ATI news: Temple Grandin visits; faculty, staff honored; Higher Learning Commission visits; GSCAA service for Willoughby

Further news from ATI, CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster:

Temple Grandin visits

Noted animal behaviorist and autism advocate Temple Grandin was on CFAES’s Wooster campus on April 17. In addition to her evening address, “Animals Make Us Human,” which she presented to a packed house in Fisher Auditorium, Grandin also spoke to a group of about 50 ATI livestock students at the beef cattle handling facility designed by Grandin Livestock Handling Inc.

“Almost every visitor to the facility, when they learn that it was designed by Temple Grandin, asks ‘Has she ever been here?’ ” said Director of Farm Operations Mark Schleppi. “Now we can finally say yes.” The facility was dedicated in 2012.

Faculty, staff honored

ATI held its annual recognition event on April 21. The following faculty and staff members were honored:

  • Outstanding Staff Award: Connie Miller, administrative assistant, horticulture.
  • Outstanding Advising Award: Mike Amstutz, livestock science.
  • Distinguished Teaching Award: Wesley Greene, dairy. 
  • Research and Scholarly Activity Award: Karen Wimbush, equine.
  • Friend of University Housing Award: Thom Janini, chemistry; Tom Roush, university housing.
  • NACTA Teaching Award of Merit: Jonathan Flad, Terry Lanker, Royce Thornton.

Honored for years of service were:

  • 5 years: Jennifer Fry, admissions.
  • 10 years: Denny Talampas, student success services.
  • 15 years: Heather Hettick, student success services; Frances Whited, public relations.
  • 20 years: Connie Miller, horticulture.
  • 25 years: Kim Sayers, business training and educational services; Barbara LaMoreaux, financial aid.
  • 30 years: Jan Elliott, business training and educational services.
  • 40 years: Bob Rupp, arts, science and business.

Higher Learning Commission visits

On April 6-7, ATI hosted two reviewers from the Higher Learning Commission as part of the request to change ATI’s accreditation from “AQIP” to “Open Pathway,” thus being encompassed by the univesrity’s accreditation, as the regional campuses are. The HLC will act on the request at its regular June meeting.

While regional campuses made this change about 20 years ago, ATI continued to maintain separate accreditation. Because dual accreditation causes considerable duplication of effort, ATI initiated paperwork for a “Change of Control” nearly four years ago.

The HLC team met with various groups during their visit, including administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and stakeholders, in order to learn more about the ways that ATI serves students, the support services available, learning environments, student engagement, learning outcomes assessment, commitment to teaching and learning, and how ATI interfaces with the Columbus campus.

Willoughby tapped for GSCAA service

Dave Willoughby, coordinator of ATI’s turfgrass management program, has been invited by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America to serve on its 2015 Equipment Managers Task Group. The group met April 28 at the GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas.

Willoughby is the only university representative to be selected for this task group. Members of the task group include three certified golf course superintendents, seven turfgrass equipment managers, one engineer, one university professor and the director of professional development at the GCSAA.

“The invitation to participate in this task group is a great reflection on Dave’s success in turfgrass education and his commitment to GCSAA. Ohio State ATI will certainly benefit from his role in this group,” said ATI Interim Director Jim Kinder.