Last November, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has launched a “re-envisioning” process that seeks to solidify Ohio State ATI’s pole position in its field — and to better align it with changes in its student population, emerging industry needs and opportunities, and the future budgetary landscape.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Ohio State ATI's first graduation class of 110 students. We'd like to give you an idea of some of the changes that have occurred in the past 40 years and to that end have put together a video overview of Ohio State ATI's second decade.. We hope it will spark some memories that you might like to share with us.
When Ohio State ATI's Dairy Cattle Judging Team finished third at the 2013 World Dairy Expo Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, they earned more than accolades. The top three teams each year are invited to take part in the following year's International Dairy Judging Tour.
Dan Garrison served as Ohio State ATI's director from 1979 until his retirement in 1992, but he was part of ATI from its very beginnings, serving as assistant director to Dr. Jerry Halterman when ATI opened its doors in 1972. Garrison, a native of Manchester, Ohio, came to Ohio State ATI from Clark Technical College (now Clark State Community College) in Springfield.
Six of the 14 College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) award recipients have relationships with Ohio State ATI. Recipients were nominated as a result of graduating from Ohio State ATI or in the case of the meritorious service award because of their service to Ohio State ATI.
The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) commissioned an Animal Facilities Re-envisioning Committee to provide recommendations towards a plan and vision for 21st century animal facilities that enhance the research, teaching and outreach missions of the college.
Eighteen CFAES faculty and staff constituted the committee. Ohio State ATI was represented by Gary Crocker, dairy herd manager; Wesley Greene, dairy faculty; and Steven Neal, who is now an assistant dean for CFAES but who served for many years as an ATI faculty member and administrator.
Animals need grain, and grain needs a place to be stored. At Ohio State ATI’s Grace Drake Learning Laboratory (GDLL), the need became especially pressing when one of its two grain bins developed structural problems. Located downhill from one of Ohio State ATI’s pastures, the ground-level concrete foundation of the bin would be overrun with water during heavy rain, which eventually damaged both the bin and the foundation.
For two consecutive years, Ohio State ATI autumn semester enrollment has increased. Fall 2013 enrollment was 643 students, an increase of 5.1 percent over 2012. This year's enrollment jumped by nearly 10 percent to an official headcount of 702.
Enrollment in the Associate of Science (transfer) programs continues to grow, with 57 percent of students enrolled in A.S. programs and 42.6 percent in Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) programs.
Before the autumn semester of 2013, Ohio State ATI graduate and animal sciences major Katiann Scherer hadn’t played a minute of team handball in her life. But thanks to an intramural sports experience at Ohio State University, she is now working to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic women’s handball team and a chance to compete at Rio 2016.
Jim Herron, a 2006 graduate of the dairy cattle production and management program, has been named the recipient of the American Jersey Cattle Association’s (AJCA) Young Jersey Breeder Award. The award is based on expertise in dairy farming and Jersey cattle breeding; participation in AJCA and National All-Jersey programs; and leadership in Jersey and other dairy and agricultural organizations. Jim, along with his father, is the owner of Cold Run Jerseys LLC of Salem, Ohio.
Ohio State ATI has recently been approved as an exam provider for a nationally recognized solar energy certification. The certification is provided by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Persons seeking this certification can take Ohio State ATI's solar energy class and become eligible to sit for this exam, which will be offered at Ohio State ATI.