LOCATION: OSU South Centers
DATE: August 17th
TIME: 10:00am – 2:45pm (does not include departure/travel times which vary by location)
TRANSPORTATION: available from Columbus and Wooster campuses
The annual Staff Advisory Council sponsored Road Trip is a great way for CFAES staff members to visit and learn more about our many departments and locations throughout our college. This year SAC is excited to offer an agenda full of learning opportunities at our South Centers location in Piketon where staff will have the chance to learn about and tour the fish hatchery, soil & water research, small fruit research, CFAES Center for Cooperatives and the aquaculture lab, just to name a few. This is a very popular event that is available to the first 35 staff members that register, with registration found at: go.osu.edu/CFAES_RoadTrip, starting at 8:00am on Monday, August 6th.
On August 2nd, various staff members from across the College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences had the chance to take part in the annual Staff Advisory Council hosted road trip. This year the road trip was held at the Wooster campus where staff had the opportunity to discover new research being done through CFAES and how the college collaborates with local businesses.
The first learning experience on the tour consisted of stops at the Buckeye Gold Rubber Dandelion greenhouses and processing plant. Here, Dr. Katrina Cornish provided an overview to how the Buckeye Gold dandelions are used for rubber production and further showed staff the steps that go into the production process.
The second stop of the trip lead the group to the Certified Angus Beef Culinary Center. While at CAB, road trip members were hosted by Brent Eichar, Senior Vice President and Taylor Ardrey, Education & Events Manager. Staff members learned about the CAB brand, what the logo represents and how CAB works with groups like CFAES to help educate the next generation. Staff members also got treated to lunch at CAB and participated in two tours, the ‘Science Behind the Sizzle’ and the CAB brand office tour.
The last portion of the tour took CFAES to the J.M. Smucker Company in Orrville. Here, staff members received a tour of the company campus, call center, dining area, orchard and the discovery building. Tour members also got the opportunity to visit the house that J.M. Smucker lived in, which is located only 500 feet from the Smucker corporate headquarters.
Each year CFAES Staff Advisory Council plans the Staff Road Trip to highlight the various facets of our college and to celebrate staff. Be sure to reserve your spot quickly when next year’s road trip is announced!