CFAES Monthly : November 2015

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  1. Bright spots in CFAES enrollment report

    The annual enrollment report for CFAES has been released. The following information summarizes the college’s undergraduate and graduate student enrollment data for Autumn Semester 2015. 

    Undergraduate enrollment trends

    • Agriculture enrollment: 1,833 students; decreased by 8 students, or -0.4 percent.
    • Environment and Natural Resources enrollment: 657 students; increased by 1 student, or 0.2 percent.
    • Combined enrollment: 2,490 in Agriculture and Environment and Natural Resources; declined by -0.3 percent.
    • ATI enrollment increased by 7.0 percent from 702 in 2014 to 751 in 2015.
    • Total undergraduate enrollment for 2015 is 3,403, including 162 from regional (not ATI) campuses.
    • Minority enrollment in Agriculture increased from 183 to 193 students, or 5.5 percent.
    • Minority enrollment in Environment and Natural Resources increased from 56 to 67 students, or 19.6 percent.
    • Minority enrollment at the regional campuses and ATI decreased from 43 to 42 students. or -2.3 percent.
    • The number of new first-year students who directly enrolled in Agriculture on the Columbus campus for Autumn Semester 2015 increased from 139 to 169 students (21.6 percent). Transfer students from outside of Ohio State remained the same as the previous year — 81 students in 2014 and 2015. Transition students from ATI in Autumn Semester 2015 increased 21.3 percent from 75 in 2014 to 91 in 2015 (with 4 additional in ENR).
    • The number of new first-year students who directly enrolled in Environment and Natural Resources on the Columbus campus increased from 46 students in 2014 to 48 students in 2015, or 4.3 percent. Transfer students decreased from 34 in 2014 to 30 in 2015, or -11.8 percent.
    • During the 2014-2015 academic year (Autumn 2014 through Summer 2015), 516 undergraduate students graduated in Agriculture, and 152 graduated in Environment and Natural Resources.

    Graduate enrollment trends

    • Agriculture enrollment: 476 students; increased 12 students, or 3.3 percent.
    • Environment and Natural Resources enrollment increased by 4 students, or 4.4 percent (does not include students enrolled in the Environmental Science graduate program major).
    • Combined enrollment: 571 students in Agriculture and Environment and Natural Resources; increased 3.5 percent. 

    ATI enrollment trends

    • Ohio State ATI’s 7 percent increase was the largest among all the Ohio State regional campuses and marked ATI’s third straight year of increasing enrollment.
    • ATI’s Autumn Semester headcount is 751, up from last autumn’s 702. Growth in both the number of new students and returning students accounted for the increase.
    • The trend toward greater enrollment in the associate of science degree programs continues, with 38.3 percent of students enrolled in associate of applied science programs and 60.9 percent enrolled in associate of science programs. 
    • Programs showing enrollment growth include agricultural business (AS), agriscience education (AS), biochemical sciences (AS) and livestock science (AS).
  2. Colbert recognized in Who’s Who in Black Columbus

    Congratulations to Susan Colbert, Franklin County Expansion and Engagement program director with OSU Extension’s Community Development program, who was recognized in the latest edition of Who’s Who in Black Columbus. She and more than 50 other Ohio State faculty and staff members were honored for their outstanding accomplishments in the publication’s 13th edition.

    Colbert works in the University District area in Columbus, where OSU Extension has played a critical role in the transformation of neighborhoods east of High Street, especially Weinland Park.

    Under Colbert’s leadership, “OSU Extension relocated its Community Learning Center to the Godman Guild Association, where they serve an average of 50 students a week in their GED, Workforce Development and Computer classes,” says OSU Extensions University District website.

    “Moreover, OSU’s Fisher College of Business students have offered free tax preparation services to over 1,000 residents, who have received at least $1.5 million in Earned Income Tax and Child Credits. [Colbert’s] Extension programs have helped at least 20 people start or expand their own business and others purchase a home or pursue postsecondary education as a result of their Individual Development Account program.”

    A ceremony unveiling the new edition’s cover took place in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union on Oct. 27. At the event, Ohio State President Michael V. Drake provided congratulatory remarks via a video message, Provost Joseph E. Steinmetz welcomed the audience on behalf of the university, and Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Sharon Davies provided remarks to the attendees. Students and alumni from Ohio State’s African American Voices Choir performed selections as well.

    Further details, photos from the event, and a full list of Ohio State’s honorees can be found at

  3. Undisputed: ATI Dairy Cattle Judging Team is national champ

    The Ohio State ATI Dairy Cattle Judging Team won the Lely International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo on Sept. 28 in Madison, Wisconsin. The contest is considered the national contest for two-year, certificate and other non-four-year colleges (post-secondary).

    The team won by 64 points and was high in oral reasons. Tanner Topp was high individual, Kaleb Kliner was third high individual, Hannah Dye was fourth high individual, and John Paulin was 14th high individual. Don Hange is coach of the team.

    Read the World Dairy Expo’s press release about the contest here.

    Read about the team’s previous win, at the Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show, in last month’s issue.

    ... and then wins yet again

    And in late-breaking news, the team just earned another first-place finish, this one at the North American International Livestock Exposition on Nov. 8 in Louisville, Kentucky. The team was first by 67 points.

    Specific team and individual placings were (points in parentheses):

    • Ayrshire breed: Tanner Topp, first (146); Kaleb Kliner, second (140); Hannah Dye, third (139); John Paulin, 10th (130); the team was first.
    • Brown Swiss breed: Hannah Dye, fifth (136); Kaleb Kliner, 10th (131); the team was fourth.
    • Guernsey breed: Tanner Topp, first (148); Hannah Dye, second (148); the team was second.
    • Holstein breed: Hannah Dye, first (144); Tanner Topp, fourth (138); Kaleb Kliner, fifth (138); the team was first.
    • Jersey breed: Tanner Topp, first (148); Kaleb Kliner, third (146); Hannah Dye, sixth (143); the team was first.
    • Oral reasons: Tanner Topp, first (233); Hannah Dye, third (229); Kaleb Kliner, fifth (216); the team was first by 30 points.
    • Contest: Hannah Dye, first (710); Tanner Topp, second (709); Kaleb Kliner, fourth (682); the team was first by 67 points.

    “As I look back on the 2015 judging year, I cannot remember any year where a team (at the two-year college level) participated in four judging contests and was first place in each contest and high in oral reasons,” said ATI’s Royce Thornton, coordinator of dairy programs and division chair of Agricultural and Engineering Technologies.

    “The ATI Dairy Cattle Judging Team competed in the NACTA contest, the Pennsylvania All-American contest, World Dairy Expo and the North American International Livestock Exposition,” Thornton said. “Eight different students competed on the four winning teams.

    “Please congratulate all of the dairy students and Coach Hange, who admirably filled in for me.”

  4. CFAES student elected national FFA officer

    Sydney Snider, a CFAES agricultural communications major from Moscow, Ohio, was recently elected eastern region vice president for FFA. She’ll serve on the 2015-16 National FFA Officer team along with students from Arkansas, Tennessee, Iowa, Georgia and Utah.

    The new team was elected on Oct. 31 in Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, during the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo.

    Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as national FFA officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary, and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern and western regions of the country.

    National officers commit to a year of service to the National FFA Organization. Each travels more than 100,000 national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders, the general public, and others.

    The team will lead personal growth and leadership training conferences for FFA members throughout the country and will help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy.

    The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

  5. Ohio State student wins National Black Farmers scholarship

    Zaid Hightower, an Ohio State student from Cleveland who is majoring in psychology (College of Arts and Sciences) and minoring in agriculture, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the National Black Farmers Association Scholarship program.

    Established in May 2015, the scholarship program is funded by the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC.

    “Empowering young people with access to knowledge is transformational,” said Lesley Slavitt, head of civic engagement—external affairs, FCA US LLC. “Supporting entry to higher education will ensure that these future leaders galvanize the tools, skills and passion necessary to make meaningful change in the world and provide access to food security for generations.”

    Scholarship recipients were selected based upon several criteria, including academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in agricultural and community activities, and career goals and objectives.

    Hightower, among his activities, is an undergraduate student associate specializing in urban gardening with Ohio State’s Buckeye Civic Engagement Connection.

    In all, the scholarship program recently awarded more than $87,000 in scholarships to 19 students to support the development of a new generation of African American farmers. The FCA Foundation also announced it would fund up to $100,000 for a second year of the program.

    “The plight of the black farmers and the loss of black-owned farms have been a major issue for well over 100 years,” said John Boyd Jr., president of the National Black Farmers Association. “In 1910, nearly 1 million black farm families owned over 15 million acres of land. Today, less than 45,000 black farm families own 3 million acres. The NBFA Scholarship program will begin to address black land loss.”

    Information about how to apply for the 2016 NBFA scholarship program will be available in early May at

    About the National Black Farmers Association

    The National Black Farmers Association is a non-profit organization representing African American farmers and their families in the U.S. As an association, it serves tens of thousands of members nationwide. NBFA’s education and advocacy efforts have been focused on civil rights, land retention, access to public and private loans, education and agricultural training, and rural economic development for black and other small farmers.

  6. CFAES Career Expos draw large crowds

    This fall, students and employers came together on the Columbus and Wooster campuses to attend one of three Career Expos hosted by CFAES’s Academic Programs office. Employer and student participation was as follows:

    Construction Career Expo, Sept. 29

    • 55 companies represented.
    • 147 students attended.

    Ohio State ATI Career Expo, Sept. 30

    • 38 companies represented.
    • 245 students attended — an increase of 143 percent over last year.

    CFAES Career Expo, Oct. 1

    • 76 companies represented.
    • 408 students attended.

    Over the course of three days, 169 companies and 800 students attended this year’s Career Expos. Student participation increased by 18 percent over last year.

    Next on the schedule are the Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo on Jan. 22 and the winter CFAES Career Expo on Feb. 24, both in Columbus.

  7. Leadership Center workshop: Strengths-Based Supervision

    Here’s the next workshop for faculty and staff by CFAES’s OSU Leadership Center:

    Nov. 19: Strengths-Based Management and Supervision

    The best supervisors and managers have a keen awareness of their strengths. These managers model behavior by partnering with someone whose strengths complement theirs in a way that together they are more productive. As Gallup says, “The most successful know how to best direct their dominant talents to engage the hearts, minds and talents of their employees.”

    Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop. The cost is $75 per participant. To participate, you must have attended a StrengthsFinder awareness workshop.

    Click here for details. Register here.