Fall 2018 Career Closet

The Career Development Office in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will be hosting the Fall 2018 Career Closet on Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium.

This event helps students find professional attire needed for opportunities, such as career fairs, interviews, internships and career employment. Please consider donating your gently used professional clothing, shoes and accessories to the CFAES Career Closet. Donations will be accepted through Sept. 12 and can be placed in the collection bin outside the Agricultural Administration Auditorium.

Contact Mary McLaughlin (mclauglin.154@osu.edu) with any questions you have regarding Career Closet.

Ohio State ATI Golf Tournament

You can enjoy a great day of golf and support Ohio State ATI turfgrass scholarships at the same time by registering for the Ohio State ATI Turfgrass Scholarship Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 20 at Hawk’s Nest Golf Course.

Registrations are now being accepted. Click here to learn more, register and pay by credit card.

Digital Flagship Resources

The Digital Flagship website provides a variety of resources for faculty and staff interested in enhancing their instruction with technology, creating apps and more. The site also includes a growing FAQ section, full list of apps loaded on student iPads and video tutorials. The university will be releasing new resources throughout the semester, so check back often.

Click here to access the website.

Motorized Scooter Guidelines

With more than 100,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus each day, we all need to look out for our fellow Buckeyes while walking, biking and driving.

Please be aware of the increasing scooter traffic on campus. Motorized scooter users must follow all applicable state and local laws, ordinances and university policies. The university recently published motorized scooter safety guidelines. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these guidelines.

  • Wear a helmet
  • Never block pedestrian walkways or ADA access
  • Stay off sidewalks
  • Slow down to get around
  • The Oval is a walk-zone: scooters, bikes and skateboards are prohibited

Pedestrians can enhance safety by using marked crosswalks and sidewalks. Everyone should eliminate distracted behaviors by refraining from texting, removing earbuds and being aware of your surroundings.

CFAES Leadership Updates

Steve Neal

Steven Neal, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, has accepted the appointment of Associate Dean and Director of Academic Affairs.

Steve has served as interim Associate Dean since October 2017 and Assistant Dean since 2013. Prior to that, he served as the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for the Agricultural Technical Institute, where he supervised master scheduling, registration, financial aid, and academic discipline. He was responsible for implementation of the new curriculum as the university transitioned to the semester system.

Steve received his B.S. in Animal Science in 1982, and an M.S. in Animal Science, Quantitative Genetics in 1984, both from CFAES. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987, also in Animal Science, Quantitative Genetics.

Larry Madden

Larry Madden has agreed to continue serving as interim chair for the Department of Plant Pathology as we continue the search for a permanent chair.

Larry is an international authority in plant disease epidemiology. He was hired at OSU in 1980, and was appointed the endowed professor of plant protection in 2008. He has served as interim or acting chair of the department three different times.

Larry has published over 240 scientific journal articles and two books. He is a former president of the American Phytopathological Society (APS), the largest professional organization of plant pathologists in the world. He has received many honors, including the Ruth Allen Award from APS, and the Jakob Eriksson Gold Medal from the International Society of Plant Pathology. He is an elected fellow of two scientific societies.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology/Botany from Penn State University and his master’s and Ph.D. in plant pathology also from Penn State University.


Pre-Order Form for Fall Plant Sale Available

If you want to pre-order a tree as part of the Chadwick Arboretum Fall Native Tree Sale, the order form is now available. Orders must be submitted no later than Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Chadwick Arboretum Fall 2018 Plant Sale

Trees can be picked up during the Fall Native Tree Sale Friday, Sept. 14, 3 – 7 p.m. or Saturday, Sept.15, 9 a.m. –Noon.

The plans will be picked up at the Arboretum North Site in the operations compound, which is the fenced area behind the Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210. Parking is available at the sale site.

Click here for more information on the sale.

Refrigerated Foods Association Fall Symposium

The Food Industries Center in collaboration with the Departments of Food Science and Technology and Animal Sciences will be hosting part of the activities of the Refrigerated Foods Association Annual Symposium. The symposium will take place in Columbus Sept. 24-26.

Dr. Valente Alvarez, director of the Food Industries Center, will give a keynote presentation as part of the program.

Fall Symposium

CFAES Leadership Update

Kathy Lechman is being promoted to Assistant Dean for Equity and Inclusion effective Sept. 1.

Kathy Lechman

Coming from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Kathy started her career with Ohio State University Extension in 2001. As leader, Diversity Development for OSU Extension, she developed and implemented Civil Rights Compliance Processes and provided professional development for faculty and staff.

In 2015, she was named director, Equity and Inclusion for the college where serves in a college-wide leadership role focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion and coordinates initiatives and programs that address diversity, equity, and inclusion in the college. This includes enhancing work climate, recruitment, and retention of faculty, staff, and students. She also has built partnerships with multiple units across the university focused on establishing best practices related to recruitment and retention.

Since taking on the role, Kathy has been asked to take on two temporary assignments. The first was the interim associate director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise where she lead a review of research projects connected to the Center and addressed staff transitions.

Most recently, she was asked to serve as interim executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity where she is responsible for ensuring that research projects and grants and contracts continue as well as overseeing the work of 20 staff members. While in this role, she built a $1.3 million budget, audited all staff positions, and is addressing staff morale.

Kathy is a proud graduate of the Cleveland Public Schools. She has a bachelor’s from the College of Wooster, a master’s in Conflict Resolution from the McGregor School of Antioch University, and a PhD from the Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology Workforce Development program.

CFAES SAC Road Trip – Aug. 17

The registration for the 2018 CFAES Road Trip is now open! Please see the attached agenda for more information. Due to the nature of this trip, registration is limited to 35 employees. Transportation from Wooster and Columbus will be provided; lunch is also provided. Registration will close at noon Tuesday.

Save the Date

CFAES Road Trip
Ohio State University South Centers
Friday, Aug. 17, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.*
*Does not include departure/travel times, which vary by location

Road Trip Agenda 2018

Click here to register.

CFAES Alumni Awards

The CFAES Alumni Society Board is accepting nominations for the annual CFAEs Alumni Awards.  Each year, they honor CFAES alumni and friends with the following honors:

Young Alumni Award
Distinguished Alumni Award
International Alumni Award
Meritorious Service Award (open to alumni and non-alumni candidates)

To read up on the criteria for each award and see a list of past recipients, visit the website.  The process is simple and requires a one-page nomination and up to two additional pages of supporting materials such as a resume or letter of support.

Nominations are due Saturday, Oct. 13, and the awards will take place Saturday, March 2.  If you have any questions, contact Claire Badger at 614-292-0250 or badger.50@osu.edu.

We hope that you’ll help us identify and honor the next group of honorees!

Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation Request for Testimony

The Office of Educator Preparation at The Ohio State University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on Dec. 2-4, 2018. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments. Programs are in the colleges of Education and Human Ecology, Arts and Sciences, Social Work, and Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to: mailto:callforcomments@caepnet.org

Such comments must be submitted by Oct. 21, 2018, and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence:

  • Educator preparation programs provide evidence teacher candidates know the subject matter, connect theory to practice, and positively impact P-12 student learning.
  • A professional education provider is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.

Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

CFAES Facility Updates

This is truly an exciting time for CFAES capital improvement projects.  We have reached significant milestones on several priority projects, and the next round of capital priorities was recently approved by The Ohio State Board of Trustees.  Please see the attached summary of CFAES milestones and updates.

  • New Lab Building
  • Wooster Farm Operations
  • ATI Beef Facility
  • Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building
  • Summary of Other Active Priority Projects
  • OSU Board of Trustees Approval

Facility Updates, August 2018