CFAES Monthly : October 2014

  1. Friday: Dean to give State of the College address

    Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES, will deliver his inaugural State of the College address on Friday, Oct. 17, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, in Columbus. It will be broadcast live through the college’s YouTube channel.

    There are a number of planning efforts that have resulted in recommendations that will help set the course for the college’s future. A central focus of the address will be these planning efforts, the recommendations, initial action on the recommendations and much more.

  2. Friday, Saturday: Strengthen your ties to CFAES during Homecoming Weekend

    This year’s CFAES Homecoming Weekend, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, will be the biggest yet.

    Strengthen your ties to the college with new, engaging programs on Friday (including tours of Chadwick Arboretum, the Parker Food Science and Technology Building, the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, and the Wilma H. Shiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, among others). Then enjoy that alumni tradition, the Fallfest Tailgate, before Saturday’s football game against those Big Ten rookies, the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.

    All CFAES alumni are welcome to purchase tickets to Fallfest and to the game, and can purchase as many tailgate and game ticket packages as they wish.

    Complete details about Homecoming Weekend, including registration, lodging options, and a schedule of Friday’s and Saturday’s activities, are available here.

    To attend CFAES Homecoming Weekend activities and purchase football tickets, please register at or call 614-292-2281 or 800-762-5646 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

    For more information, check for updates at or call the CFAES Development Office at 614-292-0473 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

  3. Ohio State ATI re-envisioning report is released

    As you know, one of the first re-envisioning processes we initiated last year was focused on the future of Ohio State ATI. With sponsorship by Linda Martin and Jim Kinder and with facilitation by Mitch Owens, the re-envisioning committee thought and acted very intentionally to create a set of recommendations for further consideration. I’m pleased to share the completed report with you for your review:

    Throughout the report you will find some recommendations that we will likely move in the near term to implement. At the same time, there are recommendations that need and deserve additional conversation, input and consideration before final decisions can be made. We initiated discussion in late September on critical components of the recommendations during our college leadership retreat. In the coming months, I’ll share more about implementation teams and next steps as we continue to move this effort forward.

    We have great opportunities to continue to grow Ohio State ATI and build on a very solid history and reputation. With enrollment growth the last two years, our trajectory is moving in the right direction; I look forward to working with many of you, including faculty and staff at Ohio State ATI, to build on our excellence so that we may continue to provide outstanding learning experiences for our students.  

    As always, please feel free to share any immediate thoughts or feedback that you may have after reviewing the report.—Bruce McPheron

  4. New CFAES Finance site launches

    The Extension Business Office website and the Extension Grants and Contracts website have been inactivated. They’ve been replaced by the new CFAES Finance site, and users bookmarked to the old sites will be rerouted.

    The new site is a shared site for the OARDC/ATI, OSUE and Academic units. The site administrators are Jesse Buxton,, and me,

    The site isn’t perfect but is much improved, and Jesse and I have worked hard to update almost all of the existing documents to:

    • Meet brand requirements.
    • Be applicable to both service centers and all units of the college.
    • Update content to current university policies.

    As always, we are open to suggestions, additions and changes. Just because we are the site administrators doesn’t mean you can’t have input into our public “face.”

    Thanks to all who have helped to make this possible.—Cindy Buxton

  5. Donors, volunteers invited for CFAES’s Stop Hunger Now event

    On Monday, Nov. 24, from 4-7 p.m., CFAES will host a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency whose goal is to end hunger in our lifetime. You can donate to the event here, and you can register to be a volunteer here. Each Stop Hunger Now meal costs only 29 cents. The event’s goal is to raise $21,750 and package some 75,000 meals.

    “Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging events are a fun, hands-on way to make a difference and impact the lives of those suffering from hunger,” the event’s website says.

    Watch a YouTube video about Stop Hunger Now’s efforts around the world here (2:00).

  6. ‘I don’t see color,’ and other harmful statements: Webinar is Oct. 22

    An important part of healthy youth development is understanding multiple aspects of one’s identity, including those connected to issues of race. Recent research shows that too often adults in the lives of kids deny and ignore racial slurs and tensions because they are scared or lack the skills to intervene. An upcoming multi-state webinar, “ ‘I Don’t See Color’ and Other Harmful Statements: Moving Toward Climates That Support Positive Dialogue About Race,” set for 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, discusses barriers that get in the way of our conversations about race and presents suggestions for engaging in “race talk” based on building community, engaging in deep personal reflection, dialoguing across differences and taking action for social justice. The webinar will feature Shayla R. Griffin, Ph.D., who will draw from her research and forthcoming book titled Those Kids, Our Schools.

    Participants will also learn about the Michigan State University Extension’s “Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environment” initiative, which provides a variety of educational resources to help communities reduce and prevent bullying behaviors while promoting healthy social and emotional learning and development.

    The webinar’s learning objectives are to:

    • Understand how a “color blind” mindset is destructive to healthy development and relationships.
    • Learn strategies that will help prepare you to engage in personal reflection and dialogue leading to personal, organizational and community change.
    • Explore resources for working with young people to create settings that are safe, affirming and fair.

    Registration is $10 and is due by Oct. 19. Registered participants will receive a link to the webinar prior to the event.

    To read more details about the program, click here. To register online, click here.

    For more information, contact Kathy Lechman, Diversity Development,

  7. Bruns inducted as inaugural member of Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship

    Congratulations to Karen Bruns, who on Oct. 7 was inducted as one of the 14 inaugural members of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES) at the 2014 Engagement Scholarship Consortium meeting in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Bruns is the assistant director of OSU Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences program and is the leader of OSU CARES.

    Bruns “is a grounded servant leader of community engagement scholarship and is a major leader strengthening the movement,” the academy’s website says. “She consistently and courageously endorses and models community engagement scholarship across the structural silos of higher education and within communities. Her team successes provide the foundation for ACES.”

    The academy, its website also says, works “to serve the public good by recognizing and contributing to high-quality scholarship that — in active collaboration with participating community partners — has a positive impact on complex societal needs and issues.” 

    The 14 inaugural members “all represent public research universities, and many of them have played leadership roles in advancing the outreach and engagement agenda of APLU and member universities,” says a story in A Public Voice, the newsletter of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

    Read more …

  8. Exhibit features ‘100 Faces of Women in Agriculture’

    An exhibit honoring the contributions of women in agriculture was displayed at this year’s Farm Science Review, Sept. 16-18.

    “Women now make up 1 out of every 3 agricultural producers across the U.S.,” said Gigi Neal, OSU Extension educator and co-leader of OSU Extension’s Ohio Women in Agriculture team. “We want to recognize the women who are often the backbone of agriculture across the state of Ohio.” A link to a PowerPoint file of the exhibit is here.

    Neal asked Extension educators across Ohio to nominate women for the display, which was housed in the Review’s Firebaugh Building.

    “We have women represented who are anywhere from their mid-20s to one woman who is 100 years old — her birthday was Aug. 21,” Neal said.

    In addition, some women are being honored posthumously, she said.

    “Some of them are involved on the farm, in grain and livestock production,” she said. “Others are involved in value-added products. Some are from agri-business -- lawyers, insurance, all types of agri-business women.

    “It’s a nice representation of the variety of roles women play in agriculture, whether in urban or rural communities.”

    Read more …

  9. Lichtkoppler says goodbye, retires from Ohio Sea Grant Extension after 33 years

    Just a few weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it was removing northeast Ohio’s Ashtabula River from its list of Areas of Concern, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Leader Frank Lichtkoppler is retiring. 

    Lichtkoppler, Sea Grant Extension specialist in Lake County, ended his career Sept. 30 after 33 years with Ohio Sea Grant and two prior years as an Extension agent, for a total of 35 years of service. He was a major player in the river cleanup project, which took more than 30 years of work and $75 million in funding from the state of Ohio, the federal government and private sector businesses, said Ohio Sea Grant Director Jeff Reutter, praising Lichtkoppler’s unceasing dedication to the cause.

    “It wouldn’t have happened without this really long-term commitment by the Ashtabula River Partnership, and there were very few people who were with it the whole time,” Reutter said. “Frank is one of those key people, often serving as the secretary for the group, the facilitator for the group, the person that organized it and called it together, always trying to deflect leadership, but often serving as the glue to hold it together and keep it moving.”

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  10. Livestock Judging Team three-peats at Keystone

    The Ohio State University Livestock Judging Team, part of CFAES’s Department of Animal Sciences, won the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) Collegiate Livestock Judging contest on Oct. 4 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Exposition Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The win was the third in a row for Ohio State at KILE, which is a first for the university. 

    Ohio State was among nine university teams around the country to judge five cattle classes, four swine classes and three sheep classes. The competitors presented oral reasons on eight of the 12 classes. Ohio State swept the team awards by winning each species and oral reasons en route to a 113-point margin of victory. 

    Individually, four Ohio State students finished in the top 10 overall. Lydia Ulry, Johnstown, Ohio, won the contest and was high individual in beef cattle and swine judging. Courtney Tarvin, Mt. Olivet, Kentucky, Tonya Fender, Lynchburg, Ohio, and Jacob Ruffing, Republic, Ohio, finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Levi Criswell, Marion, Ohio, finished 11th after losing the tiebreaker for 10th. Fender and teammate Megan Hunker, Bellevue, Ohio, posted the highest total reasons scores in the contest. Zach Bartenslager, Lewisburg, West Virginia, placed sixth in beef cattle and Cody Shafer, Eaton, Ohio, finished third in sheep judging.

     Pictured in the photo, from left, are Tarvin, Hunker, Fender, Ulry, Shafer, Criswell, Bartenslager and Ruffing.

    The team is preparing to compete at three more contests this fall: Stockman in Auburn, Indiana; American Royal held in Kansas City, Missouri; and the national contest held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.

    For more information about the Ohio State Livestock Judging Team, please contact Kyle Culp at culp.1045@osu.ed or 614-292-2201.

  11. Thursday: Webinar on climate change and national security

    Rear Admiral Jonathan White will discuss the impacts of climate change on the U.S. Navy’s operations, and how the Navy is preparing for these impacts, as the keynote speaker of Climate Change and National Security from 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Ohio State in Columbus. Sign up to attend here and to watch online here. Both are free.

    The event is part of the “Climate Explorations” series being presented by Ohio State; the Byrd Polar Research Center; WCBE, Columbus; Ohio Sea Grant; and the 4-H Youth Development Program of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension. To see the series schedule, click here. An OSU CARES grant is funding the series.

Upcoming Events

10/18/2014 (All day) - Homecoming Weekend
10/17/2014 - 10:00am - State of the College Address
11/24/2014 - 7:00pm - CFAES Stop Hunger Now event