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News and Notes: May 7, 2021

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. Although it’s cooler than usual outside, spring has arrived and we’re in the middle of preparing for field days, planting crops, end-of-school activities, fair and camp planning, and much more.

  2. The next Director’s Video Update will be held on Wednesday, May 19 at 9am. Registration is required.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. Within the next week, watch for the delivery of the May 2021 Extension Return to Office survey. This will be a follow-up to last year’s survey.

  2. This is a summary of the longer original message in the April 22 issue. OSU Extension is now transitioning and planning to open our county offices fully to the public on June 1.

  3. As first announced on April 22, we have been granted the ability to cease the in-person exemption process. Effective immediately, NO NEW in-person programming exemptions will need to be submitted for review – if there will be FEWER than 300 attendees.

College Connections

  1. Mark your calendar to attend the Making Dollars Make Sense in-service presented by OSU Extension, the Fiscal office, and Advancement.

  2. Two researchers (faculty member Yael Vodovotz and student Ansley Watkins) in CFAES have won the college’s Spirit of the Land Grant Award.

Programming Perspectives

  1. If you have not yet attended a Values-Keys workshop this spring, there is still time. There are two makeup sessions with facilitators T McCoy and Rob Leeds on May 26 and 27.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. If you are attending a national conference virtually during the next few months, use the appropriate travel approval statement for each conference.

  2. This is a quick reminder about branded apparel, especially for volunteers at camp.

  3. As announced to the county staff listserv on April 30, an OSU Extension apparel store, handled by University Tees, is now open for order placement through May 12 at 12pm (noon).

  4. FY22 blanket purchase orders must be received between April 1 and May 31 to allow for adequate processing time.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Marne Titchenell, Extension program specialist in wildlife, was central to an extensive piece related wildlife and gardens that appeared in the New York Times this week.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. In this session, led by Amy Kohmetscher with the LOD unit, we’ll explore OSU Extension’s online course platform, ScarletCanvas.

  2. Promoting the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is Ohio State's top priority and a responsibility we all share. To advance this priority, the university requires all employees to complete sexual misconduct prevention education annually.

  3. This funding opportunity announcement requests applications for the Ohio State Addiction Innovation Initiative Program seed grants.