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Get your Ohio State Maple Syrup here
Buckeye fans now can pour official Ohio State Maple Syrup on their pancakes. It comes from the university’s Mansfield campus, where students and faculty with CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) planned and are running a nearly 20-acre sugarbush. A sugarbush is a maple tree forest used to produce maple syrup. The project’s co-leader, Kathy Smith, SENR forestry program director, said to her knowledge, the branded syrup “is a first for Ohio State.” Proceeds from selling it will support student scholarships at the campus’ EcoLab, of which the sugarbush is a part. Available in half-gallon ($50), quart ($24), pint ($16), and half-pint ($12) sizes, the syrup can be ordered from the project’s other co-leader, Gabe Karns, SENR visiting assistant professor, at email@example.com. Kurt Knebusch
4 more future leaders from CFAES
Four of the winners of this year’s AgGrad “30 Under 30” awards boast ties to CFAES.
Brooke Beam, Hannah Thompson-Weeman, and Jordan Bonham Rasmussen are alumni of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL), while Ben Brown is assistant professor of professional practice in agricultural risk management in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.
Beam is also now an educator in the Highland County office of OSU Extension.
The national AgGrad 30 Under 30 program “celebrates the young professionals making an impact in agriculture,” its website says. Every year, the program selects 30 winners between the ages of 21 and 30.
AgGrad founder Tim Hammerich said the recipients “are at the forefront of agriculture,” destined to be leaders in agribusiness, innovation, technology, education, advocacy, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and production.
Scott Scheer, ACEL professor, said it’s “no surprise” that Beam, Thompson-Weeman, and Rasmussen are seeing success. Thompson-Weeman is vice president of communications for the Virginia-based Animal Agriculture Alliance. Rasmussen is a farm marketer with Cargill in Nebraska.
As CFAES students, Scheer said, the three were “very active in student organizations and internship experiences, as well as promoting the agriculture industry.”
Read more at go.osu.edu/Buyy.
A new normal for career development office
With the double whammy of COVID-19 and one of the worst job markets since the Great Depression, career and job services offered by the CFAES Office of Academic Programs have taken on increased importance. That’s why students, alumni, and employers will soon see a big change. According to Adam Cahill, CFAES career development manager, “We are making a big pivot in how we navigate and offer services this fall.”
The biggest change is that fall career fairs will be offered virtually, which will open the events to a much larger audience of participants. “Employers, students, and alumni will be able to safely participate and interact for networking and job opportunities,” Cahill said. Appointments with office staff are also available via FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or phone. Contact Cahill at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Sherrie Whaley