News and Notes: November 8, 2021

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In This Issue:

Leadership Notes

College Connections

Campus Connections/Partnerships

Community Connections

Programming Perspectives

Award Opportunities/Reminders

Operations/Business of Extension

Celebrating Colleagues

Professional Development Opportunities

Extension Annual Conference

Health and Wellness

  1. Thoughts from Jackie


    These last few weeks have been filled with so many opportunities to participate in professional affiliation conferences and witness, once again, the full force and personality of OSU Extension professionals. At each of the conferences, Ohio had one of the largest contingencies attending, presenting (sessions and posters), providing leadership, and being formally recognized for their Extension programming excellence (see some of the award winners recognized below). Some quick examples of our high-performing professionals include:

    • Our ANR professionals had 15 of the 109 accepted posters at NACAA; and Ohio had submissions in 11 of the 13 award categories and 54 entries in the contest. Of these, five were regional winners and two are national finalists.
    • About 25 Ohio colleagues attended the Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) annual conference in Savannah, Georgia. Ohio had one of the largest state presences at the conference and one of the highest numbers of presentations, posters, and formal recognitions. Kudos to Travis West for being elected to the position of ESP national second vice-president!
    • The NEAFCS annual conference was held virtually last week. Again, our OSU Extension professionals had a very strong presence and were recognized for the level of their Extension work and their leadership. Kudos to our national officers: Kate Shumaker, secretary, and Pat Brinkman (recently retired), VP professional development! And congratulations to Melinda Hill, recently recognized as NEAFCS educator of the year!
    • Our NACDEP professionals had 50% of the 10 accepted posters and various presentations. Brian Raison was recognized with the NACDEP Excellence in Community Development Programming award. NACDEP recognized Treasurer Nancy Bowen and North Central Region Representative Brian Raison as their national leadership terms concluded.

    It is very exciting and rewarding to see so many of our colleagues doing such commendable work and to see our Ohio professionals being leaders nationally and recognized for their expertise and service to the mission of Extension. You have much to be proud of; and your commitment to translating research into excellent practice and stewardship does not go unnoticed by your national counterparts or by me. I know many of our 4-H professionals will have similar stories of success to share as they have their NAE4-HYDP conference in Nashville, as well as the National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP). Well done!

    It goes without saying that the ability to shine nationally is built on the foundation of meeting the needs of our stakeholders in Ohio and sharing those insights, research findings, programs, and leadership ideas at the national level and then bringing ideas and resources back. I continue to encourage you all to join your professional affiliations, submit presentations to share your knowledge and expertise, engage in state and national leadership, and continue to learn from one another and colleagues across the great Extension system. Thank you for consistently shining at home and across the nation!

  2. Director’s Video Update – Register for Nov. 17 Event

    The next Director’s Video Update will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 9am. Registration is required. Click here to register in advance for this webinar online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with log-in information about joining the webinar on Nov. 17. 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. If you have a disability and have questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations for this activity, you can request assistance at CarmenZoom is supported by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning.

  3. New Knowledge Exchange Podcast about Farmers Markets and Data Collection Now Available

    The Knowledge Exchange has just published a new podcast in its series on “Emerging Research,” with Christie Welch from Direct Marketing at OSU South Centers and Darlene Wolnik with the national Farmers Market Coalition. Their new research project involves surveying farmers market operators across Ohio to find out how they’re collecting, using, and operationalizing data. Improvements to their data collection could attract new farmers and improve experiences for participants and consumers, and increase the impact of farmers markets in the community. Welch and Wolnik hope this project might also help Extension professionals learn more about how they can partner with local markets, especially SNAP-Ed professionals and FCS educators. Listen to the podcast at

  4. CFAES Virtual Watch Parties for President Johnson Investiture Ceremony – Nov. 19

    Join us at one of our three campuses (Columbus, Wooster, or statewide) for a reception and live streaming to celebrate the investiture ceremony for the 16th president of The Ohio State University, Kristina M. Johnson, PhD. See the attached official invitation. Register and select the location you wish to attend at

  5. Buckeyes for Charity Campaign has Ended, BUT You Can Give Until Nov. 12

    The theme for this year is “Caring for Ohioans,” and while the campaign has ended, you can still make an online contribution until Nov. 12. You can donate through payroll deduction or a one-time gift to charities in your own community; and you can donate to other charities outside of your county and community as well, more than 850 charities in all. Review the 2021 Buckeyes for Charity Resource Guide online at

  6. Celebration of Youth Results

    The 24th annual 4-H Celebration of Youth: 4-H Leading the Way was a great success! The 4-H community stepped up in a major way as sponsors, auction donors and bidders, food vendors, event attendees, and other donors. More than $137,000 was raised through this year’s event. View the photo gallery online. A video of thanks from Dr. Elizabeth Thomas, the Ohio 4-H foundation board president, is also available online. Thanks again to those in our Extension community who supported and attended the Celebration of Youth this year; and don’t forget to save the date for next year’s event on Oct. 1, 2022.

  7. Register TODAY for Annual Stinner Summit – Nov. 18

    The 15th Annual Stinner Summit is planned for Nov. 18 from 1-7pm at the OSU Wooster Campus Science Building. You can attend the summit either in-person or virtually. Consider joining in brainstorming different ways to improve the health of Ohio’s land and people with the support from the Ben Stinner Endowment for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Communities. The Summit will begin with a retrospective of impacts of past Stinner Summits and culminate in a celebratory dinner, featuring local ingredients. Attendees will follow Ohio State’s COVID-19 protocols, which include wearing face masks in buildings. Registration is required by today, Nov. 8. Register here. Visit the Agroecosystem Management Program website for more information.

  8. Virtual Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference – Nov. 18 and 19

    The 2021 Agricultural Policy and Outlook conference will be held virtually this year, with experts covering issues important to producers, agribusinesses, and elected officials. View the schedule and register online.

  9. Office of Sponsored Programs Now Offers Open Office Hours on Thursdays

    The Office of Sponsored Programs is now offering open office hours on Thursdays (1:30-2:30pm) for questions and assistance with subawards under sponsored projects.  Laurie Rosenberg, senior SPO/subaward administrator, and Phillip Baum, grants operation center lead, will be available to answer questions about the overall subaward process, including invoicing; initiating new supplier contracts and amending existing supplier contracts in Workday; as well as identifying subaward resources and how to select the correct subrecipient in Workday. Register for the session at

  10. Women & Philanthropy Grant Application due Nov. 17

    Programs that need funding to support clinical, research, educational or program initiatives/costs can apply for the Women & Philanthropy grant. Applicants should complete the attached application and email it to For more info on the grant, click hereLearn more about Women & Philanthropy here.

  11. OSU Extension Branding Update to be Implemented during Fall 2021

    Effective September 2021, OSU Extension is tweaking how we apply the university brand to our OSU Extension identity. This is officially a secondary signature under The Ohio State University; it is a “brand mark” that is to be used in conjunction with the CFAES tag and the college name. Visit to see the new mark and basic instructions, as well as download the relevant files.

    By year-end 2021, we are required to use the Extension brand mark on all new or reprinted materials. If you have materials already created for events in the next few weeks, you can continue to use those items as is. Add the updated branding on any materials you are revising or creating new during fall 2021. Please note – this is not an option; you must implement the new Extension mark by year-end 2021.

    The 4-H name and emblem is a federal mark. The university has the ability to say how that federal mark is used in conjunction with the OSU Extension mark; and files that combine the Extension mark with the 4-H emblem have been created for your use. Instructions for proper use of the 4-H name/emblem with the Extension mark are included in the merchandise and apparel guidelines, and it will be built into 4-H-related templates on the CFAES brand site.

    We will be updating all of the Extension-specific templates over time (e.g. infographics), so please be patient as those changes are made. If you need to use a template sooner, you can download the mark and switch it out. There are several other materials this change will affect; those will all also be addressed over time. A Word document also will be developed soon for very basic announcements/content. We also will work on any co-branding needs with Central State University Extension. Extension nametags will remain as is for now. Any brand updates for the Extension state, county, and related unit websites will be handled at the state level. Do not adjust any branding on your county or unit website. If you have any questions, contact Cheryl Buck (, Extension communication manager.

    Brand approval reminder – ALL materials created by OSU Extension professionals for distribution to the public must be reviewed and approved by the CFAES brand approval team. Those items can be submitted to

  12. OSU Extension Professionals Recognized at National ESP Conference

    A number of OSU Extension professionals were recognized at the 2021 Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) National Conference last week. They are also active members of the Ohio Alpha Eta chapter of ESP. Travis West, 4-H educator in Vinton County, received the Distinguished Service Award for the North Central region. Amanda Raines, 4-H educator in Hardin County, received the Early Career Award for the North Central region. Kayla Oberstadt, 4-H program manager in the state 4-H office, received the Diversity/Multicultural Individual Award for the North Central region. Greg Davis, assistant dean and associate chair of OSU Extension, received the Continued Excellence Award for the North Central region. Eric Barrett, area leader and ANR educator in Mahoning County, was one of two Visionary Leadership Award winners for the North Central region. Last but not least, Melissa Rupp, FCS educator in Fulton County, received a 2021 Angus Professional Development Scholarship.

  13. OSU Extension FCS Professionals Recognized at NEAFCS 2021 Annual Session

    Several OSU Extension professionals were also recognized at the 2021 NEAFCS virtual annual session last week. Melinda Hill, FCS educator in Wayne County, was recognized as the 2021 National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Educator of the Year. Several other Ohio FCS educators were recognized during the Central region awards ceremony. Jackie Kirby Wilkins received the Distinguished Service Award. Christine Kendle and Michelle Treber received Continued Excellence awards. Misty Harmon received the Past President’s new Professional Award from the Central region. Emily Marrision received first place for communications radio or podcast. Kathy Tutt and team received second place for communications television/video. Jami Dellifield and team received first place for excellence in multi-state collaboration. Jami Dellifield and another team received first place for excellence in teamwork. Kate Shumaker and team received second place for food safety. Tammy Jones and team received second place for marketing package. Laura Stanton received third place for social media education.

    Numerous other OSU Extension professionals are being recognized by their professional associations this fall as well. We plan to share a more complete list before year-end.

  14. Lab Manager Q&A TODAY at 2pm

    Join Environmental Health and Safety for its virtual fall Lab Manager Q&A session to discuss proper waste labeling, field research safety, the laboratory mentoring program, BSL-1 updates, and more. Lab managers can meet their safety representative, ask questions, and learn about regulatory updates. This will be held on today, Nov. 8 from 2-3pm. Join via Teams.

  15. ACEL to Extension Series – Nov. 18 Topic Focuses on Being a Trusted Leader

    Consider attending the next ACEL to Extension session on Trusted Leader: 8 Pillars That Drive Results, taught by Brian Raison. The session will be held on Nov. 18 from 9-10am. Register online for the session.

    This is part of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) workshop series geared specifically to OSU Extension personnel. Visit to learn more and register for any or all of the sessions, which will run through May 5, 2022. Other upcoming topics are dealing with difficult people, how the brain learns, learner engagement, data visualization, and time management.

  16. 2022 Pesticide Inservice Registration due by Dec. 6

    Register by Dec. 6 for the 2022 Pesticide Inservice to be held on Dec. 14-15. This in-service is intended for Extension program personnel and specialists involved with private pesticide training. Because of space considerations, this is not a program for Master Gardener Volunteers. Register online by Dec. 6.

    A few important notes: proceedings manuals and recertification forms will be distributed at this event; no recertification credits will be offered via Zoom for this event; and an ANR networking dinner will follow Day 1 presentations. Learn more at

  17. OSU Leadership Center November Workshops

    The OSU Leadership Center will hold several workshops in November. Learn more about these and other upcoming workshops at

    • Communication and Conflict Management (online): Nov. 10. For more information, click here.
    • Trusted Leader: 8 Pillars That Drive Results (online): Nov. 18. For more information, click here.
    • Managing Others Using Your CliftonStrengths (online): Nov. 30. For more information, click here.
  18. Tax Schools and Ag Tax Webinar to be Held in November and December

    The OSU Extension income tax schools have a two-day workshop series running through November and December. This series will help tax preparers learn about federal tax law changes and updates for this year, and issues they may encounter when filing individual and small-business 2021 tax returns, per Barry Ward, director of the program. This year, the webinar will be offered both in-person and online throughout four afternoons. In addition to the tax schools, the program is offering a separate, two-hour ethics webinar that will be broadcast on Dec. 15 at 1 pm. For the class schedule and to register, visit

    Also, a webinar on ag tax issues will be held Dec. 13, focusing on key topics and new legislation related specifically to income tax returns. Visit to register. Contact Barry Ward (614-688-3959, or Julie Strawser (614-292-2433, for more information.

  19. Annual Conference and Professional Association Meetings – Dec. 6-9

    Remember to mark your calendar for our 2021 virtual Extension Annual Conference on Dec. 7-9, and professional association meetings on Dec. 6. The Ohio association presidents will update each group about specific meeting plans.

    Connect online with colleagues to celebrate our work and celebrate each other. The theme for this year is Reflect. Reconnect. Refocus. In 2020, we adapted to change in all aspects of our lives, due to many circumstances beyond our control. We went above and beyond to fulfill our mission and provide exceptional virtual programming, communication, and training to Ohioans throughout the state. As we end 2021, we are reflecting on the past year and moving forward together to an even better future!

    All OSU Extension professionals are welcome to attend. Proposal notifications went out on Nov. 3. If you submitted a proposal and do not receive an email from Debby Lewis, contact Debby ( or ShaLise Simmons ( for more information; and check out a new promo video online.

    CES Auction: On behalf of the Chi Epsilon Sigma fundraising committee, consider participating in this year’s silent auction – an opportunity to support a good cause. CES sponsors this annual fundraiser to recognize an Extension support staff member with the CES Extension Support Staff Excellence Award. Visit the CES auction 2021 webpage for more information.

  20. Benefits Open Enrollment – Nov. 1-15

    The website for Open Enrollment, the annual opportunity for employees to evaluate their benefit options and make elections for the upcoming year, is now available. Open enrollment for the 2022 benefit plan year will be available through Nov. 15. Three key changes include: an enhanced dental benefit plan option; enhanced Your Plan for Health (YP4H) programming and incentives; and open enrollment in Workday for the first time. Employees are encouraged to visit the open enrollment website to learn about 2022 benefits and select the options that best fit their needs for the coming year.

  21. PHA and Screening Required for 2022 Premium Credit

    To earn the full 2022 premium credit, complete a verified biometric screening and the Personal Health and Well-being Assessment (PHA) by Dec. 31. You can reduce the cost of your medical contributions by $25 per month, or by $40 per month if your enrolled spouse also completes these steps.

  22. Join the Live Healthy Live Well Email Challenge – Nov. 15-Dec. 26

    Sign up for the 2021 OSU Extension Live Healthy Live Well six-week email wellness challenge – Nov. 15-Dec. 26. Have fun and explore different ways to “Play Through the Holidays.” Two weekly e-mails will be sent to you from an OSU Extension professional. Play BINGO, and check off your bingo spots by participating in our wellness activities. Our creative writing team will share ideas to help you: reduce stress, explore brain health, get outside and play, learn about traditions, improve health, communicate positively, save money during the holidays, try healthy recipes, and find ways to laugh more. See the attached overview for more information.