Department of Entomology Leadership


After many years of outstanding service to your Department as Associate Chair, Interim Chair, and Chair, Dan Herms has decided to return to his role as Professor and reinvigorate his research, teaching, and extension programs.  We will miss Dan for his strong and collaborative role in College leadership, but anticipate many years of fruitful interactions with him in his new capacity.

I am pleased to announce that, with the support of the Entomology faculty, Carol Anelli and Andy Michel will be leading the Department in interim appointments.  Dr. Anelli, formerly Associate Chair, will assume Interim Chair duties and Dr. Michel will become Interim Associate Chair beginning July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018.

The CFAES leadership team is looking forward to working with Drs. Anelli and Michel as they lead the efforts of the Department to achieve its mission and vision.  Please join me in welcoming Carol and Andy to their new positions.


Lonnie King
Acting Vice President and Dean

Alumni Engagement Staff Responsibilities

Over the past 16 months, there has been significant work to further define our alumni engagement goals and priorities with the development of a comprehensive plan.  As a member of the CFAES Advancement team, Jody Poth, Director of Alumni Engagement has worked closely with Pat Whittington to continue to engage our alumni in activities, events and through recognition opportunities. As we continue to refine and implement new strategies, I want to share with you some changes related to roles and responsibilities.

Through the CFAES Advancement office, Jody will work across the college and be responsible for:  our overall alumni engagement plan, including primary oversight for the society and all their functions; awards programs; web presence; homecoming; and similar engagement activities.  Jody will coordinate our college interaction with the university alumni association and be the initial contact for departments and units (ACEL, SENR, 4-H, ATI, etc.) as they seek to strengthen their alumni engagement programs.

Recognizing that a key aspect of sustainable engagement of alumni is to ensure there is a strong connections prior to graduation.  Leading those efforts will be Pat Whittington as he will specifically focus on engaging our current students in alumni related activities and programs, including coordinate the graduating senior celebration.  Pat will work with departments and units to identify undergraduates to engage in programs and you should anticipate hearing from him as those strategies are developed.

I believe we have a solid plan that will result in sustained engagement of our alumni for many years to come.  I appreciate your active engagement with those leading these efforts and look forward to hearing the many success stories.

Please let me know if there are any questions.

Thanks, Chris

Chris Delisio
Chief Advancement Officer
College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, Room 140D, Columbus, OH 43210
614-247-8738 Office / 614-595-7916 Mobile

Greg West Named Director of Food Systems & Industry Relations


A key component of our future facilities master plan and anticipated success will be building partnerships with the public and private sectors.  More specifically, we believe that there is great opportunity to continue building on the outstanding work being done in departments and units to further engage our corporate partners in support of teaching, research and outreach efforts.

To help accelerate and/or build the relationships and work with faculty and college leaders, we have hired Dr. Greg West to serve as the Director of Food Systems and Industry Relations.  Many of you know Greg through his contributions or service with OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development, teaching and guest lecturing and volunteer service helping connect our college to the private sector.  Greg will begin on June 1, 2016 and report to the Vice President and Dean as the college continues to identify and solidify our path to a comprehensive and coordinated effort focusing on private sector engagement across disciplines.

Greg has 28 years of experience in the food system in various leadership capacities with some of the most recognizable and successful brand names.   Most recently, Greg served as Vice President of Product Innovation and Consumer Insights for Bob Evans Restaurants and before that was Director of Food Innovation and Technology for YUM! Brands/KFC in Louisville Kentucky.  Additionally, Greg has worked for Frito-Lay, PepsiCo and Kraft General Foods in various leadership capacities.

We look forward to Greg working across the college to help each of you and your faculty strategically engage with the private sector and build upon our already strong teaching, research and outreach programs.


Ron Hendrick, Ph.D.

Special Assistant to the Acting Vice President and Dean

Ryan J. Schmiesing, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean and Sr. Administrative Officer

eLearning Update & Important Information

Hi, everyone.  I hope you’ve enjoyed a long holiday weekend!

Today I have a few quick items regarding moving to Canvas for this week’s DEEP thoughts (Determined Engaging eLearning Propulsion).

1. Our CFAES eTeam has a working group that will be developing a course template which anyone can use.  It will have commonly used CFAES info, instructions for students, etc.  It can be used as a starting point for building Canvas courses.  The eTeam is looking at templates ODEE has drafted, as well as some other colleges to take what elements fit well for our courses/students and then adding in any modifications.  We’ll send out an announcement when that is ready.  It will be in the Commons area and takes just a few seconds to download to your course.

2.  If you have a certificate program or course(s) in the current Carmen (Desire 2 Learn) platform, where you have participants that have temporary .osu guest accounts, you can copy over your course to the new Canvas site.  Send an email to to request they set this up for you (the shell).  ODEE will be creating these in the next couple of months, once they have the academic courses done.

3.  If you have a professional development course in Moodle, where you have participants that do NOT have temporary .osu guest accounts, hang tight for a couple of weeks.  We (CFAES) are continuing our discussions of best options.  We are working through some final details now.  Our hope is to have access to a second instance of Canvas where courses can be developed fresh and/or moved from Moodle.  Guest .osu accounts will not be needed, so enrolling participants will be more smooth, as well as opportunities for co-teaching with colleagues not at OSU.  It will also be more seamless for our students/participants, many of which will become familiar with Canvas during their academic careers with us.  It will also be much easier for our CFAES support teams and faculty, just needing to become proficient with one learning management system.


-Dr. Deana

Deana Namuth-Covert, PhD  

Professor, Director of Online Education and Outreach

The Ohio State University

Ohio State ATI and the College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

 Wooster, OH 44691

402-483-1338 Office

Kitchel Named Chair of ACEL

Tracy Kitchel, Ph.D. will join CFAES as the Chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, Dr. Kitchel’s appointment is effective Aug. 1, 2016. 

Kitchel recently served as assistant vice provost for graduate and postdoctoral affairs for the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri where he directed the campus fellowship selection process, coordinated events and graduate assistant teaching orientation, and advocated for graduate students on various committees. He also was an associate professor for the Department of Agricultural Education and Leadership in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. He was a faculty member for the Center for the Collaboration and Development of Educational Innovations and the Center for Human Dimensions in Natural Resources.

The Gold Chalk Award for excellence in graduate teaching from the University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council, the Superior Graduate Faculty Award from the University of Missouri Graduate Student Association, and the Great Plains IDEA (Interactive Distance Education Alliance) Faculty Excellence Award are among many of Dr. Kitchel’s awards and honors. Dr. Kitchel received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University and his doctoral degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Missouri.

SARE Seminar Announcement


Opportunities for research, education, extension, and graduate student funding from the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program

Dr. Beth Nelson, Regional Director, NCR-SARE Research and Education Programs

Dr. Rob Myers, Regional Director, NCR-SARE Extension Programs

Joan Benjamin, Associate Regional Coordinator NCR-SARE and

Coordinator of Farmer Rancher and Youth Educator Grant Programs

Monday, July 11th

Noon to 1 pm

Room 333, Kottman Hall, OSU Columbus Campus

(with video link to Wooster campus)

SARE seminar flier OH

CFAES Social Media Survey

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences reached over eight million people through social media in 2015, and we would like to increase that in 2016 and beyond.  To do that, we are developing a strategic social media strategy for the college.

You can help us capture the impact of our current social media efforts by completing a brief survey.

The survey will help us learn about all of the social media sites that exist in the college, including departments, programs, Extension and OARDC, and how you use them to support your work. Not only do we want to know what “organizational” sites we have, but also which faculty and staff use their personal social media sites to promote their work.

The survey will take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and we need your response by May 27. If you use social media for Ohio State University business we need to hear from you.

Thank you for your help.  You will find the survey at this link.

Michelle Ball
Director, Marketing and Communications
The Ohio State University

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
267 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-7538 Office / 614-537-2313 Mobile

Warning – Phishing Attack

OSU Enterprise Security sent out an email earlier today alerting us to an ongoing and realistic PayPal phishing attack.  If you receive any suspicious emails, especially those asking for you to provide personal information (bank account numbers, SSNs, college credentials, etc.), and doubt the legitimacy of the email, please let me know before you do anything.

Phishing is defined as “The act of sending an email to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.”

If you know it’s a phishing attempt, do not respond.  Simply forward the email to

Let me know if you have any questions.  I’m here to help.


Rob Clifford, CISSP
Information Security Officer
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences | Information Technology Services
264 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd, Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-9802 Office

2016 Field Day Schedule

Please use the attached flier for publication/distribution and/or print on demand purposes.

 2016 FieldDays

For detailed information please visit: , “Events.”

Please contact me if you have any questions/concerns regarding the flier.

April A. Martin
Office Associate
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences FAES Marketing and Communications
Research Services Building/OARDC, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691
330-263-3780 Office / 330-202-3504 Fax

The Rivals Challenge Incentives for Colleges and WMC Units

On May 2, Your Plan for Health (YP4H) will kick off “The Rivals Challenge” encouraging faculty and staff to form teams and log minutes of moderate physical activity over the course of 8 weeks.

The program was developed in partnership with the University of Michigan to engage participants in a “healthy competition” between the two universities. The goal for each university is to achieve the highest average daily minutes per participant logged throughout the May 2-June 26 time period.

Beyond bragging rights as this year’s champion for the winning university, your college or unit has the opportunity to earn funding towards your wellness initiatives, which include:

  • The top three VP Units, Colleges or Wexner Medical Center Units with the highest average total minutes will earn up to $1,500 in wellness funds to use towards purchasing health and wellness items/equipment or other approved activities.
  • The VP Unit, College or Wexner Medical Center Unit with the highest overall participation percentage will earn $500 in wellness funds.
  • Individual participants will also be able to earn YP4H points and win prizes.

If you’re not already, I encourage you to become actively involved in helping to make Ohio State an even healthier workplace. YP4H will offer numerous free wellness activities throughout May and June on every campus. Additionally, Buckeye Wellness Innovators will be planning activities for your college or unit and I ask that you help support their efforts. Whenever possible, encourage individual and team participation by allowing your staff to schedule their breaks in order to be involved in these initiatives.

To keep you updated on each college and unit’s progress throughout the challenge, the YP4H team will be sending leaderboards periodically to this distribution.

If you have any questions regarding The Rivals Challenge, contact the YP4H team at or visit for information.

Congratulations to the 2016 OSU CARES Seed Grant Recipients

Seventeen of your OSU Extension colleagues; faculty and staff from five Ohio State colleges and two institutes/VP units; and ten community partners are involved in the 2016 OSU CARES grants. The grants were awarded in March and recognized at the May 3 Patterson Lecture and Outreach and Engagement Forum. Visit to learn more about the work of the 2016 OSU CARES grant teams, and visit to learn more about the annual James F. Patterson lecture.

 This year’s  OSU CARES grants focus on:

      Management of Algal Growth in Ohio’s Medium-Sized Lakes

      Securing the Future Workforce – Certifying Direct Care Workers in Long-Term Care

      Place-Based Leadership Academy Initiative

      Reducing Barriers to Entry for the Direct Sales of Local Foods in Ohio: A Review of Current Laws/Rules and Suggesting Changes for Ohio Businesses

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

CFAES Research News

Research News is a monthly electronic newsletter for faculty and other members of the FAES community that summarizes upcoming funding opportunities and provides updates, strategies, and grant writing tips.  The May newsletter contains 15 NEW funding opportunities that have been recently posted.   The AFRI Foundational Request for Proposal is anticipated to be released by mid-May and will have a 60 day turnaround for submission. See the May 2016 newsletter here.

BuckeyPass Update


Ohio State is committed to protecting our institutional and personal data. Over the past few years, phishing and identity theft crimes have increased in the higher education sector. As a result, Ohio State Enterprise Security is excited to announce a new multi-factor authentication service, BuckeyePass. This new BuckeyePass service will be powered by Duo Security, and is separate and independent from your university password. Your university password will never be shared with Duo. Beginning Sunday, May 15, several systems, including PeopleSoft Finance and eMaterials, will require BuckeyePass to authenticate. You can enroll any time in the next few weeks at Additional details are forthcoming as the implementation date gets closer. Read the full NewsLink article for details.



In June 2016, HR roles will be added to BuckIQ to improve data security and align access with other analytical tools. BuckIQ users with an established HR role in eReports will maintain access to reports associated with their role. For users who currently have access to HR reports in BuckIQ, but no HR role in eReports, the college or unit Security Liaison will be responsible for identifying the appropriate HR role for BuckIQ. Read the full NewsLink article for details.