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News and Notes: March 11, 2022

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.

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Leadership Notes

  1. I hope each one of you is taking time to enjoy the moments of sunshine and promises of warmth inserting themselves between the cold and wet, as winter exits and spring begins. This weekend we spring forward, so don’t forget to adjust your clocks.

  2. The next Director’s Video Update will be a State of Extension address held on Tuesday, March 15 from 9-10:30 a.m. Registration is required.

  3. We are pleased to announce LaVerne Castle as our new administrative associate for the director’s office.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. Starting at 6pm on March 11, masks will be optional in most indoor spaces on The Ohio State University campuses, including residence halls, dining facilities, classrooms, offices, and the Ohio Union.

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. The Student Life Multicultural Center, along with offices, centers, and student organizations across campus, is proud to support the annual university-wide celebration of Women’s History Month.

  2. Join the Office of Outreach and Engagement for the Engaged Scholarship Symposium on April 12 from 2-4 p.m. at the Ohio Union.

Programming Perspectives

  1. The Ohio Association of Family and Consumer Sciences will hold a conference on Aug. 1-2, with the Ohio Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. NACAA Search for Excellence Awards are due by March 15. The application is completed online.

  2. The deadline for the NACAA Agricultural Awareness and Appreciation Award is March 15, to illustrate any outstanding uses of Public Relations in Daily Efforts.

  3. Faculty (all ranks and titles) and/or faculty-led teams are eligible to apply. Grants will be awarded at the maximum amount of $20,000.

  4. The Office of Outreach and Engagement is offering two grant opportunities for university staff. Both grants are for a maximum of $500, and applications are due on April 22.

  5. Consider recognizing faculty and staff with several regional and national Excellence in Extension awards.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. As announced via an all-Extension message on March 10: as part of our ongoing brand update to incorporate the new Extension mark, we have updated the Extension office exterior sign design.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Join LOD on Wednesday, March 23 for a conversation on Engaging Diverse Communities with Nicole Nieto.

  2. Throughout March, talented guest speakers will join us each Wednesday to discuss women’s wellness and empower those in attendance to take the next step in bettering themselves and their futures.

  3. The Trusted Leader Summit gives you the tools to equip yourself and your team and the common language you need for communicating a clear path to success, remote or in person.

  4. Lean Sigma Greenbelt hands-on, interactive training program is designed for individuals looking to enhance their problem-solving skills and develop a deeper understanding of continuous improvement strategies.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. Applications are still being accepted for the 2022 4-H Cultural Immersion Project – Puerto Rico for Ohio 4-H professionals.

Health and Wellness

  1. Don’t forget about all the upcoming free Mental Health First Aid trainings offered twice a month through August.

  2. Join the Live Healthy Live Well six-week “Spring Into Wellness” email challenge to learn more about all of the dimensions of health.

  3. The Office of the Chief Wellness Officer and the College of Nursing are proud to partner with Healthy LifeStars® to host this year’s StepAThon™ the week of April 4-8.