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News and Notes: March 21, 2023

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. March has already been full of many excellent opportunities to build and nurture our relationships in Extension, and more are forthcoming in the next few weeks.

  2. Join Jackie Kirby Wilkins and a few of our Buckeye Wellness ambassadors for a townhall discussion on LifeWork balance in Extension on March 28.

College Connections

  1. Each spring, research conducted by our students and research scientists is put on display at the CFAES Annual Research Forum Poster Competition.

  2. The Knowledge Exchange now offers a searchable database of the 2022 eBarns Reports.

  3. Members of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering recently shared information about their Extension activities.

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. Register now and plan to join Chancellor Robert J. Jones as he delivers the 2023 James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture on April 6.

  2. Ohio State's Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention is hosting a three-day event in collaboration with Food Safety Tech.

  3. Join the Office of Outreach and Engagement for the 2023 Engaged Scholarship Symposium.

Programming Perspectives

  1. In 2023, a new virtual webinar series will be held the second Wednesday of each month, designed for women in agriculture.

  2. The Ohio Agritourism Conferenced will visit two locations in Loveland, Ohio on April 1.

  3. Proposals are due by March 31 for the joint, collaborative 2023 Community Food Systems and Farm to School and Early Care Conference.

  4. Identifying trees in winter can be a real challenge. This is an advanced class, to be held at the Fairfield County Ag Center.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. Several great opportunities are being offered by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), of which Ohio State is a member institution.

Budget Updates

  1. The Ohio 4-H Foundation has voted to continue its match for the 2023 Ohio 4-H calendar year. This opportunity is open to all 88 counties even if you do not have an endowment but have an Ohio State gift fund.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Congratulations to two CFAES and Department of Extension faculty members for their recent recognition by the Office of Outreach and Engagement –​​​​​​​ Tim McDermott and Mark Light.

  2. Several of the Extension Farm Stress team members will present at the Mental Health First Aid national summit in late April.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. The Food Preservation Team is offering two hands-on training opportunities for FCS staff who need to improve their home canning (and maybe freezing and drying) skills.

  2. Join your ANR colleagues on this professional development and team-building experience to the Maryland and Washington D.C. area.

  3. The Office of Sponsored Programs and the CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education is offering scheduled office hours for Extension professionals.

  4. You can improve your skills in having crucial conversations by attending the official Crucial Conversations two-day workshops that are taught by the Learning and Organizational Development team.

  5. Any Ohio State employee must complete CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) training before they can help with any study that involves human and/or animal subjects. ​​​​​​​

  6. Check out the ongoing list of workshops hosted by the Leadership Center.

  7. This session on April 10 will review programs and funding available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS),

  8. Interested in becoming a certified Real Colors Facilitator? Registration is now open for this workshop to be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

  9. Applications are now being accepted for the SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) Fellows program.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. The Muslim holiday, Ramadan, will be observed March 22-April 20.

  2. During Ramadan, join this youth-led presentation about the Muslim American perspective.

  3. This conference will bring together attendees from a variety of backgrounds to discuss interdisciplinary approaches to tackling behavoral health disparities in the African American community.

Health and Wellness

  1. The Live Healthy Live Well team invites you to sign up for the Think Green email wellness challenge this spring to broaden your “green” thinking.

  2. Learn more about how our Extension professionals are helping to create resilient farms and families in Ohio.

  3. Join the College of Social Work as it celebrates the more than 120-year-old profession and the more than 700,000 licensed social workers in the United States.