CFAES Monthly : February 2016

  1. Hendrick heading to Michigan State

    Interim CFAES Dean Ron Hendrick, a Michigan State University alumnus, has been recommended as dean of MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. If approved by the MSU Board of Trustees, his appointment will be effective July 1.

    “I’m excited to welcome Dr. Hendrick back to MSU as the next dean of our College of Agriculture and Natural Resources,” said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt. “His strong leadership experience and ambitions for the future of CANR will benefit not only the college, but the entire university.”

    Hendrick has served CFAES since 2013 in a variety of roles, including as senior associate dean and as director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Prior to that, he was associate dean for academic affairs in the D.B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. He was also graduate program coordinator for UGA’s School of Forestry.

    “I’m honored to serve the college and university that provided the foundation for so much of my personal and professional success,” said Hendrick. “The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is an outstanding organization, and I’m thrilled to be coming back to MSU in a leadership role.”

    In his work for CFAES, Hendrick led the creation of a comprehensive master plan for college facilities that totaled $350 million and encompassed more than 300 physical structures, two campuses, and nearly a dozen outlying research and outreach stations. Additionally, he led successful fundraising efforts to raise $14 million in capital funds to improve facilities, and an $80 million multi-stakeholder effort to re-envision the college’s animal populations is underway.—from the Michigan State University Extension press release

    Read the full press release…

  2. Details on the administrative changes for CFAES in Wooster

    When we announced operational and structural changes to the college last summer, one of the primary areas to be reorganized focused on the operations of the Wooster campus. While OARDC and Ohio State ATI have two distinct missions and stakeholder groups, there are certainly opportunities to continue to explore how we leverage opportunities on faculty and staff hires, facilities, livestock, and other assets. A major focus has been and will continue to be the operations of the Wooster campus and how we better integrate and leverage opportunities in the future. Two key positions leading these efforts will be Dave Benfield and Rhonda Billman. Following is an overview of their responsibilities. 

    Dave Benfield

    Associate Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Director, Wooster Campus (reporting to Ron Hendrick)

    Dave will provide overall and strategic leadership for the planning, budgeting, coordination, resource development and implementation of all plans for the Wooster campus, outlying research stations and all farm operations; will provide leadership for facility and infrastructure needs of the academic institute, schools and departments with a presence on the Wooster campus; will work collaboratively with the team focused on college capital planning; and will coordinate with the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education to ensure needs and opportunities related to research infrastructure are being addressed. Dave also will serve as an administrative adviser to select regional research projects and will play a key role in planning and reporting on federal research projects.  

    Rhonda Billman

    Assistant Director, Wooster Campus (reporting to Dave Benfield)

    Rhonda will focus her leadership efforts on the oversight of service department heads within CFAES’s Wooster campus. Additionally, she will develop operational policies and procedures and lead strategic and long-range planning activities for facilities and operations, including but not limited to financial planning, budgeting, allocation and oversight of resources and facilities for programs based in Wooster and agricultural operations across the college. Specific departments that Rhonda will provide leadership for include Public Safety, Environmental Health and Safety, Library, Hawk’s Nest Golf Course, Hospitality (Fisher Auditorium and Shisler Conference Center), Grace Drake Learning Laboratory, Agricultural Operations, Research Operations, and Facilities Services. 

    As we continue to refine the leadership roles and responsibilities of other staff members, we will share those details with you as well.— Ron Hendrick

  3. Get ‘A Healthy Perspective on Diversity’

    The 12th annual Tri-State Diversity Conference is Feb. 18-19 at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott in Hebron, Kentucky. Registration is only $275, which includes amazing meals and the famous “International Dinner.” There’s also a Feb. 17 preconference speaker.

    This professional development opportunity is planned for community and classroom professionals who are interested in expanding their diversity competence. The Extension programs at Kentucky State University, the University of Kentucky, Ohio State University and Purdue University collaborate to offer this award-winning conference that has become national in scope.

    “A Healthy Perspective on Diversity: Progress, Partnerships and Possibilities” is this year’s theme. Details and registration are available here.

    I’ve personally attended this conference for many years ... and it’s excellent!—Brian Raison, OSU Extension, Miami County

  4. Lilburn receives national poultry research award

    USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation have recognized Mike Lilburn (pictured, left), professor in CFAES’s Department of Animal Sciences, as the 2016 recipient of the annual Charles Beard Research Excellence Award. USPOULTRY is the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.

    The award is named in honor of Charles Beard (pictured, right), former director of the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory and former vice president of research at USPOULTRY.

    The USPOULTRY Foundation Research Advisory Committee selected Lilburn for the prestigious award based on his exceptional research to define the nutritional requirements and optimize growth performance in turkeys and chickens.

    During the course of his research, Lilburn has received research grants from USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation to investigate the digestibility of amino acids in broilers and turkeys, the influence of age on the digestibility of amino acids in turkey poults, the available phosphorous requirement of broiler breeder pullets, and the optimal body weight growth curves for turkey breeder hens.

    Lilburn has an impressive record of communicating his research findings to the poultry industry and assisting in implementing innovations.

    “The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has been very supportive of our research program over the years, and I am extremely grateful for this support. Dr. Beard’s research career is impressive, and I am pleased to receive this award which bears his name,” Lilburn said.

    “Dr. Lilburn’s research program is a great example of how USPOULTRY research funds can be directed toward important applied research to find solutions to current problems faced by the poultry industry,” said John Glisson, vice president of research programs for USPOULTRY. “The quality of Dr. Lilburn’s research is outstanding, and the results have been used by the poultry industry to make improvements in several areas including nutrition and hatching egg production.”

    Read more…

  5. Garcia earns Registered Corporate Coach certification

    The Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) has awarded Melanie Reusser Garcia of Ohio State ATI (pictured, right, with ATI colleague Kim Sayers) the Registered Corporate Coach designation. This global credential is awarded to business coaches who have learned key principles, skills and techniques for coaching effectively in businesses and organizations.

    According to Wendy Johnson, WABC president and chief executive officer, “The Registered Corporate Coach designation has been obtained by nearly 2,000 practitioners worldwide. Coaches who have earned this have invested serious time and effort in developing specialized skills to bring out the best in others.”

    Garcia is corporate training account executive and corporate coach for ATI’s Business Training and Educational Services program. She works with organizations to assess workforce development needs, identify workplace challenges, develop flexible solutions to foster success, and coach individuals and organizations to achieve goals.

    Read more…

  6. Apply by Feb. 29 to be a Wooster green fair exhibitor or sponsor

    The seventh Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair is April 19 on CFAES’s Wooster campus, and there’s still time to be an exhibitor or sponsor. The event, which will have exhibits, demonstrations, food and more — including, for the first time, a renewable energy workshop — is a free public festival based on a theme of “Green Is for Life!”


    Sponsors at all levels receive name recognition as part of the fair’s activities and are listed on its website, Sponsors will also have their logos featured on promotional materials and the fair’s website and will receive a free booth space. (Sponsors at the Buckeye level receive a 50 percent discount on booth space.) Donations can be monetary or in-kind.

    The donation levels are:

    • Buckeye, $100-$499.
    • Scarlet, $500-$999.
    • Gray, $1,000-$1,999.
    • Green, $2,000 and up.

    The sponsorship deadline is Feb. 29. Further details and contact information are here.


    The previous Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, in 2014, had some 70 exhibitors — from CFAES, industry, agencies and more. Exhibitors at the fair can:

    • Promote their environmentally friendly program, company or organization.
    • Demonstrate how their program, company or organization has made a commitment to go green.
    • Market and sell their environmental products.
    • Create an environmental and educational exhibit to inspire their employees and the public.

    The deadline to apply to be exhibitor is Feb. 29, too. Details are here.

  7. Books to be red: Midwest commercial veggies, Ohio trees

    OSU Extension has released new or back-in-print editions of two popular bulletins. Both are available on the CFAES Publications eStore,, or by clicking the links below.

    2016 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers

    This annual guide is a summary of currently suggested vegetable varieties, seeding rates, fertilizer rates, and weed control, insect control and disease control measures for commercial growers. 212 pp., $10. Details

    Leaf Identification Key to Eighty-Eight Ohio Trees

    This guide is a valuable tool for novice students, woodland owners and birdwatchers for identifying 88 of Ohio’s tree species. Diagrams and examples of leaf arrangements, a glossary of terms and steps to utilizing this key are included to get the reader started in the right direction. 25 pp., $7.50. Details.

  8. Leadership Center workshops: Customer Service; StrengthsFinder; Conflict Management; Personality Spectrum; How to Get Along

    Here are the next workshops for faculty and staff by CFAES’s OSU Leadership Center.

    Feb. 17: Give ’em the Pickle Customer Service

    We’re all in the same business — the people business. It’s not what we make or sell that’s critical; it’s how we take care of the people who buy it. Our job is to make customers (internal and external) happy. What’s the best way to do that? By giving our “pickles.” “Pickles” are those special or extra things you do to make people happy. It may be doing something extra for a customer, or sending a handwritten thank you to them. The trick is figuring out what your customers want, then making sure they get it, that’s the “pickle”!

    Great companies and successful employees do four things:

    • Service: Make serving others your number one priority. You work in a noble profession, so be proud of what you do and where you work.
    • Attitude: Choose your attitude. How you think about the customer is how you will treat them. In a way, you’re in show business, so play the part!
    • Consistency: Customers return because they like what happened the last time. Set high service standards and live them every day.
    • Teamwork: Commit to teamwork; look for ways to make each other look good. In the end, everything you do ends up in front of the customer.

    By attending this workshop, you will learn to:

    • Increase customer satisfaction.
    • Change your attitude to remain positive.
    • Determine an action plan to provide consistent quality service.

    This workshop is facilitated by Beth Flynn. Cost: $75. Details here. Register here.

    Feb. 24: StrengthsFinder

    Do you know your five strengths? According to the Gallup Organization, “We spend too much time focusing on our weaknesses, trying to make them stronger, rather than recognizing our strengths.”  When you focus on your weaknesses, you miss out on utilizing what you do best for your organization. Join Beth Flynn of the Leadership Center for this workshop. The cost is $75. Details here. Register here.

    March 3: Communication and Conflict Management

    Conflict is part of our daily lives. How do we manage conflict’s impact on the quality of our work? Effectively dealing with and using conflict as a positive tool is a major component of success in current and future leadership roles. Join Jeff King of the Leadership Center for this workshop. The cost is $75. Details here. Register here.

    March 9: What Is the Color of Your Personality Spectrum?

    This is a fun and exciting way to better understand yourself and others. In addition to gaining an understanding of your strengths, needs and motivators, you will also learn to value the differences among the people around you. Join Beth Flynn of the Leadership Center for this workshop. The cost is $75. Details here. Register here.

    March 17: How to Get Along with (Almost) Everyone

    How can you get along with almost anyone? By knowing and understanding your personality style. Why? Because it helps you understand the root cause of your behavior and why you act the way you do. Not to mention, figuring out what makes people tick and how best to deal with them is downright fascinating — and even a strategic way to a happy workplace. Join Beth Flynn for this workshop. The cost is $75. Details here. Register here.