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News and Notes: February 16, 2024

OUR VISION: Ohioans have the knowledge and resources they need to actively engage in creating conditions in which they thrive.

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Leadership Notes

  1. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us in real time for last week’s video update. A special thank you to the Wayne County staff members for their hospitality as we took the day’s Cabinet meeting on the road alongside the video update.

College Connections

  1. The CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources will host the 2024 Ohio Woodland, Water, and Wildlife Conference on March 6 at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center in Mansfield.

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. The James (Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center), CFAES, and the Foods for Health Discovery Theme will host a Diet, Nutrition, Cancer: Collaborating Toward a Cancer-Free World conference on April 25.

Community Connections

  1. The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation will host its annual Spring Tee Off educational and networking event on March 7 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Several Extension professionals will lead sessions at the event.

  2. The annual Ohio 4-H Conference will be March 9 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. This conference brings together 4-H volunteers, teens, and youth development professionals from across the state to learn and network.

Programming Perspectives

  1. The Women in Agriculture Team is making plans for the 9th annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference. Join them – and others interested in supporting women in agriculture – for a day of learning on April 5 in Wooster.

  2. The Small Farm Team will host its annual Small Farm Conference on April 6 at the Mid-East Career Technical Center (Buffalo Campus) in southeastern Ohio. The day will feature a conference and trade show.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. The National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP) is now accepting applications for its annual award and scholarship opportunities.

  2. The OSU Office of Outreach and Engagement has two opportunities for scholarship and awards.

Tech Updates

  1. We all share the important responsibility of protecting Ohio State’s institutional data. All staff members have access to varying classes of data depending on their role at the university.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. All county employees and staff in other Extension-related units are encouraged to help update content on your website. Staff should determine at the unit-level who is responsible for content on the website, and that task can be shared among several employees.

  2. The CFAES Finance office has recently updated its website with a new resource guide to help employees navigate the

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. The Learning and Organizational Development Team recently released the first two I am Extension videos of 2024.

  2. Many thanks to the Green Industry Conference team on the tremendous success of its recent conference in Cincinnati. This was an impactful collaboration between agriculture and natural resources and 4-H youth development professionals.

  3. Two Extension professionals recently published books in their respective areas of expertise. 

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic in nearly every industry. There will be an AI in-service (virtual and in two sessions) for all Extension professionals who are interested in learning more about AI and how it can be used in the workplace.

  2. The Joint Council of Extension Professionals will host its Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD) April 15-17 in Arlington, VA.

  3. The annual Association of Natural Resources Professionals Conference will be May 6-8 in Hershey, PA.

  4. Save the date for Chi Epsilon Sigma’s annual support staff professional development day. It will be hosted at multiple locations throughout the state on May 22 for all support staff.

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.

Extension Annual Conference

  1. The 2024 Extension Conference steering committee met for the first time last month and is researching keynote speakers for this year's conference.

Health and Wellness

  1. February is National Heart Health Month. Visit the Live Healthy Live Well Blog for tips on keeping your heart healthy and happy in 2024 and beyond.

  2. The Student Wellness Center is offering a nutrition webinar series for students, faculty and staff.