CFAES Monthly: September 2014

  1. Farm Science Review starts tomorrow

    A signature event of the college, Farm Science Review kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 16, and runs through Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. Over the course of three days, more than 130,000 people are expected to pass through the gates to experience the most current agricultural technology and educational programs available. On Tuesday, Vice President and Dean Bruce McPheron will host his annual Vice President’s Luncheon, where more than 650 guests are expected.

    Across the exhibition grounds, CFAES faculty and staff will be engaging attendees in educational programs, recruiting potential future students, answering questions, providing educational resources and more. Our students also will be engaged in various capacities during the three-day event, including providing lunch on Tuesday and managing one or more of the many food stands located on the grounds.

    If you haven’t been to Farm Science Review, you can learn more about it at the show’s website here. Your BuckID gets you in to the event free! Also available online are details on a number of talks, activities, demonstrations at the Review at CFAES News Releases.

  2. State of the College address is Oct. 17

    Vice President and Dean Bruce McPheron 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.

    CFAES faculty and staff will receive information on how to access the live broadcast and may check the Facilities and Planning website for information and to learn more about the recommendations as they are released.

  3. CFAES Homecoming Weekend is Oct. 17-18

    Save the date! This year’s CFAES Homecoming Weekend, 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.

  4. Sharp named director of SENR

    Effective Sept. 1, Jeff Sharp, professor and Extension specialist, has been named director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

    A graduate of Iowa State University in 1998 with a Ph.D. in sociology, Sharp has been serving as SENR’s interim director since July 2013. He came to Ohio State in 1998 as an assistant professor in the former Department of Human and Community Resource Development (now Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership). Since then, he has served in a number of different capacities, including as SENR Extension Administrative team leader.

    As a faculty member, Sharp has focused his scholarship in the areas of sociology of agriculture and food systems, community sociology, sociology of natural resources, and the rural-urban interface. He has a distinguished research record, having been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 12 major projects. He is well-respected in his discipline and is often called upon to speak on rural-urban interface issues, among other community-based topics. Throughout his career, he has maintained a strong publication record and is very active with his Extension portfolio responsibilities. Please join us in congratulating him on his new appointment.

  5. Seiberling receives Ohio State Alumni Award

    Congratulations to CFAES alumnus Dale A. Seiberling of Granville, Ohio, who received the Ohio State University Alumni Association’s Professional Achievement Award during the group’s 2014 Alumni Awards Program Sept. 12 in Columbus.

    The Professional Achievement Award is presented to alumni who have superb records of distinguished career accomplishments and who have made outstanding contributions to their professions. No more than three individuals are selected in any one year for this award.

    From a 2013 CFAES Office of Development press release about Seiberling and his major contributions to our college:

    “Dale Seiberling is a self-proclaimed Clean-in-Place (CIP) evangelist, having spent over 60 years in the dairy, beverage and pharmaceutical industries developing and applying CIP systems and technologies to any process designed to handle liquid or semi-fluid products or free-flowing dry granular materials.

    “Sparked during his years at Ohio State as an undergraduate (B.S., 1950), graduate student (M.S., 1951) and instructor in dairy technology, his passion for process design moved Seiberling to endow the Dale Seiberling Professorship in Dairy and Food Engineering and gift the college’s Dairy Pilot Plant with a pilot-scale CIP system to be used for future research.

    “Seiberling’s passion and impact, however, did not end there. His support continued this year when he chose to honor his late wife, Jean, for supporting him through the decades of his career by making a $588,000 commitment to endow the Jean F. Seiberling Graduate Research Assistantship Award in Food Engineering to support the Seiberling Professorship.”

    Read the full press release here.

    A complete list of Ohio State’s 2014 Alumni Award recipients is available here.

  6. Keep your password twice as long now

    Effective Aug. 25, Ohio State’s password policy has been changed to increase the time between password changes from 90 days to 180 days. This affects the username and password you use to access Ohio State email, OSU Wireless and protected university web pages.

    CFAES system policies also have been changed to align with the new university policy, so users in Columbus, Wooster and across Ohio will have to change the password they use to log on to their computer only twice a year. This is a result of feedback from across the university, including from CFAES IT staff and many of you.

    We thank you for your interest in these issues and trust you are pleased to see this change.

  7. Now available: Ohio State’s revised ‘Guide to Assist Disruptive or Distressed Individuals’

    Joseph E. Steinmetz, Ohio State’s executive vice president and provost, emailed faculty and staff Sept. 10 with news that the university’s “Guide to Assist Disruptive or Distressed Individuals” has been revised. An online, downloadable version is posted here. Regional campuses’ communications directors will be providing campus-specific numbers and resources to their faculty and staff, he said. He also said additional coaching and training opportunities for effective responses are available from the university, including:

    • At Risk, an online simulation training for helping students in distress. Contact the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching at 614-292-3644.
    • Dealing with Disruptive/Distressed Individuals, a one- to two-hour workshop. Contacts: Officer Anna Stephenson, Department of Public Safety, stephenson.1@dps.ohio-state-edu; Micky Sharma, director, Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service,
    • REACH, a one-hour suicide prevention workshop for students, faculty and staff. Contact Wendy Winger at

    “Ensuring a safe environment for students, faculty and visitors to our campuses,” Dr. Steinmetz said, “is one of our highest priorities.”

  8. ‘An excellent reference for desirable trees in the landscape’: New book by CFAES alumnus

    A recent Akron Beacon Journal story, picked up by the Detroit Free Press and other outlets, featured Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest, a new book by CFAES alumnus Scott Zanon (B.S. in agriculture, specializing in agronomy/turf science and horticulture/landscape) of Upper Arlington, Ohio. The book, the story said, is “intended to help readers to choose trees that will thrive and enhance their properties.” It’s currently listed on Amazon as the best-selling book in the Midwestern Region Gardening category, according to publisher Ohio University Press.

    “There are encyclopedia types of books that list all possible trees. … Zanon has taken a different approach and compiled an excellent reference for desirable trees for the landscape,” said a review by Steve Still, executive director of the Perennial Plant Association and professor emeritus in CFAES’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science.

    Zanon also has written Desirable Trees for the Midwest: 50 for the Home Landscape and Larger Properties.

    Ann Fisher of WOSU, Columbus, interviewed him Sept. 11 on her “All Sides” program. Watch.

  9. #SpotTheCow dairy campaign is underway on campus

    A yearlong dairy promotion campaign has started this fall on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Called #SpotTheCow, it targets students’ attitudes and behaviors surrounding dairy and calcium intake.

    With educational messaging rooted in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate guidelines for college students, the campaign is using social media, posters, fliers, interactive activities and other ways to help undergraduate students, especially incoming first-year students, recognize the importance of including dairy and other calcium-rich foods and beverages in their diets.

    “In the transition from home to campus, college students, particularly freshmen, are vulnerable to experiencing a decrease in diet quality, including dairy and calcium intake,” said principal investigator Carolyn Gunther, nutrition specialist with OSU Extension’s Family and Consumers Sciences program and an assistant professor in the Department of Human Sciences.

    Julie Kennel, program director of the department’s dietetic internship, is co-principal investigator. The project director is Jamie Seger, educational technology specialist with Family and Consumer Sciences.

    The campaign is funded by a grant from the American Dairy Association Mideast.

    For more information, visit the campaign’s Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

09/18/2014 (All day) - Farm Science Review
10/18/2014 (All day) - Homecoming Weekend
10/17/2014 - 10:00am - State of the College Address