News and Notes : February 25, 2021

Leadership Notes

  1. Friends – The last few weeks have been incredibly packed with opportunities to share the blessings and challenges of working in Extension and at Ohio State.

  2. Communication is a constant challenge and priority in any organization. Communication is more than just sharing information; it is equally important to listen. OSU Extension’s administrative cabinet continues to explore ways to get feedback from our organization.

  3. Tim Byrne has joined the Learning and Organizational Development (LOD) unit as a data integration developer.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. CFAES has several college transition teams actively synthesizing university guidance to localize for CFAES departments and units.

  2. The next university town hall will be held on March 1 at 5:30pm. Register online.

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. We are pleased to announce the results of the 2021 faculty senator election in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Elected senators and alternates will serve three-year terms starting Autumn 2021 through Summer 2024.

Programming Perspectives

  1. A virtual chat on Innovation in Extension is scheduled for March 2 at 2pm. Note that you need to have a Connect Extension account to participate in virtual chats.

  2. The Engagement Scholarship Consortium seeks proposals for its conference on September 13-15 via virtual format. The 2021 annual meeting will explore the theme of “Creating Connections and Expanding Possibilities.”

  3. The national Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference will be held in Savannah, Georgia on October 25-28. Proposals are due by March 8 for concurrent session seminars, ignite presentations, research presentations, and posters.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) supports and encourages excellence in engaged scholarship through its annual awards program, which recognizes higher education institutions and their exemplary contributions to scholarship and the practice of engaged scholarship.

Tech Updates

  1. Early project documentation encouraged users to move files themselves, but we’ve learned doing that can create headaches for those who have a significant amount of data to move. We now recommend that you wait for OCIO to copy files to OneDrive for you.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. The Ohio Saves campaign implemented via OSU Extension has been recognized by Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague as a Compass Award honoree. Amanda Woods, Healthy Finances program specialist, recently accepted the award from Treasurer Sprague.

  2. Congratulations to several individuals who were recently selected for an Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals’ professional development award.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. The O.N.E. Extension program will resume in March. This will be an all-virtual format, 16 weeks for three hours per week. Sessions will be available for new and veteran employees.

  2. Join the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) for the next topic in its series “ACEL to Extension” – offered directly for Extension personnel by ACEL faculty.

  3. Promoting the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is Ohio State's top priority and a responsibility we all share. To advance this priority, the university requires all employees to complete sexual misconduct prevention education annually.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. What is diversity and why is it important? What is the difference between equality and equity? What does it mean to be inclusive? How do all of these things fit together to achieve justice?

  2. In celebration of Women’s History Month, every Wednesday in March, the OSU Leadership Center invites you to learn more about women in the workplace and how to create an inclusive and equitable environment. This complimentary webinar will be held from 11:30am to 12:30pm.

  3. To better understand changes that need to be made to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning environments, Ohio State is launching a new seminar series … Our Inclusive Path Forward: Addressing Inequities in STEM Education.

  4. The CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has published the second edition of its monthly newsletter.

  5. We affirm our conviction that racism and inequality have no place in CFAES. Our CFAES Principles of Community serve as a base for managing these actions.

Extension Annual Conference

  1. Thank you again for your participation in the 2020 Extension Annual Conference: Embrace Change Together. This is a reminder that the breakout session recordings are available to view on the LOD unit's YouTube Channel.

Health and Wellness

  1. Our goal is to gain a simple pulse of how people in OSU Extension are doing during these times. We will use this one-question survey over the next six to eight months to see how we all are doing over time.