News and Notes: February 18, 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. During the last interim director’s video, I mentioned that we would be continuing to share the themes we discovered during the evaluation of the road show listening session comments and suggestions. 

  2. Another important ongoing area of concern centers around work-life balance and employee morale considerations.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) is accepting nominations for its 2020 Excellence Awards Program, which recognizes exemplary engagement scholarship by faculty, students and community partners.

  2. Please consider nominating faculty and staff for the National Excellence in Extension Award: Preliminary nominations are due by Friday, March 20 (close of business).

Tech Updates

  1. Prior to the formal launch of the Workday system around July 1, the university will offer extensive training in various methods, including on-demand videos.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Becky Nesbitt, Extension community development educator, received the 2019 National Distinguished Career Service Award from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP). Becky has worked for OSU Extension for 32 years.

  2. Also at the 2019 NACDEP conference, Brooke Beam received the Cross Program Award for her work on Using Virtual Reality in Educational Programming; and Meghan Thoreau received the Educational Technology Award for her work with the Scholastic High School Drone Racing League Program. 

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. We have great news! The new and long-anticipated OSU Extension onboarding program will be launched on March 4. There has been a great need to ensure that our new professionals have all of the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in their new roles.

  2. The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) seeks proposals for its 2020 conference, “Envisioning Engaged Scholarship.”