ACEL Nutshell: January 14, 2020

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January 15 – ACT Meeting, 6pm, Ag Admin 211
January 28 – Agricultural Education Society, 7pm, ACEL Hub
February 5 – ACT Meeting, 6pm, Ag Admin 211
February 11 – Agricultural Education Society, 7pm, ACEL Hub
February 18 – ACT’s Night For Young Professionals, Ohio 4-H Center
February 19 – ACT Meeting, 6pm, Ag Admin 211
February 25 – Agricultural Education Society, 7pm, ACEL Hub
March 4 – ACT Meeting, 6pm, Ag Admin 211
March 18 – ACT Meeting, 6-8pm, Ronald McDonald House Volunteering
March 21 – CFAES Sesquicentennial Celebration
March 24 – Agricultural Education Society, 7pm, ACEL Hub
April 1 – ACT Meeting, 6pm, Ag Admin 211
April 6-10 – CFAES Celebration of Students Week
April 9 – CFAES Celebration of Students Banquet
April 14 – ACEL Annual Banquet
April 15 – ACT Meeting, 6pm, Ag Admin 211

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In the News
ACEL Online Master of Science Program, Online undergraduate programs ranked No. 1 in the nation,
Joy Bauman, alum, Emily Wickham, alum/staff, Dr. Emily Buck, alum/faculty, Youth cooperative leadership experience sets stage for success, Ohio’s Country Journal
Sarah Lucha `01, `02 MS, alum, SC teacher honored for outstanding agricultural education, Norwalk Reflector
Sarah Lucha `01, `02 MS, alum, South Central teacher honored as finalist for Ag Educator of the Year, Ashland Source
Sarah Lucha `01, `02, alum, Local Briefs: South Central teacher named Golden Owl finalist, Mansfield News Journal
Matt Plieman `01, alum, GROWMARK announces 2020 Ohio Essay Contest Winner, Ohio Ag Net
Kelly Henderson, alum, Public service? Officials consider adding farmers to loan forgiveness program, Farm and Dairy
Jessica Parrish ’15, alum, Elwer nominated for statewide award, Delphos Herald
Jeremy Ryan ’11, alum, West Muskingum Ag Teacher Honored with Award, WHIZ News
Stephanie Conway `04, alum, State superintendent tours BG High School, talks EdChoice, Sentinel-Tribune
Dr. Gene Rapp `71 PhD, alum, Obituary: Gene Edward Rapp, PhD, The Davis Enterprise

Report your Internship
If you’re completing an internship – for credit or not for credit – you are asked to complete the linked form to share your internship with the CFAES Office of Career Development. Complete this form.

AgriScience Education Field Experience Applications (Coming soon!)
Are you an Agriscience Education student who is planning to complete a field experience in 2020-2021? If so, read on!

It is time to start planning for field experiences in agriscience education for next academic year (2020-2021)! There are 2 field experiences required for teacher licensure in Ohio: 1) Early Field Experience (EFE) and 2) Student Teaching.

EFE is an exploratory field experience for students to “try out” Agriscience Education as a career choice. EFE is typically for students who are in their second year, who have an interest in pursuing an ASE degree and teacher licensure. Students must pass an FBI/BCII background check and submit required documents needed for the Office of Educator Preparation for placement as part of the application process. An EFE is required before students are eligible for more advanced field experiences. EFE is scheduled for autumn semester through ASE 2189 (1 credit hour). Students cannot enroll in the course without submitting an application and instructor permission.

Student Teaching is the final field experience for students in the ASE major. Students preparing for student teaching must: 1) have successfully completed prior field experiences in the ASE major, 2) have submitted an application for graduation that approved coursework completed in the ASE major within the academic year, 3) have a 3.0 GPA (minimum), 4) be able to pass an FBI/BCII background check, and 5) submit required documents needed for the Office of Educator Preparation for placement as part of the application process. Students must complete all remaining coursework autumn semester 2020 prior to student teaching during spring semester 2021.

Field placement applications will become available via email distribution on:
STUDENT TEACHING: January 27, 2020

Field experience applications will be submitted via a Qualtrics survey link that will be shared with ASE students on the dates above. Questions regarding field experience should be directed to Dr. Caryn Filson:

CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum
The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is calling for abstracts for the CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum, scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Participation in this event will prepare students for the OSU Spring Undergraduate Research Festival. Students enrolled in any undergraduate degree program in CFAES and the School of Environment and Natural Resources are invited to participate, provided they have a cum GPA ≥ 2.5 and are engaged in supervised research projects in the area of their major.
If a research project is ongoing and will not be completed by March 1, a research-in-progress summary may be submitted in lieu of an abstract.

  • Research that has been presented in another venue is welcome
  • By submitting an abstract, the student agrees to present the research at the Forum.
  • Final presentations are in the form of poster presentations and will be judged by faculty
  • Abstracts must be submitted online at until Friday, January 24, 2020.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Pat Whittington ( or Susie Sheller ( in the College office, 100 Ag Administration Building, (614) 292-3590.

Academic Affairs: Deadlines & Updates

  • 2nd Friday (January 17) is the last day to add a class without petitioning/a course late-add fee (instructor permission is required to add a course throughout the second week)
  • 4th Friday (January 31) is the last day to:
    • Drop a course without receiving a “W” on your record
    • Drop a course using online registration (for returning students; new freshman/transfer students should contact a College Academic Counselor to drop a course)
    • Register for Audit or Pass/Non-Pass options for a course
    • Submit a Grade Forgiveness Petition form (must already be registered for the repeated course)
  • 10th Friday (March 20) is the last day to:
    • Drop a course using the Course Permission Form without a petition. Note: Courses dropped will show a “W” on your record.

The deadlines above refer to full-term classes. View the University Registrar’s website for a full detailed list of academic dates and deadlines for all sessions. Call 614-292-6891 if you need an appointment with a CFAES College Academic Counselor.

If you are nearing your last year, have you applied to graduate? Don’t delay! Students of CFAES are asked to submit a graduation application onlineby these deadlines:

Career Closet
New Year, new clothes? Trying to get in the habit of recycling and reusing? DONATE AND SHOP AT THE CAREER CLOSET!

As we enter this new semester, we’re looking for clothing donations from for our Career Closet. Students are welcome to both donate and shop for clothing. All clothing donated is free of charge to students to take and wear to the Career Expo (February 11) or as they need it in their professional journey.

Clothing should be clean, gently used and with no obvious rips, tears, or stains. It can be dropped off during regular business hours any time prior to January 28 in Ag Admin suite 100 or in the box in the lobby of Ag Admin. Please drop off your donations prior to January 28. The Career Closet will be open on January 29.

Please email Allie, Career Development Coordinator, with any questions you have.

CFAES 150 Years Shirts Now Available
Help Student Council raise money for scholarships by purchasing a CFAES t-shirt today. They are $15 each and a cotton/polyester blend. Sizes: small, medium, large, XL, XXL. Cash and Venmo accepted. To purchase, stop by Ag Admin room 100 or email Sarah

Experience OSU for a Day Hosts & Spring Semester Schedules Needed!

Do you enjoy sharing your passion for Ohio State with others? Would you be willing to show high school students what it is like to be a Buckeye? The “Experience OSU for a Day” (EOFD) Program allows prospective students to get a feel for what college is really like. These students visit CFAES frequently, and we are in need of volunteers to show these students around campus when they come to visit. If you were a host last semester, we need your new schedule!

EOFD Hosts volunteer to have prospective high school students shadow them from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for 1-2 weekdays each semester. Hosting is very flexible and can be adjusted to fit your schedule. Hosts are encouraged to take their shadow(s) to class, the Oval, the Union, a room in Nosker House, and to eat lunch at Parker Dairy Store (lunch is free for the host and shadow). Hosting is open to any CFAES student who has completed at least one semester of classes at the Columbus campus. To sign up, simply fill out this form and email it to Katie Share at Please feel free to contact Katie Share if you have any questions.

Learning Community Applications Now Available!
If you are a current first-year student (rising second-year student) you may be interested in living in one of our on-campus residential spaces learning communities next year (AU20-SP21 school year). The application is now available at and are due January 29. Learning communities specific to the college include: CFAES in Nosker House, SUSTAINS in Scott House, and Kellogg-Moser in Houston House.

For more information about learning communities visit Please direct questions to Sarah Williams (

Students Changing to Columbus from another OSU campus are also encouraged to apply to a learning community, but must contact Housing to request a housing contract be issued and should do so by January 29. Questions about contracts, room selection, etc., can be directed to 614-292-8266 or

CFAES Ambassador Team
Are you interested in applying to be an Ambassador for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES)? To learn more about what the CFAES ambassador team is all about, attend one of the information sessions listed below. This is an optional activity to learn more about the application and interview process. We will have current ambassadors in attendance to share their experiences. We hope to see you there!

  • January 22 (W) from 11:30am-12:25pm, Agricultural Administration room 250A
  • January 23 (Th) from 5:20-6:15pm, Agricultural Administration room 250A

Application Process
If you would like to apply to be a College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Ambassador, the application will be available on Friday, November 1, 2019. Click here to learn more about becoming an ambassador. The application is due on Monday, February 3, 2020. CFAES Ambassadors are a team of undergraduate students selected to represent the college to prospective students and guests, alumni, and donors.

Food Pantry in Ag Admin and Kottman – Open to all students
Are you in need of extra support?

  • Food Pantries located in Ag Admin 250 and Kottman 210
  • Free to all Ohio State students, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
  • No appointment necessary
  • Shelf stable foods, snacks, toiletries, and other essentials
  • Just ask for a “cup of tea” at the front desk

Science Fair Judges Needed (and Will be Paid)
The Ohio Soybean Council is seeking judges to evaluate youth science fair projects at 17 district science fairs across Ohio on Saturdays in March. Judges will receive a stipend for a couple hours of judging, have their mileage reimbursed, and will be oriented through a virtual training. Please complete the form at the following link if you are interested by Tuesday, January 21 Remember those adults who used to judge your various projects and competitions? Now it is your turn! Contact Dustin Homan at with questions.

MACA Scholarship Program
The MACA Young Leader Scholarship Program (YLSP) is designed to expose future agriculturalists to the crop protection industry and future career opportunities. Recipients will benefit from exposure and networking with MACA members for potential job opportunities as well as financial compensation. MACA members benefit by developing a talent pool of future industry leaders and through the heightened awareness of MACA within the participating universities. Visit their website for more information.

Become a CropLife Ambassador
Apply to the CropLife Ambassador Network to provide factual based information to the public regarding the safety and value of American agricultural food production. More info here.

Follow us on Social Media
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Agricultural Education Society
All meetings begin at 7pm in the ACEL Hub, Ag Admin 200.

  • January 28
  • February 11
  • February 25
  • March 24

Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow
All meetings begin at 6pm in Agricultural Administration 211

  • January 15
  • February 5
  • February 19
  • March 4
  • March 18
  • April 1
  • April 15
Oregon State Instructor Position
The Department of Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, fixed term Instructor position. We are seeking an exceptional candidate with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Education, Leadership and/or Agricultural Communications. This appointment is 75% teaching and 25% program coordination. The individual will teach and coordinate programs and courses in one or more of our department focus areas, while engaging in service activities that support the mission of our department, College of Agricultural Sciences, and Oregon State University. We are constantly developing and expanding our course offerings and academic programs and would love to discuss your skill set!

You can find the details and specific job posting here:, as posting #P03523UF. Please submit a resume/CV, a professional letter of intent including your qualifications and experience, and contact information for three professional references. We will begin reviewing applications on February 8, 2020. For additional information, contact Dr. Josh Stewart:

College Scholarship Application for the 2020-2021 academic year – Priority Deadline: February 15, 2020
All students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to fill out the College Scholarship Application for the 2020-21 academic year.

You will only need to fill out one application to be eligible for scholarships from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, School of Environment and Natural Resources, and ATI/Wooster. The priority deadline for completing the application is February 15, 2020.

The simple on-line form requires you to write a short 300 word essay, list of present and previous work experience, involvement in extracurricular activities, provide details about involvement in groups. Students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources will only need to complete this application for 2020-21 as the supplemental questions are within this application. Applicants who have participated in 4-H regardless of University/College, Campus, or major are to complete this application and the additional supplemental questions when you check “Yes” on the involvement in 4-H.

FAFSA Now Available for Next Year – Start Filling Out Now!
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the University Special Scholarships Application and the CFAES Scholarship Application for the 2020-2021 academic year are now available.
What you need to do now:

  • File the FAFSA today at or on the myStudentAid app. The 2020-2021 FAFSA requires income information from your 2018 tax returns. Learn more at
  • Follow the FAFSA prompts and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to directly import tax return information into the FAFSA.
  • Complete the University Special Scholarships Application. For more information visit
  • Complete the CFAES Scholarship Application. For more information visit

Make it a priority. The 2020-2021 Ohio State priority date for the FAFSA and the University Special Scholarships Application is February 1, 2020. The CFAES Scholarship Application priority date is February 15, 2020.

Udall Scholarship Information Sessions
The Udall Scholarship recognizes outstanding sophomores and juniors committed to careers related to the environment or related to tribal policy/tribal health care. You are invited to attend one of the upcoming information sessions to learn how you can become a Udall Scholar!

  • Monday, January 13, 4 – 5 p.m., Kuhn Honors & Scholars Center 102
  • Wednesday, January 15, 5 – 6 p.m., Kuhn Honors & Scholars Center 102
  • Thursday, January 16, Noon – 1 p.m., Kuhn Honors & Scholars Center 102

Questions? Can’t attend? Contact fellowships@osu.eduAdditional information

Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship 2021
The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The Fellowship matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year paid fellowship. Learn more and apply on their websiteApplication deadline: February 21, 2020.

Applications due January 15
Australia: Human Impacts on the Natural Environment– ENR (May 6-29, 2020)
Iceland: Environment and Natural Resources– ENR (June 10-26, 2020)
New Zealand: Sustainable Tourism & Human Impacts on the Environment – ENR (May 6-29, 2020)

Application due February 1
Czech Republic: People, Plant, Profit in Prague – AEDE/EEDS (May 3-29, 2020)
Info Sessions: Monday, January 27th, 5:00-6:00pm AA247 and Tuesday, January 28th, 5:30-6:30pm AA247

Questions: E-mail Ryan Vonderhaar(.15)

Internship Openings
Dairy Farmers of America – Summer 2020 Communications Intern (Kansas City)
Dallas Zoo – Education Internship – Summer 2020
Dallas Zoo – Communications/Marketing Internship – Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
Delaware County Fair – Social Media Intern
Dublin City Schools – Communications Department Summer Intern
Duke Lemur Center – Summer Education Internship
Duke Lemur Center – Summer Communications Internship
Grief – Communications Intern
Indianapolis Zoo – Conservation Education Family and Youth Programs Internship
Indianapolis Zoo – Public Relations Internship
JM Smucker Company – Intern, Graphic Design- Summer 2020
Longwood Gardens – Marketing and Communications Internship
McAfee – Employee Communication Intern 
McDonald’s – Corporate Creative Agency Internship
Mercy Health – Communications Intern
NASA Glenn Research Center – Design & Communication Internship
NASA Glenn Research Center – Video Support for PSC-Intern
National Pork Producers Council – Communication Internship, summer
Ohio State, Office of International Affairs – Communications Intern
Ohio State, College of Nursing – Marketing and Communications Intern
Urban Ecology Center – Science Communication, Summer Intern
Wildlife Safari – Spring Education Internship

Full-Time Openings
American Society for Nondestructive Testing – Marketing Communication Specialist
Big Lots! – Social Media Content Specialist
Certified Angus Beef – Director, Communications
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoptions – Manager, Digital Communications
Indianapolis Zoo – Education Program Evaluation
JM Smucker Company – Social Media Specialist
Kansas State – International Communication Specialist
Land O’Lakes – Communications Manager
Mills College – Marketing Content Creator
Nashville Zoo – Education Specialist- School Programs
National 4-H – Annual Fund Manager
National 4-H – Executive Assistant, Marketing and Brand
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association – Advocacy Communications Manager
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association – Marketing Manager
Nestle – Digital Video Editor
Ohio State, Mershon Center – Communications Specialist
Ohio State, Public Health – Coordinator-Public Relations
Ohio State, Graduate School – Comm & Mrktg Coordinator
Ohio State, Lake Erie Research – Program Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator
Ohio State, Graduate School – Student Services Manager
Ohio State, Undergraduate Admissions – Associate Director
Ohio State, EDGE – Graphic Designer
Ohio State, Human Sciences Administration – Content & Training Coordinator
Omaha Zoo and Aquarium – Education Program Manager-Visitor and Community Engagement
Sioux Valley Energy – Communications Specialist
Texas A&M University – Communications Coordinator
Texas A&M University, Vet Med – Assistant Director
Texas Department of Transportation – Public Information Officer IV
University of Louisville – Graphic Designer IV, Football Recruiting
University of North Texas – Sr Photographer/Videographer
Virginia Tech – Asst. Director, Communications and Marketing

List of all agricultural education postings by state

Graduate School Opportunities
Arizona State University
Auburn University
California State – Chico
Cal Poly
Clemson University
Colorado State University
Kansas State University
Louisiana State University
NC State University
Oklahoma State University
Penn State University
Purdue University
Texas A&M University, Commerce
The Ohio State University
Oregon State University
University of Georgia
University of Florida
University of Idaho
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri
University of Virginia Tech
University of Wisconsin – River Falls

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