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Wednesday Wire: November 4, 2020

  1. McMullen places first in regional interview contest

    Submitted by Frances Whited,

    Nicole McMullen, a junior studying agriscience education, earned the top award in the interview contest during the virtual Region V Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Cluster. She will represent Ohio State and Region V at the National MANRRS Conference this spring. Nicole graduated from ATI in May with an A.S. in agriscience education.

    MANRRS is a national society of people of all racial and ethnical groups in agricultural and related science careers with a focus on promoting these fields in a positive manner among ethnic minorities. Region V includes MANRRS chapters from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

    The interview contest is an opportunity to practice real-life skills needed to apply for a job. Participants prepare a resume and cover letter for a job they chose from the Interview Contest Job Descriptions. Contestants are also evaluated on their performance during a mock interview.

    The goal of this contest is for participants to consistently meet and practice the skills that bring the benefits of comfort in interview scenarios; confidence, critical thinking, effective verbal and written communication, impromptu speaking, self-esteem and non-verbal practice and awareness.

    “We are proud of Nicole for the growth and effort she put forward to lead to success in this contest,” said Dr. Shannon Washburn, professor of agriscience education and chair for the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. “Participation in organizations like MANRRS and the opportunities they provide to students are valuable in the development of their careers. Nicole will benefit greatly from this experience as she enters the agricultural education profession.”

    In 2019, Nicole was awarded first place in the impromptu speech contest for Region V. She completed a virtual internship this past summer with John Deere, which she obtained during a career fair at the 2019 Region V MANRRS Cluster at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

  2. Entomology Seminar

    Please join the Entomology Department tomorrow, Thursday 11/5 for a seminar by Dr. Elizabeth Long of Purdue University, titled "A tale of two weevils: a pernicious pest of parsley and the plague of peppers."

    Zoom Information

    Zoom link

    password: 2020

    Seminar Schedule

    9:00 – 10:00 am EST                                            Seminar

    10:00 – 10:15 am EST                                          Bio and coffee break

    10:15 – 11:00 am EST                                          Coffee hour with the graduate students

    11:00 – 11:30 am EST                                          Meeting with Dr. Jamie Strange

    11:30 – 12:00 pm EST                                          Meeting with Dr. Celeste Welty

    12:00 –12:30 pm EST                                           Meeting with Canas Lab

    12:30 – 1:00 pm EST                                            Meeting with Dr. Larry Phelan

  3. Wooster Science Café - Pandemics: A Cross-Disciplinary Consideration

    Submitted by Victor Ujor,

    Wooster Science Café

    Pandemics: A Cross-Disciplinary Consideration

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 7-8pm

    Madonna Hettinger (History), Stephanie Strand (Biology), and Heather Fitz-Gibbon (Sociology) from The College of Wooster will help us to consider pandemics from multiple perspectives in a talk entitled “Pandemics: A Cross-Disciplinary Consideration”. They will discuss Covid-19 biology, how human societies have handled past pandemics, and how and why Covid-19 impacts differentially impacts different communities.

    Use this link to join us at 7pm:

    Wooster science cafe

  4. Open Enrollment

    Submitted by Robin Frazier,

    Open Enrollment is November 1st-15th. Please visit the Open Enrollment website for information on upcoming plan/benefit changes, live webinar information and more:

    Benefits questions should be directed to HR Connection:

  5. Daily Mail Delivery

    Submitted by Cindy Shelly,

    The Business Office has resumed daily mail delivery from the Post Office so please check your mailboxes. We are also taking outgoing mail to be posted over to OARDC every day. Please continue to bundle your mail with a note containing the department name and the number of pieces of mail, this makes it easier for us to keep track of the costs for the outgoing mail. Thank you.

  6. ATI to offer MRW Work Ethic Certification

    Submitted by Kris Boone,

    Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation are partnering with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, Wichita State University (WSU) Tech, and National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) to support the national expansion of a pilot work ethic certification based on the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s work ethic curriculum. The certification is currently underway at WSU Tech and accredited by NC3. The expansion includes ATI and another 19 post-secondary NC3 leadership schools across the United States.

    This program, known as the MRW Work Ethic Certification, is an extension of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s S.W.E.A.T. Pledge and examines the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. Students who successfully complete the program will receive an industry-recognized NC3 certificate.

    “No matter how quickly the world changes, the qualities of successful individuals are still the same,” said Mike Rowe, founder and CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation. “The principles of hard work, determination, and respect for others are always in demand and a big part of our Work Ethic Scholarship Program. Many employers have reached out to my foundation and asked if those principles could form the basis of a new kind of curriculum—a guide, of sorts, to help bolster the importance of these qualities in the American workforce. I’m grateful to Koch for their incredible support in making this curriculum possible and to the colleges who have adopted the program.”

    “NC3 could not be prouder to accredit and administer this national certification program for the mikeroweWORKS Foundation. We are honored to provide the certifications and instructor training that will ensure the high-level of student competency associated with every NC3 certification and valued by employers,” said Roger Tadajewski, Executive Director of NC3.


  7. Flu shots available for students, faculty and staff

    Submitted by Zac Burkey, 

    Flu shots will be available for the students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 11:00-3:00 in Fisher North. Stay tuned for more details.