“Who are You Talking To?” Tuesday-Shari Peart, Professor

By: Emily Bookless

Shari Peart is one of Ohio State ATI’s full-time associated faculty and an Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership program advisor. Peart completed her undergraduate degree at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma. She then completed her graduate program at Regent University in Virginia. Peart started her career doing free-lance writing until she moved back to Ohio.

“I love everything about communications and how it is versatile,” said Peart, “I felt that it would open many doors for me, and it sure has.”

Mrs. Peart grew up in Wayne County and has always been a Wayne County girl at heart. In 1997 she began teaching at Ohio State ATI and in 2014 she took on a full-time position.

Her advice for new students is to not be shy and to grab everything with both hands. “If there is something you are good at and love, take that passion into your career and make the best out of it,” said Peart.

Her favorite part of the ATI campus is her office because it creates a safe environment that allows her to understand and get to know the students better. “It is a beautiful extension of learning,” said Peart.

Peart balances work with time at her and her husband’s cottage on a lake in Canada. She loves to cook and hopes to write her own cookbook someday!

“Who are You Talking To?” Tuesday-Hannah Zimmerman, CFAES Prospective Student Services Coordinator

Hannah Zimmerman is the Prospective Student Services Coordinator for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). She works at the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University. The admissions counselors here at Ohio State ATI work closely with Hannah as Ohio State ATI is also part of CFAES. We are the campus located in Wooster, Ohio.

In her role Hannah helps students find their place within the university and choose a major that is going to align with their dreams and goals. She can talk to students about the opportunities they have both on the Wooster and Columbus campuses. She says, “Being available to answer any questions students have and assist them through the process of calling OSU home brings forth lots of excitement!”

Hannah’s biggest advice for prospective students is to be involved with the recruitment opportunities the college or university is hosting! She explains, “Attending different events, webinars, or student panels will help you get a sense for the school you are interested in and help you see if it is going to be the best fit for you. Talk to current students and take time to explore the campus, the school website, and the different events offered to make sure you will be happy while you are a student.”

Ohio State ATI is currently hosting many different webinars with topics ranging from admissions overviews, housing, financial aid, conversations with current Buckeyes, and programs about our different majors. Dates and recordings of these webinars are available on our website.  Check back often as we are in the process of adding more webinars to the calendar!

“Who are You Talking To?” Tuesday-Ella Lorentz, Admissions Counselor and Orientation Coordinator

For current high school seniors, it is time to start making those decisions about where you are going to go to school in the fall. Once you have applied, been admitted, and paid your acceptance fee, it is time to register for orientation!

Since the safety of Buckeye Nation is our top priority, we have made the decision to suspended face-to-face interaction and move all fall 2020 orientation programs to a virtual format.  The orientation team at Ohio State ATI is working diligently to create a program that will encompass everything you would have learned while on campus.

Here to help assist with the orientation process is Ella Lorentz.  Ella is an Admissions Counselor and the Orientation Coordinator at Ohio State ATI where she has been working for six years. Students can contact her with questions about placement testing and what to expect the day of orientation.

When asked what some of the benefits of orientation are, Ella stated, “Orientation is the perfect step before fall semester to get connected with faculty and staff. You will register for classes with the professor who will be your academic point of contact during your time at Ohio State ATI; they want you to be successful and will have great advice for your academic career. Presentations from housing, financial aid, and other offices on campus will also be given during orientation. Make sure to send in questions to each presenter as they also want to make sure you are successful outside of the classroom. Above all else, make sure to take everything in with an open mind and don’t be nervous – everyone is new at this, but we are in it together and want your Buckeye career to start with your best foot forward.”

Ella loves to see our students grow over their time at Ohio State ATI. From orientation to graduating or transitioning on to the Columbus campus, she is able to witness a lot of personal and academic growth. She and the rest of Ohio State ATI would love to meet you, so once you have paid your acceptance fee, register for orientation!


All communications and updates regarding your virtual orientation will be sent to your OSU email account, so please make it a point to check it routinely.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at atiorientation@osu.edu or by phone at 330-287-1305.

“Who are You Talking To?” Tuesday-Amy Jo Baughman, CFAES Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving

Ohio State ATI is the Wooster Campus of The Ohio State University and part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Within CFAES there are many close working relationships between the Columbus and Wooster campuses. One such relationship is with Amy Jo Baughman, who works on the Columbus Campus as the CFAES Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving.

In her role with alumni, Amy Jo says, “Once you become a Buckeye, you’re a Buckeye for life no matter which Ohio State campus you choose. Just as the university and college offer resources to students, once a student becomes an alumnus, there are many resources available through the OSU Alumni Association and CFAES to support them as alumni! Things like career coaching, financial workshops, social events, alumni awards, community service, and more await future alums.”

Before beginning her role in the alumni office, Amy Jo worked in the CFAES Office of Prospective Student Services, so she has a lot of advice for prospective students! She says, “Choosing a college is all about finding the right fit for you, and a lot of factors go into that “right fit”—cost, housing, degree options, campus size, campus location, extracurricular opportunities, etc. It’s important to take the time to visit and see campuses for yourself.”

Currently, due to COVID-19, in-person visits to Ohio State ATI are not available as we prioritize the health and safety of our guests, students, faculty, and staff. However, we are working to bring Ohio State ATI to you through virtual weekly Admissions Overviews Fridays at 1:00 p.m. Tune in to learn about degree options, admission requirements, deadlines, and highlights of financial aid and campus life.  We are also hosting webinars about housing, financial aid, and steps of the admission process. Information about how to join these online conversations can be found here.  You can also schedule an individual visit with an admissions counselor and/or ATI faculty member over Zoom.

Although Amy Jo does not work on our campus, she is still part of our Ohio State ATI family! We would love for you to join that family as well!

“Who are You Talking To?” Tuesday-Caitlin Blake, Apartments Manager

Caitlin Blake has been Ohio State ATI’s Applewood Village Apartments Manager for two years. Ohio State ATI has apartment style living. This means that students have the opportunity to live in one, two, or three-bedroom apartments complete with a kitchen, living room, and bathroom. Caitlin’s role impacts our students by providing a safe and comfortable environment that helps them learn and grow and discover who they are outside of the classroom.

As far as advice, Caitlin is full of it! The following is all advice that Caitlin would give a prospective student!

  • College is a time to figure out who you are! Be open to learning new things, meeting new people, and making hard choices. She says, “Sometimes your plans or your major change, sometimes you find a hobby you are really passionate about, and a lot of times you figure out the person you want to become.”
  • Fill out your housing contract as early as possible. Information about your housing contract will come to your new Buckeyemail account.
  • Turn in your roommate groups by June 1. If you have certain people you know you want to live with, be sure to join their roommate group or create a group, and make sure that everything is in by June 1.
  • Don’t worry too much about where you end up getting placed in housing. She says, “You will have a chance to meet so many people and find your friends. Sometimes it is best to room with people you aren’t already close to, so you can still cherish the times you get to hang out together.”

 Caitlin’s favorite part about Ohio State ATI is our students. She loves working with students and hearing what they have learned in their classes. She also likes to see them take advantage of all that Ohio State ATI has to offer, including housing programs, events at the Student Activities Center, and on-campus organizations!

We would love for you to be part of our Buckeye family! Watch the video below to learn more about your potential home-away-from-home at Ohio State ATI!

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“Who are You Talking To?” Tuesday-Allison Mayer, Admissions Staff Assistant

Allison Mayer is Ohio State ATI’s Admissions Staff Assistant. She has been at Ohio State ATI for four years. She works with prospective students and their families to schedule visits to campus.

While in-person campus visits at Ohio State ATI in Wooster are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 you can still schedule to meet with an admissions counselor over Zoom, which is a video conferencing service, or by phone or email. It may be possible to meet with a faculty member from your major through these methods, as well. You can use the website and contact information at the bottom to schedule a visit. We would love for you to meet with us (virtually at this time) to learn what Ohio State ATI is all about.

Allison’s favorite thing about her job is seeing hesitant students and their families come to campus and after meeting with an admissions counselor or faculty member their fears fade away. The families are reassured Ohio State ATI has the resources to help students succeed and the faculty and staff to support the student’s needs. Often relationships continue after a student is on campus, because their admissions counselor is one of the first people they meet when they visit campus as a nervous or excited high school senior. Students feel comfortable with a familiar face.

“Take this time to learn to be a good roommate,” Allison suggests. She says, “Under quarantine you are likely in your home with your family for an extended period. Living on campus is not a quarantine, but you will be living with new people in close quarters. Take this time to take care of yourself and learn how to support your household. Do the dishes, do the laundry, help make meals, read, practice your hobby, and most importantly establish study techniques to utilize when people are around. When you are in college, there will be lots of distractions and people will always be around. Being able to separate yourself and taking care of business is an important skill to develop.”

Allison and the rest of Ohio State ATI’s Admission Office are still here to answer any questions that you may have! During this time, visits look a little different, but we strive to provide as much information as possible to help students make their decisions about Ohio State ATI.  Please feel free to contact us!

ATI Office of Admissions

“Who are You Talking To?” Tuesday- Thom Janini, Ph.D.

Thom Janini, Ph.D.Thom Janini, PhD, is Ohio State ATI’s Assistant Director for Student Programming and Life. He has been at Ohio State ATI for 13 years. He came from industry to be a professor and then progressed into administrative roles. As the Assistant Director for Student Programming and Life, he works to make students’ lives better. His job encompasses all parts of the student experiences, including cocurricular activities, such as clubs and organizations. His role also encompasses Student Success Services, which provides services such as counseling and academic resources.

As he strives to make students’ lives better, he emphasizes that Ohio State ATI is a great place to come because there are so many resources to help students achieve their goals:

  1. It is a small campus community, so everyone knows everybody. It is an environment that facilitates making friends for life. We have a Student Activities Center, which hosts a multitude of activities for you
    Intramural basketball at the Student Activities Center

    Intramural basketball at the Student Activities Center

    and your new friends. Activities include intramural sports, trivia, and craft nights.

  2. Our faculty know our students. Our student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1, so your professors will know your name. Our classes emphasize experiential learning, so students can learn by doing. Janini states, “In an age where students are so empowered by things digital, they need opportunities to get experience and try things out in the real world.”
  3. There are many other resources for student success. These include peer-based tutoring, counseling, our library, and many other services. Dr. Janini says, “In pursuing
    Ohio State ATI Library

    Ohio State ATI Library

    your program here, you are going to have to do some things that are really hard and that you have never been asked to do before. While that may seem challenging, we offer a big support network. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

There are so many resources available to students at Ohio State ATI, and we are constantly trying to improve the student experience! We would love for you to explore Ohio State ATI and see if our campus is a place where that you could thrive.

“Who are You Talking To?” Tuesday-Cate Hunko, Transition Counselor

Cate Hunko works as Ohio State ATI’s Transition Counselor. She has been with us for a year and a half. Before starting her role as our transition counselor, she had an internship in our Learning Lab , where she really loved Ohio State ATI’s student body and wanted to join us! Her favorite thing about Ohio State ATI is still the students! She says, “I meet a lot of fun and interesting students who have the drive and capacity to achieve their goals, and I enjoy being a part of that movement and growth.”

In her role as a Transition Counselor, she works with students who are interested in transitioning from Ohio State ATI to the Columbus campus to finish their bachelor’s degrees. This includes working with students on what classes they need to take, but it is more than that. She strives to give students the information they will need in every aspect of life, including housing, parking, transportation, and clubs and organizations. She works closely with people on the Columbus campus and provides information and contacts for students at Ohio State ATI to create a smooth and successful transition.

A piece of advice that she would give a prospective student is, “Be open to the possibilities of college and know that there is support if you are struggling not only academically but also if social and emotional issues arise. Over the years, the college experience has become all-inclusive, and a place like Ohio State ATI provides the opportunity for students to achieve their academic goal.”

Whether it be graduating with an associate degree and moving out into industry, or making the transition to the Columbus campus and finishing a bachelor’s degree, explore Ohio State ATI and learn how we can help you achieve your goals!

Healthy Meal Prep and Snack Ideas on a College Budget

by Mehan Gibboney

As a soon-to-be college student, you might have a lot of questions surrounding academics, living on campus and what the meal and food options are on, or around campus. Consider this a peek into the college dining lifestyle, on a college student sized budget.

Like many other prospective college students, I feared the “freshman fifteen” that we all hear about. But I’m here to tell you with some limited cooking skills, simple supplies and a few affordable grocery trips, it easy to avoid. For the prices and foods I talk about, I’m using the Wooster Aldi grocery store as my reference. This is where I personally shop due to the incredible low prices, and the convenient location. Aldi also carries pots, pans, and cooking utensils, as well as some other home products.

My favorite recipe to make in the full-sized kitchen in my campus apartment is a chicken vegetable stir fry. This recipe can be altered in many ways depending on your preferences.

Chicken Vegetable Stir Fry

Spaghetti/ pasta noodles                                                   $0.89

Sliced Mushrooms                                                            $2.35

Cubed Bell pepper of any kind                                         $0.67

Chopped Broccoli (I use frozen)                                       $0.89

2 Chicken breasts                                                                $6.25

A sauce of your choice (I use a bottled sauce)                  $2.26

TOTAL MEAL COST:                                                     $13.31

SERVES 1 person for 3-4 meals           cost per serving   $4.00-$3.00

Step 1: Prepare the vegetables and chicken by cubing them (if you buy prechopped of each it makes the process faster).

Step 2: Start boiling water and a dash of salt in a pan for your noodles, once it begins to boil place a small handful of spaghetti in then water and boil for the time listed on the box.

Step 3: Place the cubed chicken in a frying pan and fry until fully cooked.

Step 4: Once the chicken is done place the vegetables in the same pan at a lower temperature. Once they become soft pour in the sauce of your choice.

Step 5: Pour the water out of your spaghetti, combine all elements (vegetables, noodles, and the chicken). You may want to add a bit more sauce, but, otherwise, your meal is complete!

Recipes like this one are super tasty and quick to make. At the bottom of the page are some additional links to great recipes. Some of my other favorite ideas for meals are crock pot ham and potatoes, grilled chicken, as well as any type of pasta vegetable combination. These meals are also all crockpot and grill friendly, both of which students can have on campus! I encourage you to get online, on Pinterest or even ask family members who like to cook what some of their favorite easy meals are. It makes for a good time with roommates and a break from studying. Almost any meal imaginable can be adapted to your personal preferences and budget.

What Do I Need?

When it comes to cooking there are some supplies required but, in college you don’t need the most expensive brand of dishes and pans that money can buy. What I and many other students recommend is visiting stores like TJMAXX, Goodwill or any yard sale you come across. These provide you with some of the cheaper and still good quality cookware. The main tools you’ll need in the kitchen if you’re planning to cook are the following: a sauce pan of any size, a frying pan, cookie sheet for the oven, some utensils (plastic or metal — both are great), a small cutlery set (set of 3 is sufficient), a strainer, cutting board, and measuring cups/spoons. Keep in mind these things aren’t all necessary, just helpful if you plan to cook.

What About Quick Snacks?

For snack ideas, many college students will tell you a box of your favorite cereal is a vital key in getting through the semester. It’s an easy, lazy meal with some fruit or a nice, quick late-night snack or breakfast between classes. Gummy snacks, pretzels of any variety, granola bars, fruit and even cheese sticks and yogurt are all very delicious and cheap snack ideas to keep you going through the day. Many professors will allow you to eat during lectures and these snacks are great for on the go!

Meal Ideas



Additional Snack Ideas



David Richards ’81 receives CFAES Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dave Richards ’81 (Associate of Science in Nursery Management) was recently honored as a recipient of a CFAES Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Dave is a strong supporter of Ohio State ATI and has been an instructor in horticulture at Auburn Career Center in Painesville, Ohio, for over 20 years. Experiential learning is a focus of his teaching strategy, and he incorporates many different forms of hands-on education into his student lessons.

To help prepare students for what will be expected of them in the industry, Dave has worked to change Ohio FFA’s testing to be similar to the professional certifications in Ohio’s nursery and landscape industry. He continues to work with Ohio FFA and National FFA to offer apprenticeship programs in which students can participate.

One of the highlights of his experiential teaching strategies is a display at Cleveland’s Great Big Home + Garden Show where, with Dave’s leadership, students create a competition-level garden that is 1,600 square feet.

In his words, Dave’s greatest contribution to the landscape industry is “a passion for excellence in all endeavors both personally and for my students. I am particularly proud of the partnerships developed with business and industry which led to aligning classroom/ lab curriculum with industry certification credentials.” It is through his students that Dave’s legacy will live on.