Frances Whited

Ohio State ATI
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  1. ATI student Gage Smith started the first two 4-H programs in the Volta Region of Ghana. Smith (right) is pictured with Togbe Kotoku XI, paramount chief of Kpenoe, a town in Ghana.

    Ohio State ATI recognized Internationally for its Ghana Research and Education Abroad Program

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Ohio State ATI has been selected to receive an Andrew Heiskell Award in Internationalizing the Community College for its Ghana Research and Education Abroad program. ATI is an entity of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The Heiskell Awards honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among the 1,400 member campuses of the Institute of International Education (IIE). This year’s winning campuses are notable for their geographic diversity, with campuses in nine U.S. states as well as universities in Ethiopia, South Korea and Russia. ATI’s Ghana Research and Education Abroad (GREA) program immerses associate degree-seeking students in a month-long experiential...
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    Ohio State ATI launches program in bioenergy and biological waste management

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Starting fall semester, students at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (Ohio State ATI) will be able to study a new program focused on two key global issues. The new Associate of Applied Science program in bioenergy and biological waste management will prepare students for high-demand careers such as wastewater and drinking water treatment plant operators. Recently, National Geographic ranked water and wastewater treatment operator as the second fastest growing job among environmental sustainability-related jobs.  “Alternative energy and water resource management are two global issues of critical importance,” said Kris Boone, director of Ohio State ATI. “We’re proud to offer this first-of-its-kind program...
  3. Ohio State ATI Launches New Greenhouse Program

    WOOSTER, Ohio — The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute recently approved a new greenhouse engineering technology specialization in its greenhouse and nursery management major. The program is unique in its engineering approach to traditional horticulture technology education and is the only two-year program in the U.S. for greenhouse engineering technology. Ohio State ATI, located in Wooster in northeast Ohio, is an associate degree-granting unit within the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Ohio State ATI ranks first nationally in the granting of associate degrees in agriculture and related sciences. According to the college’s Peter Ling, who collaborated with Ohio State ATI to found the new program, a critical...
  4. ATI Dairy Judging Team

    Buckeyes Win Big in National Dairy Competitions

    WOOSTER, Ohio — There is a new undisputed national championship team at The Ohio State University. The Agricultural Technical Institute dairy cattle judging team swept the three major national competitions this year with its Nov. 8 win at the North American International Livestock Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. Team members won by an impressive 67-point margin in Louisville, topping the 64-point margin by which they won the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, on Sept. 28. Hannah Dye, a dairy science major from Beloit, Ohio, was first place overall with 710 points. Teammates Tanner Topp (dairy science, New Bremen, Ohio) and Kaleb Kliner (agronomy, West Salem, Ohio) were second and fourth, respectively. Rounding out the four-person team was John Paulin, a...
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    College Goal Sunday: Get Help Completing Federal Student Aid Form Feb. 9 at Ohio State ATI

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- Students and families in northeast Ohio can get free help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, in the Halterman Hall computer lab at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (Ohio State ATI), 1328 Dover Road, in Wooster. The program is part of national College Goal Sunday. The FAFSA is the federal application required to receive federal financial aid for college, including Federal Pell Grants, federal student loans and need-based state grants. Ohio State ATI is the two-year degree-granting branch of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Organizers say the FAFSA is a key to funding a college education and helping families overcome...
  6. James Kinder of Ohio State ATI

    Ohio State ATI Interim Director James Kinder Among 2013 AAAS Fellows

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- James Kinder, interim director of the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (Ohio State ATI), has been elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), honored by his peers as a significant contributor to the scientific community. Kinder was recognized for his distinguished contributions in reproductive endocrinology research and as an administrator in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Ohio State ATI, located in Wooster, is the college’s associate degree-granting unit. In all, six Ohio State faculty and 388 AAAS members have been elected Fellows this year in recognition of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows...
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    If You Want to Keep the Bloom on the Rose, Follow These Tips

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- On Valentine’s Day, everyone longs to speak those three little words: “Roses? For me?”  Whether you're the recipient or giver, you can prolong their beauty, said Teresa Lanker, assistant professor and coordinator of the floral design and marketing program at Ohio State University's Agricultural Technical Institute. Her students devote an entire day in their Post-Harvest Flower Care class just to the care and handling of roses. If you’re the one buying the roses, your job starts with selection. Video (2:39): Ohio State ATI's Teresa Lanker gives tips on keeping roses fresh. “In the floral industry, we work hard to extend the vase life potential of flowers,” Lanker said. “Potential” is the operative...
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    Poinsettia's Poisonous Reputation Persists, Despite Proof to the Contrary

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- Perhaps it has happened to you: You present a friend with a beautiful poinsettia for the holidays, and she shrinks in horror. How could you possibly give her something that could be deadly to Fifi or Fluff or little Freddy? The good news is that it’s not, though you may have a hard time convincing her. “Every year, people ask me if poinsettias are poisonous to people and pets,” said Robert McMahon, associate professor and coordinator of the greenhouse program at Ohio State University's Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. Students in the program grow and sell approximately 1,200 poinsettias each year. “I try my best each year to spread the word that they are not.” Disproven years ago by Ohio State research, the myth persists....