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Student Newsletter: February 9, 2020

  1. Veterinary Forensics Mock Trial

    The OSU Shelter Medicine club is hosting a mock trial with some of the leading veterinary forensics experts!

    The Mock Trial will take place Thursday, February 20th from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Medical Center Auditorium. Everyone is invited! 

    More information on the even can be found here.

  2. Sesquicentennial CFAES

    Help CFAES celebrate the sesquicentennial by participating in two social media campaigns, #150ActionsToSustainLife, and #150BuckeyesWorldwide.

    150 Actions to Sustain Life 

    Throughout 2020 we are looking to you to help us sustain life near and far by giving back to your communities or starting a new effort in your personal life. Whether you are a student, faculty, staff, alumnae, industry partner, stakeholder, or community partner, we want you to participate! Let us know how you are sustaining your life or giving back to your community. Please help us reach a goal of 150 actions during 2020!

    1. Take a picture of the way you are helping to sustain life.
    2. Please share it on social media, use #CFAES150 and #CFAES150ActionsToSustainLife, and tag a friend to challenge them to join in on the fun!
    3. Include your name/group name and a brief description of the action.


    150 Buckeyes Worldwide

    Please help us celebrate 150 years of CFAES and Ohio State by sharing a photo of yourself with the CFAES sesquicentennial pennant. 

    1. Download the pennant at
    2. Take a photo and share it with #CFAES150 and #BuckeyesWorldwide. 

    Our goal is 150 photos from around the world. We will be monitoring the hashtags and sharing posts on the CFAES social media pages. 

  3. Academic Quadrathalon

    Test your knowledge in Animal Science!  Compete against your peers with team members that you select for a chance to represent Ohio State at the Midwestern Section American Society of Animal Science Meetings!

    Registration closes on February 14 at 5:00 pm!

    Assemble your own team and register 3 or (preferably) 4 members.  Otherwise, register as an individual (or a pair), and you will be placed on a team with other individuals.   For more information and registration materials, drop by Plumb Hall 116.  If you have any further questions contact Dr. Joe Ottobre (614-688-3144 or 

    For more information and the registration form, see here

  4. CFAES Student Council Panel

    CFAES Student Council’s “Breaking the Boundaries” Discussion Panel

    You’re invited! On February 26th, in the Ag Administration Auditorium, the CFAES Student Council is hosting a “Breaking the Boundaries” discussion panel in coordination with Dean Kress. This panel will be made up of a diverse group of faculty from within CFAES with a goal to examine the philosophical differences that exist among academic units in the college and overcome misconceptions and barriers between the majors and departments. Members of the panel include Dr. Douglas Jackson-Smith, Dr. Lyda Garcia, Dr. Annie Specht, Dr. Scott Shearer, Professor Dianne Shoemaker, Dr. Steven Moeller, Dr. Jeremy Brooks, Dr. Gary Pierzynski, and Dr. Stanley Gehrt. 

    Doors will open at 5pm for food, refreshments, and mingling, and the panel will answer questions from 5:30-6:30pm.

    Fill out the form here: for any specific questions you would like the panel to answer, and join us for a night of good food, captivating discussion, and free prizes!

  5. Celebration of Students Program

    Applications and nominations are now open for awards presented at the 2020 Celebration of Students Program on April 9. Complete information is available at Nominations and applications are due Monday, February 10, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.


    Student Awards:

    • Jill A. Pfister Outstanding First-Year Student Scholarship – open for student organizations to nominate those first-year students (freshmen or transfer) who have made meaningful contributions to a student club or organization.
    • Ray A. Miller Council Scholarship – open to members of the CFAES Student Council (student organization representatives or academic major delegates) who have demonstrated leadership in their contributions to Council and other campus organizations.
    • Internship Awards - one award is offered in each CFAES academic units, including ATI. Eligible to students who have completed at least a 10-week internship experience during Spring, 2019, Summer, 2019, or Autumn, 2019.
    • Outstanding Student Employee – open to all undergraduate students who work for CFAES academic units, OARDC, or OSU Extension. Up to two awards are presented.


    Student Organization Awards:

    • New Activity Award – recognizes a new project within a CFAES student organization – see the application form for additional details.
    • Student Organization Excellence Awards – recognizes notable accomplishments of CFAES student organizations (including SENR and ATI) in the following areas:
      • (1) leadership/professional development
      • (2) community engagement
      • (3) collaboration
      • (4) active citizenship
      • (5) supporting the mission of CFAES
    • Student Organization of the Year Award – recognizes one student organization that excels in at least three of the five areas previously mentioned.


    Faculty/Staff Awards

    • Outstanding Service to Students – students can nominate CFAES faculty and staff who particularly support students or student organizations.
    • Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Mentor – students can nominate their academic advisor/mentor (either a faculty or staff member) for their excellence in serving students.


    If you have questions, contact Dr. Marilyn Trefz at or 614-915-1150.

  6. Spring Career Expo

    Searching for a full-time job or summer internship? Interested in who hires students from our college? Want to practice your networking skills? The Career Expo is right around the corner on February 11! See all the registered employers here and check back often as many new ones will be registering in this month. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on new information.

  7. Academic Affairs: Deadlines & Updates


    • 2nd Friday (January 17) is the last day to add a class without petitioning/a course late-add fee (instructor permissionis required to add a course throughout the second week)
    • 4th Friday (January 31) is the last day to: 
      • Drop a course without receiving a “W” on your record
      • Drop a course using online registration (for returning students; new freshman/transfer students should contact a College Academic Counselor to drop a course)
      • Register for Audit or Pass/Non-Pass options for a course
      • Submit a Grade Forgiveness Petition form (must already be registered for the repeated course)
    • 10th Friday (March 20) is the last day to:
      • Drop a course using the Course Permission Form without a petition. Note: Courses dropped will show a “W” on your record.


    The deadlines above refer to full-term classes. View the University Registrar’s website for a full detailed list of academic dates and deadlines for all sessions. Call 614-292-6891 if you need an appointment with a CFAES College Academic Counselor.

  8. 2020 Ohio State Fair Entry Department

    2020 Ohio State Fair Entry Department is hiring an intern. Employment is available from middle of June to early August. 

    Responsibilities include data input, office skills, and time managment. 

    For more information see here.

  9. Kentucky Equine Management Internship

    Kentucky Equine Management is now accepting applications for Fall 2020 Sales & Marketing internships!

    Applications can be found on the website: and must be postmarked by April 30, 2020.

    The Fall Sales & Marketing internship focuses on yearling sales preparation and the public auction process. These are paid internships and housing is also included for most interns.

    If you have any questions, just let them know at

  10. National Turkey Federation Internship

    The National Turkey Federation is currently accepting internship applications for the Summer 2020 semester in our Washington, D.C. office. They seek a recent graduate or a currently enrolled senior/ junior with a desire to learn about and advocate for the turkey industry. Pursuit of, or degree in, poultry science or animal science is strongly desired but not mandatory. The internship is paid, and we will assist candidates with finding housing. NTF is proud to offer internships during the fall, spring and summer terms.

    This competitive internship strives to provide a strong understanding of the legislative and regulatory process, communications management and trade association structure. Interns will have the opportunity to:

    ·        Attend meetings with other agriculture organizations. 

    ·        Attend Congressional hearings and briefings. 

    ·        Draft messages to reach key stakeholders. 

    ·        Assist Governmental Affairs team with critical projects.

    ·        Visit a turkey production facility. 

    We ask that candidates send a resume, a letter of recommendation and a cover letter by close of business on Friday, March 27th to More information can be found here

  11. Black Leg Ranch Summer Internship

    Black Leg Ranch is again offering an internship opportunity for the upcoming summer. The program will run from May 15th- August 15th (dependent on College schedule). Students will have the opportunity to earn college credits upon successful completion of the internship.  Black Leg is a commercial cow/calf operation with 700 cows and graze an additional 2,000 head of cows in the summer. They also have a 250 head herd of bison on the ranch. 

    Interns will be provided with on ranch housing, pay will be given as well as a potential bonus upon completion of successful internship. Expect to work the same hours as we do from Monday-Saturday. Sundays will be given off, unless prior arrangements have been made.

    Deadline for Summer Internship Application: March 10 

    For more information, see attached

  12. Equine Facility Mangament Internship

    The YMCA Camp Ernst is looking for a Equine Facility Management Intern. The 365 acre facility located in Northern Kentucky includes 2 outdoor arenas, over 10 miles of trails, a lake, 2 swimming pools, a ropes course and much more! The Rockin’ E Ranch houses a herd of 30 + horses depending on the time of year and focuses on presenting a progressive western ranch camp experience to each participant.The Equine Facility Management Intern will be expected to assist the Ranch Program Director with the day- to- day facility and business operations. To be considered for this postion, you  ust be at least 18 years of age, enrolle din an accredited equine or agricultural related college progam, and must have a desire to learn and teach within the horse/agricultural community. For more information, see attached

  13. Miner Institute Summer Position

    The WH Miner Agricultural Research Institute is offering summer experiences. More information can be found below

    Summer Experience in Farm Management

    Summer Experience in Equine Management

    Summer Experience in Ag Research

    Applications are due February 15.

  14. New Zealand Dairy Farm

    Positions are available on a 1300 cow dairy farm in New Zealand. These positions are for the season starting July 2020 and ending June 2021. These positions are availble to hard-working students or graduates who are interested in gaining hands-on experience on a large-scale New Zealand farm. 

    This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in vet school, agribusiness management, or pasture-based low input farming. Students gain hands-on experience handling and milking cows through an 80-bale rotary shed. They also learn how to recognize and treat animal health issues, manage pasture, maintain equipment, and make business decisions.

    More information on the position can be found here

  15. OSU Veterinary Medical Center Positions

    OSU's Veterinary Medical Center is hiring in a variety of specialties and departments. They are hiring veterinary assistants and one veterinary technician. The direct links to the positions can be found below. The postions are listed until February 9th, unless otherwise noted. 

    Large Animal ICU:

    Community Practice:

    Community Practice / Outreach:


    Small Animal Fluid Ward (30 hours, 1st shift):

    Small Animal Fluid Ward (30 hours, 2nd shift – 2 positions available):

    Radiology / Small Animal Ward:

    Orthopedic Surgery (Dublin location – 2 positions available) – posted through 1/26/20:

    Veterinary Assistant (Dublin location) – posted through 1/26/20:

  16. University of Tennessee Graduate Student Position

    The Equine Extension program led by Dr. Jennie Ivey and housed in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Tennessee (UT), is seeking a graduate student to conduct and publish original research, aid in the development and implementation of extension programs and curriculum, and serve as a graduate student coach for the UT Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Equestrian Club Team. This new graduate student position is a cooperative effort made possible by Last Lap Ranch (Maryville, TN), the UT Animal Science Department, and the Herbert College of Agriculture. For more information, see here

  17. Assistant Manager, Dairy Research and Training Facility

    The Dairy and Food Science Department at South Dakota State University is inviting applications for Assistant Manager of its Dairy Research and Training Facility. The selected candidate will be responsible for supervision, training, and scheduling of employees at the dairy farm with primary emphasis on herd health and research.

    The Assistant Manager will be expected to maintain the health and well being of all dairy livestock, coordinate and supervise all research projects including maintaining research equipment and livestock, supervise all employees, and be responsible for training and scheduling of employees at the Dairy Research and Training Facility.

    An earned B.S. in Dairy Production/Animal Science or related degree by date of application and experience in working with dairy cattle is required as is one-year experience on a dairy farm, herd health experience, and experience with Dairy Comp. Full consideration given to applications received by February 11, 2020.

    For more information, see attached

  18. Full-Time Herdsmen

    A full-time herdsmen position is available on a 250-acre cow/calf operation in Batesville, Indiana. 

    The position includes an extensive AI and Embryo Program, 3 production/show cattle sales per year, some clipping and fitting, and basic farm work including cropping, haying, and facility maintenance. Applicants must be willing to help with all phases of the operation, hard working, motivated, and willing to learn. 

    The position is offering a competitve salary, plus benefits. Housing and health insurance is provided, along with beef for the freezer. 

    Click here to view their Facebook Page!

    Contact Tim Schwab, Kopp Land and Livestock with resume or questions at: or (812) 569-8536

  19. Targeting Excellence Scholarship

    Scholarships will be awarded to both undergraduate as well as graduate & veterinary students enrolled in a food animal agriculture related curriculum at an institution that offers agriculture degrees.

    To be eligible for the 2020 Targeting Excellence Scholarship:
    Applicant must be accepted or enrolled in a College of Agriculture which offers courses in food animal production.
    Applicant must be enrolled in classes effective September 1, 2020.
    Applicant must have a strong desire to pursue a career, upon graduation, in some aspect of food animal production.
    Preference will be given to students who attend schools in regions where fundraising events were held. The preference regions for 2020 awards are Alabama,
    Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
    Additional consideration will be given to students who previously attended a Targeting Excellence event.

    More information can be found here

  20. College Scholarships

    All students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to fill out the College Scholarship Application for the 2020-21 academic year. You will only need to fill out one application to be eligible for scholarships from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, School of Environment and Natural Resources, and ATI/Wooster. The priority deadline for completing the application is February 15, 2020.

    The on-line form requires you to write a short 300 word essay, list of present and previous work experience, involvement in extracurricular activities, and provide details about involvement in groups. Students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources will only need to complete this application for 2020-21 as the supplemental questions are within this application. Applicants who have participated in 4-H regardless of University/College, Campus, or major are to complete this application and the additional supplemental questions when you check “Yes” on the involvement in 4-H.

    The link to apply is

  21. Alpha Zeta Recruitment

    AZP is a leadership honorary that focuses on an interconnection between food, agriculture and the environment. The program is focused on leadership development, an international experience and a connection among peers in our college and industries. The chapter focuses on leadership and professional development and members particpate in multiple trips. More information can be found here. The flyer with information session dates can be found here

  22. Sophomore Class Honorary

    Romophos is a sophomore class honorary founded in 1932 at the Ohio State University. The name comes from the backward spelling of sophomore, with a little creative rearranging. Each new class of Romophos takes on a fundraising project for a charity selected each year. Although past events have included a Battle of the Bands and Music Festival, each class gets to define for themselves what Romophos is and will be.

    This is the 87th class and active service with both the Ohio State campus and Columbus communities are required to make a tangible, positive difference in the lives of others.

    Apply by March 7th at:

  23. Columbus AAZK Chapter

    The Columbus AAZK Chapter is looking for interested students and student organizations to join the chapter.  The Columbus AAZK Chapter is willing to provide talks/Q&A (zookeeping, field work, enrichment, other aspects of animal care, etc.), do community/river cleanups, and conservation fundraising for a good cause. The Chapter can help provide resume building opportunities and experience for students in addition to networking with zoo staff and volunteers. An example of the volunteer opportunities the Chapter held was Bowling for Rhinos (A National AAZK fundraiser).  The Columbus AAZK Chapter also assists with providing members with grants for professional development (to attend workshops and conferences), networking, and fundraising for conservation and our own chapter. is the National AAZK website that has info on National grants, committees and resources. Membership also includes receiving the Animal Keeper Forum monthly publication, which includes updates and articles by members on research, training, enrichment, and conservation reports from our conservation partners (vetted organizations). National conferences also include certification courses that focus on a particular area of interest (such as intro to avian care, animal nutrition, to name a few).  Anyone interested in getting involved in the Columbus AAZK Chapter or contacting them to host an information session for your club, contact Joy Kotheimer at or  The Columbus AAZK Chapter typically has meetings on the 15th of the month at the Columbus Zoo, however, they’re willing to look at having meetings closer to campus if there is the student interest.

  24. Nestlé Purina Quality Assurance Management Development Program

    With our search for 2020 Management Development Associates well underway, we are seeking seniors and recent college graduates to apply for our Quality Assurance Management Development Program.  This is a full-time, entry-level rotational program offering robust exposure to all of our critical factory functions, and provides a fast track to a management role in Quality Assurance on the manufacturing side of our business. 

    More information on the position can be found here

  25. University Mental Health Resources

    All OSU Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) staff were sent home to tele-commute until further notice.The CCS phone line 614-292-5766 remains available for emergency assistance 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Students can push 2 to reach a mental health counselor at any time.

    CCS has suspended onsite and in person services, including those at embedded locations, through at least May 3, 2020.  You are still able to connect with a counselor  for a 30 minute phone or video consultation using Carmen Zoom or Skype. These consultations are offered 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday in order to check in with students, problem solve, and offer support.  Students will need to share their address/location at the time of the call.

    Students can access many self-help tools that are available on the CCS website at . The CCS COVID-19 updates page linked to the website is a great resource. On that page, students will find helpful coping skills such as the mental health strategies video series. This time that can be difficult for many. All students are encouraged to check that out.

    This link also contains some great information for coping right now:

    If you encounter a suspected emergency situation with any student during this time, crisis support is available by calling CCS at 614-292-5766. If this happens with the student remotely located, please try to get as much contact information about the student such as name, phone number, OSU dot #, and address where they are currently located. If you suspect safety is at risk or compromised at that time for the student or anyone they are with, please call 9-1-1. They will help immediately regardless of where the student is physically located. After you have done one of the steps above, please let me know of the situation so that follow up contact attempts can be made with the student. Please make sure to provide me with the best way to reach you right now too.

    This is an unusual time for all of us. Please practice good self-care, social distancing, and stay safe. Additional information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at . Faculty and Staff should also remember our OSU Employee Assistance Program is still available by contacting 614-292-4700 or 800-678-6269.

    A full list of available counselors in the college can be found here

  26. CCAMPIS Program

    Child Care Access Means Parents In School Program supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education by providing childcare service for children six weeks to 12 years old. For more information on the program and the application requirements, see here

  27. CFAES Mental Health Counselor

    Did you know that CFAES has hired a counselor to support the needs of their students' mental health?  Dr. Wirt holds counseling sessions in Ag Admin Room 100 four days a week and is in Lincoln Tower on Wednesday. See the attached if you’re interested in making an appointment.

  28. Handshake

    Ohio State has switched to Handshake - a modern career development platform for students to explore career employment, internships and other opportunities, based on their interests, major and skills. FisherConnect and Symplicity (CareerEngine, Hireabuckeye, FutureLink, Buckeye Careers Network) have transitioned to Handshake.

    Handshake offers many exciting new features, including:

    • Relevant feed of job and internship opportunities
    • News feed containing the latest information from career services offices and favorite employers
    • Resources specifically matching students interests

    Student accounts are preloaded and can be accessed at, using their name.# and password. Students will need to complete their profiles with details, such as work experiences, skills, interests and organizations. Next, students can explore the many resources and tools that are available in Handshake.  

  29. Portfolium Resource Page

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has renewed its partnership with and will continue to provide ALL students and faculty the opportunity to create a professional, online digital portfolio. In today’s world, employers seek evidence of career-relevant skills and competencies beyond listings on a resume. Students at all levels can easily create evidence-based credentials. In other words, attaching documents, videos, audio files, graphics, coding samples and presentations help demonstrate your knowledge and abilities.

    You should have already received your Portfolium invitation with the subject: “Access your CFAES Portfolium.” The email contains a link to activate your free verified account within the CFAES network using your Ohio State credentials.  If you missed the initial email, you can also join by using the Portfolium Resource Page.

    For more information or inquires, contact Elaine Eberlin.

  30. Network with Alumnifire

    Alumnifire is an online professional networking and mentoring tool for Ohio State alumni, students and staff to exchange industry expertise and career advice. Get connected with Alumnifire and join this powerful Buckeye network.

    Learn more here

    For questions or additional information feel free to contact us at 614-292-3314 or 800-635-8944.

  31. Animal Sciences Career Services Site

    The Career Services page on the departmental site has been redeveloped to hopefully make it more user-friendly. Check out helpful resources for building a resume, writing cover letters and more. There are resume templates that can be used to create a resume in case you don’t know where to start. In addition, there is an option for students to submit their resume and/or cover letters for review, prior to applying for internships or going to the career expo. Check it out!

  32. Ohio State Health & Wellness Resources


    Emergency: Dial 911
    University Police: 614-292-2121
    Student Advocacy Center: 614-292-1111
    Student Judicial Affairs: 614-292-0748
    Counseling and Consultation Services: 614-292-5766
    OSU Suicide Prevention: 614-221-5445
    Campus Advocacy Program for Survivors of Sexual Violence: 614-292-4527
    BART (For witnesses or victims of discrimination): 614-688-8449
    Student Health Services: 614-292-4321
    Office for Disability Services: 614-292-3307
    Multicultural Center: 614-688-8449
    Student Wellness Program: 614-292-4527
    University Housing: 614-292-8266

  33. Job Search Sites

    Job search

    In addition to company websites, below is a list of websites that you might find helpful in your search for a full-time position, or even internship experience.

    Ag Explorer

    Handshake (the OSU Job Database)

    Animal Science Jobs

    Ag Careers 

    Continental Search (Specific for Animal Agriculture)

    Federation of Animal Science Societies (Mostly Higher-Education Animal Science Positions)

    Equistaff (Equine-Specific)

    American Association of Zoos & Aquariums 

    American Associations of Laboratory Animal Science

    American Meat Science Association

    Ohio Hiring Management Systems

    Sciences Crossing

    Kimble Group