News and Notes: August 19, 2021

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. 

Leadership Notes

  1. Reflect. Reconnect. Refocus. Three simple words that hold important meaning for us over the next weeks and months. These three words represent an intentional approach to thinking about our work.

  2. The next Director’s Video Update will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 9am. Registration is required.

  3. As shared with Extension county staff earlier this week, OSU Extension will be hosting several road shows this fall for a chance to reflect, reconnect, and refocus.

College Connections

  1. The CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education is pleased to announce the FY 2022 R&GE Internal Grants Program (IGP) request for proposals.

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. Faculty and staff have a chance to be randomly selected to receive four complimentary tickets to attend this year's appreciation football game when Ohio State plays the University of Tulsa on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Programming Perspectives

  1. The statewide OSU Extension Sustainability Team has published Ten Tips for Packing Waste-Free Lunches, a new, easy-to-read guide to help families be more sustainable, save money, and reduce single-use items.

  2. Plans are underway for OSU Extension to join the global community to celebrate Urban October. Ohio’s theme is Celebrating Ohio Cities – where we live, work, play, learn, and serve.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. There are several awards for which ESP members can be nominated.

  2. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have rendered exceptional service to the university in both official and unofficial capacities.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. We are pleased to announce Andrea Rees has been selected for the Area 8 area leader position, starting Sept. 1.

  2. This year, we are fortunate that the university allowed AMCP. The letters indicating your increase went out through DocuSign last week.

  3. As Extension professionals register for upcoming conferences and meeting, take note of the Ohio State travel policy related to conference registrations.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. A quick note to recognize our 38 A&P educator colleagues who are part of the 2021 promotion class as a result of their accomplishments in Extension teaching, creative work, and service.

  2. Solomon Garner photo

    Solomon Garner is a new graduate research associate for the Strategic Initiatives and Urban Engagement unit.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Join Patrice Powers-Barker as she offers an overview of the science behind the art of mindfulness and the health benefits of stress reduction.

  2. The Epsilon Sigma Phi national conference will be held Oct. 25-28 in Savannah, Georgia. Early-bird registration closes on Aug. 31.

  3. Applications for tuition assistance benefits must be submitted each term, and the enrollment window for autumn semester 2021 is June 28-Aug. 27.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. 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. Mark your calendars for our Extension Annual Conference, coming this December 7-9. Consider submitting a proposal for a presentation, poster, or Engage in 5 session.  All proposals are due on Wednesday, Sept. 15 by 11:59pm.

Health and Wellness

  1. Thank you to everyone who participated in the July Sleep Challenge. There were many excellent tips shared on how to prepare for and get to sleep.

  2. Faculty and staff enrolled in the OSU Health Plan can earn a monthly premium credit off of employee medical plan contributions in 2022 by completing a personal health and well-being assessment (PHA) and a verified biometric screening by Dec. 31.