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Food Science and Technology News: FST Special Edition Newsletter - 2021 Spring Graduation

Congratulations FST SP21 Graduates!!

This semester, FST students have been given an opportunity to share with us some of their favorite memories of their time at Ohio State in this special edition newsletter. Many also took the opportunity to give a shoutout to those that supported them, befriended them, and helped make the journey one to remember.
One year into the global pandemic, our students continued to persevere and follow through with their academic endeavors. Reduced in-person classes and  virtual classes made up this academic year. Masks, social distancing, COVID testing, and vaccinations became part of the daily existence for students at The Ohio State University. Despite the challenges and setbacks, our students succeeded, and we are here to celebrate their achievement.
Congratulations to all the students from the Department of Food Science and Technology who have graduated this spring. We are proud of all that you have accomplished and hope that you will stay connected.

Undergraduate Students
Aspen Bauman
– Aspen noted that some of his favorite memories during his time as a student involved his time as an employee at Ohio State’s Dining Services. [Food Business Management]
Brian Brown – Some of Brian’s favorite memories involve his time in the Dairy Processing labs when they made their own flavors of ice cream. He would also like to express his gratitude to Dr. Pohlschneider and Dr. Jimenez-Flores. [Food Business Management]
Yesen Steven Cheng – Steven’s favorite memory of his time at OSU involves his weekly trips from Columbus to Kent, Ohio to visit his girlfriend. [Food Science and Technology]
Philip Eberly – Philip’s favorites memories included spending time with friends, whether it be a study session, run, or late night drive to Taco Bell. He wants to give a special shout out to fellow classmates that supported him over the years, notably Jessi Callahan, Kelly Deatherage, Megan Gregg, Allison Miller, and Jacqui Fox. Also, a big “thank you” to the grad students, staff, and professors that cultivated his enthusiasm for food science and served as his mentors and role models. [Food Science and Technology]
Jacqueline Fox – Jacqui says that one of her favorite memories from Ohio State would be the times she rushed the football field after winning the Michigan and Penn State football games. She would also like to thank her family for always being there for her, supporting her and her goals, and loving her endlessly. [Food Science and Technology]
Isabelle Hall – Isabelle said that her favorite experience at OSU was having the opportunity to complete internships in the food industry and be able to apply the knowledge she learned from class. Fun fact: her internship with Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops resulted in her helping to create the Arnold Palmer popsicle flavor as well as a few others. [Food Science and Technology]
Zhongxuan Elina He – [Food Science and Technology]
Natalia Jaspeado Becerra – Her favorite memory at Ohio state was winning the 2020 Big ten swimming championships for the first time since 1986. Another one was going on the football field with a big group of friends after beating TTUN. She would like to give a shoutout to her coaches who gave her the opportunity to swim at OSU, to her professors and advisors for always guiding and supporting her, to her parents always supporting her, and to the great people and friends she has met at Ohio state, especially her Food Science friends. [Food Science and Technology]
Steven Jenkins – Steven says that he had an excellent experience working with the HPLC in the Rodriguez lab. Steven noted “I can't thank Dr. Rodriguez and Dr. Peren Aykas enough for not only helping with accomplishing my goal for the project but also showing me how to perform the method and ensure that it runs smoothly. Both of them really went out of their way to assist.” He would also like to thank Dr. Flad at CFAES Wooster for the experience of tutoring peers. [Food Science and Technology]
Lauren Jones – One of Lauren’s favorite parts of her major was the different types of labs, like Food Microbiology Lab and Food Quality Assurance Lab, that she performed with friends. [Food Science and Technology]
Diana Karajeh – [Food Science and Technology]
Skyler Kell – [Food Business Management]
Petar Kolev – Petar said that his favorite memory is not one in particular, but rather was growing close to his classmates while working in the labs and group projects together for their Food Science classes. He would like to give thanks to his classmates Steven, Lauren, Natalia, Anna, Diana, and Brian for making the academic experience so enjoyable.   [Food Science and Technology]
Chase Needleman – [Food Science and Technology]
Alexandra Rinehart – Alli would like to give a special shoutout to her parents and her family for all of their love and support. [Food Business Management]
Hannah Smith – [Food Science and Technology]
Sarah Thomas – Sarah’s favorite memories were of all the laughs she had with Mac and Nicole. She would also like to thank Hunter for getting her through all of the craziness and always believing in her. [Food Science and Technology]
Emily Underwood – Emily’s favorite memory at OSU was being able to attend most of the OSU football games. She got to rush the field after a couple of them and it is something she will always remember! She would also like to give a shout out her friends and family for always being there for her, especially during this journey! [Food Science and Technology]
Mac Warren – Mac’s favorite memory at OSU would be when OSU beat Penn State in the last seconds during his freshman year. He would also like to thank his parents for constantly supporting and motivating him, his girlfriend Victoria Adams for always being there when he needed anything. And finally, he would like to thank the guys for being good roommates and dealing with him for the last two years. [Food Science and Technology]
Angela Whipple – [Culinary Science]

Graduate Students
Ahmed Ashour  - Ahmed’s favorite memory at Ohio State was the joy & relief he felt after successfully passing his defense. He would also like to give a big shout out to his advisor Dr. Lynn Knipe, his family, and his friends for their endless efforts and kind support throughout this graduate journey. [MS]
Maggie Hroncich – Maggie received her MS and was advised by Dr. Farnaz Maleky. [MS]
Gabriel Hutchings – Gabe says that his favorite memory was probably getting accepted into graduate school and then graduating. [MS]
Jessica Miao – Jessica received her MS and was advised by Dr. Christopher Simons. Some of Jessica’s favorite memories included working on the TriSprout Thins for the American Society of Baking Product Development Competition and winning first place! She also enjoyed the time in Colors & Pigments sorting Munsell color charts and all of the field trips with Dr. Pascall for Food Packaging. [MS]
Amy Andes – Amy’s favorite memories during her time here at Ohio State included the departmental Thanksgiving celebrations, the student-faculty bowling event with the Food Science Club, and the Simons lab potlucks. She would like to thank Dr. Simons and all of the other students in his lab, all of the faculty, staff, undergrads, and grad students who motivated her throughout her time here, her family and friends from all over the US and lastly, her chiweenie dog named Franklin. [PhD]
Clifford Park - Dr. Park received his PhD and was advised by Dr. Farnaz Maleky. [PhD]
Shuai Ren – Some of  Shuai’s favorite memories include the Ohio State football season each year – she loved seeing everyone wearing scarlet and gray and shouting O-H-I-O! She would like to thank her advisor Dr. Giusti for the opportunity to study in her lab. She credits her lab with learning a lot from knowledge and technology to social communication. [PhD]
Yucheng Zhou – Yucheng says she is grateful that she met the love of her life during her time at Ohio State – her husband Junbo was a PhD student in electrical engineering. She also adds “Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye.” [PhD]