CFAES Monthly : March 2020

  1. CFAES gave undergraduate students more than $2.6 million in scholarships last year

    CFAES led the way in undergraduate scholarship spending among the Ohio State colleges reporting their figures for fiscal year 2019, according to a recent story in Ohio State’s student newspaper The Lantern. CFAES’ total, more than $2.6 million, topped all 10 of the Ohio State colleges whose figures were available for the story, which looked at the scholarship money left unused throughout the university. (The College of Engineering declined to provide its figures. The College of Medicine, the story said, doesn’t manage its own undergraduate scholarships.)

    Pat Whittington, CFAES assistant dean for student development, was interviewed, among others, for the story. He noted how CFAES manages all of its scholarships at the college level, so individual school and departmental scholarships don’t have a separate application.

    CFAES has a students-first philosophy at the root of its strategic plan and its capital campaign. It takes awarding and funding scholarships seriously.

    Read the story in The Lantern.

  2. CFAES appoints Shannon Washburn as ACEL chair

    CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress has announced the appointment of Shannon Washburn as professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL). His four-year term will begin on July 1.

    “Dr. Washburn brings a dynamic blend of experience, scholarship, and vision, which will continue the momentum in ACEL and help advance the overall mission of our college,” Kress said. 

    Washburn earned his PhD in agricultural education from the University of Missouri, his MS in secondary education with an emphasis in agricultural education from Kansas State University, and a BS in agricultural education with a minor in animal science and industry, also from Kansas State.

    Washburn is currently the assistant dean for academic programs at Kansas State, where he focuses on policy, student success, faculty development, and curriculum and assessment. He has held various positions prior to his current role, including:

    • Professor and associate professor of agricultural education, Department of Communications and Agricultural Education, College of Agriculture, Kansas State University 
    • Assistant professor, Agricultural Education and Communication Department, University of Florida
    • Graduate assistant, Department of Agricultural Education, University of Missouri
    • Instructor, Department of Secondary Education, Kansas State
    • Agricultural education teacher, Unified School District 210, Hugoton, Kansas 

    Washburn is an accomplished researcher and leader and has received numerous teaching and advising awards and several journal article and conference paper awards across his career. He has worked on several grant-funded projects, the most notable being projects on reducing postharvest loss (funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development) and on climate change education (funded by the National Science Foundation).

    Washburn has completed the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) and LEAD21 leadership programs and has a strong mix of faculty experiences, including publishing and presenting research, providing Extension programming, advising undergraduate and graduate students, serving his campus and the profession, and presenting internationally including in Haiti, Egypt, and Kenya. 

  3. Nominations for CFAES Spirit of the Land-Grant Award due by March 16

    In commemoration of our sesquicentennial in 2020, CFAES will be presenting the Spirit of the Land-Grant Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual who supports, exemplifies, or creates opportunities that embody the land-grant mission. The award celebrates the connection between our CFAES values and our land-grant DNA.

    Nominees should have a clear record of supporting, exemplifying, or creating opportunities around one or more of the following land-grant DNA areas: Translational Research, Collaboration and Engagement, Students as Co-creators, Lifespan Learning, and Future Perspective. The award is open to CFAES faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, and external partners, including partners from across the campus and outside the university.

    The nomination deadline is March 16.

    Read more.

  4. 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.