CFAES Outstanding Seniors Announced

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences announces the 2016 Outstanding Seniors to be recognized at the annual recognition banquet.  Please join us in congratulating this years award recipients.

Devon Alexander, Agricultural Communication

Jared Ashworth, Animal Sciences

John Bolte, Agribusiness and Applied Economics

Jordan Bonham, Agricultural Communication

Amy Engelbrecht, Animal Sciences

Mike Estock, Animal Sciences

Shelby Faulkner, AgriScience Education

Rachel Fladung, Animal Sciences

Colton Harstine, Animal Sciences

Holden Hutchinson, Animal Sciences

Gary Klopfenstein, Sustainable Plant Systems: Agronomy

Shyla Kreager, Animal Sciences

Taylor Kruse, Animal Sciences

Emily Ratliff, Agribusiness and Applied Economics

Brooke Rieke Schanowski, Agricultural Communication

Ryan Schwyn, Agricultural Engineering

Demi Snider, Agricultural Communication

Christine Snowden, Animal Sciences

Rachel Townsley, Food Science and Technology

Human Resources – Restricted Data Reminder

As a reminder, when using any of the university’s eApplication systems (eTravel, eRequest, HR Action, etc.) that allow for the attachment of files, it is important to remove any restricted data from the attachments. Restricted data requires the highest level of protection due to legal, regulatory, administrative, contractual, rule or policy requirements. Access to and management of restricted data is strictly limited as unauthorized use or disclosure could substantially or materially impact the university’s mission, operations, reputation, finances or result in identity theft.  Restricted data includes items such as Social Security Numbers, medical information and full credit card numbers. Restricted data elements should NEVER be included in any attachment.

Thank you,

Kaylee Buzard
Office Administrative Associate
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Research Services, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691
Office: (330)263-3932

CFAES Policy & Guidance – Revenue and Deposits

Attached find the new CFAES policy guidance and deposit form, to be used for all revenue.  The primary purpose is to guide decision-making on which type of fund to use: Office of Sponsored Project, development, earnings, contract, designated, etc.  In particular, please make sure that funds appropriately belonging in a development fund or OSP fund are properly deposited.

Financial staff making deposits should complete this form for all deposits.  In cases where a unit has repeated, small deposits of a similar nature, the depositor may request an exemption to using the deposit form each time, by completing the exemption form and sending to Terry Snoddy.

Please recall that the new policy and practice are in response to an OSU internal audit, and should help our reporting and budgeting through improved consistency across the college.  Thanks to everyone who provided feedback over the last few months as we shared drafts of the revenue documents.  If you have any questions, please contact Terry ( or me.

CFAES Deposit Guideline vJan-2016

CFAES Deposit Form vJan 2016

deposit exemption form vJan 2016


Eric Bode
Finance Director
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
140C Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1066
614-247-7125 Direct / 614-365-1756 Cell

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Search

The search committee and Baker and Associates (executive search firm) have been working over the last month to finalize the position profile, scope of responsibilities, and interview timeline for the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education.  Search committee members engaged their colleagues in reviewing and offering input into the position profile that has resulted in the attached version, which we will now use as part of the recruitment process.

We strongly encourage you to share the position profile with those whom you believe would be good candidates for the position.  In addition, if you have nominations, please send them to Martin Baker (contact information found in the position profile) to help us build a strong candidate pool for the search committee to evaluate.

The College has a website where we will be sharing information related to the search and where you will find the following:

*  Position profile

*  Link to the University posting

*  Search committee members

*  Information about Ohio State, CFAES, Columbus, Wooster and more

We expect to hold on-campus interviews during the week of May 10; we will provide detailed information about opportunities to engage as the time nears.

 Assoc Dean for Research and Grad Ed position profile

My best regards,

Terry L. Niblack
Acting Senior Associate Dean
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
140 Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Rd., Columbus, OH 43210
614-698-1911 Office

Culture of Health Initiative – Funding Opportunity

As many of you know, I am now the Co-PI of a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant supporting achieving a culture of health in the United States.

RWJF_Fact Sheet_2016.01.26

There are opportunities for your schools and communities in this new funding profile from RWJF! The Foundation is putting $10 million/year into 4 different project arms (yes, that’s $40M per year).

·         Doctoral students—any doctoral student from any field who wants to tie their work to a culture of health. I know there are many in Ag related fields who care about communities and economics of health, the built environment, etc.

·         Young Faculty—again, any who would want to partner with a community based organization. This opportunity supports 2 faculty working with a community member/organization (faculty get $25,000 stipend x 2 years + they can apply for a research grant.)

·         Multi sector health leaders—this is your YMCA/YWCA, churches, NGOs, community based organizations– you name it, a very large catch all category. A lot of your university-related groups could fit here.

·         Clinical Leaders—this category supports active mid-career clinicians (MD, RN, RD, DMD, DVM, social workers, OT, PT—so think of people who work in health but also in developmental issues like adults with autism and such)—this is the program I am leading.

Please see the FACT SHEET attached and share this broadly with your colleagues across your institutions.

The national program site launches February 22nd and after that will start a series of public information webinars with more details about the different opportunities.

All of these are leadership training programs and focus on diversity, inclusion, and health disparities, in accordance with the RWJF mission.

Good luck! I hope you see your organizations named as RWJF Culture of Health recipients!

All the best,


Claudia S. P. Fernandez, DrPH, MS, RD, LDN
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health
Gillings School of Global Public Health
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural & Extension Education
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
North Carolina State University

Ohio State ATI Reception – CFAES Alumni Award Recipients

Please join us on Friday, March 4, 4-6 p.m. in the Skou Hall student lounge on the Ohio State ATI campus for a reception honoring our CFAES Alumni Achievement Award recipients:

Young Professional Achievement Award

Ryan Saxe

Ryan Saxe has distinguished himself as an education professional in a relatively short amount of time. Since graduating from Ohio State ATI with an Associate of Science degree in 2003, Ryan has gone on to earn a B.S. in agricultural and environmental education from West Virginia University, an M.A. in leadership studies from Marshall University and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Liberty University. Along the way, he has garnered numerous teaching awards and his creativity has been exemplified by his being highly successful in both granstmanship and scholarship. Ryan is currently Director of the Office of Professional Learning for Manatee County Schools in Bradenton, Florida.

Distinguished Alumni Award

John Douglass

John Douglass is a dynamic, progressive dairy producer that contributes in many ways to sustaining the Ohio dairy industry. He presently owns about 5700 cows that are managed on three dairy operations -Catalpadale and Bristol Dairies located in Marshallville, Ohio and the Coral Hill Dairy located near Glasgow, Kentucky. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in dairy science in 1984. The Douglas dairy operations thrived during some very challenging and tumultuous fiscal times. John has been very active in state and national dairy activities, the Ohio Farm Bureau as a member of the Dairy Advisory Committee, president of the Wayne County Farm Bureau and is very active in Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District activities. He is a charter member of the Ohio Dairy Producers Association. He has always been a willing guest lecturer in various dairy management classes and is an advisory board member at Ohio State ATI.

International Alumni Award

Milton Gorocica

Dr. Milton Gorocica has made astounding advances in his career endeavors with the food producing animal pharmaceutical industries since the time he graduated with a Ph.D. degree in 2006. Following graduation, he joined Cargill Meat Solutions as a national technical services leader for dairy. In a very short period of time, Milton had the opportunity to move back to Mexico in an area close to his childhood home with Elanco Animal Health, in a position that focused on the beef cattle finishing feedlot sector. In 2013, Milton joined Phibro Animal Health, where he is presently Global Cattle Marketing Director responsible for planning, generating and implementing marketing plans to support technical sales staff for the Northern Hemisphere – USA, Canada, Mexico, Central America, China, Russia, Israel, Turkey and other sectors of the Middle East.

Meritorious Service Award

Ken Cochran

Ken Cochran joined the faculty of Ohio State ATI in 1978, where he coordinated the nursery management program. He gained a tremendous reputation for training students in technical and business skills that prepared them to be “job ready” in the landscape industry. He used the Secrest Arboretum as a learning laboratory, and relationships he had with industry clientele from his earlier career endeavors helped students in obtaining leading positions in the landscape industry. Ken took on the role as Secrest Arboretum program director in 1999. He retired in December 2014 after 36 years of service on the Wooster campus.

RSVP online by Feb. 29.

OSU Extension Peer Review Guidelines Updated

The OSUE guidelines for peer review have been updated and are posted at the following link:



Ken Martin, PhD
Chair and Associate Director, Programs
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Department of Extension
3 Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1010
614-292-8793 Office / 614-688-3807 Fax

OSU CARES Website Launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of the newly redesigned OSU CARES website! The address remains the same at Our goal with the redesign of our site is to bring it up to the new branding standards and to make it more easily navigable and accessible. A new feature that will be especially useful is our Partnerships page, where both OSU Extension personnel and OSU colleagues can go as a starting place when looking to build partnerships across campus to expand engagement with communities around Ohio.

We encourage you to visit our new site today, and hope you find that it has a fresh look, is easy to use and is informative. If you experience any problems using the new website or if you have any questions or feedback, please contact us at

Thank you,

The OSU CARES Leadership Team

Karen S. Bruns, PhD
OSU Extension
3 Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road,
Columbus, OH 43210
614-688-4486 Office / 614-292-7478 Fax

Terri Fisher

Office Associate
Family and Consumer Sciences

381 Campbell Hall, 1787 Neil Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43210
614-688-4486 Office / 614-292-7478 Fax

NCR-SARE Announces 2016 Graduate Student Grant Call for Proposals

The 2016 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Graduate Student Grant Call for Proposals is now available online at

Graduate students enrolled at colleges or universities in the North Central region can submit proposals for up to $12,000 to fund sustainable agriculture projects that will be part of their educational programs. NCR-SARE expects to fund about 15 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region.

NCR-SARE will be accepting proposals for the Graduate Student Grant Program using our online submission system. More information about the online submission system can be found in the call for proposals. Proposals must be completely submitted to the online system by 4 p.m. CDT, April 14, 2016.

Previously funded proposals have contributed to farmer or rancher profitability, environmental quality, and the enhancement of the quality of life of farmers or ranchers, their communities, and society as a whole. NCR-SARE strongly encourages students to involve farmers and ranchers in their Graduate Student Grant projects.

NCR-SARE’s Administrative Council (AC) members decide which projects will receive SARE funds. A collection of farm and non-farm citizens, the AC includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in the region. Council members hail from regional farms and ranches, the Cooperative Extension Service, universities, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Since 1988, the SARE program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program. The program, part of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, funds projects and conducts outreach designed to improve agricultural systems.

Potential applicants can contact Beth Nelson with questions at or 612-626-4436.

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Direct Phone: 612.626.3113
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Director of Marketing and Communications Named

I’m pleased to share with you that Michelle Ball has accepted our offer to become the next Director of Marketing and Communications, effective March 1. I’m grateful for all of the participation throughout the interview process, and for providing me and the search committee with helpful feedback. We were very fortunate to have had highly qualified candidates both apply and interview for this position.

In the coming weeks we will provide additional information on office location and contact information for Michelle.


Ronald Hendrick, PhD
Acting Dean and VP for Agricultural Administration

Denman Undergraduate Research Forum – Faculty Judges Needed

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Undergraduate Education and the Undergraduate Research Office (URO) are pleased to announce the 21st Annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, beginning at 12:00 noon, at Ohio State’s Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC), 337 West 17th Avenue, Columbus campus.

A call for faculty judges

With more than 600 students participating in the Forum, we need 500 faculty members across disciplines to judge the students’ undergraduate research projects. During a two-hour window at the Forum, faculty judges will meet with students to discuss their projects and creative endeavors. These discussions give students the opportunity of presenting their work while also providing them with feedback to enhance their learning experience.

Please consider serving as a Denman Forum faculty judge this year. To participate, register online by February 19. The URO will follow up with you to provide details. If you have questions about serving as a faculty judge, please contact URO program assistant Amanda Perrin.

Should you be unable to serve as a faculty judge this year, I encourage you to attend the Forum during the afternoon poster session. As you know, our students are engaging in exceptional research and artistic projects. Learn more about the Forum at

Thank you for your support of Ohio State’s undergraduate research experience.


Lorraine Silver Wallace, PhD
Director, Undergraduate Research Office
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
(614) 688-1785