ohio State, Lake Erie Research Center – Sea Grant Extension Educator (January 25 deadline)
Ohio State, University Press – Editor In Chief (February 1 deadline)
Ohio State, OARDC – Animal Herd Manager (Jackson) (January 25 deadline)
Ohio State, Wexner Center – Director of Marketing and Communication
Rocky Brands – Social Media Specialist
Wrangler Brands – Digital Creative Coordinator
Wrangler Brands – Iucy Activewear Graphic Designer

AgriCorpsAre you pursuing a degree in the College of Agriculture?  Are you interested in doing international development work after you graduate?  Are you looking for a fun, challenging, fulfilling opportunity?  Look no further!  AgriCorps is a Peace Corps – type organization that sends graduates with a degree in agriculture or natural resources to the developing year for 11 months to do international development work.  At the heart of what we do and why we do it is a passion for food security.  We believe that food security is an inherent right of all people.  And we believe that subsistence farmers, when equipped with appropriate technology and skills, can create for themselves a food secure world.  We see youth as a key way to transfer agricultural technology.  Their passion for the industry will be able to transform agriculture in their communities and countries.  Our first group of Corps Members are in Ghana right now and having an amazing time! This fall we’re actively recruiting Corps Members for July 2015-June 2016.  If you’re interested, check out our website:  The application is online already, under the “how” tab. The application deadline is March 1st.  Check out these two videos, for a bit more information: AgriCorps introduction video:, 4H in Africa, it features 4H Ghana and some of the work they are doing:, If you have any questions, contact Audrey Denney, Director of Recruitment and Marketing for AgriCorps at

Extension and Teaching Jobs
Ohio Ag Ed Openings
Halifax County Public Schools – Agriculture Teacher (South Boston, Virginia)
OSU Extension, Trumbull County – Extension Educator, Ag (February 15 deadline)
OSU Extension, Logan County – Office Associate
OSU Extension, Union County – Office Associate
OSU Extension, Union County – ANR Educator
OSU Extension, Franklin County – Program Assistant

Jobs to check out on Hire-A-Buckeye (must be logged in to Hire-A-Buckeye to see these job listings)
Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership



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Meet the ACT Officer Team

Joel Penhorwood, ACT President
West Mansfield, Ohio
Agricultural Communication, minors in AEDE and Aviation

What do you choose to run for your officer position? I felt the position of president was one that my skill set would fit well and that I could bring energy to. I knew of Ohio State’s outstanding ACT program while I was in high school and it was a big part of the reason I became a Buckeye.

Why did you decide to join ACT? The reputation of OSU’s ACT program reached me while I was in high school and looking at different schools. I knew programs specific to majors were important and the fact that ACT was so involved while offering a comfortable, easy-going atmosphere where I could put my talents to work made a big impression on me my first semester on campus.

Why did you choose your major? While I was in high school, I decided to take my passion for news and agriculture into my own hands by following the encouragement of a family friend who happened to be on the radio. As a result, I started my own podcast and my farm broadcasting passion hasn’t taken a break since. I knew wherever I went to further my education, I wanted to go into agricultural communication. Ohio State called my name for several reasons, one of which being the concern of the CFAES staff for students on a one-on-one basis. The ACEL department has given me more opportunities than I could’ve ever imagined when I originally chose to be a Buckeye. Today, I couldn’t be happier about choosing Ag Comm as my focus.​


Devon Alexander, ACT Vice President
Anna, OH
Agricultural Communication

What do you choose to run for your officer position? I chose to run for vice president because I wanted to take on more responsibility for a club that has provided me with numerous opportunities to grow and develop as a student and professional.

Why did you join ACT? I decided to join ACT because I knew it would provide me with opportunities to connect with industry professionals in my desired career.

Why did you chose your major? I chose my major because I enjoy starting the conversation about agriculture.


Summer McCracken, ACT Secretary
Anna, Ohio

What do you choose to run for your officer position? I enjoyed the club activities and felt I could learn leadership skills by conducting the events.

Why did you join ACT originally? My minor is agricultural communication.

Why did you chose your major? I appreciate and understand the need for business in the world. I enjoy the options agribusiness has to offer.


Karli Lump, ACT Treasurer
DeGraff, Ohio
Agricultural Communication

Why did you choose to run for your officer position? I wanted to become more involved with everything that ACT does for students as well as the college itself and earn more responsibility within the club.

Why did you join ACT? I wanted to make connections not only with fellow students involved in agricultural communications, but with industry representatives as well. Coming from a very small town, it was important to me to get involved within the college and meet new people. With ACT, I had a chance to meet students with similar interests and make new friends!

Why did you choose your major? I always knew I wanted to do something along the lines of communications and marketing. When I was researching majors in high school, I came across the CFAES website and found information on agricultural communications. I knew right away it was exactly what I wanted to do!

Jordan Bonham
, CFAES Student Council Representative
Washington Court House, OH
Agricultural Communication

Why did you choose your major? I knew I wanted to go in the sales and marketing field and felt that Agricultural Communication was the best choice for me. I chose Ag Comm to to get a better understanding of how to design and create materials through different outlets that works for different audiences. If I had an understanding of the how to market to my customers, then learning what I needed to market could be accomplished through different internships and job opportunities. Since I am a hands on person, this route was the best option so I could learn hands on what to market and could learn through my course work how to market.

Why did you join ACT? As a new student I decided to join ACT because it was an easy way to get involved with my major and my department staff. However, after a couple of meetings I realized that there was so much more to ACT and that it was an organization that I truly enjoyed. It is a great feeling to be surrounded with people who are so passionate about what they do!

Why did you choose to run for your officer position? I chose to run for an officer position because I wanted to give back to the club and be more involved in the club. ACT is a great organization that is consistently working to better our students and I wanted to assist in that effort and have a bigger impact.





ACEL Alum Jody Poth is new CFAES alumni engagement director

Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership alumna Jody Poth has been selected as the college’s director of alumni engagement, effective Dec. 22, 2014. She received her undergraduate degree in agricultural education from Ohio State in 2008 and her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of Connecticut in 2010.

Jody comes to the position from Ohio State’s Office of Student Life, where most recently she served as associate director, events and engagement. Professionally, she has extensive experience engaging donors, volunteers, parents and alumni through a variety of events and activities. She has served as coordinator of major campus events and as assistant director of parent, family and alumni relations. As a graduate of our college, she has remained active as a FarmHouse International Fraternity advisor, 4-H volunteer and Beanie Drake Student Leader Endowment Board advisor and in a number of community organizations.

Jody will be housed in Howlett Hall and will join the college’s Advancement staff led by Chris Delisio, chief advancement officer.

Jody Poth

This story originally ran as part of the CFAES Monthly.

Student Teaching is SO Important

By: Dennis C. Swartz
Marion, Ohio
Agricultural Education Alumni (BS and MS)

The hands-on activities present in student teaching opportunities create a “real-world” atmosphere that cannot be duplicated in the college classroom.  The classroom management style of the host teacher, the difference in maturity of freshmen vs upper-classmen and boys vs girls is real and the teacher must learn to manage the situations.  Also, home visitations, working with handicapped and special education students can be beneficial for later teaching, since all will have those students within their classroom.

And… don’t forget, as a teacher within a school system, you will be expected to perform additional duties you never trained for and join organizations within the community that will assist with your personal and teaching career.  No teacher in the school system gets more involved than the Ag teacher, so expect to be busy during both the school year and summer.


Mr. Swartz is an alumni of Ohio State’s agriscience education program (formerly Agricultural and Extension Education). The advice he shares in this blog post for our current student teachers are his own opinions.