Welcome new ACEL Buckeyes!

On Monday, August 22, 13 new students attended the CFAES/ACEL pre-convocation. These students are first year freshman, transfer students or have transitioned from an Ohio State regional campus to Columbus.

While not all new ACEL Buckeyes were in attendance, we’re glad we got to meet these 13 and wish all new students an easy transition to their time with us!

Rockers hired as assistant professor at TSU

Alyssa Rockers stands in front of a Tennessee State University sign on their campus.

Rockers

Congratulations to recent graduate Dr. Alyssa Rockers ’22 PhD who has been hired as an assistant professor of agricultural media and communications at Tennessee State University.
 
Rockers graduated earlier this month with a doctorate in agricultural communication, education, and leadership during our summer commencement ceremony.

Rex works as safari tour guide

Bradi Rex and Mrs. Ramsier in front of the safari bus.

Rex and Ramsier

 

Bradi Rex, a sophomore studying agriscience education, worked at The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio as a tour guide.

Rex drove the open air safari bus while giving a fun filled tour about various endangered and extinct in the wild exotic animals. The mission of The Wilds is to lead and inspire by connecting people and wildlife.

She even had a few ACEL faces on a tour this summer, as Mrs. Ramsier, ACEL program coordinator at Ohio State ATI, and Dr. Filson, associate professor of agriscience education, visited with their families.

While students majoring in agriscience education complete their internship requirement through field experiences, many students gain additional educational opportunities like this one to broaden the knowledge about food, agricultural, and environmental sciences.

Kraus defends master’s project

Screenshot of Mary Rodriguez, Jera Niewoehner-Green and Erika Kraus.

 

Congratulations to Erika Kraus on the successful defense of her master’s project “Addressing Gender Inequality in Morocco through Partnership with a Women’s Cooperative.”

Dr. Jera Niewoehner-Green, assistant professor of community leadership, served as Erika’s advisor. Dr. Mary Rodriguez, associate professor of community leadership, was her committee member.

Congratulations Erika!

Mellott attends AFA institute

Lauren Mellott in front of a field in California.
Lauren Mellott, a junior studying agriscience education, recently attended the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Crop Science Institute in Sacramento, California.
 
Mellott was selected from a national pool of applicants to attend. While in California, she had the opportunity to network with a variety of professionals, companies, and young leaders in the industry, as well as experience diversity in crops, ideas and individuals in California and around out country.
A group of AFA participants in front of a field and mountain range in California.
 
Mellott’s participation in the educational experience will provide her with knowledge and experiences to share in her own agricultural education classroom.

Internship Spotlight: Cluxton interns with Ohio Farm Bureau

Carlie Cluxton stands in front of a photo backdrop with Reagan Feldner.

Cluxton, right, with fellow intern Reagan Feldner

Carlie Cluxton (right), a junior studying agricultural communication, completed an internship with Ohio Farm Bureau as the Ohio State Fair intern.

 
In her role, Cluxton worked with exhibitors and the Ohio Expo Commission to create the Ohio State Fair Land and Living exhibit. This exhibit educated fair visitors about animal agriculture, food, technology and the environment and the importance of these industries. It also hosted the Join Legislative Agricultural Committee meeting.

News Release: Lawson hired as assistant professor of agricultural communication at Ohio State

Headshot photo of Dr. Cara Lawson

Lawson, 2022

The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) at The Ohio State University is pleased to share that Dr. Cara Lawson will join our department as an assistant professor in agricultural communication

“I am excited to welcome Dr. Lawson back to Ohio State to be part of our faculty,” said Dr. Shannon Washburn, professor and chair of ACEL. “Her experiences as a professional in the industry, as well as her passion for developing students into great communicators and researchers make her an excellent addition to our department.”

In this new role within the department, Lawson will engage in advancing the agricultural communication program through teaching and research by teaching undergraduate courses in agricultural communication and graduate courses that serve students across our department. She will also serve as an undergraduate academic advisor, work with our faculty and students in Columbus and at Ohio State ATI.

“I am honored and excited to join the faculty at Ohio State and look forward to engaging students and stakeholders in teaching and research opportunities,” said Lawson.

Lawson received a bachelor of science in agricultural education and a master of science in agricultural communication from Ohio State and a doctorate in agricultural communication from Texas Tech University. Most recently she was an instructor of agricultural communication at Oregon State University.

ACEL prepares communicators, educators and leaders in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences to integrate research-based learning, practice and engagement, in ways that will advance positive changes that strengthen individuals, families and communities. For more information on the undergraduate and graduate academic programs and research available in ACEL, please visit acel.osu.edu.

Pulley hired as assistant professor at Tarleton State

Justin Pulley wearing a purple Tarleton State University t-shirt.Congratulations to recent graduate Dr. Justin Pulley on his new position with Tarleton State University as an assistant professor of agricultural mechanics.

Pulley graduated with a doctorate in agricultural communication, education, and leadership during our summer commencement ceremony.

News Release: Okuley selected for scholarship, attends annual Ag Media Summit

Lindsey Okuley stands in front of Ag Media Summit graphic at the annual conference.

Lindsey Okuley, an agricultural communication major from Botkins, Ohio, recently attended the annual Ag Media Summit in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ag Media Summit is the largest gathering of the top writers, editors, photographers, publishers and strategic communicators in the agriculture industry across the United States.

Okuley was one of four students across the nation to receive a travel scholarship through the Livestock Publications Council (LPC) Student Award Program as a finalist for the Forrest Bassford Student Award. This award recognizes and rewards excellence, leadership and encourages professionalism among students.

“I admire Lindsey’s initiative to apply for this scholarship and attend Ag Media Summit,” said Dr. Shannon Washburn, professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. “This experience provided her with opportunities to network with agricultural communication professionals from around the country and gain additional skills and knowledge that will benefit her for years to come.”

At the conference, Okuley was able to attend sessions related to a variety of communication mediums including producing podcasts, engaging community on social media, photography in natural light, news writing and email marketing, as well as the annual meeting and awards ceremony for the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow student organization.

“Returning to Ag Media Summit again this year was as impactful as ever. In addition to being honored as a Forrest Bassford finalist, I took away amazing advice from industry peers, applicable skills and a new web of connections I can rely on from across the country,” said Okuley.
Okuley will begin her senior year at Ohio State this fall. She will serve as the vice-president of Ohio State’s chapter of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.

ACEL prepares communicators, educators and leaders in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences to integrate research-based learning, practice and engagement, in ways that will advance positive changes that strengthen individuals, families and communities. For more information on the undergraduate and graduate academic programs and research available in ACEL, please visit acel.osu.edu.

Okuley receives scholarship, attends Ag Media Summit

Lindsey Okuley standing in front of Ag Media Summit logo.
Lindsey Okuley, a senior studying agricultural communication, recently attended Ag Media Summit in Raleigh, NC.
 
Okuley was one of four students across the nation to receive a travel scholarship through the Livestock Publications Council (LPC) Student Award Program to attend the annual conference.
 
Ag Media Summit is the largest gathering of the agriculture industry’s top writers, editors, photographers, publishers and strategic communicators in the U.S.