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News and Notes: March 19, 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. This last weekend we were able to spring forward, and I hope you have been enjoying the less evasive sunshine and the warmer days that have come with the entry into the spring.

  2. The next JCEP meetings are this coming Monday, March 22. Most committees will meet at 10am, and you will receive notification directly from your committee chair with a link for the meeting.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. Thank you again for your adherence to the university, college, and CDC standards as we work in our offices in limited capacity, conduct some in-person programs (with approved exemptions), etc.

  2. In-person, Extension-hosted programs are allowed with an approved exemption. There are a number of existing program-specific blanket exemptions already in place. Everyone in OSU Extension now must take the in-person programming training course.

  3. We need your input, Extension colleagues. EXCITE stands for the Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement. This is a joint initiative between Cooperative Extension and the CDC.

College Connections

  1. The Knowledge Exchange (KX) is wrapping up initial work from its October 2020 launch and working on its next campaign.

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. Day of Giving photo shows girl with cow

    This year, CFAES is highlighting the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory Facilities Fund (#316494). You can also join us in supporting Ohio 4-H camps.

  2. You are welcome to join a dialogue with engaged scholars as we honor our 2021 University Outreach and Engagement award recipients via a virtual celebration on April 15 at 11am.

Community Connections

  1. Urban and rural spaces are incredibly interconnected in Ohio, but their differences and disconnections are more frequently highlighted. This webinar hopes to add perspective to a much needed, ongoing conversation.

Tech Updates

  1. In light of the recent Workday release, CFAES has updated the IT Purchasing Guidance.

  2. The next round of software updates are now available to install for OCIO-managed workstations via Software Center (for Windows PC) or Ohio State Application Self Service (for Mac).

  3. The Office of Distance Education and eLearning provides a set of recommended guidelines to protect your Zoom meetings and help you respond to disruptions that may occur.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. The state of Ohio laws and Ohio State Board of Trustees govern university procurement practices. Ohio State is a purchase order-driven organization; and we are encouraged to use POs whenever possible to allow the university to track spending by goods/services.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Brian Raison, field specialist focusing on organizational and community leadership development, has recently engaged with professionals at The American University in Cairo (Egypt).

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. We are excited to have Nicole Nieto, assistant vice provost for Outreach and Engagement in the Office of Academic Affairs, present about engaging diverse communities.

  2. The Office of Research invites self-nominations from all colleges to a new leadership development program: the Growing Research Opportunities (GRO) Academy.

  3. The World Food Prize Foundation’s digital dialogue Building Forward Better: WFP Laureates Mobilizing for Food Systems Action will take place on March 25.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. This is one of the university's most comprehensive conferences that focuses on issues of diversity, cultural inclusion, and acceptance.

Health and Wellness

  1. Are you interested in becoming a role model for self-care and being able to better support your staff?

  2. You are encouraged to be aware of the threat of fraudulent unemployment claims and know how to access the resources available.