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.

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.

Ohio State to Expand Affordability Commitment to Ohio State ATI

This fall, the Buckeye Opportunity Program is expected to benefit 3,000 Ohio students on the Columbus campus. Under an expansion of the program, the university will increase financial support for low- and moderate-income Ohio students on the university’s five regional campuses, which includes Ohio State ATI located on the CFAES Wooster campus.

Starting in spring 2019, the university will commit up to $3 million a year in additional financial aid to cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for regional campus students who are from Ohio, qualify for federal Pell Grants, have successfully started their college career by earning 12 credit hours, and have initiated or completed a student-success course. The regional expansion, which begins spring semester 2019, will support an additional 1,200 students in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and Ohio State ATI.

Click here to read more about the program.

Ohio State ATI Poinsettia Pre-Sale

It’s that time of year again already! The greenhouse students have grown a beautiful crop of poinsettias. Poinsettias are available in various colors and pot sizes. Please refer to “Color Choice by Crop Size 2017” to make your selection.

Pre-sale poinsettia orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so get your orders in ASAP! Orders are due Nov. 21.

Please note that you MUST prepay to guarantee your order. Orders without prepayment will not be honored.

Poinsettia Pre-sale Form 2017

Ohio State ATI Turfgrass Scholarship Golf Tournament

Please join us for a great day of golf and support Ohio State ATI turfgrass scholarships at the same time by registering for the ATI Scholarship Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 14 at Hawk’s Nest Golf Course.

Click here for more information and to register.

Questions? Need more information? Contact Zane Raudenbush at 330-287-1246 or raudenbush.2@osu.edu.

CFAES Facilities Update

This month, the college will begin the design of one of its facility priorities: the new science building in Wooster.  The project will provide a new home for entomology research in Wooster, new multipurpose teaching labs for Ohio State ATI, and shared multifunction rooms for teaching and presentations.  This project also will include new or renovated food service space for improved campus life on the Wooster Campus as well as significant infrastructure improvements.  Total project estimate is currently indicated at $33.5 million.

This project is more than a building, as it will support the “one-campus” vision to improve collaborations among CFAES researchers, educators, and extension specialists.  The new building will promote greater opportunities of collaborative research in molecular biology through its proximity to Selby Hall, which houses plant pathology research and the Molecular-Cellular Imaging Center with state-of-the-art bioinformatics infrastructure.  Collocation of programs will facilitate unique opportunities for Ohio State ATI’s undergraduate lab experiences through interactions with researchers.

After the new facility is occupied, the college plans to demolish entomology’s current location, the 100-year-old Thorne Hall Complex.

The project design team includes Hasenstab Architects Inc., Sasaki Associates Inc., and Karpinski Engineering.  The construction manager is Elford Construction Inc.

Updated Wooster Campus Map

The Wooster campus of The Ohio State University is home to five Ohio State and affiliated entities: the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State ATI, Northeast Region Ohio State University Extension, BioHio Research Park, and USDA Agricultural Research Services.

The college recently updated the Wooster campus map.  Click here to access the new map.

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

ATI Director Search Update – Candidates Coming to Campus

We are excited to share an update on the Ohio State ATI Director search.

The search committee has completed a first round of confidential interviews and provided recommendations to Interim Dean Lonnie King. On-campus interviews are now scheduled with three candidates. There will be opportunities for various individuals and groups to interact with candidates while they are on the Wooster and Columbus campuses.

Candidates include:

  • Kristina Boone, Professor and Department Head, Department of Communications and Agricultural Education, Kansas State University
  • John Foltz, Professor and Special Assistant to the President for Agricultural Initiatives, University of Idaho
  • Thomas Mitchell, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University

Campus-wide opportunities to meet the candidates will include:

October 25 – 1 p.m. Seminar; 3:30 p.m. Reception
November 1 – 1 p.m. Seminar; 3:30 p.m. Reception
November 22 – 1 p.m. Seminar; 3:30 p.m. Reception

Seminars will be on the Wooster Campus – ATI, Skou Hall, Room 100 (video link to Columbus Campus – Kottman Hall, Room 202F).

Receptions will be held at ATI in Skou Student Lounge.

More information on the candidates and schedules will be available soon at http://go.osu.edu/CFAESsearches

Again, we are looking forward to having the candidates on campus soon, showcasing what CFAES and Ohio State ATI have to offer, and your feedback on the candidates as you have a chance to interact with them and consider their strengths as our next Ohio State ATI Director. Please reach out to Graham Cochran, Interim Senior Administrative Officer, or Thom Janini, Interim ATI Director, if you have questions about next steps with the interview process.

Carol Aneli and Charles Goebel
Search Committee Co-chairs

Update: Ohio State ATI Director Search

The Ohio State ATI Director search committee has completed its initial review of applications, and we are excited about the quality pool of candidates. The search committee is working on a first round of confidential in-person interviews with six candidates that will be completed within the next week. Once the first round interviews are complete, look for an update on next steps in this important hire for Ohio State ATI and CFAES.

If you have any questions about the process, contact one of the search committee Co-Chairs – Charles Goebel or Carol Anelli.

Ohio State ATI Director Search

Dear CFAES Faculty, Staff, and Students:

The College’s search for a new Director of the Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute (Ohio State ATI) is now underway, and we are  actively recruiting candidates for the position.  We are committed to identifying the strongest pool of candidates possible, and we are relying on you to help through your extensive networks within and outside of The Ohio State University.  So please think broadly and nominate individuals that you know are committed to the instruction of the next generation of agricultural professionals and would bring an innovative approach to help increase the profile and resources of Ohio State ATI. The search committee will be happy to consider every nomination we receive, and is grateful for your engagement in the search process.

Nominating individuals is easy.  All we need are names, positions, and contact information. And while we would appreciate your personal statement of support, it is not necessary to nominate an individual for this important position within CFAES.

Nominations may be sent to either Carol (anelli.7@osu.edu) or me (goebel.11@osu.edu), to Martin Baker of Baker and Associates Executive Search Consultants (Mbaker@baasearch.com), or to any member of the search committee (see the committee link at http://cfaes.osu.edu/about-cfaes/college-leadership/leadership-searches).

Please help us build a strong candidate pool for this important leadership position, and thanks in advance for your help.

Best regards,

Carol Anelli and Charles Goebel

Search Co-chairs

P. Charles Goebel, Ph.D.
Assistant Director and Professor
The Ohio State University
School of Environment and Natural Resources
135 Williams Hall, 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691
330-263-3789 Office



Ohio State ATI Director Search Committee

Dear Ohio State ATI Colleagues,

As I have previously shared, we are moving forward with the search for the next Director of Ohio State ATI with hopes having an individual identified sometime late summer or early fall.  Charles Goebel, Assistant Director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources and Carol Anelli, Associate Chair, Department of Entomology have agreed to serve as co-chairs of the search committee.  Members of the committee are:

Jonathan Witter

Kim Hostetler

Kim Sayers

Terry Lanker

Doug Foxx

Rhonda Billman

Brian Lower

Jesisca Suagee Bedore

Dave Dietrich

Susie Whittington

Kathy Lechman, ex-officio

We have retained the services of Baker and Associates, LLC to serve as our executive search firm for this important position and I know they are excited to begin actively working to identify candidates. Ryan Schmiesing, Sr. Administrative Officer will be working with the committee co-chairs and Martin Baker to develop the process and timeframe of engaging the search committee so that they may begin their work.

As the formal search process gets underway, you will be asked and encouraged to identify potential candidates from your network of peers and colleagues.  I would encourage you to take the time now to begin thinking about who you might nominate once you have an opportunity to review the position profile that will be developed as part of this process.


Ronald Hendrick, PhD

Acting Dean and VP for Agricultural Administration

College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The Ohio State University

100 Agricultural Administration Bldg.

2120 Fyffe Rd

Columbus, OH 43210



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.