Dr. Goddik on the Leadership Academy:
The college experience is so much more than just sitting through a 50 min lecture. In fact, the best part of college is found outside of the traditional class setting. Leadership Academy is a way for the College of Agricultural Sciences to provide outstanding education to motivated students in a non-traditional format.
As a mentor I hope to help students move out of their comfort zone. It is intimidating doing new things and students will occasionally fail. I will try to help my students understand that their greatest successes will happen when they are challenged. In return students will know that I’m there to provide help and support throughout their time with the Leadership Academy.
It is always exciting to work with motivated students. We work with so many wonderful students but it is rare we really get to know the undergraduate students well. Leadership Academy provides the opportunity to get to follow a student closely for one year or - who knows – perhaps for life. I suspect that all mentors truly enjoy working with and helping students.
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I am a fierce supporter of international experiences. Prior to coming to OSU I worked in Denmark, Norway, France, New Zealand, Canada, and of course the U.S. Working in different countries is a great lesson in learning to compromise and getting along.
Role at OSU:
I am the OSU Dairy Processing Extension Specialist and Professor in Food Science. My job involves providing educational opportunities for employees at OR and WA dairy manufacturing companies, helping artisan dairy companies start up and be successful, and promoting innovation within the industry. My graduate students work on applied projects in collaboration with the dairy industry. In addition, I manage the OSU dairy foods business incubator for dairy foods entrepreneurs and I help with the OSU cheese project: the Beaver Classic. I teach the dairy processing classes within the food science curriculum.