ACEL Centennial Celebration Events: October 6-7, 2017

We have several events scheduled to celebrate our centennial during Ohio State’s Homecoming Weekend, October 6-8, 2017. Please join us for as many of the celebration events as you can as we celebrate this historic occasion!

Click “Register Now!” at the bottom of this page to register for any of our ACEL Centennial events listed below.

Professional Development Day
Friday, October 6 – 8am-4pm

Join us for a day of advancing technical, professional and personal skills beneficial to alumni in any career area. Alumni will join other CFAES alumni for breakfast to learn emerging trends in Ohio agriculture and research via the State of the College presented by our new dean, Dr. Cathann Kress. ACEL alumni will then separate for two professional development workshops (on topics varying from time management to graphic design and physical wellness to classroom applications), a complimentary lunch, a ceremonial tree planting in Chadwick Arboretum and a food packaging service activity with current students in the department. CEUs are available. This event has no cost, but requires registration. Professional Development Day Flyer and Schedule of Events

PhD Luncheon Invite
Friday October 6 – 11:30-2pm

Alumni who graduated from our doctoral program are invited to attend a luncheon at the Drake Union. This event will give PhD alumni an opportunity to reconnect and reminisce with former faculty and other doctoral classmates. This event is $10 and requires registration.

Ceremonial Tree Planting
Friday, October 6 – 2:15pm

A permanent marking of our centennial for visitors of Chadwick Arboretum to enjoy throughout our next 100 years, a Buckeye tree will be planted outside of our home in Agricultural Administration. This event is open to alumni, current students and friends of the department. This event has no cost and does not require registration.

Service Project: Food Packaging
Friday, October 6 – 3pm

Alumni attending the Professional Development Day and students in the department will come together to serve others. This event will take place in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium. This event is part of the Professional Development (PD) Day schedule, but if you would like to join us and are not attending the PD event, let us know by emailing

Centennial Celebration
Friday, October 6 – 6pm
Held at the Fawcett Center on Ohio State’s campus, this dinner will formally celebrate our first 100 years as a department and share visions for our next century. Hear from the six living department chairs (Warmbrod, Newcomb, Barrick, Birkenholz, Straquadine and Kitchel), as well as a number of students and alumni who have had their futures cultivated with ACEL. This event is $25; business attire is requested.

CFAES Fallfest, Saturday
October 7 – 12-3pm

Join all alumni of CFAES on the Plumb Hall lawn, located at the corner of Woody Hayes Dr. and Coffey Rd. for a tailgate prior to the football game vs. Maryland. Plan to enjoy tailgate fare, entertainment by Reelin’ in the Years, caricature artists and a photo booth. Tables and seating will be available. This event is $35 with an option to purchase CFAES Alumni tickets to the football game at 3:30pm vs. Maryland. CFAES football tickets require you to be both a “Sustaining Alumni Member“* and registered for the CFAES Fallfest.

Ohio State vs. Maryland Football Game
Saturday, October 7 – 3:30pm

Cheer the Buckeyes to a homecoming victory! A limited number of tickets for the football game are available to ACEL alumni only. Alumni must be “Sustaining Alumni Member” status with the Ohio State Alumni Association* and either attend our Professional Development Day or Centennial Celebration. Alumni can purchase up to four tickets at $87.50 each.

*Alumni who are not current Sustaining Members can do so by making a one-time gift to the Ohio State fund of your choice. Consider our ACEL Centennial Endowment Fund (483150).


Overnight Accommodations
Visiting Columbus for the weekend? CFAES has a block of rooms at two hotels near campus. Please call the hotel of your choice directly for special rates, Homecoming Weekend offers and policies.

Ask either hotel for the CFAES Homecoming Rate, which is available until September 1, 2017.

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites OSU, 3045 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43202; 614-447-1212
  • Homewood Suites Columbus/OSU, 1576 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221; 614-488-1500