Communiqué February 6, 2012

10 Inclusionist Behaviors in Leadership

During 2012, we will publish short statements by OSU Extension Administrative Cabinet members describing how they strive to incorporate inclusionist behaviors into their work. Refer to the introductory article in the January 9 issue of Communiqué for more information.

Behavior #2 -- Inclusionist leaders are not afraid to learn from hourly employees.
Having worked in Extension for more than 29 years in multiple positions in two states, I learned very quickly that support staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with others. In my first position as the sole Extension educator responsible for 4-H, agriculture, and family and consumer sciences in a very small, rural county, my only other office teammate was the support staff. She was (and still is) a life resident of the county, had worked in the Extension office for several years, was involved with the county fair board, and knew the county commissioners and the many volunteer leaders within the different program areas. By spending time talking and listening to her, I was better able to get connected within the county and with the right individuals. Not only was she my advocate, but she helped me grow as a professional. We still stay in touch today.

As I have moved through my various positions in Extension, I have always tried to listen to the counsel of the support staff. I’m sure many of you are aware that Marge Hall, although not an hourly employee, has been a tremendous teacher and great mentor for me in human resources. Advice and wisdom can be found in many places, so don’t let titles and positions hinder you in asking for guidance. These golden nuggets can be hidden in many places; and when you find them, allow them to sparkle and shine.
-Garee W. Earnest, leader, Human Resources

No Limits to the Value of an Agricultural Degree

-Bobby D. Moser, vice president, Agricultural Administration and dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Dear alumni and friends,

You may have heard about a recent Yahoo blog that put agriculture, and a couple of related majors, on a list of “useless” degrees. Given our greater than 90 percent placement rate and an increased demand for our graduates, I respectfully disagree, as do many leaders of agricultural colleges. I want to share with you the response from me and three other deans -- from Purdue, Iowa State and University of Illinois. You can find the article at https://cfaes.osu.edu.

OSU:pro and RIV Update – Renewing Extension Programs in the Extension Activities Module

Attached to this article is a tutorial for RENEWING your Extension Programs in the Extension Activities module of OSU:pro. Please read the following paragraphs VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE making any edits/changes in OSU:pro (including clicking the “Renew” link). Spending a few minutes now to understand this process will save you a lot of trouble and grief down the road! Remember that we are reporting by calendar year (2011, 2012, etc).

Please open and read the attached tutorial PDF to learn how to properly use the “Renew” feature in OSU:pro. On another note before the tutorial: IF YOU DO NOT RENEW A 2011 PROGRAM YOU INTEND TO PROVIDE IN THE 2012 CALENDAR YEAR, YOU WILL HAVE TO “START FROM SCRATCH” (i.e., recreate the program entry for 2012). ANY PROGRAM THAT IS NOT RENEWED BY 11:59 PM, February 16, 2012 WILL BE REMOVED (ARCHIVED) FROM YOUR PROGRAM LIST (i.e., you will not have on-screen access to it anymore, and you will have to re-create the program from scratch).

Because of the transition to Research in View (RIV), do NOT enter any data into any section of OSU:pro after February 20. The data transfer (from OSU:pro to RIV) will occur the week of February 20. RIV will launch on February 24. You will be instructed on how to access RIV-Extension after February 24.

If you still have questions about OSU:pro or the “Renew” feature after reading the tutorial PDF, contact either Debby Lewis (lewis.205@osu.edu) or Kim Bahnsen Showalter (showalter.56@osu.edu) in the Program Development and Evaluation Unit for assistance. They are your contacts for all Extension reporting-related questions (OSU:pro/RIV). Visit the PDE Web site and view the “Extension Reporting” section for helpful documents and recordings (www.go.osu.edu/pde).

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EEET Update

On January 9, EEET annual summary reports were sent out to all county-based program staff and educators who submitted EEETs in 2011.

Please note that at this point, ALL EEETs from 2011 should be submitted to Program Development and Evaluation. If you missed the December 19, 2011 deadline to submit your EEETs, please send them IMMEDIATELY to:

  • ATTN: EEETs, 25K Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, OH 43210

Please submit your EEETs in a timely manner. They should be sent in immediately after they are collected, and ideally should be received no later than two weeks after the forms were collected. Please emphasize to your forms collector the importance of mailing your forms promptly. By submitting on time, this will help our office avoid a backlog of data to be entered. (Your data are entered BY HAND!)

Please use current EEET forms and cover sheets. You can access the most up-to-date form types on our Web site at go.osu.edu/pde. We also provide information about which EEET form types are accepted by our office, OSU:pro/RIV information, requesting a EEET summary and more. Please bookmark us!

Direct all questions about EEETs and summary reports to Kim Bahnsen Showalter (showalter.56@osu.edu, 614-292-0179).

Five-Year EEET Summary Reports for Promotion/Tenure

If you are considering promotion this year, please request a five-year summary report using this link no later than March 1.

  • For promotion/tenure purposes, you should request a five-year summary report with comparison data. This link should only be used by individuals going for promotion/tenure and submitting a dossier this year.
  • Around March 7 and 8, Program Development and Evaluation will be e-mailing five-year (2007-2011) EEET summary reports to potential candidates who request them for their document.

 

Levy County Workshop - February 22

A workshop will be held on February 22 for educators, county directors, Extension stakeholders, counties interested in funding local operations via a levy in the future, and current levy-funded counties seeking to maintain high levels of clientele support.

If you are planning a levy ballot sometime in the future, this workshop is vital. County Extension professionals, county levy committee members, and Extension stakeholders are all invited to attend. The workshop is entirely educational and will focus on a number of vital elements, from generating the correct levy language to how to run a levy campaign. See the attachment for agenda and registration information.

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2012 OARDC Student and Faculty Awards Competition

The OARDC Student and Faculty Awards Competition is continuing in 2012. Note: All student fellowships/associateships are open to any student initiating his or her graduate studies at OSU in 2012. The exception is the Thorne Associateship, which is reserved for students in their third year of graduate study at OSU.

The announcement letter and the criteria/guidelines for each of the awards can be found on the OARDC Web site under the faculty/staff link at the bottom of the page, listed as Competitions: Faculty Awards, Student Awards.

Student Awards – Deadline is Tuesday, February 21
(We will ask the selection committees for the student awards to make their selections by March 26.)

  • OARDC Director's Associateship Awards
  • Minority Associateship Awards
  • International Associateship Award
  • Charles E. Thorne Associateship Award
  • William E. Krauss Director's Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
  • FAES Environmental Fellowship Awards

Faculty Awards – Deadline is Monday, March 5

  • OARDC Director's Innovator of the Year Award
  • OARDC Distinguished Faculty Research Awards (Junior and Senior)

If you have any questions, contact the office of Steve Slack, associate vice president for Agricultural Administration and director, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (330-263-3701).

2012 OARDC Student and Faculty Awards Competition

The OARDC Student and Faculty Awards Competition is continuing in 2012. Note: All student fellowships/associateships are open to any student initiating his or her graduate studies at OSU in 2012. The exception is the Thorne Associateship, which is reserved for students in their third year of graduate study at OSU.

The announcement letter and the criteria/guidelines for each of the awards can be found on the OARDC Web site under the faculty/staff link at the bottom of the page, listed as Competitions: Faculty Awards, Student Awards.

Student Awards – Deadline is Tuesday, February 21
(We will ask the selection committees for the student awards to make their selections by March 26.)

  • OARDC Director's Associateship Awards
  • Minority Associateship Awards
  • International Associateship Award
  • Charles E. Thorne Associateship Award
  • William E. Krauss Director's Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
  • FAES Environmental Fellowship Awards

Faculty Awards – Deadline is Monday, March 5

  • OARDC Director's Innovator of the Year Award
  • OARDC Distinguished Faculty Research Awards (Junior and Senior)

If you have any questions, contact the office of Steve Slack, associate vice president for Agricultural Administration and director, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (330-263-3701).

2012 Multiple Perspectives Conference - April 24-25

There will be three featured speakers and 29 concurrent sessions at the 2012 Multiple Perspectives Conference to be held on The Ohio State University campus in April.

Stephen Kuusisto will present the Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture on Disability Culture and Art. Kuusisto is an author, poet, disability advocate, and director of Syracuse University’s Renée Crown University Honors Program, where he is also a University Professor of Disability Studies. To read excerpts of Kuusisto’s poetry, essays, blog posts and more, visit his Web site.

LeDerick Horne will present The Ohio State University’s President and Provost’s Diversity Lecture and Cultural Arts Series. Classified as neurologically impaired in the third grade, Horne has become a successful spoken word poet, playwright, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and advocate. You can sample Horne’s poetry on iTunes;and find out more about Horne’s life and work at his Web site.

Marilyn Bartlett will present the Ken Campbell Lecture on Disability Policy. Bartlett has been a kindergarten teacher, college professor, public school assistant superintendent, associate in a law firm, and college dean. She is well published and presents locally, nationally, and internationally on topics of educational law. However, many know her as the law school graduate with a reading and learning disability who was refused accommodations on the bar exam and became the plaintiff in Bartlett v. New York State Board of Law Examiners.

Student poster competition submissions are due by March 12. The Multiple Perspectives Conference encourages students to network with professionals, the community, and scholars who share their interests in disability at its annual student poster reception. A gift from the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation will fund awards (graduate research $500; undergraduate research $200; art and performance $200; community service $100; class projects $200). For more information, visit this link.

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters: Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation; Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Ohio State University; Office For Disability Services, The Ohio State University; Disability Studies Program, The Ohio State University; Columbus Advisory Council on Disability Issues; The Kirwan Institute; Diversity and Identity Studies Collective, The Ohio State University; ADA-OHIO; The Wexner Center For The Arts; and The Ohio State University Medical Center.

National Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning - May 1

Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Valerie Lee, and the NCDR&L Conference planning committee are pleased to announce the 18th annual National Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning set for May 1. This event will be held at the Fawcett Conference Center at The Ohio State University.

The theme – The Journey of Change: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Uncertain Times – will be approached with best practices, engaging with each other, meaningful and inspirational construct and enrichment through high energy, interactive and substantive breakout sessions, remarks from Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski’s keynote, and “The Diversity and Learning Dialogue.”

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992, tells a critically compelling story, particularly as it relates to science and technology. “He has been given very strong credit for turning around UMBC from a struggling commuter school a decade ago to what U.S. News & World Report called an educational ‘powerhouse.’ The university's technology programs, in particular, have brought national attention.” To learn more about Dr. Hrabowski's accomplishments, visit this link.

For proposal information and to register online, click here.