News and Notes: May 19, 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. I appreciate your patience as I worked this last week to gather information, seek clarity, and develop some strategies in cooperation with our area leaders, administrative cabinet, and college partners around various aspects related to the budget and our eventual transitioning back to offices.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic created significant workplace changes throughout OSU Extension.

  2. Later this week, I will be sending out, by way of your area leaders, materials for planning the initial expansion of essential research and Extension activities.

  3. Limited Exemption has been provided to 4-H educators to participate in Senior/Junior Fair Board PLANNING meetings when virtual access to these meetings is NOT available. 

  4. Direction on purchasing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitary/cleaning products continues to evolve week by week.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. Here is what we do know regarding federal, state, and county funding.

  2. Here are what the budget impacts mean for OSU Extension in the short and long term, as well as planning and decision making.

  3. A training session for FY21 budget proposal development for C1 stewards will be held June 8 from 10-11:30am.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. You’ve seen this earlier perhaps, but some exciting Outreach and Engagement news was released just as COVID-19 sent us all to a virtual work environment, so we wanted to make sure we call them out again for a little more recognition.

Extension Annual Conference

  1. After soliciting feedback and discussing the conference options with our Extension Leadership Team and the Annual Conference Committee, we have decided to hold a virtual conference this year with the exact dates TBD (early December).