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News and Notes: May 23, 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. It is my greatest hope that in OSU Extension, we will be leaders in embracing differences, serving all, and ensuring that everyone knows they have a home in Extension as employees, participants, and partners in making our world a place where all Ohioans can thrive.

  2. The next Director’s Video Update will be held on Tuesday, June 14 at 9am. Registration is required. This is a change from the previously announced June 7 date.

Community Connections

  1. A new Caldwell industrial park will soon be developed just east of I-77, thanks to extensive work by Gwynn Stewart, educator, community development, in Noble County and numerous local stakeholders and other partners.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Agricultural Crossroads: Social and Ecological Convergence in the Heartland is a conference planned collaboratively by the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association, Ohio State, and Central State University.

  2. The 2022 Ohio Rural Health Conference will be held at the Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. Visit the NACAA website to learn more about the scholarship application criteria. If you have never applied for a scholarship, you may be eligible for a scholarship award of up to $1,500 this year.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Effective May 1, Jane Wright has been appointed as assistant director of OSU Extension Publishing. Jane has been serving as both 4-H curriculum manager and interim director of the Publishing team since January 2020.

  2. The Ohio State University South Centers, the college, and Ohio State lost a beloved friend and colleague recently with the passing of Duane Rigsby, one of the first staff members hired at CFAES South Centers when it opened in 1991.

  3. An Ohio, Maryland, Delaware collaborative team has won the national Priester Award for Community Programming this year.

  4. Laura Lindsey, CFAES associate professor and Extension specialist focusing on soybeans and small grains, recently received a grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. The Wiser on Wednesday professional development series is back. In 2022, the workshops align with our OSU Extension Keys – trust, inclusion, care, adaptability, and efficiency.

  2. The next meeting of the Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals will be held June 6 on main campus. Committee chairs and associations will keep you posted about their specific meetings and briefings.

  3. Learning and Organizational Development has been working to continue support for our new hires through the ONE (Onboard. Network. Excel.) program.

  4. If you are interested in the MINE program (Mentor. Impact. Network. Excel.), mentor training now includes a one-hour information session, followed by an asynchronous course.

  5. Check out the latest workshops offered by the OSU Leadership Center in June.

  6. Ohio is scaling up positive parent education for Ohio parents, caregivers, early childhood educators, and care providers with free online Triple P Positive Parenting Program classes.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) has hired two new staff training and development coordinators who will collaborate with others to provide several new opportunities for additional training.

  2. Learn more about a new training series on From Debate to Dialogue: Conversation strategies to build connection across difference.

Health and Wellness

  1. The purpose of Mental Health Awareness Month is to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses, the realities of living with these conditions, and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness.