14th Annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will be hosting the 14th Annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

The CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum provides a means for undergraduate students to share their research with members and friends of the OSU community; recognizes the significant contributions to research by OSU undergraduates; and facilitates exchange between students, faculty, and the public. Participation in this event will prepare students for the OSU Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

Plan to attend the Research Forum to learn about what our students have been discovering and to show support for their efforts.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Pat Whittington (pwhittington@osu.edu) in the College office, 100 Ag Administration Building, (614) 292-6891.

CFAES Alumni Achievement Award Winners Reception

Please join Ohio State ATI for a reception honoring our CFAES Alumni Achievement Award Winners.

Ohio State ATI – Wooster Campus
Friday, March 3rd, 2017
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Skou Hall Lounge

John C. “Jack” Fisher

Albert T. Modi

Brian Hill
Lawrence “Larry” Piergallini

RSVP online: https://ati.osu.edu/reception

Post-Award Fiscal Management of Sponsored Programs

Target Audience: Faculty, Administrative/Fiscal Support Staff
Presenter: Angie LeMaster – CFAES Finance Office

During this Fiscal Overview session, many items will be discussed including:

  • Financial responsibilities in monitoring projects: Who does what as the PI, Department Administrator, CFAES Administration, OSP
  • Audit worthy transactions, best practices for cost transfers, and close-out of awards-project overrun concerns
  • Communicating with OSP about budget revisions, switching project personnel, nearing end date, extensions, and supplemental funding
  • Release Time/Cost Share Form-considerations, accuracy and how to avoid issues
  • Effort Certification (eCert) and why this is necessary

2 Dates/Locations:

March 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wooster Campus—Fisher North

March 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Columbus Campus—Ag Admin, Rm 205

IT Services Review and Planning Initiative

CFAES and Ohio State’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) are collaborating on an IT Services Review and Planning initiative that will help the college make future IT budget and staffing decisions in the context of the college’s strategic objectives in teaching, research and extension.  The result of this collaborative effort will help us to:

  • Define the types of IT services needed to propel the college toward its strategic goals in teaching, research and extension
  • Prioritize critical infrastructure and IT security/compliance risks that need to be addressed
  • Explore options to optimize the delivery of IT services
  • Develop a three- to five-year IT roadmap and investment plan

OCIO will work closely with Graham Cochran, Matt DeVore, other CFAES leaders, IT staff, and key stakeholders to understand the college’s current IT services and infrastructure.  Together we will explore what is working well and where there might be opportunities for improvement.  We will also discuss the college’s vision and goals with respect to teaching, research and extension and identify strategies the college could pursue that would strengthen its IT capabilities in specific areas in to achieve those goals. We also plan to engage an outside company to provide an external perspective that is important for reviews like this.

The IT Services Review and Planning initiative will kick off in March 2017.  The review team will gather specific information about the current IT environment and interview key stakeholders about current and future IT needs in research, teaching and extension. The team will also review feedback from individual faculty and staff submitted via an online “suggestion box.”  The information gathering process will take approximately four to six weeks to complete and the team’s progress will be tracked on a public web site.

The timing for this review aligns well with other CFAES reviews that are helping to support decisions about direction, resources that chairs, unit leaders and the new dean will use, and overall strategic planning for the college.  The timing also aligns well with the University IT Strategy efforts underway across Ohio State.  IT leaders from the largest colleges and VP units including CFAES have identified seven investment areas that all IT leaders feel are important to co-invest in – areas such as Mobile First, Empowering Teaching Innovation, Advancing Research, and Developing Talent.  The roadmap and investment plan developed as a result of the CFAES IT Services Review will take into account these larger IT initiatives.  Click here for more information on the University IT Strategy.

Questions about the review can be directed to Matt DeVore (devore.38@osu.edu) or Graham Cochran (cochran.99@osu.edu).

Science Café: Ohio’s Forests – Planning for Threats

March Science Café

Once covering nearly 95 percent of Ohio, forests have been, and still are, rich sources of industry, recreation, clean water, biodiversity, and beauty that underpin our well-being. Research, teaching, and outreach at The Ohio State University have helped nurture Ohio’s forests and people, and a new exhibit at the iconic Thompson Library highlights Ohio’s forests: Building Ohio State. Yet, even as in decades gone by, threats to the vitality and usefulness of Ohio’s forests continue to emerge. The presentation will discuss emerging threats and management challenges faced in our forests and relay how current management aims to maintain the services forests provide.

Date:  March 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Topic:  Ohio’s Forests – Planning for Threats: Climate Change, Invasives, and More
Location: 165 Thompson Library **Note the special location**
Speaker: Stephen Matthews, Wildlife Landscape Ecology

Stephen Matthews is Assistant Professor of Wildlife Landscape Ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University and also holds an appointment as an ecologist with the US Forest Service’s Northern Research Station. His research focuses on understanding the responses of wildlife and forests to changing landscapes.

Click here for further information.

CFAES Portfolium Faculty Training

Register for a CFAES Portfolium Faculty Training webinar on Mar 2, 2017, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., at:


Join the Portfolium team for a complete student training exclusively for the CFAES!

Support your students’ journey in Portfolium by understanding best practices like:

  • Creating a robust profile;
  • Understanding how students display work samples from your class;
  • Assigning and encouraging Student Learning Outcomes and Soft Skills.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Submit a Proposal for the Engagement Forum

Poster proposals are being accepted for the 5th Annual Engagement Forum.

The forum is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to interact with Ohio State’s outreach and engagement community, share your work and make connections with potential collaborators.

Those interested in displaying a poster should complete the submission form at http://go.osu.edu/oeforum by March 15. There are a limited number of spaces available for presenters.

The Forum will take place on May 3 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballroom.

2017 Ohio State Alumni Awards – Nominations Sought

The Ohio State University has an extensive list of accomplished graduates, including leaders in the halls of Congress and the state’s highest court. Now the alumni association is looking for help as they plan to honor some exceptional Buckeyes for their achievements.

Nominations are open for the 2017 Ohio State Alumni Awards. The annual awards recognize some of the university’s most impressive alumni. Ohio State alumni can be nominated in eight award categories.

The nomination period closes on March 31. Click here for more information on the categories and past recipients.

The alumni association is dedicated to connecting alumni, friends and students to enhance and strengthen the traditions and reputation of The Ohio State University. There are more than a half a million members living and working around the world.

Recognize Staff as an OUTSTANDING U!

The OUTSTANDING  U! Staff Recognition Program is a special program that acknowledges the tremendous efforts and contributions staff make to The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. OUTSTANDING  U! provides individual recognition for outstanding service and actions for more casual day-to-day performance.

Any CFAES staff member may be recognized as an OUTSTANDING  U! recipient by anyone (supervisor, peer, student or clientele). Click here to complete the form.

Forms are reviewed and recipients are notified. Awardees receive a certificate and letter of acknowledgement from CFAES Vice President and Dean.

For specific questions about this program, email: outstandingu@osu.edu.

Ohio State Sustainability Funding Available for Campus Projects

Ohio State provides funding to faculty and staff for sustainability projects that will positively impact any Ohio State campus by advancing current programs, creating campus cultural change, and/or directing sustainable campus policy or project development. Projects eligible for these Sustainability Fund awards must contribute to sustainability; provide campus impact; and not be covered by an existing university operating budget. The funding should be used to seed, catalyze or gap-fill funding on projects rather than be the sole funding source. Details and application forms are found on the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability webpage; scroll down to “Involvement.”


Buckeye Love – Feb. 14 & 15

When Buckeyes give, great things happen!

Save the date for our first-ever Day of Giving — an inspiring 36-hour event for alumni, students and friends to come together and support Ohio State. On Feb. 14 and 15, Buckeyes can give back and pay forward in support of their favorite cause, college or program.

Your generosity on the Day of Giving will help the college tackle an often overlooked but very important concern: student food insecurity.

Our goal is to cover the cost of meal plans for food insecure students, and for every $4 you donate on the day of giving, you will be providing a meal to a student in need. Your support will greatly impact income-eligible students who struggle to afford both food and educational expenses.

With your help, we can help these students focus on their studies and education — and help them stop focusing on where their next meal is coming from.

Click here to support the CFAES Nourishing Success Scholarship Fund (Fund Number: 315732).

Together, we’ll make history.

Wooster Campus 7th Annual Celebration of Nations

Be sure to join the OSU Wooster family to celebrate the diversity of the campus and explore our differences in a welcoming environment!

7th Annual Celebration of Nations, February 23, 2017


11:30 – 12:15   Lunch Served

11:45 – 11:55   African Ghana Drum Music – D. Elder and Class

12:00 – 12:10   Madrigal Dancers (1) – Susan English and Friends

12:10   Welcome Comments – Dr. Benfield

12:15   Chinese Xiao (Flute) – Fan Fan

12:25   Madrigal Dancers (2) – Susan English and Friends

12:35   Women In Dresses – Ashley Markazi, Rosario Candelero-Rueda, Hyesun Jang, Leah Everitt

12:45   Song and Dance – Nuris Acosta and Family

Budgeting Basics for Grant Applications

Join us for Budgeting Basics!

February 28, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Ag. Admin. 205, Columbus

Budgeting Basics will provide an overview of the expenses most commonly requested in grant applications. We will also discuss critical issues associated with developing budgets including direct costs, allowable costs and budget justifications.

No reservation is necessary, but call or email Pam Schlegel (Schlegel.33@osu.edu / 330-263-3782), if you have any questions.

2017 Gender Initiative Symposium

CFAES Gender Initiative Symposium
Keys for Success: Maximizing Your Personal Brand
Presented by Kathryn Lowell, CEO Image Matters

Bio: Kathryn Lowell Bio
Agenda: Symposium Agenda

March 30, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, Bob Evan’s Memorial Auditorium
Shisler Conference Center, Conference Hall
Click here for registration

The event is free of charge, includes morning refreshments and lunch, and will have attendance options in both Columbus and Wooster. Advanced registration is required.

For more information on the CFAES Gender Initiative, visit the Gender Initiative website, or contact Dr. Sandy Velleman, velleman.1@osu.edu.