ACEL Weekly Update – May 31, 2016

Upcoming Events


On our website

Kitchel named chair of ACEL

On our Blog

Study Abroad to Honduras
Kitchel named Department Chair
Meet our Faculty: Dr. Susie Whittington
Industry in the News – May 19, 2016

Internship Sharing
Share with the Department where you are interning this summer. Our office will be sharing features throughout the summer on our website about what our students are doing!

2016-2017 Ohio FFA Dates Set
OLLC – September 26, 2016
212-360 Columbus – January 14-15, 2017
Region 1 Evaluation (Dist 1/4) – February 1, 2017
Region 2 Evaluation (Dist 2/3) – February 3, 2017
Region 3 Evaluation (Dist 6/7) – February 6, 2017
Region 4 Evaluation (Dist 5/9) – February 2, 2017
Region 5 Evaluation (Dist 8/10) – February 7, 2017
State and American Degree Evaluations – February 23, 2017
State Proficiency Evaluations – February 24-25, 2017
FFA Officer Practice Interviews – March 11, 2017
National Chapter Evaluations – March 17, 2017
FFA Officer Interviews – April 8, 2017
State FFA Convention – May 4-5, 2017

Ohio FFA at Ohio State Fair
Come host the Ohio FFA Booth during the State Fair in the Lausche building’s Youth Center for your chapter’s chance to give fair goers an insiders tour of Agricultural Education. Workshops will be conducted at the top of the hour from 11:00a – 4:00p by the Ohio Agriscience Interns, where you can learn a bit about Ohio’s number one industry. Help Ohio FFA spread the news of Agricultural Education! For more information and to sign up visit:

Honorary American FFA Degree Nominations
The Ohio FFA has only received one Honorary American FFA Degree nomination for 2016. If you still wish to submit a nomination, please send it to Patti Guseman at or 25 South Front Street MS603, Columbus, Ohio 43215 by June 3, 2016. Please note that next year honorary award applications must be submitted online through the Application Hub on


List of agriculture industry scholarships

Internship and Job Opportunities

Internship Openings
Filament Marketing – Data and Analysis Manager (Madison, Wisconsin)
National FFA – Convention News Room Intern (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Full-Time Job Openings

Angus Foundation – Assistant Director of Marketing and Development (St. Joseph, Missouri)
BASF – Communication Specialist (Trinangle Park, NC)
Conklin Company, Inc – Communication Specialist (Kansas City, Missouri)
Iowa State – Communication Specialist (Ames, Iowa)
KNEB, Rural Radio Network – Farm Broadcaster (Nebraska)
Monsanto – Corporate Communication Lead (St. Louis, Missouri)
National FFA – Program Manager, Leadership Development (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Ohio State, Engineering – Writer (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, Marketing – Marketing Manager (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, International Affair – Program Coordinator (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, Media Relations – Editor (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, Executive Communications – Writer (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, Distance Education – Communication and Marketing Coordinator (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, Mansfield – Coordinator, Student Programs (Mansfield, Ohio)
Oklahoma State University – Communication Specialist (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
Rorh’s Farm – Office Administrator/Manager (McGuffey
Simplot – Communications Manager (Boise, Idaho)
Southeast United Dairy Industry Association – Producer Communications Manager (Atlanta, Georgia)
U.S. Grains Council – Communication Manager (Washington DC)
U.S. Registered Holsteins – Communications Manager (California or Vermont)

Extension and Teaching Jobs
Ohio Ag Ed Openings
Vineland Charter School – Agricultural Educator (Vineland, New Jersey)
OSU Extension, Licking County – Extension Educator, ANR
OSU Extension, Vinton County – Extension Educator, ANR
OSU Extension, Trumbull Count – Extension Educator, 4-H
UT Extension, Madison 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

ACEL Chair Appointed

Tracy Kitchel, Ph.D. will return to Ohio State as the Chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, Dr. Kitchel’s appointment is effective Aug. 1, 2016.

Dr. Tracy Kitchel

Dr. Tracy Kitchel

Kitchel recently served as assistant vice provost for graduate and postdoctoral affairs for the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri where he directed the campus fellowship selection process, coordinated events and graduate assistant teaching orientation, and advocated for graduate students on various committees. He also was an associate professor for the Department of Agricultural Education and Leadership in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. He was a faculty member for the Center for the Collaboration and Development of Educational Innovations and the Center for Human Dimensions in Natural Resources.

The Gold Chalk Award for excellence in graduate teaching from the University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council, the Superior Graduate Faculty Award from the University of Missouri Graduate Student Association, and the Great Plains IDEA (Interactive Distance Education Alliance) Faculty Excellence Award are among many of Dr. Kitchel’s awards and honors. Dr. Kitchel received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University and his doctoral degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Missouri.

Some information from this post was included on the CFAES faculty and staff blog.



Meet our Faculty: Dr. Susie Whittington

Earning a long list of accolades for her achievements as an author, her dedication and enthusiasm for teaching, and her unwavering service to students clearly shows that Dr. Susie Whittington is making quite the impact as a professor in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership at The Ohio State University.

              FFA Pat & susieDr. Susie Whittington with husband Dr. Pat Whittington

Having three degrees (including her Ph.D.) from The Ohio State University in Agricultural Education, it seems only fitting that Dr. Susie Whittington would want to carry out her teaching career at Ohio State. However, she did take a brief hiatus from the Buckeye-loving university when she took her first post-doctorate teaching position in 1991 at the University of Idaho in their Department of Agricultural and Extension Education. Before returning to The Buckeye State she made a detour in 1995 to The Pennsylvania State University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education. Five short years later Dr. Susie Whittington made it back to The Ohio State University, accepting a position as an Associate Professor in the Department of Human and Community Resource Development (now known as Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership), where after teaching for eleven years, she transitioned to her current position where she serves as a professor.


Susie and Kerry with Coach Meyer               Dr. Susie Whittington with her sister Kerry Boysel and OSU Football Coach Urban Meyer

Aside from spending her time teaching students and cheering on the Buckeyes, Dr. Susie Whittington has done extensive traveling, including time spent mentoring faculty at universities in India, Taiwan, and Kenya. She also loves spending time with her family, which includes husband Dr. Pat Whittington, three daughters, and two son-in-laws.

Christmas2015DogsThe three Whittington daughters with their families

You can find Dr. Susie Whittington in Agricultural Administration Room 208 or email her at


Industry in the News


USDA Announced $130 million in funding for research, education, and extension projects

Versailles FFA educating youth about agriculture


Summer farm tours in Ohio showcasing sustainable farming practices

New legislation protecting farmers involved in agritourism


New inductees announced to the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame

Ohio Farm Bureau names Adam Sharp as new executive vice president

Clyde teen organizes an effort to recycle school lunch waste


MSU is hosting field days for the public to learn about agricultural research

Closing Ohio’s Prison Farms


Farmers might want to consider shifting from corn to soybeans

The Andersons honored for their conservation efforts



Honduras Study Abroad

Hola from Honduras!

The Community Development study abroad trip is just over half way complete! We have been touring agricultural businesses, experience the local culture, and completing projects that will benefit the local residents for many years to come.

Each night when we set down to do reflections, every comment that has been made touches on the impact that the Hondurans are making on us. We have learned to be kinder, work harder, be appreciative, and show love in the last 9 days since arriving in this country.

Each night students on the trip have been posting on a joint blog with the students in our group from Utah State. You can read about each day’s activities by visiting it at

Enjoy some pictures below of our first few days!

Go Bucks!


Katie, Amanda, Audrey, and Kristen found new friends on our first day.



While walking to the market, we ran into these students heading to a competition in their dance uniforms.



We served lunch to the students in the Siete de Mayo schools.



We posed for a photo on a bridge in one of the town parks.



These ladies did a lot of shoveling today to get ready for a concrete pour.


Study Abroad to Honduras

The Community Development study abroad to Honduras arrived this afternoon in Choluteca, Honduras. Students from the trip will be blogging at

Throughout the 17 days abroad, this blog will occasionally be updated with pictures and information. Day to day recaps are available at the link above!

The entire group of Ohio State and Utah State students prior to leaving the Atlanta airport.

The entire group of Ohio State and Utah State students prior to leaving the Atlanta airport.


A small group waits to trade money once we have arrived in Honduras.

A small group waits to trade money once we have arrived in Honduras.


The sign we drove under when we made it to the Choluteca city limits.

The sign we drove under when we made it to the Choluteca city limits.

ACEL Weekly Update – May 4, 2016

Upcoming Events

May 5 and 6 – Ohio FFA Convention, Ohio Expo Center
May 6 – Graduating Senior Luncheon, 4-H Center
May 8 – ACEL Graduation Breakfast, 8-10am, Animal Sciences Arena
May 8 – OSU Spring Semester Commencement, 12pm, Ohio Stadium


On our website

ACEL students receive academic scholarships 

On our Blog

Check back next week!

ACEL Graduation Breakfast
On Sunday, May 8, 2016, graduating students and their families are invited to attend a breakfast hosted by ACEL Alumni. Breakfast will be served from 8-10am, so join at a time convenient for you and your guests. RSVP by emailing the number in your party to

Internship Sharing
Share with the Department where you are interning this summer. Our office will be sharing features throughout the summer on our website about what our students are doing!

Undergraduate Scholarship Availability to Attend the Women in Agribusiness Summit 
The Women in Agribusiness Initiative holds an annual summit devoted to developing professionals, networking, and learning about industry trends. The mission of the Women in Agribusiness is to “help all organizations understand the value of recruiting, retaining and advancing women in agribusiness.” The Women in Agribusiness has invited female undergraduates from The Ohio State University to apply for scholarships to attend the 2016 summit held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago September 27-29. Applications are due by July 21. If awarded, the scholarship will include free registration and hotel accommodations for 2 nights. If awarded the Gender Initiative may be able to cover transportation to Chicago.
Questions concerning the Women in Agribusiness scholarship program or application should be directed to Joy O’Shaughnessy ( The website for the Women in Agribusiness is!about-us/c122u.

Study Abroad

First Year Only Study Abroad
This once in a lifetime opportunity will give freshmen a first-hand experience with Nicaraguan culture, the global economy and environmental issues. Students will stay in hotels and with a Nicaraguan family for one night to explor cultural differences on a famililar, day-in-the-life level. Planned tours include food production, cultural and natural sites and animal health facilities in Nicaragua. Presentations will range from economics to the cultural significance of the environment. Learn more information about the program from the 2015 blog:


List of agriculture industry scholarships

Internship and Job Opportunities

Internship Openings
Bayer Career – Pharma Communications Internship (Whippany, New Jersey)
Intel Corporation – Corporate Communications Intern (Santa Clara, California)
Live Save – Paid Internship: Videographer (Arlington, Virginia)
Munters – Marketing/Communications Intern (Selma, Texas)
National FFA – Graphic Designer Intern (Indianapolis, Indiana)
National Wildlife Federation – Public Lands Communications Intern (Denver, Colorado)
Partners of the Americas – Outreach and Communications Internship, Agriculture and Food Security (Washington DC)
Phoenix Zoo – Volunteer Management Intern (Phoenix, Arizona)
State of Ohio, Commerce – Graphic Design Intern (Columbus, Ohio)
U-Haul – News / Corporate Communications Internship (Phoenix, Arizona)
Warner Brothers Entertainment Group – Creative Advertising Internship – Summer 2016 (Burbank, California)

Full-Time Job Openings

ACG Limited – Public Relations Account Coordinator (Chesapeake, Virginia)
AgCo – Senior Marketing Specialist (Batavia, Illinois)
American Foundry Society – Magazine Editor (Schaumburg, Illinois)
Binder Park Zoo – Manager of Wildlife, Conservation and Education (Battle Creek, Michigan)
Cavendish Farms – Social Media Coordinator Intern (Bouctouche, NB)
Cavendish Farms – Graphic Designer (Bouctouche, NB)
Chattanooga Zoo – Education Program Manager (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
Florida Farm Bureau – Membership Coordinator (Gainesville, Florida)
Friends of the WNC Nature Center – Membership and Annual Fund Director(Asheville, North Carolina)
Los Angeles Zoo – Education Specialist (LA, California)
Magnolia Market – Graphic Designer (Waco, Texas)
National FFA – Manager, Digital Marketing (Indianapolis, Indiana)
National Wildlife Federation – Regional Outreach Campaign Manager (Annapolis, Maryland)
National Wildlife Federation – Vice President of Communications (Washington DC)
Ohio State, University Marketing – Communication and Marketing Manager(Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, AEDE – Academic Program Coordinator (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, ASC – Communications Coordinator (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, Farm Science Review – Office Associate (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, Fisher COB – Writer (Columbus, Ohio)
San Diego Zoo – Volunteer Coordinator (San Diego, California)
SC Biz News – Assistant Graphic Designer (Charleston, South Carolina)
ShopHerMedia – Web Site, Social Media, and Marketing Manager (Miami, Florida)
Woodland Park Zoo – Education Programs Coordinator (Seattle, Washington)
U.S. Green Building Council – Communications & Media Relations Intern (Washington DC)

Extension and Teaching Jobs
Ohio Ag Ed Openings
OSU Extension, Lake County – Extension Educator, ANR

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