News and Notes: September 3, 2021

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. This is your gentle reminder to regularly stop for a minute or two to breathe. We have so many pressure points and tensions in this day and age, and with all that is going on around us… we MUST make time to breathe.

  2. OSU Extension will be hosting several road shows this fall for a chance to reflect, reconnect, and refocus. Register by Wednesday, Sept. 15 for one of the in-person sessions or the virtual session.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. As announced by Ohio State President Johnson on Aug. 24, Ohio State is now requiring every student, faculty, and staff member to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The first dose is due by Oct. 15. For two-dose vaccines, the second dose must be received by Nov. 15.

College Connections

  1. The Ohio 4-H Foundation is hosting its annual fundraiser at Leeds Farm this year. Please share the information here with your local clientele.

  2. Dive into the complex web of processes, infrastructure, and activities we call The Food System. Strengthening our food system involves all of us.

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. The first annual CSA (community-supported agriculture) conference will be held Oct.24-25 in Archbold, Ohio. The conference is hosted by The Ohio State University, Michigan State University, and Purdue University.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Extension Today is a pilot project and new partnership of NBC4 WCMH-TV, OSU Extension, and CFAES.

  2. Get national recognition for your community engagement work. Campus Compact is now accepting applications for its Impact Awards.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. There are several awards for which ESP members can be nominated – including for one’s international service, continued excellence, administrative leadership, and diversity/multicultural work (individual or team).

  2. There are several award opportunities open to Ohio JCEP members. Learn more about the creative works, team teaching, and Excellence in Extension awards online.

  3. Consider nominating one or more of your deserving CD colleagues for the 2021 Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award.

Tech Updates

  1. Each October, Ohio State presents Cybersecurity Days, a multi-day, technical and awareness conference.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Congratulations to several individuals who were selected to receive an Ohio JCEP First-Timer award to attend a national Extension conference:

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) will once again offer a workshop series geared specifically to OSU Extension personnel.

Extension Annual Conference

  1. Mark your calendars for our Extension Annual Conference, coming this December 7-9. Connect online with colleagues to celebrate our work and celebrate each other, while we also talk about trust and leadership as we look ahead.

  2. The Extension Annual Conference planning committee is offering all employees a chance to win a free conference registration! The committee is seeking ideas about how to make virtual conferences fun and engaging.

Health and Wellness

  1. Every Friday morning in September from 10-10:30 am, OSU Extension educators will be presenting “Exploring the Dimensions of Wellness” at the Connection Café.

  2. You are invited to offer the Live Healthy Live Well Play Your Way Through the Holidays six-week email challenge in your community this fall.