The 9th Annual CFAES Wooster Campus Celebration of Nations

The CFAES Wooster Diversity Committee invites you to get to know many of the 40 nationalities represented at CFAES Wooster at their cultural tables.  See/hear Ghanaian drumming and the College of Wooster African Diaspora Xylophone Ensemble.  Join the OSU Wooster family as we celebrate the diversity of our campus and explore our differences in a welcoming environment! In Shisler Ballroom on Thursday, February 28 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.  A light lunch is included in this event free to BuckID holders. 

Venezuela in Crisis

Note that this presentation will NOT be recorded for later viewing. 

Victor Paez has observed the unfolding of the current humanitarian and political crisis unfold from its infancy.  Since 2016 Ohio farmers and members of the OARDC community have been providing material support and advice to Victor in a farming project intended to supplement the diet of seminary students and the church community as well as providing general support to the relief effort.  Victor will describe the origins of crisis and its impact on urban and rural dwellers.

Paez left his career as an electrical engineer to lead his local congregation, Iglesia Bautista de Vista Alegre in Caracas where he serves as lead Pastor today.  He also the founder and leader of the Seminario Bautista de Venezuela.

Cultural Connections:  Venezuela in Crisis

Victor Paez – Iglesia Biblica Bautista de Vista Alegre, Caracas, Venezuela

Cost: free


Location: Research Services 130, Payne Dr. at Wilson Rd. OARDC, Wooster

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018 | 12 NOON-1 P.M.

Note that this event occurs at the same place and time as the previous and subsequent Cultural Connections, but on a Wednesday, due to the speaker’s schedule in Ohio.

Attend in person or steam live at:

Contact information:  (no RSVP needed)
Jason Owens, International Coordinator at the Wooster Campus  (605) 691-1066


Watch “South Korea and Its Culture on the World Stage” anytime –including the slides of Dr. Charles Lee that were cut for time.  

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Just email me at and request that I send you a link to the MP4 file.  Due to a technical glitch, I had to edit the camera and PowerPoint footage with great help from Valerie Childress, so viewers get the best view of both speakers and still images.  


South Korea and Its Culture on the World Stage

Friday, May 18, 2018, 12 noon – 1 p.m.

Food and conversation at noon; Talks at 12:15

Research Services Building, Room 130, OSU Wooster

Light lunch provided, space limited, rsvp to  by Wednesday, May 16

Available to stream at:

or watch later via the go.osu website:

Dr. Kyusuk You is an agricultural research engineer of Agricultural Research Service in U.S. Department of Agriculture. He specializes in robotics and machine system development and is now working for the intelligent pesticide spraying application since 2017. He obtained his MS and PhD from department of agricultural and biological engineering, University of Florida.

Dr. Kwonil Jung currently conducts research as a Research Scientist at the Food Animal Health Research Program. He is interested in studying the pathogenesis and disease mechanisms of enteric viral pathogens in domestic pigs.

Dr. Chang-Won (Charles) Lee joined OSU in year 2005 and is a professor at the Food Animal Health Research Program. Dr. Lee has a focused research program in the field of pathobiology and control of zoonotic and animal pathogens including influenza viruses. He enjoys playing tennis, vegetable gardening and chatting.

Dr. Sunjeong (Sunny) Park manages the STAR lab (Service Testing and Research Laboratory). She has a PhD in Environmental Science from OSU and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Chanhee Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences. He joined OSU in 2015 and has been working on ruminant nutrition and nutrient management to increase nutrient utilization efficiency and to lower environmental impacts. Dr. Lee has a PhD in Animal Science from Pennsylvania State University (2012) and MS from Seoul National University (2007).


Questions?  Please contact:

Jason Owens, Ph.D.

International Coordinator, Wooster Campus

Cell Tel:  605-691-1066



A talk in the series Cultural Connections:  “Where Culture Meets Agriculture”


  • Korean Cooking Demonstration:  Dr. Kyusuk You & Dr. Kwonil Jung
  • Finding Korea: Past, Present and Future:  Dr. Chang-Won (Charles) Lee
  • Before you ask, “Are you Chinese?”:  Dr. Sunjeong (Sunny) Park
  • Agriculture, Food Production, and Restaurants in Korea:  Dr. Chanhee Lee


CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information:


Safe Zone Training open to any OSU Wooster Faculty, Staff & Students

Safe Zone Training open to any OSU Wooster Faculty, Staff & Students

Friday, April 6, 1:50-3:20 pm  in Skou Hall, Room 105 at ATI

Led by Appy Frykenberg

LGBTQ Intercultural Specialist at the  Student Life Multicultural Center, OSU Columbus

RSVP to by Wed. April 4

The Safe Zone project aims to create a more welcoming and more inclusive campus environment, to strengthen community, and to encourage networking among faculty, staff, and students toward the goal of supporting the diverse individuals and communities with minoritized sexual and/or gender identities.

The Safe Zone Project addresses the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and pansexual (LGBTQQIAP) people. This training is designed to:

  • Provide a general overview of issues and concerns faced by LGBTQQIAP individuals and communities
  • Increase awareness and understanding about sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression at The Ohio State University
  • Provide resources to enable students, faculty, and staff to act as better allies to people marginalized due to their sexual or gender identities, and to continue learning after the training
  • Promote a safer, more welcoming, and more inclusive campus environment in which students of all sexual orientations and gender identities can live and learn fully

Safe Zone Trainings are a nationally recognized program, and a great addition to any  resume.

LGBTQ Populations on Campus: How We Invite All Students to Live and Learn Fully

The Wooster Campus Diversity Committee presents:  Appy Frykenberg, Intercultural Specialist – LGBTQ Initiatives, Student Life Multicultural Center, OSU Columbus

Free light lunch for those who RSVP by Wednesday, April 4 (while supplies last) to  This event will not be streamed or recorded.

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 11:30 am – 12:25 pm.  Note earlier start time

Skou Hall Room 30 (next to Café Carmen) at ATI.  Note not at the regular OARDC location

LGBTQ Populations on Campus: How We Invite All Students to Live and Learn Fully

A talk in the series Cultural Connections:  “Where Culture Meets Agriculture”

Appy has worked in higher educational settings for six years, holding positions in California at The Claremont Colleges, CSU, Dominguez Hills, and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Appy obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at UC Santa Cruz in Art and in Literature in 2003 and his Master’s degree in English from Claremont Graduate University in 2013. Continuing his studies at OSU in the PhD program in English, Appy combines formal study of American literature and queer theory with professional research in Education focused on pedagogical practice and peer mentoring. Appy co-authored a paper for the University of New Mexico’s Mentoring Institute Annual Conference, and has presented in numerous venue on issued faced by LGBTQ communities and strategies for inclusion on campus, including the American Academy of Religion.

Appy combines his academic focus with a love of all things creative, helping students to build caring and fun spaces and events for students to enjoy. Appy enjoys reading science fiction, playing RPGs, and wearing ties.

Questions?  Please contact:

Jason Owens, Ph.D.

International Coordinator at the Wooster Campus

Cell Tel:  [+1] 605-691-1066

Watch “Interdisciplinary Research as a Cross-Cultural Journey” anytime online

  1. Click on this link: 
  2. Download the 3 files in this Buckeye Box folder
  3. Right click on the file zoom_0.mp4.  Click Open and the talk should begin playing.


Interdisciplinary Research as a Cross-Cultural Journey:
Life as a Sociologist among Biophysical Scientists

A talk in the series Cultural Connections:  “Where Culture Meets Agriculture”

Dr. Douglas Jackson-Smith, Professor and Assistant Director
School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University


When crossing a discipline boundary feels like crossing a national border


Interdisciplinary Research as a Cross-Cultural Journey:  Life as a Sociologist among Biophysical Scientists

a presentation by Dr. Douglas Jackson-Smith, Professor and Assistant Director

School of Environment and Natural Resources, OARDC


FRIDAY, March 2, 2018, 12 NOON – 1 p.m.

Food and conversation at noon; Talk at 12:15

Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building FABE 200 at OARDC in Wooster


Free light lunch for the 1st 30 who RSVP at


Free to all to stream at:

or watch later via

Wayne College Orville International Festival

The University of Akron’s branch campus, Wayne College in Orrville offers a free International Festival this Wednesday and Thursday during the day, and on Friday evening:

The Effects of Internal Conflict and External Trade on Colombians and their Agriculture

A talk in the series Cultural Connections: “Where Culture Meets Agriculture”
Nelly Arguello-Blanco, Ph.D Candidate, Horticulture and Crop Science, OARDC

FRIDAY, February 9, 2018
12 noon – 1 p.m.
Food and conversation at noon;
Talk at 12:15

Research Services Building, Room 130 at
OARDC in Wooster
[Jan. & March-June sessions are elsewhere,
but this one is here]

Free light lunch for the 1st 30 who RSVP at

Free to all to stream at:

or watch later via:

Watch Food Security & Gender in Tanzania talk anytime via this link

Anyone with internet should be able to watch January’s Cultural Connection anytime.

  1. Click on the link below.
  2. Download the 3 files in this Buckeye Box folder
  3. Click on the playback.m3u file.

Know that due to some difficulties, the video starts about 15 seconds into the presentation, after the speaker had already shown the first slide, which contained her name, Dr. Brooke Krause of The College of Wooster, and the name of her talk, as shown above.

If you have trouble loading/running this, write a comment.   If you watch it and have a question or suggestion, write a comment.

The International Talk Show on “Woo 91” 90.9 WCWS-FM and online –and Transglobal Groove Collective

I call your attention to programs on the Radio Station of The College of Wooster, WCWS-FM 90.9, also known as “Woo 91”

 The station regularly features music and announcers from around the world. 

I encourage anyone interested to contact the station with music requests or to take part in a show.

Management/Business Office: 330.263.2240
Request Line: 330.263.2477

Right now I’m listening to a discussion by a Venezuelan in Wooster about the current political situation in his country:

 The International Talk Show w/ Nedas and Ayush

Thursdays 5pm – 6pm


Transglobal Groove Collective w/ Amyaz Moledina (a College of Wooster prof. from Tanzania who attended Cultural Connections last month)

Sundays, 1pm – 3pm    Hear previous episodes here:


Check out the schedule here


The radio signal reaches Wooster and surrounding areas, or the whole world online at

At times when no disc jockeys are listed, a computer plays a mix of music without commercials.

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Cultural Connections Talk on Tanzania

The first 30 folks who rsvp at OR on Facebook OR by commenting on this post will receive a free lunch on Friday, January 19 at noon.

And mark your calendar for the subsequent noontime Cultural Connection by Nelly Arguello-Blanco of Colombia on Friday, February 9 in Research Services Room 130 at OARDC.

Text version of the poster above to cut and paste into your calendar:
Food Security and Gender in Maasai Households in Tanzania
A talk in the series Cultural Connections: “Where Culture Meets Agriculture”

Dr. Brooke Krause
Assistant Professor, Economics & Business Economics, Global and International Studies,
The College of Wooster

January 19, 2018
12 NOON – 1 p.m.

Research Services Building, Room 130 at OARDC in Wooster

Free to all to stream at:
or watch later via the above go.osu website.

Applications for OIA Academic Enrichment Grants Due Feb. 9

The Office of International Affairs is seeking applications for its Academic Enrichment Grants, which support activities with lasting impact across the globe. The grant competition is open to faculty, graduate and undergraduates whose applications focus on research projects that address global issues, connect discipline-specific research to programs in diverse cultural settings, explores the languages, cultures, arts, social sciences and area studies and/or promotes active collaborations with institutional partners. The competition will award grants between $500 and $8,000. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 9.

Prospective applicants may download a sample application to review questions and information required before the online application goes live on January 8.

The grants are sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Research and the Office of Undergraduate Education. For more information and to access the online application, please visit:

Faculty Academic Enrichment Grant

Graduate Student Academic Enrichment Grant

Undergraduate Student Academic Enrichment Grant


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