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News and Notes: April 12, 2024

OUR VISION: Ohioans have the knowledge and resources they need to actively engage in creating conditions in which they thrive.

OUR MISSION: We create opportunities for people to explore how science-based knowledge can improve social, economic, and environmental conditions.

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Leadership Notes

  1. In the past few days, we’ve heard powerful messages from university and college leadership, both mentioning the excellent work Extension does with and on behalf of all Ohioans.

College Connections

  1. Interacting with high school students and families who have an interest in food, agriculture, or environmental sciences?

  2. Join the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) and the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens for an exciting Earth Day program, “Eat this Earth Day!” on April 22 at the Fawcett Center.

Community Connections

  1. The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and OSU Extension kicked off the fifth year of the Ohio Victory Gardens program earlier this week. This year, the program expanded to include 64 counties.

  2. The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will host a Forest Health Conference on April 18 at the ODA campus in Reynoldsburg.

  3. CFAES will host the second annual We Grow Scientists event on May 1 (3-7 p.m.) at the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Join OSU Extension and The Nature Conservancy for a series of webinars this spring and summer that focus on gardening for conservation.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. Applications are now open for the OneOhio Recovery Foundation's 2024 Regional Grant Program.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. Since the Extension Data Portal launched in January, 277 program faculty and staff have completed the training and gained access to the portal, creating 3,877 events reaching 86,777 participants across 181 programs.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Congratulations to the following Extension professionals who received awards during the college’s annual awards ceremony for 2023-2024. 

  2. Haley Shoemaker, educator, agriculture and natural resources, recently received a 2024 Community Engagement Practitioner Award from The Ohio State University’s Office of Outreach and Engagement.

  3. Theresa Ferrari, state specialist, 4-H youth development, and Julie Fox, director, Extension strategic initiatives and urban engagement, each recently contributed to a chapter in a book published by Cambridge University Press.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Chi Epsilon Sigma (CES) will host a professional development in-service for all Extension support staff on May 22.

  2. The 2024 Urban Food Systems Symposium will be June 11-13 in Columbus. Act now to take advantage of early registration prices through April 12.

  3. Ohio JCEP is accepting applications through May 1 for its second round of professional development scholarships and programming grants for 2024.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. CFAES is committed to ensuring that all of its research and related educational programming are available to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis.

  2. Save the dates for the 2024 CFAES DEI Speaker Series, which kicks off March 21 (12-1:15 p.m.). The series will feature the following speakers and topics.

Extension Annual Conference

  1. The Extension Conference steering committee has selected Fulfilling Our Mission, Cultivating Our Path for the Future as the theme for the 2024 conference. This year’s conference will be Dec. 10-11 in Columbus and is open to all Extension professionals.

Health and Wellness

  1. In 2023, the U.S. surgeon general issued an advisory about how loneliness and isolation can have detrimental effects on health. The Live Healthy Live Well team addressed this concern in a recent blog post titled “Loneliness — the Next Epidemic.”

  2. Ohio State’s Lifestyle Spending Account (LSA) reimburses employees up to $125 per quarter for eligible expenses related to health, fitness, family, emotional, and social wellness. The first quarter ended March 31.