Adam Marx graduated from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in 2005 with a degree in agricultural education, and then again in 2008 with a master’s degree in agricultural education. Find out more about Adam Marx in our Q & A below:
Leah: Where your career has taken you since graduating?
Adam: In 2014, I finished my Ph.D. in Agricultural Education at the University of Missouri and now work as a teacher educator at North Dakota State University. Prior to pursuing my doctorate, I taught school-based agricultural education at Cory-Rawson Schools in Rawson, Ohio during four great years. In between those two experiences, my wife and I lived in central Wisconsin for a couple of years where I worked as a farm lender primarily serving dairy farm enterprises. Ultimately, I decided the classroom was where I belonged and wanted to work at the collegiate level.
L: What is your current role in your career now?
A: As a teacher educator and assistant professor in agricultural education I have the great privilege of helping prepare future high school teachers. I say privilege because my daily teaching and scholarship provide me the opportunity to work with some of the best people in the business. Plus, I advise people toward their dream career!
L: Do you have any advice to prospective or current students?
A: Be decisive but flexible. That may seem counterintuitive, but leave room in your life and career aspirations for alternative influences. Always work toward clear goals and don’t forget to look in the periphery at times. You just never know what kind of cool addition to your life you might experience if you leave your blinders on.
L: What fun or interesting facts would you like to share about you and your family, or even your pets?
A: My wife Bethany and I just added to our family with our firstborn. We have a daughter, Everly Ann, born on July 11, 2016. She brings much joy to our life. We have a lab/sheltie cross dog name Paisley and we recently lost our 11-year-old golden retriever, Porter. We live at the western edge of Minnesota lakes country, so the landscape around our property is beautiful with some rolling hills, trees, and of course many bodies of water. We live in a log home on 40 acres, which keeps us quite busy.
L: Any hobbies?
A: I run and CrossFit, which has drastically been cut back since we had our baby. I also enjoy woodworking and many projects, small or large, around our home.
Assistant professor of community leadership, Mary Rodriguez tells us a little bit about herself for this week’s “Meet the Faculty”:
“I am originally from Texas and living in the MidWest for the first time! I did my undergrad at Texas A&M (2008) and my masters (2010) and PhD (2015) at University of Florida. In between my Masters and PhD, I served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 2010-2012 in Cameroon, West Africa! I loved my time there as an agro-forestry volunteer where I worked with women’s groups and taught at an agricultural technical school. I lived in a village in the North region of Cameroon that had no running water, sometimes had electricity, and spotty cell service.
“I am currently an Assistant Professor of Community Leadership here in the department. I hope to bring more of the community (development) perspective to leadership, Ag education, extension, and communication. I am passionate about learning about people’s food security status in order to work with them to help build more resilient communities. Currently, I am excited to start working with a local Somali Refugee community to learn more about their food security!
“In my personal life, I love to take hikes and walks with my dogs and explore new places! I have a tremendous passion for traveling and learning more about people’s cultures and ways of life! Actually, I am writing this from South Africa where I have gotten to spend the last week or so and looking forward to another week learning more about the various cultures in SA!
“I am a first generation America. My mother is from Columbia and my father from Nicaragua. I spoke Spanish as my first language and then learned English in school. I learned French and a local tribal language during my time in the Peace Corps and consider myself fluent in English & Spanish and conversational/ semi-fluent in French (I need more practice!). I have nearly forgotten all of the tribal language… no one else speaks it! My favorite food is probably pizza, however, I love good Mexican food as well! The most odd thing I have ever eaten was python in Cameroon.“
By Mallory Wippel
Ever since my first semester at Ohio State I have heard bad reviews of News Writing (COMM 2221) and Magazine Writing (COMM 4202). Some students said that the professors were tough and expected a lot while others declared that they would never need these classes for what they wanted to do after graduation. So you could imagine my anxiety the day before the fall semester of 2016 when I was taking both classes. They were the only prerequisites standing between enrolling in the AgriNaturalist course (AGRCOMM 5135) and me.
Whether students are going to work in the agriculture industry or any other field; magazines are a key source in communicating with customers. Magazine writing teaches the ends and outs of writing, designing and working on a team to publish a magazine to the iBooks store.
News writing was by far more challenging. About every two weeks there was a news story due. Each student found a story and was responsible for interviewing 2-3 sources and gathering media to add support. It wasn’t always easy finding a something to write about that was new to Ohio State but once the semester went on, I found that news is all over, you just have to be looking for it.
It’s not secret that news and magazine writing are a few of the more challenging courses for the agricultural communication major, however, that they aren’t worth it. In the second week of the semester I was interviewing Dr. Bruce McPheron, Provost of Ohio State, about the summer tuition drop. These courses present an opportunity to talk to professors, students and leadership at the university that you wouldn’t otherwise do. Every student may not be a writer in his or her future career and that’s okay. However, the confidence to talk to people and ability to know how to go after the information you need is universal tool that every professional will need.
The 2017 executive team for Agricultural Education Society was announced at the annual banquet on November 15, 2016. The new officers shared their expectations for the coming year and why they decided to join Ag Ed Society.
Blake Campbell, AES President
I never have held a treasurer’s position in a student organization, but I have always wanted to because I enjoy working with finances. I am excited to being leader in an organization that promotes student growth.
I joined AES becasue I wanted to meet and collaborate with individuals who were also passionate about educating and advocating for agriculture.
Christine Balint, AES Secretary
From Columbus, Ohio → Blacksburg, Virginia → Carey, Ohio → Plymouth, Ohio, Laura Ringler has followed her passion for agricultural education. A 2007 graduate
in agricultural education from The Ohio State University, Laura spent the next two years at Virginia Tech earning her master’s in agricultural and extension education. After completing her graduate degree, Laura spent a year teaching at Carey High School, thereafter moving into her current position in 2010 as the agricultural educator at Plymouth High School.
This past year was a big year for Laura as she was awarded the New Outstanding Career and Technical Education Teacher for Ohio Association of Career and Technical Education in July.
In regard to advice for students, Laura cautions that life and college goes fast, so get involved. She says, “You will make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime..you might even find your future husband on the OSU Soil Judging Team too!”
Laura and husband Joe met while judging soils for Ohio State and they now enjoy growing and producing their own produce, with over 300 different varieties of plants in their landscaping.