Caleb M. Hickman
Mount Vernon, OH
Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership
2020 Distinguished Senior Award Celebration Program (.pdf)
The opportunity to impact the lives of others is what Caleb Hickman identified as his greatest accomplishment from his college career. Working with Buckeye Library Leaders, he saw firsthand how domestic abuse affects children. While with the Columbus Metropolitan Library System, Caleb encouraged these youth with a smiling face. Caleb considers his greatest undergraduate accomplishment that of helping provide the Columbus community a safe place for students to learn.
Beginning his education on the Newark campus of The Ohio State University, Caleb has been an engaged student from the start. Once on the Columbus campus, Caleb lived in the Stadium Scholarship Program (SSP). SSP provided him with a diverse community and friendships that will last a lifetime. SSP also opened opportunities for Caleb to learn about different cultures and ethnicities.
Caleb completed a two-year internship at Gutridge construction company located in Dublin, Ohio, where he served as the administrative assistant for the heating and cooling department. Caleb says he adored his time at Gutridge and was very grateful to have completed an internship outside of his major; it provided him with a different perspective on life and many transferable skills.
In the future, Caleb plans to help rural communities understand the complexities of living in a diverse world, an interest that was sparked after taking Dr. Susie Whittington’s course titled “Toward Cultural Proficiency”. The course focused on helping others understand an array of identities, cultural differences, and ways of life. Between his undergraduate research and Dr. Whittington’s class, Caleb discovered a passion for enhancing rural communities and increasing understanding of an array of diverse backgrounds.
At Ohio State, Caleb has been a part of ten student organizations and served on several executive teams. These student organizations include FarmHouse-ATZ Fraternity, Undergraduate Student Government, Bucket and Dipper Junior Class Honorary, Romophos Sophomore Class Honorary, Stadium Scholarship Program, Fabulous Unique Neighborhood Hall Council, Agricultural Education Society, Buckeye Library Leaders, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Community Commitment.
Caleb’s academic honors include: Bucket and Dipper Junior Class Honorary | Romophos Sophomore Class Honorary | Dean’s List | William S. and Catherine May Scholarship | Farm Bureau Scholarship | Vance Family 4-H Scholarship | Levalley Agriscience Education Scholarship | Buchwald Family Scholarship | Beard Scholarship | Pickering Scholarship | Foltz Family Scholarship | OABA Agriscience Education Scholarship | Edwards Scholarship in CFAES.
Caleb plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Master of Science in Community and Leadership Development. Caleb plans to conduct research that will aid rural youth. Upon completion of this degree, he intends on continuing his education by earning a PhD.
Three amazing individuals have aided Caleb in his successes during his studies: Dr. Susie Whittington, Dr. Caryn Filson, and Dr. Jera Niewoehner-Green. He stated that they provided him with amazing conversations, a shoulder and strength to lean on, and shared wisdom that will serve him for years to come.