Awards and recognitions

award for Service to sustainable agriculture

At its annual conference in February, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) honored CFAES’ Alan Sundermeier with its 2020 Service Award, recognizing his “extraordinary service in support of sustainable agriculture.” Sundermeier is director and agriculture and natural resources educator in the Wood County office of OSU Extension.

“Alan has a heart for organics and is our organic grain liaison to Ohio State University and OSU Extension,” Dave Shively, an organic farmer and former president of OEFFA’s Grain Growers Chapter, said in a press release announcing the award. “His passion for organics makes him a well-deserved recipient of the 2020 Service Award.”

Read more. Watch the award presentation.

selected for agriscience TEACHEr symposium

CFAES student Maggie Hovermale, an agriscience major in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, has been selected to attend the Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium as part of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) national conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 1–4.

Hovermale is one of 20 agriscience education students from across the United States selected to attend the conference’s track for current preservice agricultural educators. Throughout the conference, students participating in the FAST Symposium will be provided with a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors that includes networking and mentoring with current and future agricultural educators from across the country, as well as attending sessions focused on creating inclusive classroom environments, inquiry-based learning, classroom management, and job interview success.

Read more.

selected to present to legislators

Carrie Ewing, a PhD student in CFAES’ Environmental Science Graduate Program, was one of five graduate students selected to present research posters at the American Phytopathological Society (APS) Congressional meetings March 2–3. Ewing is studying with Enrico Bonello, Department of Plant Pathology, working on the beech tree disease that is spreading in the northern United States.

Set up by APS, the meetings with legislators emphasized the importance of plant health. Ewing was selected to present based on her research and her science communication skills.

Read more about the beech tree disease.

Tree Campus USA Honors

The Ohio State Columbus campus and the CFAES Wooster campus have each received Tree Campus USA recognition from the national Arbor Day Foundation. For the Columbus campus, it’s the ninth year in a row to earn the distinction; for Wooster, the eighth. At both campuses, CFAES faculty, staff, and students are heavily involved in leading the efforts to earn the annual honor, which is based on meeting five core standards of effective campus forest management.

“Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but surrounding communities, showcasing how to create a healthier environment,” Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation president, said in a press release. “Because of The Ohio State University’s participation, air will be purer, water cleaner,” and faculty, staff, and students “will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide,” he said.

Read a 2019 story about CFAES’ Tree Campus efforts.