Spring 2014

  1. Welcome to the inaugural issue of News from Ohio State ATI!.  The chief goal of this newsletter is to get better connected with our alumni. We want to keep you informed about what's happening at Ohio State ATI and hope that you will in turn keep us informed about what's happening with you so that we can share that information with your classmates.  If there is particular information you'd like to see in this newsletter, please let us know. If the content isn't relevant and interesting to you, we're not doing our job! 
  2. 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 the first seven years. We'll share overviews of the '80s, '90s, and 2000s in coming issues. We hope it will spark some memories that you might like to share with us. 
  3. Ohio State ATI's 21st annual golf outing for scholarships, the ATI Scholarship Cup, will be held on Tuesday, July 22 at Hawk's Nest Golf Course. "Scholarship support is extremely important to our students," said outing organizer Frances Whited. "It can mean the difference between attending and not attending college."
  4. The 2013 Ohio State ATI Dairy Cattle Judging Team put in a great showing  this fall. The team participated in contests at World Dairy Expo (Madison, WI – September 30),  the Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show (Harrisburg, PA – September 9), and the North American International Livestock Exposition (Louisville, KY - November 3). Team members are Laura Bond, Dan Grim, Marshall Overholt, and Meghan Thurston. 
  5. Dale Leppo, a tireless supporter of Ohio State ATI and a leader in the power equipment industry, is the recipient of the 2014 College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Meritorious Service to Students Award. The FAES Student Council recognizes individuals each year from outside the college and university that have given extraordinary service to students in our college through support of student organizations, co-curricular teams, or serving as a guest speaker in undergraduate classes.
  6. ATI student with Ghanaian children
    The Arts in Ghana with Service Learning celebrated its 10th study tour this summer as five students, Christopher Thomas, Kelsey Rine, Megan Dresbach, Tricia Burger, and Rychele White, traveled for a month to Ghana, led by Associate Professor D. Elder. Over the years this project has developed to create conditions where our students could learn and grow but also contribute and share their expertise.
  7. If you are reading this article, you're taking advantage of one of the many new features of the new Ohio State ATI website, which was launched at the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year. The website was developed by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Communications and Technology Unit as part of an effort to bring consistency to all websites within CFAES.

Alumni News

  1. Brandon Parks 2013 Wins Design Competition
    Brandon Parks '13 (landscape horticulture)  was recently named the winner of a design competition conducted by A. I. Root Company in Medina, Ohio. The project which, sought to bring their history as candle makers and bee stewards together in a project involving ATI’s landscape horticulture program began with Kim Flottum, world-renowned bee expert and editor of Bee Culture Magazine, published by the A. I. Root Company. His idea was to develop a competition among Ohio’s landscape programs to design bee-friendly landscaping around A. I. Root’s offices.

Alumni Profiles

  1. Don’t tell Bill Mead that it takes a bachelor’s degree or beyond to attain an upper management position in the agribusiness industry. Bill, a 1980 graduate with an associate of applied science degree in crop production, recently returned to Ohio after a 21-year career with Cargill to become director of animal nutrition for Magnus International Group. “It’s not whether you spent two or six or eight years in school,” Bill said. “It’s what you put of yourself into it.”
  2. As a school teacher, Dave Richards could have spent Aug. 8, 2013 enjoying his time off in air-conditioned comfort. Instead, he was sweltering outside on Ohio State ATI’s campus as he acted as timekeeper and announcer for the Certified Landscape Technician (CLT) test.  Dave, a 1981 graduate of Ohio State ATI, is a firm believer in the CLT program.  “It’s important that we test people’s mastery of skills and their ability to complete tasks safely,” explained Dave.

Around ATI

  1. A familiar face to anyone who was at Ohio State ATI between 1994 and 2006 has returned. Jill Byers, who served as coordinator of admissions during those 12 years, is once again on the admissions staff, this time in the role of admissions counselor. A Loudonville native with a family background in the beef industry, Jill oversaw the admissions operation at ATI during a period of tremendous growth brought about in part by the initiation of the Associate of Science (transfer) degree program in 1996 and the construction of the Applewood Village student apartments in 1997.
  2. Nathan Crook, assistant professor and coordinator of Oho State ATI's agricultural education program, has written a book about the food traditions of northwest Ohio entitled A Culinary History of the Great Black Swamp.
  3. Assistant Professor Jessica Suagee, one of Ohio State ATI's newest faculty member, never envisioned a career with horses, much less one that included teaching. "I've ridden horses my entire life," Suagee said, "but I honestly didn't think it would lead to a career." As she was completing her bachelor's degree in human nutrition from the University of Maryland, she was planning on medical school.
  4. Terry Lanker with student
    Terry Lanker, chair of the horticulture division and coordinator of the floral design and marketing program, is the 2013 recipient of the college's Rodney F. Plimpton Teaching Award. Nominees are evaluated on student motivation, teaching effort, serving as a scholarly role model to students and innovation.