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News and Notes: October, 6, 2020

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. Fall is finally here, and it is a great time to be out of doors enjoying the sunshine, crisp cooler air, and taking in the autumn colors.

  2. Mark your calendar for my next video update to be held on Nov. 6 at 10am. Registration information will be shared in the near future. We will record the update for those who cannot attend the live presentation that day.

  3. We now have a variety of branded, Extension-focused infographic templates to use as you prepare to report local impacts to county commissioners, as well as other stakeholders, clientele, and the general public.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. All CFAES educational outreach activities and events using in-person programming and hosted by anyone in CFAES, regardless of the location, must be approved through this process before proceeding.

College Connections

  1. Knowledge Exchange Logo

    The Knowledge Exchange (KX) launched a data and communications platform on Oct 1:

Community Connections

  1. We look forward to connecting with 4-H friends, alumni, and supporters. Now we need you to join in and “like” our page.

  2. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s virtual Farm Science Review a success – you should be extremely proud of your efforts. Over 190 scheduled educational events, with more than 450 educational features were shared through Map Your Show and will be available through next summer.

  3. To help address the anticipated shortage of poll workers on Election Day due to COVID-19, Ohio State employees who serve as poll workers for the Nov. 3 general election can now take a paid day off without using vacation time.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. Nominate a deserving colleague or community partner for one of the Professional Extension Awards.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. I am pleased to announce that Nate Arnett has agreed to be the interim area leader for area 21, Hamilton and Butler counties, effective immediately.

  2. Ohio State is adjusting employee recruiting and hiring practices for November through January to implement Workday on time and create a smooth new employee experience during this time.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. I am happy to announce that our LOD Unit, together with some of our senior Extension professionals are working over the next 12 months to help us reimagine, restructure, and relaunch the OSU Extension mentoring program.

  2. eFields compaction trial results can inform your work. From 39 trials in 2016 to 150 trials in progress today, the eFields program is growing while digging into everything from high-speed planting to questions about compaction.

Extension Annual Conference

  1. As previously announced, mark your calendars for the OSU Extension Virtual Annual Conference on Dec. 7-9, 2020.

Health and Wellness

  1. The Couple and Family Therapy Clinic, College of Education and Human Ecology, is offering virtual sessions at reduced rates through December. Solution-focused therapy gives you a professional perspective on your current situation and next steps.

  2. Join a Zoom meeting on Friday mornings at 8:45 a.m. for a short introduction to types of meditation and suggestions for related Ohio State wellness resources.