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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.

  1. Take a Moment to “Just Breathe”

    -from the Aug. 25 director’s video update

    It sounds so simple, but we don’t always make the time to quite literally breathe…

    • To make the time for quiet reflection.
    • To meditate and clear the mind– breathing deeply and pushing aside intrusive thoughts.
    • To be mindful and focus on what fills us, what we are grateful for.
    • To take a moment and tell others what they mean to you, or how they have helped you or made your day.

    I saw a sticker with this statement recently in my office, and it reminded me of the importance of finding space for things that matter during what continues to be a very hectic world. 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; and for me, that includes thinking about what I am grateful for and what keeps me centered. This is your gentle reminder to regularly stop for a minute or two to breathe. You can visit for resources via Ohio State.

  2. Strategic Alignment Update: Fall Road Show Registration due by Sept. 15

    OSU Extension will be hosting several road shows this fall for a chance to reflect, reconnect, and refocus. We will reflect on the past year, what we learned during the keys /values workshops this spring, and what we have heard during our strategic alignment listening sessions so far. We also will reflect on unconscious bias and learn how to be more intentional about inclusive hiring practices and within our culture overall. We will reconnect with our colleagues as we transition to a “next now,” adjust how best to work together within our office environments, and begin meeting even more often in-person once again with partners and clientele. We will refocus on our strategic efforts and organizational values/mission as we look to continually improve our partnerships, programs, products, processes, and support for our people and those we serve.

    Register by Wednesday, Sept. 15 for one of the in-person sessions or the virtual session. The dates and locations are: Oct. 4 – Shisler Conference Center ballroom (Wooster); Oct. 11 – Operations in Caldwell (Belle Valley); Oct. 22 – OSU South Centers Research Administration Building (Piketon); Nov. 8 – Ward Pavilion (Toledo); Nov. 22 – Calumet Center (Dayton); and Nov. 23 – virtual (via Zoom). A boxed lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend, although mileage should be covered by each unit/individual who is attending. The tentative agenda and registration form are available at

  3. COVID-19 Vaccination Now Required of all Ohio State Staff, Faculty, and Students

    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 deadline to have at least a first dose is Oct. 15. For people receiving a two-dose vaccine, the second dose must be received by Nov. 15. The university will accept a number of vaccines to meet this requirement. Information about the vaccine requirement, reporting, exemptions, and FAQs is available at: You are encouraged to be patient and not make any quick decisions about your employment based on the initial requirement notices. More information and details about the exemption process will be forthcoming from the university.

    4-H specific information via Kirk Bloir, state 4-H leader: The vaccination requirement applies only to Ohio State students, faculty, and staff. There is no current requirement that 4-H members or volunteers must have a COVID-19 vaccination. Also, the mask mandate continues to apply only to the Ohio State Columbus and regional campuses; however, given the increased number of cases and corresponding hospitalizations, we strongly encourage masks to be properly worn during all indoor 4-H activities and events where social distancing cannot be maintained. When a meal is included, we strongly encourage social distancing to the extent possible. Keep in mind that county and independent fairs (and the activities 4-H members and volunteers choose to participate in during fair) fall under the guidance of the local senior fair board; and they would be expected to follow the guidance of the local health department.

  4. Ohio 4-H Foundation Will Host Annual Celebration of Youth on Oct. 2

    The Ohio 4-H Foundation is hosting its annual fundraiser at Leeds Farm this year. Please share the information below in your local newsletters, or on social media. If you have any questions, contact Crystal Ott, 4-H Foundation manager, at

    Join us for an evening of fall fun at Leeds Farm in support of Ohio 4-H! Since 1998, Celebration of Youth has been an annual fundraiser supporting Ohio 4-H youth development programming and operations. This year, it will be held at Leeds Farm on Sat., Oct. 2 at 6:30 pm. This will be a casual evening to enjoy hayrides, the zip line, pumpkin jump, adult trikes, basketball shoots, and pumpkin shop. Of course, the evening wouldn’t be complete without the annual silent and live auctions. The event is for ages 21 and over. The kids are away, so the adults can play! Make your plans to join us for this evening of fall fun on the farm in support of Ohio 4-H. Purchase your ticket online at Read more at If you are unable to attend the event in person, you can still participate in the silent auction.

  5. Knowledge Exchange Announces New Look at Food System Research

    Dive into the complex web of processes, infrastructure, and activities we call The Food System. Strengthening our food system involves all of us. Explore each topic to review food’s journey from farms to our tables and learn about the latest research from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Our researchers ask big questions. Their work addresses the challenging issues we face to feed a growing population. Visit to learn more.

  6. Thinking Inside the Box – First Tri-State CSA Conference to be Held Oct. 24-25

    The first annual CSA (community-supported agriculture) conference will be held Oct.24-25 in Archbold, Ohio. CSA have become an increasingly popular way to receive fresh, local products on a regular basis throughout the growing season. Learn from industry leaders how to help make CSAs more successful. The conference is hosted by The Ohio State University, Michigan State University, and Purdue University; and it is sponsored by the North Central SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) project and Rupp Seeds, Inc. Learn more online at

  7. New Extension Today – NBC4 Partnership Pilot Project Underway

    Extension Today is a pilot project and new partnership of NBC4 WCMH-TV, OSU Extension, and CFAES. NBC4 is partnering with OSU Extension and the college to share viewer-focused stories about gardening, cooking, and other tips and resources for improving central Ohioans’ gardens, lives, families, and local communities. For the next six months, NBC4 will air a special Extension Today segment on Daytime Columbus each Wednesday, as well as on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Daytime Columbus is a locally-produced talk show which takes a closer look at area businesses, organizations, and resources available in central Ohio. After NBC4 also promotes the show on its Facebook page, OSU Extension will share a link to each video, as well as CFAES and Extension resources such as fact sheets, photos, connections with our specialists, etc. online. We will then promote the segments on social media as well.

    Special thanks to Tim McDermott and Jenny Lobb, educators with the Franklin County office of OSU Extension, for hosting this new segment and partnering with numerous guests over the next few months. Current topics are about growing tomatoes, recipes for tomatoes and sweet corn; and upcoming topics will include tailgate grilling (burgers, food safety, etc.), virtual reality and other highlights of Farm Science Review, fall lawn care, apples, pumpkins, fall planting for winter, staying active in colder months, etc. Visit to check it out!

    We are always looking to make the content on these new webpages more robust for our viewers. If you have any resources you feel might be a good addition to any of the topics (before OR after the segments air on TV), contact Cheryl Buck, Extension communication manager, at

  8. Campus Compact Impact Award Applications due Sept. 15

    Get national recognition for your community engagement work. Campus Compact is now accepting applications for its Impact Awards, recognizing faculty, community engagement professionals, and academic institutions for their transformational leadership in advancing the public purposes of higher education. Individuals may be nominated by a colleague or submit an application on their own behalf. Applications are due Sept. 15. Learn more and apply online.

  9. Nominate an Extension Professional to Receive an ESP Special Chapter Award

    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). Visit to submit a nomination by Oct. 1 for these and other ESP awards.

  10. Ohio JCEP (Joint Council of Extension Professionals) Award Nominations due by Oct 1

    There are several other award opportunities open to Ohio JCEP members. Learn more about the creative works, team teaching, and Excellence in Extension awards online. The contact for each award area is listed online if you have questions; and this also contains the link for the Friend of Extension award nominations.

  11. Excellence in Community Development Award Nominations due by Oct. 15

    Extension colleagues: Please consider nominating one or more of your deserving CD colleagues for the 2021 Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award. The $1,500 award recognizes an Extension CD professional for significant programmatic strengths, major contributions, and innovative approaches achieved over the course of his or her Extension career. To accommodate for this year’s virtual Extension Annual Conference, the nomination submission deadline has been moved up to Oct. 15. You can read complete information about the award, including past recipients, and download the nomination form. The award is funded through the Extension CD Endowment. Direct any questions to David Civittolo, interim assistant director, community development, at

  12. 2021 Cybersecurity Days will be held on Oct. 6 and Oct. 13

    Each October, Ohio State presents Cybersecurity Days, a multi-day, technical and awareness conference. Sessions are offered for all skill levels, because cybersecurity awareness happens wherever humans and technology connect. Being aware of threats makes us all more productive and safer. The free annual event is open to Ohio State students, faculty, staff and invited guests. A technical forum will be held on Oct. 6, and a community forum on Oct. 13. Learn more online at

  13. Ohio JCEP First-Timers Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the following individuals who were selected to receive an Ohio JCEP First-Timer award to attend a national Extension conference: Tori Kirian, NAE4HYDP Conference; Jennifer Little, NEAFCS Conference; and Roseanne Scammahorn, ESP Conference.

    Also, per announcement in mid-August, the Ohio JCEP SGR Committee has remaining funds for first-timer awards to be used for an Extension national conference. If you have previously only attended a national conference virtually, you are eligible to apply for funds to be able to attend your first in-person conference. The committee will continue to accept and review applications for the first-timer award on a rolling basis until all of the 2021 funds are awarded. Visit for information and a link to the application.

  14. ACEL to Extension 2021-2022 Series is Announced

    The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) will once again offer a workshop series geared specifically to OSU Extension personnel. Visit to learn more and register for any or all of the sessions, which will begin on Sept. 30, 2021 and run through May 5, 2022. All sessions will begin at 9am and last about 60 minutes.

  15. Annual Conference Session Proposals are due Sept. 15

    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. The theme for this year is Reflect. Reconnect. Refocus. In 2020, we adapted to change in all aspects of our lives, due to many circumstances beyond our control. We went above and beyond to fulfill our mission and provide exceptional virtual programming, communication, and training to Ohioans throughout the state.

    Fast forward to 2021. We are reflecting on the past year and moving forward together to an even better future! We are reconnecting with colleagues as we come back to our offices and with clientele as we meet again more often in person. We are refocusing on our strategic efforts and organizational values as we adjust to a new “now,” continually improving our partnerships, programs, products, processes, and support for our people!

    Consider submitting a proposal for a presentation, poster, or Engage in 5 session. Visit to review the Request for Proposals guidelines and use a direct link to submit your own proposal(s). All proposals are due on Wednesday, Sept. 15 by 11:59pm. If you have any questions about the RFP process, email ShaLise Simmons ( or Debby Lewis ( with the LOD team.

  16. Submit a Fun Annual Conference Virtual Engagement Idea by Sept. 17 – Win Free Conference Registration

    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. Have you attended an online conference and noticed some great strategies? If so, let us know. Do you have your own ideas about what might work with about, oh, 500 of your closest Extension friends in a virtual setting? If so, tell us about them. We will choose three of the best ideas (one per person), and the three winners will each receive a free conference registration. The expert judging panel will be members of the conference logistics subcommittee. Act now to get your entries in by Sept. 17. Winners will be announced Oct. 1. Submit your ideas online at

  17. Visit the Connection Café and Explore the Dimensions of Wellness

    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. Topics include: emotional wellness (Sept. 3), financial wellness (Sept. 10), physical wellness (Sept. 17), and environmental wellness (Sept 24). Explore what it means to be well and how the various dimensions of wellness affect our overall health. The series is free, but registration is required. Register today at

  18. Live Healthy Live Well Fall Challenge – Sign up by Sept. 15 to Offer the Challenge Locally

    You are invited to offer the Live Healthy Live Well Play Your Way Through the Holidays email challenge in your community this fall. The six-week email challenge will include two messages each week in November and December 2021. Topics will include: mental and physical benefits of play; brain health; how play impacts communication; laughter; playing with food; holiday budgets and play; and creating and maintaining traditions through play. Next steps: If you would like to offer the challenge in your community, sign up on the Qualtrics survey at by Sept. 15. Let us know if this is your first time to offer the challenge and we will link you to resources and training. Reach out to Roseanne Scammahorn ( or Lisa Barlage ( with questions.