CFAES Wooster Campus Connector: April 2024

In This Issue:

Directors' Message

Eclipse Information


  1. April Directors' Message

    We have a lot to celebrate as we finish the Spring 2024 semester! This issue highlights several upcoming events and activities on our campus.  The CFAES Awards and State of the College will be held on April 5th at the Secrest Welcome Center. We hope you can attend and acknowledge our awardees as well as the success of CFAES in the past year. We will also be holding our Celebration of Research (week of April 8th) as well as the Celebration of Students, including the Carnival on April 15th   and the Outstanding ATI Student Banquet on April 17th.  There are many opportunities to celebrate our time together as a campus community. On April 3rd, Wooster Staff Council will be starting the Wooster Weekly Wellness Walks (the 4 Dubs) to promote physical and mental health.  Come support awareness for suicide prevention at our Walk out of Darkness event on April 5th. We have a few events where we will celebrate with our surrounding community, such as the Women in Ag (April 5th and 6th), the Solar Eclipse (April 8th), the Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair and the Secrest Arboretum Crabapple Walk (both on April 20).  All of these activities and events illustrate the impact of our work and the vibrancy of our campus and college. Let’s all continue this momentum in May as we recognize our graduating undergraduate and graduate students and the start of summer!  

    - Dr. Michel and Dr. Boone

    Dr. Andy MichelDr. Kris Boone

  2. Important Eclipse Information


    For the full eclipse page, visit:

    All information below is subject to change. Buckeyes, please look for further and more current updates in your OSU email. 

    Things to Know

    • Public parking will open at 8 a.m. at the main entrance (1680 Madison Ave.). Once lots are full, campus will close to public vehicles. View the visitor map here.
    • Limited quantities of eclipse glasses will be available to the public.
    • Science day will include information on campus programs, live simulcast of video of the eclipse, hands-on activities such as visiting the Secrest Arboretum, the United Titanium Bug Zoo and BUGmobile, disc golf, a drum ring as well as information from Ohio State University Extension programs. The day will start at 10 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m.
    • Food trucks and temporary restroom facilities will be available.
    • Most campus buildings will be locked except where Science Day activities will be held (the Wooster Science Building and the Fisher Auditorium).
    • No smoking, firearms, or alcohol are allowed anywhere on campus.

    About the viewing

    Our campus is in the path of totality for the solar eclipse. Local safety and security services anticipate an increased volume of visitors to the area. Limited quantities of eclipse glasses will be available. Eclipse viewing from roughly 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


    • Entering and exiting the campus will be regulated per guidances from public safety services. View the visitor map here.
    • Starting at 8 a.m., visitors will be allowed on-campus ONLY via the main Madison Avenue entrance with parking available in the Fisher Auditorium north and south lots. This entrance will be staffed, and, once the lots are full, public access will be closed.
    • ALL exiting will be via Secrest Road and Gerlaugh Road, and will ONLY be allowed to turn eastbound (right).
    • No overnight parking is permitted.

    Faculty, staff and students

    • The CFAES Wooster Campus will not be closed, however you are encouraged to work remotely.  Those volunteering and those required to be on-campus will be permitted. Please work with your supervisors to understand on-campus expectations. Please also keep in mind that traffic on local roads in Wayne County may be heavier than normal.
    • Ohio State faculty, staff and students needing to be on-campus will enter via the Secrest Rd. and Gerlaugh Rd. entrance starting at 7 a.m. This entrance will be staffed, and those with a BuckID or USDA-ARS identification card will be allowed to park anywhere except the public parking lots. OSU personnel may exit at any time.

    If there are any questions, please reach out to Loren Harper ( or Andy Michel (

    Photos and/or video is being taken at this event and may appear in The Ohio State University marketing materials. By attending this event, you hereby authorize the university to use your image in any and all use related to the educational mission of the university without compensation. Please notify the department hosting the event if you wish to attend but not have your image used in this way.

  3. April Events


    ATI – Bull Bash – April 2nd

    • Join us in the Shisler Ballroom for Bull Bash on April 2 at 6pm! There will be pizza, prizes, games, and more. We will also have a mechanical bull and dunk tank. Don’t miss out on the fun!

    Giveaway Day – April 2nd

    • Find Kelly Kyser, Director of Student Life, around campus for a free OSU item! Watch the student life Instagram (@osuatistudentlife) for more info.

    State of the College and Awards – April 5th

    • This event will take place in the Secrest Welcome Center.

    Women in Ag – April 5th-6th

    • East Ohio Women in Ag Conference
    • Partnered w/ the American National Cattle Women and Ohio Cattle Women/WIRED Program
      • Saturday Guest Speaker: Temple Grandin
    • Registration due March 22 and 25

    Walk out of Darkness Event – April 5th

    • This collaborative event with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support and an opportunity to unite our Buckeye community.

    CFAES ATI Open House – April 6th

    Eclipse Events – April 8th

    Compost Workshop – April 11th and 12th

    • Secrest Welcome Center
    • Learn composting from the experts! Researchers, Facility operators, and other compost professionals share what they know and why it's important. In this education course, you can learn the whys of composting, observe mini case studies, compost science, and testing. The registration fee includes all materials, a continental breakfast, and lunch. The fee is $250 for members of the Ohio Organics Council (OHOC) chapter of the USCC and $300 for nonmembers. The registration deadline is March 24. Seating is limited, and no walk-ins will be admitted. To access the registration form please contact your local extension office.

    ATI Livestock Judging Contest – April 13th

    Celebration of Students Carnival – April 15th

    • Watch the student life Instagram (@osuatistudentlife) for information as it is released.

    ATI Student Recognition Banquet – April 17th

    • Join us to celebrate the 2024 outstanding student recipients. The recipient of the director’s award will also be announced. Doors open at 5:30, dinner starts at 6
    • $19/person, pay to ATI Business Office or at door

    Scarlet, Gray & Green Fair – April 20th

    • 54th Anniversary of Earth Day
    • This event aims to celebrate, educate, and demonstrate that “Green is for Life!”
    • Two tours will be held. One of the Secrest Arboretum, and another featuring renewable energy features of CFAES campus.

    Secrest Arboretum Crabapple Walk – April 20th

    • Enjoy a guided walk through the largest crabapple collection in the United States. We will learn about top plants, diseases, and phenology.
    • Contact Paul Snyder: 330-263-3968 and

    Hillsdale High School Prom – April 27th

  4. May Events


    NAMI Walk for Wellness – May 4th 

    • Join Wayne and Holmes National Alliance on Mental Illness for a Walk and 5K for Wellness on May 4. Registration begins at 8am at the Secrest Welcome Center.  

    • More more info, visit: 

    ATI Commencement – May 4th 

    • Join us for the 2024 ATI Commencement Ceremony. This marks the 50th anniversary of commencement at ATI! The event will start at 11am in Fisher Auditorium.  

    Secrest Arboretum Plant Sale – May 11th 

    • The annual Friends of Secrest Arboretum sale features new and unique annuals, perennials, herbs and woody plants. The sale will be held at the Secrest Welcome Center from 9am-1pm.  

    Triway High School Prom – May 11th 

    PawPaw Conference – OSU Extension – May 18th 

    • Join the North American Paw Paw Growers Association at Shisler Center from 8am-4pm for the annual Paw Paw Conference. The event is $50 and includes breakfast, lunch, and tours.  

    • Registration due by May 13. Register at: 

    Red Cross Blood Drive – May 31st 

    • Donate Blood at the Secrest Welcome Center from 9am-2pm.  

    • Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made at 

    Secrest Concert Series – May 31st 

    • Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) and the Friends of the Secrest Arboretum open their summer Music at the Arboretum concert series on Friday, May 31, 2023, with Cleveland-based Alla Boara. The ensemble reimagines Italian folk songs by adding elements of modern jazz and world music. Showcasing works from their debut album, “Le Tre Sorelle,” and newest live recorded album, Amanda Powell, Anthony Taddeo, and Dan Bruce connect audiences through storytelling. Alla Boara’s immersive shows provide audiences with a deeper perspective on historical traditions and showcase the common humanity in us all. Each performance is unique, with music that will connect to every listener. 

    • In the event of rain, the concert will be held at Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691. For more information call 419-853-6016. 

    • The program is free, but registration is recommended.  

    • Register at: