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News and Notes: January 8, 2021

Greetings and welcome to News and Notes. This newsletter is a summary of leadership insights; key updates for the organization; notices about opportunities within the college, university and larger community; and recognition of your colleagues and others who are contributing to the outreach and engagement mission of OSU Extension. News and Notes will be posted every two to three weeks throughout the year, interspersed with Director's Video Updates (dates to be confirmed soon).  As we switch to an online format in 2021, please note that some sections may adjust as News and Notes takes shape in the coming issues. We also plan to post the 2020 past issues as archive files by mid-year. We appreciate your patience as we transition the newsletter to this format.

Leadership Notes

  1. As we watch 2020 drift into the past and we embrace the new year, 2021, I want to take a moment to reflect on the many successes that came during 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic.

  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.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. THE FOLLOWING GUIDANCE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 16, 2021: Per my Dec 30 email, full telework requirements will extend through close of business, Jan 15. At this time, in-person programming can resume after Jan 15, but it must still be conducted in accordance with existing approved

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. More information on the Workday transition, job aids, training, and links to services can be found in the Administrative Resource Center (ARC). 

  2. As we transition to WorkDay, hiring managers are now able to directly create hiring requisitions. However, an approved exception is still required and should be obtained prior to creating a requisition.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. The Learning and Organizational Development team training sessions are returning in 2021 with a slight twist. LOD will provide a 90-minute training on the fourth Wednesday of each month that will cover a specific professional development topic.

  2. Ask an Expert will be changing over to a new platform, Ask Extension, on February 1. All OSU Extension employees with any percentage of an Extension appointment (except those on grants/special circumstances) are expected to be signed in and answer questions in the system.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. You are invited to join OSU Extension Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) task force members and more than 100 of your peers this year to read and discuss the book Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum.

  2. The Ohio State ADA Coordinator’s Office is announcing the call for proposals for the 2021 Multiple Perspectives Conference to be held on April 19-20.

Health and Wellness

  1. Our goal is to gain a simple pulse of how people in OSU Extension are doing during these times. We will use this one-question survey over the next six to eight months to see how we all are doing over time.