News and Notes: June 17, 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. Thank you for working together as we return more fully to offices and to more frequent and often larger in-person programming. Camps and fairs are in motion, and there are a great many clientele reaching out with program requests (both virtual and face-to-face).

  2. The next Director’s Video Update will be held on Wednesday, June 30 at 9am. Registration is required. 

COVID-19 Updates

  1. We’ve had some questions about specific social distancing requirements (per Jackie’s June 14 all-Extension “guideline clarification” message).

  2. We are looking for about one dozen individuals who would like to help us make meaning from the open-ended comments that are contained in the recent Return-to-Office survey.

College Connections

  1. CFAES Pelotonia Arrow

    Pelotonia this year will be held August 6-8, with rides taking place on Saturday and Sunday. There are multiple ways you can get involved. Team Buckeye members receive free swag such as t-shirts, masks, magnets, or other memorabilia.

Community Connections

  1. Please continue to help promote the 4-H Camp Buckeye Funder campaign that runs through June 24. This is a fundraiser for all of our Ohio 4-H camp affiliates.

Budget Updates

  1. President Biden released the Administration’s budget (FY 2022 PBR) to Congress. Generally, there is some positive news for land-grant institutions.

Tech Updates

  1. The BuckeyeBox-to-OneDrive migration for CFAES faculty and staff will take place throughout July 2021. You will receive specific information about your migration date soon.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. A job aid to assist with processing overnight travel requests is now available online.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Congratulations to our Ohio ESP national winners for 2021! Ohio ESP represented almost half of all award winners in the North Central Region. 

  2. Congratulations to the individuals who were selected for an Ohio JCEP professional development award!

  3. Our very own Amanda Douridas and Elizabeth Hawkins’s Agronomy and Farm Management podcast has been ranked as a top podcast to follow, by Feedspot.com.

  4. Amanda Douridas, agriculture and natural resources educator, in the Champaign County office of OSU Extension, also has recently been selected to receive a $39,993 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE).

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. This past year has been very challenging. It has affected each of us differently; some days you may have felt like you were on top of the world, and other days not so much.

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

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. Join us for these complimentary sessions “discussing the path to equity, empowerment, and inclusion of women one cup at a time.”

  2. EQUITY DAY is a virtual event in which Marion Dreamkeepers will present their recommendations for eliminating inequity and racism to their local community and to a larger national audience.