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Student Newsletter: September 10, 2018

  1. Buckeye Leadership Fellows

    The Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program (BLF) is currently recruiting and accepting applications for the 2021 Cohort. Prospective Fellows are encouraged to submit an application as the deadline to apply is Friday, October 5 at 11:59 p.m. BLF is a diverse and highly selective program which creates meaningful connections and co-curricular learning through real world exposure, networking and continuous development and coaching.

    Eligible students can submit their application at

    For more information about BLF and how their Fellows #LeadWithEdge, please check out their website at or contact Beth Johnson, Assistant Director, at

  2. SmartAg4.0 2018 registration now open!

    Where your revolutionary ideas build the future of farming! SmartAg4.0 is a competition for students who are passionate about revolutionizing the future of food system through technology and innovation. This year SmartAg4.0 will focus on the dairy industry with four domain topics to choose from: sustainable nutrition, sensors & smart packaging, internet of things, and blockchain. Form your team and compete against your peers in this 24-hour “hack-a-thon” style event, to pitch the best idea! Over $5,000 in prizes available! Learn more and register at The event will be on September 28-29th


  3. AFA Leaders Conference 2018

    The Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Leaders Conference will once again be held in Kansas City, MO from Nov. 1-4, 2018. Leaders Conference provides a unique experience for students to develop professionalism, network with peers and industry representatives, and learn valuable skills that cannot be taught within a classroom setting. Applications can be found by visiting and are Due Monday, Sept. 10. Questions? Contact Micah Mensing (.9) or Monica Pennewitt (.2)!


  4. Career Expo

    We already have over 138 companies registered for our fall career expos. You don't want to miss this perfect opportunity to speak with dozens of companies for internships and jobs in one place. CFAES will hold their career fair on September 27!

    You can see the company list in your Handshake account at and use your and password to login.

  5. Citation Needed

    Citation Needed will be having their first meeting on Wednesday, September 12 at 5:30pm in Room 114, Parker Food Science Building. This is your chance to learn the skills needed to help the public understand and connect with the food, agriculture, and nutrition science that you know and love! Come see what we’re all about! 

  6. Joint Veterinary Technology Info Session

    Are you interested in applying to the joint veterinary technology program?  If you’re a first or second-year student with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, come to the mandatory information session on Thursday, Sept. 27th @ 5:00 PM in Plumb Hall 102.  Any questions should be forwarded to Mariette Benage.1 

  7. 2019 Fred Stout Experience Awards

    Persons who have a strong desire to pursue a career in managing and/or marketing Registered Jersey™ cattle are encouraged to apply for the 2019 Fred Stout Experience awards.

    The awards are presented annually in memory of Fred J. Stout Sr., Mt. Carmel, Ill., a lifelong Jersey breeder and member of the Jersey Marketing Service staff from 1978 to 1997 who believed that the best learning experiences happen in the everyday world.

    Awards will be made for two paid internships, one with Jersey Marketing Service, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and the other an on-farm, customized experience on a Jersey dairy operation. The awards, provided by a permanent endowment established by friends and colleagues of Fred Stout, will pay for housing, travel and related activities required by the cooperating employer up to the maximum amount of the scholarship award.

    Applicants must have completed their high school education. To apply, submit a one-page résumé listing previous work experience, skills and other qualifications, plus a separate cover letter stating your ambitions, goals and career aspirations, including plans for achieving them. The letter must also explain how and why the Fred Stout Experience will be of benefit in achieving future goals. A summary of involvement with and interest in Registered Jersey™ cattle is required. Specify which experience (marketing internship, on-farm internship) is preferred, or indicate if you are interested in both opportunities.

    Two letters of support are required, one from an active breeder of Registered Jersey™ cattle, excluding immediate family members; and the other from a teacher, mentor or past employer. These must be mailed directly by the supporters to the AJCA office.

    December 1, 2018 is the deadline to submit applications and required letters of support. Email is preferred using the address If sending by mail, address to Fred Stout Experience, c/o American Jersey Cattle Association, 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362.


  8. Paid Farming Apprenticeships in Rockport, Maine

    Maine Coast Heritage Trust is offering two apprenticeships at Aldermere Farm for individuals pursuing careers in agriculture. The lessons they learn go beyond the logistics of farm operations. During their time at the farm apprentices engage with the community through educational agricultural programs, which teach about the local food system—food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management – through the lens of environmental conservation and community well-being. Each apprenticeship will include a monthly stipend, benefits, shared housing, training and supervision. The duration of an apprenticeship may last from 6 months up to 2 years depending on an apprentice’s needs.

    An apprentice can choose to specialize in general farm operations or cattle management. Both will gain experience managing all facets of a 136-acre property and beef farm operation, including pasture, field and woodlot management; building and equipment upkeep; the logistics of hay and baleage production and rotational grazing; and developing annual plans to manage a herd’s health, reproduction, and nutrition. Apprentices also help lead ag programs for youth, like the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club and the Farm Hands after-school program. Previous experience farming and educating youth and/or adults are preferred.

    More information about Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Aldermere Farm is available online at For more information about the apprenticeships and to apply, contact the Aldermere Farm office at or 207-236-2739.

  9. Student Assistant Position Opening

    The Advancement Team in the College of Veterinary Medicine is looking for a student assistant.  Responsibilities include; preparing gift thank you notes and letters, coordinate mailings, assisting with event logistics, managing storage areas, and coordinate files for the development office.  Position will also include assisting with financial tracking, data entry, and other basic office tasks. This is a paid position! If this is something you would be interested in, see the attachment for more information. 

  10. BARK Full and Part-time Positions Available

    BARK is what happens when a bunch of crazy dog people turn an obsession into a profession. Their office is filled with dogs barking and burping, wrassling and chirping. (And laughter. Lots of laughter!) They're looking for hard-working, dog-loving folks to join our pack and help create wonderful new ways to make dogs happy. BARK is currently looking to add new people to their team! They have full and part-time positions available. Visit the link for more info!

  11. National Cattlemen's Beef Association Internship

    Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show interns are vital to the success of the largest annual meeting in the U.S. beef cattle industry.  Our intern positions provide a unique opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience and to interact with leaders from every segment of the cattle and beef industry.
    Selected interns must be available to attend Convention January 30 - February 1, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Visit the link for more information! Applications are due October 13th!

  12. Stringtown Animal Hospital Vet Assistant Opening

    Stringtown Animal Hospital is looking for a Vet Assistant to join our team. Responsibilities include assisting with patient care, hospital cleaning and stocking. Good wages, great experience and a fun team to work with. Part time or full time hours possible. For further information, email resume to or request application from


  13. Diamond Creek Farm Internship

    Diamond Creek Farm has an internship position open for summer 2019. This is an exciting opportunity for college students looking to break into the equine industry! Interns will be provided with housing, including utilities, and $400 salary per week. For more information, see the attached flyer. Please email your resume and references to with “Internship” in the subject line. You will recieve a reply with a questionnaire of your experience and interests.

  14. National Turkey Federation Internship

    The National Turkey Federation has protected and advocated for the various interests of the turkey industry since 1940. NTF’s mission is to be the national advocate for all segments of the turkey industry and to provide services that enhance its members’ ability to provide consumers with high quality, nutritious products. There is an internship position available with NTF. Applicants must be a recent graduate or have completed their junior year and are enrolled in a degree-granting program in an undergraduate school during the internship. Pursuit of, or degree in, agriculture, communications, public health, and/or political science studies strongly desired. Strong consideration will be given to those interested in poultry science. Please send a resume, cover letter and letter of recommendation to Sarah Trujillo - For more information on this position, please see the attachment

  15. Valkyre Stud Internship Opportunity

    Valkyre Stud is a commercial thoroughbred operation located in Central Kentucky. They are currently seeking qualified interns to participate in their Spring educational program that will provide hands on experience in the areas of foaling, reproduction and general herd care. The position offers daily interaction with professionals that specialize in reproduction, diagnostic imaging, foal podiatry and dental equine therapy. The Fall intern program encompasses sales preparation and participation in the public auctions held in Lexington.

    The position offers living accommodations, which includes utilities, and salary based on experience. Successful interns will have the opportunity to continue employment on a full-time basis at the farm. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, forward an introductory letter and resume to

  16. Graduate Student Assistantship at Mississippi State University

    One graduate research assistantship (M.S. or PhD in Animal or Dairy Sciences) will be available for a spring 2019 start with a focus on the relationship between heat abatement and health in pastured dairy cattle.

    This assistantship includes an annual salary stipend, tuition and fees, and health insurance benefits. Each student will also have the opportunity to be involved in other departmental activities including participation in dairy extension programs, assisting with dairy 4-H activities, assisiting with undergraduate courses, and presenting work at regional and national meetings.

    Applicants must have earned a B.S. degree (or M.S. if applying for PhD) in animal sciences, biology, or a related field with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The ideal student will have a strong background in animal production, a strong work ethic, and excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience with dairy cattle is preferred. Additionally, applicants should have an interest in assisting with dairy extension acitivities. The student should be able to work independently and within a team environment. 

    If this seems like something you would be interested in, contact Dr. Amanda Stone via email ( with a statement of interest, copy of current resume, and current GPA/GRE scores. 

    Applications will be accepted until October 1 or until a candidate is found. Feel free to reach out to Dr. Stone with any questions. 

  17. Fresh Mark Technical Services Technician Position

    Fresh Mark Technical Services has a full-time senior research and development technician position available. Responsibilities for this position include product testing, specifications, product nutritional information, formulations, customer samples, and maintaining computer generated data for all facilities. For full position description and resposibilities, see the attachment.

  18. Immediate Openings at Trueman Farms

    Trueman Farms has immediate full-time and part-time positions open. Applicants will be exposed to veterinary care, have the opportunity to obtain leadership roles, and further their knowledge in horse care, handling, and training. Experience is not required, but preferred. Send all inquiries to See the attachment for more information on the position and application directions. 

  19. Interested in Working with Thoroughbreds?

    Have you been looking for a full-time position related to the equine industry? Thoroughbred Daily News has a large list of various career postings. Check out the link here

  20. National DIHA Scholarship

    National Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA) is now accepting applications for $1,000 scholarships! Applicants must be a family member or and employee of a herd on a DHI test, family member of a DHI employee, or employee of DHI affiliate. All applcations are due by November 30, 2018. Electronic scholarship applications can be found on the DHIA website. For more information regarding this scholarship, see the attachment

  21. South Africa: Exotic Animal Behavior

    Are you interested in learning more about exotic animal behavior? Come check out an information session for the Animal Science's study aboard. The deadline to apply to this program is November 1


  22. Scotland Spring Break Study Abroad

    Have you ever wanted to see Scotland? This may be your opportunity! There is a new education abroad program that will allow students to examine small ruminant heritage breeds of Scotland, tour University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, meet and enjoy lectures by University of Glasgow faculty, explore Scotland’s history/myths/landscape, and so much more! For more information, contact Dr. Kelly George (.239) or Dr. Difei Shen (.1040). Applications for this trip are due October 1, 2018

  23. Towers Agricultural Honorary Accepting applications for 2018-2019 Class

    Towers Agricultural Honorary was founded in 1952 by Allan W. Smith, in an effort to establish an organization to honor individuals in agricultural fields demonstrating high levels of scholarship, strong leadership skills, and high moral character.  Towers is comprised of a variety of majors and backgrounds within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.  Any student in The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences who has completed at least three academic semesters, or any transfer student who has completed one academic semester in agriculture and is at least a first semester sophomore, has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and has proven himself/herself outstanding in at least one extracurricular activity is eligible for membership.  Throughout the year, Towers' members are involved in a variety of group activities and events. A couple of our annual events include our Red Cross blood drives and an annual Member/Mentor recognition reception.

    To apply: Request an application by sending an email to with the subject line “Towers Honorary Application Request”.

  24. Propel Ohio: Collegiate Leadership Summit 2018

    U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for Propel Ohio: Collegiate Leadership Summit 2018! Please feel free to share this information with your interested departments and undergraduate students on campus, and see information on administrative details below.

    Propel Ohio 2018 will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018, at Cleveland State University. It will actively engage college students on issues that affect childhood poverty, including food security, inequities in education, and homelessness. Senator Brown, guest speakers, and workshop facilitators will discuss how college students can tackle these challenges in their Ohio communities. In the afternoon, there will be an engagement fair where students will connect with organizations that are addressing childhood poverty all across Ohio.

    If you are an undergraduate student at an Ohio two-year or four-year public or private college, university or regional campus, you can submit your application here. The application deadline is Friday, September 14th.

    For more information, see the attachment

  25. Love Volunteering? Love Primates?

    At A.P.E.S. (American Primate Educational Sanctuary) volunteers take on a role similar to that of a keeper in a zoo. They clean the cages, prepare meals, do dishes, prepare enrichment, and other upkeep that may need done. It requires a lot of hard work and they look for dedicated volunteers to help out. Volunteers are required to come at least one designated day each week and work for about 3-4 hours. Volunteering with A.P.E.S. is a very rewarding educational experience. If this seems like something you would be interested in, check out their website here! Feel free to reach out to Pam White (614)657-8944 with any questions. 

  26. Volunteer with The Mid-Ohio Foodbank

    The Mid-Ohio Foodbank is hoping to share some of their volunteer opportunities with students and faculty. They have a variety of projects available and would love some new volunteers! They are happy to host both individuals and groups at their activities. If you are interested please visit their website at


  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.  

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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