Appalachia Service Project: “A relationship ministry, with a little construction on the side.”


“That is Not Correct” is one of the largest projects ASP has been able to work on through the year-round program. After building walls, restructuring the roof, completing a hug system and siding the house this home will be a warmer, safer and dryer environment for this family.

Bailey Pees
agricultural communication student

COLUMBUS, Ohio – “This organization, since the first time that I came, has obviously changed my life in more ways than one,” said Annalee Posey, center director fellow for Appalachia Service Project. “But this year-round program, specifically, has offered a whole new dynamic to that and has provided me with such personal growth.”

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a faith-based ministry with a mission to eradicate substandard housing in Central Appalachia by offering free home repair to individuals suffering from poverty.

ASP facilitates a summer program that requires the help of approximately 200 staffers and serves more than 25 counties. Each center and county vary in some way, but the work ASP does, over the course of this eight-week volunteer program, is only part of the organization’s efforts to fulfill its mission.

Jonesville, Virginia is one of ASP’s year-round centers, which hosts volunteers and continues construction throughout the rest of the year, offering a completely different pace and perspective compared to that of the summer program.

Posey said that while working for ASP in the summer, volunteers and staffers don’t necessarily get to experience the negative effects that families go through during the winter months.

“Going into my first fellowship year, last year, that was the biggest thing that stood out to me and stuck with me the most,” said Posey. “I didn’t expect to see the real struggle through winter. It was very difficult. You see a lot of reality behind the work that we do and the effect that it can have.”

The year-round program also allows volunteers the opportunity to see positive effects that come along with making a home warmer, safer and dryer.

“You don’t just see the numbers and the statistics that we give our volunteers about the projects,” said Posey. “You see those in action a lot more and why it’s important.”

Posey said ASP’s year-round program is also different because the demographic of volunteers includes mostly adults, whereas summer volunteer groups tend to bring more high-school aged individuals.

“The pace is different, as far as the energy levels, but also very different as far as seeing construction and relationships happen way faster with all adults,” said Posey.

Kristina Rowles, regional coordinator for ASP, has now worked full-time for this non-profit organization for nearly 3 ½ years, with an additional five summers on staff.

Rowles said the year-round staffers or “Fellows” are able to tackle more difficult and complex projects too, due to the skill level of volunteers generally being higher.

“Sometimes a roof is just too complex for our summer volunteers to tackle,” said Rowles. “If we know that we have a very skilled adult group coming in, we’re able to tackle that and then that provides a dry home for someone who otherwise would not get that opportunity.”

Rowles said similar to the summer program, projects are chosen based on budget, skill level of volunteers, distance from the center and timeframe. Each project and the program, as a whole, is predominantly funded through volunteer fees, independent donors and federal grants. ASP centers also occasionally facilitate special fundraisers for materials and projects that may be outside the initial budget, such as water heaters, septic systems and room additions.

Posey had a perfect example of what it’s like to originally turn down a family and watch them suffer for yet another year, due to safety concerns, budget regulations and skill level limitations. However, after lots of strategizing, Posey and her staff were able to accomplish one of their most impactful projects yet.

“It just wasn’t part of our scope at that point,” said Posey. “It took a lot of planning and a lot of preparation, and a lot of Adam Bean, our home repair coordinator, coming in to explain things, and a lot of prayer. But we’re able to see something cool, a really high impact project happen that is normally completely out of ASP’s scope.”

Not only does ASP touch the lives of individuals by simply offering free home repair, but the staff, volunteers and organization work to build strong relationships with the homeowners and help in any other way they can.

Posey said they met a family in need of home repairs that directly correlated with ASP’s scope and skill level, but these repairs were required in order for the family to stay together. Needing a new HVAC system and bathroom floor could have soon been the cause of these parents losing their children, if ASP hadn’t stepped in to help. Through different conversations with Social Services and having the right volunteers at the right time, ASP was able to fulfil their needs and help this family stay together.

“That was a whole new type of relationship building that we got to witness and were able to be very directly involved in,” said Posey. “Not only our volunteers getting to know them, but helping them continue getting to know each other, as a family, was just really cool. That was definitely high impact that was unexpected, but that’s God.”

After volunteering for eight years and working as a volunteer coordinator in Cocke County, Tennessee, I can attest that there’s something to be said about the relationships built through ASP.

In 2013, I attended my third ASP trip and served in Knox County, Kentucky. The family that my crew worked for couldn’t live in their home while ASP was doing repairs, due to limited space and safety concerns. The married couple chose to live in a camper, on the same lot, with their 7-year-old grandson, Ethan, who they seemed to take care of regularly.

On the day we met, I was wearing a Champion Show Feed t-shirt and Ethan said, “I’m going to call you Champ.” After that short conversation, I immediately knew our relationship was going to grow very quickly.

Within a couple days, the whole work crew had nicknames. Ethan loved turtles and “Call of the Wildman,” so naturally he became Turtle Man for the week.

Every day, Ethan wanted to help with the projects we were given. Due to his own ambition, he even learned how to hold a hammer, but as the week came to an end and projects came to a close, it was time to say goodbye to Ethan and Knox County.

On our last day of work, we gifted the family with some useful items and gave Ethan a set of Legos, which he would potentially cherish for years to come.

While we were hugging and saying our goodbyes, I asked Ethan if he was going to miss us.

Without hesitation, he looked up at me, arms still wrapped around my waist, and said, “I ain’t ever letting go.”

It was in that moment that I realized how much of an impact we truly had on Ethan, over the course of just one week. My relationship with that 7-year-old boy is something I will hold close to my heart forever, but it also serves as a symbol that we don’t meet individuals by accident. People are meant to cross our paths for a reason, especially those we meet through an organization as impactful as ASP.


This feature story was written by Bailey Pees, an agricultural communication student enrolled in the Agricultural Communication 2531 course during the 2019 Autumn Semester. Dr. Joy Rumble instructed the course.



Graduate Student Spotlight: Abby Sanders

Abby Sanders is a first year master’s student in agricultural communication, education, and leadership, where she is specializing in agricultural communication. Hailing from Clarksville, Arkansas, Abby graduated with a bachelor’s in agricultural business from Arkansas Tech University in 2019.

She currently works as a teaching assistant with Tom Stewart in the Agricultural Communication 3130 (Oral Expression in Agriculture) where she assists during the instructional period and evaluates student speeches during labs. This semester she has also added a research project to her experiences and will be working with Dr. Joy Rumble.

As for her master’s project, Abby will be developing communication and marketing materials for the Arkansas Tech University (ATU) Department of Agriculture. This project is one of love as she knows it will help increase the visibility for her alma mater and give her a chance to work with her former instructors and peers.

She chose to come to Ohio State because she said, “I felt it was a great fit for me academically and the agricultural communication program and faculty are well-known in the industry. A degree from this university will open opportunities for me I wouldn’t have otherwise.” She comes from an agricultural business background and feels the combination of business and communication will serve her well when she enters the workforce.

When asked what she loves about Ohio State and the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, she said “Similar to my previous experience at ATU, the culture in this program is wonderful. I have found lifelong friends and professional connections that will truly change my life. Choosing Ohio State will always be one of my best decisions.”

ACEL Faculty Spotlight: Tom Stewart


Tom Stewart joined the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership as a lecturer in 2005. One of is long term goals was to teach and over the past 15 years has taught the Department’s courses is public speaking, public relations and senior transition from college. He has been awarded the Price Teaching Award, the NACTA Teaching Award and in 2019 was recognized by the University with the Distinguished Lecturer Award.

Before joining ACEL, Stewart worked in the broadcasting industry for more than 25 years as an account executive, general sales manager, general manager of WBNS Radio and eventually general manager and vice president of WBNS-TV. During his tenure at WBNS Television, Tom returned the station to dominance in community presence, gross advertising revenues and audience programming ratings. Tom retired from WBNS-TV in 2001.

In addition to his work in communication and education, Stewart has also been involved in the Columbus and Central Ohio community having served on the boards of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, The Community Shelter Board, The Grange Mutual Insurance Company and many more.

He is a graduate of Upper Arlington High School and The Ohio State University, where he obtained a degree in communication and education in 1972.

We are thankful for Tom’s dedication to our students and outstanding teaching abilities!




Autumn Semester CFAES Dean’s List

Agricultural Communication
Emily Beal
Rachael Billups
Skylar Buell
Abigail David*
Alexis Elliott
Hanna Fosbring
Joanna Frankenberg
Christina Gaerke
Courtney Heiser*
Jane Hulse*
Lea Kimley
Madison Layman
Jena Maxwell
Kasey Miller
Abigail Myers
Emma Newell
Meredith Oglesby*
Lindsey Okuley
Makayla Petersen
Lauren Preston
Hallie Roberts
Eva Scott
Bethany Starlin*
Zachary Steiner
Linnea Stephens
Marlee Stollar*
Kamala Sweeney
Cheyenne Wagner
Abigail Werstler

Agriscience Education
Haley Back
Megan Bergman*
Korryn Berry
Hayley Black*
Maryellen Bliss
Alison Butler*
Whitney Clagg
Collin Dunaway
Devan Eckert*
Kayla Erickson
Haley Evans*
Kaitlyn Evans*
Sean Fitzsimmons
Mitchell Gehret
Bailee Griffeth
Caleb Hickman*
Maggie Hovermale
Alaina Kessler
Elizabeth Landis*
Taylor Lutz*
Rebecca McCarty
Josie McDowell
Chloe Metcalf*
Hayley Milliron
Madisen Morlock
Cody Myers
Julia Naus*
Taylor Orr*
Olivia Pflaumer*
Milan Pozderac*
Charlee Purshing
MaKayla Risner*
Dakota Sayre
Paige Schaffter*
Robert Selvey
Davis Sodders
Sydney Stinson
Kalyn Strahley
Claire Vilagi*
Jamie Walter
Brittany Weller*
Chloe Wilson
Emily Wilson
Haley Wilson

Community Leadership
Madison Allman
Trenton Baldwin
Melanie Fuhrmann
Courtney Hovest
Emma Johnson
Allyson McCurdy
Emma Phillips
Kayla Rtter*
Megan Schulte
Elizabeth Strine
Bridget Yutzy


*denotes 4.0 GPA for this semester

ACEL Graduate Student Spotlight: DaVonti’ Haynes


DaVonti’ D. Haynes
Detroit, Michigan

DaVonti’ Haynes is a PhD student in agricultural communication, education, and leadership with a specialty in community and extension education and a minor in public policy management. He has a research appointment with OSU Extension.

Hey DaVonti’! What is the dissertation research topic? College access and student success for urban and Appalachian youth.

What are your career goals and why did you choose an ACEL area of study? Career goal is to work within the higher education arena supporting underrepresented and underserved youth in their collegiate pursuits. I chose ACEL because it provides me with a foundation and opportunity to explore and enhancing upon my academic, personal and career objectives.

Why did you choose Ohio State? My experience and time at Ohio State has been nothing short of life changing. I ultimately chose to continue my education as a Buckeye because Ohio State’s faculty, staff, students, and culture were very instrumental in helping me discover and pursue my passion. But for Ohio State, I would not be the person I am today. For me being a Buckeye goes beyond cheering for and supporting our athletic teams, it’s about cheering and supporting all Buckeyes, and that’s what I received during my time at Ohio State and that’s why I chose to be a Buckeye, not once, but three times.

What do you love about Ohio State? I love the breadth of Ohio State. No matter what you want to do, there’s something here for you.

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.

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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
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ACEL presents at Ohio Extension Annual Conference

Our department was represented very well with current graduate students and faculty at the 2019 OSU Extension Annual Conference that was held Dec. 16 – 18 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Columbus.

Students and faculty who presented posters include:
Callie Eberhart and Dr. Jera Niewoehner-Green (Ohio 4-H Extension Professionals’ Perceptions of Youth with Disabilities); Dr. Jerold Thomas and Dr. Scott Scheer (Publishing Your Extension Work in the Journal of Extension)and Margo Long (You ARE a Computational Thinker)

Students and faculty who presented papers include:
Brad Bergefurd (Jumpstart your Professional Development with International Teaching and Learning Opportunities); Dr. Jerold Thomas, Dr. Scott Scheer and Dr. Keith Smith (Key Trends Affecting Extension and How We can Remain Relevant); Alisha Barton (What to do When You Can’t Control the Weather: Complete Wellness for the Extension Professional); Alisha Barton (Inspiring Kids’ Confidence in the Kitchen); Danae Wolfe (Messaging Matters: Tell Better Stories, Create Deeper Connection); Christy Clary (Mobile App Development for 4-H and Extension Programs); Dr. Dee Jepsen (How Accessible are Your Events and Programs for People with Disabilities); Alisha Barton; (How to Survive Your First Two Years in Extension); Alisha Barton; and Danae Wolfe (Become a PowerPoint Power User)

Students who led an ignite session include:
Danae Wolfe (Storytelling as Easy as PIE)


2019 Autumn Semester Graduates

Congratulations to the 11 ACEL Buckeyes who received their degrees during Ohio State’s Autumn Semester Commencement Ceremony.

Four students graduated with a master of science in agricultural communication, education, and leadership. All of these students were enrolled in our online master of science program.

Seven undergraduates received their bachelor of science degrees in agricultural communication or community leadership.

We wish each of these Buckeyes the best of luck in their next adventure!


Birkhimer named Ohio “Turn the Key” recipient

Congratulations to agriscience education alum Nathan Birkhimir ’15, who was named as the Ohio recipient of the Teachers Turn the Key scholarship to attend the 2019 National Association of Agricultural Educators’ Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

The Teachers Turn the Key professional development program focuses on providing early-career ag teachers with the tools and support they need to grow and flourish in the profession. Participants are challenged to improve their teaching and classroom management, develop time management skills, and immerse themselves in professional development activities that will support their professional goals.

Congratulations Nathan!

ACEL alumni receive awards an NAE4-H annual conference

Congratulations to several of our ACEL alumni who received national awards at the annual National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) during their annual conference in November.

In the service awards, Beth Simeral Boomershine ’01 MS was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award and Kayla Oberstadt ’14 MS and Kiersten Heckel ’11 each received an Achievement in Service Award.






In the communicator awards, Amanda Raines ’17 was awarded top entry in the “educational piece – team” and Jamie McConnell ’12 MS received the top award in the “radio program.”


Laryssa Lackman Hook ’97 MS was recognized for 25 years of service as a 4-H educator.


Congratulations to these ACEL Buckeyes and all other Ohio 4-H extension educators who received recognition at the annual NAE4-HA conference.