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News and Notes: September 29, 2023

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

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Leadership Notes

  1. As we transition from the heat and humidity of summer to the crisp, cooler air of fall, I am reminded of the line in Carmen Ohio that starts, “Time and change...” 

  2. Extension has many points of pride, and the educational programming we provide at Farm Science Review is one of them.

  3. We are recruiting two specialists to join our pool of resources.

College Connections

  1. Join the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens for a Fall Foliage Open House at Arboretum North on Oct. 15 (12-3 p.m.).

  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.

Community Connections

  1. Earlier this week, students, faculty, and staff across the university came together to assemble 200,000 shelf-stable meals at French Field House.

  2. Join the Ohio Youth Resilience Collaborative for a 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. Join the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) on Oct. 10 for a breakfast discussion that focuses on the fashion industry’s environmental impact.

  2. Woodland fungi will be the focus of an Extension workshop on Oct. 13 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) on the Mansfield campus.

  3. The OSU Extension Agricultural Lender Seminars will provide professional development to new and experienced ag lenders as well as Extension educators.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. Nominations are open for the Charles W. Lifer Excellence in 4-H Award. The Lifer Award is presented annually to an Ohio 4-H educator who has demonstrated exceptional achievement.

  2. Epsilon Sigma Phi is accepting nominations for its 2023 awards in the areas of creative works, team teaching, special chapter, friend of Extension, and excellence in Extension.

  3. The Ohio JCEP/ESP Creative Works Awards applications are now available, and submissions are due Oct. 6.

  4. Nomiations are due on Oct. 15 for JCEP’s 2023 Friend of Extension Award.

  5. Nominations for the Steve D. Ruhl Outstanding Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Award are now being accepted.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. All county employees and staff in other Extension-related units are encouraged to help update content on your website.

  2. Extension has been ramping up our state-level social media presence. Since July 10, we've made more than 260,000 connections via social media, and we really want to work with counties and teams to expand this effort.

  3. Extension Operations will host office hours every other Thursday (10 a.m.).

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Margaret Jenkins was recently recognized at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) annual conference as the FCS Extension Educator of the Year.

  2. Extension professionals were recently honored at the National ESP Conference.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Save the date for the 2023 Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative Conference on Nov. 15 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

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.

Extension Annual Conference

  1. In place of the in-person annual conference, Extension will host regional conversations this year during the week of Nov. 13. There will be five locations to choose from, and all Extension employees are expected to attend one of the conversations.

  2. Save the date for Extension’s 2024 Annual Conference Dec. 10-11. The 2024 event will be in-person in Columbus. More details will be shared as the planning committee starts its work. 

Health and Wellness

  1. Grieving the death of a loved one is a normal process involving emotional, physical and mental reactions. It can also feel unfamiliar, isolating and at times overwhelming.

  2. Ohio State’s Lifestyle Spending Account (LSA) reimburses employees up to $125 quarterly for eligible expenses related to health, fitness, family, emotional, and social wellness.