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News and Notes: July 16, 2021

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. July is bringing with it a variety of good news for OSU Extension. Among other things, we have received positive news related to funding support from our state legislature.

  2. Thank you to the approximately 600 participants in the keys workshops.

  3. The next Director’s Video Update will be held on Aug. 25 (a change from the previously announced Aug. 18). The remaining 2021 videos are set for Oct. 6, Nov. 17, and Dec. 15.

  4. We are continuing to make progress on our strategic alignment efforts, and we have contracted with a third-party consultant to engage with us for active listening sessions. These sessions will occur in August and September.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. Ohio State continues to update COVID-19 safety practices in response to changes in public health guidance.

  2. The Return-to-Office survey was launched on May 14 to 707 recipients, and we received more than 648 responses (a nearly 92% response rate).

  3. We need your help in planning public health measures for the fall.

College Connections

  1. The CFAES Knowledge Exchange has developed a limited series of virtual research experience tours for Extension professionals starting in late July.

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. The Office of Outreach and Engagement has awarded more than $215,000 to 23 recipients of 2021 Outreach and Engagement grants.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Join your colleagues in the North Central region for a live, interactive experience on August 2-3 that will focus on the land-grant university of the future.

  2. Each quarter throughout the past two years, OSU Extension Director Jackie Kirby Wilkins has connected with Tom Worley, director at OSU South Centers in Piketon, to discuss current Extension activities and provide program updates in a recorded video conversation.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. Staff career development grants are awarded for professional development costs related to the applicant’s job and/or career goals.

  2. The Scholarships, Grants, and Recognition Committee for the Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals recognizes the uncertainty of 2021.

  3. Reminder that the next round of Ohio JCEP professional development awards are due Sept. 1.

Budget Updates

  1. Information regarding the OSU Extension and CFAES state budget from Adam Ward, director, CFAES Government Affairs.

  2. For calendar year 2022, the county cost share for the first educator in a county will now be $31,750 per FTE.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. Effective July 1, 2021, the university will allow business-related travel in line with updated health and safety requirements and our continued focus on fiscal responsibility.

  2. A job aid to assist with processing overnight travel requests is now available online, as well as multiple other job aids, via the Extension Operations team. 

  3. Please note that rental cars should be considered for out-of-state travel.

  4. The new OSU Extension Choose And RequesT (CART) electronic system is now officially open and available for you to use.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. (as announced by Steve Brady, president of Ohio’s Epsilon Sigma Phi chapter)

  2. For the past year+, more 19 OSU Extension educators in (FCS and CD, along with Caezilia Loibl, state specialist on housing and consumer finance, have been studying and preparing to sit for the HUD housing exam to become HUD-certified housing specialists.

  3. Nearly 15% of the 142 presentations at NACAA AM/PIC this month featured the work of our OSU Extension educators.

  4. Several OSU Extension educators were recognized nationally for their service and achievements during the recent NACAA conference.

  5. Ohio had submissions in 11 of the 13 NACAA communication award categories, and 54 entries in the contest.

  6. Congratulations to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences faculty who were granted promotion and/or tenure.

  7. The Women’s Place celebrated Black women faculty and professional staff in its member spotlight in June.

Health and Wellness

  1. Physical activity has been proven to help you fall asleep more quickly and spend less time lying in bed awake, thus improving the quality of your sleep.

  2. OSU Extension has its own related challenge.