News and Notes: March 6, 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. CARET delegates for Ohio

    I just came back from visiting Capitol Hill with our Council of Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET) delegates for Ohio (Melanie Wilt, Nate Andre, and Bart Johnson) and our college team (Dean Kress, Gary Pierzynski, Adam Ward).

College Connections

  1. Consider attending this summit on March 20, as “university leaders, elected officials and strategic nonprofit and business leaders examine the dynamic tensions, challenges and opportunities that exist for Ohio State as a land-grant university in the 21st century.”

  2. Consider attending the CFAES Sesquicentennial Open House on March 21 from 1-4pm.

Community Connections

  1. The 2020 Census data collection will begin in mid-March.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Hustead have proclaimed March 8-14 as Ohio 4-H Week.

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  3. Access to healthy food, particularly fruits and vegetables, is a challenge for many Americans; less than 30 percent report consuming the volume per day recommended by the dietary guidelines for Americans.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) is accepting nominations for its 2020 Excellence Awards Program, which recognizes exemplary engagement scholarship by faculty, students and community partners.

  2. Please consider nominating faculty and staff for the National Excellence in Extension Award: Preliminary nominations are due by Friday, March 20 (close of business).

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Amanda Woods, FCS Healthy Finances program specialist and coordinator of the Ohio Saves program, received a Compass Award and proclamation from the office of Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague in February for her work related to youth financial literacy.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. If you are attending the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD) on April 5-8, email Cheryl Buck.

  2. The long-anticipated OSU Extension onboarding program has launched this week.

  3. The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) seeks proposals for its 2020 conference, “Envisioning Engaged Scholarship.”

  4. Ohio AgrAbility and the Caregiver Support Network (CSN) are planning a workshop for caregivers, service providers, and advocates on Saturday, April 25 from 12:30-4pm.