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News and Notes: February 4, 2021

Leadership Notes

  1. The next video update will be held on February 17 at 9 a.m. Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with log-in information. The update will be recorded for those who cannot join the live presentation.

  2. I am very interested in hearing what is on your “top of mind,” ideas you have for our organization moving forward, or creative solutions to pressing issues we are facing as we continue to navigate this pandemic. The most important resource we have is each other.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. In-person programs are allowed with an approved exemption. A committee reviews in-person program exemption requests for ALL programs that require in-person attendance, are mandated to be in-person, or aren't viable virtually due to internet access.

College Connections

  1. The 2021 CFAES Alumni Awards Ceremony will be held virtually on March 4 at 7pm. The 2021 honorees include Bobby Moser, faculty emeritus and former dean of CFAES; Susan Crowell, former editor of Farm and Dairy; and Senator Bob Peterson – all who have been significantly involved with OSU Extension

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. The Sustainability Institute invites you to its inaugural energy symposium, Energy Transition and Decarbonization.

  2. President Kristina M. Johnson cordially invites you to the 2021 State of the University address to be delivered virtually in conjunction with the University Senate meeting on February 18 at 4 p.m. Please RSVP for viewing instructions.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Extension Publishing pivoted this year from a distribution model that relied mainly on county offices to one that reached more customers directly. New products were launched on the store, we offered widespread home delivery options (with coupons), and experts submitted 32 fact sheets to Ohioline

  2. Effective February 1, the Extension Sustainability team will release a series of 2- to 3-minute videos focusing on helping people live more sustainably within their homes and communities.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. Nominations are open for the 2021 CFAES Spirit of the Land-Grant Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who supports, exemplifies, or creates opportunities that embody the land-grant mission.

Tech Updates

  1. We have developed a variety of branded, Extension-focused infographic templates for your use as you prepare to report local impacts to county commissioners, other stakeholders, clientele, and the general public. The files are posted

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Join the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership for the next topic in its series “ACEL to Extension” – offered directly for Extension personnel by ACEL faculty. Visit go.osu.

  2. Want some help staying on top of your writing projects this spring? Consider joining a Writing Accountability Group (WAG). These groups can help you improve time management skills, practice goal setting, and get into a regular writing routine.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. Also known as Black History Month, this year’s theme is Black Lives: Narratives of Activism Around the World.

  2. BPFA has launched a new website ( in time to celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth, BPFA is also now on Instagram, @BPFADC, and Twitter, @BPFADC.

  3. Ohio State has established the Seed Fund for Racial Justice to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism and racial disparities found in all aspects of American society.