News and Notes: June 12, 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. This last week has brought forward many additional opportunities for us to think about who we want to be as professionals, colleagues, and community members.

  2. I have received interest from the following individuals for participating in the Extension Life/Works Task Force. If I have missed your name or you would still like to be added to the roster, please send me a note within the next few days.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. Thank you for your rapid and comprehensive responses to completing and submitting your return-to-office plans.

  2. Ohio’s 95 fairs are an annual highlight for hundreds of thousands of Ohio 4-H and FFA youth, families, and community partners.

  3. We have approached our university leadership for an exemption for club meetings for clubs participating in various in-person junior fair activities.

  4. We already have a 93% return rate and are hearing lots of good feedback and input from all of you about your level of readiness to return to work.

  5. Here are some freqently asked questions about COVID-19 and OSU Extension.

College Connections

  1. As Extension educators, you have unique insights into the ways COVID-19 is affecting individuals, families and communities across Ohio.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Today’s Teen Tip video is called “Basic Banking.”

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. Thank you for your patience as Extension Operations has been working with CFAES Finance to finalize the IT Billing for university FY20 to our county offices. 

  2. Here is our Operations page with the current and historical cost share information.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Our OSU Extension colleagues have represented us well at the national level!

  2. Ten seniors and one graduate student were selected by the faculty and staff of the department for their excellence both in and out of the classroom. A few of our own 2020 ACEL Distinguished Seniors are highlighted.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. As a reminder, if you have not yet completed your online learning, "Report = Support! Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct [FY20]," please complete this training by visiting your BuckeyeLearn transcript.

  2. On June 9, 2020, the first ever President’s Club Virtual Speaker Series, held a discussion led by Dr. Stephen Gavazzi, who discussed several topics, including the significant responsibilities that accompany Ohio State’s prominent status as a land-grant university.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. OSU Extension is committed to confronting racial injustice and ongoing systemic disparities around health, income, and opportunity. 

  2. Many across our college are hurting, especially our students, staff, and faculty of color. The killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Tony McDade bring to the forefront issues that have divided Americans for a long time.