News and Notes: December 3, 2020

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. I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend and that you are coming back energized for our annual conference next week.

  2. As I mentioned briefly in Nov. 13 “News and Notes,” I will be offering open office hours (aka “Dialogue with the Director), the third Tuesday of the month, beginning Dec. 15, 2020, from 10am until noon. There will be 15-minute slots that you will sign up for in advance.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. As of currently released data (Dec. 3 at 2 pm), we have 8 counties listed as PURPLE, 3 counties approaching PURPLE, and ALL counties identified as high case incidence status.

  2. The following guidance will be implemented, effective Dec. 7, 2020 and will run through Jan. 15.

  3. We came together as a team in March and made proactive, solid, and sometimes unpopular decisions to ensure that we did what was necessary.

  4. "One of 'My Whys?' is keeping my kids, spouse, parents, and my 97-year-old grandmother safe and healthy so we have many more seasons and hugs to share!" —Jackie Wilkins  

Community Connections

  1. Per the CFAES Advancement team, please consider utilizing the following year-end giving language in your county newsletters, on your social media channels, and any other communications you think will influence your constituents to give.   

Central State Connections

  1. Several Central State University Extension program staff members have recently connected with our FCS and our ANR professionals for introductions; and we are planning that their 4-H professionals will join the Dec. 18 Koffee with Kirk.

Tech Updates

  1. Please be aware of the following important dates and deadlines relating to Workday.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. Multiple Human Resources policies have been revised and will go into effect late December 2020 and early January 2021. The policies have been revised to improve employee experience, better align business practices and support Enterprise Project activities.

  2. To reduce your cost for health care and receive the full premium credit for 2021, complete a Personal Health and Well-Being Assessment (PHA) by Dec. 14 at 11:59pm.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Congratulations to the following individuals for the recognition of their work through promotion and tenure.

  2. Whitney Gherman, FCS educator based in Marion County, has recently been recognized for her work with and on behalf of diverse audiences.  

  3. I am excited to announce that Misty Harmon will be the new Chair of the CFAES Staff Advisory Council beginning Dec. 10, 2020. Congratulations Misty!  

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. As announced in an all-Extension email last week, thanks to everyone who provided feedback for the MINE Program survey last fall. 

Extension Annual Conference

  1. I am excited to see everyone at the Extension Annual Conference next week! We were nearing 600 attendees as registration closed late yesterday.

Health and Wellness

  1. Part three of the Stay Calm and Well webinar series hosted by the Office of the Chief Wellness Officer has kicked off this week. Several of our family and consumer sciences educators are teaching sessions about how to be well and beat the winter blues this year.