Wednesday Wire : February 19, 2020

  1. The Power of 'You Can'

    Submitted by Laura Deeter,

    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.

  2. Diversity workshop in Wooster on Feb. 26th

    Submitted by Leo Taylor,

    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

  3. 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:

    *       COSI Website:

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

    Questions be can directed to Assistant Director of Residence Life, Stephanie Clemons-Thompson:

  4. Chili and Soup Cook-off

    Submitted by Zac Burkey,

    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.

  5. Staff Book Club

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder,

    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 

  6. 10th Annual Celebration of Nations

    Submitted by Jason Owens,


  7. 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

  8. You Can Feed Student Success!

    Submitted by Thom Janini,

    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, Co-Advisor, Ohio State ATI Collegiate FFA Service Committee. 

  9. 67th Annual NACTA Conference 2021

    Submitted by Thom Janini,

    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, re: NACTA 2021 Planning. 

  10. Kanopy Streaming Service

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder,

    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: 
    To browse by subject: 
    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. 

  11. Caring Career Closet Accepting Donations

    Submitted by Ruth Montz,

    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!

  12. Dean's Days in Wooster

    Submitted by Kris Boone,

    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.

  13. Babies!

    Submitted by Cindy Shelly,

    Please congratulate Bill Fisher and his family on the birth of their second child. Mia Liev Fisher was born Feb. 5 in Wooster and all are doing well. Bill is part of the OCIO team on the Wooster campus.

    Please congratulate Bryan and Marcia Dodrill on the birth of their second child. Aleah Mae Dodrill was born on Friday, Feb. 14 at 6:18 p.m. She weighed 7 lb. 2 oz. and is 21 inches long. Mom and baby are doing fine. Marcia is a Wooster Campus safety officer and Bryan works in Human Resources on the Wooster Campus.

  14. Chronicle of Higher Education Access

    Submitted by Subbu Kumarappan,

    You can access the Premium features of the Chronicle of Higher Education through a new site license (beta version, when you are logged into OSU computers or SSO): 
     The news and stories are customized for The Ohio State University faculty and staff. Under Sections --> News --> Teaching, you can find more resources for teaching.