Although I am a newly appointed interim director, I am not new to Ohio State ATI. I have been on the faculty as a chemistry professor for almost ten years and led the Arts, Science, and Business Technologies Division as division chair for a few years. In that time, I have come to appreciate the great support from alumni that Ohio State ATI enjoys. Our alumni are well represented on our advisory committees and among our faculty and staff.
At age 80, Fred Lendrum has not slowed down much. After a 46-year career that included two stints at (and two retirements from) Ohio State ATI, Fred is keeping plenty busy with travel, mission work, and his 25-acre mini-farm west of Wooster.
Nathan Donley has joined the Ohio State ATI staff as greenhouse manager. Nathan is a 2009 graduate of the greenhouse production and management program and has worked for Cedar Lane Farms in Wooster and The Chef’s Garden in Huron as well as working his way up the ranks as grower’s assistant, finish grower, section grower, head grower, and senior section propagation grower for Timbuk Farms, a major commercial greenhouse operation in Granville, Ohio. There, Nathan was responsible for controlling crop quality in as much as 15 acres of indoor and outdoor growing space.
Aspen Adams has joined the Ohio State ATI staff as the horse herd manager for the Equine Center. Adams is an alumna of the horse production and management program. As is the case with many Ohio State ATI students, Adams' internship experience led to full-time employment. She returns to Ohio State ATI after four years at Walker Standardbred in Sherman, IL, where she was foal, yearling, and weanling sales prep manager.
The integration of the Wooster campus has brought a number of benefits to the Ohio State ATI campus through access to Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) facilities, equipment, and personnel.
Ohio State ATI recently approved a new greenhouse engineering technology specialization in their greenhouse and nursery management major. This program is unique in its engineering approach to traditional horticulture technology education and is the only two-year program in the U.S. for greenhouse engineering technology.
After 35 years of service, Ohio State ATI's residence hall is scheduled for demolition. Construction began on the residence hall in 1974 and the building was closed in 2009. An attempt to find a buyer for the building was unsuccessful.
A record 51 employers attended the 4th annual Career Expo at Ohio State ATI on Sept. 28, providing students with the opportunity to explore options for employment and internships. And nearly a third of the company representatives present were OSU grads.
The event has grown dramatically from its first year, when 14 companies attended and the event was held in Skou Lounge.
Shawna Rene Jackson, 25, of Burbank, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at Cleveland Clinic following a strong and courageous battle with cancer that she fought for the past four months.
Shawna was born Feb. 5, 1991, in Medina to Harold and Denise (Dodge) Thompson and was a 2009 graduate of Medina High School. She attended Ohio State ATI in the horse production and management program and was the Deputy Dog Warden for Medina County Animal Shelter.
Shaun Wellert has joined the Ohio State ATI faculty as a senior lecturer teaching dairy-related classes. Dr. Wellert received his Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio Northern University and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University. He has most recently been working as a practicing veterinarian at the Sugarcreek Veterinary Clinic. Dr.
Ed Nangle has joined the Ohio State ATI faculty as an assistant professor in the turfgrass program. Prior to Ohio State ATI, Nangle served as director of turfgrass programs for the Chicago District Golf Association, where, among other duties, he was responsible for diagnosing and troubleshooting turfgrass issues at 392 golf courses and teaching the online Great Lakes Turf School. Nangle also served as the marketing coordinator for the Global Turf Network where he was involved in data analysis, including the development of integrated pest management strategies.