Student Spotlight: Ashley Gemienhardt

Ashley Gemienhardt: Madison County office of Ohio State University Extension

Ashley Gemienhardt, an agriscience education student, completed her summer experience with the Madison County office of Ohio State University Extension in central Ohio. From Urbana, OH, Ashley is starting her third year at Ohio State ATI this fall. Agriscience Education encompasses many areas, including animal science, agronomy, engineering technology, and student teaching curriculum, just to name a few. With much of the coursework focused on becoming a high school educator, Ashley wanted a chance to explore the world of Extension education as well.  

Since starting her internship, Ashley has been a part of the county’s 4-H camp, Master Gardener program, and Madison County Junior Fair. Specific to the fair, Ashley helped coordinate the junior fair Skillathon, quality assurance, and junior fair contests throughout that week. She completed much of this work alongside Madison County’s 4-H Educator Laura Dillon, and Amanda Douridas, Extension educator and lecturer at Ohio State ATI.  

From this experience, Ashley improved her skills in organization, team building, verbal and written communication, and leadership. She is hopeful that the skills learned in Extension education will benefit her in future endeavors. Her piece of advice to students is, “Definitely get involved! By getting involved you can make friends to feel more at home. It can also provide some networking that may be helpful in the future.” 

In The Field Friday: Cora Crilow

Cora Crilow: Ashland Soil & Water Conservation District

Agriscience Education student Cora Crilow is expanding her experience in the industry through an internship with Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District. From Millersburg, OH, Cora said “I grew up around agriculture but never worked closely with my local soil and water office, so I decided that this position would be a great opportunity to learn more about the conservation side of agriculture.” So far, she has experienced a bit of everything, though her most notable project is organizing the Rain Beat on Main Street event. 

Rain Beat on Main Street is Ashland SWCD’s yearly event promoting stormwater conservation, where sponsored rain barrels are showcased in the towns around northeast Ohio’s Ashland County. These rain barrels, painted by community members and sponsored by local businesses, can be voted on and will be auctioned at the end of the event. Cora’s job was to organize for the summer, drum up support, and find both sponsor and artist for each barrel.  

Cora also helped early in the summer with educational programs in local schools as well as with technical roles “out in the field.” This helped her build some face-to-face communication skills that were lost during COVID-19 and practice the skill in her community. Cora noted that she enjoyed the educational role but was also excited to be part of the on-site visits and “scout some giant log jams.” 

Cora’s piece of advice for incoming students is, “Diversify your internships and experiences. In my past year at ATI, I’ve learned that employers want professionals with unique experience. Don’t limit yourself to one field or industry within agriculture. Most experience will work to your advantage while applying and interviewing for your ‘big kid job,’ so don’t be afraid to try new things!” 

Student Spotlight: Hana Wagner

Hana Wagner: Why majoring in Animal Sciences with a Specialization in Biosciences was the best fit for me

Written By Hana Wagner

I grew up in the small town of Ashland, OH. Growing up, I would always see the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) commercials on TV, and I would beg my parents to donate. From just those small commercials is where I started to grow my passion for helping animals.  

It sounds cliché, but I have always loved animals, and I always had animals growing up. I begged my parents to take me to riding lessons at a local horse farm. I started to competitively show horses all around Ohio when I was in 8th grade, and from that experience I really wanted to know more about other species. So, my freshman year of high school I worked with horses at CB Performance Horses. Then, in my junior year of high school, I started working at Falling Star Farms, which is a local large dairy operation, because I wanted to broaden my knowledge of large food production animals. I absolutely loved working with dairy cattle, and from there I started to shadow veterinarians around my area.  

In high school, I was super lucky to have the option to go to a JVS (joint vocational school). I started to attend the Ashland County West-Holmes Career Center during my junior year of school in the Animal Veterinary Science program. In that program I got to work with all kinds of animals, like exotics, companion animals, small ruminants, and large animals. We even had surgery days where a veterinarian would come in to spay and neuter the humane society’s animals. Our county did not have a building for their humane society, so they used our school. As a high school student, I was taught basic animal handling and health skills that veterinary technicians learn in school. 

After high school I wanted to leave Ohio and explore. I moved to Murfreesboro, TN to attend Middle Tennessee State University and started working at an emergency vet clinic in my freshman year of undergrad. I saw so many animals who needed serious medical attention, and I gained so many important life skills during this time. After that I decided I needed a slight change, so I started working at a small animal general practice called Brogli Lane Weaver & Alexander Animal Hospital. This is where I knew that I belonged in this profession. I worked under some amazing doctors and colleagues, and everyone was supportive of me coming into the veterinary industry. I saw so many amazing patients and clients and I learned something new every single day.  

After a year of living in Tennessee and being away from family, there were some tough decisions to be made. So, I transitioned back up to Ohio as I knew there was a local school that could still offer a great education in large animals and small ruminants. I started to attend The Ohio State University ATI. While being here I have gained so much knowledge, experience and could not have been happier with my education and my decision to move back to the area. All these things I have listed have majorly impacted my decision to major in Animal Sciences/Biosciences. 


The First Generation: Being a First-Time College Student at Ohio State ATI

For recent high school graduates, going off to college can be the most exciting but also stressful time of their life. For a good portion of our students who are first generation, this leaves both the student and family wondering about what their college path entails. First generation students and their families often find themselves having to learn everything about school that their peers already know. Many families aren’t aware of the stress or process of living on campus, scheduling classes, nor the resources available to our students. Fortunately for students at Ohio State ATI, we offer a number of resources to everyone, with exceptional programs designed specifically for those who are first generation. Small class sizes, specialized tutoring, and and entire department dedicated to Student Success Services ensure students get a leg up should they need it.

Skyelar Rock, who spent 3 years studying at Ohio State ATI, shares her experience as a first-time college student.

“Growing up an only child of two parents who did not attend a four year university left a lot of questions in my mind when it came time for college. My dad was a tradesman, my mom went straight into the workforce as well, and I had no siblings to experience the college process before me. When I applied and got accepted to Ohio State ATI, I thought the hardest part was over. Learning how to do college ‘right’ was a tough process, from starting completely online to then figuring out housing and in-person classes when the time came. Thankfully, once I got to campus, Program Excel and the career counselors helped me find my way through it. Denise Rotavera-Krain, one of the career success counselors, worked closely with me to develop a detailed resume and helped me decide what I wanted to do with my career following graduation. I also worked with our campus transition counselor, Cate Hunko, to ensure my path to the Columbus campus was smooth and stress-free.”

Seth Richardson, a second year student studying Agriscience Education, shares his thoughts on Program Excel, which is designed to help first time college students that are also first generation.

“I found out about Program Excel when Kelly Carmack, one of our Program Excel coordinators, emailed me to set up monthly meetings with the program. She made sure that I was getting the resources I needed, and if I needed specific help with classes, I would work with one of the adult mentors in that area. When I started falling behind in my Introduction to Animal Science class, I began working with Leslie Eisberg; Leslie helped me get back on track and keep my grades up for the rest of the semester. I also worked with Denny on a few occasions, who has been extremely helpful in making sure that I am successful. He went so far as to send me review and study materials over the summer, in preparation for my fall math classes.”

Hana Wagner, a third year transfer student studying Animal Sciences, has found a complete a completely different experience here than at her first university. “At my first college, they didn’t offer any specialized programs for first-time college students. I had many advising difficulties, especially since my advisor covered not only my program, but all students in four other departments. With Ohio State ATI, I found out about Program Excel within the first few months after getting accepted, before school even started. I began working with Leslie on the Animal Science side, and she recommended in the future that for the rest of my classes that I work with Denny. We still had follow up meetings, that way she could still check in and ensure I was making progress academically. Leslie also helped outside of coursework with scheduling classes, as a second set of eyes to make sure my degree audit was coming along. We also worked around with time management, making sure I had the right tools to organize classes, home life, and work life. Since I was a commuter student, I found that they were very flexible around my schedule, going so far as to zoom in with me outside office hours to ensure I was getting the help I needed. ” Ohio State ATI knows first generation like no other. Our staff and faculty understand


In The Field Friday: Hailey Weisman

Second-year student Hailey Weisman, a horse production and management major at Ohio State ATI, is pursuing an out-of-state internship this year in Waxahachie, TX. Since her experience with horses began at smaller facilities, Hailey says she was looking forward to working for Cannon Quarter Horses—a performance horse training and breeding facility.  

Cannon Quarter Horses specializes in cutting, reining, and reined cow horses. Hailey knew she would be able to learn new skills as well as build on the experience she already had working with horses. One notable project Hailey has been part of is learning how to complete a successful ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection). ICSI is a technique derived from in-vitro fertilization (IVF), which allows for extremely selective genetic outcomes and guarantees initial fertilization.  

So far, Hailey has gained in-depth experience in reproduction management, including ultrasound and palpation, embryo transfer, and pedigrees, as well as networking with industry professionals. She has also gained the soft skills necessary for general business management, including professionalism, organization, and “working smarter and harder at the same time since there is never a slow moment.” 

Student Spotlight: Lilly Wagner

Lilly Wagner: The Best Part About Having Roommates

When I decided I wanted to come to Ohio State ATI, the scariest part for me was who I was going to be put into a room with. Well, let me be the first to tell you, roommates are fun and make the college experience so much better. I have lucked out with having roommates who have become some of my best friends these past two years. 

One of the perks of having a roommate is cooking dinner together. Here at ATI, we have full kitchens in the apartments, so we usually make most of our dinners at the apartment. Having other people to help cook and rotate meals is nice because it gives each individual a little break from having to cook everything. We also enjoy making meals and memories together while in the kitchen. A lot of our friends come over and we all eat dinner together. It makes meals fun and very entertaining.  

One of my favorite memories with my roommate is late night Fro-Yo runs. We both love frozen yogurt, and it has become a tradition that we go about once a week to get it. It is a nice break from schoolwork and is a great time getting out of the apartment. We have made so many memories throughout the year. 

Having roommates may seem scary because it is something new, but as a student who has had a roommate for the past two years, I have had an amazing experience. Roommates help enhance the college experience, and you make lots of memories together. 

In The Field Friday: Kalleigh Fry

Kalleigh Fry: Gerald Grain Center

Agribusiness major Kalleigh Fry is completing her internship this summer with Gerald Grain Center in Napoleon, OH. Kalleigh, from Archbold, OH, is serving Fulton County and surrounding areas as an agronomy and grain merchandising intern. Kalleigh said she chose this internship for its access to a side of the industry she is passionate about, through hands-on experience in grain, feed, and agronomy.  

So far, Kalleigh has gained experience at the agronomy plant running scales for dry and liquid fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia, and the tender trucks for sprayers. She was excited for the opportunity to travel to all of Gerald Grain’s locations and see different sides of the industry that she can pursue post-graduation. Following her time at the current plant, Kalleigh says, “I will be transitioning to the grain locations with the start of wheat harvest to learn grain scales, grading, and the basic introduction of grain merchandising, as well as anything else that is offered to me!” 

By the end of the internship, Kalleigh said she hopes to have gained skills relevant to this job, as well as in areas like customer and employee relations, problem solving, and personal/professional development. Though many interns would say their fails are the least favorite of their memories, Kalleigh said it was quite the opposite: “My favorite memory thus far in my internship would be my fails! The other employees and I always are able to laugh them off, and it is what I learn the most from. Other than that, each day brings something new to laugh about.” 

On Campus Jobs for Ohio State ATI Students

Kelsie Mannasmith: On-Campus Jobs for ATI Students

On-Campus Jobs for Ohio State ATI Students

There are many reasons why students may want to find a campus job—whether they need the extra money, have a lot of time to spare, or even just want to get involved. Whatever your reason is, Ohio State ATI and the CFAES Wooster campus have many student employment opportunities available. While not all jobs on campus are included in this list, here are a variety of options. Read below to learn about some of these jobs and their responsibilities.

  • Café Carmen and CFAES Café: The two dining locations at the CFAES Wooster campus are a very popular option for students seeking a job. Hayley Bankey, a second-year ATI student, says, “My experience from Café Carmen has been amazing. I have improved my people skills since I joined the team. Everyone on campus knows who I am, including professors, because of my job at the café.” Students pursuing this opportunity may be completing orders from GrubHub or preparing the kitchen for their shift.
  • Admissions Student Ambassador: Student assistants in the ATI Admissions Office serve as the face of the college by giving tours, assisting with recruitment events, and answering phone calls from prospective students and their families. Bryce Bennett, a second-year student, says, “I love working in the admissions office because I get to meet all of the students who are interested in coming to ATI.” If you see the ambassador who led your tour, make sure to say hello!
  • Library: Would you rather enjoy a quiet work environment? Students working in the library will help other students find the resources they need for classes. Chances are that you saw Kathy Yoder, the head librarian, during your campus visit, so don’t be shy!
  • Resident Advisor and Housing Office Assistant: Although first-year students cannot serve as resident advisors, they can work in the ATI housing office as office assistants. Both roles will have responsibilities related to helping fellow classmates with issues they may have while living on campus. Skyelar Rock reflects on her experience as a resident advisor: “My experience as an RA was stressful but rewarding. There were some ups and downs, but that’s just part of the job. Had I not taken the position, I wouldn’t have met my best friend or gained such an amazing group of friends. My team and I learned to work under unusual circumstances, and I gained the knowledge to advocate for a positive resident experience and build myself as a leader.”
  • CFAES Farms: Will you miss working on your farm at home or want experience on a farm? The various farms at the CFAES Wooster campus have many student jobs to choose from, including beef, equine, swine, poultry, dairy, small ruminant, and the land lab. Students working at the farms will be responsible for daily chores and caring for the animals, crops, or equipment.
  • Research Assistant: Students who participate in research assistance work closely with a faculty member or researcher at CFAES Wooster. If you are looking for guidance in your future pathway, look for research opportunities in your area of interest!
  • Landscape: Do you like working outside and want to add your own touch to CFAES Wooster? As an assistant in landscape, you can contribute to the campus and others can see your work! If you’re looking to gain valuable outdoor skills in a new or familiar area, this is the position for you!
  • Learning Lab Tutor: Not only do students in this job get to help others succeed, but they also get the chance to earn some money while doing it! If you excel in your classes, make sure to explore this job option. Second-year student Jacob Stiltner chose this job to complement his agriscience education degree: “Working in the learning lab has been very beneficial for me on my road to becoming an agricultural educator. The various interactions I have with fellow students have helped reassure me that agricultural education is the field I want to go into!”

Many students can take advantage of the job opportunities on campus. These jobs are very flexible with students’ academic schedules, and they give students an opportunity to earn some money in between classes. As an admissions ambassador myself, I highly encourage others to apply for a job that interests them. You never know what networking opportunities may arise!

There are two types of student employment: Federal Work-Study employment and wage employment. For more details, visit

Want to learn more? If you are interested in learning about more jobs or are ready to apply, visit this link: Workday – Ohio State’s HR Career System: Workday | Office of Technology and Digital Innovation (

  1. Sign-in with your OSU credentials (# and password).
  2. Navigate to the menu tab at the top left of the Workday homepage.
  3. In the Applications section, click Career Application.
  4. In the View Section, click either Search Students Jobs or Search Student Federal Work-Study Jobs.

*Make sure to select “Wooster Campus” under the “primary locations” section


In The Field Friday: Logan Moore

Logan Moore: Kokosing Construction

Second-year construction systems management student Logan Moore completed his internship with Kokosing Construction this summer. For his experience, Logan worked on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s I-70, I-71, and State Route 315 interchange project, southwest of downtown Columbus, OH.

Logan, from Mount Vernon, OH, learned of this opportunity with Kokosing during a high school career fair. He saw this as a way to grow his leadership, communication, and management skills in his future career.

Logan’s first work assignment was grade checker, where he measured the elevation of excavation sites. He instructed dozer and excavator operators on where and how deep to dig. His second job was bridge crew, where he helped build formwork and pour concrete for the bridge. “Pouring the bridge at night is a whole other experience,” he explained, as the crew started placing the concrete at 8 p.m. and finished at 6 a.m.

He also had the chance to work with the pipe crew, which installs manhole structures and connects pipes for waterflow to the river. To do these jobs, he had to utilize trench boxes. These tools help to support sides of the trench to prevent it from caving during construction. Logan also used gas detectors for alerts of gases in the underground structures.

Logan’s piece of advice for anyone looking for their own internship is, “Get into something that is interesting to you and make the world of it.” He plans to work for Kokosing after graduating from the construction program at Ohio State ATI.

In The Field Friday: Jake Miller

Jake Miller: Scioto Country Club

Scioto Country Club in Upper Arlington, OH, is a Top 100 golf course in the United States that maintains a strong connection with current students and alumni of Ohio State ATI. Second-year turfgrass management student Jake Miller, from Wooster, OH, is one of those connections working at Scioto this year for his internship. Jake described his experiences and learning opportunities as incredible so far—that waking up every day to go work on “one of the best golf courses” is special. 

Scioto Country Club was appealing to Jake for several reasons, including paid, on-site living arrangements, the chance to work for a top 100 course, and, most importantly, he said, the experience and learning opportunity he has gained. Some of his tasks so far have been walk-mowing greens, watering, GPS spraying, and learning the course’s practices for maintaining a “pristine,” as Jake describes it, golf course. 

Jake continues, “Being able to work for ATI alums and other Ohio State graduates is one of the main reasons I chose to accept this internship. There is a connection between Scioto Country Club and ATI students and graduates that makes interning here special.”  

From this internship, he hopes to have gained managerial experience with crews of more than 30 people, and how to be more independent in both work and life. Jake said his favorite memory so far has been making friends with other interns, particularly those who are international or study-abroad students.