Wednesday Wire : July 11, 2018

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

    Submitted by Frances Whited,

    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.

  2. Please RSVP for the Employee Appreciation Picnic

    Submitted by Allison Mayer,

    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.

  3. Transition Counselor position posted

    Submitted by Jeanne Osborne,

    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, job opening #440643. The position is affiliated with the Academic Affairs office, and the posting will be open through July 22, 2018. 

  4. Welcome, Eric Tanner!

    Submitted by Terry Lanker,

    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

  5. PULLL app lets your participate in Pelotonia by doing what you're already doing

    Submitted by Kris Boone,

    Pelotonia 2018 will take place August 3-5, 2018. Every contribution is meaningful and puts us one step closer to our goal and the efforts of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. 100 percent of every dollar raised through Pelotonia goes to funding Ohio State researchers who work towards curing cancer.

    There are multiple ways to get involved and help fundraise for this important initiative. You can learn more about joining as a rider, a virtual rider, or as an event volunteer by visiting You also can help support Team Buckeye–CFAES Sustains Life by making a donation through the following link:

    There's another exciting way to participate in Pelotonia by getting credit for what many of you are already doing anyway -- exercising. PULLL is a fundraising app, developed and powered by Pelotonia, that allows users to generate funds for cancer research through exercise (cycling, running, or walking). PULLL is free for anyone with a smartphone and is available in the App store or the Google Play store.

    By introducing a community and a cause to fitness tracking technology, we believe we can change the health outcomes for those with cancer and improve the health of PULLL users—ultimately leading to healthier communities nationwide!

    PULLL users are able to raise money for life-saving cancer research by unlocking funds contributed by corporate partners. Every activity through cycling, running or walking, both indoor or outdoor, has an earn rate that partners have committed to donating.

    Simply open the app before any indoor or outdoor activity and unlock funds for cancer research. In addition to the funds you unlock, 100% of dollars raised, by getting your network to BOOST your activity, will be directed to cancer research, too!

    You can also sync PULLL with your Strava or MapMyFitness accounts to download your activity right to PULLL.

    Many of us have had family members, colleagues, and friends impacted by cancer. Our dean, Cathann Kress, is serving as team captain of Team Buckeye–CFAES Sustains Life. I would like to encourage you to join our Pelotonia team.

    Supporting cancer research supports our mission to sustain life. CFAES has been one of the beneficiaries, receiving more than $340,000 through the Comprehensive Cancer Center to support a graduate fellowship and four intramural research awards. The hard work of thousands of people both inside and outside the university make this happen.

    Please consider supporting this great cause.

  6. AIFD Student Design Competition Results

    Submitted by Terry Lanker,

    ATI Floral Design and Marketing students were successful on many levels at the American Institute of Floral Designers National Symposium and student floral design competition last week in Washington DC. The six-member team placed second in the sympathy design category (missing first place by .03 points) and placed third in interpretive design. Team members were Maddy Bailey, Brittany Hushour, Alexsis Longden, Jessica Millenbaugh, Megan Workman and Beth Zsoldos.

     Alexsis Longden won first place and a check for $300 for her vegetative sympathy design. 
    Other top ten certificate winners were: 

    • Brittany Hushour - 4th place sympathy design and 5th place interpretive design 
    • Beth Zsoldos - 8th place fashion flower design 
    • Jessica Millenbaugh - 7th place interpretive design, 10th place wedding design and 9th place overall ranking 

    Congratulations to these talented students!   


    2018 SAIFD Design Competition

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