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News and Notes: August 25, 2023

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. It is with mixed emotions that I draft my last introduction for News and Notes, as associate dean and director/chair of OSU Extension.

  2. As announced this week by Dean Cathann Kress, David Civittolo has been appointed interim associate dean and director of OSU Extension and interim chair of the Department of Extension effective Sept. 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024, or until a new associate dean and director/chair is appointed.

  3. In September, Tracy Kitchel, CFAES senior associate dean and director of faculty and staff affairs, will begin assembling a search committee and outlining the search process and timeline for a national search for the next associate dean and director of OSU Extension.

  4. As announced previously, Greg Davis is serving as an interim associate chair of the Department of Extension through Oct. 31, focusing strictly on promotion and tenure.

College Connections

  1. CFAES has received a $2.5 million award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fund a project that will focus on improving nutrition and physical activity, and will address health disparities related to poor nutrition, physical activity, and obesity in the state.

  2. Asmita Murumkar has been hired as field specialist, ecosystem services for OSU Extension.

  3. Logan Minter has been hired as field specialist, specialty crops production systems for OSU Extension.

  4. Join OSU South Centers' Soil, Water, and Bioenergy Program, the Ohio No-Till Council, and Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District for an informative field night on Aug. 31 (5-9 p.m.).

  5. The timeless idea that it is people who make their cooperative go and grow is celebrating its 50th year as a guiding principle in cooperative organizations.

  6. The Ohio 4-H Celebration of Youth (COY) gathers Extension’s community of supporters to advance the mission of Ohio 4-H.

Programming Perspectives

  1. The OSU Extension Forage Team and the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council have developed the Forage for Horses Webinar Series.

  2. Wisconsin Extension is hosting a Spot Spray Technologies webinar on Sept. 6 (1-3 p.m. EST). The goal of this Extension webinar is to generate awareness and address agricultural stakeholder questions about spot spray technologies.

  3. An Improving Your Woods day of learning will be held on Sept. 8 (9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) at the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest in southern Ohio.

  4. Join professionals from Extension, USDA, and other land-grant universities for a Water Management and Quality for Greenhouse and Nursery Crop Production Workshop.

  5. The next Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) Breakfast on Sept. 12 (7:15-11:45 a.m.) will focus on utilizing Ohio’s rivers to stimulate and enhance community and economic development.

  6. Learn how to shear sheep from the experts at Extension’s Sheep Shearing School Sept. 22-23 at the Dave Cable Farm in Hebron.

  7. Join OSU Extension for a series of parenting workshops called Blast Off!

  8. Those with an interest in learning about digital agriculture, especially harvest data collection and emerging technologies, should plan to attend a Digital Ag Inservice on Sept. 27 (9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station.

Tech Updates

  1. As we prepare for the start of this academic year, a brand-new achievement and new activities have been released in the Cybersecurity for You (C4U) awareness platform.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. There has been a large influx of fraudulent activity on university-owned NelNet Commerce Manager pages that has prompted the Ohio State Treasurer's Office and NelNet to implement a new authentication feature via email code.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Dave Apsley received the 2023 Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Cardinal Award at a special ceremony during the Ohio State Fair.

  2. Five Extension professionals were recently honored at the National Association of Agriculture Agents (NACAA) 2023 annual conference for their service to the agriculture and natural resources profession.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. The deadline to register for the National Extension Tourism Conference, which will be held Sept. 24-27 in Milwaukee, WI, has been extended.

  2. Applications for Staff and Manager Career Development Grants are being accepted through Aug. 31.

  3. All new Extension employees have the fall 2023 Onboard. Network. Excel. (O.N.E.) dates and assignments on their calendars. Note: this onboarding is required for all new employees, including the modules that are contained in Canvas.

  4. The North Central Leadership Conference is accepting submissions through Aug. 31 for its April 2024 conference in Fargo, ND.

  5. The deadline to apply for the Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) professional development scholarships and grants is Sept. 1. 

  6. The deadline to submit articles for consideration to be published in the Dec. 1 issue of the Journal of National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA), a peer-reviewed publication, is Sept. 15.

  7. Registration for The Extension and Research Support Staff Association (TERSSA) annual conference – which will be held Oct. 17-20 in Columbus – is now open.

  8. The Ohio Affiliate of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) will host its annual conference on Oct. 19-20 at The Blackwell Inn and Pfahl Conference Center on campus.

  9. Ohio State faculty, staff, and students have free access to LinkedIn Learning – provided by the Office of Human Resources, the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, and the university’s Staff Advisory Committee.

  10. Check out the ongoing list of workshops hosted by the Leadership Center.

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. There are several upcoming diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)-focused workshops in CFAES.

Extension Annual Conference

  1. In place of the in-person annual conference, Extension will host regional conversations this year during the week of November 13.

  2. Save the date for Extension’s 2024 Annual Conference. The 2024 event will be held in-person in Columbus on Dec. 10-11, 2024.

Health and Wellness

  1. Ohio State is committed to a culture of care and well-being for students, faculty and staff. The university offers a variety of services and tools to meet the needs of the campus community.