News from Ohio State ATI : Autumn 2015

  1. I frequently am asked the question by those from outside the University what I do when most of the students are away from campus during the summer months. This has been a particularly busy summer for me in my role as Interim Director at Ohio State ATI.

  2. Ohio State ATI has entered into an agreement with AGCO, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural equipment, to be an education provider in their AGCO Advantage  training and scholarship program, which recruits high school students and trains them as entry-level technicians for employment with a participating AGCO dealer. Ohio State ATI is partnering with OhioAG, the agricultural division of Ohio CAT. As part of the agreement, AGCO will provide specialized equipment for use and demonstration in Ohio State ATI labs.

  3. Shirley Brooks-Jones is held in high regard by many in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The former assistant to the CFAES vice president and dean is an Ohio State University legend for having started a scholarship fund for students in Lewisporte, Newfoundland, the small town to which Shirley and 900 other passengers returning to the US from Germany were diverted on Sept. 11, 2001.

  4. Ohio State ATI held its annual faculty/staff recognition event on April 21. The following people were honored:

  5. Last year marked 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

    During this decade at Ohio State ATI...

    In 1992, Dr. Garrison retired, and Dr. Bill Anderson became Ohio State ATI's third director.

Alumni News

  1. Mike McFrederick - Mike McFrederick, 51, died at home Sept. 6, 2015, following a long illness. Mike was a 1985 graduate of Ohio State ATI and worked as a project manager for Patti Group of Novelty, Ohio. McFrederick, his parents Roger and Janice (nee Sooy) McFrederick, all of Elyria; brother Greg McFrederick of Newport, RI; aunt Lois Cano of Southport, NC and cousins Brad Sooy of Homerville and Ryan Sooy of Hudson, OH. 

  2. Heather Pariso '10 of Dover is a greenhouse and nursery specialist with Rice's Nursery and Landscaping in Canton, but her alter ego is the television personality Garden Gurl. Heather's "Garden Gurl" show debuted in April on TV2 Tuscarawas Valley. 

    Pariso covers a variety of topics in her weekly show, including the importance of landscaping, seed starting, new plant varieties and pruning, as well as growing vegetables, growing and cooking with herbs, and planting location.

  3. Heather Bauder and Jeff Gallimore are the most recent Ohio State ATI graduates to have joined the horticulture division.

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Around Campus

  1. When visitors to Ohio State ATI’s beef cattle handling facility learn that it was designed by renowned animal behaviorist Temple Grandin, the question that almost inevitably follows is, “Has she ever been to the facility?”

    Now, at last, the answer is “Yes.”

    As part of an April 17 appearance coordinated by Ohio State ATI’s Diversity and First Year Experience Committee, Grandin spent an hour talking about her design and taking questions from a group of about 50 livestock students at the facility, which was dedicated in 2012. 

  2. A variety of renovation projects have been underway at Ohio State ATI for the past several months, and many are nearing completion.

    Handicap accessible restrooms have been added to each floor in Halterman and Skou. In some locations, renovations were made to existing facilities. In others, new restrooms were created. 

Faculty News

  1. Three faculty members retired at the end of the 2014-15 academic year, leaving some mighty big shoes to fill in their respective programs.

  2. Ron Borton may not have been one of Ohio State ATI's original faculty members (he joined the faculty in the institute's second year), but he possibly wins the prize for most positions held.

  3. Terry Lanker was recently named recipient of the 2015 NACTA John Deere Award.

    This award recognizes one faculty member each year for his or her work in preparing students for employment in the areas of management, sales, service, processing and /or production. Evaluation criteria include the instructor’s teaching philosophy and record of accomplishment plus endorsements from students, faculty, administrators, and alumni. The award is one of the top awards given each year by NACTA.

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