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News and Notes: January 31, 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. Save the date for video updates on March 19 at 9am and May 5 at 9am; and look for the next “print” News and Notes in mid-February. 

  2. Pat Holmes is serving as an interim area leader for area 21 (Hamilton and Butler counties), following Deb Carney’s retirement.

College Connections

  1. During her State of the College address earlier this month, Dean Kress addressed opportunities and challenges facing the college.

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. The Ohio State Presidential Search Committee wants to hear from you. To offer input and comments, and submit candidate nominations, visit the Ohio State Presidential Search website.

  2. University Senate is accepting nominations for secretary of the Senate by Feb. 7; nominations should be submitted to Hannah Torma (

Programming Perspectives

  1. More than 40 participants, representing OSU Extension county and state offices as well as campus and community partners, participated in the Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities on Jan. 29.

  2. County interviews are taking place this week for six Extension associate positions in northwestern Ohio.

  3. At the annual Ohio Fair Managers Association Junior Fair Conference in early January, 35 educational sessions were offered by many of our 4-H professionals from around the state, reaching thousands of Ohio junior and senior fair board members.

  4. Congrats to Dave Apsley, Extension natural resources specialist, for his induction last fall into the 2019 Forest of Honor.

  5. Madelyn Smith, 4-H member from Franklin County, was recognized with an “honorable mention” in the healthy living category of the National 4-H Council’s Youth in Action awards.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. Nominations for the university Outreach and Engagement awards are still open – the deadline to apply is today, Jan. 31.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Brooke Fleshman, 4-H member in Franklin County, was selected to be a member of the 2020 National 4-H Congress Design Team (which will plan the 100th National 4-H Congress).

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. There is still time to register for the Extension Leadership Conference hosted by the Joint Council of Extension Professionals in San Antonio, Texas.

  2. Ohio JCEP awards $3,000 in scholarships three times per year for a total of $9,000 per year; with a maximum of $750 per person.

  3. Consider attending the PILD conference this year in Arlington, Virginia. Registration opened earlier this month, and you can visit for more information.