This update contains:
- Welcome Back!
- Important Dates
- Student Handbook
- New Student Orientation Files
- Note on Practicums (Reminder)
- New VESTA Saba instructions
- Student Club – purpose, sign up, meetings
- Ohio Grape and Wine Conference – Feb. 16-17, 2015
Greetings, Viticulture and Enology Students!
For some of you, this is a return, and for others, it’s your first semester as a V&E student at Kent State Ashtabula. Regardless, welcome to the Fall 2014 semester! We are thrilled to have you all on board with the new program format. There are also several updates that pertain to ALL students, and I suggest you all take a moment now to catch up.
I hope this is an exciting and educational semester for you all; best wishes for a great semester!
October 18-19, 2014: VIN11100 (8hrs) and VIN14600 (4hrs) on-campus weekend
December 6-7, 2014: VIN11100 (4hrs) and VIN14600 (8hrs) on-campus weekend
December 7, 2014: Classes end
December 8-14, 2014:Fall 2014 Final exams
Fall 2014 On-Campus Weekends
Spring 2015 On-Campus Weekends
- 1st Weekend: Saturday, March 7, 2015 to Sunday, March 8, 2015
- 2nd Weekend: Saturday, May 2, 2015 to Sunday, May 3, 2015
If you need information on hotels in the area, please refer to the New Student Orientation folder shared with you in Google Drive.
The Viticulture and Enology Program now has an official program handbook for students. Please familiarize yourself with the policies – this is for ALL students, old and new! You can access the handbook through our program website (and clicking on the “Handbook” link.
New Student Orientation Files
If you are a new student and could not attend the new student orientation, you should be able to access the materials from the orientation, which includes information on logging into FlashLine, financial aid help, academic advising help, and so much more. Please contact me if you cannot access the information, or if you do not know how to access the folder in Google Docs.
Note on Practicums
Many of you are taking classes that require practicum work at a vineyard or a winery. Please be sure to complete the proper site selection form for your course, in accordance to the wishes of your instructor. Please contact us if you need help finding a winery or a vineyard to complete your practicum hours. You should also review wineries/vineyards available on the OGIC website, as well as the requirements for selecting a site, which can be found on the VESTA website.
Site Selection Forms:
Viticulture Practicum Requirements:
- Minimum 3 years as a Commercial Vineyard with 3 commercial harvests.
- There is no size restrictions for the vineyard.
- Willingness to provide a training experience for the VESTA student
- Mentor must have a minimum of 3 years of vineyard experience.
Enology Practicum Requirements:
- 3+ employees (including working owners and temporary/part time employees)
- An active Barrel program or access to one at a neighboring facility.
- 5+ years commercial experience
- Minimum 5000 gallons of production
- Willingness to provide a training experience for the VESTA student.
- Access to the following equipment: Crusher, Destemmer, Press, Filtration system, Bottling line, Pumps
New VESTA Saba instructions
As many of you may already know, VESTAS courses will now be meeting online with a new program: Saba Meeting. Please review the instructions for using this program carefully and before classes start. VESTA 2014-08-18 Saba Instruction
Wines and Vines Student Club***
We will give one final try to have the student club again this semester. The club must be active to continue its existence. If you are interested in joining the club, please contact us, even if you were a member last semester. The club will need to meet weekly and will likely collaborate on fundraising projects with the Hospitality Management Club. The W&V Club can also continue to meet to discuss winery and vineyard planning, evaluate student wines, evaluate and train students to recognize wine characteristics/flaws, etc.
Some projects include:
- Giving a presentation to a Hosp Mgmt class on the Ohio grape and wine industry.
- Working with HM Club to develop educational displays at Pairings in Geneva, Ohio.
- Fundraising opportunities for student scholarships.
- Presenting at the “Business of Doing Good” meeting in October.
- Creating a W&V Club informational display.
- Re-assessing membership rules.
***For this club to exist, students will need to meet regularly. Please plan to meet at 1:30pm on Thursday, September 11, 2014 in HSB159 (on campus), so we can start to develop programming for the Fall 2014 semester.
Please check the jobs page on the fromclasstoglass blog regularly for positions in the industry – both inside and outside Ohio.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW
The Ohio Grape and Wine Conference will be taking place at the Crowne Plaza Dublin on Feb. 16-17, 2015. This is an excellent meeting to attend so you can learn about current research and recommendations in the industry. Our program may have scholarship money available for some students to attend. (If the club raises money, then there will be MORE travel money available for students – HINT, HINT!)