Student Newsletter : September 16, 2019

  1. Weekly Motivation!

    "We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list."

    - Michelle Obama 

  2. Joint Veterinary Technology Program

    Are you interested in the joint veterinary technology program we have with Columbus State Community College?  Come learn more on Monday, Sept. 23rd at 5:00 PM in Plumb Hall 102.  If you’re unable to attend, please contact Mariette Benage to schedule an appointment to discuss the program.

  3. Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

    The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize honors promising collegiate inventors around the country. 

    The Student Prize is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have technology-based inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy: healthcare, transportation and mobility, food/water and agriculture, and consumer devices.

    Applicants submit their inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy, which could be reimagined and improved through invention. The prize categories are:

    The “Cure it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
    “Cure it!” rewards students working on technology-based inventions that involve healthcare.

    The “Eat it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
    "Eat it!" rewards students working on technology-based inventions that involve food/water or agriculture.

    The “Move it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
    "Move it!" rewards students working on technology-based inventions that involve transportation or mobility.

    The “Use it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
    "Use it!" rewards students working on technology-based inventions that involve consumer devices – defined as tangible consumer products where the end users are retail customers who would purchase the product for use in their daily life.

    Winners receive:

    • $15,000 to the winning graduate student in each of the prize categories
    • $10,000 to the winning undergraduate team in each of the prize categories
    • National media campaign and exposure to investment and business communities
    • A trip to MIT for an award celebration in June 2020 

    Applications are due September 27, 2019. Visit for the application packet. 

    • SKY Happiness Retreat

      The SKY Happiness Retreat is a fun, innovative, and experiential life-skills training program that empowers young adults to develop a relaxed, stress-free mind and an energetic, healthy body, using tools such as meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, self-exploration, and socio-emotional development. Valuable leadership skills will also be taught.

      OSU students can apply to attend this 3 day / 15 hour workshop, for a subsidized fee of $15! This event will be September 20-22 in the Ohio Union. Please direct any questions to your friends at SKY @ OSU ( / 614-398-1577). 

      Event Timing:
      9/20 Fri: 6.30pm-10.30pm
      9/21 Sat: 10.00pm-4.00pm
      9/22 Sun: 10.00pm-4.00pm


    • Fred Stout Experience Award

      Persons who have a strong desire to pursue a career in managing and/or marketing Registered Jersey™ cattle are encouraged to apply for the 2020 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 created 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.

       Applications and letters of support must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2019, and addressed to Fred Stout Experience, American Jersey Cattle Association, 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362. They can also be submitted by email.

    • Costa Rica: Service Learning

      The goal of this program is to help students develop cultural awareness and problem-solving skills while also allowing students to conduct international sustainable service-learning projects. We achieve these goals through a variety of course work, including regular guided discussions of the assigned study topics, student’s experience and thoughts about the field trips and guided tours to the cultural and historical sites, as well as conducting service-learning projects and staying with local families.

       This program begins in San Jose, but the group will move on to the world-famous EARTH University soon after. A major benefit of staying at EARTH University is the interaction between the Ohio State and EARTH students who are from various tropical countries around the world as well as access to the school's many educational farms (cacao, coffee, banana, and livestock). While at EARTH, students will be able to witness the education that takes place at EARTH and prepare for their service-learning projects. The projects take place in a partner community that EARTH is assisting through development efforts and includes a two to three-day homestay with a local family. Examples of past projects include building a bio-digester, creating urban gardens, constructing mobile chicken coops, assisting with school renovations or writing project manuals in English for other English-speaking groups that visit EARTH University. Students will eat in the cafeteria with the EARTH students and have ample opportunity to make new friends from around the world.

       The program will also visit Cahuita National Park, a 2,711-acre national park with hiking trails and a beach on the Caribbean coast. The plant and animal diversity in Cahuita is one of the highlights of the program. At this and other locations, students will have the opportunity to hike and enjoy the beauty of Costa Rican ecosystems. Other past tours have included Arenal Volcano, various marketplaces and historic sites throughout the country.

       Upon completion of the education abroad in Costa Rica and the campus-based course, students will be able to identify and analyze the impact of sustainable technology on a developing country, study practical and sustainable solutions that involve service partnerships with the local entity or community (EARTH University, Costa Rica) and synthesize the theory and practice of service-learning within a community and/or global context.

      FAES (March 7-15, 2019)

      Application Deadline: November 1, 2019

      Information sessions:

      • September 4, 2019 | 5:15-6:15 PM | Smith Laboratory 1180
      • Monday, September 23, 2019 | 4:30-5:30 PM | Ag Admin 005
    • Europe: Equestrian Studies

      If traveling through England and Wales learning about equines is something you would be into, check out this opportunity!

      The goal of this program is to help students expand their understanding of the horse industry and how it is shaped by society, culture and economics within Europe. The group will visit veterinary hospitals, museums and equine facilities during the program. 
      Multiple cultural and historical stops have also been incorporated into the itinerary. In addition to experiencing the horse industry in Europe, students will have the opportunity to appreciate Europe's historical, political, economic and cultural influences. 

      Animal Science (March 6-15, 2020)

      Application Deadline: October 1, 2019

      Information Sessions:

      • Monday, September 16, 2019, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM, Animal Science 202
      • Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Ag Admin 247 
    • South Africa: Exotic Animal Behavior

      Are you interested in learning about exotic animals? Attend an informational session!

      Animal Sciences (Group 1: April 30-May 16, 2020; Group 2: May 18-June 3, 2020)

      Application Deadline: November 1, 2019 

      Information sessions:

      • Friday, September 13, 2019, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, Animal Science 202
      • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 3:30-4:30 PM- Animal Science 212
    • Breeding and Reproduction Internship

      Kentucky Equine Management is now accepting applications for their upcoming Spring 2020 Breeding and Reproduction internship!

      Interns live and work on central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms and attend weekly lectures on topics of importance to reproduction and breeding.

      Housing and an hourly wage are provided to most interns.

      Dates for the Spring internship are: January 6-June 5, 2020

      Applications should be postmarked on or before October 31, 2019.

      The application form and more information can be found on their website:

      Email any questions to:

    • Farm Manager Position

      Nandi Veterinary Associates, a breeding farm in Southeastern PA is looking for a hands on farm manager. They currently foal between 70 and 90 mares a year, stand several stallions, collect transient stallions, breed mares with fresh, frozen and cooled semen as well as perform embryo transfer. They maintain an embryo transfer recipient herd on site. The foaling mares are predominantly Standardbred but we see a variety of other breeds for our breeding work. Ability to handle stallions is required. Foaling experience also needed. This position is a full time, salaried position. The manager is responsible for the daily running of the barn and exemplary care of the horses, managing staff (we generally have 3-5 full time and 1-2 part time staff, varying with the time of year), ordering of supplies, and seeing to the care and maintenance of the facility. Applicant must be able to lead a team and take direction well.

      Job requires ability to operate machinery, tractor and horse trailer. Applicant will be required to ensure daily barn chores are completed in a timely manner: turnout, feed, stalls cleaned, and assist with facility projects (fencing, repairs, etc). Applicant will also be in charge ordering hay, bedding, feed, etc and managing timely delivery of supplies. This is a physical position and applicant must be able to lift 70 pounds. The manager will maintain a high standard of professionalism between themselves, clients, and staff. They are seeking a self-starter with excellent communication and customer service skills. Salary commensurate with experience, health insurance, PTO, retirement (simple ira) provided

      If this seems like something you would be interested in, contact Pete Sheerin,DVM. Phone number: (717)235-3798 or by email For more information, visit their website 

    • Veterinary Technician Opportunity

      Equine Medical Associates, PSC is looking to hire a Veterinary Technician for the breeding season this coming spring. 

      Duties will include: 
      · assisting veterinarians in the field with medical procedures 
      · organizing equipment and supplies needed on calls 
      · keeping medical records 
      · recording medical procedures in the office 
      · assisting with laboratory and office projects

      Requirements for the position include 
      · self-motivation 
      · strong work ethic 
      · desire to learn and have an open mind 
      · good organizational and communication skills 
      · the ability to work in busy high-pressure environments 
      · horse knowledge is preferred but not required

      The full time position will be paid on an hourly basis with pay rate based on experience. Benefits include health insurance, retirement plan, paid vacation after 6 months and disability insurance. Interested candidates should submit resume with references.

      If this is a position you would be interested in, contact

    • OEFFA Job Opening: Operations Coordinator

      The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is seeking a highly motivated, organized, and broadly experienced individual to serve as full-time Operations Coordinator who will be responsible for a variety of administrative functions including office and property management, IT, benefits administration, and additionally provide support to the Executive Director.  The Operations Coordinator will play a key role in maintaining a productive and efficient work environment for OEFFA staff and others.  The successful applicant will join a dedicated team of experienced and passionate professionals who are committed to advancing organic and sustainable agriculture, family farmers, and rural communities. 

      OEFFA takes pride in a staff that exhibits these core values: excellent work ethic; exceptional organizational skills; capacity for multitasking; effective verbal and written communication; the maturity to responsibly handle sensitive information and situations; strong interpersonal skills; solid critical thinking and problem-solving abilities; a genuine desire to collaborate; and a strong environmental ethic and commitment to sustainability.  These are qualities we seek in all OEFFA staff and so the successful applicant can to expect to be surrounded by colleagues who are also strong in these areas. 

      For more information, see the attachment

    • Herd Manager Position

      Dutch Hollow Farm is an 800-cow Registered Jersey dairy in Eastern NY. We are currently looking for someone capable of fulfilling management responsibilities and willing to work closely with the current herd manager/owner and other employees. The goal is that the person in this position will be able to manage and oversee all tasks relating to mature cattle in the owner’s absence. This position comes with the opportunity to suggest and make meaningful changes as the dairy continues to expand.


       General herd health work

       Reproductive management program, vet checks

       Fresh and hospital cow and parlor management

       Assist with management of the maternity barn

       Maintain current and accurate essential dairy records

       Ensure a high standard of care and well-being for all cows



       Experience in herd health, animal care, and dairy management

       Dairy Spanish not required, but advantageous

       Detail oriented, organized, and productive

       Positive attitude and strong work ethic

       Strong communication skills



       Competitive pay based on experience and qualifications

       Health Insurance


      If interested, contact Alan Chittenden at (518)320-2893 or for more information.

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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.  

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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!

    • 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

    • 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

      Hireabuckeye (the CFAES Job Database)

      Animal Science Jobs

      Ag Careers 

      Continental Search (Specific for Animal Agriculture)

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

      Equimax (Equine-Specific)

      American Association of Zoos & Aquariums 

      American Associations of Laboratory Animal Science

      American Meat Science Association

      Ohio Hiring Management Systems

      Sciences Crossing