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Communiqué March 27, 2013


Positive Thinking Quotes to Get You Thinking

-Keith L. Smith, associate vice president, agricultural administration and director, OSU Extension

As I continue our series on positive thinking, I would like to share with you some thoughts from the book Attitude is Everything - 10 Rules for Staying Positive by Vicki Hitzges (2010) published by Simple Truths.

Rule # 1 is Wait to Worry. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.” - Charles Spurgeon

The author encourages us to wait until you actually have a reason to worry – when something is happening, not just something that might happen – before you worry. What were you worrying about this time last year? Did what you were worrying about actually happen? The average worrier is 92% inefficient - only 8 percent of what we worry about ever comes true.

“People seldom, if ever, are destroyed by what happens on one particular day. What really does us in is our worry about what might happen tomorrow…And when we think of it, no crisis has ever happened in the future.” - Haddon Robinson, preacher

“How simple it is to see that all the worry in the world cannot control the future. How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now. And that there will never be a time when it is not now.” - Gerald Jampolsky, physician

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Director's Internal Advisory Committee

The Director’s Internal Advisory Committee met on March 12. They welcomed the new members of the committee. Keith shared the latest information from Washington, D. C. about the federal budget as well as the state and county budget updates. Overall, there is a fairly positive outlook for county and state budgets; we still have many question marks as the result of the federal situation.

The group shared programs and activities going on in their individual counties or state-related work. Items discussed included: bioenergy workshops; shale gas work; nutrition classes; agriculture awareness day; STEM projects; Alber Enterprise Center update; smoking cessation program; shopping matters; pesticide training; teen volunteer conference; HOPE clinic; EFNEP programming; Business Retention and Expansion update; new branding policy for Extension; pesticide workshops; local foods; small farm colleges; writing workshop; the Conservation and Tillage conference; invasive species; diversity-related events; CORN newsletter; and Adventure Central teen conservation camp.

A number of wonderful events are going on in the counties. Keith discussed the Smith-Lever celebration and asked for ideas for a state event or a number of events. The next meeting of the Director’s Internal Advisory Committee is June 28, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Ohio State CFAES Visual Identity Update

-Ryan J. Schmiesing, director, Communications & Technology, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Ohio State recently released initial information about our new logo; more details will be shared by the university later this spring. In addition to what will ultimately be released by the university, we will be developing college-specific logo and brand guidelines. The transition to the new logo across the university and in our college will take place over the next 12-18 months.

The college name locked up with the new logo (and university name) will be the primary designation and the only “lock-up” permitted. The new guidelines will provide procedures for how mission areas, departments, units, centers, institutes, etc. will be recognized. Communications & Technology will begin working with the different entities in the college on how the implementation will take place and opportunities we have to strengthen our visual identity as a college.

We recognize there may be great interest in immediately applying the new logo, but we are not ready to do that at this time. We'll work with all units and departments in the coming weeks and months on the strategy we will use to update websites, printed materials, office/facility signs, templates for faculty, staff and student use, and more. Please know that, in some cases (i.e., web), we have to wait on the release of designs and/or standards from the university before we proceed.

We very much value your questions and/or constructive feedback as we move through this process. Contact Ryan Schmiesing ( or Suzanne Steel ( for further information.

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Reminder - Avoid Sharing Restricted Data in e-Application Fields

Remember to avoid adding any restricted information when using e-Applications (e.g., eLeave, Business Leave, eRequest, eTravel, eTimesheet, Webclock, Monthly Certification, and HR Action Request).

Examples of things to avoid include: attaching a document that contains a Social Security number or providing inappropriate comments in e-Leave (a notation that an absence is due to a medical procedure is acceptable; providing specific information about the patient’s past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition is not acceptable).

In addition to the e-Applications, avoid adding restricted data to e-mails. Forms that include restricted data must be faxed to the OSU Extension Business Office. They must not be scanned and attached to an e-mail (for example, AP payment compliance forms).

For additional guidance, access the Office of the CIO's Restricted Data Elements page. See full article for details.

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Live Healthy Live Well Spring Challenge

Would you like to get ready for summer by becoming more fit or even losing a couple pounds? OSU Extension is offering an online wellness challenge. This six-week challenge runs from April 8 to May 20.

This Live Healthy Live Well Spring Challenge can help you improve your health by encouraging regular exercise, nutrition, recipe substitutions, and overall wellness. Participants will receive twice-weekly messages via e-mail with research-based tips and recipes. All participant information is kept confidential. The challenge is only open to adults, ages 18 and over.

There will be weekly drawings for cookbooks, fitness products, and other prizes to encourage wellness - all participants are eligible to win. Food and activity logs will be available for download to help participants track their progress. A pre- and post-challenge survey will collect comments to improve future challenges and track participant progress.

How Do I Sign Up? Send an e-mail to an FCS educator on the list below with “Live Healthy Live Well Spring Challenge” in the subject line and “subscribe” in the body of the e-mail. You’ll be enrolled and begin receiving e-communications starting early April. OSU employees participating in the Your Plan for Health Incentive Program will get more information about how they can receive credit for this challenge.

For more information or to register – e-mail a contact below:

Lisa Barlage, Ross County, Ohio Valley EERA
Pat Brinkman, Fayette County, Miami Valley EERA
Dana Brown, Morrow County, Heart of Ohio EERA
Shannon Carter, Fairfield County, Heart of Ohio EERA
Carol Chandler, South Central Region
Marie Economos, Trumbull County, Western Reserve EERA
Donna Green, Erie County, Erie Basin EERA
Kathy Green, Butler County, Miami Valley EERA
Marilyn Rabe, Franklin County, Heart of Ohio EERA
Cindy Shuster, Perry County, Buckeye Hills EERA
Cheryl Spires, West Region                
Beth Stefura, Mahoning County, Crossroads EERA
Susan Zies, Wood County, Erie Basin EERA

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Microsoft Office 2010 Classes Offered

The classes will be held in room 200 of Kottman Hall from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break. The fee is $35 per person. Bonnie Scranton will facilitate the classes; to register, email

  • April 23 - Excel 2010 part 1
  • April 30 - PowerPoint 2010 part 1
  • May 7 - Publisher 2010
  • May 14 - Word 2010 part 1
  • May 21 - Outlook 2010 part 1

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Dealing with Difficult People and Situations – April 4 Workshop

Whether they're employees, customers, colleagues, friends or even the boss, there's no way to avoid interacting with difficult people. However, you can avoid falling victim to their dysfunctions. This workshop will include an understanding of common types of difficult people, identification of personal leadership competencies needed to deal with difficult people, and strategies to effectively deal with the difficult people in our work.

Jeff King will facilitate this workshop in room 105, Agricultural Administration building on April 4 from 9 a.m. - noon. The registration fee is $60 per participant.

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North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Webinar: Poverty and Other Socioeconomic Distress in the NC Region - April 11

The United States experienced a dramatic shift in the well-being of its communities and people over the last decade during the 2007-2009 Great Recession. The rise in poverty diverges from the prosperous 1990s, when poverty rates fell nationally and particularly for rural Americans. This webinar addresses the new geography of poverty that has emerged in the last decade. It will also take a detailed look at the North Central Region, focusing on poverty, unemployment, and household income over time. Both points of distress as well as new points of prosperity in the region will be highlighted, with a discussion of why some places have gained and others lost during the last decade.

The speakers include Linda Lobao, a professor of rural sociology, sociology, and geography at Ohio State. Her research interests center on poverty and other inequalities across localities and on the role of government in alleviating poverty. Also speaking is Mark Partridge, the Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State. His research includes investigating rural-urban interdependence and regional growth and policy. Another speaker is Richard Goe, professor of sociology and coordinator of the sociology program at Kansas State University. His research focuses on development issues facing rural and urban communities and regions. Michael Betz is also presenting; he is a post-doctoral research fellow at Ohio State in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. His research focuses on the dynamic relationship between rural and urban areas, regional and urban growth, and migration patterns in the United States.

Registration: There is no registration or fee for attending this webinar. To join the webinar on April 11, at 3 p.m., go to;“ enter as a guest” is the default choice. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room.. You are now in the meeting room for the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and archived at

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Strengths Finder(Online Workshop) - April 16

As a leader it is important to know what talents you possess, what you bring to the leadership table. Do you know what strengths you possess? Every leader possesses her or his own unique set of talents. According to the Gallup organization, "we spend too much time focusing on our weaknesses, trying to make them stronger rather than recognizing our strengths." When you focus on your weaknesses, you miss out on utilizing what you do best for your organization.

Participants in this workshop will take the Clifton StrengthsFinder™ inventory to learn their five strongest talents. By focusing on your strengths, you increase your effectiveness as a leader.

What is the Clifton StrengthsFinder™ inventory?
Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of the national bestseller First, Break All the Rules, and Donald O. Clifton, chair of the Gallup International Research & Education Center, have created a revolutionary program to help readers identify their talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy consistent, near-perfect performance. At the heart of the book is the Internet-based StrengthsFinder™ Profile, the product of a 25-year, multimillion-dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human strengths. The program introduces 34 dominant "themes" with thousands of possible combinations, and reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success." To take the test, click on

Gain a better understanding of yourself

Identify your top five strengths

Learn how to maximize your strengths to increase your effectiveness as a leader

Beth Flynn will facilitate this workshop on April 16 from 9 – 11 a.m. The registration fee is $60 per participant.

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