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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Communiqué February 4, 2015


Important W-2 Information – Ohio State Tax Reminder

Ohio State is required to furnish all employees with a Form W-2 showing their yearly compensation and tax withholding amounts by January 31 of the following year. By default, you will receive your W-2 by U.S. mail at your home address listed in the Human Resources system. Employees who opt for electronic retrieval only need to do so once. Once you register, you will continue to have access to your W-2 online unless you withdraw your consent. Employees signed up for electronic retrieval will receive an email from W-2 Express indicating when their document is available. Included in that email will be specific instructions on how to retrieve your W-2, including what to do and who to contact if you have forgotten your password. If you didn't sign up for electronic delivery in time for this tax year and would like to sign up for future years, access the OSU Tax Office website for instructions.

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OSUE Promotion Guidelines Available and Other Updates

The 2015-2016 Administrative and Professional (A&P) educator and faculty promotion guidelines are posted on the OSU Extension website in the Policy and Procedures Handbook at

The Department of Extension will be submitting a request to the dean of the graduate school for exclusion of those faculty and senior A&P employees who are pursuing degrees within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. If you are a faculty member or senior A&P professional who has recently enrolled in a degree program offered by the college where you hold an appointment, contact Ken Martin (, department chair, no later than February 20.

P&T Committee Members for 2015
The Promotion and Tenure Committee will include: Nancy Bowen-Ellzey, Barb Brahm, David Civittolo, Greg Davis, Robert Horton, David Marrison, Andy Londo, Chris Penrose and Judith Villard-Overocker (chair). The alternates are Theresa Ferrari and Jackie Kirby Wilkins.

A&P Promotion Committee Members for 2015
The Administrative and Professional Promotion Committee will include: Nate Arnett, Lisa Barlage, Eric Barrett (chair), Brad Bergefurd, Rob Leeds, Lisa McCutcheon, Marilyn Rabe, Brian Raison, and Treva Williams. The alternates are Mary Beth Albright and Amy Stone.

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Distinguished Staff Award Nominations – due February 9

Nominations are open until February 9 for the Distinguished Staff Award, which honors 12 outstanding staff members for their significant leadership, accomplishments and service to the university. Award recipients are selected based on how they have enhanced the quality of work life for colleagues or customers; provided outstanding service to university stakeholders; developed creative solutions to increase department or university operations; or demonstrated one or more of the university’s values. Read more and submit nominations at

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Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award Nominations – due February 9

Nominations are open until February 9 for the Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, which celebrates and rewards diversity efforts on the Ohio State campus. Nominees may include campus organizations, academic units or teams, students, alumni, faculty or staff who have implemented policies, procedures, or programs to enhance diversity on the basis of any diversity qualities. Read more and submit nominations at

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Outreach and Engagement Grant Opportunities – Proposals due February 16

OSU CARES/OSU Extension, the Service-Learning Initiative and the Office of Outreach and Engagement are pleased to offer this year’s OSU CARES/OSU Extension Seed Grants, Service-Learning Grants, and Engagement Impact Grants to support scholarly engagement efforts of university faculty and staff.

More than $300,000 is available to support programs that establish and expand innovative, creative, scholarly engagement to address compelling challenges and critical needs in communities. The proposal submission deadline is February 16 (4pm). For more information, visit

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University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards – Applications due February 16

The offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, Service-Learning, Student Life and Undergraduate Education have joined together to recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners with the University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards program. Awards will be given in the community engagement, international engagement, service-learning, staff, student, student group and community partner categories. A total of $21,000 will be awarded. Applications are due February 16.

To submit an application, visit Contact 614-247-7795 or with questions.

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Tri-State Diversity Conference Diversity Champion Award – Nominations due February 16

The goal of the Tri-State Diversity Conference (to be held February 19-20) is to network and link people and resources together to better integrate diversity into programs, policies, and practices for creating community well-being. The 2015 theme is “reThinking Diversity: Addressing the Cultural Shift in America.” For more information, visit

The 2015 nomination form for the Tri-State Diversity Champion Awards is attached; the form is also available on the conference website. Please nominate yourself or others for one of these awards. The nomination deadline is January 16. Send nominations to Pat Holmes at An individual award and a team award will be presented during the Tri-State Diversity Conference luncheon on February 19.

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The Changing Face of the Organization: Millennials in the Workplace – February 17 Workshop

Who are these new employees in your workplace? How do you relate to or manage this latest generation to enter the workforce? These younger employees are technologically wired, highly educated and eager to make a difference in their workplace. This highly interactive workshop is filled with information that you can apply immediately in your organization.

Millennials were born between 1980-2000; and this generation is almost as large as the Baby Boomer generation. An achievement-oriented group, these new employees are technically connected 24/7 and use social networking to connect with their peers. This high-achieving generation wants to immediately make an impact in their career, and they are anxious to take on leadership roles.

  • Learn about the culture and events that have shaped the Millennial Generation.
  • Determine ways to improve communication and building relationships with this generation.
  • Generate ideas about how to manage and coach this generation of employees.

Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop – 9am to 12pm, 105 Ag. Admin. The cost is $75 per participant. To register, go to

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Emotional Vampires at Work – February 19 Workshop

Emotional vampires tend to drain the energy of everyone they encounter. These "vampires" tend to suck out your optimism, and enthusiasm rather than your blood. Their toxic behaviors can range from subtle comments, to full-blown drama. These vampires, it can be one or 100 in an organization, affect workplace productivity and lower morale.

It is essential to stop having your energy drained from you. One way is to learn to identify the different types of behavior they possess. It is also vital to learn how to keep their negativity from affecting how you work and feel about yourself. When working with emotional vampires, we need to remember that what they say or do is a reflection of them, not us.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Learn about the different types of behaviors of Emotional Vampires
  • Gain a better understanding about how Emotional Vampires affect the workplace
  • Develop strategies for dealing with Emotional Vampires.

Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop from 9am to noon. The cost is $75 per participant. To register, go to

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Strengths-Based Selling – February 24 Online Workshop

Do you consider yourself to be a "natural born" salesperson? Research shows that when you build on your strengths, you get the best sales response. Capitalizing on what you do well (your strengths) drives sales performance. Developing your strengths takes time, talent, skills and knowledge.

A successful salesperson has the ability to build relationships with prospects. By building complementary partnerships with others on their sales team, the two of you can be stronger by combining your strengths together. Using the strengths you have can launch you into successful sales opportunities.

Participants can expect to gain knowledge about:

  • Overcoming the reluctance to calling prospects
  • Utilizing your Strengths to improve sales performance
  • Steps for Building Relationships
  • Increasing Your Chances for Success Using your Strengths

To participate in this workshop, you must have attended a StrengthsFinder workshop. Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop from 9 to 11am. The cost is $75 per participant. To register, go to

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Ohio Ag Council Scholarship Applications – due February 27

The Ohio Agricultural Council is offering up to six $1,000 scholarships to assist students pursuing agricultural-related studies and to help promote agriculture and agri-business as a growing field of career opportunities. The application deadline for the 2015-2016 school year is February 27. Click here to download the 2015-2016 application.

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Performance Management and Coaching – March 2 Workshop

As a manager or unit supervisor you have the important responsibility of guiding, directing, and managing the performance of individuals you supervise. This can be a daunting and sometimes challenging part of your role. This workshop focused on coaching and performance management is a great place to begin developing and/or strengthening your skills and gain valuable resources that will help reduce the stress associated with the performance management process.

This day-long workshop will be divided into two sessions, between which we will break for lunch and have time to socialize with the group. Jeff King is facilitating this workshop from 9am to 3:30pm. Cost is $140 per participant. To register, go to

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