CFAES SAC Road Trip – 2017

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!



Sign Up to to be a Wayne Co. Fair Volunteer!

Attention Wooster Campus Staff, there are still a few spots open to sign up to be a volunteer for the OARDC/ATI booth at this year’s Wayne County fair! If you enjoy educating the public and working with faculty, staff and students from various departments around campus, this is a great opportunity for you! Those who volunteer will receive a free t-shirt and admittance into the fair on the days volunteered. Fair hours are designated as release time, so please notify your supervisor before signing up for time slots during work hours. There will also be a meeting for all volunteers on September 7th from 2-2:30 pm in Fisher Auditorium to receive fair tickets and t-shirts as well as information about this year’s booth. We hope to see you there!

To sign up, please go to  for available time slots.

Thank you! YOU make this a great place to work!

The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Staff Advisory Council (SAC) served lunch to nearly 200 staff members at Kottman Hall on Wednesday to show staff appreciation for the great work done by staff around the college. Many took time to sit and chat while they ate the sandwich wraps, fruit, dessert and more provided.

Thank you! YOU make this a great place to work!

8-2-2017 CFAES SAC Staff Road Trip – Register Now!

CFAES staff road trip time!

With locations in every part of the state, CFAES is massive…and kind of hard to get to know. Ever wondered what goes on at other CFAES locations? Now is your chance to find out. It’s time for a ROAD TRIP! This year the CFAES Staff Advisory Council is sponsoring a road trip to the OSU Wooster Campus on August 2!

Deadline to register is 7-25-2017, but if sign up is as it has been in the past, it will be filled prior to that date. Please note there is not a vegetarian option for lunch. We have spots for 30 to 32 staff members to attend.

OSU Wooster Campus to be Hosting Five YP4H Summer Challenges

Are you looking to have a little more adventure on your lunch break, but aren’t sure where to start? Have you been wanting to tap into your creative side, but don’t have the supplies to do so? Have no fear, the Wooster campus has some great programs coming up to help you move, create, think, feel and find this summer! This five week summer challenge not only helps you accomplish your goals but can help you earn up to 500 YP4H points by participating in one or all five of the weekly challenges.

Week One MOVE – Volleyball Game – Come enjoy a friendly game of volleyball. Location: Food Animal Health Research (FAHRP) Front Lawn – Thursday, July 20 @ Noon

Week Two CREATE – Rock Painting – Paint rocks in agriculture related themes to hide and bring joy to others. Location: Secrest Arboretum Miller Pavilion – Friday, July 28 @ Noon

Week Three THINK – “A Walk in Nature” – Come learn about the wellness garden, flowers and plants of the Secrest Arboretum. Location: Secrest Arboretum Wellness Garden – Wednesday, August 2 @ Noon

Week Four FEEL – Meditation/Yoga – Join us to learn about meditation and its relationship to yoga. Quiet your mind, relax and embrace silence. Learn yoga for the office. Location: Fisher Conference Room – Thursday, August 10 @ Noon

Week Five FIND – Geocaching – Explore campus surroundings and search for caches of wellness items. Location: Front of Fisher Auditorium – Thursday, August 17 @ Noon

Please be sure to RSVP to Jane Douglas ( if you would like to attend one, or all, of the Wooster campus summer challenges!

Reminder: Employees can track the challenge weekly and receive their points through general self-report, but for those who participate in an on-site activity, the host or organizer will need to submit that activity for employees to earn their additional points.


Upcoming CFAES Staff Appreciation Week Activities

Celebrate Staff Appreciation Week with a frozen treat. Take an afternoon break and visit the CD 102.5 Ice Cream Truck and USAC for free ice cream while supplies last.

Monday, July 24, 1-4 p.m., Brief program around 1:15 p.m., NW Corner of Oval, near Bricker Hall

Go to to get more information.

CFAES SAC Meeting and Tour of OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio

The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Science Staff Advisory Council gathered for their May meeting at the OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio. After council’s regular business had concluded, the group went on a tour of the Piketon research and business development center.

  • Ryan Mapes, Endeavor Center (business incubator), welcomed the group.
  • Brad Bapst, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), spoke about the SBDC providing one-on-one confidential consulting and workshops on relevant topics for businesses and people looking to start or expand a business.
  • Ryan Mapes spoke about the Endeavor Center mission to enhance economic development including wealth creation, new business development, job creation within the four-county service area by providing office and bay space for lease, business services and training for start-up and growing businesses. He also took the group on a brief tour.
  • Wayne Lewis facilitated the Wagon Tour
  • Brad Bergefurd and Ryan Slaughter, Horticulture, spoke about the mission to develop fruit and vegetable crops as alternatives which can be economically grown and marketed from southern Ohio and beyond to greatly enhance the income of Ohio family farms through applied research in both production and marketing.
  • Matt Smith, Aquaculture, showed SAC members the Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Research Lab and Hatchery. He spoke of the mission of the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development (OCARD) to increase the productivity, innovation and profitability of Ohio and US aquaculture operations, while respecting sustainability and good stewardship, by implement of sustainability and good stewardship, by implement of innovative research, outreach, extension, and education programs in aquaculture.
  • Jordan Maxwell, Aquaculture, spoke to the group about a new aquaponics greenhouse venture.
  • Yogi Raut, Vinayak Shedekar, and Rafiq Islam, Soil, Water and Bioenergy, spoke to the group about the mission of the Soil, Water and Bioenergy program to develop and promote research, Extension and educational programs for agricultural management practices that sustain soil & water resources and are economical for producers and growers.