Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership
Community Leadership - Community and Extension Education
Madison Allman’s most valuable learning experience was her time as a student assistant at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. As an aspiring Extension Educator, the experience afforded her the chance to develop lesson plans and educational materials and organize a wide array of 4-H programs and events of all sizes. She helped coordinate 4-H Youth Exchange programs, bringing youths and adults from Costa Rica, Norway, and Japan to stay with Ohio 4-H families. Most recently she has assisted with 4-H Workforce Development initiatives, including an all-new program in conjunction with CFAES allowing Ohio 4-H members to receive college credit for their 4-H project work. In 2020 she received the CFAES Outstanding Student Employee award for her work.
In addition to her work for the 4-H center, Maddie worked as Student Fundraiser with the OSU Engagement Center, where she personally raised over $5,000 for the University while connecting with Ohio State alumni, parents, and supporters. Maddie states that she learned a great deal about balancing professional, academic, and social responsibilities throughout her time at OSU, saying, “I am so proud of not only myself, but every single other student that does the same.”
Throughout the last year, Maddie has pursued her own research project examining the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Appalachian communities, with a case study revolving around her home community. Under the advice of Dr. Joe Campbell and Dr. Ken Martin, her project has shown great potential as one of the first needs-based case studies facilitated in Vinton County.
Maddie identifies Dr. Hannah K. Epley as her most influential mentor. She shared, “Hannah has supported my dreams 100%. I appreciate her responsiveness to my constant questions, her realism surrounding my future career, and inclusiveness into real-world experiences and challenges. Hannah is one of the most fun, exciting, and passionate people I know, and I always enjoy being around her. She truly has contributed to some of the most formative experiences of my college education, and I am forever thankful for her support.”
As a first-generation college student, Maddie is proud to have paid her own way through college while maintaining several leadership roles on campus, making the Dean’s List all semesters, attaining magna cum laude distinction, Scholar’s distinctions, and Undergraduate Research distinction. She was further honored to represent CFAES, Ohio 4-H, and first-generation students on Ohio State’s 2021 Homecoming Court, and recalls this experience as her most enjoyable at OSU.
Upon graduation, Maddie plans to pursue a master’s degree in Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, specializing in Community and Extension education, hoping to expand upon her research on Appalachian community development.
Service, involvement, and accolades: The Buckeyes First Student Organization, director of community outreach & founding executive member | SPHINX, secretary | Collegiate 4-H at The Ohio State University, president & outreach chair | Buckeye Leadership Fellows program | ACEL Alumni Board, community leadership student representative | Alpha Zeta Partners | Ohio State Honors & Scholars: Arts Scholars | National 4-H Conference Roundtable Facilitator | Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council, junior advisor & vice president of outreach