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News and Notes: September 25, 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. I participated in a national conversation yesterday with Extension directors and administrators to discuss leadership in a time of social, economic, and political disruption. There were more than 120 participants and the conversations were at once inspiring and perplexing.

  2. Thanks again to those who listened live last week for the video update. We know you’re busy, so the conversation was recorded.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. I mentioned these numbers during the video update, but it bears repeating – we have a lot going on around the state! Thank you for your continued work with our clientele, and especially for your commitment to being safe while we connect with our clients and colleagues.

Community Connections

  1. This year’s virtual Farm Science Review provided many excellent opportunities for our Extension professionals to reach out and connect with ag industry leaders, partners, producers, and colleagues this week.

Tech Updates

  1. OSU Extension has completed the migration from Carmen Canvas to Scarlet Canvas during the pandemic. This image illustrates what the menu and course listing looks like in Scarlet Canvas.

  2. To help prepare the campus and health system communities for Workday to go live on Jan. 3, the Enterprise Project has posted some facilitated trainings here.

  3. You may need to adjust your BuckeyePass authentication options. On Oct. 15, the “Call Me” option will be retired.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Congratulations to the Round 2 Ohio JCEP Professional Development Scholarship Winners!

  2. Congratulations to the national and regional NEAFCS Award Winners winners.

  3. Amy Stone was interviewed and featured in a recent edition of Smithsonian magazine!

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. This 10-session series is offered directly to Extension personnel by ACEL (Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership) faculty. For more information, visit

  2. The "Farm and Farm Family Risk and Resilience: A Guide for Extension Educational Programming" can be found here.

  3. Use this site from University of Delaware Cooperative Extension as a resource for risk management in agribusiness.

  4. Have you come across an interactive map on the web and wondered “how did they make that?” Have you heard about GIS (geographic information systems) and wished you could learn more?

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. The Global Arts + Humanities Digital Dialogues series brings together artists, scholars and activists working in a range of disciplines aligning with our current Society of Fellows theme of Human Rights: Pasts and Futures.

Health and Wellness

  1. As we head into cold and flu season, I know we’re going to get (and have gotten) questions about how to handle that in relation to COVID-19 and our on-campus presence.

  2. Visit (L2H) to schedule your personal flu appointment at multiple locations around campus.

  3. While biometric health screenings aren’t required this year, Buckeye Wellness is hosting small events to support faculty and staff interested in knowing their numbers or learning more about health and wellness programs and resources available.