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News and Notes: February 24, 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. These last few weeks have been filled with a great variety of activities, travel, and intentional engagement.

  2. OSU Extension is conducting an organization-wide employee survey. We are conducting this survey to get a better understanding of employee morale, satisfaction, and engagement at Extension.

College Connections

  1. The Knowledge Exchange is making it easier than ever to communicate important data to county commissioners, community members, or stakeholders.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Webinar will discuss rural caregiving and mental health.

  2. The Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences have announced the formation of an AgTech innovation Hub.

  3. The eighth annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference will be held March 24 at the Shisler Event Center in Wooster.

  4. The Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference will be held on March 14-15 at Ohio Northern University in Ada.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. The Office of Outreach and Engagement provides funding to faculty and/or faculty-led teams, and university staff that hold PI status with the annual Engagement Grants program.

  2. Abstracts for the Ohio NACAA poster competition must be uploaded to the NACAA site by March 15. All submissions are online only.

Tech Updates

  1. Cybersecurity is a hot topic this year, with recent data breaches compromising user security and new regulations proposed in Congress.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. The Office of Sponsored Programs that provides services for CFAES, is now fully staffed.

  2. Four Extension faculty meetings will be held throughout 2023, all via Zoom.

  3. Merit-eligible employees who do not complete Report=Support! by April 28 will not be eligible for annual merit increases that take effect in September 2023.

  4. The Ohio State University’s institutional data is important to protect.

  5. The Office of Sponsored Programs and the CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education is offering scheduled office hours for Extension professionals.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. As Jackie mentioned on the last director’s video update, Jan. 27 was National Fun at Work Day.

  2. A CDC-funded Childcare and Farm Family Research Project has been awarded a presidential postdoctoral scholar award for a researcher to assist the team.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Join this two-part webinar series on Conducting Extension Outreach on Controversial Topics – to be held on Feb. 28 and March 7.

  2. Suicide prevention is a shared campus responsibility. Anyone can help prevent suicide by learning the risks, warning signs, and how to intervene.

  3. To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Leadership Center has invited guest speakers each Wednesday in March to share their path to leadership and the people who helped them along the way.

  4. The first meeting to kick off the 2023 eFields season will be on March 20 at 9:30 a.m. for anyone who is interested in participating in eFields this year.

  5. Register by March 24 for the Ohio Compost Operator Education Course to be held April 4-5 at the Ohio State Wooster Campus.

  6. Join your colleagues on this professional development and team-building experience to the Maryland and Washington DC area.

  7. The Beginner and Small Farm program is developing a new curriculum for small farm colleges to meet the Beginner Farmer Certificate requirement

  8. Interested in becoming a certified Real Colors Facilitator? Registration is now open for this workshop.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. The 2023 African American Behavioral Health Conference will be held on April 6 at the Fawcett Center.

  2. Join us for “CFAES Exploring Diversity” on April 8 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Health and Wellness

  1. February may be almost over, but it is important to remember anytime that heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States.