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-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director
This is starting my third week serving as the interim assistant director and I am excited about this opportunity to lead our Extension program area. As I settle into my new role, I want to thank Greg Davis for all his outstanding work as our assistant director for the last nine years. His dedication and desire for making Community Development an exemplary program area is to be commended. Many of us will be forever grateful for his passion to offer professional guidance. In my professional working relationship with Greg, I always appreciated his willingness to listen and observe and to offer constant encouragement and to reassure me that everything will work out just fine. Thanks, Greg!
I know we all wish him well as he transitions to his new role and I am certain that he will provide outstanding leadership as Extension’s department chair and associate director.
As for me, please don’t hesitate to stop by and see me if you are in Columbus (Ag Admin Suite 3). Also, please don’t hesitate to email or call me if you have questions or would like to schedule a meeting.
As you can read about further details below, remember to mark your calendars for the 2019 OSU Extension Annual Conference scheduled December 16-18. This year’s theme is Land-Grant Fierce: Meeting the Challenge.
One of the most gratifying parts of the conference for me will be to present the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award. Please consider nominating one or more of your deserving CD colleagues for this award. The $1,500 cash award recognizes an Extension CD professional for significant programmatic strengths, major contributions, and innovative approaches achieved over the course of their Extension career. November 1 is the submission deadline for nominations.
Last, I want to share with you that I believe our future is bright! This is a direct result of all the hard work that each of you has put in during your time here at Ohio State University Extension. Your commitment to the residents of Ohio and beyond is inspiring. I will do my best to serve you, OSU Extension, and all our stakeholders as we move forward.
Complete Mandatory Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training
Promoting the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff is Ohio State’s top priority and a responsibility we all share. All faculty, staff, and student employees must complete “Report = Support!,” which has been assigned to you through BuckeyeLearn, to help identify and prevent sexual misconduct and provide access to support services and resources. Merit-eligible employees who do not complete the training by June 30, 2020, will not be eligible for annual merit increases that take effect September 2020. So, do it now or do it later, just get it done by June 30! Visit Ohio State’s Title IX website for more information. Read more.
Accessibility in Extension and Higher Education Webinar - September 23:
|On Monday, September 23 from 10 to 11 a.m., Megan Fogel from the Office of Distance Education and eLearning will be leading a webinar titled "Accessibility in Extension and Higher Education."|
As a public institution, The Ohio State University and Ohio State University Extension have a responsibility to create and disseminate content that is accessible to all audiences. Creating accessible content means reducing barriers to content consumption and comprehension. Examples include ensuring that screen readers can easily read written text aloud, assigning alternate text to graphics so they may be appropriately described, and including captions with video content. This webinar will cover the basics of creating accessible digital content and cover Ohio State’s legal obligations in offering content that is accessible to all audiences. Register.
Innovate Fall Showcase 2019 - September 24:
|The Innovate Fall Showcase, previously known as the Faculty Showcase, will be held on Tuesday, September 24 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Pomerene 320. At the showcase, educators and students will discuss new ways to use Carmen, simple steps to implement in courses, and showcase examples of effective Carmen use.|
The fall showcase is an annual event hosted by the Innovate conference as an interactive opportunity for instructors to learn how others are incorporating technology in their classrooms. At the end of the event, you will have an opportunity to network with presenters and other colleagues. Register.
Upcoming Grant Educational Webinars:
Below are a variety of educational webinars regarding grants. The Zoom session links are only being advertised to those outside of the Columbus or Wooster Campus, so they may participate.
- Budgeting for Sponsored Programs - On September 25 from 2:30 - 4 p.m. in room 035 in the Psychology Building (Columbus campus) and in room 209 Research Services (Wooster campus), there will be a workshop focused on budgeting for sponsored programs, particular items of costs, OMB circulars, F&A rates and bases, and benefit rates. Register via BuckeyeLearn. Zoom link for counties.
- Appointing People on Sponsored Projects (Getting Ready for Workday) - On October 10 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in room 1080 Physics Research building, Smith Seminar Room (Columbus campus) and in room 126 Research Services (Wooster campus). In this session by the Office of Research geared toward staff, learn about types of faculty appointments; time and effort reporting, key personnel, GRAs, post docs, others (making appointments and monitoring those appointments), off-duty compensation, release time appointments, and supplemental compensation. This session will cover readying projects for Workday conversion. Register via BuckeyeLearn. Zoom link for counties.
- Enterprise Project Grants Conference - On October 28 in room 105 and 115 Biomedical Research Tower (Columbus campus) the Enterprise Project’s Grants Conference will take place. It is designed to introduce research administration functionality in Workday. Short presentations held throughout the day will preview new Workday terminology and showcase the new PI Portal, followed by demonstration booths concentrating on topics such as HR activities, reporting, travel, and procurement. Multiple registration times throughout the day are now available in BuckeyeLearn. Register for a time slot.
EPN Breakfast focusing on Water Quality - October 8:
|On October 8 from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, there will be an EPN Breakfast focusing on water quality. For this program, Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences convenes Dorothy Pelanda, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture; Mary Mertz, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to discuss their agencies' current nutrient management and water quality policies and programs; and Laurie A. Stevenson, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.|
The conversation will also include a discussion about the newly launched H2Ohio water quality initiative. This collaborative initiative, linking ODNR, Ohio EPA, and ODA along with other agencies and stakeholders, was designed to invest in targeted, long-term solutions to ensure clean and safe water in Lake Erie and water systems throughout Ohio. Register.
ATRN Appalachian Health Summit - October 14 - 15:
|The Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN) is committed to addressing the significant health challenges and disparities specific to Appalachia by enhancing research collaborations to speed the translation of scientific discoveries to health improvements for this region. On October 14 and 15, ATRN will he hosting the Ninth Annual Appalachian Translational Research Network Health Summit.|
The summit will be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The 2019 theme is "Working Toward Health Equity in Appalachia: Exploring Solutions.” ATRN is most interested in programs, research, and/or community efforts that highlight success in improving health and well-being in the Appalachian Region. For more information, view the agenda and break-out session handout. Register.
Ohio Food Policy Summit - October 28:
|The Ninth Annual Ohio Food Policy Summit will be held on Monday, October 28 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Hosted by the Ohio Food Policy Network and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, the summit will focus on food and farm policies developing at local, state, and national levels, including challenges faced by farmers, issues of social equity, and food system financing. Register.|
Planning and Writing Successful Proposals Workshop - October 29:
|On Tuesday, October 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, PhD, founder of the AtKisson Training Group, will present a workshop titled "Planning and Writing Successful Proposals Workshop" at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.|
This workshop contains a number of different approaches to the material, including lecture format, “in-classroom / flipped classroom,” quizzes, and participant-lead instruction. The presenter will focus on both the why and the how, turning conceptual ideas about the elements of successful proposals into concrete strategies.
SCHOLARLY / CREATIVE / OPPORTUNITIES:
2019 JCEP Awards - Applications due in September and October:
Ohio JCEP award nominations are now open. Use the following links to view award applications and nomination forms:
BETHA Grant Competition - Call for Proposals due December 3:
Ohio State full-time assistant, associate, and full professors are invited to submit proposals for the 2020 Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment awards. The annual competition, funded by Battelle Memorial Institute, awards three to six projects (from $10,000 to $60,000) that examine the impact of science and technology on individuals and society. Emphasis is placed on educational/public service programs and collaborative projects. Applications are due by December 3. Read more.
2019 OSU Extension Annual Conference - Proposals due October 15:
The 2019 OSU Extension Annual Conference will be December 16-18. The theme is Land-Grant Fierce: Meeting the Challenge. Anyone with an Extension affiliation is welcome to attend and participate in the annual conference.
Everyone is also invited to submit a proposal for a presentation, Ignite session, or poster during the conference. Review the request for proposals guidelines and a direct link to submit your own proposal(s). All proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15.
NCRCRD shares Announcement about the Opioid Crisis:
Please see the recent news on the availability of funds to address the opioid crisis. The funds will go to the Single State Authority in each state, which is usually housed in the dept. of mental health or Health and Humans Services. The funds can be used to provide prevention, treatment and recovery services within the states.
The Trump administration said it's sending $1.8 billion in grants to states to respond to the opioid crisis — the third round of funding to expand access to medication-assisted treatment, the overdose medication naloxone, and addiction services. The sum includes $932 million in state opioid response grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and $900 million over three years under a CDC program to improve data collection among local, state governments.
Treatment providers receiving the funding have to offer medication-assisted treatment, considered the gold standard for fighting opioid addiction. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said that all states and U.S. territories will receive funding. The funds will go to the Single State Authority in each state, which is usually housed in the department of mental health or Health and Humans Services. The funds can be used to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery services within the states.
The announcement comes as overdose deaths appear to be slowing, according to preliminary CDC data that showed a 5 percent decline between 2017 and 2018. However, deaths from fentanyl and methamphetamine have been trending upward. "We have to be constantly monitoring the situation," said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. "This is an aspect of the crisis we are tracking very closely."
REMINDERS / UPDATES / NEWS:
Attend Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow's Farmers Share - October 4:
|All Ohio State students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) Farmers Share at Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resource Laboratory on Friday, October 4 from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be wagon rides, tours of the dairy facility, and interactive agricultural education activities at the event. Free ice cream, snacks, pork, and beef will also be available.|
With the activities planned, we expect people to spend around two hours or so at the farm. Feel free to share the flyer with others. If you have questions, please contact Lea Kimley (email@example.com). Register.
|Recently, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and other partners including CFAES, launched the #GotYourBack campaign at Weber’s Farm in Hilliard, Ohio.|
This campaign brings awareness to the many challenges that Ohio’s farmers have faced during the 2019 growing season and the resulting stress on farmers’ mental and behavioral health. The campaign highlights a range of state resources available to assist farmers and their families through this period of uncertainty and stress, and to reassure them that Ohio has got their backs as they persevere through this planting season and prepare for the next. More information on the #GotYourBack campaign, its programs and resources, and all of the contributing partners can be found here.
The #GotYourBack website also includes a link to the “Addressing 2019 Agricultural Challenges” webpage that CFAES’s Farming Crisis Task Force has produced and maintained over the past several months to deliver the most up-to-date information to farmers. A number of “Ask the Expert” workshops at this year’s Farm Science Review will focus on farm stress and the #GotYourBack campaign, in addition to featuring a talk entitled “Stop Fighting on the Way to the Funeral Home” by Jolene Brown, a nationally-recognized speaker, author, and famer.
Farmland Owner’s Guide to Solar Leasing now Available:
|With large-scale solar energy development on the rise in Ohio, some of the state’s farmland owners are being sought out to lease their land for these projects.|
In the past two years, the Ohio Power Siting Board has approved six large-scale solar projects with generating capacities of 50 megawatts or more, and three more projects are pending approval. Typically, lease agreements between solar energy developers and landowners require a long-term legal commitment of 25 years or more.
Leasing land for a solar energy development raises implications for the land, family, farm operation, and community. Legal and energy experts from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) have developed a free guidebook for farmland owners considering leasing to solar energy developers.
Two of the authors of the guidebook, Peggy Hall, agricultural and resource law field specialist for CFAES, and Eric Romich, a field specialist in energy development for CFAES, are available to discuss with the media the issues that land owners should consider before leasing their land. Hall can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-645-3123; Romich can be reached at email@example.com or 419-294-4931. For more information on the guidebook, go here.
Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center launches New Website:
|The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center (OhSFEC) has launched their new website. OhSFEC is an Ohio State University center housed in the Center on Educational Training for Employment (CETE) located on Kenny Road. Their goal is to provide individuals, families, school personnel, and the community with information and resources about school-family engagement.|
There are many resources on the website, but they would like it to grow and expand. If you have ideas of how to help families and schools better connect with each other, please reach out to them. Their director's name is Barbara Boone (firstname.lastname@example.org), and their office number is 614-688-2259.
University Institute for Teaching and Learning Website Launch:
The University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL) launched a new website earlier this month. The institute encourages faculty to become reacquainted with signature initiatives including the Teaching Support Program, Teaching Endorsements, and Research and Implementation Grants. Intended for instructors at all stages in their careers, these tools use evidence-based practices meant to reach generations of diverse students.
UITL’s website will also serve as a hub for faculty research on education, educational development, teaching, and student learning. Visit the event calendar to learn more about upcoming teaching and learning opportunities offered by UITL and university partners.
CFAES IT Transformation Project Update:
As the college moves forward through the CFAES IT Transformation Project, they are continuing emphasizing a few resources where people can visit to receive the latest updates and guidance regarding this key initiative.
The CFAES Information Technology Services site has a section on policies and guidelines which contains updated guidance on IT Purchasing, the FY20 IT Funding Model with cost breakdowns and unit calculator, as well as materials on how the funding model accounts for computing scenarios which fall outside the typical 4-year refresh.
To receive IT support, please reach out to the IT Service Desk; there are multiple ways to do so:
- Assistance is available 24/7 by calling 614-514-4848 (IT4U).
- For immediate assistance in the classroom, select option 1 from the menu.
- Visit self service to submit a ticket or order a service.
- Email email@example.com.
- Walk-in Support is also available (weekdays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted)
- Kottman Hall, Room 260 (Columbus)
- Agricultural Administration Building, Room 240 (Columbus)
- Research Services Building, Room 131 (Wooster)
- BuckeyeBar, ATI Library / Halterman Hall (Wooster, open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Download the Outlook Mobile App by December 1:
To improve security, Ohio State will enable Microsoft’s “Modern Authentication” protocol in December. Modern authentication is a method of identity management that offers more secure user authentication and authorization. When IT enables modern authentication, users cannot access university email via IMAP, POP, SMTP, and ActiveSync protocols.
This means if you are currently using your device's built-in mail and calendar applications, you will no longer be able to use them to access university email and data once modern authentication is enabled in December. The university is starting to transition all users of mobile email clients to Outlook Mobile for iOS and Android.
All mobile app users are to transition to Outlook Mobile by December 1. In preparation for the move to modern authentication, we have disabled new enrollments from other mobile apps that access Ohio State accounts.
Outlook Mobile integrates with the current email system with other Microsoft Office 365 applications. It also provides security to protect the university’s institutional data.
To run Outlook Mobile, there are a couple prerequisites.
- The device MUST have a device passcode set. The application cannot be used until the passcode is set. It also accepts biometric security such as facial recognition or fingerprints.
- On Android, install the Intune Company Portal app in addition to Outlook Mobile. This app provides the foundation needed to implement security for Office 365 mobile apps on Android devices.
Detailed instructions on how to install Outlook Mobile are in the Knowledge Base. For technical support, please contact the IT Service Desk by phone 614-688-4357 (HELP), by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by logging in here.
Articles/Publications of Interest:
Weekly News Digest (CFAES information blog for faculty & staff)
- Farm Science Review: Helping farmers mitigate 2019 farm crisis
- New Ohio State center focuses on improving food safety, preventing foodborne illness
Ohio State News:
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