Monthly Mileage Reporting
Associating a reward with an activity is what leads to the development and maintenance of positive habits. Regular reimbursement for your monthly mileage is one such reward that requires activity on your part. As requested by the business office, if you are traveling on Extension-related non-overnight business, you should submit monthly. Ideally all travel for the month should be on the same eRequest; that is, each eRequest should contain only one monthly mileage log. Attach your Excel mileage log file, include all the appropriate chartfield info, and submit for approval. If there is more than one Org, please send a copy of the eRequest to any approver who will not automatically receive the eRequest. If you have receipts, the originals should be kept either in your county (if the expense is charged to your county) or in the State CD office (if charged to a CD fund). Click here to view the mileage job aid. Please let Sandy know if you have any questions. Maybe work to make travel reimbursement and program reporting in RiV part of your regular end-of-month routine...both activities will yield rewards for you!
Speaking of reporting, thanks to you for sharing program data and Sandy for compiling and formatting, again this year we have our CD Accountability Report. Please use it and share it.
Reminder! Original request sent on Friday, April 26 . . .
Speaking of reporting, before May 24, please take a moment to provide figures that apply to your work (in some cases, estimates are the best we can do, and that is fine). You can enter your figures into this attached file, save, and send to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your individual responses will be compiled into one report from Ohio and forwarded on to be aggregated into the larger North Central CD Program report.
Viewpoints - Innovative Healthcare Leaders Podcast Series has begun:
Viewpoints is a new weekly podcast series featuring innovative healthcare leaders discussing today's most important national health and wellness topics. Host Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing and university chief wellness officer, engages innovators from nationally renowned hospitals, healthcare systems, government agencies, foundations and corporations on crucial healthcare issues. The series launched Wednesday, May 1, with its first guest, Richard Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General, Canyon Ranch Institute President, and Dean's Distinguished Professor of Health Promotion and Entrepreneurship at Ohio State’s College of Nursing. Read more at: viewpoints.osu.edu.
Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:
Visit eXtension Learn (learn.extension.org) to view the many upcoming webinar sessions available throughout the next couple of months. Topics include:
- A Whole System Approach to Increase Local Foods Consumption - May 9 at 2:00 p.m.
- Tracking Sales to Learn What Customers Really Think - May 9 at 2:00 p.m.
- Home Energy Self-Assessments - May 10 at 12:00 p.m.
- Shale Energy Development's Effect on the Posting, Bonding and Maintenance of Roads in Rural Pennsylvania - May 16 at 1:00 p.m.
- Sharing the Best Advisory Leaders have to offer: Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders (SEAL) Panel Session - May 20 at 12:30 p.m.
- Moodle Meet-Up - May 29 at 2:30 p.m.
- Are You a Supermarket Vendor or a Super Market Vendor? - June 13 at 2:00 p.m.
- Gulf Coast Communities Case Study: Building Community Capacity in Times of Change - June 19 at 2:00 p.m.
- Royalty Calculations for Natural Gas from Shale - June 20 at 1:00 p.m.
World’s Leading Polar Bear Scientist to speak at EPN Breakfast - May 14:
Steven Amstrup, 2012 winner of the world’s top wildlife conservation prize, will speak on Tuesday, May 14, at the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. He will address “Certainties, Uncertainties, and Truth about Polar Bears and Global Warming, and What it Means to You.” Doors open at 7:15, breakfast is served at 7:45, and the presentation will be finished by 9:20. For complete information, visit:epn.osu.edu. Registrations are due by May 10 ($15 for RegOnline; $10 if pay by check). Contact David Hanselmann (email@example.com) if you have questions.
Montana Policy Review Webinar Series 'Community Responses to Energy Development' continues May 15:
This webinar series is Montana-focused; however, much of what is being discussed is applicable and relevant to our approaches to this community issue in Ohio. Please plan to ‘tune in.’
The Montana State University Local Government Center is presenting this webinar series that focuses on opportunities and challenges brought on by the energy boom in northeastern Montana. The fifth webinar in this series of six will take place Wednesday, May 15, at 1:00 p.m. EDT). Allison Mouch, Community Planning Bureau Chief for the Montana Department of Commerce, and Steve Kilbreath, Oil and Gas Coordinator for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, will present Land Use Planning Impacts in Eastern Montana: Result of Renewed Oil & Gas Development in the Bakken. For complete information, including how to connect and the list of series topics, click here. If you are unable to attend, all webinars will be recorded and archived on the Local Government Center website.
The sixth and final webinar in the series will take place on Wednesday, June 5, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Anthony Preite, Eastern Montana Economic Development Coordinator, will present The Bakken: With Prosperity Comes Challenge.
Local Food Systems Webinar - May 20:
The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) will present a webinar on the economic impacts of local food systems on May 20 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. To connect to the meeting room, go to: connect.msu.edu/richpirog.
National Extension Conference on Volunteerism - May 20-23:
The National Extension Conference on Volunteerism (NECV) will be held May 20-23 at the Bavarian Inn and Lodge in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The 2013 NECV provides an opportunity for Extension staff working on issues related to volunteerism to learn and share resources with colleagues and collaborators across the nation. The conference brings together the resources of the land-grant system with county and state Extension faculty who build and sustain effective volunteer programs. The line-up includes international volunteerism speakers, peer-reviewed presentations and proceedings, group general sessions, and networking. Tom McKee, a nationally known speaker on volunteering in the 21st century, will be the opening session Keynote speaker. Registration ($275) ends May 10. Visit necv.msue.msu.edu/ for complete information, including registration and schedule.
Role of School of Environment and Natural Resources Subject of Symposium - May 21:
Registration is now open for an engaging and enlightening symposium, “The Evolving Role of the School of Environment and Natural Resources: Addressing Environmental Change,” to be held Tuesday, May 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Bill Chameides, dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, will deliver the keynote address. Two conversational panels with Ohio environmental professionals, leaders and educators will also be featured. An informational poster is available at: go.osu.edu/UGVposter. To register, visit: senr.osu.edu/about-us/events. Contact Jeff Sharp (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
Analyzing Sustainability in Ohio’s Food Supply Chain Workshop - May 31:
Faculty and researchers are invited to attend this one-day workshop on Friday, May 31, at 10:00 a.m. at the Ohio Union. Ruben Morawicki, University of Arkansas and senior advisor to the Sustainability Consortium, will speak on challenges and opportunities from improving sustainability across the supply chain. Break-out sessions include system analysis of food production, local food systems, and communicating sustainability. The workshop will bring together Ohio State researchers and leaders from Ohio’s food industry. Attendance is free. Contact is email@example.com.
Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute begins June 10 - Earlybird Registration due May 20:
The Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute's "Building a Network of Effective Environmental Decision Makers" program begins June 10 and consists of three sessions. The Institute is a new set of workshops that helps enable environmental professionals to address complex environmental issues and incorporate a broader range of solution strategies into their skill set through forums and hands-on learning. Workshop sessions will have a heavy emphasis on learning activities that actively engage participants, including small group/panel discussions and field trips, and include:
- Leading for Sustainability (June 10-11 in Columbus)
- Leading for Climate Change (July 23 in Lewis Center)
- Leading on Energy (September 10-11 in Columbus) - Eric Romich is one of the featured speakers.
Participants will gain new leadership, negotiation, and collaboration skills and learn how to address sustainable practices in settings where differing values may be at odds. Early bird cost (by May 20) is $250; full rate (after May 20) is $275. Registration deadline is May 27. For complete information and to register, visit oeli.osu.edu/home (also click on 'News' and 'Courses').
SCHOLARLY / CREATIVE / OPPORTUNITIES:
Innovative Grant Proposals due May 15:
OSU Extension Administration is again making grants available to support innovative outreach and engagement work with Ohioans, interdisciplinary work, and initiatives that, once seeded through this funding, will expand Ohio State’s engagement and OSU Extension’s work with the community. Click here for information regarding submitting a proposal. Proposals are due May 15. If you have questions regarding the innovative grants, contact Ken Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-292-8793).
Ohio State/Brazil Research Partnership Proposals due May 20:
A new $1.4 million Scientific Cooperation Agreement signed in March will build on existing collaborations between Ohio State and Higher Education Research Institutions in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, to support future research and innovation. Researchers from all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals involving the exchange of researchers between Ohio State and Brazil. During the first year, $20,000 awards will be made to encourage the formation of research collaborations. Larger awards are planned for the program’s second year. The submission deadline is Monday, May 20. For more information, including the call for proposals, click here. Contact Rob McKenney (email@example.com) if you have questions.
REMINDERS / UPDATES / NEWS:
Article published in Journal of Extension:
Congratulations to Nancy Bowen, Mike Lloyd, Eric Romich, and Greg Davis whose article, "Extension-Led Economic Development Model—A Recipe for Success," is published as a featured article in the April issue of the Journal of Extension (JOE)!
Visual Identity Update:
Ohio State’s new One University visual identity system will become increasingly visible across campus and beyond during the next few months. University Communications has been working with staff in colleges and units to develop transition plans. Several are in place, and others are in process. Campus-wide guidelines for logo usage, fonts, color palettes, photography style, stationery, etc., are available at osu.edu/brand. For CFAES thoughts and direction on this visual expression of Ohio State's brand, please read the dean's email of April 30. Additional guidance for CFAES will be released on July 1.
Leave Policies Changing:
The Family and Medical Leave, Paid Leave Programs, and Unpaid Leave policies are being updated effective Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Faculty and staff must exhaust available sick and vacation leave prior to using unpaid leave for any reason, and will be billed for benefits contributions while on unpaid leave. The university may waive this requirement in workers’ compensation, short-term disability, and long-term disability situations. For complete information, visit: hr.osu.edu/policy/.
OSUE Degree Attainment Compensation Policy:
As another semester has ended, it is time to remind you that OSUE employees earning a degree will receive a one-time addition to their base pay according to OSU Extension's Degree Attainment Compensation Policy. Documentation must be sent to and approved by Extension HR. Click here to read the complete policy.
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