Dathel Nimmons has worked in food supply chain management her entire career, most recently as senior vice president at Bob Evans. She also owns and operates two farms. She knows agribusiness and says supply chain is what makes it tick.
Dr. Anna Parkman came to academia from the business world where she gained practical experience in small business management and human resources. She also developed a large network of colleagues whom she now brings into the classroom to enhance student learning and help them make industry connections.
AEDE lecturer Denise Kestner works in human resources and teaches two AEDE courses: Principles of Agribusiness Management and Human Resource Management in Small Business. She brings her experience working with hundreds of small businesses into the classroom. And sometimes she even brings in the actual small business owners too.
Two AEDE students, Todd Peterson and Zeke Miller, have received the most prestigious undergraduate award our college bestows on its top seniors. The Distinguished Senior Award honors students for their success in academics, research and innovation, service and involvement, and influence and leadership.
Kolesen McCoy thought sports would be his ticket to success. But then he had a change of heart, quit varsity soccer, and joined the student organization Future Farmers of America (FFA), known today as the National FFA Organization. As he embraced the leadership and educational experiences offered, he took on leadership roles, first as an officer for his home state of Ohio, and then most recently, as president of the national organization which necessitated him taking a year off from college to serve in the role.
Sarah Grossman had just finished up her honor's thesis on community concessions in Guatamala's Island of Flores/la Isla de Flores and Tikal National Park regions. Dr. Brent Sohngen shares that "her work represented an amazing effort by an incredibly gifted student to provide information that could make a difference in real people's lives."
As President of the National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America), Kolesen McCoy has been traveling the country and the globe meeting with business and industry leaders and thousands of FFA members and teachers.
Digital learning is not new to Agribusiness and Applied Economics Senior Tory Jenkins. She attended an on-line high school. She says having had experience staying organized and engaged in the digital space helped prepare her for the recent transition to the college's on-line learning environment. Another thing that helped: CFAES professors doing an exceptional job normalizing the digital classroom space and providing the necessary resources for students to be successful.
Sarah Light, Economy, Environment, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) major, is completing her final semester of coursework in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Lights credits the diversity of her classes with teaching her the skillset to be able to look at sustainability issues through the lens of different people and stakeholder perspectives. She has put this skillset to good use during three unique internships.