CFAES Outstanding Seniors of 2009-2010; Where are they now?

Each year the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences recognizes 20 outstanding seniors at the annual recognition program.
In 2010, three students from the Department of Human and Community Resource Development (now Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership) were recognized as an outstanding seniors.
Join us in taking a look back at the outstanding seniors from 2009 and 2010 and where they are today.



Cassaundra (Hupp) Dietrich
Graduating in 2009 with her bachelor’s degree, Cassaundra Dietrich majored in Agricultural Communication and minored in Animal Sciences. After completing her undergraduate education, she lived in Rome, Georgia for more than a year before moving back to her hometown. Dietrich is now a graphic designer at Main Graphics in Urbana, Ohio and is working towards her Master of Sciences in Agricultural Communication. She is also studying in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences’ Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership under the advisement of Dr. Emily Buck and will eventually earn her Ph.D. Outside of academics, Dietrich is a mother of two (Gavin, age 5 and Eloise, age 3) and is also raising a backyard flock of eleven hens.



Hilary (Bailey) Poulson
Hilary majored in agricultural education, graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 2009. Poulson then continued her education and went to graduate school for agricultural communication and graduated in 2011. Now living in Archbold, Ohio, she is a country home loan officer with Farm Credit Mid-America. She says, “At Farm Credit, I work with customers to help find and finance their country home, which is often to a lot of young, small farmers.  While my job wasn’t exactly what I thought I would be doing when I graduated, I love the opportunity this job has afforded me to work within agriculture.”

She and her husband, Shane (whom she met at Ohio State) live in Northwest Ohio.  He works as the show pig manager for Tom Moyer & Family, which is a boar stud and show pig operation in Wauseon, Ohio.  They have one son, Meyers.

Poulson states, “I grew up in Southeastern Ohio, so the flat land of Northwest Ohio took some getting used to!  But maybe more than the flat terrain, it took some definite getting used to all of the Michigan fans since we live so close to the Ohio/Michigan boarder!  I proudly display my OSU allegiance in my office and it is interesting to see the comments from customers, to see which team they support—it’s always a nice ice-breaker.”


Other students who were recognized as an outstanding senior in 2009 from our department include:

Morgan Hoover, agricultural communication
Stacy Jewell, agricultural education
Heather Stoodt, agricultural communication



Whittney (Smith) Bowers
Whittney earned her bachelor’s degree in 2010, majoring in agricultural communication. Currently residing in Amanda, Ohio, Bowers is the Director of Grassroots and Political Outreach at Ohio Farm Bureau. Recently, she and her husband welcomed their first child, a happy little boy named Raylan!

Meredith (Gilbert) Wolfe
Majoring in agricultural education, Meredith earned her bachelor’s degree in 2010. She is now located in Oregon, Ohio, teaching agricultural education at Clay High School. Since graduating, Wolfe has gotten married, taught at three different schools and has had two baby boys!


Callie Wells
Callie graduated with a degree in agricultural communication and complex her master’s in 2012, also in agricultural communication. She now works for Ohio Farm Bureau as a communication specialist in downtown Columbus, where she does everything from news and feature writing to photography and video editing, but her main focus is on digital communication and strategy. She manages the website and social media accounts and coordinates communications for the Young Ag Professionals.

If you are current senior in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the application form for the 2016 Outstanding Senior Award is now available at  To qualify for consideration, applicants must have a 3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and be graduating during the 2016 calendar year. Selections are made based on the applicant’s record of scholarship, leadership, professional and personal growth and involvement in the community, both within OSU and beyond. The deadline for applications is December 16. All applications will be reviewed in January. A group of students will be selected, from all who apply, to interview with the selection committee in February. The group of Outstanding Seniors will be recognized at the CFAES Recognition Program on April 7, 2016. Contact Dr. Marilyn Trefz (.2) should you have questions.

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