International Postdoctoral Scholar Guide available for download

I contacted Marcela Hernandez, PhD, the  Administrative Director of The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs about their publication:

which she has been promoting to faculty, urging them to share it with any interested parties from other countries.

You can download it at:

She welcomes any suggestions for interactions with postdocs in Wooster.  They are planning to start streaming most of their Columbus events.


Thank you OSU Postdoctoral Association and

Marcela Hernandez, PhD
Administrative Director
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
208 Bricker Hall,190 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210
614-688-4624 (Office)
614-296-4688 (Mobile)



Clothing Drive to Help the People of Venezuela

Hello OARDC folks,
Surely everyone has heard on the news the situation in Venezuela. Some OARDC faculty, staff and students are collecting clothes to donate. Please consider donating those clothes that have stayed unused for so long in your wardrobe. The drive will take place from Dec 11th – Dec 15th, you may bring your donations to Williams Hall – Break Room (place them in the box labeled Clothe Drive – Venezuela).
Question contact:
Louceline (, Kaylee (, Allison ( or Nelly (



Wooster Science Café re: Peru Thurs, Dec 7, 7-8 pm

Please join us for this month’s Wooster Science Café Thursday, December 7th from 7-8pm. It will be in the upstairs event space at Spoon Market & Deli (144 W Liberty St, Wooster). Please come early if you would like to get food and eat before the cafe (you cannot bring it upstairs to the talk). There will also be light appetizers upstairs.

Dr. Shauna Brummet, President & CEO at BioHio Research Park and adjunct professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University, will present “A Peruvian adventure – Alpacas and their Quechua shepherds”. 

Currently serving as the President & CEO of BioHio Research Park, an Affiliate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Brummet is a molecular biologist by training and worked many years in the biotech, open innovation and biomedical industries. She also raises alpacas as part of a farm business and has interests in the Peruvian Altiplano region and its Native People and alpacas. She plans to talk about this unique animal that is known for its fleece, the origin of the camelid family and their immune systems.

We hope to see you there!

Please share this with anyone else who you think will be interested.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar tickets for people who leave their opinion

Dear Wooster Internationals, I have obtained 40 tickets to the talk in a conversational format of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a leading voice on today’s cultural and political topics and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.  In the Scot Center’s Timken Gymnasium (1267 Beall Ave.) at The College of Wooster on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

To get one free ticket (while supplies last):  Go to my website and leave a comment about your experiences in America (click on the ‘leave a comment’ link).

  • What is something that most people in your country think about life in America which you believe is true?


  • What is something that most people in your country think about life in America that you don’t think is accurate?

The tickets will be available for pickup, with the person’s name on the back, at the Zumba class on Wednesday, September 13 12-1 pm (before, during, and after the 12:10-12:55 class), which this week is at the Gazebo.


As summer ends, a thought about beginnings

When I first came to Lomé, Togo (for my junior year abroad of undergraduate studies), I saw so many people walking alongside the roads, I thought “a soccer match or a concert must have just ended.”

Leave a comment stating what surprised you your first day in Wooster.

The first two people who leave such comments will receive 2 tickets each to the talk by basketball legend (and so much more)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  
Thursday, September 19, 2017 at 7:30 in the Timken Gymnasium in the Scot Center at the College of Wooster 1267 Beall Ave.

Zumba classes start again August 23

NOTICE:  Zumba classes start again August 23 as Debora is on a working family vacation

These classes have almost always been half Americans and half internationals.


Housing listings in Wooster available from the Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority

Housing listings:   A graduate researcher asked me for tips on finding housing.  I told him it is currently difficult due to the large number of pipeline construction workers in our area, but those who seek an apartment, room or house can go to the Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority which is across the street from Buehler’s Grocery Store (downtown) on 345 North Market Street Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm an request a free photocopy packet showing addresses, phone numbers and prices.  Please feel free to contact me about these or similar matters.  To see the housing list I picked up and scanned, go to:

housing list from housing authority-2cto17u

OSU OIA Immigration Q&A Session June 7, 2017 12-2 pm Location: 18th Ave Library, Room 340 COLUMBUS

A reminder.  Also anyone who attends please contact me about what you learned.  I will not be in Ohio that day.  Jason

From: Oardc_notices [] On Behalf Of Kaser, Lori
Sent: Monday, May 8, 2017 13:15

OSU OIA Immigration Q&A Session June 7, 2017 12-2 pm Location: 18th Ave Library, Room 340 COLUMBUS

The Postdoctoral Advisory Council and the Postdoctoral Association will be hosting an immigration Q&A session with the staff of OSU’s Office of International Affairs (OIA). We will have Carina Hansen (OIA Director), Amanda Giandinoto (OIA Immigration Officer), and Marc Hedien (OSU Office of Legal Affairs) to answer questions and offer advice regarding OSU policies, visa issues and other immigration related queries.

This session will be geared more towards understanding OSU’s policies in handling immigration issues rather than a general immigration help session

A limited amount of pizza will be served.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register here

If you have any questions, please contact Faith Brennan ( or Mona El Refaey (


The Postdoctoral Association and The Postdoctoral Advisory Council


Resource List for Internationals in the Wooster Area

A big thank-you to Andika Gunadi (OARDC Research Associate 1 and PhD student, Dept. of Horticulture and Crop Science) and others at International Freindships Inc. for putting together this list of resources for Wooster internationals.  Please contact me if you know of additional resources/events and I will announce them here and pass them on to Andika.

Resources for Internationals in Wooster Area 2017 International Friendships Inc.

Professional Development Training Program for Grad Students & Postdocs at The Ohio Union May 12 & 13

Professional Development Training Program for Graduate Students and Postdocs
The Ohio Union
May 12th and 13th
RSVP here.

This two-day training program will provide graduate students and postdocs with a series of professional development workshops. Participants can sign up to attend open sessions on Friday, to attend the full-day session on Saturday, or to do both.
You can find the schedule of events attached here.

If you have any questions, please contact Marcela Hernandez (


Postdoctoral Advisory Council

  1. Marcela Hernandez, PhD
    Graduate & STEM Diversity Director
    College of Arts and Sciences Recruitment and Diversity Services
    154 F Denney Hall, 164 Annie & John Glenn Ave, Columbus, OH 43210
    614-292-2642 Office

LPSLI alumna 2014
SACNAS-HHMI ALI alumna 2016


Local Roots international lunches served by women from Tanzania, India, Colombia

Each weekday, a different chef will share their unique menu with the Local Roots community for lunch.  All dishes are made from scratch in our kitchen and include some international flavors you can’t find elsewhere in Wooster!

Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free items always available.

 Hot lunch served from 11am – 2pm (or while supplies last)

MONDAY Grilled cheese, hearty salad bowls, and hot soups from Linda

TUESDAY Asinati’s Tanzanian Cuisine

WEDNESDAY Soups, frittatas, whole wheat tarts, and other hot entrees from Liz

THURSDAY Madhavi’s traditional Indian Thali lunch

FRIDAY Colombian dishes and monthly Latin American “Executive Lunch” from Helena

Click here for this week’s menu

Check the events page, or Facebook, for details on Saturday lunches and special events.


140 S. Walnut Street, Wooster, OH 44691   •   330-263-5336   •



Donate books, media, electronics for a library in Malawi

Hi OSU Wooster Professors, Staff, and Students,

We are collecting books for a College Library in Malawi

Due to popular demand we are coming back to The Ohio State University

Wooster, Tuesday March 28th and Columbus, Wednesday March 29th

We also collect CDs, DVDs, Vinyl, And Electronics

Click Here To Donate – From Your Home or Office

Three Ways to Donate:

  1. Fill out our online form
  2. Reply to this email
  3. Call 800-570-3698

We provide boxes and do the heavy lifting.

Books4Cause sends books appropriate to Africa and the inner city of Chicago.  Since 2010 we have made over 100 libraries in Africa, repurposed 400,000 books, and saved over 2 million books from landfills.  We would love to chat if you want more info.

Best regards and thank you!

Books4Cause Team


3403 Madison Street
Skokie, IL 60076

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OSU Health Plan info available in Spanish as well

Eres hablante nativo de español? El Plan de Salud de OSU y la Oficina de Recursos Humanos pone a su disposición dos documentos clave del plan médico en español: La Tabla Comparativa de Planes Médicos del 2017 y la Tabla de Resumen del Plan de Farmacia y Medicamentos. Si desea leer estos documentos en Español, por favor visítenos en or and

Get to know me

Jason Owens, PhD.
International Coordinator at the Wooster Campus
The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
Agricultural Technical Institute
The Ohio State University
206 Thorne Hall Annex
The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
1680 Madison Avenue
Wooster, OH 44691
Office Tel: +1-330-202-3581
Cell Tel: +1-605-691-1066