News and Notes: May 23, 2022

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  1. Thoughts from Jackie


    These last few weeks have been especially difficult as we continue to experience the loss of Americans as a result of hate crimes. No lives should ever be lost because of racial hatred. Our thoughts are with these families, communities, and all Americans who continue to experience discrimination and violence due to prejudice and intolerance. OSU Extension is committed to inclusion and caring; and it is my greatest hope that 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. Please consider how we can continue to amplify and live our Extension Keys at and personify our CFAES Principles of Community at

    The "Lean in" Tour had a wonderful launch last Friday in Logan County, where I was able to meet our new 4-H educator (Sarah Dailey), spend time with one of our county commissioners (Mark Robinson), participate in camp counselor training at Camp Clifton (surprised Fayette County there), and visit local landmarks (Campbell Hill-- highest point in Ohio, first concrete road in America, Clifton Mill, Piatt Castle, and Indian Lake). Thank you to Stephanie Knight and Kathy Tutt for kicking the tour off with such a great itinerary. I am looking forward to making my way across all 88 counties this year. We currently have 43 visits scheduled between now and February (see attached list) and expect to make additional 2023 dates available next week.

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    We remain committed to the growth, development, and recognition of all of employees. As such, we have much to celebrate as many of our Extension faculty and our A&P staff have received notification of their promotion or promotion and tenure. Commitment to engaging in Extension scholarship, including excellence in teaching, creative and scholarly works, and service is required for success in promotion (differing by educator and faculty levels); and we want to applaud their hard work and dedication to our land-grant mission. Congratulations to all of our successful candidates; a complete list will be shared in the near future.

    Safe travels to our contingency attending the National Urban Extension Conference this week in Camden, New Jersey. We will be celebrating Nicole Debose's selection as the NEUL National Leadership Award winner for NUEC 22. She is being recognized as an “Extension leader who made exceptional contributions to urban programming.”

    American flag from (bencwright photo)Please enjoy your extended Memorial Day holiday weekend, and I hope you find ways in which you can honor the military personnel who died while serving in the United States armed forces and showing gratitude to those currently serving our country. We especially thank our Extension professionals who serve in the military and the National Guard. We owe you all so much! As we see what is happening in Ukraine and across the world, we know how very important this service is to us all and to our continued freedom and safety. Photo courtesy of (photo by bencwright)

    If you haven’t reviewed the story about President Johnson’s participation in the AAU (Association of American Universities) Zoom meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, check it out at

    I hope you enjoy your well-deserved long weekend. Shut off those phones, stay away from work (it will be there when you get back on Tuesday), and truly get off the grid and refuel. There is much to be grateful for and I am so very grateful for each of you.

    Best regards, Jackie

  2. Next Director’s Video Update Will be Held on June 14

    The next Director’s Video Update will be held on Tuesday, June 14 at 9am. Registration is required. You can register online. Please note – this is a change from the previously announced June 7 date.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with log-in information about joining the webinar on June 14. You may need to log into Zoom first, then click on the individualized link in your registration confirmation to access the webinar. The update will be recorded for those who cannot join us for the live presentation.

    This event will be presented with automated closed captions. If you wish to request traditional CART services or other accommodations, please contact Cheryl Buck at or 614-292-4880. Requests made by 10 business days before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date. Note: This webinar will be presented via CarmenZoom, which is supported by the new Office of Technology and Digital Innovation (which includes the former Office of Distance Education and eLearning) being implemented this spring.

  3. Noble County Will be the Site of a New JobsOhio Project

    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.

    The nearly $5 million investment was announced in late April by county leaders and Crock Construction, in partnership with JobsOhio and Ohio Southeast Economic Development. Gwynn’s work with this initiative has been praised by the mayor of Caldwell, the county commissioners, state legislators, and others in the area. Read Gwynn’s full article at for more information and links to several news clips about the announcement event.

  4. Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference to be Held July 21-24

    Agricultural Crossroads: Social and Ecological Convergence in the Heartland is a conference planned collaboratively by the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association, The Ohio State University, and Central State University. A preliminary schedule is available for viewing at the SAEA website. Scholarships will be available for reduced registration. There will be a virtual broadcast of the third day of the conference at Central State University for a reduced registration fee.

  5. Ohio Rural Health Conference to be Held on Aug. 1-2

    The 2022 Ohio Rural Health Conference will be held at the Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center. The conference is sponsored by the State Office of Rural Health and the Ohio Rural Health Association (ORHA). Proposals were due in mid-May, so specific program information will be forthcoming. Laura Akgerman, disability services coordinator, with Ohio AgrAbility and OSU Extension, is currently a member of the ORHA board of directors. More information about the conference is available at

  6. NACAA Scholarship Deadline is June 1

    Visit the NACAA website at to learn more about the scholarship application criteria. Start the process of submitting a scholarship application at To learn more about the NACAA Scholarship Program, check out this YouTube video at; the video was put together by the Scholarship Committee in April.

    Quick details: The deadline for application is June 1. To enhance your chance of receiving a scholarship, justification is critical. Be sure to tell how the program will benefit you and the clientele you serve. How do you plan to use the knowledge in your Extension career? 2022 prerequisites: must be in good standing with your state association for two years; and must already be ‘vested’ at the $40 or $100 contribution level in the NACAA Scholarship Program. You can view your contributions on the NACAA website by logging in and clicking the “view my contributions” button on your dashboard. Note that contribution amounts will be changing for scholarship applications in 2023.

  7. Extension Publishing Assistant Director Announced – Jane Wright

    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. Jane’s team has weathered many challenges during the pandemic; and the team has adeptly handling many book shipping challenges, the development and growth of several “at-home” no-cost options for youth and their families, and navigating supply chain issues that continue to affect the printing process.

    Jane started her work with OSU Extension 15 years ago as curriculum manager for Ohio 4-H Youth Development. Having been a classroom teacher and editor for various educational nonprofits, she felt Ohio 4-H and Extension were a perfect match for her interests, skills, and experience. Jane earned a master’s degree in business administration from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business; and it has proven to be valuable in building and maintaining the cost-recovery model that allows Extension Publishing to flourish. As assistant director, Jane plans to continue to support Extension’s content creators by refining processes for print and digital publishing while maintaining strong curriculum and instructional design standards, as well as expanding services, particularly in marketing and measuring impact.

  8. Honoring the late Duane Rigsby

    -reprinted from a previous message with our respects to the South Centers staffDuane Rigsby and daughter

    The Ohio State University South Centers, the college, and Ohio State lost a beloved friend and colleague recently with the passing of Duane Rigsby. Duane was one of the first staff members hired at CFAES South Centers when it first opened in 1991. His importance to South Centers cannot be overstated. It seemed he was ever-present and always the first person anyone thought to call whenever there was a problem. Duane kept all the computer and phone systems working, took lots of pictures and recorded videos, kept the water flowing, and made sure everyone felt safe and comfortable with his knowledge of security and HVAC systems.

    Duane was an historian  with a deep knowledge and appreciation of the history of South Centers, especially keeping up with former staff members. He had collected a treasure trove of photos and memories over his 30-plus years in Piketon and loved to impart his knowledge and experiences to newer generations of employees.

    He was always there to help anyone, no matter what the need.  Perhaps Duane’s co-workers will most remember him for his willingness to help anyone with anything, and always with a smile and patience.  He once jokingly said, “not many IT guys wear work boots,” which perfectly encapsulated his “not afraid to get his hands dirty” attitude. He would happily plow snow, unclog a toilet, or dig a ditch, just the same as if he were fixing a printer. If it needed doing, he was always there to get it done.

    Duane was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and son. You can read his full obituary online. And if you wish to make a gift to the university in Duane’s honor, two funds are especially related to Duane’s legacy.

  9. OSU Extension and CFAES Research Collaborators Receive National Priester Award

    An Ohio, Maryland, Delaware collaborative team has won the national Priester Award for Community Programming this year. The purpose of the award is to recognize Extension programs that positively influence the health of people across the United States by providing leadership to expand Extension's capacity to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The Priester Award recognizes sound and innovative health and wellness programs at the county, state and national level.

    The award was presented in early May at the National Health Outreach Conference. The title of the team’s project is "Building Community Capital to Support the Health and Vitality of our Farming Communities." The team submitted a farmer and health insurance forum model it developed into an Extension workbook as a guide for forum facilitation on a variety of topics. The publication, "Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums: A How-To Guide for Onsite and Online Community Engagement,” was published recently by the Extension Foundation. Visit for more information.

    The Ohio team included Shoshanah Inwood, associate professor of Community, Food and Economic Development in the School of Environment and Natural Resources; and Nicole Wright, Extension educator, aquaculture, in the Center for Lake Erie Area Research. This collective work is a great example of the power when research and Extension intersect.

  10. Lindsey Receives Sustainable Agriculture Grant

    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 (NCR-SARE) for the project: "Use of a Cover Crop to Reduce Soil Crusting and Improve Soybean Emergence." Lindsey is also a co-leader of the Extension Ag Crops Team. Learn more about her work at

    The grant program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture. The focus for each NCR-SARE grant program is on research and education. NCR-SARE's Administrative Council members decide which projects will receive funds. A collection of farm and non-farm citizens, the council includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in the region. Learn more at

  11. Wiser on Wednesdays 2022 Series – Next Session is May 25

    The Wiser on Wednesday professional development series is back, courtesy of the Learning and Organizational Development unit. In 2022, the workshops align with our OSU Extension Keys – trust, inclusion, care, adaptability, and efficiency. For more information about the series, visit

    The May 25 topic is What to Eat and Why: The Value of Minerals in Our Body, which will focus on the Keys of care and efficiency. The speaker will be Pratibha Gupta, Ph.D. of Central State University.. Do you have a deficiency within your body, like low iron or calcium? Are you curious to know what kind of foods we need to improve those deficiencies? Dr. Gupta will discuss the importance of what we should be eating and define the minerals in food that we need to consume for better health and optimal output. The session will be held 1-2 p.m. Registration is required; visit

  12. JCEP Meeting Reminder for June 6 and Website Update

    -per Gigi Neal, JCEP president

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

    JCEP content on our Extension website has been moved from a “home” on the state website to the Operations website. All of the go links point to the new main page. Please use one of these links to reach the JCEP page:

    If you use specific links to any sub-pages within the JCEP content, please double check and update your link accordingly, because they likely direct to the old location; this includes various sub-committees and links to forms. If you find any errors or have information that needs to be updated on the Ohio JCEP pages, contact Cheryl Buck at

  13. ONE Extension Information for Fall 2022

    Learning and Organizational Development has been working to continue support for our new hires through the ONE (Onboard. Network. Excel.) program. To continue this effort, here is important information regarding the program coming up: ONE Extension has been transitioned into a six-week, hybrid program utilizing in-person, Zoom, and asynchronous sessions. This program is to be completed by all new hires (not community nutrition personnel) within their first year of employment. For more information, visit To register, visit

    • Fall 2022 (Sept. 6 – Oct. 11): Sept.6 (in-person); Sept 13 (Zoom); Sept. 20 (asynchronous); Sept. 27 (Zoom); Oct. 4 (asynchronous); Oct. 11 (in-person)
    • Spring 2023 (March 1 – April 5): March 7 (in-person); March 14 (Zoom); March 21 (asynchronous); March 28 (Zoom); April 4 (asynchronous); April 11 (in-person)
  14. MINE Program: Mentor Training Registration and Mentee New Hire Survey

    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. The course takes approximately 3.5-4.5 hours to complete, depending on how focused the participant is. These information sessions are for NEW MENTORS only. All Extension positions are welcome to attend:

    • Thursday, July 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – one-hour information session. Register online.
    • Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1-2 p.m. – one-hour information session. Register online.

    New hires who are not already matched in the MINE program should complete the New Hire Survey at to enroll. The MINE program is available for mentees in all Extension positions.

  15. OSU Leadership Center Offers June Workshops

    Check out this list of workshops hosted by the Leadership Center in June. Learn more at

    • Effective Meeting Facilitation: Getting the Most Out of Your Group – June 1
    • Communicating to be Understood (online) – June 2
    • Team Dynamics (online) – June 9
    • CliftonStrengths (online) – June 15
    • Flex Your Leadership Style (online) – June 16
    • Applying Your Strengths at Work (online) – June 23
    • Best Boss Ever – June 29
  16. Ohio is Launching Free, Online Triple P Positive Parent Education

    Through a partnership between the Governor’s Office of Children’s Initiatives, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund; Ohio is scaling up positive parent education for Ohio parents, caregivers, early childhood educators, and care providers. Free online Triple P Positive Parenting Program classes will soon be available to ALL Ohio parents.

    Learn more during a virtual webinar on June 2 (2:30-4:30 p.m.). Learn about the philosophy behind Triple P, an evidence-based parenting program with more than 35 years of ongoing research, and how Ohio is working to scale up a “layered” approach to Triple P services, equipping parents and caregivers with the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient and independently navigate parenting challenges. Register in advance for this webinar. Questions can be directed to

  17. Office of Institutional Equity Update

    The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) has hired two new staff training and development coordinators (Carver Ealy, Mary Kate Gallagher) who will collaborate with the director of Education and Engagement and the director of Affirmative Action, Equal Employment to provide several new opportunities for additional training. First, there will be a training on Ohio State’s policy prohibiting harassment and discrimination against all protected classes. Second, OIE has rolled out a new training for affirmative action and equal employment opportunity in recruitment. Finally, OIE will continue to provide training on developing inclusive job descriptions in line with our commitment to non-discrimination, affirmative action, and equal employment opportunity. for more information about the Office of Institutional Equity, visit

  18. From Debate to Dialogue – New Training Series to be Held on June 28-29

    The Ohio State Office of Diversity and Inclusion has partnered with the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning to launch a new training series on From Debate to Dialogue: Conversation strategies to build connection across difference. This series explores strategies to facilitate communication and understanding across differences in identity, perspective, and experience. This two-day, in-person training opportunity is open to faculty, staff and other university employees at Ohio State. The sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, and will include breakfast. Training participants will learn to apply essential skills necessary to building affirming dialogue in the workplace and/or classroom. Registration is capped at 75 participants, filled on a first come, first-served basis. Register online.

  19. May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    The purpose of Mental Health Awareness Month (recognized since 1949) 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. Mental health conditions affect one in five Americans. The Ohio State University takes mental health very seriously and provides many resources to help those afflicted with mental health issues, as well as those who work to assist others with mental health conditions. More information is available online.

    Kudos to the many of our OSU Extension professionals who work to address mental health issues with our peers, colleagues, and community partners. There are many ways in which our teams help all Ohioans with these concerns. For example, the Agronomy and Farm Management team recently published a podcast about Dealing with Farm Stress. Visit to learn more. You can also check out their website at If you need resources or additional information, contact Bridget Britton, Extension field specialist, behavioral health, at