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News and Notes: October 28, 2022

OUR VISION: Ohioans have the knowledge and resources they need to actively engage in creating conditions in which they thrive.

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In This Issue:

Leadership Notes

COVID-19 Updates

College Connections

Campus Connections/Partnerships

Programming Perspectives

Award Opportunities/Reminders

Operations/Business of Extension

Celebrating Colleagues

Professional Development Opportunities

Extension Annual Conference

Health and Wellness

  1. Associate Director of Operations – Candidate Presentations, Q&A Announced for Nov. 2, Nov. 9

    Four candidates have accepted an invitation for an on-campus interview for the OSU Extension Associate Director of Operations position. Each candidate will share a seminar/presentation and be available for questions at the times noted below. You are invited to attend the seminars live or by Zoom, or view the recordings later and share feedback via surveys that will be made available after the interviews are completed.

  2. Reminder: New COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters and Flu Shots are Available

    The new COVID-19 booster adds protection against both the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and the omicron variant. Shots are now available at Ohio State’s Student Health Services and the Wexner Medical Center. Influenza (flu) vaccines are also now available at Student Health Services and the Wexner Medical Center. Information about scheduling the COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine is available on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.

    Individuals can receive the new COVID-19 booster two months after completing any primary series or any previous COVID-19 booster dose.

    • The Pfizer bivalent booster is approved for people who are 12 or older.
    • Those between the ages of 5-11 may continue to receive the age-appropriate Pfizer monovalent booster.
    • The Moderna bivalent booster is approved for people who are 18 or older.
    •  Student Health Services and the Wexner Medical Center are currently offering only the Pfizer booster due to manufacturer shortages of the Moderna booster.

    Complete guidance on COVID-19 vaccine dosing and timing can be accessed via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

  3. Columbus-Athens Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program Info Sessions to be Held in November

    Information sessions for graduate and professional students interested in applying to be a 2023-24 Schweitzer Fellow will take place on Nov. 1, 8, 21 and 30 via Zoom. The Schweitzer Fellows Program supports and trains health-focused students in creating and carrying out service projects to address unmet community needs. Fellows partner with an existing community agency in the Columbus or Athens area and have both an academic and a community-based mentor. Learn more at

  4. Interdisciplinary Innovation Team Development Award Funding RFA Opens

    A request for applications is now open for the Office of Knowledge Enterprise’s Interdisciplinary Innovation Team Development Award. This team development seed funding mechanism is offered as part of BIIG Collaborations (, a program that helps researchers overcome traditional silos and conquer barriers to interdisciplinary research. These awards provide financial and programmatic support to Ohio State faculty as they explore exciting ideas for interdisciplinary collaboration, form unified and effective teams, and prepare to launch novel research agendas positioned for future extramural funding. Research focus areas for the 2023 awards are Biotechnology and STEM Education and Workforce Development. Learn more at

  5. Butler County hosts Inaugural AgFest

    -shared by Crystal Ott, Ohio 4-H Foundation manager

    In September, the Butler County 4-H program hosted its inaugural AgFest event, a workforce development day designed to teach youth about the wide variety of agricultural-based careers. Agricultural professionals from across the county took time to give presentations on their careers and speak about the skills needed to be successful.

    Students in grades five through seven from Madison Local and New Miami schools spent the day at Jackson Family Farm rotating between 10 different stations. They learned about careers in floriculture, livestock production, landscaping and design, food science, conservation and urban forestry, veterinary medicine, engineering, and more. Margo Long, the state Workforce Development and Pathways program manager, provided youth with an opportunity to complete the “Pick Your Path” survey. This tool is designed to assess students’ strengths and weaknesses in certain subjects and help them discover potential careers and pathways for future development.

    AgFest was an all-Extension effort by Butler County’s 4-H, agriculture and natural resources, and family and consumer sciences staff, and it was made possible through grants provided by the Ohio 4-H Foundation. Grants like these are made possible by our many generous donors. To learn more, visit

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  6. 2023 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism Requests Proposals by Nov. 1

    The National Extension Conference on Volunteerism (NECV) 2023 will be held May 9-11, 2023, in Lexington, Kentucky. NECV is a great opportunity for all Extension program areas to gather to share, learn, and support one of our most valuable assets, Extension volunteers. This professional development opportunity is intentionally focused on all facets of volunteer systems and development including volunteer engagement, retention, training, research, access, inclusion, and much more. Presentation proposals are currently being accepted, and you could be an excellent contributor to the educational program of the conference. Review the call for proposals details, use the planning tool, and submit your proposal by Nov. 1 (11:59 p.m. PDT).

  7. OSU Extension Income Tax Schools – Open Invitation

    If you’re interested in joining us one of the upcoming webinars or an in-person tax school, contact Barry Ward, director of the schools, at There is no cost for Extension educators to attend. The brochure is attached for reference. You are also welcome to share the attached media info with CPAs and other tax preparers in your communities. Complete tax school information can be found on the Farm Office site at

    • Farmer and Farmland Owner Income Tax School Webinar – Nov. 17 (6:30-8:30 p.m.). This webinar is arranged for non-tax professionals and is better suited for your farmer and farmland owner clientele.
    • Ag Tax Issues Webinar – Dec. 13 (8:45 a.m.-3:20 p.m.). This is an intermediate-level course for tax preparers whose clients include farmers and rural landowners. Farmers who prepare and file their own taxes will also benefit from this more in-depth webinar.
  8. Family Forests and Carbon Virtual Webinar Offered on Nov. 10 via A Day in the Woods Program

    The final A DAY in the Woods program for 2022 will address family forests and carbon, via a Zoom-based webinar. Featured presentations will include: Carbon 101, Ohio’s Family Forest Carbon Program, and examples of current forest carbon projects in Ohio. For more information and to register. visit

  9. Another Carbon Session will be Held on Nov. 18 via Escape to the Forest

    Courtesy of the Woodland Stewards Program, a representative from The Nature Conservancy will discuss what landowners need to know about forest carbon markets in Ohio. This webinar will be held on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Register at

  10. Spotted Lanternfly and the Maple Syrup Industry Webinar to be Held on Nov. 16

    A free webinar will be offered by Penn State on Nov. 16 (10 a.m.) discussing the spotted lanternfly and potential impacts on the maple syrup industry. Ever since the spotted lanternfly was found in southeastern Pennsylvania, it has been causing damage to agricultural plants as well as non-agricultural plants. As the insect continues to expand its range, more is being learned about the insect's lifecycle and its feeding habitats. Since the spotted lanternfly can feed very heavily upon certain tree species, the insect can potentially impact the maple syrup industry. Register at

  11. Tis the Season to Talk Maple – Maple Business Planning Deep Dive to be Held on Dec. 9

    Mark Cannella, with the University of Vermont, will present this half day workshop with a focus on strategic planning, marketing and managing finances toward profitability. Participants are encouraged to bring any business records and information of their own to apply during the workshop. Four SAF category 1 continuing education credits are offered for the workshop. Space is limited, so register early at

  12. 2022 Ohio Maple Day to be Held on Dec. 10

    This will be a one-day event focused on all things maple, held at Ashland University’s Convocation Center. There will be a dedicated vendor space with a variety of maple equipment dealers, consulting foresters, and other associated equipment. Learn what is going on in Ohio with maple, including the maple toolbox. Presentations will address red maple research, reverse osmosis, marketing, and maple insects. SAF continuing education credits will be available. Register at by Dec. 1; cost is $45.

  13. Chi Epsilon Sigma is Accepting Nominations for 2022 Awards through Nov. 1

    Do you know a support staff member who excels at their job? Consider nominating them for one of the many CES awards! Nominations will be accepted until 11:59pm on Nov. 1. All nominees must be a current member of Chi Epsilon Sigma. Awards will be presented during the awards ceremony at annual conference. If you have questions about the awards or membership status, contact Paige Matney at

        • Dorothy Rex Inspirational Award – Established in honor of the founding member of Chi Epsilon Sigma, Dorothy Rex, who was Ohio's first president of Chi Epsilon Sigma. This award is given each year, in her honor, to an individual who has been inspirational in their Extension position. Nomination form with additional requirements found here: DRIA22
        • Extension Support Staff Excellence Award – This $1,000 award is given jointly by Chi Epsilon Sigma and Extension Administration to one support staff employee who makes “excellence” look easy. Must be a member of Chi Epsilon Sigma for at least five years. Nomination form with additional requirements found here: ESSEA22
        • NEW THIS YEAR! CES Distinguished Service Awards – The goal of these awards is annual recognition of staff members in each career category who excel in all aspects of job performance. Award categories: early career (0-9 years of service), mid-career (10-19 years of service), and advanced career (20+ years of service). Nomination form with additional requirements found here: DSA22
  14. Introduction to new NIH DMS Policy

    A new NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy will go into effect in January 2023 for all NIH funding applications. Check out the new Ohio State NIH DMS Policy Guide to learn more about the policy and ensure that you will be in compliance.

  15. New Outside Activities and Conflicts Policy was Effective Sept. 1, 2022

    In May, the Ohio State Board of Trustees approved a comprehensive Outside Activities and Conflicts policy effective as of Sept. 1. This replaces four policies (faculty conflict of commitment, faculty paid external consulting, faculty financial conflict of interest, and conflict of interest and work outside the university) to address university ethical expectations, research conflicts of interest regulations, and other federal and state laws governing financial and fiduciary conflicts of interest. The new policy supports the university’s efforts to encourage faculty and staff participation in outside activities, which advance mutually beneficial partnerships, contribute to social and economic development, and increase knowledge.

    Under the new policy, most outside activities will continue to be approved by the colleges and units as they are now. Approval of outside activities meeting certain criteria, however, will be elevated to a Conflicts Approval Committee (CAC). The CAC, an extension of the existing committee that reviewed significant potential conflicts under the Faculty Financial Conflict of Interest policy, has a core of experienced members who represent faculty and staff from numerous colleges and units.

  16. Reminder: Career Roadmap Implementation in Workday Starts in November

    Career Roadmap will be implemented for 26,000 staff in Workday the first week of November. At that time, all in-scope staff will see Career Roadmap attributes in their Workday profile. All staff included in Career Roadmap should have received a final letter via DocuSign confirming their assigned Career Roadmap job profile. For those changing from monthly to biweekly pay, an optional pay advance is available to assist with the transition. Read more for details about implementation and payroll impacts.

  17. NAE4-HYDP Recognizes Ohio 4-H Youth Development Professionals

    A number of OSU Extension 4-H youth development colleagues were recently recognized at the 2022 annual conference of the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP). NAE4-HYDP is the professional's organization for those dedicated to promoting, strengthening, enhancing, and advocating for the 4-H youth development profession.

    • Session Presenters: Amanda Raines (Your Thoughts Matter); Erin Dailey (Keeping Teens Involved in Camping and Beyond); Frances Foos (Moving Your Camping Professional Development Forward, 4-H Volunteers Going Virtual); Katie Cole (Tips for Teens Video Series); Larissa Hook (Managing Accommodation Requests of Youth with Disabilities); Robin Stone (Journey to the Extreme-Mission to Mars); and Rachel Stoneburner (Making Welcoming 4-H Clubs).
    • National Recognition: 25 Years of Service – Kirk Bloir, Jason Hedrick, Angie Holmes.
    • Meritorious Service AwardLaura Rohlf.
    • Distinguished Service AwardKelly Coble, Christy Millhouse, Robin Stone, Jenny Strickler.
    • Achievement in Service AwardAudrey Dimmerling, Frances Foos, Beth Guggenbiller, Michael Schweinsberg.
    • Excellence in Peer Professional Development AwardSarah Longo, Hannah Epley.
    • Promotional Piece-Individual Award  Alisha Faudie
  18. OSU Extension Recognized by National Award in Environmental Education

    The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) recently recognized OSU Extension professionals with a national award in environmental education. As environmental education is a major Extension program focus nationally, the Environmental Education Award recognizes NEAFCS members for outstanding educational programs conducted for families and/or communities on various environmental issues/concerns. Read more about our Ohio team and the award at

  19. OSU Extension Community Development Pro Contributes to New Report that Highlights Ohio State’s $19 Billion+ Annual Impact in Ohio

    A new study has placed a value on the university’s regional and statewide economic impact that includes operational and capital expenditures as well as student and visitor spending, Ohio State is estimated to have supported $19.6 billion of industry output in Ohio, 116,819 jobs in Ohio, $7.5 billion of labor income, and $663.1 million of tax revenue to state and local governments.

    The Economic Impact of The Ohio State University presents a regional and statewide analysis as of 2019. The study was commissioned by the Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge in collaboration with units and colleges across the university. Nancy Bowen, associate professor and Extension field specialist, community economics, OSU Extension, and Jim Landers, associate professor of practice and Enarson Fellow, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, led a team of faculty and staff to research and develop the report. Visit for the full news story.

  20. Promotion in Extension – Updated Guides and One Last Virtual Office Hour on Oct. 31

    The online guides for faculty and A&P educator promotion have recently been updated. These materials include the key dates and deadlines, as well as outline actions, roles and responsibilities to help you plan for your future. Take a look at the materials listed under the Promotion Guidelines heading of this Promotion and Tenure page (

    One last option for informal promotion-related discussion (i.e. open office hours) is scheduled for Oct. 31 (2-3 pm) via Zoom at this link There may also be an option at the Extension Annual Conference in early December (tbd). If you have questions or prefer a one-on-one conversation or a small-group call, contact Greg Davis, associate chair, Department of Extension, at

  21. Webinars re: Publishing Your Extension Work: How to be Successful on Nov. 15 and 17

    Publishing our work in peer-reviewed outlets (fact sheets, conference proceedings and academic journals) carries a lot of rewards for the author, OSU Extension, and the readership of these works. But many Extension professionals are intimidated when considering submitting their work for peer review. Reasons for this include fear of rejection and just not knowing how to get started. Brian Raison will host a two-part series on “Publishing your Work” on Nov. 15 and 17 (1-1:45 p.m. both days). Tom Blaine will discuss some factors, then Brian will host a 20-minute Q&A to get into the details of how you can be successful. Register for one or both webinars at A Zoom link will then be sent for each webinar.

    • Nov. 15 (part 1) Getting Started: Learn how to put together a peer-reviewed submission. We start from scratch and detail an easy step-by-step process that will work for you. Components range from subject selection to literature review to manuscript preparation. Join us for this fun and important step in furthering your professional development.
    • Nov. 17 (part 2) Following Up for Success: Learn how to see your manuscript through to publication step by step including how to respond to reviews and how to avoid common mistakes (e.g., tracking versions of the manuscript, etc.). Some reviewers can be quite harsh. Learn you how to take the “lemons” and make “lemonade,” leveraging the input reviewers provide. We will also discuss how to refute a critique when appropriate.
  22. OSU Leadership Center Offers November Workshops

    Check out the ongoing list of workshops hosted by the Leadership Center this fall. Learn more and register at Some upcoming examples include:

    • Mission Possible: Positive Leadership (online) – Nov. 3
    • The Importance of Time Management and Organization in Leadership (online) – Nov. 9
    • Problem-Solving, Teamwork and Creativity for Success (online) – Nov. 18
    • The Full Monty: Advanced Clifton StrengthsFinder (online) – Nov. 30
  23. 2022 Extension Annual Conference Information Update

    The OSU Extension annual conference will be held on Dec. 5-7, and the hotel block is now open. We have room blocks at the Downtown Columbus Hilton and a limited number of rooms at the Hyatt Regency. Both hotels connect to the Columbus Convention Center. Double and king room styles are available at both hotels.

    • Downtown Hilton Hotel: Cost is $169+tax per night. Reservations at the Hilton must be made by Monday, Nov. 21.
    • Hyatt Regency Hotel: Cost cost is $149 + tax per night. Reservations at the Hyatt must be made by Monday, Nov. 21.

    Workday authorization job aid: See the attached document for more instructions on submitting your spend authorization! In addition, a pre-travel policy exception has been approved by CFAES leadership to allow employees that live or work more than 20 miles from the conference site to stay overnight if requested (as opposed to the standard 45-mile policy). Please indicate in the business purpose of your travel spend authorization that you request an exception to the 45-mile overnight limit. Again, review the document attached for more details.

    Proposal submission update: Huge thank you to those who submitted a proposal for the conference! We received 75 submissions, which is fantastic! The Proposal Review Committee met the week of October 24 to make the final selections. If you submitted, you will be notified of the status of your proposal next week. If you have any questions in the meantime, email Debby Lewis (

    Registration will launch soon: Registration will open and available during the second week of November. The registration link will be sent via email and located on the LOD website during the second week of November. For all conference information, visit

    The registration deadline will be Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 12 p.m. (noon). No late registrations will be accepted. The registration costs will be as follows:

    • Three-day registration = $250
    • Two-day registration = $225
    • One-day registration = $175
    • Students = $150

    Biometric Screenings On Dec. 6, the OSU Health Plans RN health promotion specialists will be in room B132 at the annual conference to complete complimentary biometric screenings* for our department. See below for screening registration details. If you would like to register for the biometric screenings, see the complete details listed in the Oct. 28 all-Extension annual conference update message

  24. Promote November Diabetes Awareness Month Social Media Campaign

    Are you interested in promoting Diabetes Awareness Month in November? Join the OSU Extension’s Diabetes Education team’s five-week social media campaign to help individuals become aware of ways to manage diabetes especially during the holidays. The social media campaign will promote healthy holiday recipe ideas, self-care tips, and up-to-date diabetes research. Social media posts will be made each Tuesday in November on the FCS state Facebook Page at with the hashtag #DiabetesTuesdayTip. Each post will include links to helpful available resources, such as Live Smart Ohio blogs, Dining with Diabetes recipes, evidence-based research, and more. You are welcome to share these posts on your county Extension Facebook page or personal page.

    Visit the American Diabetes Association website for more information about this year’s campaign theme: Today's Diabetes Hits Different!

    Also, World Diabetes Day is recognized every year on Nov. 14, first created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Foundation and the World Health Organization. More information is posted online at

  25. PHA and Biometric Screening Required for 2023 Premium Credit

    To reduce the cost of health care and earn the 2023 premium credit, benefit-eligible faculty and staff and their medically-enrolled spouses will need to complete a verified biometric screening and the Personal Health and Well-being Assessment by Dec. 31. Enrolled faculty and staff can earn a $25 per month premium credit, or up to $40 per month with an enrolled spouse. Learn about the ways to complete a biometric screening.

  26. Connection Café Focused on Caregiving will be Offered Throughout November

    The Ohio State Aging Team is offering a free Connection Café: Caregiving Around the Clock virtual series every Tuesday in November from 10-10:30 a.m. Participants can attend one or all of the sessions and simply need to register at Please share the OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Facebook page on social media or use the attached flyer to promote.