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News and Notes: January 31, 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. The beginning of this year has brought with it so many incredible gifts and I can’t believe how quickly January has flown by.

  2. The link for the most recent Director’s Video Update is now available online.

College Connections

  1. If you have not yet had an opportunity to pick up your holiday appreciation gift, there are some options on Feb. 1 or Feb. 8

  2. This is a new year for manufacturers and small businesses. Join us on Feb. 28 to learn about planning your vision, marketing your presence, and planning your work goals.

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. The CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) has partnered with the College of Nursing to offer a continuing education course focused on the Amish.

Community Connections

  1. Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague is reminding Ohio farmers, agribusinesses, and agricultural cooperatives that the Ag-LINK program is available year-round as they plan for the 2023 growing season.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Learn about the distribution, management, and ecological impacts of EAB, with a focus on forests that have experience the longest duration of EAB invasion.

  2. Join the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) on Feb. 14 for a discussion with environmental and health scientists about vector-borne diseases spreading through ticks and mosquitos in Ohio.

  3. This is a conference for natural resources professionals and land managers.

  4. Farm Office Live is a monthly webinar of updates and outlooks on legal, economic, and farm management issues that affect Ohio agriculture.

  5. Ohio SARE funds will provide complimentary registration for the 2023 Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Conference for OSU Extension ANR faculty and staff.

  6. Registration is now open for the 2023 small farm conference being held at Ohio State Mansfield on March 11.

  7. The AgMission initiative (in partnership with Pepsi Co.) is launching a funding opportunity for action research to accelerate the adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA).

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. Ohio State is seeking nominations of programs, scholars and practitioners for the 2023 University Outreach and Engagement Awards.

  2. 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.

  3. There are 13 categories in which to submit your creative works for the 2023 NACAA communication award contest.

Tech Updates

  1. Adobe Creative Cloud access is available for free to all Ohio State staff, faculty, and students.

  2. If you have questions, requests, or need to report an issue with your Skype for Business or other university-provided phone service, or to report issues with Teams, here are some helpful tips.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. Volunteer training courses are now available online. This includes the New Volunteer Orientation and Youth Activities and Programs Policy (aka policy 1.50).

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Congratulations to all the winners of the FCS Healthy Professional Development award winners this year.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Professional development scholarships are available to any current Ohio JCEP member and are awarded three times annually.

  2. Join this virtual discussion about current trends in food consumption and how to find credible food information on the web.

  3. Proposals for the 2023 Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) national conference are due by Feb. 15. ​​​​​​​

  4. The Learning and Organizational Development unit is bringing back the Wiser on Wednesday series starting Feb. 22.

  5. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning group program that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels.

  6. Learn what it takes to turn a woods into a functioning maple syrup operation.

  7. Join the Wooster Campus Research Library for the following programs, workshops, and services created to support your research and writing goals.

  8. Check out the ongoing list of workshops hosted by the Leadership Center. Learn more and register at

  9. First-timer fellowships are to support Extension professionals who are attending a national Extension conference for the first time.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. The Ohio State Student Life Center for Belonging and Social Change (formerly the Multicultural Center) annually commemorates Black History Month, known to the Ohio State community as United Black World Month.

  2. The mission of Project DREAMS is to create equitable schools through positive youth and community development.

  3. The Ohio State University is committed to promoting a safe and healthy environment where students have the right to be free from hazing.

  4. If you need Extension materials translated, ASIST Translation Services, Inc. is one approved option via Ohio State.

Extension Annual Conference

  1. Thank you again to all of our OSU Extension colleagues who attended the annual conference in early December.

Health and Wellness

  1. don’t forget to use the Your Plan for Health website or the Virgin Pulse – YP4H app on your phone to track your points every day (or as often as you can).

  2. The new Lifestyle Spending Account benefit that is available in 2023 allows you to personalize your benefits and be reimbursed for eligible expenses that support overall health and well-being.