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You can enjoy a great day of golf and support Ohio State ATI turfgrass scholarships at the same time by registering for the Ohio State ATI Turfgrass Scholarship Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 14 at Hawk's Nest Golf Course.

NEW THIS YEAR: Register and pay in advance by credit card. Click here.

Dinner will be held off-site this year, in the air-conditioned comfort of Shisler Conference Center, with complimentary wine and beer.

Four-Person Team

Fee includes greens fees, range balls, cart, light breakfast, box lunch, and dinner


Four-Person Team  & Tee Sponsor

All of the above, plus a sign with your logo at a tee.


Four-Person Team & Hole Sponsor

All of the above, plus a sign with your logo at a hole (i.e., two signs - one sign at hole, one at tee).


Single Player

Fee includes greens fees, range balls, cart, light breakfast, box lunch, and dinner


Hole Sponsor 

Signs at tee & hole and acknowledgment at dinner


Tee Sponsor

Sign at tee and acknowledgment at dinner


Dinner Only

If you would like to skip the golf and just join us for dinner or bring a dinner guest


If you would like to pay at the course the day of the event, please contact Michelle Villers at villers.11@osu.edu or 330-287-1231.

Questions? Contact Zane Raudenbush at raudenbush.2@osu.edu or 330-287-1246.


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Recognition and Celebrations

There will be no Wednesday Wire publication on October 3. Publication will resume on October 10.

June 13, 2018
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  1. Title: ATI Book Club
  2. Title: Trainings
  3. Title: TED-Ed
  4. Title: New baby!
  5. Title: ATI Book Club
  6. Title: Updates
  7. Title: Job Posting
  8. Title: Babies!
  9. Title: Calling 911
  10. Title: Innovate RFP
  11. Title: MANRRS
  12. Title: Welcome Days
  13. Title: Test
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  15. Title: Ask ITsy
  16. Title: Ask ITsy
  17. Title: In Memoriam
  1. New process for student academic requests

    Submitted by Carri Gerber, gerber.140 @osu.edu

    Campus Community:

    Ohio State ATI is temporarily processing student requests electronically (i.e. course adds, drops, major changes).

    Please visit https://ati.osu.edu/form-processing-instructions for specific instructions on how each type of request should be processed. 

    Reminder – MARCH 20 is the last day to DROP or withdraw without petitioning.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.


  2. Academic Affairs staffing update

    Submitted by Carri Gerber, gerber.140@osu.edu

    Here are the staffing operational changes currently in effect for Academic Affairs:

    • Academic Affairs office staff (Peg, Jill, Julia, Katie, Cate, Penny, and Denise) are working from home and can be reached via phone and email.

      Carri will be on campus in the Academic Affairs office daily from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm.

    • The Library will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with one librarian on duty.
    • Valerie Childress will be on campus to assist with instructional needs and will be available by phone and email over the weekend as well. In addition, Valerie has assembled a Buckeye Box folder with resources for students, faculty and staff: https://osu.box.com/s/3puu0wvm9j61qylrexcj66xjbghgblt8
  3. Admissions Office operations update

    Submitted by David Dietrich, dietrich.114@osu.edu

    Dear Campus Community,

    I want to provide an update regarding the operations of our office due to the recent COVID-19 announcement.  If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to the Office of Admission, please don’t hesitate to email or call.


    While most of our staff will be working from home until at least March 30, 2020, each of us will be coming in from time-to-time to run reports, check mail, input prospective student names into our recruitment database, etc.  We will be available through phone and email, so feel free to contact us per usual.  

    Personalized Visits

    We have several prospective student visits scheduled through the months of March and April.  The admissions team has been in contact with those students/families to either 1. Reschedule them (after April 20) knowing that there is a possibility that the visit could be pushed to an even later date depending on further updates or 2. Keeping their current visit date and offering them to link in via Zoom.  To date, most families have chosen to reschedule.  For those who are choosing to schedule a Zoom meeting, we will be reaching out to faculty for availability.  We know that this is a busy/chaotic time, so please know that we are NOT promising a faculty meeting.  However, we are strongly encouraging you to build in time when necessary.  We are currently +14% in acceptance fees paid for fall and we need to keep the momentum going.  Visits are crucial to recruitment and the opportunity students/families have to hear from faculty in their areas of interest is a primary reason families choose to visit and essentially enroll at our campus.       

    Group Visits

    We have cancelled all group visits scheduled between now and April 15. Any group visits scheduled beyond that date will be re-evaluated at the end of the month. 

    Upcoming Events 

    As of today, we have not cancelled any of our upcoming events; however, a decision on whether we will proceed with them is listed below:

    • Saturday, April 4 – Open House…decision to be made by 3/20/2020
    • Thursday, April 16 – Up All Night…decision to be made by 3/30/2020
    • Tuesday, April 28 – Admitted student day #1…decision to be made by 3/30/2020
    • Friday, May 8 – Admitted student day #2…decision to be made by 3/30/2020

    External Communication (i.e. direct mail, email (CRM), social media, telecounseling)

    With exception of telecounseling, all external communication will operate as normal based on our communication plan.  Once we have a better understanding of our student ambassador availability, we will continue with telecounseling.  Until then, business as usual.  



    David Dietrich, M.B.A. Director of Recruitment & Admissions
    The Ohio State University | ATI Office of Admissions
    Halterman Hall | 1328 Dover Rd. Wooster, OH 44691
    330.287.1203 Office | 330.287.1327 Front Desk

    dietrich.114@osu.edu | ati.osu.edu  

  4. Updates

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    There may be some additional updates about office procedures, etc. that will be sent out later this week and/or early next week  in a non-Wednesday edition of this newsletter.

  5. SAC Hours for the Week of 9/23-29/2019


  6. Next Week's Wednesday Wire

    Zac Burkey will be putting together the May 15 Wednesday Wire. If you submit items via the Wednesday Wire submission link, they will automatically go to Zac. If you submit items via email, please send to burkey.56@osu.edu

  7. OSU Trustees approve Wooster projects

    At its Aug. 31 meeting, the Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved a number of construction contracts, including:

    • Wooster-new laboratory building. The project will replace facilities that are beyond their useful life and provide a new home for entomology research, teaching labs, classroom spaces and a small café. Trustees approved construction contracts totaling $30 million. Total project budget is $33.5 million, to be paid with university and state funds.

    Trustees also authorized the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to lease approximately 2-3 acres of property at the Grace Drake Agricultural Laboratory in Apple Creek to Certified Angus Beef. Certified Angus Beef plans to build a 14,000-to 15,000-square-foot facility on the site. The college will benefit through close proximity to the beef facility.

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  10. In Memoriam - Dan Garrison

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    GarrisonDan Garrison, ATI's second director, passed away April 3 at the age of 89.

    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 Blanchester, Ohio, came to Ohio State ATI from Clark Technical College (now Clark State Community College) in Springfield.

    During his tenure at Ohio State ATI, he saw the construction of ATI's two main academic buildings, Halterman and Skou Halls, then known simply as Phase I and Phase II. Prior to the opening of the Phase I building, classes were held on the campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. One of the monumental tasks that was in Garrison's list of responsibilities was the construction of the master schedule. Garrison's wife, Betty, who survives him, recalled that he tackled the job using a large corkboard and numerous small pieces of paper.

    Garrison's tenure as director included the period where Ohio State ATI had no campus housing for students. "Students lived in the community," he said in an interview in 2015, "and we never had a bit of trouble with any of them. They were good kids."

    Midway through his tenure as director, the 1981-82 annual report prepared by Garrison notes a number of accomplishments, including the establishment of a disability services program, purchase of 10 Radio Shack computers to establish a computer lab, and manufacturing 7 million board feet of lumber in ATI's sawmill.

    While Garrison oversaw many, many changes within Ohio State ATI during his 20 years of service, the one thing he maintains never changed was the quality of the students. "We had very good students," he said. "Students were there to learn and work. Their feet were on the ground and they had a serious purpose."

    Condolence cards may be sent to 4677 Millbrook Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

    Read his obituary in The Daily Record

  11. Welcome to the Wednesday Wire!

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    Welcome to the Wednesday Wire, our new Ohio State ATI weekly newsletter. We all get too much e-mail, and sometimes we miss the important stuff when it's surrounded by irrelevant stuff. The Wednesday Wire will corral the important stuff info one weekly e-mail. 

    We're counting on YOU to make it work, by submitting your announcements to the Wednesday Wire rather than sending a mass e-mail to the ATI listserve. It's really easy to submit something. Go here:


    Fill out the form, click submit, and you're done. You can also find the form in the drop-down menu in the Intranet tab on the ATI website.

    Deadline for submissions is noon Monday the prior to publication. If you submit after the deadline, your submission will be included in the following week's Wednesday Wire, if appropriate. 

    As with any new endeavor, we might encounter some kinks that need to be ironed out. If you have problems with the form or have suggestions for improvement, please let me know.



  12. Early Publication

    Wednesday Wire is publishing a day early this week due to the Independence Day holiday. We'll resume the regular schedule next week.

  13. Communication, communication, communication

    Submitted by Julia Morris, morris.878@osu.edu

    I recently read an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Covid-19 Is a Pivotal Moment for Struggling Students. Can Colleges Step Up?  I found the article to be relatable to our campus and reassuring that Ohio State ATI is meeting many of the benchmarks mentioned for our students during this extraordinary time. In hindsight, I do understand that not all students or you may feel this way. However, as the article notes from Father Steve Katsouros, Arrupe College’s dean and founding director, “If we are successful in retention during this unprecedented time, it will be because of the relationships that were already developed”.  Arrupe College was established as a two-year school by Loyola University Chicago specifically designed as a bridge to a four-year college. We already strive for personable, one-on-one relationships with our students, why not continue virtually?

    Initiatives to focus on during this time to overcome a possible make-or-break moment for our students are the following:

    • Resolve and creativity – “coffee and conversation” breaks
    • Faculty and staff need to humanize themselves – post videos, show your cat/dog, discuss a book just read…the goal to be approachable in this unique online setting
    • Frequent and clear messaging/updates
    • Be proactive and resilient

    Things we are already doing that the article references other colleges are pursing to be successful in retaining students for the upcoming year.

    1. Pass/no pass class options
    2. Emergency Fund options
    3. Paying FWS students through the end of the term if unable to work
    4. Providing campus housing longer (if possible) to those without a home
    5. Meal assistance

    We are also doing so much more! Esports, Netflix nights, online tutoring, counseling services, Skou Lounge hang out, Libchat, virtual tour/webinar recruitment…the list goes on!

    In the months ahead, if our students withdraw or do not return, what will our plan be? I hope that as part of the Retention Task Force Committee, we or the University as a whole, will have a plan to reach out to those students to address their concerns and encourage returning when the time is right for them.  But in the meantime, continue to connect and communicate. The point the article drives home is “Communication. Communication. Communication.”  We often think our students know something because we send an email… “but it takes multiple means of messaging, and it takes reinforcement.” 

  14. 5 Suggestions to Help Students Get Through This Semester

    Submitted by Dee Dee Snyder, snyder.426@osu.edu

    This semester is an unprecedented experience for students, and many students are struggling with how to manage their academics and their lives in these new circumstances.

    In situations like these, it helps students to remember some basics for learning and self-management. Consider sharing these tips with students:

    1. Make and follow a daily schedule or To Do List. Schedule time to do asynchronous class time and time to work on assignments and studying. Set time to start a paper or project, then schedule another time to continue working on it.
    2. Manage your distractions. Try to work where and when you experience the least distractions. Work on the most difficult material during your most productive time of day. Schedule time to check social media and to take breaks.
    3. Find balance intentionally. Make it a priority to check in with friends and family. Plan and do activities to recharge every day, including setting boundaries for alone/non-academic time if you need it.
    4. Remember that this is temporary. You will only need to manage this for a short time. Think about your long-term education and career goals when you need motivation.
    5. Use your resources. Stay in contact with your faculty advisor and your classroom professors—you will need to make important academic decisions and you should consult them. Keep in contact with other important resources, such as these:

    Counseling Services: https://ati.osu.edu/counseling-services

    Disability Services: https://ati.osu.edu/currentstudents/studentservices/disability-services

    Program Excel Academic Mentors and Academic Coaches: Leslie Eisberg.1@osu.edu, Mary Ann Frantz.54@osu.edu, Keegan Hange.7@osu.edu, Kelly Mata.46@osu.edu, Denny Talampas.1@osu.edu

    College Success Counselor, Denise Rotavera-Krain Rotavera-krain.1@osu.edu

    Transition Counselor, Cate Hunko: hunko.1@osu.edu

    Learning Lab, Penny Nemitz: nemitz.7@osu.edu 

    Financial Aid, Julia Morris: morris.878@osu.edu

    Academic Policy & Process Changes: https://ati.osu.edu/currentstudents/academics

    Keep Learning: Temporary Remote Resources:  https://keeplearning.osu.edu/

  15. Online Assessment

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

       Dear Professors, 
       We know you are all very busy working with your students in a new virtual environment, so I will keep this message from the Retention Task Force to the point. As you undoubtedly have discovered, teaching in this environment is quite different from the face-to-face setting of the classroom. This is especially true when it comes to assessing student learning. Collected below are links to a few resources to help you find and refine assessment techniques that better fit this unique situation. 
       1. An ODEE online webinar, Keep Teaching: Alternatives to Exams and Finals 
       An archived Keep Teaching webinar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnrKjoNIqBM&list=PLU2zOKUdbVNDbZuHm_NFWDod0kC9ZyR0v&index=14&t=0s 
       2. Quiz Moderation on Carmen Canvas 
       3. Online Assessment from the ODEE Resource Center 
       We are all learning as we move into new territory. It’s difficult but can also be very exciting if you remember not to be too hard on yourself and give yourself credit for all the new things you are leaning, too. And don’t forget to share what you discover with your colleagues at your next virtual meeting! 
       Thank you for persevering in this difficult time. 
       Thom Janini 
       ATI Retention Task Force 

  16. The Power of 'You Can'

    Submitted by Laura Deeter, deeter.7@osu.edu

    No one likes to be told you cannot do something. For some people, the phrase ‘you can’t’ is enough of a motivator to do something simply to prove someone wrong. The Internet is rife with stories of people told a version of ‘you can’t do that’. Walt Disney heard he ‘lacked imagination’. Albert Einstein was thought to be mentally handicapped as he didn’t speak until he was four. Stephen King’s now-famous book Carrie was rejected by 30 publishers. Even the movie National Treasure tells the story of Thomas Edison failing 2000 times in his quest to create the lightbulb, supposedly responding to criticism with ‘I didn’t fail, I found out 2000 ways how not to make a light bulb’. These stories are inspirational, but they all have one thing in common. These individuals are now famous. What about the rest of us?

    Most of us don’t like to be told ‘you can’t’. For most people, hearing this phrase is tantamount to failure before you even start. Hear this phrase often enough, and you quickly stop even trying. I’ve heard variations on this theme many times in my career as an advisor and professor. Our students enroll here often having heard variations on the theme ‘you can’t’. “You aren’t good enough for college”, “You aren’t smart enough to be in (insert major)”, “You aren’t smart”, “You aren’t good at math”, “You should try harder”. Some students enter Ohio State ATI with an ‘I can’t’ attitude, and we need to reach down to try to overcome years of ‘you can’t’ to turn it into ‘not only can I, but I DID’. And we have only 2 years to accomplish this.

    Does this mean every student can complete every dream? Personally, I believe that every student, given no other obligations, can get an A in any class. The challenge, of course, is no one has zero other obligations. Our students take many classes, have jobs, have social lives, home lives, and many demands on their time preventing them from spending all their free time studying for any one class. Given the demands on their time, is it realistic that every student can reach every goal? Perhaps not.

    Some careers will require high grades in certain classes. Some students say they are ‘bad’ at a subject and thus work less, becoming a self-fulfilling proficy of bad grades reinforcing their belief. Some careers will require classes that are thought of as ‘hard’. Chemistry, physics, math, public speaking often present students with challenges. What is our role as an advisor/mentor to students facing difficult majors, classes, or professions? How can we encourage students who might already have a negative attitude?

    I believe we can lay out a pathway for class, major, or career success without using the phrase ‘you can’t’. We CAN say any of the following: “You will need to get an ‘A’ in chemistry to be competitive in graduate school”, “You will need to get ‘A’s’ and ‘B’s’ in all your classes to bring your GPA up in order to graduate on time”, “Yes it is mathematically possible to pass this class, but you have to decide if you are able/willing to dedicate the time to get above 90% on the rest of your assignments. If you can’t, or don’t want to, I would recommend you drop this class and take it again next semester”. Those are all phrases that indicate the difficulty, set out the reality of future challenges, and provide the student with choices. It is up to us as professors, advisors, mentors, tutors, etc. to set out the challenges, discuss various pathways through those options, and outline criteria for success. Mentorship is ‘You CAN do this. Yes, it will be hard, but you CAN. Let’s find a way’. It is up to the student to do the work, and ultimately determine if they have the dedication and determination to overcome the challenges. Change the ‘you can’t’ to ‘you can’ and implant the seed of possibility.

  17. Small Acts Make Big Impact

    Submitted by Denise Rotavera-Krain, rotavera-krain.1@osu.edu

    “The things that change people's lives are usually an accumulation of small acts.” – Tom Rath

    Here are just a few small anecdotes that have been collected from various parts of campus.  What are some of the small acts you do on a daily basis to make ATI a better place to work and learn? 

    “Remember that a person's name is to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language” – Dale Carnegie.   A number of ATI professors learn all of their students’ names by asking them to write their names on tent cards.  Believe it or not, this means a great deal to students.  Bravo!

     “If you want people to understand that you value their contributions and that they are important, the recognition and praise you provide must have meaning that is specific to each individual.” – Tom Rath.   Students were recognized by administrators of their success in moving off probation, boosting their confidence and sense of accomplishment.  Faculty and staff were also recognized for their role in guiding and mentoring those students, leading to a sense of being appreciated and the notion that collaboration leads to better outcomes with students.    

    “You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”  -- Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Many staff and faculty greet visitors in the hallways and ask if they need assistance.  In addition, many greet others with a welcoming smile regardless of how they are feeling that day. This builds community and a sense of belonging; no one is a stranger at ATI.

    “We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.”  Stephen King.  A student recently reported that his professors mentioned how impressed they were about his academic turnaround.  While we may not ever see the fruits of these comments, that student will remember them for a long time.  Positive or negative, we do not know the impact of what we say.  Aim for positive and encouraging.

  18. Retooling Our Strategies for Student Success

    Submitted by Victor Ujor, ujor.1@osu.edu

    Student retention at Colleges and Universities has become an important topic in the US in recent years. According to Carl Strikwerda of Inside Higher Education, the recent drop in the number of students graduating from institutions of higher learning is not because we are sending fewer students to colleges. On the contrary, this trend stems from a growing decline in the number of students who persist to graduation. Consequently, the US currently ranks as low as 19th in terms of the percentage of College graduates in the adult population. This represents a significant threat to our ability to remain competitive globally. More specifically, it represents an existential threat to some colleges and universities, and in some cases, programs within institutions of higher learning. Notably, about 25% of private Colleges in the country are currently running deficits. In fact, it is projected that a whopping 50% of colleges and universities in the US will shut down over the next decade. While this remains a projection—which we hope does not pan out exactly as predicted—truth is, it portrays a rocky road ahead for Colleges and Universities. More importantly, it calls for serious, far-reaching efforts to reverse this trend.

    This begs the question; what is responsible for this trend? More importantly, what is/are the solution(s)? Whereas the situation varies from one institution to another, two factors have been repeatedly identified as major factors underlying the current retention decline in higher education, and they include:

    • Failure of students to make adequate progress toward their degree
    • Financial reasons – high cost of higher education

    Whereas the financial aspect of this problem calls for far-reaching measures by institutions and government to help stop the bleeding, it is plausible to suggest that the failure of students to make progress toward their degree programs is a likely lower hanging fruit, which we as individuals can expeditiously act upon. Learning, especially in College is a multifaceted experience that transcends the classroom. Therefore, the onus falls on us as individuals at all levels in higher education to reevaluate our practices—within and without the classroom. Typically, people tend to return to a pleasant experience—be it a place, a business, or a relationship in which they felt treated abundantly well. Here at Ohio State ATI, we take great pride in providing excellent service to our students. However, considering the picture painted above, the retention scenario—which we are not immune to—calls for concerted efforts that go beyond ‘good enough’. Hence, we must seek out and embrace every conceivable opportunity to create a truly remarkable experience for every student that we encounter, be it in the classroom, the gym, the laboratory, the farm, the office, or in the hallway.

    Reversing the retention trend is not an endeavor that is to be actively pursued by a select few. In contrast, it ought to be an all-out effort by every single individual within the institute to ensure that our students view ATI as home away from home, and most importantly, that they ‘visibly perceive’ honest constructive measures and efforts put in place to help them achieve their educational, and ultimately, career goals. Essentially, we all must do our bit individually to put such measures in place.  One may ask, “how do I go about this?” We all cannot be a part of administration, hence, we cannot all make decisions. However, the direct encounters that we have with students represent golden opportunities to provide impeccable service to our students. The emotional deposits that stem from such experiences far outstrip any retention-geared policies that administrators can enact.

    For an open-enrollment institute such as ours, the failure of students to make adequate progress toward their degree is a likely major factor that might particularly influence the ability of our students to persist to graduation. The point then, is that we cannot deploy the same techniques and measures, as do other institutions or departments within the university, especially in regard to teaching, if we are to create an upward projectile for our retention numbers. According to Dale Carnegie, “Within every individual lies a gnawing and unfailing human hunger, and the rare individual who honestly satisfies this hunger, wields an enormous influence over them. The hunger is: the desire for a feeling of importance.” As instructors, each day presents fresh new opportunities to influence our students positively, encourage them abundantly, listen to them raptly, and most of all, seek out new ways to help them get to the next level. For each student, that next level varies significantly, ranging from understanding and applying complex principles to appreciating simple, basic concepts, some of which may not necessarily be part of the class; yet are amply fundamental to succeeding in the class.

    When a student fails to ask a question in class, even though they do not understand a fundamental concept yet, it is more often than not, because they do not want to be looked down upon by their peers, who mostly may not even understand the topic either. When a student drags their feet about seeing a tutor, it is likely because they feel that their peers would notice their inadequacy. The list continues. Bottom line is, they will likely fake their way to the exit door. While they are still here, while they are still faking it, we must devise honest and sincere measures to reach out to them. That starts with a sincere and honest effort to show that we truly care, and for some of us, that we have been in similar situations in the past.

    Winning their trust is not a one-off event. It is a daily endeavor, to be pursued with empathy, persistence, patience and excitement. According to Carl Strikwerda, it is instructors who mostly control students’ fate. Of course, students must do their part, nonetheless, the path that we as instructors take students on, will likely excite or discourage them, and the pendulum strongly tilts towards discouragement with open-enrollment institutions, if we are not empathic and thoughtful enough. As much as we have anticipations as to contents that we expect students to master and cover by the end of each semester, it is important to find out where our students are, before we can set sail on that journey with them. A feel of the class’ preparedness does help to hammer out some rough ends at the beginning, by retooling the content of the class to accommodate rudimentary information where possible. If students feel lost early on in class, it typically sets off alarm bells for them, and for some, the most prudent solution by their calculation is to make run for the exit door, or to passively coast through the semester, only to wind up at the same exit door in the end, either by choice or by default (expulsion due to poor academic standing).  

    It is natural as instructors to nudge our students; pushing them to apply themselves more, regarding their academic endeavors. Whereas this is amply necessary, it is often easy to forget the need to lavishly recognize their efforts, when they do heed our coaxing. For a student struggling early on in a class, a short note or an email that generously recognizes and praises their efforts as they claw back their grade deficits can do a world of good to the student. To not appreciate having one’s efforts recognized, is almost if not downright unheard of. If you have children, it is very likely that your little ones would repeat a feat when they are praised/recognized genuinely for something they have done right. It is a fundamental human desire to be appreciated; one that can spark passion and effort in students. The next time a student puts in a good effort in their assignment, project, paper, or exam, spend a few minutes to leave them a short note of appreciation. It will likely kickstart a barrage of efforts going forward.

    Indeed, there are many faces to the practices and efforts that can improve retention. While they are all important, success in the classroom usually engenders passion, a sense of pride in oneself, a sense of direction, and most of all, a sense of importance. With these—in addition to other factors—students are more likely to persist to graduation. Reversing the current retention trend is a continuous never-ending process; one that we all must actively participate in, one step at a time.


    Strikwerda C. (2019) Faculty members are the key to solving the retention challenge. Inside Higher Education: https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2019/09/04/faculty-must-play-bigger-role-student-retention-and-success-opinion (accessed 12/23/2019)

    Horn M. (2018) Will half of all colleges really close in the next decade? Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelhorn/2018/12/13/will-half-of-all-colleges-really-close-in-the-next-decade/#74578d5352e5 (accessed 12/23/2019)

    Selingo J. J. (2018) Despite strong economy, worrying financial signs for higher education. The Washington Post:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2018/08/03/despite-strong-economy-worrying-financial-signs-for-higher-education/?noredirect=on accessed 12/23/2019)



  19. Financial Aid and Retention

    Submitted by Julia Morris, morris.878

    How to pay for college expenses can be one of many concerns our students have but may not be for as many as we think.

     Based on The Ohio State University OSAS – Analysis and Reporting reports for new first-year students published in September 2019, indicated the Wooster campus retention rates for students who were not eligible for need-based aid, such as the subsidized loan and Pell Grant, averaged at 74% for those entering Autumn 2017 and in 2018 after the first year.  However, two years later, that number drastically dropped.  The entering class of 2017 in Wooster dropped to a retention rate of 47.2%, whereas the three years prior it held steady at an average of 59.3% with comparable entering class numbers. (OSAS – Analysis and Reporting (No Sub loan/No Pell)

    On the flip side, we had a smaller group of students that received some “need-based” aid.  Based on the same report, our students that received the subsidized loan, yet their Estimated Family Contribution number from their FAFSA was not low enough to be Pell eligible, we steadily retained 67% of them after their first year in both 2017 and 2018.  In 2017 we had 67 students enter and 58 students enter in 2018 for this category. (OSAS – Analysis and Reporting Sub Loan/No Pell)

    Finally, our Pell eligible students that demonstrate the most “need-based” aid.  Our retention held steady with them at 67% after the first year in 2017 out of 94 Pell eligible entering students and 68.4% in 2018 with 95 Pell eligible entering students.  We have hovered as low as retaining 50% (2013) of our students after the first year over that past 10 years and as high as 68.4% (2018). (OSAS – Analysis and Reporting (Pell))

    Financial aid Options for Wooster campus Students

    Need-based financial aid  

    University’s President’s Affordability Grant and Buckeye Affordability Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

    Non-need based financial aid

    Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

    Internal and external scholarships are other aid opportunities for all students.  And of course, there are private loan options and the Federal Parent PLUS loan for those who need to explore those paths.  (University Student Financial Aid chart)

    Many variables are taken into consideration when awarding financial aid, but the primary requirement to even be considered for any university/state/federal grants, federal work-study, or federal loans is submitting a FAFSA on time, every year (Deadline February 1st) and completing the appropriate internal/external scholarship applications annually.

    If a student’s number one concern for not continuing at Ohio State ATI is due to financial aid, I recommend/discuss several things with students per their situation.  I welcome you to use this list as well or direct them to me as needed.

    1. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status – Are they are returning student and ineligible for financial aid?  They may complete and submit a SAP appeal due to their extenuating circumstances or a self-corrected appeal!
    2. Expected Family Contribution appeal – Did their family’s income drastically change from when they submitted the FAFSA?  We have an appeal for this too!
    3. Student loan options – Some students simply overlook their Award Summary/To Do List and do not complete all the steps in accepting their federal student loans and completing the Stafford Promissory Note and Stafford Entrance Counseling.
    4. Private Loan optionsFASTChoice is a great tool that OSU offers students to explore private loans (keeping in mind that most students may need a co-signer).
    5. Financial Aid Verification – Have they completed the items needed for their financial aid to disburse?
    6. Enroll in the Tuition Option Payment Plan (TOPP) - $30 enrollment fee; divides semester balance into 4 monthly payments.
    7. Conversations with parent/guardian – Is now the right time to start college/continue college based on the family’s financial situation?  Are parents willing and able to support their student financially?
    8. Scholarships – Students can continue to apply for Ohio State ATI/CFAES scholarships and OSU Special Scholarships annually.  External scholarships are offered for new and continuing students as well.
    9. Check OSU email – Do so on a regular basis for personal and student-wide financial aid information.

    If you read this far, I thank you.  Financial aid can have a lot of strings attached and I am here to help our students to the best of my abilities in efforts to guide them through and hopefully retain them to graduation.  Please feel free to send them my way at any time.  If you are interested in reading more, I found this quick read on Three Ways that Financial Aid Can Improve Student Retention.



  20. Early and Frequent Assessment is Good for Students and Instructors

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

    In the past four issues of the Wednesday Wire, members of the Retention Task Force have written articles for the Attention to Retention blog highlighting things we might do to help students be more successful academically and socially. My contribution spotlights the importance of early and frequent assessments for student success by helping students accurately gauge their learning progress, helping instructors measure their effectiveness in the learning process, and giving academic advisors data that will help them guide the students they counsel. 

    Making the transition from high school to college is difficult for many students and it is common for students to overestimate how well they are doing early in a college class. Perhaps this is because new college students do not understand that they are responsible for spending a considerable amount of time outside of class engaged in learning since this may not have been a requirement of most of their high school classes. Certainly, the level of learning in college is greater than what was expected of these students in high school. Whatever the case, assessing student performance with a combination of quizzes, tests, short writing assignments, or lab exercises early in the semester will let them know how they are doing while there is still plenty of time for them to adjust their study routine. 

    But early assessment is not enough. It must be frequent so that the student can discern if the changes they make in their study routine are having a positive effect on their learning. These assessments should initially be low stakes (not contribute significantly to the final grade) or even “no stakes” so students can get the feedback they need without the associated anxiety of how this is going to affect their final grade. Think of it as practice with coaching (feedback). There is also the case to be made that significant learning occurs during the assessment process.

    Assessing early and often can also benefit the instructor. By analyzing the aggregate results of an assessment, the instructor can gauge when a learning objective is not being met, or where the comprehension of a point is not great enough, while there is still time to revisit the topic during the semester. 

    The assessment data collected by instructors is also used by academic advisors as they work with students. At ATI, we supply this data to the advisors in the Early Alert Rosters that are prepared during the sixth week of each semester. The effectiveness of this endeavor is dependent upon the quality of the data contributed by each instructor. Yet there are a few instructors who report no assessment-based grades on the Early Alert Roster because they have not yet performed any meaningful assessment of student learning at this late stage of the semester. 

    For those of you preparing your syllabi for the coming semester and meeting with a new group of students in January, I invite you to think about how and when assessment fits into your course, and to consider adjustments that will address some of the points I have made. You can also turn to scholarly literature for more information. I recently searched for “student assessment in higher education” in Google Scholar and found 4.7 million results. Happy reading! 

  21. Understand First-Generation Families to Better Support First-Generation Students

    Submitted by Dee Dee Snyder, snyder.426@osu.edu

    College students’ parents sometimes get a bad rap. (Think helicopter parents, or worse, lawnmower parents.) For many years, parents of first-generation college students have been seen as forces “to be overcome” by colleges because these parents are perceived as being disengaged from their students’ college experiences or being negative influences. However, in “TRIO Families: Leveraging Strengths of First Generation Families,” presented at the 2018 Council for Opportunity in Education Conference, Meagan Stark and Dr. Michelle Hurley asked us to view first-generation parents through a different lens. Stark and Hurley contend that a better understanding of first-generation parents gives us important insights into their students, and first-generation parents can be our allies in providing vital support to their students.

    Although we know there are exceptions, research shows that many first-generation students report that their families were instrumental in their “breaking through” to be the first in their family to pursue a college degree (Gofen, 2009). Stark and Hurley asked us to consider ways first-generation families influence their students:

    • First-generation families are often key influencers in their student’s decision to go to college.
    • First-generation parents’ attitudes toward their own education and involvement in their student’s education establishes education as a family goal.
    • Family bonds and family sacrifice to help students get to college are powerful motivators for first-generation students.
    • First-generation and low-income families have experienced success despite exposure to risk and have adapted to risk in order to remain viable in adverse conditions. As a result, first-generation students bring resilience with them to college.

    Given first-generation parents’ influence on their students, how can institutions channel that influence to help support their students? Stark’s and Hurley’s suggestions included:

    • Family/parent mentor program to enhance individual guidance
    • Parent-focused newsletters: snail-mail is the best option for this population
    • Family/parent workshops—timing and location are key
    • Family questionnaire: what do they want to know about the institution?
    • Family/parent orientation outlining the experience for first-generation students: what does a day in the life of a student look like?
    • Financial literacy workshops focusing on scholarships, budgeting for college
    • Practical assistance: identifying food services, clothing resources for interviews, tech resources, FAFSA and financial aid verification, healthcare options

    Over half of Ohio State ATI’s students are first-generation college students, and we have myriad opportunities to interact with them over the course of a year. How might we engage our students’ families to help us retain and graduate our first-generation students?



    Gofen, A. (2009). Family Capital: How First-Generation Higher Education Students

    Break the Intergenerational Cycle.  Family Relations, 58, 104-120.


    Stark, M., Hurley, M. (2018, September). TRIO Families: Leveraging Strengths of

    First Generation Families. Investing in Futures and Empowering

    Families. 37th Annual Conference of the Council for Opportunity in Education, New York.


  22. What can I do?

    Submitted by Carri Gerber, gerber.140@osu.edu

    Since the first meeting of the Retention Task Force (RTF) on September 19th, I realized I knew very little about retention. I mean, it’s just a number, right? Data are a scientist’s best friend, so I of course started pulling out some stats to wrap my head around retention. Ohio State ATI’s retention rate is 71.1% (2019)*, which is well above 62%**, the national average for 2-year institutions. Ohio State ATI ranks #2* as compared to the regional campuses in retention rate. So, we must retention ROCKSTARS! Well … if we look at retention from the standpoint of loss, we lost 86 students (28.9%) that started in 2018*. Eighty-six students vanishing into thin air might make us magicians, but not retention rockstars. ☹

    The million-dollar questions are: Where did they go? Why did they leave Ohio State ATI?

    The RTF is working to answer these questions. However, the data collection and analysis, institutional plan development, and campus-wide implementation will not happen overnight. Which lead me to this question:

    What can I do right now to aid in student retention?

    After a bit of Googling and database searching, a low cost, high impact strategy emerged:

    Develop a psychologically attuned academic probation letter

    A psychologically attuned probation notification letter “takes into consideration students’ experiences of these notifications in an attempt to reduce feelings of shame, stigma and guilt. This innovative approach was developed by Shannon Brady, her colleagues at Stanford University and the College Transition Collaborative in order to decrease the likelihood of students who are placed on probation from dropping out of their program.”+

    “An attuned letter directly addresses the psychological worries on students’ minds, using four Core Principles:

     1. Frame probation as a process of learning and growth—not a label

     2. Communicate that it is not uncommon to experience difficulties

     3. Acknowledge a variety of specific reasons for academic difficulty

     4. Offer hope of returning to good standing.”++

    The Mohawk college study found those students who received the psychologically attuned probation letter had a statistically significantly higher subsequent term GPA as compared to those who received the standard probation letter.+

    I plan to revise our current probation letter following Brady’s principles of “psychological attunement” for the Dec 17, 2019 academic actions with the hopes of reducing the dropout rate and increasing the subsequent term GPAs. Fingers crossed!

    Retention rates



    Approach to the academic probation letter



    What can you to do aid in retention?? Have you heard of Nudging? Check out:


  23. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

    Submitted by Denise Rotavera-Krain, rotavera-krian.1@osu.edu

    As members of the ATI community, it is important for all of us to become more familiar with college student retention and college student success.  We share a common goal of wanting our students to succeed.  But who has the time to think about this?

    You’re Welcome! The Retention Task Force has taken the guesswork out of finding these materials for you!  See below for a few key articles organized by how much time you have. 

    If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please reach out to any member of the Retention Task Force.

    • Laura Deeter
    • Lisa Dicus
    • David Dietrich
    • Robby Frutchey
    • Carri Gerber
    • Thom Janini
    • Julia Morris
    • Denise Rotavera-Krain
    • Dee Dee Snyder
    • Mick Steiner
    • Victor Ujor



    Not Much Time?  Here’s the Quick & Dirty!

    From Retention to Persistence by Vincent Tinto


    Postsecondary Retention & Persistence: A Primer (ribghe.org)


    Academic Advising & Student Retention & Persistence, Charlie Nutt



    Like Videos or Have a Little More Time Right Now?  The Meaningful Middle is Where You Want to Be!

    Through the Eyes of Students by Vincent Tinto


    Promoting Student Successes: A Shared Responsibility by Vincent Tinto (YouTube Video)



    Love Data or Want to Dig a Deeper – You’re a Retention Rockstar!

    What Faculty Need to Know About Retention by Jerry Pattengale


    National Retention & Completion Reports by NACADA (National Academic Advising Association)




  24. Relentless Welcome

    Submitted by Denise Rotavera-Krain, rotavera-krain.1@osu.edu

    Welcome to Attention to Retention, your source for what is going on in college student retention here at ATI.  We will bring you updates from the Retention Task Force, information on retention, and provide you with opportunities to participate in shaping the culture of our school. 

    Relentless Welcome

    “Student-faculty and student-student interactions are the most significant factors contributing to undergraduate student learning, motivation, identity development, well-being, graduation rates, and post-graduation career and civic outcomes” (Mayhew et al., 2016).

    Back in August, several of us went to the Teaching Conference on main campus.  We heard a wonderful keynote address by Dr. Peter Felton of Elon University entitled “Relationships Matter”.   One of the topics he discussed included the idea of “Relentless Welcome” as a major component of student retention.  Relentless Welcome involves “creating an environment where students feel supported and cared for, so that they can prioritize their learning”( https://sydney.edu.au).  Some simple examples of Relentless Welcome include learning student names and using them on a regular basis as well as taking the time to check in with students to see how they are feeling. 

    While the main focus of Dr. Felton’s address was on relationships with students, he also made it clear that this idea applied to our relationships with each other: 

    • Student to Student
    • Faculty to Students
    • Staff to Students
    • Faculty & Staff to each other
    • Everyone to Visitors

    Students are acutely aware of how they are treated by each other and by faculty and staff but are also very much aware of how faculty and staff treat each other.  Students take their cues from faculty and staff interactions and use them to base their ideas of campus culture. 

    Relentless Welcome is not just for the benefit of our students.  “Work—where we spend the majority of our waking hours—is fertile ground for the development of both instrumental and friendly social bonds, (Simon, et al, 2010). Several studies show that a collegial working environment of mutual respect leads to increased feelings of self-worth and accomplishment.  Creating a Relentless Welcome work environment is a win-win for all of us. 


    TAKE ACTION: How do you provide Relentless Welcome at ATI? 

    Follow this link to share what you do to create Relentless Welcome with students, staff, faculty, and visitors.  We will share the results to help create best practices for our campus.  (Names will be kept confidential)

    Relentless Welcome Best Practices


    Form will be available until November 8th at 11:59PM. 

  25. Residence Life's Academic Initiative Award Winners

    Submitted by Mick Steiner, steiner.255@osu.edu

    The Academic Initiatives team within Residence Life is housed in Columbus and serves all students who reside in housing on all of Ohio State's campuses. This team helps coordinate the residential learning communities, peer tutoring program, the first and second year residential experience programs, faculty engagement, and they sponsor this particular awards program each year. Due to COVID-19, nominees were unable to be honored in person at the yearly reception. 
       Residence Life has four core values: Community, Learning, Wellness, and Inclusion. Each residential community is asked to nominate worthy faculty members who helped sponsor or host programming through the year. A committee then selects one winner per each of the four core values. We are elated to announce that three out of the four winners are from Ohio State ATI this year. 
       Congratulations to the following outstanding faculty programs:
       "Do Something Good with your Trash - Village Composting Pilot Program": Dr. Ryan Haden, Dr. Fred Michel, and Cathy Herms (Outstanding Faculty Program for Community Building)
       "Turbos & Tacos - The Basics of Tuning Forced Induction Engines": Dr. Zane Raudenbush (Outstanding Faculty Program for Foster Student Learning)
       "Cooking with Crockpots": Mrs. Shari Peart (Outstanding Faculty Program for Enhancing Student Wellness)
       You may also be familiar with our yearly “Friends of Housing Awards,” which is initiated by students and has typically been presented in May at the ATI Employee Recognition Banquet. While our residents voted this spring, we are holding off on announcing those winners until the program is rescheduled (likely for autumn 2020). 
       Thank you to all of our exceptional faculty and staff who contribute to creating the extraordinary student experience in Applewood Village. We greatly appreciate you! 

  26. Dr. Ryan Haden recognized by Residence Life

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    The Academic Initiatives Committee housed in Residence Life recognized Dr. Ryan Haden for significant contribution to academic initiatives in the residence halls. Below are some words that his nominator, Hunter Sandwisch, said in their nomination. 

    “On September 16, 2019, students assembled at the Ohio State ATI Community Room for the Holly Ct. RA’s program “Do Something Good with your Trash." The program had guest speakers Dr. Ryan Haden, Catherine Herms, and Dr. Frederick Michel who all spoke on the importance and benefits of composting and how to do it in the apartment village. After listening to a presentation, the students were led outside where they helped to put together a compost bin outside of the community room as it would serve as the main bin until others could be built. The students worked together to build the box as well as learning the basics of how to maintain the cleanliness of the area. After the bin was installed, the residents signed up if they were interested in composting and were given their very own compost bucket for their apartment. The bucket serves as a container for scraps of food such as fruits, bread, and vegetables. After filling the bucket, students were able to take the small bucket to their own bin that would be built near the village trash collection location. The goal of the program was to get the community involved in a green system that helps bring them together. Pilot program participants were encouraged to participate in a friendly village competition. Whoever has the most compost in their bin by the end of the year will win tickets to the Ohio State Cedar Point Day. Overall, this program did a great job in bringing the community together for a common good to preserve the environment that lowers our waste output while also encouraging residents to learn more about environmental wellness. Because our residents love working with their hands, they really enjoyed the active component of the program.”

    Congratulations, Ryan!


  27. Deeter receives NACTA Educator Award

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Laura Deeter has been selected as a recipient of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award. The award recognizes those individuals whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural higher education, according to NACTA. Congratulations, Laura!

  28. ATI Student recognized as 2020 Turfgrass Science Student of the Year

    Submitted by Zane Raudenbush, raudenbush.1@osu.edu

    David Payne was one of two students to receive the 2020 Turfgrass Science Student of the Year Award (Brandon Stith from the Columbus Campus was also recognized). He accepted the award at the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation’s Spring Into 2020 event. 

    According to a letter of endorsement written on David's behalf, although his academic accomplishments are noteworthy, his greatest achievements have been outside the classroom. He went out of his way to develop rapport with his classmates, and his outgoing personality encouraged them to become more engaged in classes and labs. Elected President of the ATI Turf Club by his peers, David immediately implemented a mentoring program, wherein second-year turfgrass students were assigned two or three freshmen to mentor during their first semester. David and three of his classmates completely overhauled ATI's intramural softball field over autumn break because they did not feel the field condition reflected well on the turf program. David was also determined to have a competitive team at the 2020 Sports Turf Managers Collegiate Skills Competition and held his teammates accountable for rigorous study in the weeks leading up to the event. Their hard work was rewarded with a third-place finish.

    Congratulations, David!

  29. Dave Richards '81 receives CFAES Distinguished Alumnus Award

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    Dave Richards '81 (Associate of Science in Nursery Management) was recently honored as a recipient of a CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award.

    Dave is a strong supporter of Ohio State ATI and has been an instructor in horticulture at Auburn Career Center in Painesville, Ohio, for over 20 years. Experiential learning is a focus of his teaching strategy, and he incorporates many different forms of hands-on education into his student lessons.

    To help prepare students for what will be expected of them in the industry, Dave has worked to change Ohio FFA’s testing to be similar to the professional certifications in Ohio’s nursery and landscape industry. He continues to work with Ohio FFA and National FFA to offer apprenticeship programs in which students can participate.

    One of the highlights of his experiential teaching strategies is a display at Cleveland’s Great Big Home + Garden Show where, with Dave’s leadership, students create a competition-level garden that is 1,600 square feet.

    In his words, Dave’s greatest contribution to the landscape industry is “a passion for excellence in all endeavors both personally and for my students. I am particularly proud of the partnerships developed with business and industry which led to aligning classroom/ lab curriculum with industry certification credentials.” It is through his students that Dave’s legacy will live on.

  30. 2020 Ohio State ATI Homecoming Court

    Submitted by Jodie Holava, holava.1@osu.edu

     ATI Campus Community, 
    The Ohio State ATI Homecoming Committee is excited to announce that applications are now available for the 2020 Homecoming Court! Although the application process is this Spring, all Homecoming activities and festivities will be held during Autumn 2020 as well as a community service project and fundraiser in Spring 2021. 
    Please encourage any students who may qualify to apply! Qualifications include the following: a student returning to Ohio State ATI in the fall, completion of 30 credit hours and a 2.5 cumulative GPA by the end of spring semester, and a strong campus leader and role-model. We need your help to get the strongest representatives of ATI to apply! 
       Application can be found at: go.osu.edu/atihomecoming 
       Application deadline: Wednesday, March 18th by 5:00 pm. 
       Thank you and Go Bucks! 
       2020 Ohio State ATI Homecoming Committee 

  31. Call for Nominations

    Submitted by Allison Mayer, mayer.697@osu.edu

    Ohio State ATI values excellence. The following awards will be presented at the Annual Recognition Program. 
       Distinguished Teaching 
       Outstanding Advisor 
       and Outstanding Staff 
       All nominations must be received by Wednesday, April 1st, 2020. To nominate faculty or staff please complete this form https://ati.osu.edu/award-form
       For more information about the awards visit: https://ati.osu.edu/faculty-staff-awards 

  32. ATI teams takes 3rd in national turfgrass competition

    Submitted by Zane Raudenbush, raudenbush.2@osu.edu

    David Payne, Mason Embry, Chase Combs and Noe Gonzales represented Ohio State ATI at the Sports Turf Managers Association 2020 Student Challenge, held in conjunction with the STMA conference in West Palm Beach, FL.  Each year students from 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities across the country compete in an exam that challenges knowledge in the sports turf industry. Topics include turfgrass identification and selection, soils and soil fertility, irrigation and drainage, turfgrass mathematics, pest management, and sports field management. The winning teams receive a cash award, a plaque and medallions for each team member. The prize money benefits the institution’s turf program and creates opportunities for students pursuing a career in sports turf management.

    ATI's team took third place in the 2-year school category out of 18 teams.

    Congratulations David, Mason, Chase and Noe!

  33. Josiah Bale is a 2019 AmericanHort Scholar

    Submitted by Uttara Samarakoon, samarakoon.2@osu.edu

    Only a handful of students across the United States receive the AmericanHort Scholar award each year. Josiah graduated with the degrees in greenhouse management, nursery management and horticulture science from ATI and was a recipient of the director's award in 2018. https://www.americanhort.org/page/hortscholars_meet

  34. Heather Bauder receives certification

    Submitted by Terry Lanker, lanker.2@osu.edu

    Heather Bauder recently received the professional designation of Certified Horticulturist from the American Society for Horticultural Science. We are proud of Heather's diligence in preparing for and attaining this prestigious designation which demonstrates her broad knowledge of horticulture and the many assets she brings to the Horticulture Division.

  35. John Wanzer Professional Development Funds to support two ATI staffers

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Cate Hunko and Denise Rotavera-Krain are the recipients of grants from the John Wanzer Professional Development Fund from the OSU Office of Academic Affairs. The fund provides grants each year for continuing education that will enable advisors to become better informed about the latest research in student success, including technologies, evidence-based interventions, and data-informed decision-making. Cate and Denise will be using the funds to attend a conference in Louisville, KY.

  36. Laura Deeter receives national honor


    Submitted by David Dietrich, dietrich.114@osu.edu

    Dr. Laura Deeter has been recognized by Instructure as a winner of its inaugural Educator of the Year Awards at the annual InstructureCon edtech conference. Building on the success of the 2018 awards, the Educator of the Year Awards recognizes outstanding educators working to further teaching as well as shape the next generation of students. This year's six winners represent education innovation in both the K-12 and higher education fields.

    Deeter was one of six educators honored.

    "Each winner is dedicated to their students' success and is using Canvas to improve teaching and elevate learning," said Melissa Loble, SVP of customer success and partnerships at Instructure. "Their inspiring stories showcase the role that technology plays in education and how we can use it to prepare students for the world outside of the classroom."

    According to Instructure, Deeter has been inspirational at exploring and incorporating non-traditional classroom activities that will help her students in their future careers. She likes to test out new ways of teaching, including flipped classrooms, gamification, field trips, and student video projects.

    "I wanted to find a way to turn what I do and teach into something that's fun," Deeter said. " I took Canvas and all of the tools that come with it and turned my plant identification course into a game about plants and zombies. I learned a lot about how the students use the technology and the students felt that they engaged more with the class."

    The Canvas Educator of the Year Awards were judged on the following criteria:

    • How does this teacher redefine traditional classroom activities to prepare students for college and careers?
    • How does this teacher's classroom experience improve achievement for at-risk populations?
    • How does this teacher impact student engagement, curiosity and/or achievement?

    Instructure helps people grow from the first day of school to the last day of work. More than 30 million people use the Canvas Learning Management Platform for schools and the Bridge Employee Development Platform for businesses. More information at www.instructure.com.

  37. Jon Witter recognized by university Office of Student Life


    Submitted by Mick Steiner, steiner.255@osu.edu

    I have some great news to share on behalf of Residence Life Academic Initiatives Team (AIT). Each year, residence halls and apartment communities have an opportunity to apply for various awards recognizing the efforts to promote learning in residence as well as faculty engagement outside the classroom. The awards are designed around Residence Life’s 4 Core Values: Community, Learning, Wellness, and Inclusion.

    Dr. Witter was selected and recognized for the “Most Outstanding Faculty Program for Promoting Student Learning.” He presented a faculty dinner program called “Research and Roasts” where over 60 students attended and he talked about the practical application of research in everyday life, citing some of the projects he has worked on in the area. ATI was the only regional campus winner.

    The faculty dinner series was sponsored by ATI Housing and planned by Resident Advisors Jacob Schott and Aaron Smith.


  38. Peggy Lindsey earns New Faculty FIT endorsement

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Dr. Peggy Lindsey has completed the Ohio State University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UTIL) Endorsement: New Faculty FIT. An endorsement is a credential provided by UITL to reward and identify faculty who pursue excellence in teaching by participating in professional learning programs at The Ohio State University. The New Faculty FIT Teaching and Learning endorsement introduces new faculty and instructors to the multi-disciplinary community at Ohio State, as well as supports for teaching and learning. Participants are able to form connections, develop pedagogical expertise, and reflect on/share goals and experiences related to their instructional roles.  

  39. ATI Student Paper Receives First-Place Award

    Submitted by Nathan Crook, crook.55@osu.edu

    At the 2019 AURCO Conference on April 6, Jessica Crook received the first-place award for a student paper presentation:

    E. Ted Bunn Student Excellence Award - Papers

    1st: Jessica Lauren Crook, OSU ATI

    The Changing Role of the Royal Drummer in the Traditional Leadership Structure of the Ewe of Ghana

    This paper was based upon original ethnographic field research conducted with Francis Dzormeku, Royal Drummer of the Asogli State in Ghana. Jessica spent numerous hours interviewing and working with Dzormeku to gain an in-depth and nuanced knowledge of the historic and contemporary roles and practices of the Ewe Royal Drummer. Her major professors for this research were Dr. D. Rose Elder, Dr. Nathan Crook, and Ms. Janice Baxstrom. 

    Jessica completed her AS in Community Leadership from Ohio State ATI in December 2018 and will participate in the 2019 commencement. She will continue a BS in Community Leadership starting in Columbus in August 2019.

  40. Call for Nominations

    Submitted by Abby Burkey, burkey.48@osu.edu

     Please consider nominating someone for the following awards: 

    •   Distinguished Teaching 
    •   Outstanding Advisor 
    •   Outstanding Staff (this year 2 staff awards will be given) 
    •   RCOSA (faculty nominations only) 

       For more information about the award: https://ati.osu.edu/Faculty-Staff-Awards 
       All nominations must be received by Friday, March 1st, 2019
       To nominate: https://ati.osu.edu/award-form 
       Please contact Abby at burkey.48@osu.edu if you have any questions. 

  41. Call for Nominations

    Submitted by Abby Burkey, burkey.48@osu.edu

     Please consider nominating someone for the following awards: 

    •   Distinguished Teaching 
    •   Outstanding Advisor 
    •   Outstanding Staff (this year 2 staff awards will be given) 
    •   RCOSA (faculty nominations only) 

       For more information about the award: https://ati.osu.edu/Faculty-Staff-Awards 
       All nominations must be received by Friday, March 1st, 2019. 
       To nominate: https://ati.osu.edu/award-form 
       Please contact Abby at burkey.48@osu.edu if you have any questions. 

  42. CFAES Announces Distinguished Seniors

    Submitted by Carri Gerber, gerber.140@osu.edu

    Congratulations to ATI graduate Cody McCain, named one of the 2019 CFAES Distinguished Seniors. Cody will graduate this year with a bachelor's degree in Agriscience Education.

    List of distinguished seniors

  43. ATI alumnus named Swine Manager of the Year

    Submitted by Kim Sayers, sayers.1@osu.edu

    Nathan Isler, an ATI graduate, was named Ohio Swine Manager of the Year by the Ohio Pork Council. Ohio's Country Journal just published a profile of Nathan and his swine operation. You can read it here

  44. Subbu Kumarappan awarded Digital Flagship Educator Grant

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Congratulations to Subbu Kumarappan! His proposal for enhancing student experience through the use of MobLab software and Apple TV wireless projection was funded n the first round of Digital Flagship Educator Grants. The MobLab software will be used to implement experiment simulations in an online agricultural, environmental, and development economics (AEDE) course.

  45. Kate Yurick earns new certification

    Submitted by Dee Dee Snyder, snyder.426@osu.edu

    Please join me in congratulating Kate Yurick on becoming recertified as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Kate successfully passed the examination this summer.

    Kate has shared with me that mastering the coursework to achieve this professional certification enhanced the work she did coordinating disability services on other campuses and has been great preparation for her work as an academic mentor in Program Excel.

    Congratulations on your commitment to maintaining this certification Kate!

  46. Ujor and Ezeji receive NSF grant

      Dr. Victor Ujor and Dr. Thaddeus Ezeji have been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for a project entitled "Developing second-generation hyper-producers of butanol from biomass by activating dormant pathways.”  The total award amount is $318,902.00 for three years. The first year award amount is $95,779.00. 

    Renewable production of fuels and chemicals is growing. One strategy involves producing fuels and chemicals using microbes. Unfortunately, these chemicals often exert toxic effects on microorganisms at high concentrations. Butanol is one example of this. It has excellent properties as a transportation fuel. At high concentrations, it poisons the microbes that produce it. The central goal of the project is to enhance the ability of butanol-producing bacteria to withstand high concentrations of butanol. Undergraduate and graduate students will receive hands-on research training and mentorship. International outreach will focus on delivering a course on biofuels production in Nigeria. These experiences should prepare the students for successful careers in a global workforce.

    Dr. Ejezi is an associate professor of animal sciences and is located on the CFAES Wooster Campus.


  47. New ATI faculty member receives award

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Dr. Tracy Kitchel, chair of ACEL, has announced that Dr. Joy Rumble, our new Assistant Professor of Agricultural Communication, has earned the Award of Excellence in Research by the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE). According to their website, ACE is an international association of communicators, educators and information technologists. The organization offers professional development and networking for individuals who extend knowledge about agriculture, natural resources, and life and human sciences.

    Although Dr. Rumble does not officially begin with Ohio State until August 15 and technically received this award under the University of Florida banner, we get the honor of keeping Dr. Rumble and her skills that contributed to her winning that award!

    Dr. Rumble is one of our own, by the way, graduating from ATI with an A.S. in livestock science before going on to earn a B.S. and M.S. in animal sciences at CFAES. She went on to earn her doctorate at University of Florida in agricultural communication. She is a native of Mt. Gilead, Ohio.


  48. CFAES Alumni Award nominations sought

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    The CFAES Alumni Society Board is accepting nominations for the annual CFAEs Alumni Awards. Ohio State ATI has a pretty good track record with these awards! If you have someone in mind that you think is a good candidate, please contact Frances Whited. She can assist you in putting the nomination together. 

    The awards are:

    Young Alumni Award
    Distinguished Alumni Award
    International Alumni Award
    Meritorious Service Award (open to alumni and non-alumni candidates)

    To read up on the criteria for each award and see a list of past recipients, visit the website.  The process is simple and requires a one-page nomination and up to two additional pages of supporting materials such as a resume or letter of support.

    Nominations are due Saturday, Oct. 13, and the awards will take place Saturday, March 2.  If you have any questions, contact Claire Badger at 614-292-0250 or badger.50@osu.edu.

    We hope that you’ll help us identify and honor the next group of honorees!

  49. Texas Buffy 2521 models for Select Sires

    Submitted by Royce Thornton, thornton.5@osu.edu

    Congratulations to the Ohio State ATI Dairy.  OSU-ATI Texas Buffy 2521 is the featured cow in the following Select Sires ad for her sire Heartland Irwin Texas.  OSU-ATI Texas Buffy 2521's performance credentials are:  evaluated Excellent 90% at 2 years and 10 months for conformation; produced 15,790 pounds of milk, 759 pounds of fat, and 588 pounds of protein in her first lactation starting at 1 year and 9 months of age; genetically evaluated in the 84th percentile of the Jersey breed with a USDA Net Merit index of 266$ and a Jersey Performance Index of 99; and compared to the other ATI Jersey cows has an estimated producing ability of a +1902 pounds of milk, +134 pounds of fat, and +102 pounds of protein. 

  50. Business Office Updates

    Gloria will be out of the office Monday 9/23 through Friday 10/4. Please see Olivia or Cindy if you need assistance. Also, if you are requesting Enterprise vehicles, please send those forms to Olivia Maurer.272 AND Cindy Shelly.12 or physically put the form on one of our desks.

    The business office now has 3 portable WIFI units you can sign out for a class or research.  If you are traveling to one of the farms, labs or research plots where there is no WIFI available you can stop in and sign out the unit.  We ask that you only sign it out as needed and return it promptly after use.  There will be a calendar reservation sheet in the business office – see Cindy, Olivia, or Desiree (and Gloria when she returns).

    We are now scheduling SKOU 217 as an additional conference room option.  217 has a six person capacity, however at this time there is no special technology in the room unless you bring your own laptop.  The calendar schedule for 217 is in the same scheduling book as the other conference rooms in the business office.

  51. Homecoming Week Activities

    Homecoming kick's off with Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 28th. 

     ATI Homecoming Week activities:

    •    September 30th at 8pm:
      • RA's present Karaoke and Kondoms in the Community Room
    •    October 1st at 7pm:
      • Homecoming Court hosts Faculty/Staff and Student Dodge Ball Tournament in SAC gym
    •    October 2nd at 8pm:
      • Community Council hosts "Under Construction" Homecoming Dance in SAC gym
    •    October 3rd at 6pm:
      • CFFA hosts Square Dancing in SAC gym
    •    October 4th:
      • Spirit Day - wear your scarlet and gray! 
    •    October 5th:
      • Homecoming game vs Michigan State 7:30 PM


  52. 9th Annual Homecoming Faculty/Staff vs Student Dodge Ball Tournament

    9th Annual Homecoming Faculty/Staff vs Student Dodge Ball Tournament! Team sign-up can be sent to court member Nicole McMullen.141 via email by Monday, Sept. 30th. Teams of 6-10 players. Event is Tuesday, Oct. 1st from 7pm-9pm in the SAC gymnasium. Dan Linden.9, homecoming committee member, is also organizing teams of interest. Can't find a team? Come be a drop-in player!


  53. Finding joy in diversity

    This workshop is designed to explore some of the barriers imposed by race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability, and cultural differences. Discussions will focus on the use of appropriate humor to raise sensitivity, and to generate creative and positive action in our daily lives. With its accent on leadership training, this session will empower participants to appreciate differences, embrace similarities, and promote harmony and empowerment in our respective environments and communities. 
    Light lunch and conversation at noon; presentation at 12:15 p.m. 


    RSVP required to Jason Owens: owens.1132@osu.edu 

    Live stream available: https://proxy.qualtrics.com/proxy/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fosu-cfaes.zoom.us%2Fj%2F6056911066&token=1IwJKcp0d%2B7rI41Y38rVq4AelF1dKC5nTVsPc1o1ecw%3D 

    Karen’s workshop clients include Parker-Hannifin, Aultman Hospital, Girl Scouts of America, Cleveland Clinic, Lubrizol, United States Department of Agriculture, twelve State Departments of Health, and colleges and universities across the country. 

    Check out Karen's HaHa Institute to learn more about her mission and story. 

    We hope that you will take advantage of this unique opportunity and join us for Finding Joy in Diversity! 

  54. Fall 2019 Computer Courses

  55. Wooster Staff Council Showing Liar Liar - July 26

    This Friday, July 26, Wooster Staff Council will be hosting a free movie (Liar Liar, starring Jim Carrey). The movie will be shown during lunch at Fisher Auditorium (12:00-1:30pm). The movie is free for all employees and there will be concessions available for purchase (cash only).   

  56. ATI Book Club

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    July 22, 2020
    12 noon

    This month the ATI Book Club is reading The Operator by Gretchen Berg. Harper Collins describes it as " a clever, surprising, and ultimately moving debut novel, set in a small Midwestern town in the early 1950s, about a nosy switchboard operator who overhears gossip involving her own family, and the unraveling that discovery sets into motion." The fun twist for us is that the small town they refer to is Wooster, Ohio! 
    Join us for the Zoom gathering on July 22. If you are not on the book club email list be sure to contact Kathy Yoder.332 for a Zoom link.


  57. June Book Club

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    Thursday, June 17, 2020
    12:00 p.m.  

    For our next book club we will read The Dutch House by Anne Patchett. We will meet on Zoom and if you are not on the book club mailing list please contact Kathy Yoder for an invitation link.

    The Dutch House

  58. Wooster Campus Staff Council announces Town Hall meetings

    Submitted by Zac Burkey, burkey.56@osu.edu

    In these trying times, we want to let you to know that the Wooster Staff Council is here for you! If you have any questions during these difficult times, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or your Wooster Campus Staff Council representative. We will all do our best to get them answered as quickly as possible.  

    The Dean has scheduled 3 town hall meetings to be held on the Wooster Campus.  They are scheduled to be held May 1, July 21, Oct 23.  The May 1 Town Hall is to be held virtually.  Please use this Qualtrics link: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6oiF3g34kXXXdKl to ask question(s).  We will make sure that it gets to everyone involved in the Town Hall meeting to hopefully be answered. We are not requesting names or any contact information in order to make to make it as anonymous as possible. 

    We as a council hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!


  59. Live Online: Team Agility Workshop

  60. Increase Your Excel Knowledge LIVE Online

    Submitted by Zac Burkey, burkey.56@osu.edu


  61. ATI Book Club

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    WHEN: May 13, 12:00 noon

    WHERE: via Zoom

    Book coverEveryone is invited to read along with the ATI Book Club this month. We are reading Laura Lippman's Lady in the Lake. It's historical (1960's) fiction and mystery/noir.

    We will meet over Zoom, so please rsvp to Kathy if you are not on the book club mailing list. 

  62. Great Decisions 2020: Democracy, Trade, and Migration

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    NOTE: If you are planning to attend this event, please contact the College of Wooster to confirm that it has not been canceled.

    The 2020 Great Decisions series (Democracy, Trade, and Migration) features a speaker that may be of particular interest to the Wooster campus. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    Tuesday, April 14Lean Lecture Room, Wishart Hall

    “Trade with your Neighbour: A Canadian Farmer’s Perspective on the USMCA (or new NAFTA)”

    nagleCherilyn Jolly-Nagel, Canadian farmer and agriculture policy advocate, who served as the first female President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers’ Association; represented Canada at World Trade Organizations Ministerial Meetings; and serves as an International Director for the Global Farmer Network.








    The Great Decisions lecture series is a joint venture between The College of Wooster and the local Wooster community.  It began in 1981 and has run annually since that year.  The primary purpose of the series is to bring to the region experts (from a variety of backgrounds) on various issues pertaining to foreign policy and international affairs. The goal is to contribute to the ongoing education of Wooster students and area residents alike.  

  63. Ohio State Day at Cedar Point is May 8

    Submitted by Mick Steiner, steiner.255@osu.edu

    OHIO STATE DAY at CEDAR POINT will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 and tickets are offered at the following special prices: 
       Student Ticket: $27.00 (limit 2 tickets per Student ID number) 
       Regular Ticket: (Faculty, Staff, Family, & Friends: $42.00 (unlimited tickets) 
       Junior (Children under 48” tall)/Senior Ticket (age 62 or older): $32.00 (unlimited tickets) 
       Fast Lane Pass: $65.00 
       BBQ Meal Add On: $17.25 
       Parking: $15.00 
    Buckeyes, their families, and friends have exclusive park access from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Join us for special Ohio State t-shirt giveaways, performances, and autographs throughout the park! Order tickets by April 12 and get a free Coca-Cola drink wristband good for unlimited beverages throughout the park. 
    More information including ticket sales, hotel discounts, and updated event details can be found at: go.osu.edu/cedarpoint2020 
    Further questions? Contact Lauren Luffy at the Ohio State Alumni Association (luffy.2@osu.edu) or for technical support with your order, call 419-609-2067. 
    We hope to see you at “America’s Rockin’ Roller Coast” and GO BUCKS! 

  64. Admissions Open House on Feb. 29

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    The Admissions Office will be hosting 70 students and their families on Saturday, Feb. 29. Students registered for the Equine open house will take part in the academic session about the horse programs. The Open House begins with registration at 8 a.m and concludes after lunch with optional campus and farm tours. If you have questions about the event, please contact Liz Helterbrand. Thanks to everyone for making this day a success!

  65. Save the Date: Employee Recognition Event

    Submitted by Allison Mayer, mayer.697@osu.edu 

     Save the Date for Thursday, May 7th from 11:30am to 1:30pm in Café Carmen. 
    Formal invitation coming later. 

    save the date

  66. Diversity workshop in Wooster on Feb. 26th

    Submitted by Leo Taylor, taylor.3408@osu.edu

    The CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is collaborating with other diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders around campus to host a 90-minute workshop for the national CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, an initiative OSU President Michael Drake committed to in 2017. The workshop, "Facilitating a Conversation of Understanding", will address the importance of establishing dialogue in building relationships across differences; help participants examine the diversity in their networks to reveal opportunities to increase understanding of people from diverse social identity groups; identify barriers and benefits to having diversity discussions on campus about race and identity; engage participants in conversations to broaden their perspectives; and empower participants to commit to action to promote inclusivity in the groups they are a part of and across their interactions with diverse groups. This workshop will take place at 7 different locations and times on Tuesday, February 25th on the Columbus campus and at each regional campus on Wednesday, February 26th.

    The Wooster workshop will take place 1:00-2:30 pm on Wednesday, February 26th in 126 Research Services.

    Register to attend one of the sessions in BuckeyeLearn.

    Please direct all inquiries to Dr. Leo Taylor, Program Director for the CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

    Leo Taylor, PhD (he/him/his)
    Program Director
    Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
    236 Agricultural Administration, 2120 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210
    Mobile: 607.229.7760

  67. OSU Night at COSI

    OSU Night at COSI (Center for Science and Innovation), sponsored by the Office of Student Life - Residence Life will be this Friday, February 21, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm. This event is free of charge and open to the entire OSU community and their families with a BuckID. As in years past, combo meal vouchers are provided for the first 1,000 guests. $6 on-site parking is available or free shuttles will be provided from the Columbus campus.

    *       Event Details: https://housing.osu.edu/get-involved/annual-events/

    *       COSI Website: https://www.cosi.org/

    *       COSI Address: 333 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215

    Questions be can directed to Assistant Director of Residence Life, Stephanie Clemons-Thompson: clemonsthompson.1@osu.edu

  68. Chili and Soup Cook-off

    Submitted by Zac Burkey, burkey.56@osu.edu

    Hello Everyone,

    The Wooster Campus Staff Council Chili & Soup Cook-off is a little less than a month away. We are still in need of both cooks and servers for the day of the event.  If you are interested in entering your chili or soup, please contact Ruth Montz.11 by Tuesday, March 10. Additionally, if you would like to be a guest server, please contact Erin Parker.1390 by Friday, March 13.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

  69. Staff Book Club

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    Please join us for discussions of the following books. The club meets over the lunch hour in the library.

    February 26 -  Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout 
    April 1  - My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 
    May 13 -  Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman 
    June 17 - Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? By Roz Chaste 

  70. 10th Annual Celebration of Nations

    Submitted by Jason Owens, owens.1132@osu.edu


  71. Lori Battig retirement celebration

    Submitted by Martha Bollinger, bollinger.70@osu.edu

    Wooster Campus Fleet Services' Lori Battig is retiring. Stop in on Thursday, Feb. 13, 9-10:30 a.m., Wooster Campus Facilities Services Garage, to wish her the best.


  72. Sesquicentennial Open House

    Submitted by Katy LeMasters, lemasters.27@osu.edu

    150To celebrate Ohio State’s 150th anniversary – our sesquicentennial – the Columbus campus is opening campus doors to both community members and Buckeyes near and far, for an exploration and showcase of the amazing accomplishments of Buckeyes past, present, and future. 
    Park for free on campus and kick off your day at Thompson Library where we will sing Ohio’s praise, give away door prizes, and enjoy activities from pop-up theater performances to hands-on chemistry demonstrations. From there, explore across the campus where you can walk onto the field at Ohio Stadium, learn about campus on a bus tour, gaze at the stars in a planetarium show, and much more. 
       March 21, 2020, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
       The Ohio State University – Columbus Campus 

       12 p.m.: Celebration Kickoff at Thompson Library (1858 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210
       12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Self-guided exploration of Thompson Library and campus activities 


  73. Land Use Actions for the Future of Our County

    Submitted by Debbie Shaffer, shaffer.271@osu.edu

    Land Use Actions for the Future of Our County


    MARCH 13, 2020

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Shisler Conference Center

    1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH

    Continuing education credits will be offered.

    Lunch is included with your $15 registration. Please contact OSU Extension

    at 330-264-8722 if you would like to request a scholarship.

    The program features speakers on agricultural preservation, economic development, open space and recreation, the recent Wayne County Comprehensive Plan, and more. If you want to learn about actions you can take to support balanced land use, this workshop is for you.

    For more information, contact:


    Register here:






  74. Online Course Delivery Basics

    Submitted by Subbu Kumarappan, kumarappan.1@osu.edu

    February 10 to February 28, 2020 
    Online via Carmen 
    This online course focuses on understanding theories and strategies that address the needs of new online instructors at The Ohio State University. The course will address teaching and learning theories and strategies, social inclusion and collaboration strategies, refinement of classroom management and planning techniques, and informal and formal assessment practices. 
    This event is open online via Carmen from 2/10/2020 - 2/28/2020. 
    Follow this link to enroll in the workshop: https://carmen-services.it.ohio-state.edu/Events/Event/Details/1700 

  75. Research Beyond Google Scholar for Faculty

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    Faculty, move beyond Google Scholar for your research because 50 focused and fabulous articles are better than 50,000 possible articles. Gwen Short will offer tips for faster and more effective literature searching using databases you may not be using. 
    Date: Jan. 29, 2020   
    Location: ATI Computer Lab 
    Time: 11:30 - 12:30 


  76. Using Public Domain Materials in Your Teaching and Research

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    On January 1, 2020, new works entered the public domain in the United States. What’s special about the public domain? Free of copyright restrictions, public domain materials can be freely copied, shared, and remixed by students, instructors, and researchers. Join University Libraries’ Copyright Services for part one of a workshop series on the public domain. This session will provide an introduction to identifying, finding, and using public domain materials for your teaching, research, and other creative activities. Please bring your questions! 
       Who: Ohio State faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students 
       When: Monday, January 27, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 
       Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library 

       This event will be livestreamed. To join remotely, visit: go.osu.edu/publicdomain. 
       To attend in person, see https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/event/pubdomain-research0127 to register 

  77. Livestreamed Presentation from the Research Commons: Introduction to Data Visualization

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    January 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 
    Data visualization (or data viz for short) has rapidly developed into a huge area of interest for a broad group of users including researchers, businesses, and anyone looking to effectively communicate a large amount of information to a specific audience. If you have a research question that utilizes data, data visualization and its associated tools can help you analyze and make sense of the information you have gathered. In this presentation, participants will: 

    •     Be introduced to what data visualization is and why it is both an important and relevant skill to learn in this day and age. 
    •     Learn more about the types of data visualizations available to choose from and reasons for using specific types of visualization. 
    •     Take a look at some resources available for learning more about different types of data visualizations and how to create them. 
    •     Explore some of the tools used to create data visualizations in a variety of fields. 
    •     Watch a video showcasing what a great visualization and presentation can look like. 
    •     Gain some useful tips on how to better design your next visualization. 
    •     Find out what the Ohio State University Libraries has to offer in terms of data visualization support.   

    This event will be livestreamed. To join remotely, visit: go.osu.edu/introdataviz. Please do not register if you plan to attend remotely. 

  78. Livestreamed Lecture from the Research Commons: The Rise of Women in Academia

    January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
    This lecture is part of the Ohio State ADVANCE Faculty Research Lecture Series. The mission of Ohio State ADVANCE is to increase the representation, advancement and recruitment of women faculty in the academic STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) careers, and contribute to the development and success of global research leaders. 
    About the speaker: 
    Claudia Buchmann, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is internationally known for her research on gender inequalities in education, with a focus on how women have come to attain more education than men in most regions of the world today. She is co-author of The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What it Means for American Schools (2013, Russell Sage Foundation) which was awarded the Otis Dudley Duncan Book Award by the American Sociological Association Section on Sociology of Population and the Outstanding Book Award of the ASA Section on Inequality Poverty and Mobility. Her early research focused on educational processes and inequality in African societies during which she received a Fulbright award to conduct fieldwork in Kenya. Since then, she has investigated race and class inequalities in access to SAT test preparation and their impact on subsequent college admission, achievement gaps between immigrant and native-born students in industrialized countries, and the global consequences of educational expansion. 
    Dr. Buchmann’s influential scholarship has been published in many top journals and has received widespread attention from the academic community and the news media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and NPR. Dr. Buchmann is a member of the Sociological Research Association and a recipient of the Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellowship and the Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Her research has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. 
    Dr. Buchmann received her BA from the University of Wisconsin and her PhD from Indiana University. 
    This event will be livestreamed. To join remotely, visit: go.osu.edu/advance-buchmann 

  79. Five-Day Research Impact Challenge Online Workshop

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    This is an online challenge designed to help researchers enhance the impact and visibility of their research. Each day during the week of February 3-7, 2020, participants will receive an email with one or two tasks to complete that will help you to enhance your scholarly profile, along with links to instructions and advice for completing them. Work at your own pace; there is no deadline for completion of the tasks. 
       Who: Ohio State Faculty, Postdocs, and Graduate Students 
       When: Self-paced. February 3 – February 7, 2020 
       Where: Online only, via email prompts 

       Use this link to register https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/event/impact-challenge0203 


  80. Career Quarterfinals Series: Get In It to Win It!

    Submitted by Denise Rotavera-Krain, rotavera-krain.1@osu.edu

    Faculty, please encourage your students to attend these workshops, which will help them to think about and prepare for the job market.


  81. Zotero Workshop

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    Monday, January 15

    11:30 a.m.

    Computer Lab

    Please bring a laptop for this Zotero demonstration by Gwen Short and Laura Applegate. During this workshop interested faculty and staff will be guided through installing and making sure Zotero is working correctly. Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.

    Questions? Contact Gwen at short.67@osu.edu 

  82. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

    Submitted by Mick Steiner, steiner.225@osu.edu    

    On Monday, January 20, 2020, The Ohio State University Wooster Campus is encouraged to join millions of volunteers across the country as we honor and pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This national holiday is known as a “day on, not a day off.” While the university is closed and classes are cancelled, the MLK Day of Service Committee invites you to join us for this second annual campus event. Faculty, staff, students, clubs, and family members are all invited to participate as we help the greater Wooster community through various meaningful service projects. 
    To view full details and to register for the event, visit http://www.ati.osu.edu/mlk
    Questions may be directed to Committee Chair, Ashley Van Hesteren.2@osu.edu


  83. Staff Book Club

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    Read along with the book club. We will be discussing Island of Sea Women by Lisa See on January 8, Olive Kitteridge on Feb 26, My Sister the Serial Killer on April 1, and Lady in the Lake on May 13. All meetings are from noon to 1:00 in the ATI Library. Contact Kathy Yoder for more info at yoder.332@osu.edu

  84. Best Teaching Practices: Lessons from the Lily Conference

    Submitted by Carri Gerber, gerber,140@osu.edu

    Dr. Wendy Klooster (Horticulture and Crop Science) will be hosting a round-table discussion about teaching strategies learned at the Lily Conference. The event is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students. See attached flyer for more information. 
       Friday, November 15 – 2:00 PM 
       Location: Kottman 334 (video-linked to 123 Williams in Wooster) 
       Space is limited to 45 people. 

  85. Queer 101: An Introduction to LGBTQ+ Identities

    Submitted by Jacqueline Belanger, belanger.24@osu.edu

    Have you ever encountered the acronym LGBTQQIAAP, or some variation, and wondered what it all means? What is the difference between gender identity, sex, and sexual orientation? What is affectional orientation and how does it differ from sexual orientation? What does it mean when someone has a “non-binary” gender identity? In this interactive workshop we will explore these questions and more to establish a common vocabulary for better understanding the diversity of identities within LGBTQ+ communities. Participants will leave this workshop equipped with information and skills that will enable them to create more inclusive and welcoming environments for LGBTQ+ people and a better understanding of their own identities. Cap: 100 participants 
    This workshop is free and open to all OSU faculty, staff, postdocs, and students on a first-come basis. 
    Dr. Leo Taylor, Program Director for Equity and Inclusion, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences 
    Wooster - October 29th from 4:30-6:00 pm (126 Research Services) 
    Register at https://go.osu.edu/Bc6d 

  86. Staff Book Club for November

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    We will be reading Liane Moriarty's latest novel, Nine Perfect Strangers, for our November meeting. 
    Here is a recap of what we read in 2019. 
       The Alice Network 
       The Witch Elm 
       The Library Book 
       The Red Address Book 
       Burning Bright 
       Something in the Water 
       Becoming Mrs. Lewis 
       Where the Crawdads Sing 
       Nine Perfect Strangers 
       Island of the Sea Women 

       We will push our following meeting back to Jan 8 when we will discuss The Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See. Join us for 2020. 
       Happy Reading 

  87. GIS and Spatial Analysis at Ohio State: Is There an App for That?

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

     ArcGIS Online (AGOL) offers researchers access to a wide variety of apps for carrying out key tasks during GIS and spatial analysis projects. From collecting data in the field, to creating custom data dashboards or web mapping applications, to embedding interactive maps in spreadsheets and presentations, Ohio State affiliates can use GIS apps to advance their project goals through our Esri educational site license. 
    Join us for an overview of the apps available through ArcGIS Online, demonstrated use cases, and information about how you can use these apps in your own work. By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to: 

    •        Identify the main functions of a variety of ArcGIS Online apps 
    •    Describe a possible use case for an ArcGIS Online app in their own work 
    •    Locate and access training resources to support continued learning and build skills required for utilizing ArcGIS Online apps in their projects 
    •    This presentation is offered through a collaboration between the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and the University Libraries. 

       Who: OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students 
       When: Tuesday, November 5, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. 
       Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library 
       This event will be livestreamed. To join remotely, visit http://go.osu.edu/esri-showcase. Please do not register if you plan to attend remotely. 

  88. Using Public Domain Materials in Your Teaching and Research

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    After a 20-year wait, published works are once again entering the public domain in the U.S. What’s special about the public domain? Free of copyright restrictions, public domain materials can be freely copied, shared, and remixed by students, instructors, and researchers. Join University Libraries’ Copyright Services to learn how to identify, find, and use public domain text, images, and other creative works. We will also explore works that will soon be entering the public domain on January 1, 2020 and discuss how individuals and institutions are using public domain materials in teaching and research activities. Please bring your questions! 
       Who: OSU faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students 
       When: Monday, November 4, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
       Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library 

  89. Adam Michael Memorial Sculpture Dedication

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

    Adam MichaelsA sculpture created in memory of ATI student Adam Michael will be dedicated this Friday, October 18 at 10:30 am in the ATI Library. ATI faculty and staff are invited to join Adam's family for the dedication. ATI graduate and artist Stephen Budweg will also be present to talk about his friend Adam and the sculpture he created in Adam's memory. 

  90. Transactional Data Analytics Fall Forum on Nov. 7

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Join us for our 2019 Fall Forum on November 6-7, as we explore how the Ohio State community is using big data to solve today’s most complex challenges.  Over the course of two days, we’ll hear from distinguished speakers, host interactive lectures / information sessions on data programming and interdisciplinary data analytics research teams, and see how the entire campus community is using big data for good with a poster session.

    Keynote Address & Reception with Dr. Katherine Ensor

    Open to all
    When: Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 4-6:30 p.m.  
    Where: TDAI Ideation Zone (320 Pomerene Hall)
    What: “Urban Analytics and the Value of University/City Partnerships”

    Hear from Dr. Ensor about how she and her team use big data to evaluate economic systems. Dr. Ensor is the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics and Director of the Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems (CoFES) at Rice University.  

    A reception will directly follow the keynote address.

    Research Poster Session

    Open to all
    When: Thursday, Nov. 7 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    Where: TDAI Ideation Zone (320 Pomerene Hall)
    What: Join us as faculty, postdocs, and students present posters on their research and special projects involving big data. The entire Ohio State community is invited to attend. 

    Space is limited for those wishing to present a poster.  Please register and submit your poster materials by Sunday, Oct. 27.  Please also encourage your postdocs and students to present a poster.


    Concurrent Sessions

    Open to Ohio State faculty

    When: Thursday, Nov. 7 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.  
    Where: Various TDAI rooms (300 Pomerene Hall)
    What: Faculty across Ohio State are invited to join us for a series of four concurrent sessions focused on TDAI programming and research support.  Each session lasts roughly 30 minutes.  View the full list of sessions here.


    TDAI Community of Practice (COP) Meetings

    Open to Ohio State faculty
    When: Thursday, Nov. 7 from 3-5 p.m.  
    Where: Various TDAI rooms (300 Pomerene Hall)
    What: Join one of four TDAI Community of Practice groups for special meetings.  Our COPs convene Ohio State faculty with diverse specialties to collaborate on team science and create translational solutions for complex, socially significant challenges. 

    Space is limited.
    Please register by October 27.

    Register Now

    For more information, please visit https://tdai.osu.edu/2019-fall-forum/ or contact tdai@osu.edu.










  91. Paws and Pumpkins on October 26

    Submitted by Kayla Arnold, arnold.1065@osu.edu

    On October 26 from 10-2pm, the Wooster Campus Staff Council is hosting a dog adoption event in coordination with the Wayne County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center. There will be lots of family (and dog) friendly activities going on around campus, including hayrides, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, and more! This event is free and open to the public – so invite your friends! And, it is the same day as the Woo Town Treat Trail, so you can participate in both if you are looking for additional activities to do in town.

    We are also collecting donations for our furry friends up until the event at the following locations:

    OARDC library in Fisher, Fiscal Office in Research Services (room 121), ATI Library in Halterman Hall, and in Skou Hall at the Skou Lounge and Café Carmen. You can also contact Zac Burkey or Ruth Montz to set up a time to drop off items. Any dog-friendly items such as dog toys, food, blankets, and monetary donations are greatly appreciated.

    Adopt us!

  92. Livestream of Discovery Themes Lecture

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    Livestream the Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecture by Eli Pariser on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.

    Don’t miss the livestream of the Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecture by Eli Pariser starting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 15. Pariser is the Omidyar Fellow at New America and author of The Filter Bubble, in which he introduced a new phrase into the lexicon. During this talk, Pariser will re-introduce his original thesis, discuss what's changed since he first wrote the book, and most importantly describe the growing toolset of ideas and interventions that are working to bring people back into contact with each other and with reality.

    Watch the livestream starting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 15 at https://discovery.osu.edu/live

    For more information on Pariser and the lecture visit https://discovery.osu.edu/provosts-discovery-themes-lecturer-program-eli-pariser

    Contact: lewis.485@osu.edu

  93. Grant Writing: An Introduction Livestream Event

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    October 16, 2019

    10:00 a.m.  

     The Research Commons will offer a livestream through CarmenZoom. 
       Grant Writing: An Introduction 
       This session will address some of the similarities and differences between the funding processes for federal/state agencies and private foundations. Topics include: 
       • Best practices for engaging with sponsors 
       • Navigating the research administration/proposal development and submission process 
       • Drafting a compelling narrative 
       • Seeking funding; Including the SPIN Funding Opportunities system and other funding resources 
       • Examples of writing that is both persuasive and clear 
       Presenters Include: 
       Jeff Agnoli, Office of Research 
       James Gentry, Foundation Relations 
       Livestreams will not be recorded, and participants do not need to register to attend the livestream. 
       Livestream Link: http://go.osu.edu/rc-grantwriting 
       For more information or to attend in person in Columbus please see https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/event/grantwriting1016 

  94. Cengage Webinars - Empowered Educator, Oct. 16

    Submitted by Subbu Kumarappan, kumarappan.1@osu.edu

    The Empowered Educator Virtual Event returns Oct. 16 with some familiar faces and four new, 30-minute sessions focused on: 
    12:00 PM - 12:45 PM 
    Celebrating Differences Through Culturally Responsive Teaching 
    Are you ready to be a culturally responsive teacher? Professor Essie Childers returns to discuss the value of culturally responsive teaching and how this mindset can benefit you and your students. Evaluate yourself and gain new strategies to embrace cultural responsiveness in classrooms, in-person and online. Leave inspired to foster better connections with all students. 

    12:55 PM - 1:35 PM 
    Speaking Their Language: Adjusting Your Syllabus for Career-Minded Students 
    77% of students worry they won’t have the skills needed for a job. Professor Sherri Singer has had success adjusting her syllabus to emphasize soft skills and attract career-minded students to her class. It’s likely these skills already exist within your course plan—you just need to make them stand out! Listen in for tips to highlight course benefits that extend into the workplace. 
    1:45 PM - 2:25 PM 
    3 Ways to Get Students Career-Ready in Any Course 
    Now more than ever, higher education needs to focus on career readiness. Such skills can be incorporated into any discipline or course, as Professor Matthew Ponder will highlight. By implementing three core principles—developing software proficiency, focusing on project management and presenting industry insights—educators can play a key role in preparing students for the professional world. 
    2:35 PM - 3:15 PM 
    The Frog Prince/Princess of Higher Ed: Transforming Challenging Students into Leaders 
    You can support students in many ways: by becoming more culturally responsive, by incorporating their interests into your syllabus and by cultivating career skills. But what happens when you encounter a roadblock on your roster? Join Professor Shawn Orr as she shares strategies for managing challenging students. Leave empowered to help those students reclaim the path to success. 

    Register here.

       Sent on behalf of the Teaching Committee 

  95. 2019 Wayne County Heart Walk

    Submitted by Jane Douglas, douglas.170@osu.edu

    The 2019 American Heart Association Wayne County Heart Walk will take place at Oak Hill Park in Wooster on Thursday, October 10.  Healthy For Good Festival @ 5:00 p.m. / Heart Walk Kick Off @ 6:00 p.m. 

    Register for OSU Wooster Team and join us in raising funds for AHA and our community. Sign up or donate to the OSU Wooster Team, visit http://www2.heart.org/goto/osuwooster  Questions, contact  JaneDouglas.170@osu.edu or Jennifer Weeks.342@osu.edu   THANKS!  

    Click here to view flyer.

  96. Kick it up a Notch: Next Level Management Series

    Submitted by Zac Burkey, burkey.56@osu.edu


  97. Crisis Intervention in Higher Education Webinar

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

    The Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health is pleased to announce their September Webinar: Crisis Intervention in Higher Education. ATI faculty and staff are invited to view the webinar on Tuesday, September 24 from noon to 1:00 pm in Skou 206. You may also view the webinar at your own location by registering at https://neomed.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_w1lvDAEETGWMLqseobuPiA. Crisis Intervention in Higher Education Speaker: Jeff Futo Jeff Futo is a current police officer and former Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Coordinator for Kent State University Police Services. Under his guidance, Kent State University Police Services received the CIT Program of the year (Ohio) in 2013. Officer Futo was awarded the 2010 Campus CIT Officer of the Year (Ohio) and was a 2010 Kent State University President’s Excellence Award recipient. He is a CIT consultant for the CJ CCoE providing targeted technical assistance to law enforcement agencies and serves as a CIT program peer reviewer. In his current assignment, he advises and assists with public safety initiatives on all Kent State University campuses. This webinar will cover the Crisis Intervention Team Model in law enforcement, mental health crisis trends and reporting structures, and multidisciplinary care teams in higher education. Officer Futo can be contacted at jfuto@kent.edu

  98. Workshop Livestreams from the OSU Research Commons this Semester

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    When: Oct. 2, 2019, 2 p.m.

    Introduction to Data Visualization Data visualization (or data viz for short) has rapidly developed into a huge area of interest for a broad group of users including researchers, businesses, and anyone looking to effectively communicate a large amount of information to a specific audience. If you have a research question that utilizes data, data visualization and its associated tools can help you analyze and make sense of the information you have gathered. In this presentation, participants will:

    • Be introduced to what data visualization is and why it is both an important and relevant skill to learn in this day and age.

    • Learn more about the types of data visualizations available to choose from and reasons for using specific types of visualization.

    • Take a look at some resources available for learning more about different types of data visualizations and how to create them.

    • Explore some of the tools used to create data visualizations in a variety of fields.

    • Watch a video showcasing what a great visualization and presentation can look like.

    • Gain some useful tips on how to better design your next visualization.

    • Find out what the Ohio State University Libraries has to offer in terms of data visualization support. Livestream: http://go.osu.edu/introdataviz All events will be using CarmenZoom and will take place the same date/time as the in-person session. Livestreams will not be recorded, and participants do not need to register to attend the livestream.

  99. Cultivating Change - First Meeting

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

    All ATI faculty and staff are invited. Come join a community of LGBTQ+ and allies as we discuss Cultivating Change at Ohio State. The Ohio State University chapter of Cultivating Change aims to provide a safe, inclusive network for students who are interested in agricultural sciences and are in the LGBTQ+ community or allies. We are focusing our efforts in education, community, and increasing awareness. WHEN: Thursday, 19th 4-5pm WHERE: Columbus Ag. Admin. Building Room 250A & Wooster ATI Housing, Applewood Village Community Room (1901 Apple Orchard Drive) FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED ON BOTH CAMPUSES (we will CarmenZoom between the two CFAES campuses)


  100. Phi Theta Kappa Blood Drive

    Submitted by Subbu Kumarappan, kumarappan.1@osu.edu

    A blood drive has been organized in Ohio State ATI on September 17th 10am-4pm. Look for the signs. Note: Come to donate and receive a coupon for Chipotle, while supplies last. Sent on behalf of the student club Phi Theta Kappa. 

  101. Panama Information Session

    Submitted by Pamela Thomas, thomas.8@osu.edu

    Please encourage your students to attend information session on the Panama education abroad program. The Panama program is 10 days at the end of spring semester and fits ALL MAJORS. Learn more about it on Tuesday 9/24 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm in the Community room of the Housing Office. Questions? Contact Pamela Thomas at Thomas.8@osu.edu 

  102. A Night at the Columbus Museum of Art

    Submitted by Mick Steiner, steiner.255@osu.edu

    Student Life’s Residence Life invites students, faculty, staff and their families to attend their annual signature event, A Night at the Columbus Museum of Art, on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 6-9 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art. Attendees will be able to explore each of the galleries showcasing pieces from a variety of artistic styles. A continuous shuttle from campus will provide free transportation for the duration of the event with stops at the Drake Union, Ohio Union and Buckeye Village. This event is sponsored by Coca-Cola. Further details can be found at: https://housing.osu.edu/get-involved/annual-events/

  103. UITL Teaching Workshop

    Submitted by Subbu Kumarappan, kumarappan.1@osu.edu

    UITL workshop on Course Categorization Tool (CCT) is scheduled for Sept 19th, Thursday, 3-4 pm. The CCT is a fillable, spreadsheet-based template (Excel - Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016) that can be used in any course with defined course learning outcomes (CLOs). The presenters (Drs. David Sovic and Judy Ridgway) have offered to organize a separate Zoom session for Wooster campus faculty and staff. 
    A Summary of the CCT can be found at https://osu.box.com/s/el51ozs4ygkycm1wngu99j22r3vtcpb7 
    More details: https://uitl.osu.edu/news/2019/07/23/data-driven-answers-what%E2%80%99s-wrong-and-what%E2%80%99s-right-our-courses 
    Submitted on behalf of the Teaching Committee 

  104. Mobile Deisgn Lab on campus on Sept. 11

    Stop in and explore Digital Flagship’s new Mobile Design Land and learn about coding, app development, and other digital skills by experts.

    Using the Lab on Your Campus: Exploratory program for faculty/staff/students to learn how the Mobile Design Lab could support their ideas, courses, and programs on various campuses. 

    Hands on Coding w/ Robots: Session & partnership with student organization to expose students to coding activities using Sphero robots and other hands-on coding manipulatives.

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH    9:00 AM – 11:00 AM


  105. Seminar, Adapting to New Climate Realities: Doing More, Better, and New

    Submitted by Kristina Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Thursday, September 19, 2019 
    12:15 pm to 1:45 pm (EDT)
    IFPRI  | 1201 Eye St. NW  | 12th Floor
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    *Light lunch beginning at 11:45am*



    Live webcast and post-event viewing available here

    The Global Commission on Adaptation seeks to highlight the adaptation challenges confronting poor people, notably poor farmers whose livelihoods are fragile and dependent on the weather and launch a year of action to begin rising to meet this challenge.

    In this seminar, IFPRI researchers advance paths towards meeting the adaptation challenge by doing more, better, and new.

    Neil Watkins, Deputy Director, Agricultural Development & Nutrition, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


    Manish Bapna, Managing Director, World Resources Institute

    Simeon Ehui, Director, Sustainable Development, Africa, World Bank


    Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Director, Communications and Public Affairs & Chief of Staff in the Director General's Office, IFPRI 


    More R&D to increase agricultural productivity: Keith Wiebe, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

    Better risk management: Claudia Ringler, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

    Better at strengthening women’s and men's resilience: Elizabeth Bryan, Senior Scientist, IFPRI

    New innovations in agricultural extension and rural advisory services: Simrin Makhija, Senior Research Analyst, IFPRI

    New ideas on sustainable pest management: It takes a village: Wei Zhang, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

    Implications: Channing Arndt, Director, Environment and Production Technology Division, IFPRI 



  106. Warrior Women Hometown Premiere Gala

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

    We would like to invite you to the Warrior Women Hometown Premiere Gala. This gala will be hosted in partnership with the Shelby Chapter of GOLD (Girls Owning Lives of Dissent), Voices of Change, Activism, and Leadership (VOCAL), The Ohio State University Women’s Place, and The Ohio State University at Mansfield and will feature the screening of the award-winning documentary film followed by a Q & A around the work and legacy of Madonna Thunder Hawk and her daughter Marcy Gilbert. The gala will be on September 21, 2019, 7 pm, Founders Auditorium on the Ohio State Mansfield campus in Mansfield, Ohio. The evening will consist of the screening of the film, as well as a Q&A session with Dr. Castle, Madonna Thunder Hawk, and Marcy Gilbert. This will be followed by a dessert reception to honor Madonna, Marcy, Dr. Castle, and seven Mansfield Warrior Women. 
    While the event is free, tickets are required. Donations are strongly encouraged and provide funding to support the ongoing activism and grassroots organizing of the film team. Tickets can be secured at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/warrior-women-hometown-gala-tickets-66459972567 and donations made via this same site or in person at the event. 
    As part of this event, we will honor seven Mansfield Warrior Women. They are community organizers, teachers, parents, and above all, warriors. By warriors, we mean they have lifted up others in their communities, and have made Mansfield and Richland County better places as a result of their contributions to others. These seven women are: 
       Inez Shepard 
       Loretta Hilliard 
       Carol Payton 
       Sallie Sylvester 
       Melodye James 
       Lydia Reid 
       Liz Castle 
    We hope you will join us to honor these seven amazing women and to see the film and film team. We are so excited to highlight the leadership and empowerment of women locally, nationally, and abroad. Please feel free to pass this invitation to anyone you believe would be interested in joining us or sponsoring. 
       Best, Donna 
       Donna L. Hight, Ph.D. 
       Assistant Dean, Student Life & Student Success 
       Mansfield Campus 
       Riedl 104, 1760 University Drive, Mansfield, OH 44906 
       419-755-4034 Office 

  107. UITL Workshop via Zoom

    Submitted by Subbu Kumarappan, kumarappan.1@osu.edu

    In early August, UITL organized a workshop on Course Categorization Tool (CCT) - a spreadsheet tool to collect data and analyze the effectiveness of course assessments and active learning exercises. The CCT is a fillable, spreadsheet-based template (Excel - Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016) that can be used in any course with defined course learning outcomes (CLOs).

    The presenters (Drs. David Sovic and Judy Ridgway) have offered to organize a separate Zoom session for Wooster campus faculty and staff. Please let us know your available times for this Zoom workshop at this link:

    CCT Tool by UITL - Zoom Workshop Times

    Sent on behalf of the Teaching Committee.

  108. CHAIRE presents Dr. Temple Grandin

    Save the Date: CHAIRE Presents Animals in Our Lives Featuring Dr. Temple Grandin
    Monday, September 30, 5:00-8:00pm
    Where: Dave Thomas Conference Center
    1 Dave Thomas Blvd., Dublin, OH 43017
    Register Now

    The evening will include a short introduction to CHAIRE (Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education), a plated dinner, silent auction, animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a presentation by Dr., Peter Neville, and a presentation by Dr. Temple Grandin.

  109. CFAES' Office of Equity and Inclusion Fall Professional Development Workshops

    CFAES’ Office of Equity and Inclusion is pleased to announce that registration is open for our Fall semester professional development workshops. Diversity is the differences among people that make us unique and shape our experiences and includes identities such as age, class, ethnicity, gender, ability, race, sexual orientation, spiritual practices, and size. The CFAES Office of Equity and Inclusion offers workshops to support members of the CFAES community in their efforts to create a welcoming and collaborative environment for people from all walks of life by teaching participants how to cultivate an inclusive environment for diversity in the classroom, workplace, and their community.

    Please save the date for the following workshops. Details for each workshop and registration links are available on our Programming page. All workshops are facilitated by Dr. Leo Taylor, Program Director for Equity and Inclusion. Please contact him (taylor.3408@osu.edu), or Equity and Inclusion’s Program Assistant, Alicia Baca (baca.31@osu.edu), if you have questions or would like more information. These workshops are free and open to all CFAES faculty, staff (including postdocs), and graduate students.

    Columbus workshops will be held in the Eastman Room at the 4-H Center. Wooster workshops will be held in 126 Research Services.
    September: Cultivating an Inclusive Environment: Recognizing and Responding to Implicit Bias

  110. Master Plan Forums

    You are invited to attend an open forum discussion about CFAES facilities, with a specific focus on the future of our Columbus Mid-West Campus (including Waterman Lab) and Wooster Campus.
    Our college along with the Office of Planning, Architecture and Real Estate (PARE) will be working together to develop a CFAES Master Plan during the 2019-2020 academic year. Input from you is essential to ensure the plan represents the many individuals who make up the college. 
    Two open forums will be held:

    Lunch will be provided at each session.
    Please use the following link to RSVP by August 30

    Click here for more information about the CFAES Master Plan.

  111. 2019 Agricultural Diversification Research Tour

    Submitted by Suranga Basnagala, basnagala.1@osu.edu

     TODAY, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21  6.00 PM - 8.00 PM
                        Mellinger Research Farm
            6885, West Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH 44691
    Discussion topics will include: 
    • Scales of Diversification and Markets
    • Ecosystem Services in Diverse Systems (pest control, soil improvement and fertility, pollinator support, and biomass production)
    • Ecosystem and Landscape Pressures on a Small Farm
    • Diverse Vegetable Production
    • Pastured Poultry and Chicken Tractors
    • Oilseed as an Alternative Crop in Rotations
    • Hull-Less “Naked” Oats Culture
    • Pasture Establishment and Management for a Diversified System
    • Value-Added Products.

    More information available here.

  112. Welcome Days

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

    Wooster Campus Welcome Days kick off with ATI Student Move-in on Saturday, August 17 and culminate with the Wooster Community Involvement Fair on the afternoon of Monday, August 19. In between, there are several events for undergraduate and graduate students on the Wooster campus. A bonus this year is the participation of CFAES graduate students from the OARDC Scholars organization in presenting and hosting some of the Welcome Days events. 
    A complete Wooster Campus Welcome Days Schedule is available online at https://ati.osu.edu/welcome-days.

  113. Display Garden Day Thursday, Aug. 1

    Submitted by Terry Lanker, lanker.2@osu.edu

    Display Garden day

  114. Wooster Campus FunFest

    This year, Wooster Staff Council will be hosting the Wooster Campus FunFest Wednesday, August 14 from 11:30-3pm at the new Secrest Arboretum Welcome Center. Keep a lookout for more details.

  115. Free Hemp Testing Seminar

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu
    There is a two-day program on hemp testing on Aug.7-8. The program is free and there will be a social mixer in the evening. 
  116. TODAY is the last day to RSVP for the Fun Fest


    Submitted by Allison Mayer, mayer.697@osu.edu

    Thursday, July 25, 2019

    11:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.

    Ohio State ATI

    All activities are FREE!

    Plenty of spaces still available for sign painting, escape room and games. 

    Workers Compensation waiver is required for all activities and can be returned to Allison Mayer in Skou 133 or Katie LeMasters in Academic Affairs Office. Jill Gallion, Helen Thomson, and Allison Mayer are collecting Workers Comp waivers and passing out lunch vouchers.

    You must register to receive a lunch voucher for a free sandwich, fries, and drink. 

    You can download the complete schedule of events here

    Walking maps of Secrest Arboretum are available here.

    RSVP at  ati.osu.edu/fun 

    Employee Fun Fest Activities

    This year we are keeping the fun and games on campus! Ohio State ATI employees are encouraged to take the afternoon to engage in team building activities. There will be a variety of activities offered throughout the afternoon. Keep in mind, if you do not plan to participate in the activities you are expected to work or take vacation time off. Please let us know your top choices for your afternoon activities.

    Each employee will receive a $10 voucher for the food trucks. Any additional food available for purchase.

    Primitive Sign Painting: Estimated 45 minutes (Sessions start at 1:30pm, 2:30pm,and 3:30pm) https://ati.osu.edu/node/5108

    Escape Room: Estimated 20 minutes (2 Rooms running simultaneously every 30 minutes. 10 people per each room)

    Outdoor Volleyball Game: Estimated 1.5 hours (Start game at 2:00pm)

    Longest drive/Putting Contest: Estimated 30 minutes (Contest begins at 3:30pm)

    Yard Games, Board Games, Walk, Tennis, Basketball, BYOCraft: At your own pace (Board Games and BYOCraft will be in Gameroom at the SAC.)

  117. Save the date! Scholarship Golf Outing is Sept. 9

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    SAVE THE DATE! The @OSU_ATI_Turf Scholarship Golf Outing will be Monday, September 9th @ShadyHollowCC. Online registration details coming shortly...

  118. RSVP For Employee Fun Fest

    Submitted by Allison Mayer, mayer.697@osu.edu

    Thursday, July 25, 2019

    11:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.

    Ohio State ATI

    All activities are FREE!

    RSVP at  ati.osu.edu/fun 

    Employee Fun Fest Activities

    This year we are keeping the fun and games on campus! Ohio State ATI employees are encouraged to take the afternoon to engage in team building activities. There will be a variety of activities offered throughout the afternoon. Keep in mind, if you do not plan to participate in the activities you are expected to work or take vacation time off. Please let us know your top choices for your afternoon activities.

    Each employee will receive a $10 voucher for the food trucks. Any additional food available for purchase.

    Primitive Sign Painting: Estimated 45 minutes (Sessions start at 1:30pm, 2:30pm,and 3:30pm) https://ati.osu.edu/node/5108

    Escape Room: Estimated 20 minutes (2 Rooms running simultaneously every 30 minutes. 10 people per each room)

    Outdoor Volleyball Game: Estimated 1.5 hours (Start game at 2:00pm)

    Longest drive/Putting Contest: Estimated 30 minutes (Contest begins at 3:30pm)

    Yard Games, Board Games, Walk, Tennis, Basketball, BYOCraft: At your own pace (Board Games and BYOCraft will be in Gameroom at the SAC.)


  119. BOGO Greenhouse sale

    Submitted by Lisa Dicus, dicus.18@osu.edu



  120. Save the date for 2019 Family Day

    Submitted by Heather Rakosik, rakosik.1@osu.edu


    save the date

  121. Staff Book Discussions

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    Staff book discussions for May, June and July are:

    May 23, 2019
    We will gather to discuss Burning Bright by Ron Rash. Kathy Yoder has free copies of the novel available in the library.

    June 12, 2019
    We will gather to discuss the thriller Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. 

    July 17
    We will gather to discuss Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro. 

    Discussions take place at noon in the library. Feel free to bring your lunch!

  122. Mother's Day Plant Sale

    Submitted by Lisa Dicus, dicus.18@osu.edu

    Wednesday, May 8th 10am-3pm 
    ATI Greenhouse 
    Hanging baskets ($15 or 2/$25) 
    Bedding and vegetable transplant flats (mix and match $10) 
    Various combo containers, potted annuals, perennials and much more 
    Cash and checks accepted. (Sorry, no credit or debit cards) 

  123. Implicit Bias workshop to be held in Wooster on April 26th

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Please see the message below from Leo Taylor of CFAES Equity and Inclusion and forward to the relevant individuals. Please note, graduate students are now able to attend. The date for the Wooster campus workshop is April 26.

    Cultivating an Inclusive Environment: Recognizing and Responding to Implicit Bias

    Register Now – go.osu.edu/cfaesaprilworkshop


    This interactive workshop will explore how identities, beliefs, and backgrounds shape our perceptions of other people in ways that can unconsciously widen the diversity gap and negatively influence the people we interact with. Participants will learn how to identify and empathetically respond to unconscious, or implicit, bias in order to foster a more inclusive environment for everyone. Prior to the workshop, participants are asked to take a few online tests developed by Harvard University to detect unconscious biases and preferences. The Implicit Associations Tests are brief, easy to complete and very informativehttp://www.implicit.harvard.edu/implicit. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their results during the workshop in a respectful and judgement-free environment.

    This workshop is free and open to all CFAES faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students on a first come basis. Cap: 30.

    Light refreshments will be provided



    Dr. Leo Taylor, Program Director for Equity and Inclusion, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences



    Columbus - April 19th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (250A Ag Admin)

    Wooster - April 26th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm (126 Research Services) 


    Questions? Please contact Leo Taylor at taylor.3408@osu.edu or 614-247-7864.


    Leo Taylor 
    Program Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Entomology
    The Ohio State University
    College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences 
    257A Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210
    614.247.7864 Office / 607.229.7760 Mobile
    taylor.3408@osu.edu / equityandinclusioncfaes.osu.edu
    Pronouns: he/him/his / Honorific: Dr.


  124. Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony

    Submitted by Kim Hostetler, hostetler.78@osu.edu

    The Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30pm in the Housing Office Community Room. Please plan on joining us in celebrating these students' academic achievements. 

  125. Springfest is TODAY

    Submitted by Heather Rakosik, rakosik.1@osu.edu

    Springfest, the event of the semester, is TODAY! Open to ATI and graduate students.

  126. Save the date! Secrest Welcome Center open house

    Submitted by Gwen Zimmerly, zimmerly.30@osu.edu

    Secrest Welcome & Education Center Open House


    • Tuesday, 5/7        11:00am-1:00pm            Wooster Campus Open House – light lunch provided


    • Saturday, 5/11     9:00am-1:00pm             Public Open House & Plant Discovery Day – featuring spring plant sale, public open house, Whiz Bang Science and food trucks!



  127. Strategic Engagement Sessions

    Submitted by Joy Rumble, rumble.6@osu.edu

    Dear Colleagues,

    I am serving on the small CFAES Strategic Alignment team who is helping guide work around planning for the future.

    The Strategic Alignment team has been working hard to set the foundation for the strategic alignment process and I believe that the Wooster Campus perspective is an integral part to the alignment process. But, we need your input in the process to ensure that Wooster campus voices are heard. Please consider engaging in one of the strategic alignment engagement sessions.

    Strategic engagement sessions are being held for you to provide input on how we move forward in thinking about and planning for the future. Please be sure to attend the strategic engagement session that is planned for you. Strategic alignment resources as well as a list of the engagement sessions can be found on the strategic plan page here: http://go.osu.edu/CFAESPlan.

    The Wooster Campus Events are next week. Please plan to attend.

    If you are not able to attend one of the face-to-face sessions held in the next four months, watch for other opportunities to provide input via:

    • Short questions Dean Kress will ask via Qualtrics over the next few months.
    • Online option this summer via Zoom that you could join if you like (To be announced)
    • Sharing ideas through me or another Strategic Alignment Team member whose names are available here: Strategic Alignment Team

    Thank you,



  128. Easter Plant Sale

    Submitted by Uttara Samarakoon, samarakoon.2@osu.edu

    Easter Plant Sale @ ATI Greenhouse on Wednesday, April 17th 11am - 3pm 
    Tulips, pansy, houseplants 
    Succulents from the greenhouse club 

  129. Spring Floral Design Exhibition

    Submitted by Terry Lanker, lanker.2@osu.edu

    Please join us for the annual 24-hour Contemporary Floral Design Exhibition in Halterman Hall lobby, Thursday, April 11 at 2:00 pm through Friday, April 12 at 2:00 pm.

    Visit our floral art gallery to view the creative works of ATI’s talented floral designers.

    Enjoy modern floral designs inspired by

    “Green Movement”, “Climate Change” and “Global Warming”, plus:

    •  Unique yarn-infused floral armatures
    • Arrangements featuring up-cycled refuse
    • Artfully painted glass


      Four spectacular floral sculptures:

      “Eco-Fiber”, “Industrial Decay”, “Up in Flames”

      and an ocean-inspired floral surprise! 

      Be sure to vote for your favorite!
  130. Innovate X Conference - May 16

    Submitted by Valerie Childress, childress.39@osu.edu

    Over the past ten years, the needs and interests of students have changed drastically. Today, they are looking for skills that will serve them well in our changing world, whether that be technological prowess or the courage and dedication necessary to bring about social justice. Are our teaching methods keeping up to meet the needs of these students? How do we keep them engaged in the classroom, and how do we push them to step outside that classroom to make a difference? We’ll explore these questions and more at InnovateX! 
    Join us Thursday, May 16, at the Ohio Union for the 2019 Innovate Conference. We’re celebrating our tenth year with our theme InnovateX, and three threads will be woven in throughout the conference this year: 

    • Excite: How do you keep students engaged and active in their learning? What innovative technologies are available to enrich the learning experience? Get inspired by new ways to make learning exciting for your students. 
    • Explore: Learning doesn't have to be confined to the classroom. Discover ways to get your students out and into the community; how to incorporate problem-based learning, service learning and real-life applications alongside theory; and how global opportunities can take learning to new heights. 
    • Experience: This year at Innovate, we will be highlighting student voices as they share their experiences with inventive teaching methods and technology in the classroom. From traditional to online students, to those equipped with technology kits, find out what makes an excellent educational experience from the student perspective. 

    Be sure to reserve your spot at this year’s Innovate Conference! 

  131. Teaching with an iPad

    Submitted by Valerie Childress, childress.39@osu.edu

    May 2, 2019

    Skou Hall 206

    10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

     This workshop will focus on how to teach with an iPad but will also include information about the basic features of an iPad, apps for education, and hands-on practice with some activities. There will also be some time for faculty and staff to share how they are using iPads for education. Please bring your iPad or borrow one of ours. 

  132. Webinar: FY19 Highed Education Challenge Grant Program

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is hosting a webinar for applicants interested in the Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program for FY 2019. HEC focuses on improving formal, baccalaureate, or master’s degree level food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences education and first professional degree-level education in veterinary medicine. Applications must be received by 5:00 PM EDT on Monday, May 27, 2019. More information on this funding opportunity is available on NIFA’s website

    Event Details

    Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 -  2:30 pm to 3:30 pm EDT

    No need to register. Follow the HEC Webinar link to join.

    Call-in Number: 1-888-844-9904

    Access Code: 204 647 3


    Questions? Contact Dr. Joyce Parker

  133. Ohio State Mobile Design Lab to visit campus

    Submitted by Carri Gerber, gerber.140@osu.edu

    The Mobile Design Lab will visit the Wooster campus on April 8th (time TBD). It will park near the construction lab. Faculty, Staff, and Students are invited to the open house to participate in programming activities, explore the space, and talk with Digital Flagship members. 

  134. Meet and Greet with NPR Science Correspondent

    Submitted by Joy Rumble, rumble.6@osu.edu

    March 28, 1 p.m.
    College of Wooster

     The 2019 OSU Plant Sciences Symposium is right around the corner, and even if you did not register, there is still an opportunity to be a part of this year’s event. 
    On Saturday, March 30th, 12 invited speakers will present their plant science-related research, and the entire day will be live streamed to enable viewing remotely. Follow this link: go.osu.edu/plantsciencelive to connect to the Zoom livestream and checkout the symposium agenda on our website (go.osu.edu/plantscience2019). 
    In addition to the Saturday conference, we are hosting a science communication workshop on Friday, March 29th featuring NPR Science Correspondent Dr. Joe Palca. His seminar will also be available via livestream from 1pm-2pm on Friday, March 29th using the link: go.osu.edu/plantsciencelive
    Finally, for those at the OARDC or ATI, we will host a seminar and meet & greet with Joe Palca at the College of Wooster on Thursday, March 28th from 1:30-3:30 pm open to all. Please see the attached flyer for more details. 

  135. Research and Innovation Showcase

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    The Ohio State University Research & Innovation Showcase
    Advancing a Culture of Research

    The breadth, scope, and excellence of our research programs make Ohio State a leading force of innovation and change – locally, nationally, and globally. Join us to learn about some of the most promising discoveries being made at the university, followed by a celebration of the faculty, staff and students at the forefront of Buckeye innovation.

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    3 – 5 p.m. (reception immediately follows)

    3 p.m. Research Spotlight Talks
    Hear about the most innovative research coming out of Ohio State from six leading faculty and student researchers through short, engaging talks.

    4 p.m. Research and Innovation Awards
    Celebrate the university’s most prominent researchers and inventors as they are recognized for reaching key milestones in the commercialization process, culminating with naming Ohio State’s Innovators of the Year.

    5 p.m. Reception

    The Ohio Union Performance Hall

    RVSP at go.osu.edu/rishowcase

    Hosted by: Office of Research and Corporate Engagement Office


  136. Arbor Day Celebration

    Submitted by Shane Berner, berner.23@osu.edu

    Save the Date: Friday, April 26th at 3:00pm  

    The Horticulture Division is hosting a Tree Planting Celebration on Arbor Day! Take a break from exams, and come outside for some sunshine- maybe even throw in a scoop of dirt! Help the OSU Wooster Campus put into practice our national Tree Campus USA recognition by establishing and sustaining healthy community forests, one tree at a time. 

  137. Creative Apps for Classroom Use

    Submitted by Valerie Childress, childress.39@osu.edu

    Interested in adding some flair or a little color to your presentations? Or just love drawing and creativity in general? In this session we will demonstrate what industry standard creative applications are available. Topics will include creating graphics, doodles, mind-maps, graphs, and more. We will also explore Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Create’ curriculum and have some free time to work with these apps. Students, Faculty, and Staff are all welcome to attend. 

    Presenter: Margo Freed, CFAES IT Application Developer Assoc; Systems Developer/Engineer 

    Location: RS130 and via zoom 

    Register here for the Zoom information and to have the event added to you calendar: https://osu-cfaes.zoom.us/meeting/register/ba087c93ee1e8427c5b9141539e44ee6 

  138. Phi Theta Kappa Blood Drive

    Submitted by Kim Hostetler, hostetler.78@osu.edu

    Phi Theta Kappa is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, April 9 from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the Housing Community Room. We hope to see you there.

  139. Better Science through Better Mentoring

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Strong mentorship has been linked to enhanced mentee productivity, self-efficacy, career satisfaction, and is an important predictor of the academic success of scientists and engineers in training. The Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) has developed a curriculum based on proven mentorship development curricula.

    Federal funding agencies are calling for evidence-based development of mentoring skills as an important component of successful grant proposals. By participating in this workshop faculty will develop and/or enhance their mentoring skills and receive resources and materials to support effective mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral trainees.

    This type of preparation is required for some faculty who plan to submit nominations for the 2020 President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program (See nominating faculty eligibility here).


    Date:  March 18, 2018

    Time:  8 AM – 12 PM

    Location:  Room 126 in the Research Services Building

    Attendance is limited to 30 faculty members from any discipline although many of the case studies come from STEM fields.


  140. Making Your Science Accessible (Workshop)

    March 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    This introductory workshop is designed specifically for researchers, scientists, data analysts and others who want to share their research succinctly with their audiences. Topics included are:

    • Identifying the level of your audiences’ knowledge.
    • Building context.
    • Laddering complex ideas for clearer understanding.
    • Showcasing what is possible.

    This event is sponsored by the University LibrariesOffice of ResearchDiscovery Themes, and the STEAM Factory.

    Who: OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students
    When: Thursday, March 21, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
    Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

    This event will be livestreamed. To join remotely, visit carmenconnect.osu.edu/accessible-science0321. Adobe Flash Player needs to be installed on your computer to join the livestream. Please do not register below if you plan to attend remotely. 

    If you plan on attending this event in person, please register here.

  141. Beyond Google Scholar Workshop

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    What: Beyond Google Scholar

    When: Tuesday, March 5

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Where: ATI Library

    Faculty, do you find yourself relying on Google Scholar for most of your research needs? Expand your options with this workshop presented by librarians Gwen Short and Laura Miller, because 50 focused and fabulous articles are better than 50,000 possible articles. ATI Library. 11:30 - 12:30. no registration requiredbeyond google scholar

  142. 2019 OSU Plant Sciences Symposium

    Submitted by Deana Namuth-Covert, namuth-covert.1@osu.edu

    The 2019 OSU Plant Sciences Symposium will take place March 30th at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, OH. Register before February 28th at go.osu.edu/plantscience2019 to attend in person. Live streaming of the event is available at go.osu.edu/plantsciencelive (registration not required).

    The symposium will also include a science communication workshop happening in Columbus on Friday, March 29th featuring Joe Palca, NPR science correspondent. Registration is required to attend the workshop, so be sure to sign up today! To learn more and view our list of invited and OSU faculty spotlight speakers, check out the website.


  143. Zotero Workshop

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    When: February 26, 2019

    When: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Where: ATI Library

    Zotero is a research management tool that is popular with scholars around the globe. This workshop is for faculty and staff who want to install it on their laptops and learn about the features of this versatile research tool. Gwen Short and Laura Miller from the other Wooster Campus Library will be presenting this free event here at ATI Library and encourage participants to bring their own laptops. No registration required.  

    Download flyer. (PDF)

  144. WinterFest Rescheduled to Feb. 27

    Submitted by Heather Rakosik, rakosik.1@osu.edu

    Winterfest has been rescheduled for Wed. Feb. 27th. The Polar Vortex did not scare us away!

    Free Food, Fun, Prizes, and MORE!!

    Tired of being in your room and homebound from the cold??

    Venture up to SAC for an AMAZING Night of Fun!

    Open to all ATI residents and commuter students

    When: Wed. Feb. 27th 5-9:30p (@ the SAC)

    Schedule for Feb. 27th @ SAC:

    5-6:15p Yahtzee Tournament

    5-6:45p Bird Box Challenge & No Sew Snowman/Design a Cowbell

    6:45-8p FREE FOOD : Chili, Tater Tot Bar, Hot Chocolate Bar, Smore’s

    7:30-9:30p Laser Tag, Wallyball, and Marble Chase

  145. Celebrate Black History Month - RSVP TODAY

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

    To help celebrate Black History Month, everyone is invited to a Soul Food Dinner hosted by OSU Mansfield and North Central State College on February 21st at 5:30 pm. To order tickets by phone, call the OSU Mansfield business office at (419)755-4217 by February 13.

  146. Academic Integrity for Instructors

    Submitted by Carri Gerber, gerber.140@osu.edu

    March 26, 2019

    11:30 a.m.

    Skou 30

    What is academic misconduct? If I suspect if a student is violating the Student Code of Conduct, what should I do? How are cases of alleged misconduct handled? 
    Jay Hobgood of the Committee on Academic Misconduct will present "Academic Integrity for Instructors" on March 26, 2019 at 11:30 am in SK 030. 
    This professional development seminar hosted by the Ohio State ATI Academic Affairs Office is open to all graduate students, staff, and faculty. 

  147. Florida Spring Break Service Trip

    Submitted by Pamela Thomas, thomas.8@osu.edu

    Join a group for service & sunshine in St. Petersburg, FL from March 9 - 16. Work on island restoration, removing invasive plants that overtake native species & destabilize the sediments. Transportation from Columbus by chartered bus, driver, housing and some meals included. Free time in evenings. Cost $415 due by Feb 27th. Contact Pamela Thomas at Thomas.8@osu.edu. This is a MANRRS sponsored event. 

  148. Upcoming ATI Book Club discussions

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    All discussions begin at noon in the ATI Library. Please feel free to bring your lunch!

    February 26, 2019

    Discussion of The Witch Elm by Tana French 


    March 28, 2019

    Discussion of The Library Book by Susan Orlean 


    April 23, 2019

    Discussion of The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg 

  149. 2019 Great Decisions series at COW addresses global health

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    The College of Wooster's annual Great Decisions series in on the topic of global health, a topic of interest to many on our campus.

    Tuesday, Feb. 5:  documentary film: “The Unseen Enemy”

    The 2019 series begins with the screening of “The Unseen Enemy,” a documentary directed and written by Janet Tobias that explores the global, political, economic, and public health conditions that may contribute to the next global pandemic. “The Unseen Enemy” takes a deep dive, through the eyes of doctors, disease detectives, and everyday men and women, as to why in the 21st century the world is experiencing a rash of diseases that were once only outbreaks but have now become full-blown epidemics.


    Thursday, Feb. 7: “Before they Strike: Viral Forecasting for Pandemic Prevention”

    Nathan Wolfe will present “Before They Strike: Viral Forecasting for Pandemic Prevention.” Wolfe is the founder and CEO of Metabiota, a pioneering risk analytics company that improves the world’s resilience to epidemics, and also the founder of Global Viral, an independent non-profit research organization that focuses on innovative research in ecology, biodiversity and public health.  Wolfe formerly held the Lorry I. Lokey Business Wire Consulting Professorship in Human Biology at Stanford University. Named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2011, and a National Geographic “Emerging Explorer” in 2010, he has traveled the world conducting biomedical research with hopes of tracking, studying, and eradicating the next pandemic before it strikes. 


    Tuesday, Feb. 19: “The Opioid Crisis: Economic, Legal, and Clinical Perspectives”

    A distinguished panel of three experts will discuss “The Opioid Crisis: Economic, Legal, and Clinical Perspectives.” Sanho Tree is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and has been director of its drug policy project since 1998; he has worked to reform both international and domestic drug policies, and to end the damage caused by the drug wars in Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico, Afghanistan, and the Philippines.  The Honorable Thomas Teodosio is a judge on the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals who has presided over Summit county’s award-winning alternative drug court program known as “The Turning Point.” Dr. Nicole Labor is a board-certified addiction physician, and the associate medical director of addiction medicine for Summa Health in Akron, as well as medical director of OneEighty in Wooster. Together they will discuss the numerous issues surrounding the growing abuse of opioids.


    Tuesday, Feb. 26: “Complexities of Conducting International Clinical Research”

    Dr. Diane Jorkasky (Wooster class of ’73), an expert on drug development and international medicine, will deliver “The Complexities of Conducting International Clinical Research.” As part of the esteemed Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, Jorkasky returns to campus where she’ll offer her expertise as a medical scientist and researcher in the pharmaceutical industry. The 2016 Winner of the University of Pennsylvania’s “Women in Medicine” award, she is currently president of her own research and development consulting business, which emphasizes translational pharmacology.  As vice president of the global clinical research operations group at Pfizer, Inc., she oversaw research groups in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and the research units under Dr. Jorkasky’s supervision were the first in the pharmaceutical industry to be awarded certification by the American Accreditation for Human Rights Protection.   



  150. Equity and Inclusion Workshop Opportunity

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Kris Boone strongly encourages faculty and staff to register for and attend the Equity and Inclusion workshop on Feb. 22 in Wooster.

    The Office of Equity and Inclusion’s spring-summer 2019 workshop schedule is now available. Each month, Leo Taylor (taylor.3408@osu.edu), program director of Equity and Inclusion, will facilitate a workshop on the Columbus and Wooster campuses on a topic related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. These free workshops, available to all CFAES faculty, staff, and postdocs, are a wonderful opportunity for personal growth and professional development. Registration is required due to limited space. January’s workshop, “Cultivating an Inclusive Environment: Recognizing and Responding to Unconscious Bias,” was held on Jan. 11 in Columbus and will be held on Jan. 25 in Wooster. It will be offered again in April.

    Registration for the February workshops (Feb. 8 in Columbus; Feb. 22 in Wooster) is now underway. Titled “Identity, Power, and Privilege”, the program will explore what it means to have and lack privilege, the complexity of social identities, and how to use power and privilege to disrupt the cycle of oppression. Participants will identify their social identities, begin to uncover sources of bias that have been reinforced by socialization, develop skills for effective allyship, and learn how implementing even the smallest of changes can transform an individual into an agent of change in their communities and profession.

    Find the complete schedule of upcoming workshops.

  151. Advocates and Allies for Equity Ally Workshop

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Attention male allies: Help create a more inclusive and equitable culture for women and minoritized groups at Ohio State. In this workshop led by male campus leaders/Advocates, learn about gender bias, the skills and strategies to interrupt it, and ways to contribute to positive changes on OSU's campuses. Ohio State is one of five institutions implementing this NSFG-funded, evidence-based approach to create an environment where all can thrive and make their full contribution. Learn more about this workshop. 

    February 11, 2019

    1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

    Hale Hall, Room 101

    Registration required. Register by Feb. 6, 2019.

  152. Assessment Conference - Building a Flourishing Academic Community with Assessment

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

    Register today for the 2019 Ohio State Assessment Conference - Building a Flourishing Academic Community with Assessment. 

    Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs

    Friday, February 1, 2019
    9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
    The Fawcett Center

    Register at: https://ucat.osu.edu/assessment-conference/ 

  153. Student Wellness Fair Feb. 13

    Submitted by Jacqueline Belanger, belanger.24@osu.edu

    Do you know OSU's Nine Dimensions of Wellness? They are: Emotional, Career, Social, Spiritual, Physical, Financial, Intellectual, Creative, and Environmental. OSU's wellness model emphasizes how these dimensions continually influence and balance each other to create an overall wellness. 
    Next month, ATI will host our Student Wellness Fair in Skou Student Lounge. Organizations from ATI and the Wooster community will showcase these interconnected dimensions and will help empower students to strive for balance and wellness in their lives. 
    Save the date! 
    ATI’s Student Wellness Fair will be in Skou Student Lounge on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 11:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. 

  154. Student Transition Q&A Session

    Submittted by Cate Hunko, hunko.1@osu.edu

    Faculty and Program Advisors - If transitioning to the Columbus Campus is in your students' future remind them to attend the Transition Question and Answer Session in Skou 30 on February 13 from 3-3:55. Students can contact the Academic Affairs office or Cate Hunko, hunko.1@osu.edu, to sign up. Also remind the students that their Campus Change Request Forms are due to the Academic Affairs Office on March 8. 

  155. Career Expo scheduled for Feb. 6

    Submitted by Adam Cahill, cahill.71@osu.edu

    The Ohio State ATI Career Expo is held so that students have additional opportunities to interact with businesses and employers for internships, full-time positions, and part-time work. Please encourage your students to attend.

    This is also an excellent opportunity for faculty and staff to discuss industry trends and potential classroom collaboration opportunities with employers.

    Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019

    Student Activities Center

    11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    View the list of participating employers here.

  156. MLK Day of Service

    Submitted by Ashley Van Hesteren, vanhesteren.2@osu.edu

    On Monday, January 21, 2019, The Ohio State University Wooster Campus is encouraged to join millions of volunteers across the country as we honor and pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This national holiday is known as a “day on, not a day off.” While the university is closed and classes are cancelled, the MLK Day Committee invites you to join us in this first annual event. Faculty, staff, students, and clubs are all invited to participate as we help the greater Wooster community through meaningful service projects.

    To learn more about this national day of service, visit: https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday





    9:00 am - 9:30 am

    Participant check-in
    Free donuts and coffee provided

    Shisler Conference Center at the Ohio State Wooster Campus

    9:30 am - 10:00 am

    Speaker - Jeremy Grove, Agriscience Educator from East Tech, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

    Shisler Conference Center

    10:00 am - 10:30 am

    Travel to volunteer sites

    Van transportation provided by Ohio State Wooster Campus

    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Service organized by United Way

    Various service sites. To register for a morning session visit: http://www.uwwh.org/mlk  

    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Travel back to campus
    Free lunch and reflection

    Shisler Conference Center

    All participants are requested to ride in the University-sponsored transportation leaving from the Shishler Center. Vans will drop off and pick up participants at the various volunteer sites. Register for your service site on or before January 17, 2019. Special accomodations should be discussed with transportation cooridnator Keegan Hange (hange.7@osu.edu).

    Thanks to the United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties, participants are requested to register for a MORNING service site of their choosing. For available options, visit the following website and be sure to register using your "osu.edu" email address. Family and kid-friendly options are also available.  http://www.uwwh.org/mlk        

    A light continental breakfast of donuts and coffee will be provided. Join Dean Kress for a catered boxed sandwich lunch. Options include: Ham and American cheese or Turkey and Colby Jack. A water bottle may be handy to bring along to your service site should it be allowed. 

    Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for their service site. Pay special attention to any requirements communicated by United Way and service sites may provide additional safety equipment required. All are encouraged to wear Ohio State attire. Participants will be provided a commemorative button. 

    Mr. Jeremy Grove grew up in Logan, OH where he was an avid FFA member. His experience in the organization led to attending The Ohio State University for Agricultural & Extension Education. During that time, he served as an Ohio FFA State Officer and it confirmed his passion for both agriculture and education. After graduating in 2012, he went back to Logan to teach for two years but it wasn't enough. Authentic agricultural education has to take place where agriculture isn't. Jeremy moved to Cleveland where he started an Agribusiness & Production Systems Pathway at East Technical High School which is located in an underprivileged congressional district in Ohio. He taught for three years to get the program up on its feet calling it the most exciting years of his career thus far. By overcoming obstacles, Jeremy hopes to expand the program and agricultural education as a whole in the city where he now serves as the Career-Technical Education Program Manager. 

    Starting Friday, January 11, stop by the table outside of the Library in Halterman Hall. Add your handprint to the banner to be displayed on campus.

    Contact the MLK Day of Service Committee Chair, Ashley Van Hesteren (vanhesteren.2@osu.edu). 

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service flyer

  157. 2019 Landscape Industry Certified Technician Test

    Submitted by Kim Sayers, sayers.1@osu.edu

    August 7-8, 2019

    Ohio's offering of the Landscape Industry Certified Technician test is set for Wednesday and Thursday, August 7 and 8, 2019, here on the Wooster Campus. You can find more information at the following site: www.ati.osu.edu/landscapetesting

  158. The Power of One

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Dear Colleagues,

    You are invited to attend “The Power of One”, the Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Fawcett Center.

    See the invitation below and attached.

    The Ohio State University is one of three main sponsors of this annual event, and President Michael Drake will provide brief remarks.  We are proud to have two Ohio State colleagues serve on the panel this year - Professor Hasan Jeffries and undergraduate student Ginette Rhodes.  

    Please share this invitation broadly among your colleagues, students and friends.

    Thank you for your support.



    Stephen C. Myers, PhD 
    Associate Vice Provost

    Office of Outreach and Engagement   engage.osu.edu

    Professor of Horticulture and Crop Science

    Office of Academic Affairs

    Rosa Parks Invitation



  159. Panama Education Abroad Information Session

    Submitted by Pamela Thomas, thomas.8@osu.edu

    CFAES is pleased to announce a Maymester Education Abroad program Panama through the lens of agriculture, sustainability and diversity. Information session today October 31 at 7:30 pm in Applewood Community Room. Program takes place May 2019. Open to all majors. 

  160. Accessible and Impactful Course Design in Carmen

    Submitted by Valerie Childress, childress.39@osu.edu

    Monday, Nov. 5, noon – 1 p.m. 
    Accessible and Impactful Course Design in Carmen 
    Wendy Klooster, Assistant Professor, Horticulture & Crop Science 

    Do you want to increase student engagement and success in your courses? Are you interested in attracting more diverse students? Making some strategic course design choices can help you achieve these goals. This session will discuss the benefits of using the Quality Matters (QM) method for course design. Key features of this method relate to designing clear learning objectives, accurately measuring student progress, and leveraging instructional technology in the most effective way. Although specifically targeted to online or hybrid courses, any form of instruction, including in-person courses, extension, or mentoring, can benefit from consideration of the QM standards. 
    Join us live at: https://osu-cfaes.zoom.us/j/675051137 

  161. Collegiate FFA Fundraiser at Chipotle

    Submitted by Nathan Crook, crook.55@osu.edu

    Join us at Chipotle for a fundraiser to support Collegiate FFA. Just come to the Chipotle at 4124 Burbank Road in Wooster on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 5-9 p.m. Tell your cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Collegiate FFA.

  162. Puerto Rico: The Reality of 'Paradise'

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    Puerto Rico: The Reality of “Paradise”
    Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 12-1 p.m.

    Selby Hall (Plant Pathology) Room 203, Wooster
    Or stream live at: https://osu-cfaes.zoom.us/j/6056911066
    Or watch later via www.go.osu.edu/WoosterInternational

    Cost: Free
    Details:  Light lunch provided, space limited
    Meal starts at noon.
    Presentation starts at 12:15 p.m.

    Rsvp at owens.1132@osu.edu by Tuesday, Oct. 30.

    Marlia Bosques Martínez: B.S. in Crop Protection from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Pursuing a master’s degree in Plant Pathology at Ohio State under the guidance of Dr. Chris Taylor and Dr. Sally Miller. Her research focuses on studying root-knot nematode diversity, yield loss, and biocontrol management on tomatoes.

    Noelymar González: B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Pursuing a master’s degree in Soil Science at Ohio State under the guidance of Dr. Steve Culman. Her research focuses on studying soil health in no-till soils.

    Ana M. Vázquez Catoni:  B.S. in Biology and in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Pursuing a master’s degree in Plant Pathology at Ohio State under the guidance of Dr. Soledad Benitez. Her research focuses on studying microbial diversity in tomato seedlings.

    Puerto Rico Cultural Connections

    A talk in the series Cultural Connections: “Where Culture Meets Agriculture”

    Contact information: Jason Owens, International Coordinator at the Wooster Campus owens.1132@osu.edu,  (605) 691-1066


  163. Cultured Meat: Developing an OSU Perspective

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    A seminar about the future of cultured meat, its role in agriculture, industry impact, and discussion on consumer perceptions.

    Where: Animal Science 117 and Research Services 130 or join us on Zoom

    When: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2:15 - 5:00 p.m.

    We will gather insight from experts including:

    Dr. Dustin Boler, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain in the Department of Animal Sciences. Dr. Boler is also on the American Meat Science Association board and has recently testified at an FDA hearing focused on foods produced using animal cell culture technology.

    Dominique Harris, a business development advisor for Cargill, a livestock meat and industry leader. Cargill has made significant investments in alternative protein sources such as the development of cultured meat technology. Ms. Harris will share the philosophical reasons Cargill has made these investments and what Cargill perceives as the future for these technologies.

    Dr. Joy Rumble is an assistant professor with a joint appointment at Ohio State ATI and the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership within CFAES. Dr. Rumble has authored a manuscript describing media coverage of cultured meat technology, and she will share what she learned from this initial study along with other information about expected consumer perceptions and acceptance of this technology.

    Associate Dean Gary Pierzynski will provide the welcome and introduction. Dr. Shauna Brummet, president and CEO of BioHio Research Park, and Drs. Lyda Garcia and Daniel Clark, both meat scientists in the Department of Anicaml Sciences, will also give a brief introduction to the technology and overview of the markets and investments by venture capitalists.

    Please use this link to register for the seminar.

  164. Reception with CFAES Equity and Inclusion Program Director

    Please join Dr. Leo Taylor, the new Program Director of Equity and Inclusion for CFAES for an informal meet-and-greet on the OSU Wooster campus, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m, Halterman 124, Wooster campus.

    Dr. Taylor provides professional development opportunities for Columbus and Wooster CFAES faculty and staff on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues such as implicit bias, microaggressions, and cultural competencies. He is new to OSU and will be visiting the Wooster campus for the first time on Oct. 24. He would like to learn about the campus climate experienced by members of historically underrepresented minority groups, women, and LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, and their allies. This is an opportunity for individuals to share their experiences and provide suggestions for how the Office of Equity and Inclusion can best support the Wooster community. Refreshments will be provided.

    Dr. Taylor is especially interested in meeting LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff. In an effort to support LGBTQ+ CFAES students, he is spearheading the establishment of a Cultivating Change chapter at OSU and is looking for student volunteers to serve as officers and a faculty/staff advisor based in Wooster. The Cultivating Change Foundation is a national organization devoted to supporting LGBTQ+ agriculturalists. The OSU chapter will involve individuals from both the Columbus and Wooster campuses. If you are unable to attend the reception and would like more information about this leadership opportunity, please contact Dr. Talyor directly (taylor.3408).

    To learn more about Dr. Taylor, visit equityandinclusion.cfaes.ohio-state.edu.

  165. Associate Dean's Coffee Hour, Oct. 24

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    Greetings! Based on feedback, there will be more opportunities to chat informally with the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education. We highly encourage you to attend, as this is a great opportunity to ask questions, give suggestions, or hear updates about research and graduate education at the college.

    The first of these events will be on Oct. 24 from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. in the Yenne Room, Shisler Center (Wooster). Coffee and cookies will be provided.

    Stay tuned for more information about additional opportunities.

  166. Small-Scale Landscape Certification Test Oct. 12

    Submitted by Kim Sayers, sayers.1@osu.edu   

    This Friday, October 12, starting at 8 a.m., we are holding a small-scale Landscape Industry Certified (LIC) test on the ATI campus. There will be a handful of candidates here completing both hands-on and written tests. If you run into someone looking for the test, just send them out to the test site at the back side of the SK parking lot. 

    *Note: The parking lot will not be closed for this testing! 

  167. Annual Homecoming Dodgeball Tournament

    Tuesday, October 2nd - 8:00-10:00 PM 
    Team sign-up can be sent to Robert Selvey (selvey.9) via email by 11:59 PM Monday, October 1st. Teams of 6-10 players encouraged. Can't find a team? Come be a drop-in player and get to know your fellow students, faculty, and staff members! Don't want to play? Come by and support your fellow Buckeyes! 
    More homecoming events can be found at go.osu.edu/ATIHomecoming

  168. Need some laughter in your life?

    Submitted by Michelle Villers, villers.11@osu.edu

    Everyone needs some time to laugh – and it’s always more fun when you’re with friends.

    Grab your friends and family for a fun night of comedy – coming soon to our backyard!

    Make a night of it – shall we do dinner or drinks afterwards?

  169. SEEDS grant information sessions

    Submitted by Melissa Burant, burant.2@osu.edu


    The FY 19 Request for Proposals for SEEDS: The Research Competitive Grants Program is available online here (https://grants.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/seeds/seeds-rfp).  

    Faculty proposals will be due Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. 

    Everyone is invited to attend informational sessions on the SEEDS faculty RFP. The dates and times of these sessions are:

    Tuesday, September 11

    250A Ag. Admin (Columbus)


    Wednesday, September 12

    250A Ag. Admin (Columbus)


    Thursday, September 13

    130 Research Services (Wooster)

    10:30-11:30am AND 1:00-2:00pm


  170. Family Day Picnic & Homecoming Kickoff - Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    Please bring your family and enjoy a picnic and kickoff to Homecoming Week on Saturday, Sept. 29.

    Tour the Grace Drake Agricultural Laboratory, greenhouses, and campus. Enjoy games, displays, and activities with student organizations. Visit the bookstore, floral shop, and mum sale. There will be lots to see and do for the whole family!

    Please click here to RSVP for the picnic lunch by Friday, Sept. 21. 


  171. Red Cross Blood Drive Sept. 18

    Submitted by Kim Hostetler, hostetler.78@osu.edu

    Phi Theta Kappa will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Housing Office Community Room. 

  172. Creating a Walkable Bikeable campus

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    OSU Wooster Focus Groups

    August 16

    Skou Hall Lounge

    Times 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM

    If you haven't already done so, please take the time to attend the last set of focus groups on making the Wooster Campus walkable and bikeable.

    Questions? Contact David Civittolo Civittolo.1@osu.edu

  173. Greenhouse Workshop for K-12 Educators

    Submitted by Kim Sayers, sayers.1@osu.edu

    • Basics of the Greenhouse Environment for K-12 Educators, a one-day workshop, will be held on the ATI campus on Wednesday, August 8. The workshop, led by Uttara Samarakoon, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor (Greenhouse and Nursery Management), 
    •  Peter Ling, Ph.D. - Associate Professor (Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering), and 
    •  Laura Grimm - K-8 STEAM Teacher (Dalton Local Schools), filled with the maximum of 30 participants within a few weeks of announcing it.

    You can find more information about the day here: https://ati.osu.edu/workshops-short-courses/greenhouse-workshop

  174. Meet the new CFAES Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education

    Submitted by Frances Whited, http://whited.16@osu.edu

    We would like to extend an invitation to all CFAES faculty, staff, and students to attend an informal social event to meet Gary Pierzynski. There will be two events, one in Columbus and one in Wooster (see details below). Gary is the new CFAES Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education. In this position, Gary will drive the future strategy for enhancing and expanding research and graduate education within the college, as well as supporting undergraduate research.

    Wooster: July 12, 9-10 a.m. in Research Services 128
    Columbus: July 30, 9-10 a.m. in Agricultural Administration 250A

    The events are informal and light refreshments will be provided.

  175. Please RSVP for the Employee Appreciation Picnic

    Submitted by Allison Mayer, mayer.697@osu.edu

    You're invited to the Employee Appreciation Picnic on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Hawk's Nest Golf Course. 

    Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Faculty, staff and immediate family welcome!

    RSVP here.

  176. Welcome Days Call for Volunteers

    Submitted by Sam Trapp, trapp.73@osu.edu

    Date: Saturday, August 18

    The Ohio State ATI Welcome Days Committee is excited to invite our fellow staff and faculty members to join us in celebrating students as they acclimate to campus during WELCOME DAYS! The 2018 Welcome Days festivities will begin with Move-In on August 18th and run through Monday, August 20th. There are opportunities to volunteer during the first week of school as well! There are many ways that you can get involved with the events. Please view the volunteer registration form for more information.

    If you would like to volunteer for Welcome Days but not Move-In, just click "I am not available or do not wish to work Move-In Day" on the form and an additional set of volunteer opportunities will appear.

  177. Photo op at Shisler

    Submitted by Michelle Villers, villers.11@osu.edu

    The ATI Admissions team provided a photo booth during orientation last week and it was a big hit not only with students and their families but many employees took advantage of the photo opportunity as well. 

    If you missed the chance to get your selfie or an office group photo, now is your chance. On Thursday the 28th from 9:30 - 12:00, Brutus, the OSU/CFAES backdrop and the cool props will be available in Shisler in the MLK Lobby. So be sure to charge your phone, stop in at Shisler on Thursday 9:30-12:00 and snap away. 

  178. Heath Station moves temporarily

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    The Health Station which allows YP4H members to weigh in and take a blood pressure readings has been relocated to the SAC while the library is under rennovation. 

  179. YP4H moves to quarterly incentives

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

       In 2019, you will have an opportunity to earn rewards more frequently through YP4H. 

    •    The amount of HRA credits that each enrolled participant may earn will increase to $300. 
    •    Each calendar quarter, participants may earn rewards as shown in the following link https://yp4h.osu.edu/2019-yp4h-incentive-program/
    •    Points will reset to zero on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1. 
    •    You will have all calendar year (January 1- December 31, 2019) to complete your PHA and verified Biometric Screening to earn 2020 premium credit. 


  180. Chasing Success

    Submitted by Laura Deeter, deeter.7@osu.edu

    I recently reread Ben Bergeron’s excellent book Chasing Excellence, and I’m respectfully playing off his title for this article. For those that don’t know, Mr. Bergeron is an elite CrossFit coach. He’s coached the 4-time CrossFit Games winner Mat Fraser, as well as 3-time Games winner Tia-Claire Toomey. He has a lot to say about mindset and its relationship to success. I highly recommend the book, his podcast, and his YouTube channel. He believes the mind is the key to success; in CrossFit we call this a weaponized mind. A mind that cannot be shaken from its journey no matter the obstacles, a mind that recognizes the process is the key to success. And he says a large portion of our problems stem from the wrong definition of success. 
    What is success? Ask 100 people, get 100 answers. I’ve often asked this of my students. Their answers are predictable: money, family, good business, nice car (ok truck), fancy house, taking vacations. I personally believe a lot of us would define success in this manner. External factors are always our goals. Get good grades to get into a good college. Get good grades to get a good job. Get a good job to make money. Make money to buy things. The goal is always external. Professors fall into this trap as well. Do this work to get this grade to pass this class. Do this, get this reward. 
    In these …. surreal times, reminding ourselves that the journey is the important aspect is paramount. Our journey just abruptly took a hard right, one that, I for one, didn’t see coming. But we are all still on a journey. The journey to be professors, writers, lecturers, students, administrators…insert your own title here. This journey also includes being a: parent, sibling, spouse, significant other…again insert your family roles. The important thing to note here, is while the way we travel this journey is now altered, the fact remains we are all still on a journey. A journey to become better versions of ourselves. THAT is the ultimate goal; become the best version of you. 
    I’m not saying don’t have external goals. Humans are goal-oriented, and it’s good to have goals. Set a goal to get the A, the promotion, the raise, the nice car. Those are admirable goals. External motivation helps keep us going when internal motivation goes on vacation. But, the attainment of the goal isn’t the key to happiness. The process of attaining the goal is the secret. Fall in love with the process, and the goals will eventually happen. Is your goal to get an A? What process is needed? Attending class, taking notes, reviewing the notes, looking at old exams, completing all the assigned work/reading, and maybe even a little last-minute cramming are all parts of the process. I will admit, it is hard to fall in love with doing problem sets over and over and over, but the weaponized mind recognizes this as a necessary part of the process. The process is what sets up success, not the goal. The goal is simply a result. The goal is constantly changing, but the process of goal attainment doesn’t generally change much. Find the process, learn the process, specialize in the process and the goals will happen. Loving the process means happiness no matter the goal because the goal isn’t the end-game. The weaponized mind loves the process and will not be distracted from the process. 
    What does this mean for our students? It means helping them see the process, helping them to visualize distractions and process how to overcome them. It means teaching them that if they have done the work and can honestly say they gave their very best effort on something, the end result doesn’t matter. If the goal is an A, and the student gets a B are they a failure because they didn’t attain their goal? If the goal is the most important thing, then yes, they might feel they aren’t cut out for this, they gave their all and the result was disappointing. “I studied all night long and I only got a B”. But the student who gave their all on the process recognizes the B doesn’t matter because the journey IS the end result! 
    All processes need analysis and tweaking. We need to show the students how to do this as well. It means helping them analyze their process to look for places where gaps exist. Did they really spend 4 hours studying? Or were they sitting at their desk for 4 hours, but half of it was really spent on their phone? Their studying process might need to change. Turn the phone off and read for 10 minutes. If that is too long, read for 5 minutes. Then look at the phone for 3 minutes. If flash cards don’t work, find a different process. The student who struggles to read could watch a video, or listen to directions. Continually tweak the process. 
    Find happiness in the discovery and implementation of the process. It’s a mindset shift for most people; it was a huge mindset shift for me as well. But I’m happier as a result. The process will lead to happiness, not the goal. This shift in mindset allowed me to remain calm in the face of uncertainty. OSU says “move everything online”. Old me would panic, come up with reasons I cannot. New me acknowledges this is difficult and indeed might even suck, but it is what it is. I will not be swayed by distractions on the goal to learning/teaching. What is the process now? What are the steps. Find the process. 
    Like everything humans do, this takes practice and practice takes time. Practice on the little things. One assignment, one project, one small distraction. Recognize a lifetime of mental thoughts and reactions won’t change overnight. But learning to weaponize the mind builds mental fortitude, something a lot of folks lack. It is NOT ignoring feelings and emotions. It is acknowledging them, and even in the face of uncertainty, unhappiness, etc finding the process to get things done. Loving this process is success, not the end result. 
     "Happiness is not found on the other side of achievement. (We need) to find happiness/fulfillment in the process of chasing that goal. The chase to betterment itself is what we should be striving for." Ben Bergeron

  181. REACH Trainings in January

    Submitted by Jacqueline Belanger, belanger.24@osu.edu

    Staff/Faculty REACH trainings will be offered between January 23rd – January 30th. 

    Knowing the signs of suicide is important in helping someone who may be at risk. By offering your understanding, reassurance and support, you can help your loved one or friend seek the help he or she needs. REACH© is the name of the OSU suicide prevention gatekeeper training program designed to help the OSU community prevent suicide by teaching faculty, staff, and students how to:

    Recognize warning signs
    Engage with empathy
    Ask directly about suicide
    Communicate hope
    Help suicidal individuals to access care and treatment

    If you would like to attend a 90-minute REACH training, please sign up at https://ati.osu.edu/node/5541. You can also submit your time/date preferences for future trainings. 
    Registration Deadline is Sunday, January 19th, 2020. 

  182. Wellness Webinars

    Benefits-eligible faculty and staff can explore complimentary programs offered by the OSU Health Plan as a service of Your Plan for Health.

    Among the upcoming webinars offered this month are:

    Estate Planning for Moms and Dads on Tuesday (6/19)

    How Physical Therapy Can Improve Your Postpartum Health on Wednesday (6/20)

    Destressing with Chair Yoga on Thursday (6/28

    To learn more or register for a program, click here

  183. Mindful Wellness

    Submitted by Jane Douglas, douglas.170@osu.edu

    Wouldn't you like to live a more mindful, less stressed, and healthier life?

    Thursdays in June featuring: Melinda J. Hill, M Ed, CFCS, CFLE 
    6/14 - Mindful Eating

    6/21- Mindful Living 

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.ml. Secrest Arboretum/Miller Pavilion 
    RSVP: Jane Douglas douglas.170@osu.edu 

  184. Consent for electronic delivery of Form 1095-C

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    Form 1095-C is a required tax form that provides important information about the health care coverage an employee had or was offered by Ohio State during 2018. For employees who consent to receive the form electronically, it will be available from Equifax with secure access through Employee Self Service on February 18, 2019. Equifax will send an email when the 1095-C is available. 
    If you haven't done so, you can log into Employee Self Service by February 11, 2019, to provide consent. Receiving the form electronically saves time and is more secure. If consent is not provided, the form will be delivered to your home address on file in the HR System by March 4, 2019. Emails will be sent in early January to those employees who have not yet consented, requesting that they sign up for electronic delivery. 
    If you wish to provide consent and haven’t already done so, please go to Employee Self Service. You can view step-by-step directions at go.osu.edu/1095c 

  185. Professional development opportunities

    Submitted by Kayla Arnold, arnold.1065@osu.edu

    On behalf of Wooster Campus Staff Council I would like to share the following professional development opportunities with you:

    OSU Leadership Center
    As of July 1st, the OSU Leadership Center is offering a discounted rate to Ohio State employees for our workshops. Three-hour workshops will be $75* (unless noted differently, based on assessment fees), rather than the normal rate of $95. To see a listing of upcoming workshops, please go to https://leadershipcenter.osu.edu/events. To register for these workshops, click here.

    CFAES Staff Advisory Council
    CFAES SAC has arranged three educational opportunities this summer that focus on Professional Development. The second will be held next Tuesday, July 17 (see details below). We encourage you to bring your lunch and enjoy the company of your fellow employees while listening to our great speakers. You can view information about the full series in the attached flyer. Please register if you plan to attend.

    Staff Career Development Grant
    Staff have an opportunity to further their growth and development through the Staff Career Development Grant. New this year, the available funding for individuals and groups has increased to $1,250 for individuals, $1,750 for groups of 2-10 and $2,000 for groups of 11 or more, and the funds can be used for professional development, education or training costs related to job and/or career goals. Applications are being accepted until Tuesday (7/31). Visit the USAC website for more information and to view the application.

    Buckeye Wellness Lunch and Learn on resiliency
    With the fast pace of today's culture, it can be difficult to navigate situations throughout life and manage the stress associated. Join Jodie Leister for a free lunch on Friday (7/20) noon-1 p.m. at the Ross Auditorium to learn ways to inoculate your life from stress and better manage the hustle of everyday life. Biometric screenings and health coaching sign-ups will be available in the Ross Heart Hospital lobby 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  186. Update on searches in progress

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    There are a number of searches in process for both faculty and staff.

    Biology position - The interviews have concluded. Thank you to the search committee and everyone who participated in the process. 

    Ag Engineering position - The position has been posted and a search committee formed. Dan Linden will be chairing. 

    Admissions Counselor - The posting period has ended and review of applications will begin soon.

    Transition Counselor - Posting is still active.

    Program Assistant for the SAC - An offer has been made and accepted, pending background check clearance.

    Office Assistant in horticulture - The posting period has ended and review of applications will begin soon.


  187. Vacation Leave Q&A

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    We've had a few questions come up from folks that were concerned about not being able to use their vacation leave before their service anniversary. OHR has granted and exception given the current situation. Please see below: 
    Employees who cannot take vacation time due to COVID-19 and whose anniversary date occurs between March 22 – May 22, 2020, will have until the December 31, 2020, to use accrued vacation above the established maximum carryover amounts stated in Paid Leave Policy 6.27 . 

  188. Hiring Pause through June 30

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    Ohio State has implemented a temporary hiring pause to assess impacts due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. The temporary pause applies to most faculty, staff and student positions with exceptions noted below. The hiring pause aligns with recent actions taken by the state of Ohio and follows the state of emergency declared by the university Sunday, March 22. 
    No positions that were vacant as of noon on March 20, 2020, should be filled unless an offer has already been extended. Those positions may be filled if a candidate accepts by Friday, March 27, 2020, and has an identified start date. No new positions should be created. Any hiring through June 30, 2020, should focus on maintaining adequate staffing levels in these essential service areas: 

    •    Law enforcement and public safety 
    •    Hospitals and health services 
    •    Child care for children of parents performing essential services to the university and medical center 
    •    Limited meal preparation and service 
    •    Facility utilities 
    •    Residential support 
    •    Others determined to be essential by the university 

    HR Business Partners will work with supervisors who have new employees already scheduled to start. Best practices on how to onboard employees who are teleworking on their first day will be available. 
    Employees of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center: The medical center is implementing a process to replace the in-person new employee orientation. 
    This hiring pause applies to all executive departments and units regardless of the sources of their operational and programmatic funding. 
    The hiring pause does not overrule collective bargaining agreements. 
    Exceptions to the hiring pause 

    In addition to the list above, exceptions to the hiring pause include, but are not limited to: 

    • Key faculty positions (including those of graduate teaching assistants) starting in summer and fall 2020 
    • Key research positions (including graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and research technicians) starting in fall 2020 
    • Deans and members of President’s Cabinet may also exempt any positions that are deemed necessary to meet medical center, public safety and critical operating functions of the university to maintain levels of service for our students and patients. 

    In addition, the Office of Human Resources in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer may grant limited exceptions from this pause where the circumstances warrant it. 

  189. Online and In-person Training Available

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    BuckeyeLearn is a university-wide online training tool, allowing learning and training opportunities to be easily accessed by the university community of faculty, staff and student employees. Check out the following instructor-led and online classes offered by the Office of Human Resources in Buckeye Learn. 

  190. Staff Annual Reports

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    Attention All ATI Staff and Supervisors:

    All staff are required to complete this form and submit it to their immediate supervisor for their 2019 annual report. This information will be used by supervisors to prepare the 2019 annual performance reviews for each staff member. All Ohio State ATI Staff are to use the attached format and are to submit their annual report to their immediate supervisor by January 31, 2020. 
    Supervisors are then required to complete an Annual Performance Review for each individual staff member. Performance Reviews need to be signed and submitted to Buckeye Box by March 31, 2020 for Dr. Boone to review. The staff annual reports should be included with each performance review. Further instruction will be provided to supervisors. 

  191. Open Enrollment

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    Open Enrollment for 2020 benefits is Nov. 1-14, 2019. Benefit eligible employees have the opportunity to evaluate and make elections for 2020. 
    For anyone interested in watching the Open Enrollment Webinar on the big screen, please join us on Tuesday, November 5th from 11:30am-1pm in Fisher Auditorium. HRPs will be available to answer additional questions you may have about benefit changes. 

  192. Lab Demonstrator position

    Submitted by Valerie Childress, childress.39@osu.edu

     If you know of anyone interested in the Lab Demonstrator position, please send them the job information link: https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/93680 

    Reporting to the Division Chair for Arts, Science, and Business at the Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI), the Lab Demonstrator prepares materials for, sets up, and cleans up instructional laboratories for chemistry, biology, botany, entomology, bioenergy, and microbiology courses; occasionally assists with specific horticulture and agricultural laboratory functions; maintains and orders the inventory of chemicals, supplies, and equipment and monitors related budget; calibrates equipment and performs routine maintenance of equipment; maintains and monitors lab safety requirements, university policies, OSHA regulations and compliance; supervises and trains student employees; participates in university committees including the safety committee.

  193. Request for Student Employment form updated

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    The ATI Request for Student Employment Form has been updated and the revised version is now available on the ATI Intranet. Please dispose of any old versions of the form and begin using the updated one immediately. 
    New to the form: update to the minimum wage, place to provide information if the student's wages will be paid from grant/startup funds, and place to indicate if your student employee will need any IT equipment. 
    Overall, the process will remain the same. Please remember to allow 2 weeks for all student hires and include the completed student application with the request to hire form to start the process. 

  194. OSU goes to direct-deposit only

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    As of July 2019, Ohio State will no longer issue paper checks and will instead distribute pay solely by direct deposit. The vast majority of employees already use this option, but there are about 3,500 who continue to receive paper checks through the mail. The university will be notifying affected employees starting this week so that they may choose a direct deposit option - either a bank account or a Global Cash Card paycard - well in advance of July. For more information, see busfin.osu.edu/direct-deposit or contact payroll@osu.edu for questions. 

  195. Faculty and Staff Discounts

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    Ohio State faculty or staff members have access to a wide variety of discounted products and services offered by many local and national vendors. Discounts include auto sales and services, computers, gym/fitness memberships, housing, mobile phones, transportation, flowers, banking, internet/cable, recreation, retail, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Newport Aquarium and travel. In addition to many partnerships with local organizations, Ohio State is a member of COESRA to provide local and national discounts on things ranging from travel, movies, theme parks and shopping. A new COESRA digital card has been posted on the HR website, along with instructions on how faculty and staff can use the benefit. Visit the Discount Programs page: https://hr.osu.edu/benefits/discount-programs/ for more information about COESRA and other available discounts and offers.

  196. W-2 Information

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.389@osu.edu

    If employees have left the university, their online W-2 consent is withdrawn. Their W-2 will be mailed starting January 28th to their address in the HR System. 
    If they have moved they will need to contact the payroll office to confirm identity and update their home address. If the original W-2 is returned it would be re-mailed to their new address. If it does not return, a re-print will be mailed mid to end of February. 
    Contact information for payroll office is listed below: 
    Phone: 614-292-2311 
    Email: taxoffice@osu.edu 

  197. Staff Annual Reports due this week

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    All staff employees must submit their 2018 Annual Reports to their immediate supervisor by January 31, 2019. This information will be used by supervisors to prepare the 2018 annual performance reviews for each staff member. 

    Supervisors are then required to complete an Annual Performance Review for each individual staff member. Performance Reviews need to be signed and submitted to Buckeye Box by March 31, 2019 for Dr. Boone to review. The staff annual reports should be included with each performance review. 


  198. Please complete the new sexual misconduct prevention education

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    This is a reminder of the March 1, 2019, deadline for mandatory training on the “Report = Support” training regarding sexual misconduct.

    By Friday, March 1, 2019, both faculty and staff in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are expected to have completed the sexual misconduct prevention online course, “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct.”  The course has already been assigned to you in BuckeyeLearn. The interactive, easy-to-follow course should take less than 30 minutes to complete. To access the training:

    1.       Use your OSU credentials to log in to BuckeyeLearn at: https://buckeyelearn.osu.edu/

    2.       Select “My Transcript” button on the homepage. If you are unsure whether or not you completed the training, the "My Transcript" area will list this information.

    3.       Click the “launch” button next to the “Report=Support” training.


  199. Staff Annual Reports

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    Attention All ATI Staff & Supervisors: 
    All staff are required to complete an Annual Report for 2018. This information will be used by supervisors to prepare the 2018 annual performance reviews for each staff member. All Ohio State ATI Staff are to submit their annual report to their immediate supervisor by January 31, 2019. Supervisors are then required to complete an Annual Performance Review for each individual staff member. Performance Reviews need to be signed and submitted to Buckeye Box by March 31, 2019 for Dr. Boone to review. The staff annual reports should be included with each performance review. Further instruction will be provided to supervisors. 

  200. Friendly Reminder about increase to minimum wage 

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    On January 1, 2019, the hourly minimum wage in Ohio will increase from $8.30 to $8.55 for all non-tipped workers and from $4.15 to $4.30 for all tipped workers. System-wide increases for current Ohio State employees will be centrally implemented effective December 23, 2018. The HR Compensation team asks that all hiring managers begin using the $8.55 hourly pay rate for new non-tipped employees starting November 11, 2018. 

  201. OSU Health Plan discontinues NurseLine 

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398

    Effective January 1, 2019, the OSU Health Plan will no longer offer the services of a 24/7 NurseLine. Faculty and staff members of OSU Health Plan should direct medical-related questions to their Primary Care Physician’s office (or after-hours line). For urgent matters, faculty and staff should seek care at a local convenient care or urgent care facility. For more information, visit the OSU Health Plan website. 

  202. Sexual Misconduct Training on Oct. 26, 2018

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to attend the sexual misconduct training scheduled for Oct. 26. Details below.

    Sexual Misconduct Training 
    October 26, 2018 

    10:00 AM 
    Fisher Auditorium 
    Wooster Campus 

    Ensuring a safe and healthy climate for our students, faculty, staff and all members of the university community is Ohio State’s top priority. As part of a comprehensive effort to enhance the health, safety and wellbeing of our community, Michelle Gaines from the Office of Human Resources will be coming to the Wooster Campus on October 26, 2018 to present an instructor-led training on the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. 
    Participants will be provided with information in regards to key legal and policy details, information on how to recognize sexual misconduct, how to file a complaint or make a report, provide support resources and guidance on how to prevent sexual misconduct in the work and academic setting. We strongly encourage you to take the opportunity to attend this 1-hour instructor-led training session. 
    Members of the university community have the right to be free from all forms of sexual misconduct which impede the realization of the university’s mission of distinction in education, scholarship, and service. All members of the university community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that maintains an environment free from sexual misconduct. 
    Please RSVP to essig.33@osu.edu. We are not able to Zoom this session, however, we still are encouraging everyone to take an opportunity to complete this training. You can participate in the Sexual Misconduct training in several different ways if you are unable to attend the Wooster session. Please visit BuckeyeLearn to learn about these opportunities where you can register for a web-based version of the training or you can sign up for an instructor-led class in Columbus. 

    BuckeyeLearn Link https://ohiostate.csod.com/samldefault.aspx?returnurl=%252fDeepLink%252fProcessRedirect.aspx%253fmodule%253dlodetails%2526lo%253db9319419-2c2b-4f5d-92d5-5232ff193b6d 


  203. Minimum Wage Increase

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    ***All new employees hired on or after November 11, 2018 need to be hired at or above the new minimum wage of $8.55/hour. Please see below: 
    Statewide minimum wage increase to be implemented at Ohio State 

       On January 1, 2019, the hourly minimum wage in Ohio will increase from $8.30 to $8.55 for all non-tipped workers and from $4.15 to $4.30 for all tipped workers. System-wide increases for current Ohio State employees will be centrally implemented effective December 23, 2018. The HR Compensation team asks that all hiring managers begin using the $8.55 hourly pay rate for new non-tipped employees starting November 11, 2018. 
       Please email me if you have questions at frazier.398@osu.edu

  204. Open Enrollment

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    2019 Open Enrollment will be November 1-14, 2018. Please visit the Open Enrollment website to view upcoming changes at: 
    Please check your emails for future information regarding OE. 

  205. Financial Wellness Series

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    Presented by Joel J Seckel, CFP®, ChFC | Financial Advisor | VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. 
    Light Lunch will be provided. Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. /RSVP to douglas.170@osu.edu 
       Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - VALIC Retirement Pathfinder 
       *Can I retire when I planned? 
       *Am I saving enough to achieve my retirement goals? 
       *Am I in danger of outliving or depleting my retirement savings? 
       *How is the COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) freeze/reduction on my pension benefits impacted by inflation? 
    Joel will be demonstrating VALIC’s new Retirement Pathfinder tool that can provide OSU employees real time answers to these questions. Retirement Pathfinder quickly and graphically models retirement scenarios to provide engaging new insight on your retirement plan. 
    Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – Social Security and Your Retirement – Social Security is an important element in retirement planning. This program explores the cost of retirement, as well as options for claiming and maximizing Social Security benefits and how to bridge possible income gaps. 
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Conquering Student Loan Debt – Education is essential to remain competitive, but it can be very expensive, and often financed through some form of borrowing. That debt could become a huge financial liability, even many years after graduation. This program discusses strategies that can assist, lessen or even eliminate student loan debt. 

  206. Inclusive Excellence Trainings 

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    CFAES will be hosting a series of Inclusive Excellence Trainings in the coming months. This is the required training for everyone that serves on a Search Committee. Please sign up using the following link: 

  207. Transition Counselor position posted

    Submitted by Jeanne Osborne, http://osborne.2@osu.edu

    As you are likely aware, Molly Zacour resigned her part-time position as Wooster campus Transition Counselor. Molly transformed the student campus change and transition process. Under her leadership, the student experience with the transition process was greatly improved, based on student feedback collected during their first semester on the Columbus campus. 
    In response to the increased demand for support for students planning to transition from their Associate degree program to a Bachelor degree program on the Columbus campus, the position is posted for a full-time Academic Counselor and Staff Assistant (working title: Transition Counselor). Ella Lorentz has graciously agreed to serve as the Chair of the Search Committee. 
    If you know anyone who would be interested in and qualified for this position, please encourage them to check out the posting at https://www.jobsatosu.com/, job opening #440643. The position is affiliated with the Academic Affairs office, and the posting will be open through July 22, 2018. 

  208. Upcoming Inclusiveness Training in August

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    If you have not completed the Inclusive Excellence Training, below is the link to sign up for the next summer session. All staff and faculty should complete the training in order to participate on a Search Committee. 
    Inclusive Excellence Trainings: 
    These one-hour trainings focus on best practices for ensuring all reasonable efforts to attract a diverse candidate pool for open staff or faculty positions. Participants will examine the role that implicit bias often plays in screening applicants. Strategies for advertising and creating avenues for underrepresented applicants will be presented. 

    Over the summer, these trainings will be available via Zoom. 

    Staff Hire Trainings

    Faculty Hire Trainings

  209. Revised-Information just updated last week regarding vacation carryovers

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    A vacation exception to allow use of accrued vacation over the established maximum carryover amounts as stated in Paid Leave Policy 6.27PDF file has been extended to include every employee whose service anniversary date is between March 22, 2020 through December 31, 2020. These individuals will have until their 2021 service anniversary to utilize over maximum accrued vacation. 

  210. Complete mandatory sexual misconduct prevention education 

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    As a reminder, all faculty, staff and student employees must complete "Report = Support!," which has been assigned through BuckeyeLearn, to help identify and prevent sexual misconduct and provide access to support services and resources. Merit-eligible employees who do not complete the training by June 30, 2020, will not be eligible for annual merit increases that take effect September 2020. More information is available on the Title IX website. Details for the HR community are on the HR website, including FAQs and templates. 

  211. 1095-C tax form available

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    The 1095-C tax form contains health coverage information that employees had or were offered by Ohio State during 2019. Those who consented to electronic delivery can access it in Employee Self Service. Those who did not consent will receive it at home by mail by January 31, 2020. 

  212. Mandatory Report=Support Training

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    All employees: Annually, all faculty, staff, and student employees are required to complete the sexual misconduct prevention online course, “Report = Support!” The interactive, easy-to-follow course takes about 30 minutes to complete and is available in BuckeyeLearn. It will be assigned to every employee’s BuckeyeLearn transcript each year. 
    “Report = Support!” will be assigned to all faculty, staff and student employee BuckeyeLearn transcripts on September 12, 2019, and the completion deadline is June 30, 2020. 
    It is important for everyone to know how to identify and report sexual misconduct, and merit-eligible employees who do not complete the training by June 30, 2020, will not be eligible for annual merit increases that take effect in September 2020. 
    All Ohio State employees, including student employees, are required to complete this course each academic year to fulfill the mandatory requirement and remain up-to-date on reporting obligations and resources. 
    Any merit-eligible employee who does not complete the training by the annual deadline will not be eligible for annual merit increases that take effect in September 2020. Student employees, graduate associates and employees who are not eligible for merit increases may be subject to unit-specific consequences for non-completion. Bargaining unit employees should follow their applicable collective bargaining agreements. 

  213. Weight Watchers Promotion

    Submitted by Cindy Shelly, shelly.12@osu.edu


  214. Minimum Wage Increase

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

     Just a friendly reminder that minimum wage increases for the state of Ohio, effective January 1st. Minimum wage in Ohio will increase 15 cents from $8.55 to $8.70 for all non-tipped workers. To ensure the change coincides with the beginning of a pay period, OHR centrally implemented the increases for all employees affected by the minimum wage change effective December 22, 2019. 

  215. Open Enrollment

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@osu.edu

    Open Enrollment for 2020 benefits is Nov. 1-14, 2019. Benefit-eligible employees have the opportunity to evaluate and make elections for 2020. 
    For anyone interested in watching the Open Enrollment Webinar on the big screen, please join us on Tuesday, November 5th from 11:30am-1pm in Fisher Auditorium. HRPs will be available to answer additional questions you may have about benefit changes. 

  216. HR staff location

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398@edu

    Mariah and I will be sending out an update each week with our whereabouts so you know how to best reach us, schedule appointments, etc. Please see below:

    Wednesday, Sept. 18: Wooster (Williams) for most of the day, will be at ATI late afternoon 

    Thursday, Sept. 19: Wooster (Halterman)

    Friday, Sept. 20: Wooster (Williams 8am-12pm), (Halterman 12pm-5pm)

    Email is the best way to reach us since we both travel. My phone travels with me and you can reach me at the same number in any office: 330-462-6138. If Mariah is not in Halterman, she can be reached at 330-263-3932.

  217. Sexual Misconduct Training

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frzaier.38@osu.edu

    "Report = Support!," the mandatory sexual misconduct prevention online course, will be assigned to all faculty, staff and student employee BuckeyeLearn transcripts. The deadline to complete "Report = Support!" is June 30, 2020, and merit-eligible employees who do not complete it by that date, will not be eligible for annual merit increases that take effect September 2020. More information is available on the Title IX website. Details for the HR community are on the HR website, including FAQs and templates. What you need to do:

    • Carefully review the HR website, including the FAQs to ensure you can answer questions from faculty, staff and student employees in your college or unit.

    • Please make time to complete "Report = Support!" on your BuckeyeLearn transcript, as soon as possible to help you understand all your rights and responsibilities as a member of the campus community. It should take about 30 minutes to complete.

    If you have questions, please review the FAQs on the Title IX website or contact Christina Cunningham at cunningham.785@osu.edu .

  218. 2019 Wayne Heart Walk

    The 2019 American Heart Association Wayne County Heart Walk will take place at Oak Hill Park in Wooster on Thursday, October 10.  Healthy For Good Festival @ 5:00 p.m. / Heart Walk Kick Off @ 6:00 p.m. (See flyer.)

    Register for OSU Wooster Team by next Monday, August 19 and receive a free Team Ohio State T-Shirt.  Join us in raising funds for AHA and our community. Sign up or donate to the OSU Wooster Team, visit http://www2.heart.org/goto/osuwooster  Note:  When you register you will have option to enter T-shirt size for AHA T-Shirt. For Team Ohio State T-Shirt you must email T-shirt size to Jane Douglas.170@osu.edu or Jennifer Weeks.342@osu.edu   THANKS!   


  219. WW is proven to help people lose weight and feel happier

    Submitted by Cindy Shelly, shelly.12@osu.edu

    Join WW today! The Ohio State University employees, spouses, and dependents (18+) enrolled in the OSU Health Plan are eligible for the WW discounted rates and 50% subsidy.

    ww flier



  220. Deadline for mandatory sexual misconduct prevention course is June 30

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Please be sure to complete the mandatory sexual misconduct prevention online course “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct.” It has been assigned to everyone’s BuckeyeLearn transcript. You will learn how to identify, disrupt and report sexual misconduct. Promoting the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is top priority and a responsibility we all share. The course closes June 30. BuckeyeLearn transcript link.

  221. Kick it up a Notch: Next Level Management Series

  222. Free File Cabinet

    Submitted by Kris Purdy, purdy.23@osu.edu

        The library is offering a free four-drawer file cabinet. It does not lock. The cabinet is located in Kris Purdy's office. 

  223. Welcome Dr. Teng Yang

    Submitted by Terry Lanker, lanker.2@osu.edu

    The Horticulture Division is pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Teng Yang, a post-doctoral researcher who started November 1st. Teng will be working with Drs. Uttara Samarakoon (ATI) and James Altland (OARDC/USDA) on a two-year research project involving greenhouse hydroponic vegetable production. Dr. Yang studied in her homeland of China, completing her bachelor's degree in forestry and master's degree in silviculture. She recently completed her PhD in Horticultural Science at Purdue University where she focused on production and nutrition recovery of crops in a recirculating aquaponics system. Teng is located in office 132C Halterman Hall. Her phone number is 330-462-6716. 

  224. Welcome, Mitchel Gissinger

    Submitted by Shelley Whitworth, whitworth.2@osu.edu

    Please join us in welcoming Mitchel Gissinger as the new Equine Agricultural Technician 1, who started July 22. Mitchel is a 2017 ATI graduate in Equine Science and former employee at the Equine Center while attending classes. In 2017, he completed an internship at the Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Center and most recently has been working as a vet technician to a sport horse veterinarian. We are excited to have him as part of the Grace Drake Agricultural Laboratory staff. 

  225. Welcome, Lisa Dicus!

    Submitted by Terry Lanker, lanker.2@osu.edu

    Please welcome Lisa Dicus, the new office associate in the Horticulture Division. Lisa started on September 17th. Her office is in 132 Halterman Hall. You can reach her at dicus.18@osu.edu or 330-287-1243. 

  226. Please welcome Denise Krain, graduate intern in the Learning Lab

    Submitted by Jeanne Osborne, osborne.2@osu.edu

    Please welcome Denise Krain to our ATI community. Denise is interning in the Learning Lab as part of her graduate program at Kent State University. She is planning to complete her M.Ed. in Higher Education with a focus on Academic and Career Advising in May 2019. 
    Denise may be familiar to some of you already! She is currently working at the College of Wooster in APEX (their version of student services), but has taught as an adjunct at ATI over the years. Denise shares: 
    "What I love most about ATI are the students. They are so thoughtful and fun to work with. I truly believe that I have learned more from them than they ever learned from me. I am so glad to be back in this new role and look forward to working with the peer tutors as well as the students who visit the Learning Lab. 
    On a more personal note, I have lived in Wooster for over 15 years with my husband Matt. We have a daughter Maia who is 11 and two cats Phoenix and Perry the Catapuss. I love to cook when I have the time and although I am terrible at it, I like to garden. I also enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, walking and yoga."
     Welcome, Denise! 

  227. New Horticulture Office Associate

    Submitted by Terry Lanker, lanker.2@osu.edu

    The Horticulture Division will welcome Lisa Dicus as the new division office associate beginning Monday, September 17th. Lisa has a BS in Psychology from Cleveland State University and has a wealth of experience in office settings. She comes to us from the Blair A. Bower Law Office in Millersburg, Ohio. 
    The Horticulture Division wishes to express thanks for the efficient work of the search committee, including chair Heather Bauder and committee members Shane Berner, Helen Thompson, Heather Hettick and Nathan Crook. 
    We also send hearty thanks and high praise to Helen Thompson for her amazing support of the Horticulture Division for the past three years!!! 

  228. ATI welcomes three new faculty members

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Three new faculty members have joined the Arts, Sciences and Business Division.

    Peggy Lindsey, assistant professor, will be serving as English Coordinator and teaching English and writing courses. She holds a Ph.D. from Auburn University, an M.A. and Graduate Certificate in Linguistics from University of Akron, and two bachelor's degrees from The Ohio State University. She was most recently a lecturer in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University. She has also held appointments at University of Dayton, Wright State University, and Capital University.

    Joy Rumble, assistant professor, has a joint appointment with ACEL on the Columbus campus but will be housed at ATI. If her name sounds familiar, it's because she's one of our own. Dr. Rumble graduated from ATI in 2006 with an A.S. in livestock science. She went on to earn B.S. and M.S. at The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Prior to joining our faculty, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida.

    Jonathon Van Gray, assistant professor, will be teaching biology courses. He is completing his Ph.D. at Kent State University and holds an M.S. from Ohio University and a B.S. from The Ohio State University. His area of research is freshwater ecology. He has had various teaching responsibilities in the areas of aquatic ecosystems, microbiology, and introductory biology courses for science majors and non-science majors.

    Please welcome Peggy, Joy, and Jonathon!

  229. Mike Wengerd Retirement

    Submitted by Mike Sword, sword.5@osu.edu

    After 34 years of dedicated service to the Wooster Campus, Mike Wengerd is retiring, effective 10/31/2019.  Over the years, Mike has been dedicated and committed to the mission of our college.  In his most recent role as Assistant Manager of Farm Operations, he has been a key force in providing essential farm services to our faculty, students and staff. His ability to take on multiple tasks simultaneously while maintaining productivity sets a standard for how a service department approaches its responsibility. He has set the standard for reliability, consistency and execution.

    Personally, Mike is a genuine good guy with a big heart. Many people, including colleagues and myself, rely on his friendship and mentorship which will be greatly missed. His thoughtfulness and positive attitude has provided a culture of stability that makes coming to work enjoyable. 

    I will truly miss Mike’s experienced hand guiding the daily activities of our Farm Operations crew, but he is leaving us a legacy and foundation for continued growth and service. Thank you Mike!

    Mike has humbly requested that we forego a reception in his honor.  But I encourage you to reach out and congratulate him on his retirement and thank him for his record of dedicated service. 

    For the time being, please contact me directly for anything that you were contacting Mike about.


    Mike Sword

  230. Jodie Holava Joins Ohio State ATI 

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

    HolavaI am pleased to announce that Jodie Holava will be joining Ohio State ATI as a Student Activities Leader (Coordinator-Student Programs) in Student Programming and Life. Jodie is an Ohio native who comes to Ohio State from Purdue University Fort Wayne where she is a Fitness and Wellness Administrator. She has extensive experience in collegiate coaching, athletic administration, and in developing recreational and wellness programs. Jodie will be starting on November 1. Please stop by her office in the Student Activity Center to say hello and welcome her to OSU’s Wooster Campus. 

  231. Gary Crocker Retirement

    Submitted by Shelley Whitworth, whitworth.2@osu.edu

    Gary Crocker, GDAL Dairy Herd Manager, has recently announced his plan to retire after 17 years of dedicated service at The Ohio State University. His last working day will be November 15th. Gary has requested to forego a large retirement celebration, but please feel free to send your thanks to Gary for his dedicated commitment to student education, GDAL, ATI, and the dairy industry. 

  232. Welcome, Tyler Morris!

    Submitted by Terry Lanker, lanker.2@osu.edu

    The Horticulture Division is pleased to welcome Tyler Morris as the new Turf Assistant, filling the position vacated by Eric Tanner. Tyler is an ATI Turfgrass Management graduate who has 13 years of golf course experience as an assistant superintendent and grounds technician 2, including his most recent position at the Westfield Country Club. Tyler will assist with turfgrass courses and with turf research projects led by Zane Raudenbush and Ed Nangle. Tyler’s office is in the greenhouse, room G114. His phone is 330-287-1320 and his email is morris.668@osu.edu. If Tyler’s face and name seem familiar, you may be confusing him with his brother, Travis Morris, another ATI Turfgrass graduate who is employed as assistant manager of the Wooster campus grounds operation. Please welcome Tyler as the newest Morris on campus! 

  233. Abbey McMaster - New ATI Admissions Counselor

    We have exciting news in the admissions office, Abbey McMaster has officially started as ATI's new admissions counselor and will be responsible for recruiting NW/SW Ohio.

    Abbey’s family lives in Wadsworth and comes to us as a recent graduate of Ashland University with bachelor degrees in both International Business and Hospitality Management.

    We are thrilled to have Abbey as part of our team, so please join me in welcoming her to our Ohio State ATI family. 

  234. Eric Tanner Accepts New Position at Marlington High School

    Eric Tanner has accepted a new position as a Horticulture Instructor at Marlington High School! Eric worked as a Turfgrass Assistant in the Horticultural Technologies Division at Ohio State ATI during the Autumn and Spring semesters. Eric spent a majority of his time assisting with hands-on laboratory activities, while executing scholarly research during the summer months. His attention to detail and hard work will most certainly be missed, but we are excited for Eric to use his fantastic technical and interpersonal skills to educate future generations of high school students about the benefits of  horticulture.

    Eric’s last day will be Friday, August 2nd and we will have a farewell reception for him in the Skou Lounge from 2:00-3:00 pm.

    Be sure to tell Eric congratulations when you see him!

  235. Program Excel welcomes Kelly Mata

    Submitted by Dee Dee Snyder, snyder.426@osu.edu

    We are excited to share that Kelly Mata will be joining Program Excel as an academic mentor on July 24th. Kelly recently moved back to Ohio and brings deep experience from her previous positions in licensed professional counseling and academic advising. Please help us welcome Kelly to Ohio State ATI!

  236. Heather Rakosik accepts position at Columbus Academy

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

    Heather Rakosik, coordinator, student programs at the Wooster Campus Student Activity Center, has announced that she will be leaving the university to pursue a teaching position at Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio. Her last day is July 19, 2019. On Monday, July 15 at 4:00 pm, there will be a reception in the Skou Hall lounge to say goodbye and thank Heather for her dedicated service to the CFAES students on our campus. 

  237. Heather Rakosik accepts position at Columbus Academy

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

    Heather Rakosik, coordinator, student programs at the Wooster Campus Student Activity Center, has announced that she will be leaving the university to pursue a teaching position at Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio. Her last day is July 19, 2019. On Monday, July 15 at 4:00 pm, there will be a reception in the Skou Hall lounge to say goodbye and thank Heather for her dedicated service to the CFAES students on our campus. 

  238. Kate Yurick leaving ATI

    Submitted by Dee Dee Snyder, snyder.426@osu.edu

    Kate Yurick will be leaving ATI to spend more time with her family. Program Excel deeply thanks Kate for her great service to students and for being a great team member. We wish her well in this next chapter of her life. Please stop by and say goodbye to Kate. Her last day is Tuesday, April 30th. 

  239. Welcome, Eric Tanner!

    Submitted by Terry Lanker, lanker.2@osu.edu

    The Horticulture Division is pleased to welcome Eric Tanner to ATI as the new Turfgrass Technician. Eric is a recent graduate of the ATI Greenhouse program and the co-recipient of the 2018 Director's Award. His passion for Horticulture and for ATI make him a great addition to our team. Eric's first day was July 9th. His office is located in the greenhouse, room G114. His phone is 7-1320 and email is tanner.204@osu.edu

  240. USDA-ARS Awards ATI $200,000 Grant

    The USDA-ARS has awarded ATI a $200,000 grant to be used for the Optimum Nutrient Management for Leafy Green Production in Hydroponic Systems project.  The proposed research aims to address the existing production issues in hydroponic leafy greens via nutrient management. The project will be conducted using the Nutrient Film Technique in growth chambers and greenhouses at the cooperator's facilities. Two objectives were named in the proposal:

    Objective 1: Investigate the influence on yield and quality of leafy lettuce growing under varied EC levels in response to high and moderate temperature and humidity variations.

    Objective 2: Identify the influence on nutrient uptake and water use under varied EC levels in response to high and moderate temperature and humidity variations.

    The grant was obtained from the USDA-ARS by Uttara Samarakoon Asst Prof, Coordinator, Greenhouse & Nursery Mgmt. at ATI to be used to help cover expenses associated with this project.  Expenses include: salaries, materials/supplies, travel, and publication costs. 

    The Optimum Nutrient Management for Leafy Green Production in Hydroponic Systems project is set to begin on July 29, 2019 and extent through July 28, 2021. 

  241. Autumn book orders are due!

    Submitted by Beth Harrington, sm294@bncollege.com

    The Bookstore needs your Autumn Adoptions!  If you have not done so already, please email sm294@bncollege.com with your book orders or enter them online via https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.facultyenlight.com__;!!KGKeukY!m80XI2qBFuJU4VzFm2_o2NMgnmBEZG4o-jthP3dW0k2EZeOI_j7c1gJGNsJGl0uE-A$ .  If you have any questions, please email sm294@bncollege.com.

    Thank you!



  242. New Student Life Website

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    If you haven't already done so, please check out the new Wooster Campus student life website. The website will be the go-to source for information about campus events, SAC hours, etc. In support of the "one campus" mission, the Wooster Campus student life website will include information pertinent to OARDC graduate students as well as ATI undergraduates. Congratulations to Jodie Holava for putting the site together.

  243. WW June Newsletter

    Submitted by Cindy Shelly, shelly.12@osu.edu

    June ww

  244. Weight Watchers Promotion

    Submitted by Cindy Shelly, shelly.12@osu.edu


  245. Knipp Agricultural Scholarship Fund Established

    Submitted by Katie LeMasters, lemasters.27@osu.edu

    On June 4, 2020, the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University, in accordance with the guidelines approved by the Board of Directors of The Ohio State University Foundation voted to establish The Knipp Agricultural Fund. The endowment was established by gifts from Daryl L. and Catherine R. Knipp and will benefit the University in perpetuity, per the donor's wishes. The annual distribution will provide scholarships to freshmen attending Ohio State ATI, who intend to transition to the Columbus campus to pursue a four-year degree. The scholarship is renewable up to three years or completion of the degree. Preference is given to students from Sandusky County, and to those who express an interest in agricultural production, business, or an agricultural cooperative career path. 

    Our deep gratitude is extended to Daryl and Catherine Knipp for their generosity and dedication to supporting students at Ohio State ATI and beyond.

  246. New Student Orientation Date Changes

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

    The primary purpose of New Student Orientation is to prepare students for the changes they will experience as they transition to college. This is becoming increasingly difficult in this time of pandemic as we do not yet know what the Autumn semester will look like. The university is now working on this and will have a plan in place by early June. Therefore, we have decided to wait until early July to begin orienting our new students entering the university this fall. 

    The new dates for Autumn Semester 2020 New Student Orientation are July 6-10 and August 7. Students who have already signed up for early orientation dates will be placed in the first 3 days in July with the option of rescheduling. Remaining students will be offered orientation dates where space is still available. 

    Thom Janini  
    Assistant Director, Student Programming and Life 

  247. Calling all Artists

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Calling all artists! A Streetscape Art Contest, which is open now through June 2, will select the artwork that will go on the walls of the new seating areas being installed in the southeast quad of public square. Submission should be sent to Main Street Wooster or the Wayne Center for the Arts.

    Find complete entry information here.

  248. Buckeye Buzz to continue over the summer

    Submitted by Jodie Holava, holava.1@osu.edu

    The weekly Buckeye Buzz newsletter will continue through the summer. If you have any notifications, updates or announcements for students please go online and complete the Buzz submission form at https://ati.osu.edu/buzz 

  249. Leadership Courses

    Submitted by Kim Sayers, sayers.1@osu.edu

    Do you want to learn how to:

    • Recognize the role of emotional intelligence in communication?*
    • Deal with and get beyond conflict?
    • Get more comfortable with networking?
    • Fail forward? 
    • Start your leadership journey?
    • Make high-quality decisions?
    • Lead virtually?
    • Radiate confidence?
    • Provide high-impact feedback?

    With yesterday’s announcement of the funding available for Staff Professional Development during COVID-19, I thought I’d share with you the variety of options for web-based learning available from BTES. As a certified provider of DDI training and development (DDI is a global communication and leadership consulting firm), we have access to the above topics, and many more, in an online format. With our DDI partnership, we can offer these workshops to OSU employees for $78 each ($98 each for non-OSU participants). 

    The full list of courses can be found here. If you would like to see the course descriptions, you can go to:https://www.ddiworld.com/solutions/leadership-courses. Scroll down about a quarter of the way to search; in the Learning Format drop-down menu, you must select “Web-based training.” You can then search by topic or level. When you find the courses you want, do not select the “Get Started” button on the DDI page! Just contact Zac Burkey.56 or Kim Sayers.1, and we will get you registered!

    *Communication: Connect through Conversations is the prerequisite for all of the other courses.



  250. Changes to SEIs for Spring 2020

    Submitted by Carri Gerber, gerber.140@osu.edu

    From the Office of the Provost:

    To our faculty, students, and staff who are teaching this semester,

    I am reaching out with information about how the student evaluation of instruction will be managed this semester. We appreciate that the COVID-19 pandemic required everyone to make significant changes to their instructional and pedagogical practices this semester, and we sincerely appreciate the steps you have taken to keep teaching and learning happening this semester. We also know that students are experiencing their own challenges as they transition to remote learning—along with the other transitions and uncertainties they are experiencing. Even with all of the changes, we believe that it is important that our faculty, graduate students, and staff who are teaching this semester receive feedback from their students about their teaching. As such, the Office of Academic Affairs has determined that Student Evaluations of Instruction (SEIs) will be conducted in their usual manner, with a few critical amendments.

    First, the following statement will be added to all SEIs:

    The COVID-19 pandemic required everyone to make significant changes to their instructional and pedagogical practices this semester, and we appreciate that this has impacted the way that you learn. To support the extraordinary efforts of our faculty, staff, and graduate students to deliver high quality education in a rapidly changing environment, we ask that you consider the holistic instruction provided to you this semester. We also ask that you take time to provide comments to your instructor (about both their instruction and their response to the circumstances affecting this semester), as they can use this feedback as they reflect upon their own work in these challenging times.

    Second, all faculty, graduate students, and staff who are teaching this semester may add this statement to their dossiers or may use this statement (or something comparable to it) in application materials.

    From the Office of Academic Affairs: The COVID-19 pandemic required everyone to make significant changes to their instructional and pedagogical practices this semester. Spring semester 2020 SEI reports were shared with all faculty, graduate teaching associates, and staff who taught a course, and the numeric scores are included in the Cumulative Student Evaluation of Instruction Reports. However, the review of a candidate for appointment, reappointment, promotion, or promotion with tenure must holistically consider the candidate’s full teaching portfolio.

    We wish to thank everyone for their continued work, and we hope that everyone will find value in the comments provided by your students.

    Please contact me at malone.175@osu.edu with questions.

    Thank you,

    Helen I. Malone, PhD
    Vice Provost for Academic Policy and Faculty Resources

  251. Nominations open for CFAES 2021 Alumni Awards

    Please consider nominating someone for a CFAES Alumni Award. The nomination process is now online and completed through a Qualtrics survey that can be found here.  

    There are four CFAES Alumni Awards for which an individual can be nominated*. 

    Meritorious Service Award: This award publicly recognizes non-alumni and/or alumni of the college who have been singularly significant in CFAES' quest for excellence.  

    Distinguished Alumni Award: This award publicly recognizes those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at-large through their participation, commitment, and leadership.

    International Alumni Award: This award is presented to outstanding international agriculture alumni representing, supporting, and promoting CFAES and Ohio State around the globe.

    Young Professional Achievement Award: This award recognizes alumni for their early professional accomplishments. It provides recognition for these individuals and serves as a stimulus toward further efforts by younger alumni. Nominees are to be 35 years of age or younger at the time of receiving the award.

    *Individuals who have received an award in one alumni award category are not eligible to receive the same award. To see past honorees, click here.  

    If you have any questions or concerns about this Qualtrics form or the CFAES Alumni Awards, please contact Molly Berger at 614-688-2774 orberger.478@osu.edu

    Nominations and supporting documentation must be submitted no later than June 30, 2020.  

  252. Shaun Wellert and colleagues receive grant

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Shaun Wellert, Maurice Eastridge (Animal Sciences) and Christopher Zoller (Extension) have been awarded a Faculty Advisory Council and the Dean of CFAES grant in the amount of $12,525 for their proposal "A Model for Agricultural Workforce Development Programming: Farm Labor Management and Animal Health and Handling Certificate Programs.”

    Wellert, Eastridge and Zoller identified a knowledge gap pertaining to management training and animal handling in an on-farm setting. This knowledge gap limits the ability of farm managers to retain employees and potentially leads to animal welfare issues and human safety concerns. To remedy this situation, the PIs are proposing to create and offer two non-credit certificate courses: 1) Training farm managers and, 2) Training animal handlers.  

    Congratulations, Shaun and colleagues!

  253. Special Pricing for BTES Next Level Management

    Submitted by Zac Burkey, burkey.56@osu.edu

    kick it

    BTES is offering special OSU only pricing for our new Kick it up a Notch: Next Level Management OnlineProfessional Development series (see flyer).  Our classes, originally priced at $98 each, are now only $78 each for OSU employees.  You can purchase all 6 courses at a cost of $450.00 (a $530 value) .

    For more information about the courses in this series, click here, or to register click here.

    Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

  254. Additional Accommodations Guidance for Faculty

    Submitted by Ruth Montz, montz.11@osu.edu

    Additional guidance is now available for students/instructors re COVID-19 Temporary Accommodations. Please visit Office of Disability Services webpage to download a PDF on this topic. You can find it in the righthand column under Additional Resources.

  255. OSU Cedar Point Day Cancelled

    Submitted by Mick Steiner, steiner.255@osu.edu

    Ohio State Day at Cedar Point has been CANCELLED for 2020 at the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cedar Point will delay the opening of their park for the season. Those who have already purchased tickets should receive direct communication about refund details. We hope to see you in 2021! Further questions can be directed to Lauren Luffy.2 of the OSU Alumni Association. 

  256. Housing Office Hours

    Submitted by Mick Steiner, steiner.255@osu.edu

    Due to COVID-19 and the safety of residents, staff, and the community, the ATI Housing Office will offer limited hours to meet the needs of our students remaining on campus. 
       Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 11:00 am 
       Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
       Friday: 4:00 - 5:00 pm 
       Professional staff will be working remotely. Between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, contact the appropriate staff member directly: 
       Mick Steiner, Housing Coordinator: (330) 287-7507 
       Caitlin Blake, Apartments Manager: (330) 287-7506 
       For after-hours emergencies and on weekends, students are directed to contact the Resident Advisor on-call at (330) 641-2269. 
       *Hours are subject to change and will also be posted on the exterior doors of the housing office. 

  257. Updated Business & Finance Protocols

    Submitted by Desiree Lutsch, lutsch.11@osu.edu


  258. Workday Deployment Pushed to December

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    Received today from Enterprise Project:


    The coronavirus outbreak has impacted all facets of our personal and professional lives, including Enterprise Project activities. However, we are so proud of the recent progress you have made in completing end-to-end tests, revising training plans and completing virtual user acceptance testing sessions. This is, truly, a resilient and resourceful team, and we thank you for your enduring dedication and hard work.

    As Executive Sponsors, we are aware of the impacts this pandemic will have on the project. The university must be focused at this time on patient care, online course delivery and other critical services, instead of time-sensitive testing and training activities related to the Enterprise Project.

    Due to these concerns and the uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak, we have made the difficult decision to extend the initial Workday releases by six months. We have instructed the project’s senior leadership team to immediately begin developing a plan to accommodate new deployment dates in December 2020 and January 2021. Our Workday Student implementation timeline remains unchanged.

    Please know this timeline extension is not related to Workday product readiness or the project team’s work. Workday will meet our operational needs, and you are making tremendous progress on our timeline. This is the right thing to do in the midst of extreme extenuating circumstances.

    Mike Anderson, Natalie Sisto Means and Beth McCluskey will soon provide more details on your next steps, including the team’s immediate priorities. Please know you have the unwavering support of the Executive Sponsors Group. We are wishing you and your families health and safety during this trying time.


  259. News from the ATI Admin Team

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Hi Folks,

    Please see the notes below regarding LOTS of concerns. We are in a fluid situation; so reading your email is critically important. This includes emails from ATI, Dean Kress, and other university administrators.  We also have scheduled a zoom meeting for Friday afternoon. It will be recorded.

    One of the most important messages from the university today is that we still have far too many people on campus. We need to reduce those numbers immediately.   

    We also want to commend you on the hard work you are doing. You will benefit our students. Your patience with this situation and your flexibility are valued greatly. 

    1) Orientation 

    Per OAA, New Student Orientation for Autumn Semester 2020 will be virtual. The Orientation Planning Committee will be meeting shortly to adapt our current plans to this new format. We will provide updates as soon as possible.

    2) As per University requirements, all courses must actively use Carmen. Three components are required:

    a) Syllabus - Please update the content list, assessment, and grading scheme. Students must be provided an updated version of the syllabus prior to the March 23.  Also please announce to your students that they need to review the syllabus for those changes. 

    b) Course Content – Faculty are encouraged to use asynchronous delivery to allow accessibility to students with varied internet access. 

    c) Grades – Be certain the student is able to assess their current grade and see how future assignments will affect the final grade. This is extremely important as the drop date is April 3.

    3) Practicum

    Students are concerned about practicums, and some have not heard from their professors regarding practicums. This is an area where we may not be able to require additional practicum hours at this point. We have also learned that we were requiring more practicum hours than required by ODHE and other similar institutions, which we will need to change in the future. Most likely, your students would have achieved the required number of hours if our policy was keeping pace (~2.5 hours of work/week); so please bear that in mind.

    4) Travel

    All travel, including in-state, must go through the travel request process. Only essential travel is being approved. Conference travel is not considered essential travel. And we can expect further travel restrictions. Travel requests are being turned around quickly

    5) Research

    Please see the Dean’s message. Only critical research that needs to be done in a lab should be conducted on campus at this time. 

    6) Commencement

    Due to the current restrictions on gathering size for the next 8 weeks, the Ohio State ATI ceremony will be postponed. We are looking at future dates in the Summer and December. 

    7) Final Exams

    With the changes in the semester dates, we have had to change our final exam schedule. Please review the ATI final exam schedule at https://ati.osu.edu/currentstudents/academics/final-exam-schedule-ati. This schedule is specific to ATI. Cumulative finals must be given at the scheduled time during finals week. Non-cumulative finals may be given at the end of the semester. If you wish to change a final exam time or day, you must request approval from Academic Affairs so that we do not conflict and double book students.

    8) Learning Lab

    The Learning Lab will continue to operate. Student tutors are being trained on Zoom and electronic documentation. Tutors have reached out to established students to begin arranging sessions. For those students looking for a tutor, please direct them to Penny Nemitz.7. Penny will facilitate tutoring matches.

    9) Library

    The library will continue to operate virtually. The librarians are actively working to put a chat feature on the library page. 

    10) ) Advisors – OnCourse

    The OnCourse folks are actively working to provide ATI access. Please complete the FERPA and Institutional Data Policy training in BuckeyeLearn and email Carri Gerber.140 when you have completed the trainings. 

    11) Academic Form Processing Instructions

    Ohio State ATI is temporarily processing student requests via e-mail.  Please go to https://ati.osu.edu/form-processing-instructions for instructions and links to forms. All requests and approvals must be sent via OSU email accounts. 

    12) Meetings

    The Dean and others recommend we use the tools to which we already have access (Zoom and Skype for business) for meetings. 

    13) Promotion and Tenure and Performance Evaluation

    Because of the disruption caused by the pandemic, the university is guiding us to make allowances in performance evaluations during this time period. That includes classroom evaluations. If a classroom evaluation has not been conducted for a class that was face-to-face and has now moved online, we will not be evaluating that class through our peer system. Further, the university is going to allow tenure-track untenured faculty to extend their period of evaluation in an effort to better accommodate the disruption of their teaching, research and outreach programs. More information will be presented to those faculty members soon. 

    14) IT Service
    Cort Sutherland has asked us to share the following message regarding requests for IT service:

    Hi all,
    I need to ask you to please fight the urge to reach out directly to your favorite IT agent and instead contact us by our departmental line. I guarantee this approach will get you faster service, although it may be with an agent you have not worked with previously. There are 9 of us in total on the IT Service Desk team in Wooster, all of which are watching the phones, ready to help when needed. Given the current situation, we’re making every effort to resolve issues remotely, but we remain available for in-person support if remote options have been exhausted. We’re here for each of you and will help in any way we can. 
    For immediate assistance, call 614-514-4848 x3 for Wooster
    For non-urgent requests, contact online:
    Email: servicedesk@osu.edu
    Self Service: go.osu.edu/it

    15) Student Programming & Life
    The direct service providers in Student Success Services have been busy contacting students by email and newsletters with information on how to obtain services. Students can contact Program Excel Academic Mentors and Coaches, Ruth Montz from Disability Service, and Professional Counselor Jacqueline Belanger by email or their office telephone numbers.

    Again, thanks for your patience and diligence. Also please take good care of yourselves during this stressful time.


    Kris, Thom, Carri, and Michelle

  260. Compensation closing for components of UITL Teaching Support Program

    Submitted by Carri Gerber, gerber.140@osu.edu

    Compensation is closing on March 31 for the Teaching Practices Inventory, Teaching@Ohio State modules and Reading List Reflection. Faculty are encouraged to complete these sections of the Teaching Support Program as they are prerequisites for Instructional Redesign. After March 31, compensation will be offered for Instructional Redesign only. 

  261. Graduation Cap Decoration Station

    Submitted by Carri Gerber, gerber.140@osu.edu

    The ATI Library is looking for donations to stock the Graduation Cap Decoration Station. If you have extra adhesive letters, paper, washi tape, Buckeye related stickers, scrapbook paper, or other embellishments that might be related to our majors, please drop them off at the Library. Additionally, we created an Amazon wish list with those items that were frequently used last year and need replenished: http://a.co/e5l5p47

    Items ordered off the list can be shipped directly to the library by choosing “Ohio State ATI Library's Gift Registry Address” in the shipping option. Thank you for supporting our graduates! 

  262. Business Office updates

    Submitted by Desiree Lutsch, lutsch.11@osu.edu


    • The business office has posted a Fiscal Associate position – the position will be posted until Sunday, March 8, 2020.  Please help spread the word and encourage potential applicants.  It is a great opportunity for someone with business education and/or a business background in experience.  The link to apply is:  https://www.jobsatosu.com/


    • In preparation for Workday we are performing the annual Asset review earlier this year.  Starting next week (spring break) and through the rest of March, Cindy and Desiree will be contacting Asset Custodians to arrange times to verify various items both capital and non-capital.
    • As a general reminder, any asset acquisition by any method should be reported to the business office.  This includes OSU transferred assets and Gift in Kind/donations.  The business office will make the determination of tagging and reporting to ensure that we are in compliance with University Policies.

    ATI Workday Update March 2020

    • Because of workday, some things to think about are summer travel– if there are expenses that need to be paid in advance, please submit your travel request as early as possible.  There will most likely be a week or two period around the end of June and beginning of July where the current travel system will not be available and the transition to Workday will take place.
    • Getting used to the new lingo – the terminology that we are used to in the various systems we use such as eRequest will be changing.  Here is a chart of some of the differences, it’s time to think about the new system terminology: 

    workday terms

  263. Job Posting

    Submitted by Heather Bauder, bauder.20@osu.edu

     The ATI Horticulture Division is seeking student workers to assist in the ATI Learning Gardens this spring and summer. 
    Ideal applicants will enjoy working outdoors with plants, be willing to work with others as part of a team, and love getting their hands dirty. Student workers will assist faculty & staff with gardening projects including preparing beds, planting and maintaining gardens, labeling specimens, and clean-up. Daily garden maintenance includes deadheading flowers, watering, fertilizing, weeding beds, mulching, staking, etc. 
       Qualifications: Previous gardening/landscaping EXPERIENCE NOT NECESSARY. 
       Job Title: Gardening Assistant 1 
       Evenings and Weekends FREE! 
       Questions may be directed to Heather Bauder, bauder.20@osu.edu or Shane Berner, berner.23@osu.edu 
       Thank you, 
       Heather Bauder 

  264. Opinion: A Campuswide Approach to Care

    Submitted by Mick Steiner, steiner.255@osu.edu

    handsOne of the reasons I was originally attracted to working in Student Life is that no two days are alike. One minute I may be helping a student problem solve an explosive roommate conflict, while the next, I’m relocating a whole apartment due to an overflowing toilet. Some days I get to have deep conversations about the value of being a student leader and the next I’m trying to stop the social media rumor mill from getting the best of a resident. While some ways of helping bring me more joy than others, each of our interactions with students have a direct impact on their ability to persist and enjoy their college experience. 
    For those of us who work in housing and residence life, we get to see students at their very best- and sometimes at their very worst. What I have learned over the years is that “crisis” is a word with a fluid definition. Crisis could mean a mental health breakdown to one student, while another may experience the same feelings of stress and anxiety over a personal item that was believed to be used by a roommate over the weekend. While at times, the best we can do is help students survive, ultimately, pride in our work is felt when we get to see them thrive. And no, it’s not always easy. 
    Even for those who work outside of housing, your level of involvement in the lives of residential students (and all students) matters. More than ever, students are willing to completely give up when a problem arises. We need good partners to echo positive, encouraging messaging while providing an extraordinary sense of wraparound care in the good times, as well as in those that are more challenging. 
    Conversations about Conflict – I believe that just as much learning happens outside the classroom as does inside the classroom. Conflict can be healthy, especially for young adults who are learning to coexist with others who live different values and lifestyles. However, we find that fewer and fewer students are coming to college with previous experience around conflict. Perhaps loved ones shielded their child or maybe mom and dad were the stereotypical helicopter or bulldozer parent. While many students simply won’t ask for help, you may notice a student is “off.” Ask how they are doing. Should a housing concern emerge, guide students to resources such as an RA or professional staff member to ensure that a mountain does not come of a molehill. Reinforcing the positives of confronting conflict allows students to give roommates the opportunity to change and housing staff the ability to manage what they know exists. 

    • Student Conduct - College can be a safe place to make minors mistakes without all of the negative, real-world consequences. Sometimes we have to confront students who are in violation of campus policy. Even with the kindest approach, misbehavior can carry feelings of shame and guilt. These feelings are carried to your classes, in the hallways, and when they go home on weekends. Did you know that a student can ask you to be a support person in a student conduct hearing? It does not mean that you have to support their choices, but your presence can provide a sense of encouragement and emotional support. Sometimes, they just need to know that someone they respect is in their corner. 

    Engagement – Studies reviewed by the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) have shown that meaningful relationships formed with faculty outside of the classroom are a predictor of student success. With Ohio State’s STEP program, faculty provide mentorship to students in an intentional way. Residential learning communities unite students of a common major or area of study. The Columbus campus offers 5 communities that would be of specific interest to CFAES students. Applications are due each January. Additionally, over the years, we have been thankful to have so many faculty involved in housing programs, sharing your interest and passion with students over a meal. These programs are historically the best attended. Even if some students seem disinterested in class, they do have a desire to get to know you as a person and that happens more easily when you are teaching on their turf. 

    Inclusion – Whether it’s the student who grew up in heart of the city, the student who doesn’t appear to have many friends, or the student of color who is in the visual minority, our interactions with these folks makes a difference. What you don’t say often carries as much weight (or more) than what is said. Being mindful of microaggressions heard in the classroom, lunchtime conversations in the Café, or those one-off situations that occur on field trips, students who don’t feel welcome may be pushed to pursue their degree somewhere else. Having conversations about a student’s likes and interests or connecting them with just one other student could be the make it or break it point in their experience. Being knowledgeable of clubs and involvement opportunities might just be the link that student needs to develop a comfortable social circle. Make sure all students know that you are an advocate for their success. 
    Many students are just one challenge away from giving up. You can make the difference. 

  265. Warner Grant Deadline Approaching - March 2

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    Dear sustainable agriculture research and extension faculty and farmer partners,

    The due date for proposals for the 2020 Warner Grant is approaching quickly - March 2nd. Please share this opportunity with any farmers, students and researchers interested in conducting research on sustainable agriculture practices- the chances for funding are high!

    RFP for grant and application details

    Below for major grant deadlines.

    Proposals due

    March 2, 2020

    Notification of award

    April 3, 2020

    Final Report Due

    December 28, 2020

    Feel free to send any questions about eligibility or other my way,



    Jane Karetny

    GAA Agriculture Management Program, CFAES

    Graduate Student City & Regional Planning/ Environmental Science- Agroecosystems

    The Ohio State University


    (929) 375- 0018

  266. 2020 Poster Competition for CFAES Annual Research Conference

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    The Office for Research and Graduate Education is pleased to announce the 2020 Annual Poster Competition. This competition will be held during the CFAES Annual Research Conference (formerly known as OARDC Annual Research Conference) on Tuesday, April 21 at the Wooster Campus Conference Center in Wooster, OH. The primary goal of the competition is to showcase CFAES research, to encourage student participation at the conference, and to highlight the diversity of research projects being conducted at our institution.

    The Poster Competition is open to any currently enrolled or recently graduated (Spring 2019 or later) graduate students, including M.S., Ph.D., and professional students, working on a CFAES supported project. Post-docs and Research Assistants/ Associates/ Scientists, including Visiting Scholars that are not currently enrolled in an advanced degree program, are also invited to participate.  Entrants may present only posters on original research they have conducted while at The Ohio State University. Posters for the competition must be submitted online as a PDF and then printed and displayed at the research conference. Each entrant may submit only one poster and must register separately to attend the Conference. There are no restrictions regarding number of graduate students participating per faculty member or department.

    Separate competitions will be held for Masters, Doctoral students, Postdocs and Research Assistants/Associates/Scientists. All posters will undergo a review process prior to the Conference during which they will be scored. First, second, and third place winners in each competition will receive cash awards of $500, $300 and $150, respectively. Winners will be announced at the conference on April 21,2020 and must be present at the conference in order to receive the award. All abstracts will be published in the Knowledge Bank allowing them to be listed in the authors' curriculum vitae.

    Poster Competition Guidelineshttps://www2.oardc.ohio-state.edu/annualconference/poster.asp

    Poster submission: To be considered complete, poster submissions must include a poster registration form, an abstract, and a PDF of their poster. All electronic submissions will be due by 5:00 pm on Monday, March 09, 2020 at https://www2.oardc.ohio-state.edu/annualconference/posterreg.asp. The website will be closed for submission by the deadline and no late submissions will be accepted.

    Conference registration: All participants must also register for the conference at https://www2.oardc.ohio-state.edu/annualconference/default.asp

    Additionally, for those participating in the conference, here are suggestions for printing companies in both the Wooster and Columbus Areas.

    Poster printing: Participants are responsible for printing their posters which will be displayed at the conference. Here are suggestions for printing companies in both the Wooster and Columbus Areas.


    • Uniprint, uniprint.osu.edu, 614-292-2219 (8-2-2219, calling from Wooster campus).


    • Murr Printing and Graphics, www.murrprinting.com, 330-264-2223, 201 N Buckeye St., Wooster, OH. Murr’s is the closest location to the campus.
    • Wooster Post Net, www.postnet.com, 330-345-7447, 343 W. Milltown Rd, Wooster, OH.
    • Staples, 330-345-4320, 3761 Burbank Rd, Wooster, OH

    Please contact Amy Glaze if you have any questions.


  267. Opportunities for Input in the Presidential Search

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    As OSU starts its search for the next president, the Board of Trustees and search team are providing opportunities for input. Scheduling a Wooster listening session did not work out, but you can provide input regarding what achievements you would expect from the president, characteristics/background, and challenges to be faced. The link to submit candidate nominations is https://trustees.osu.edu/presidential-search/candidate-nominations and for input at https://trustees.osu.edu/presidential-search/input-comments.

  268. Housing needed for Visiting Scientist

    Please contact me if you can help find housing for a scientist who will be at OARDC from around mid-May through summer.

    Dr. John Cardina
    Department of Horitculture and Crop Science
    1680 Madison Ave
    Wooster OH  44691   USA

  269. You Can Feed Student Success!

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

    bagDonations of shelf-stable foods, snacks and toiletries can be dropped off at collection boxes located at the Library (Halterman Hall), Housing Administration Office (Applewood Village) and Student Success Services (Skou Hall). Financial donations can be made at the Buck-I-EAT development fund (315953). 

    The Buck-I-Eat program was inspired by members of the Ohio State ATI Collegiate FFA service committee with a two-fold mission: 1.) to ensure that no buckeye goes hungry and 2.) to promote healthy eating patterns. All students are eligible to participate (no application or appointment) at the self-service pantry located at Student Success Services (128 Skou Hall). The Buck-I-Eat food pantry is maintained by generous donations from the Ohio State ATI community. For more information contact Ruth Montz montz.11@osu.edu, Co-Advisor, Ohio State ATI Collegiate FFA Service Committee. 

  270. 67th Annual NACTA Conference 2021

    Submitted by Thom Janini, janini.4@osu.edu

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will be hosting the 67th Annual NACTA Conference, Sustaining Life through Teaching, on the Wooster Campus on June 15-18, 2021. Conference planning chair, Thom Janini, is seeking CFAES faculty, staff and students to serve on the conference planning committee. If you are interested in serving, please contact Dr. Janini at Janini.4@osu.edu, re: NACTA 2021 Planning. 

  271. Kanopy Streaming Service

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder, yoder.332@osu.edu

    OSU offers a movie streaming service for all students, staff and faculty. It offers 26,000 films in many subjects, including agriculture. 
    Connect to Kanopy through the library research databases here: https://library.ohio-state.edu/record=e1002089~S10 
    To browse by subject: https://osu.kanopy.com/subjects 
    These can be used in the classroom or for assigned viewing. It also offers an optional sign in so you can keep track of what you view. Check it out and take advantage of this service if you haven't yet done so. 

  272. Caring Career Closet Accepting Donations

    Submitted by Ruth Montz, montz.11@osu.edu

    Please consider donating your gently used professional clothes, shoes and accessories to the Caring Career Closet. All donated items will be used to provide a closet where all Wooster campus students (graduate and undergraduate) and new professionals can ‘shop’ for free professional attire. Donations will be accepted through February 28, and can be dropped off at Student Success Services located at 128 Skou Hall, Monday – Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm.

    You can help students dress for success!

  273. Dean's Days in Wooster

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Dean Cathann Kress will be on the Wooster campus the following days for the next couple of months: Feb. 28, March 2, 13, 26, and 30.  She generally works out of Research Services, but often visits other parts of campus. Lynette Arner manages Dr. Kress’s schedule.

  274. Video of ATI/Secrest display at Home & Garden Show

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    If you weren't able to visit the Great Big Home and Garden Show in Cleveland to see the Secrest Arboretum and Ohio State ATI display, you can see a bit of it in this video, created by Laura LeBoutillie of Garden Answer, a YouTuber from Oregon with nearly 3 million followers. Invited as a guest speaker at the show, Laura also did a video tour of the display gardens. Her visit to our winter garden starts at about 7:41. 


  275. March is Buzzing

    Submitted by Katy LeMasters, lemasters.27@osu.edu

    Please remember to submit March Buzz items to ati.osu.edu/buzz to advertise to students! Please have submissions in by February 20th @ 5PM. There is also a submission link on the intranet drop-down. 
    Thanks to everyone who submitted in February! It's a great issue with fantastic content! 

  276. Advice Finder - The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Submitted by Subbu Kumarappan, kumarappan.1@osu.edu

    adviceThe academic experts at the Chronicle of Higher Education "offer guidance you can use whether you're new to higher education, new to your role, or simply need a refresher." 
     Advance Your Career 
    Managing a job search. Improving your teaching. Leaving the ivory tower. Find hands-on advice here about academic work and life as well as nonfaculty career options. 
    Advance Your Institution 
    Building enrollment. Ensuring student success. Retaining faculty. Avoiding — or managing — a crisis. College leaders face a range of challenges. Here's how to meet them head on. 
    Web URL: https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/advice-finder 
    Submitted on behalf of Teaching Committee 

  277. Admissions Open House on Feb. 17

    Submitted by Frances Whited, whited.16@osu.edu

    The admissions office is welcoming 100 prospective students and family members on Monday, Feb. 17 for an open house. The day begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. Please wear your scarlet and gray, and please offer help if you see visitors walking around looking confused! Thanks to everyone for making this day a success!

  278. Business Office Updates

    Submitted by Desiree Lutsch, lutsch.11@osu.edu


    Driver Registration: The ATI is rolling out online driver registration process starting February 1st, 2020.  The process is completely online and this will eliminate the business office storing restricted data (drivers license information) on physical paperwork.  The process is an initial online form that you submit your name, email and ORG on. 

    After you submit this you will receive an email with a link that you enter your driver’s license information in.  Once you submit that information you will receive the confirmation that you are registered. 

      • This applies to faculty, staff, and students.
      • You also use this form to update your license information when renewing your driver’s license.

    Travel Update:  Effective January 1, 2020 travel booked through CTP or Concur online will no longer incur a service fee. 

    Rental Car Contract Update: Hertz is now contracted with the University for business rental services.  Hertz, National, and Enterprise are all contracted rental vehicles for use when traveling.  At this time the ATI will maintain our local arrangements with Enterprise.  For more information about rental car discounts and information see the OSU Business and Finance Travel link:  https://busfin.osu.edu/buy-schedule-travel/travel/rental-car-discounts

    Business Office Reminders and Updates:

    Use eStores whenever possible for purchases, outside of an internal order this is the preferred method for purchasing.  Please use eStores Staples for office supplies and the minimum order amount is $30.00. 

    Special reminder to use the Lowes eStore link – which takes you to the Lowes for Pros storefront, you order online and pick up in store. 









    ATI Workday Update February 2020

    • On track for launch in June for HR and July for Finance side of things.  Currently the project teams are identifying security and roles to begin rolling out training in March and April.  See the chart below for more information.
    • Because of workday, some things to think about are summer travel– if there are expenses that need to be paid in advance, please submit your travels as early as possible.  There will most likely be a week or two period around the end of June and beginning of July where the current travel system will not be available and the transition to Workday will take place.
    • Since all University policies are being reviewed, revised, and updated where necessary, The Business Office team will offer bi-weekly policy updates and review sessions beginning in February. Topics will range from business related university policy changes to Workday updates and each session will be different.  Look for session information in future Wednesday Wire’s.
    • And finally, we have earlier inventory deadlines this year.  We will do inventory the week of spring break – Olivia will be coordinating this so watch for her communications.


  279. WW Feb-March Promotion

    Submitted by Cindy Shelly, shelly.12@osu.edu








  280. NOW HIRING - Orientation Ambassadors

    Submitted by Ella Lorentz, lorentz.23@osu.edu

    Greetings from Admissions!  

    We are now looking for enthusiastic and welcoming students to apply to be an Orientation Ambassador this summer (formally known as Peer Leaders).  Students must be full-time and finishing either their freshman or sophomore year at Ohio State ATI and be enrolled for the AU20 fall semester (in Wooster or Columbus). If you know of any students who would be a great fit, please encourage them to apply.  More details on the job are attached in the flyer.  The link for students to apply is listed below.


    Thanks and Go Bucks!



  281. Greenhouse Club Valentines Day Succulent Pre-Orders

    Submitted by Lisa Dicus, dicus.2@osu.edu

    Valentine’s Day in only 10 days away! The Greenhouse Club is once again doing pre-orders for their Assorted Succulent Baskets and offering assorted 4’’ succulents as well. 







       • Baskets Include 4 assorted 2.25’’ succulents. $10.00 Each 
       • 4’’ assorted Succulents $5.00 Each 
       • Pre orders end Tuesday February 11th. 
       • Pick up 10am-12pm & 3pm-5pm Thursday, February 13th and Friday, February 14th ATI Greenhouse Complex. 
       • Click Link Below To Place Order. 

  282. Warner Grant Request for Proposals

    Submitted by Jane Karetny, karetny.2@osu.edu
    Please share widely with your networks-
    Dear sustainable agriculture research and extension faculty and farmer partners,

    Please click here for the Warner Grant Request for Proposals. This program is made available through the Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Endowment Fund established specifically for on-farm research in sustainable agriculture-related to crop (agronomic and horticultural) and animal production systems that are ultimately intended for human consumption. Research is intended to identify and publicize sustainable agricultural practices and systems that are profitable, socially responsible, energy-efficient and improve water quality and other environmental concerns relevant to Ohio farmers. 

    Major Deadline


    Proposals due

    March 2, 2020

    Notification of award

    April 3, 2020

    Final Report Due

    December 28, 2020

    Warm regards and looking forward to receiving your submissions,



    Jane Karetny

    GAA Agriculture Management Program, CFAES

    Graduate Student City & Regional Planning/ Environmental Science- Agroecosystems

    The Ohio State University 

    (929) 375- 0018


  283. New SEEDS program funding opportunity

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    Dear CFAES Research Community,

    I am pleased to announce the new Emerging Needs funding opportunity for the SEEDS program.  A request for proposals is attached and information is also available at:


    The objectives of the program are given below.  Several important points:  1) $200,000 is available for the program; 2) individual projects can be funded up to $50,000; 3) Proposals are due March 2, 2020; 4) Investigators with projects funded through other SEEDS programs are eligible to submit to the Emerging Needs program; and 5) Due to the late notification for approval of funding for the program, the project narrative will be limited to 2 pages and an expedited proposal submission and review process will be used.  It is our goal to provide award notification before April 1, 2020.  Please carefully read the RFP to ensure eligibility and that submissions fit within the scope of the program and meet all requirements. 

    Fiscal Year 2020 Objective: Fund new and applied research in direct support of addressing critical issues affecting one or more commercial agricultural products important for Ohio and for which external funding is not readily available or adequate to support CFAES stakeholders. Preference will be given to projects that:

    • Identify solutions to problems that can be directly and immediately implemented by producers
    • Represent commercial agricultural products for which no or limited funding opportunities exist

    Example projects would include, but are not limited to, soil fertility, insect, disease, pest, or weed issues with fruits, vegetables, berries, hemp, or other specialty crops in conventional or organic production systems.

    Gary M Pierzynski,
    Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
    Director, Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station
    College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences 
    106 Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210
    614-688-5681 Office
    pierzynski.3@osu.edu https://oardc.osu.edu




  284. 2020 Service-learning grants closing soon

    Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

    There is just one week left to apply for the 2020 Service-Learning Course Grants.  Any Ohio State instructor who would like to create a new service-learning course or improve an existing course with service-learning is invited to apply.  This includes courses offered at the regional campuses, and undergraduate or graduate level courses.  Grantees receive up to $4000 in funding and participate in a service-learning Course Design Institute with their peers.  Please consider inviting your colleagues to apply.  Applications are due February 4, 2020.

    For more information: http://u.osu.edu/servicelearning/faculty/grants/

  285. Extra Credit for Career Workshop Attendance?

    Submitted by Denise Rotavera-Krain, rotavera-krain.1@osu.edu

    As we all know, preparing to go on the job market is not a last-minute endeavor. Encouraging students to begin now, will ensure th