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News and Notes: August 5, 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. Jackie is on vacation this week and wanted to encourage each of you to secure some time on your calendars to spend with friends and family, to get off the grid and away from work and email, and to refuel.

  2. Thank you once again for the important role you play in advancing Ohio State’s mission through your efforts as part of OSU Extension.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. Effective this past Jan. 15, the university’s faculty and staff health plan covers up to eight over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per month per covered person.

College Connections

  1. The nomination window for the 2022-2023 College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences faculty and staff awards is now open.

Community Connections

  1. The OSU Extension Energy Outreach group is providing a training to local government leaders and educators on Sept. 12 and Sept. 26.

  2. Four teams will make up the first cohort of the BroadbandOhio Community Accelerator.

Programming Perspectives

  1. OSU Extension will once again be partnering with Ohio’s Country Journal (OCJ) for the virtual component of their 2022 Crop Tour, running from Aug. 8 to 11.

  2. “Identifying the Trees in Your Woods” will be offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Aug. 12.

  3. This field night will focus on the technologies of tomorrow for home or commercial tomato plantings.

  4. The CFAES departments of Entomology and Plant Pathology will be hosting a workshop with in-field scouting demonstrations and presentations on statistics and a brief intro to 3D printing.

  5. The first-ever Pumpkin and Sunflower Field Day will be held on Aug. 25 at the Western Ag Research Station.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. It is time to apply for the final round of Ohio JCEP professional development scholarships this year.

Tech Updates

  1. Anyone who completes Drupal website training can have access to edit content on their county or unit website.

  2. The Ohio State University accounts are being targeted in an increasing number of phishing attempts.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. Gretchen Turner is a new sponsored program officer (SPO) assigned to work with OSU Extension.

  2. The Office of Sponsored Programs and the CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education will be offering office hours for Extension professionals.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. This spring, Jill Bartolotta, Jenny Lobb, and Carrie Whittington-Hogue received awards via this grant program.

  2. Congratulations to Mike Betz on being the recipient of a 2022 Outreach and Engagement-Funded Impact Grant.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. The Wiser on Wednesday professional development series is back, courtesy of the Learning and Organizational Development unit.

  2. Check out this list of workshops hosted by the Leadership Center in August.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. The CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is pleased to continue offering high-quality, free workshops for students, staff, and faculty.

Health and Wellness

  1. The national Suicide Prevention LifeLine has made a shift to 988 from 1-800-273-8255.

  2. Are you reaping all of the many benefits of being an Ohio State employee?