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News and Notes: October 13, 2023

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. As we move into the fall season, my team and I are preparing for a couple of important events that will bring us together in the coming weeks. I hope you’re planning to join me on Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. for a video update with Dean Kress. As with past videos, you can expect this one to include

  2. Join Dean Kress and David Civittolo for a video update on Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. If time permits, there will be a Q&A at the end of the webinar. Note: this is a change from the original Oct. 31 hold date.

  3. Patricia Brundige, a generous benefactor and life-long supporter of Ohio State University Extension and Ohio 4-H youth development, received a 2023 National Friend of Extension Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP).

  4. Congratulations to Jim Helt who was recently inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. We are so grateful for Jim and the impact he’s had on 4-H in Ohio and across the nation. Thank you for your tireless support of Ohio 4-H youth development, Jim.

College Connections

  1. Experts from OSU Extension, the Department of Entomology, the School of Environment and Natural Resources, Knowledge Exchange, and the Department of Preventative Veterinary Medicine have joined together to overhaul the “Bite Site.” The revised site serves as a comprehensive guide to ticks,

  2. Join CFAES faculty and industry representatives for the 2023 Agricultural Outlook and Policy Conference on Nov. 13 (8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus.

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. You are invited to participate in an Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) Sustainability Community Engagement Listening Session on Oct. 19 (9-11 a.m.). This is a virtual session that is designed to capture feedback from community engagement scholars and professionals. 

  2. Join the Office of Outreach and Engagement for the Engaged Scholarship Symposium on Nov. 1. This symposium will highlight faculty, staff, and students who are co-creating scholarship with our community.

Community Connections

  1. Join food systems professionals and advocates at the 2023 Ohio Food Policy Network Summit on Oct. 20 (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). This year’s event – themed Nourishing Tomorrow: A Forward-Looking Ohio Food Summit – will feature innovative policies and programs from across the state.

  2. The Ohio Youth Resilience Collaborative will host its conference on Dec. 5 (8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.) that will focus on the impact of mental health and wellbeing when stigmas in rural communities are addressed.

Programming Perspectives

  1. If you or your staff conducted any programming during the timeframe of June 30 – July 9, 2023 that included aquatic invasive species content, please complete the form below so that Extension’s work can be recognized and promoted.

  2. Invasive species can have a tremendous visible impact on wooded areas, but not all impacts are obvious ones. Join Extension professionals on Nov. 1 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) for a Seen and Unseen Impacts of Invasives workshop at the Warren County Fairgrounds.

  3. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Join Extension professionals throughout the month for various classes – including a holiday snacking guide, being savvy with holiday spirits, and teaming up with your A1C.

  4. Join the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) for breakfast and a discussion of what can be done with all the plastic that is produced by central Ohio consumers.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. The deadline to apply or nominate someone for Epsilon Sigma Phi’s Special Chapter Award has been extended to Oct. 15.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. Extension Operations will host office hours every other Thursday (10 a.m.). Jesse Buxton will host the sessions, and all staff are welcome.

  2. Branding is an important part of a business or organization’s print, electronic, and verbal communications. As an entity of CFAES and Ohio State, OSU Extension is no exception.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. The Animal Sciences In-Service will be on Oct. 31 (9:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.). Join Extension and industry professionals to learn about hot topics such as avian influenza, African swine fever, large animal veterinarian shortages, breakout sessions, and more.

  2. On Nov. 1, there will be an Assuring Quality Care for Animals In-Service (9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.) at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The day will feature an update from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, a talk on keeping kids tick safe, and multiple breakout sessions.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. CFAES is committed to ensuring that all its research and related educational programming are available to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. There are several upcoming diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)-focused workshops in CFAES:

Health and Wellness

  1. It is time to sign up for the Gather Your Gratitude Email Wellness Challenge that will run Oct. 30 through Dec. 10.

  2. Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity for you to evaluate your benefit options and make elections. Open Enrollment for 2024 benefits will be available Nov. 1-15, 2023.