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News and Notes: April 22, 2022

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. Next week is Administrative Professionals Day (Wednesday, April 27), and I want to specifically highlight the work of all of our tremendous information assistants, office assistants, and office associates.

  2. The next Director’s Video Update will be held on Tuesday, April 26 at 9am. Registration is required. You can register online.

College Connections

  1. The Scarlet Gray and Green Fair is back live for 2022. It will be held this Saturday at the Secrest Arboretum Center on the CFAES Wooster campus.

  2. The Knowledge Exchange recently expanded the eFields tool on its website. The new eFields page includes the reports database, a data visualization tool, and an eFields interactive tab.

  3. Thanks to all who participated in last week’s Celebration of Research Week festivities hosted by the CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education.

  4. It has been several years since an Ohio Beef Field Day has been held, and the program will make a reappearance in Muskingum County on Saturday, July 16.

  5. The Department of Entomology is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to demonstrate its commitment to undergraduate education.

Community Connections

  1. The Ohio Department of Agriculture and OSU Extension offices are kicking off the third year of the Ohio Victory Gardens program.

  2. The spring Tractor Supply Company (TSC) paper clover campaign will be held April 27-May 8. The campaign collects customer donations at the register to benefit local 4-H programs.

Programming Perspectives

  1. In recognition of this important focus on our earth stewardship, six  activities were developed and are available online.

  2. Ohio Treasurer and OSU Extension are recognizing Financial Literacy Month in April and celebrating our continued combined statewide efforts to promote Real Money Real World and other financial management programming.

  3. Ag professionals across the state of Ohio are being surveyed to help generate information for those interested in farmland. There are a couple of ways to participate.

  4. The FCS Healthy Teams Gathering will be held in-person on May 19, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. Check out a couple of Ohio JCEP funding opportunities.

  2. Conducting scholarship that is mutually beneficial for both university scholars and communities is the very foundation of engaged scholarship.

  3. A FY2022 International Agricultural Education Fellowship Program opportunity for the Northern Triangle is now open.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. Merit-eligible employees who do not complete the mandatory Report = Support! training by April 29 will not be eligible for annual merit increases that take effect in September 2022.

  2. As you begin to plan for out-of-state and overnight travel for conferences and professional development this year, here are some key resources and reminders for you.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Congratulations to the winners of the state communications awards contest for the Ohio chapter of NACAA.

  2. Two OSU Extension educators were recently recognized with Community Engaged Practitioner Awards from the Ohio State Office of Outreach and Engagement.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Check out this list of workshops hosted by the Leadership Center in May.

  2. This workshop is presented by Ohio AgrAbility and the National AgrAbility Project.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. This year’s conference theme is Forward Progress: Making Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence a Priority.

  2. The CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion partnering with the Ohio State Multicultural Center to offer a customized DICE certificate.