Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education Meet and Greet

We would like to extend an invitation to all CFAES faculty, staff, and students to attend an informal social event to meet Gary Pierzynski. There will be two events, one in Columbus and one in Wooster (see details below).

Gary is the new CFAES associate dean for research and graduate education. In this position, Gary will drive the future strategy for enhancing and expanding research and graduate education within the college, as well as supporting undergraduate research.

Wooster: July 12, 9-10 a.m. in Research Services 128
Columbus: July 30, 9-10 a.m. in Agricultural Administration 250A

The events are informal and light refreshments will be provided.

Graduating Senior Luncheon

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Academic Programs Office will be congratulating its graduating seniors prior to Summer Commencement at the Graduating Senior Luncheon. The luncheon will include a short program. This is also a time to wish the graduates well and to welcome them as alumni.

The 2018 Summer Graduating Senior Luncheon is planned for Sunday, August 5 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the FAES Library-Student Success Center.

If you plan to attend the luncheon, please RSVP to Susie Sheller by noon on Friday, July 27, 2018.

CFAES Alumni Society Board Seeking 2018 Graduate

The CFAES Alumni Society Board is looking for a 2018 graduate to serve a three-year board term.  The board is made up of volunteers who work to provide CFAES alumni with a lifelong connection to the college and to one another.  They meet four times a year and plan a variety of activities for alumni.

If you know someone who graduated in May or will graduate this August from CFAES at any degree level, encourage them to send a resume and a why they would like to represent the class of 2018 to by August 10.

New Extension Publications Online Store Now Open

The new website, OSU Extension Publications, is now open for business! New and returning customers will need to create an account before ordering publications. Please read the tips below before creating your new account.

  •  Because you are part of CFAES, you will need to contact the Extension Publications unit after you have created your account on the new site so we can add your account to our CFAES customer group. If you have paid on account with us in the past, this will ensure you can continue to do so in the new system and that you continue to receive the discounted price offered to CFAES entities. In this new system, you can also pay using a PCard, if that is a better payment option for you and your department/unit.
  • Click here to create a new account. After creating your account, please call 1-800-678-6114 so we can finalize the setup of your CFAES account.
  • If you create an account and place an order without calling us first, you will not have the option to pay on account, nor will you receive the CFAES discount.

Please note that OSU Extension County offices already have an account set up for them and were sent an email on July 3 with instructions on how to access their accounts. They do not need to call us after logging into their accounts.

As an account user, you will be able to view new orders you have placed, send messages to our customer service team, track shipments, and add multiple shipping addresses. Order history data from our old system will not carry over to the new platform. If you have any questions about order history for your account, please email us at

If you have questions as you navigate through the new site, please call 1-800-678-6114. Welcome to OSU Extension Publications.


ATI Dairy Judging Team Raising Funds

The Ohio State ATI Dairy Cattle Judging Team is seeking individuals to help sponsor the 2018 team.  They have a terrific group of students excited about the coming year.  The team is requesting your help to cover the cost of entry fees, tolls, van rental, lodging, and other expenses so they can participate in the contests.  It would mean a great deal to this year’s students!

The team would like to participate in practices and contests at the Maryland State Fair, Eastern States Exposition, Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show, World Dairy Expo, and the North American International Livestock Exposition.  Funds are limited, so they are turning to their friends and the CFAES community for help.  The estimated 2018 cost is $10,000 or $1,650 per participating student.

Click here for more information about the team and how to donate.

CFAES Leadership Announcements

Gary Pierzynski
Gary Pierzynski joined CFAES today as the associate dean for research and graduate education. Dean Kress announced Gary’s appointment on March 30, 2018. Gary comes to us from Kansas State University where he is a University Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Agronomy. He is president-elect of the American Society of Agronomy and previously served as president of the Soil Science Society of America. He serves on the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

As associate dean for research and graduate education, Gary is the principal administrative officer of the CFAES research enterprise and will drive the future strategy for enhancing and expanding research and graduate education within the college, as well supporting undergraduate research.

Lori Bowman
Lori Bowman has accepted the position of special assistant to the vice president and dean. She will join CFAES on July 23. Lori comes to CFAES from The Ohio State University Graduate School where she serves as a human resources/fiscal officer. In this position, Lori is responsible for developing and overseeing a $28 million budget, managing all personnel activity, interpreting university policies and procedures, maintaining the business continuity plan, and contributing to university-wide projects like Workday. Prior to that, she was a human resources/financial manager for CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering as well as a financial aid counselor at Tiffin University. Lori received a master’s degree from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics from CFAES.

As special assistant, Lori serves as a senior staff member planning and coordinating administrative, financial, and operational activities for the vice president and dean’s office. She will organize and prioritize critical issues and required information for the executive team to facilitate efficient decision making; manage college policy, standard operating procedures and guideline development; oversee administrative searches and appointments for college leadership positions;  and oversee administrative staff. She also will serve as a liaison to university offices; plan and coordinate cabinet, chair and leadership meetings; and manage and lead college-wide projects and initiatives.

Open Faculty Position – AEDE

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) at The Ohio State University seeks an associate or full professor with teaching, research, and outreach/extension responsibilities in agricultural economics and policy.  Applicants should have teaching and research interests related to U.S. and other countries’ agricultural policies, and the ability to explain the impacts of these policies to local, state, national and international audiences.

The appointee will have an academic year (9 month) appointment with competitive salary and benefits package and is expected to develop and maintain a world-class research program in their field of inquiry, and teach the equivalent of two to three classes in our undergraduate, masters, and/or PhD programs.  The appointee is also expected to develop a visible outreach/extension program focused on explaining the impacts of agricultural policies to local, state, national, and international audiences.

Applicants must possess a PhD in agricultural economics, applied economics, economics, or related field and have an academic record sufficient to obtain tenure in AEDE.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received before August 15, 2018, will receive priority consideration. Complete applications include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and the names of three references.

Applications materials should be submitted to the Agricultural Economics Search Committee Co-Chairs at Questions about the position can be directed to either Brian Roe ( 614-688-5777) or Ian Sheldon ( 614-292-2194).

Staff Career Development Grants

Staff have an opportunity to further their growth and development through the Staff Career Development Grant. New this year, the available funding for individuals and groups has increased to $1,250 for individuals, $1,750 for groups of two to 10 and $2,000 for groups of 11 or more, and the funds can be used for professional development, education or training costs related to job and/or career goals.

Applications are being accepted until Tuesday, July 31. Click here for more information.

New Gift Acceptance Policy Effective July 1

The Gift Acceptance Policy governs the types of gifts the university and The Ohio State University Foundation may accept from generous donors, and outlines review and acceptance procedures. The revised policy aligns with the university’s standard template, reflects new types of gifts the university will accept, and includes updates in staff procedures. The revisions comply with state and federal laws, and ensure all gifts further the university’s and the foundation’s missions while maintaining the highest levels of stewardship.

The revised policy was effective July 1. Click here to read the policy.

CFAES SAC Professional Development Summer Series

This summer CFAES Staff Advisory Council has come together to bring you a lunch and learn professional development series with distinguished speakers from across our university. These events are free for all CFAES employees and are available at three CFAES locations.

SAC Professional Development Series

Bring your own lunch to one of three locations: 250A Ag Admin, 200 FABE Wooster, or Piketon South Centers Large Auditorium (also via zoom).

Tuesday, June 26
Dr. Jeff King, Emotional Intelligence for Everyday Success
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Click here to register

Tuesday, July 17
Dr. Claire Kamp-Dush, Coping with Digital Distraction
Noon to 1 p.m.
Click here to register

Tuesday, August 7
Jodie Leister, Drowning Out Negativity
Noon to 1 p.m.
Click here to register

Reference Guide to Support Victims Who Report Sexual Misconduct

Last week, Ohio State Announced that it is dissolving its Sexual Civility and Empowerment unit based on an external review.

The university has engaged nationally recognized experts Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie M. Gomez from the Philadelphia-based law firm Cozen O’Connor to help create a redesigned, best-in-class model to support victims of sexual assault and conduct a thorough evaluation of the broader Title IX program. Cozen O’Connor’s work includes two objectives.

  • First, they will work with Ohio State to develop a new student support program. Its goal will be to emulate national best practices in this evolving and complex arena. The university will have the changes in place before the beginning of the fall semester.
  • Second, they will assess compliance and recommend enhancements to the university’s policies, procedures and practices related to sexual- and gender-based harassment and violence under federal law.

“Ohio State will do all that we can to be a national leader in preventing and responding to sexual misconduct,” said President Michael V. Drake. “Our campuses must be safe places for all members of our community to learn, work and grow. We remain steadfastly and unwaveringly committed to this goal.”

The university released a reference guide, Buckeyes ACT to assist victims/survivors who report sexual misconduct.

If you have questions about your reporting obligations under Title IX, university policy, state or federal law, please contact the Title IX coordinator or Deputy Coordinators in Human Resources, Student Conduct or the Office of University Compliance and Integrity. More information about reporting and support resources, training for faculty, staff, and students, and a resource brochure is also available on the Title IX and Buckeyes ACT websites.

Chadwick Arboretum Open House

Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens is hosting its annual open house Sunday, July 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring family and friends for an afternoon of refreshments, canoeing, fishing, education, and fun! This free event is the best nature immersion of the summer.

The open house will be at the Arboretum North site, northwest of the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive. There will be free parking across Fred Taylor Drive in Gray Lot 3.

Click here for more information.

Chadwick Arboretum Fall Plant Sale

Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens is having its fall tree sale Friday, Sept. 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The sale will be at the Arboretum North site in the operations compound behind the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive. Parking is available at the sale site.

A variety of native trees from locally sourced seed will be featured in 3 gallon containers, 4′ to 5′ tall. Most will sell between $35 and $45.

Species include, but are not limited to, various varieties of Aesculus, Asimina, Carpinus, Carya, Castanea, Cercis, Diospyros, Frankliniana, Gymnocladus, Lindera, Magnolia, Nyssa, Prunus, Quercus, Stewartia, and Viburnum.