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News and Notes: July 13, 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. I was reading a special edition message from Korn Ferry that really struck a chord with me this week.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. The Public Health Advisory Alert System is a color-coded system designed to supplement existing statewide orders.

  2. As we gradually return to our campuses, everyone plays an important part in taking care of each other. Because when we are safe and healthy, we can stay focused on our endeavors — and on improving lives.

  3. On May 22, 2020, OSU Extension Administration sent a “Return-to-Office Readiness Survey” to 743 employees to access our personnel viewpoint in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  4. We are in the process of planning our return-to-office approach for non-county offices. We will be in touch soon with more details early next week as the process is solidified and timing is determined.

Programming Perspectives

  1. More than 65 Ohio teenagers from more than 55 counties recently participated in Ohio 4-H’s Your Thoughts Matter Virtual SPecial INterest (SPIN) Club.

Tech Updates

  1. In an effort to increase security and privacy for the Ohio State community, all CarmenZoom meetings will require a passcode beginning July 30.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Recently, NACDEP held its conference virtually and announced its national award winners.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. The North Central Region State 4-H leaders held their virtual retreat this week. Diversity, equity, and inclusion was one of their six topic areas.

  2. A resource has been developed to help guide conversations with youth, ages 12-18, to support meaningful and direct conversations.

Health and Wellness

  1. Join Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences educators this summer for a fun, educational, and free new learning series!

  2. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff can explore programs offered by the OSU Health Plan as a service of Your Plan for Health.