Wednesday Wire : March 4, 2020

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

    Submitted by Zane Raudenbush,

    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!

  2. Dave Richards '81 receives CFAES Distinguished Alumnus Award

    Submitted by Frances Whited,

    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.

  3. Ohio State Day at Cedar Point is May 8

    Submitted by Mick Steiner,

    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: 
    Further questions? Contact Lauren Luffy at the Ohio State Alumni Association ( 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! 

  4. Complete mandatory sexual misconduct prevention education 

    Submitted by Robin Frazier,

    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. 

  5. Business Office updates

    Submitted by Desiree Lutsch,


    • 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:


    • 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

  6. Job Posting

    Submitted by Heather Bauder,

     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, or Shane Berner, 
       Thank you, 
       Heather Bauder 

  7. Opinion: A Campuswide Approach to Care

    Submitted by Mick Steiner,

    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. 

  8. Trip to Cleveland

    Submitted by Helen Thompson,

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the wonderful, informative trip to the temple and the Indian restaurant. I really enjoyed the trip and the chance to interact with students, faculty from other divisions and staff that I don’t get to talk to often. When we got to the Hindu temple and were able to hear about the different deities and why there are so many; the days of special celebration and gifts of food etc.; how and when the devoted pray/worship; and many other customs, I was amazed. The musically quality of the worship was charming. 
    The restaurant was delightful. I enjoyed listening to the description of the foods and our group each ordered different foods to share and were able to taste many different items from goat meat to spicy hot (to me) flavored rice to red donuts with potatoes in them. On my own I probably wouldn’t have been tempted to try an Indian Restaurant but after last night, I have changed my mind. 
    Thank you so much. 
    Helen Thompson 

  9. Conference: Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX)

    Submitted by Subbu Kumarappan,

    Friday, June 19, Columbus

    The Columbus State Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX) is an annual summer conference planned by the CSCC Instructional Success Committee (ISC) that provides a forum where college educators from Central Ohio and beyond can share and compare best teaching practices. College teachers from every institution are invited! 
       Free Registration! Travel will be arranged from Wooster to Columbus. 
    FIX 2020 is scheduled for June 19, 2020 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm at the Columbus State Community College WD Conference Center. We are excited to announce that this year’s keynote and plenary speaker is Dr. Omid Fotuhi, a cognitive-social psychologist from the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Director for Learning and Innovation at WGU Labs. He is renowned for his research on optimizing performance for student success, and his expertise includes the psychology of student success, mindset interventions, barriers to effective goal-setting, and how institutional messaging impacts student success. 
    In addition to the featured speaker, FIX is thrilled to invite faculty and other education experts from higher-ed institutions of Central Ohio (and beyond) to present at FIX 2020. Please see CALL FOR PROPOSALS for details on how to submit a proposal to present. 
       Sent on behalf of the Teaching Committee