Student Spotlight: Hana Wagner

Hana Wagner: Why I Transferred From Another College to Ohio State ATI

I graduated from Mapleton Local Schools in Ashland, OH, in 2021. After graduation I knew I wanted to explore and see what other places were like in the country. I intended to pursue an out-of-state option, so Ohio State University was not my initial choice for that reason. Instead, I looked at several other 

universities. It was a hard decision to make but I decided to go to Middle Tennessee State University as I could live with family there.  

Sadly, in June 2022, my uncle had been declining in health as he had stage 4 colon cancer, so I made the decision to move back to my hometown to spend some quality time with him. I also knew that staying at home with my parents again would be more affordable than living in Murfreesboro. I had college decisions to make as well…  

I knew Ohio State ATI would offer a more “hands-on” education and the student-to-teacher ratio was smaller, allowing for better connections with professors and classmates in a more laid-back environment. I took advantage of the time I had to weigh my options and submitted my application two days before the deadline. I was a little nervous, but thankfully I was able to get into Ohio State ATI before classes started, with most of my credits transferring.  

In all honesty, returning home was one of the wisest moves I could have taken. I experienced tremendous growth being in Tennessee for just one year; however, my goals and aspirations are more in line with ATI. The teachers, the programs, and the opportunities I have here at ATI are better than I could have imagined.  

I started working in ATI’s Admissions Office as a student ambassador, which has been super fun, and I have met so many new students while developing professional relationships with staff as well. I have also taken a position as a resident advisor in ATI’s apartment village to help cut living costs and to increase my communication, conflict-resolution, and time-management skills.  

The majors at Ohio State ATI are designed to help you excel in your career field by providing students the opportunity to intern anywhere in the world. So, ironically, I am going to be interning next summer at the same vet clinic back in Murfreesboro where I previously worked. The experience hours I will gain from the internship will also help me fulfill a requirement to get into vet school. 

Overall, I will always value my time at Ohio State ATI. I have met so many incredible friends here that I do not know what I would do without. 

In The Field Friday: John Kirkwood

John Kirkwood: Colonial Golf Course

Second-year student John Kirkwood is currently interning with Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, TX. Originally from Galena, OH, John spent most of his high school years working at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH, which is where he first got started in the world of turfgrass. Currently a Horticultural Science student specializing in Turfgrass Science, John is working towards his associate degree at Ohio State ATI. 

Colonial Golf Course presented a unique opportunity for its interns this summer, which entailed assisting with a 30-million-dollar course renovation. John said he is excited to be a part of the project, which includes the installation of new PrecisionAire hydronics and drainage systems within each of the greens. He is also interested in exploring the management of different climate grasses—Texas, in particular, utilizes all warm-season grasses.  

John has also assisted in grounds maintenance for the Charles Schwab Challenge, which is a PGA-level tournament hosted by the course each year. For this tournament, he mowed greens and staged trailers for equipment transportation. On the business and management side, John has worked frequently with his superintendent to learn more about different management styles and how they oversee the grounds staff and interns. He is also grateful for the opportunity to work with Colonial’s director of agronomy for the added networking and professional connection.  

John’s piece of advice to new students is, “Push yourself to see and learn more. Don’t settle for an opportunity that’s too comfortable. Get out-of-state and see what the industry has to offer.” 

In The Field Friday: JT Richardson

JT Richardson: Kokosing Construction

JT Richardson is a second-year Agricultural Systems Management student from Powell, Ohio. This summer, he is an intern with Kokosing Construction. For the position that he holds, JT is a mechanic for fleet vehicles that need repairs during construction projects. Some of his repairs have included replacing a water pump on a Chevy 3500, brakes on a large Kenworth truck, and a coolant line in a Kenworth Lube Truck. 

During his internship, JT has been networking with other co-op students interning with Kokosing. “We are currently working on a Capstone project together,” he explained. “It’s great bouncing ideas off of each other as well as learning what job each other does for Kokosing.”  

JT attended Kokosing’s 2023 co-op road rally, and toured the Upper Hocking WPCF Phase 2 Expansion, the Lancaster North Water Treatment Plant, and the L-H Battery Company, where LG Energy Solution and Honda Motor Co. have a joint venture to produce lithium-ion batteries exclusively for electric vehicles (EV) produced by Honda.  

One of JT’s goals as an intern is to gain real, on-the-job experience. “I have learned to be more organized, especially with my tools,” he says. “If I am not organized and misplace a tool, that can cost me a lot of time.” He also says that teamwork has often been implemented to solve problems with diverse perspectives while on the job. 

JT is planning to pursue a full-time position with Kokosing Construction in the future and sees many growth opportunities within the company. 

Student Spotlight: Best Places to Eat Around Wooster

Skyelar Rock: Best Places to Eat Around Wooster as an Ohio State ATI Student  

As a college student, finding the best place to eat while not breaking the bank can be tough. Also, the same old fast food and chain restaurants tend to get boring after a while. Whether you’re an incoming or returning student, these local restaurants are guaranteed to become your new favorite. Here I have compiled some well-known favorites among the students at Ohio State ATI, which are also some of my own personal favorites.  

Guerne Heights Drive-In: 1.5 Mi — $5 to $15 

Right down the road from campus, just a short 2-minute drive, is the Guerne Heights Drive-In. Family owned and operated, this mom-and-pop shop offers lunch and dinner items along with their signature ice cream. While they aren’t open year-round, you can enjoy the Guerne well into the fall semester and towards the end of spring semester. One of my favorite specials they offer in the fall is a warm apple dumpling with vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup. The best part? They offer 10% discount with a valid student ID (a.k.a. your BuckID). 

The Barn: 8 Mi — $10 to $25  

The Barn Restaurant is a fond favorite of my friend group; every Tuesday is “da barn” night for us, with an all-you-can-eat bread and soup bar, plus the salad wagon. Yes, you saw right, a salad wagon. True to its name, The Barn Restaurant is a reclaimed and remodeled barn that was owned by a local cattle farmer in the early 1900’s. It’s a rustic atmosphere where the staff is always warm and welcoming. 

Omahoma Bob’s: Downtown (2 Mi) — $11 to $30 

Omahoma Bob’s Barbeque is another family-owned and operated establishment in downtown Wooster, with quality meat products from local producers as well as Certified Angus Beef. Many on-campus events use Omahoma Bob’s for their catering, which is where I’ve had the most experience with their BBQ. They are a student-friendly establishment, offering a 15% discount off your purchase. 

Basil Asian Bistro: Downtown (2 Mi) — $6 to $25 

By far my personal favorite on this list, Basil Asian Bistro has some of the best sushi I’ve ever had! They offer the pan-Asian experience, including Pacific/Southeastern Asian cuisine, Thai dishes, and some traditional Asian dishes like stir fry or General Tso chicken. For a budget friendly meal, stop by during lunch for a sushi roll or classic entrée, which range from $6-$20 

Mariola Italian: Downtown (2 Mi) — $12 to $30 

One of Wooster’s newest editions, Mariola Italian, debuted in spring of 2023. As one of a few restaurants owned and managed by local entrepreneur Mike Mariola, Mariola Italian has high quality food and service. From classic Italian pasta and entrees to their own “Pizza Pie,” the food here is exceptional, whether dining in or catered. Though it may be a bit expensive for an everyday type of meal, this would be a great option for a Friday night dinner or a group get-together. 

City Square Steakhouse: Downtown (2 Mi) — $25 to $50+ 

Though it is a bit on the expensive side, City Square Steakhouse is a high-quality establishment great for date nights, special occasions, and the like. Named in the Top 100 Steakhouses of America, City Square is “Big City Dining, Small Town Feel” right within reach of campus. The service is professional, the wait staff is always very helpful and accommodating, and—not to mention—the food is amazing. If you’re looking for something a little fancier or just want a high-quality steak, I definitely recommend The City Square.  


In The Field Friday: Seth Gamble

Seth Gamble – ProVia 

Second-year Construction Systems Management student, Seth Gamble, is completing his internship this summer with the ProVia company in Walnut Creek, OH. ProVia specializes in home exterior solutions, including door and window installation as well as roofing, siding, and stonework.  

Seth currently completes warranty service repairs and replacements on homes and businesses, including ProVia facilities as well as some “high dollar homes.” From this internship he hopes to gain a greater understanding of ProVia’s products and services, as well as communication skills through all steps of the process – from homeowner to company, and from company to distributors and installers. 

One unique aspect of this internship that Seth noted was how he came about this position. In his search for a summer internship, Seth sought out Provia, who then developed a position specifically for him. “I sought the company out myself and they created the position for me, making it a one-of-a-kind internship that no one has had before.” Seth chose this internship for a handful of reasons: it is relevant to the degree he is pursuing, and it pays fairly for a student internship. Most importantly, though, he chose ProVia because the values and purpose of the company align well with his own personal and professional goals. 

Student Spotlight: Morgan Hefner

Morgan Hefner, The Best Part About Being a Student at Ohio State ATI

There are so many great things about Ohio State ATI that it is not fair to pick just one. If I had to pick one aspect of being a student on the ATI campus that is my favorite, it would probably be the small community feeling.

The small community aspect of the campus allows students to have professors that care about their students. This can be a huge advantage when needing help in a class or maybe even life advice. Since classes on the ATI campus are fairly small, it makes me feel more comfortable asking questions and not being afraid to go to the professors for help when needed. Additionally, knowing almost everyone in the class is a huge benefit. When it comes to doing a group project, you get to work on them with your friends or people you already know. Being on a smaller campus has also allowed me to make a lot of friends through living on campus and in classes. Some of these friends will more than likely turn into lifelong friendships.

Living on campus in the apartments and having a sense of community outside of the classroom is another reason why I love ATI. From going to events such as Bull Bash to just hanging out with friends or playing corn hole, campus living opens a whole new spectrum of opportunities. Living on campus is one way that I met most of my friends here at ATI. Overall, the small community aspect of Ohio State ATI makes the campus feel like home.

In The Field Friday: Logan Pope

Logan Pope: Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center

Logan Pope, a second-year Animal Sciences major, has found her passion through her internship. Her experiences started during her first year at Ohio State ATI in a student position at CFAES Wooster’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. As a research-based assistant, Logan was pushed out of her comfort zone; however, she quickly learned that research would be something she loved doing. 

Logan landed her internship by simply asking her professor, Dr. Chanhee Lee, if there were any opportunities that would allow her to stay at the Wooster Campus for the summer. He quickly came up with a project for her, which is primarily conducted through the Krauss Dairy Facility. Her current project involves in vitro testing where she collects rumen samples from dairy cattle, adds different feeds or treatments, incubates them, and then analyzes the samples over a 24-hour period. 

During the spring semester, Logan had the opportunity to attend the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference in Fort Wayne, IN, where she presented research from a graduate student project she assisted with. Logan is excited to share that she will be able to attend the conference next year to present her own research, which she is conducting during her summer internship. She also reports that through her internship, she is gaining many laboratory skills as well as presentation and cattle-handling skills. 

So far Logan’s experience has been one full of learning and laughs. Her piece of advice to incoming and current students is, “Get into research if you have the opportunity! This was something that truly scared me when I started, and some things still do, but the knowledge I have gained is so worth it. Get out of your comfort zone, because if it scares you, it’s probably worth doing.” 

Student Spotlight: Alyssa Kiefer

Alyssa Kiefer: College Survival Tips

College can be an exciting and transformative time in your life, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful. Between juggling classes, extracurricular activities, and social life, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with your responsibilities. However, with a little planning and organization, you can not only survive college, but thrive. Here are some tips to start considering before entering this exciting new chapter in your life:  

Scheduling: A key strategy in college is time management. During your time in college, you will find student groups or hobbies that pique your interest. This goes without mentioning: time for classes and homework has to take priority or precedence over hobbies. After a while, you might become overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be done. Buying a planner or creating a digital calendar can help you keep track of class schedules, study sessions, and, of course, the fun that comes after you hit the books. This will help you avoid cramming and last-minute assignments and allow you to keep your days in line!  

Attending class: Attendance is crucial for success in college. Although sleeping-in and daily naps are great, good grades and knowing what’s going on in class are great too. Attending class will help you stay engaged and focused on your coursework while also allowing you to receive materials and knowledge that is offered to you in class. Trust me, naps can wait.  

Organization: There are many ways to stay organized in college. Whether it’s using schedule planners or keeping a clean apartment, being organized will reduce stress and allow you to better focus on your studies. The benefits are endless when it comes to staying organized, and I promise it will help you when it comes to stressful weeks, such as finals week.  

Self-love: While at college, you are making advances and accomplishing huge milestones in your life. Give yourself some grace! Prioritizing your physical and mental health in college is essential to success. Doing simple things such as getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and exercising regularly will not only help your body, but also your mind.  

Involvement: Joining a campus organization or having a campus job can help you meet new people, develop new skills, and add some balance to your academic workload. However, be careful not to overcommit yourself. Choose a few activities that you’re passionate about and make sure you still have time for studying and self-care!  

Asking for help: College can be challenging, but remember that you don’t have to go through it alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from professors, advisors, and/or tutors if you’re struggling at any point. There are limitless opportunities for you at college. 

College is a time of growth and discovery, but it can easily push you to your limits. Coming from a college student, I can tell you that we all make mistakes, and it takes time to find what works best for you. It is important to stay true to yourself and your involvements. By incorporating new practices such as scheduling, organization, self-grace, and reaching out for help when needed, you can navigate the challenges of college and come out on top.  

In the Field Friday: Cory Boliantz

Meet One of Ohio State ATI’s Equine Entrepreneurs                                        Written by Hana Wagner

Ohio State ATI alumna Cory Boliantz grew up on her family’s farm. They had a wide variety of animals, but Cory spent most of her time with the horses. She was involved in 4-H growing up and would show her horses at the county fair. She graduated from Mapleton High School in Ashland, Ohio, and eventually majored in Horse Production and Management at Ohio State ATI. Right after her college graduation in 2009, she started her own business, Cory Boliantz Performance Horses 

Since 2009, Cory has had many young and upcoming riders in her program who have shown and trained horses under her influence. Since I have trained under Cory for the past 7-8 years, I decided to ask Cory a few questions about what her experiences were like at Ohio State ATI and how she has become successful in the equine industry:  

What exactly got Cory into the equine industry? 

Since her family has had horses for many years, Cory says it just became second nature. She has a deep passion for training and caring for horses, and she wanted to be able to make a professional—and a successful—career out of it! 

How did Ohio State ATI influence your future business? 

“ATI helped me by building a foundation of knowledge and experience to be able to work professionally with the people and animals in the industry,” she explained. 

What’s your favorite memory of ATI? 

Cory’s favorite memory is working in the equine breeding lab with Dr. Karen Wimbush as her professor. Along with making lifelong memories and friendships, Cory also made some very meaningful connections in the equine industry that she still uses.  

What are things you learned at ATI that you still use today as a professional in the equine industry?  

“A lot of stuff!” Cory continued: “A lot of the knowledge that I gained during my time at ATI, like daily care, health care, nutrition—it all plays a specific role in my daily life at the barn. I’ve incorporated a lot of that knowledge into my program.” 

Student Spotlight: Seth Richardson

Seth Richardson: How I Serve My Buckeye Community

On a night in October 2002, at the Pike Township Fire Department outside Springfield, OH, firefighters and dispatchers were waiting close by their radios. This wasn’t an emergency they were anticipating, though—rather, they were in preparation for some exciting news. Soon after, they finally received the message they had been eagerly waiting for over the dispatch radio. The Richardson Family, with more than four family members already serving in the fire department, welcomed a son to the family. The department gave a warm welcome over the radio and congratulated Mr. and Mrs. Richardson on their addition to the family. 

Since the day he was born, Seth Richardson has been a standout in the Pike Township “firehouse family.” With his dad serving in the department for 30+ years, mom serving for 10+ years, sister for 5+ years, and two uncles serving as captain and chief, Seth had a deep connection to the world of firefighting. Growing up, he says he was always playing around the firehouse and helping, from cleaning trucks and moving supplies, to riding shotgun during parades and joining as a cadet for 6 years. 

Seth, now a second-year Agriscience Education major at Ohio State ATI, has completed his Firefighter Level 1 training at the Wayne County Regional Training Facility in Apple Creek, right next to the Ohio State ATI beef facility. He started in February 2023, and has completed various trainings in structural fires, auto accident extraction, general hazmat, and CPR/first aid—all in addition to his college coursework. Now that he has received his certification, Seth plans to volunteer at the Wooster Township Fire Department upon returning to school in the fall, which serves OSU ATI’s Applewood Village and the surrounding community.

When asked why he stuck with it all these years, Seth said that he wanted to help his community in the way that he knew best. “I love it; it’s in my blood. It takes a certain kind of person to jump into a burning building with no hesitation.”