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Wednesday Wire: July 25, 2018

  1. Grant writing workshop

    Submitted by Kayla Arnold,

    We would like to invite all recently hired faculty, research scientists, and others to attend this full-day proposal-writing workshop. Our college is co-sponsoring this educational event in partnership with the OSU Office of Research and other colleges.

    Attendance is limited and registration fills up quickly, so register now at

    Planning and Writing Successful Proposals Workshop Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 8:30am-4:30pm (lunch provided) Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau | 2201 Fred Taylor Drive Columbus, Ohio 43210

    M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, PhD, Founder
    AtKisson Training Group: This workshop contains a number of different approaches to the material, including lecture format, "in-classroom / flipped classroom," quizzes, and participant-lead instruction. Our presenter focuses on both the why and the how, turning conceptual ideas about the elements of successful proposals into concrete strategies.

    Participants have two handouts. One contains most of the PowerPoint slides. The other contains text for "Study Hall" portions of the day, some example texts to follow during the discussion, graphics of the recommended timeline, theoretical framework for the proposal, and a suggested outline for the Overview page.

    Some of the topics include:
    . What goes in a grant proposal
    . Integrating your work and your grant proposal
    . Choosing a grant type and Idea Development
    . Actual timeline for planning and writing your proposal
    . Talking with program officer
    . Review of your proposal
    . The front page - how to draft a solid, compelling Overview
    . Selling the Significance/Impact
    . Describing the plan, literature, preliminary work, title & abstract, team, environment, and the costs
    . Writing and formatting - how style impacts the communication of substance

  2. Dairy Cattle Judging Team seeking sponsors

    Submitted by Royce Thornton,

    The Ohio State ATI Dairy Cattle Judging Team is seeking individuals to help sponsor the 2018 team.  We have a terrific group of students excited about the coming year.  I’m requesting your help to cover the cost of entry fees, tolls, van rental, lodging, and other expenses so that they can participate in the contests.  It would mean a great deal to this year’s students!

    Students who have committed to the 2018 team are Lauren Almasy (Hubbard, OH), Aaron Hand (Bucyrus, OH), Megan McCoy (Bloomville, OH), Kylie McLean (Salem, OH), Brennan Topp (New Bremen, OH), and Stephanie Wyatt (Hamilton, OH).

    The judging team experience helps participating students develop thinking, reasoning, and critical analysis skills; evaluate cattle; expand understanding and awareness of the industry; and strengthen the commitment to the dairy industry.  Judging team members have a higher potential for future leadership in the dairy industry.  Many students have commented that the judging team experience was “the best thing I did at ATI”.  Incidentally, the Ohio State ATI dairy team has competed successfully for over 20 years: finishing in the top 6 teams each participating year at World Dairy Expo with multiple wins in both the traditional and practical contests at World Dairy Expo.

    The team would like to participate in practices and contests at the Maryland State Fair, Eastern States Exposition, Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show, World Dairy Expo, and the North American International Livestock Exposition.  Funds are limited, so we are turning to our friends for help.  The estimated 2018 cost is $10,000 or $1,650 per participating student. 

    Please assist the 2018 Ohio State ATI Dairy Cattle Judging Team by donating to the team’s financial support by August 1, 2018.  Your gift will ease the financial burden on students and set them up for a great year of competition.

    Thank you so much!  Go Bucks!


  3. Convocation, Buckeye style!

    Submitted by Jeanne Osborne,   

    Convocation is a time to welcome our incoming students and introduce them to Buckeye tradition and the college experience. A couple of years ago, we instituted the distribution of Ohio State pins and tassels and the singing of the university alma mater, Carmen Ohio as part of the Convocation experience. This year, we have been brainstorming how we can help our students gain a greater appreciation of their transition from High School to College; and as a result we would like to introduce a new tradition to the Wooster campus Buckeye experience. 

    We are instituting a pinning ceremony at the beginning of Convocation; and, we are inviting faculty to participate. The details are still being worked out; but in a nutshell, we would like faculty in OSU garb (or Scarlet/Gray if you don't have anything that is OSU or College branded) to join us on the stage in Fisher Auditorium. We plan to lead the students from the lobby to the auditorium in line, have them come onto stage, be pinned by a faculty member, receive their tassel, then proceed to be seated. If possible, we would like to enlist our faculty marshals from graduation to assist with leading the students. And, if there are staff members interested in assisting, we would appreciate help with organizing students, handing pins to faculty, etc. The goal is to help students envisage their graduation ceremony and set them on the path to academic success. 
    So, if you are interested in participating in the inauguration of this tradition, please contact Jeanne Osborne ( by Monday, Aug 6, 2018. Convocation will be held on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 9:30-10:15 AM in Fisher Auditorium. 

  4. Wednesday produce sale

    Produce for sale today, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the ATI headhouse:

    Cherry tomatoes

    Slicing tomatoes