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Communiqué April 29, 2015


Campus Campaign ends April 30

In 2014, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences had its highest number of donors ever, increased support across all campuses, and received university-wide recognition amongst our peers. This year, we have set an ambitious yet attainable goal of 45% participation, and we’re already more than halfway there.

Campus Campaign 2015 runs through April 30, and every gift counts, no matter the size. Participation is key. Visit our new Campus Campaign 2015 webpage for event updates, donor stories, videos, campaign highlights, department recognition and more! If you want help finding a specific designation you would like to support, please contact Tori Farmer, assistant development director at or 614-292-6768; or email campaign ambassador Ken Martin at

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Help Imagine the Future of OSU Extension – May Discussion Deadlines Approaching!

–VP Conversation Steering Committee – Graham Cochran and Becky Nesbitt, co-chairs

Dean McPheron has tasked us all with being adventurous in exploring possibilities in creating a new century of Extension work and scholarship.

Let your voice be heard...

by joining the conversation to share your thoughts on how OSU Extension can be best suited to meet the challenges of the future. How could or should OSU Extension be positioned to address future needs? Let’s work together to discover how OSU Extension will continue to positively impact Ohio and Ohioans.

Don't miss out on sharing your ideas in person at one of the following events. Two deadlines to register are quickly approaching – OSU MARION campus (May 1 deadline for May 8 event) and COLUMBUS (May 15 deadline for May 22 event). For the full list of statewide employee conversations, click here.

OR to register now....

To learn more about other ways you can get involved in this conversation, visit

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OSU Extension Innovative Grant Proposals – due by May 15

OSU Extension Administration is again making available grants to support innovative outreach/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 on the following link for information about submitting a proposal – Proposals are due May 15. If you have questions about the innovative grants, contact Ken Martin at or 614-292-8793.

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Political Activity by Ohio State Employees – Human Resources Reminder

The local, state, and national political season is underway, and Ohio State fully encourages its employees to vote and be involved in political activities. However, as employees of a public institution, there are guidelines the university has established and individual employees are expected to follow. Click here to read the guidelines provided by the Office of Legal Affairs. If you have any questions, contact Jan Allen Neiger, associate general counsel, by phone (614-292-0611) or email (

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OSU Extension Website Reminder – Faculty and Staff Resources

The information that was posted on the Extension website under “For Faculty and Staff” is now available under “About” on the updated website -- When you hover your cursor over “About” in the top tabs on the page, you’ll see links to the Policy and Procedures Handbook, our mission/vision/values (including the organizational chart), the Communiqué, Chi Epsilon Sigma, and the Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals – as well as direct links to the Business Office, Human Resources, Program Development and Evaluation, and other entities.

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Minimum Wage Change Reminder – as of January 1, 2015

On January 1, 2015, Ohio’s minimum wage increased from $7.95 to $8.10. If you are initiating an HRA to hire an hourly paid employee, the minimum hourly rate that can be offered has to start at $8.10. If you have any questions, contact Amy Burns at 614-292-2776 or

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James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture on May 6

Dr. Michael V. Drake, president of The Ohio State University, is the speaker for the 12th annual James F. Patterson Lecture. Drake became the 15th president of The Ohio State University on June 30, 2014, following nine years as chancellor of the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Drake is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and he serves on the boards of the Association of American Universities and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In 2014, he was appointed to a three-year term as secretary of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

The lecture honors former Ohio State Board of Trustees member James Patterson and the cause to which he is most committed – a vibrant university fulfilling its land-grant mission in an ever-changing world. This annual event brings to campus a prominent figure to speak to the range of challenges facing colleges and universities in the 21st century. Registration information is available online.

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Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards Ceremony – May 6

The Ohio State University recognizes faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement with the Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards program.

The overall top partnership, which receives the University Outreach and Engagement Award, serves as the university's nominee for the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award. Awards are given annually to the top partnerships in community engagement, international engagement, service-learning, staff, student, student group, and community partner categories. A total of 14 awards will be given out on May 6. The ceremony is free to attend and open to the public. It will take place just before the Patterson Lecture. To RSVP, email

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Outreach and Engagement Forum – May 6

Immediately following the Patterson Lecture, visit the Ohio State University Outreach and Engagement Forum from 1-3 p.m. in the Ohio Union, Archie Griffin East Ballroom. The Forum is a poster exhibition featuring more than 125 initiatives that Ohio State faculty, staff and students are partnering in with members of our local, national and international communities. The Forum is free to attend and open to the public.

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Ohio Boating Summit to be held at Ohio State – May 4

Nearly 99 percent of Ohioans are only a half-hour drive from one of Ohio’s boating waterways. That is why boating on Ohio’s waters supports Ohio’s nearly $40 billion a year tourism industry. Whether powerboating or paddling, boaters in Ohio continue to spend their time and hard-earned money in pursuit of fun on the water.

To bring these boaters and anglers together with retailers and tourism members, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft invites everyone interested in boating on Ohio’s waterways to attend the inaugural Ohio Boating Summit being held May 4 on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Spend the day learning about current boating topics from industry and research leaders, and network with others who share boating interests. To learn more, visit the Ohio Boating Summit website at To register, visit

The ODNR Division of Watercraft welcomes these summit presenters:

  • Flying Horse Farms (keynote) --- Flying Horse Farms provides magical, transformative camp experiences for children with serious illnesses. Located in Mt. Gilead, the camp hosts hundreds of children and families each year—free of charge. Flying Horse Farms is an ODNR Division of Watercraft grant recipient and will share how those funds are used to create great opportunities for their campers.
  • Melinda Huntley, executive director, Ohio Travel Association --- The travel industry in Ohio helps generate more than $30 billion each year and supports more than 8 percent of all Ohio jobs. Huntley will elaborate on the benefits of tourism in a community and how boating plays an important role.
  • Jeff Reutter, retired, director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program --- Reutter will discuss how the Buckeye State is working to create a healthier Lake Erie by addressing the occurrences of algal blooms.
  • Eugene Braig, program director, Aquatic Ecosystems --- Braig will speak on the broad topic of aquatic invasive species and the effect on Ohio.
  • Rich Carter, executive admin., Fish Management and Research, ODNR Division of Wildlife --- Carter will explain the roles science and fish stocking play in improving Ohio’s fish populations and creating better angling opportunities for boaters.
  • Virgil Chambers, director-emeritus of the National Safe Boating Council, Inc. (NSBC) --- Chambers will speak on the evolution of recreational boating safety and predicted trends for upcoming years.
  • Sarah Orlando, Clean Marinas Program --- Orlando will discuss the successes, challenges and lessons learned from the voluntary Ohio Clean Marinas Program.

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Communication and Conflict Management Workshop – May 5

Conflict is a part of our daily lives at work or at home. How we manage conflict has a direct impact on how fulfilled we feel about our work, the quality of work, and the quality of work from our respective teams or units. Effectively dealing with and using conflict as a positive tool is a major component of success in current or future leadership roles.

Leaders of organizations and units also realize the impact of conflict on an organization's or team's culture. Do we have an environment that allows for differences of opinion to be openly shared? Do you or your team members have the knowledge and skills to work through conflict situations rather than allowing conflict to undermine the team's or unit's effectiveness?

This workshop will provide participants with a greater understanding of how conflict affects their work and strategies to develop one's conflict management skills. Participants will also complete the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) assessment to identify their preferred mode of conflict management and understand individual and team implications to their style.

More specifically, attendees will learn specific strategies to deal with conflict situations and increase your capacity as an effective leader. The cost is $75 per participant. Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop from 9am to noon, room 105 Ag Admin, 2120 Fyffe Road. To register, go to

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StrengthsFinder Workshop – May 12

As a leader it is important to know what talents you possess, that 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 and 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."

Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop from 9am to noon, room 105 Ag Admin, 2120 Fyffe Road. The cost is $75 per participant. For more information, visit

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The Full Monty: Advanced Strengths Development Workshop – May 13

The “full monty” is a British slang phrase of uncertain origin. It is generally used to mean "everything which is necessary, appropriate, or possible; ‘the works.’ –Wikipedia

Leading with your strengths will help your team and organization grow. –Gallup Strengths Center

Gaining a deeper understanding of your strengths and how to utilize them at work increases your chances of success. Each person has a unique combination of strengths. These strengths are utilized in helping one perform at his or her best, overcome obstacles and capitalize on the strengths of his or her teammates.

In this advanced strengths workshop, participants will have the opportunity to discover their complete strengths profile. Awareness workshops provide you with your top five strengths/themes, and in this workshop you will receive your complete profile of your 34 strengths.

*To participate in this workshop, you must have attended a StrengthsFinder awareness workshop. Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop from 9am to noon, room 105 Ag Admin, 2120 Fyffe Road. The cost is $140 per participant. To register, go to

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The Changing Face of the Organization: Millennials in the Workplace Online Workshop – May 19

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 from 9-11am. Cost is $75 per participant. To register, go to

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What will it be Today: Conflict, Compete, Collaborate? Workshop – May 28

There are many choices to be made in the workplace. The workplace can be a breeding ground for conflict due to different personality and communication styles. We can choose to ignore or accelerate conflict with others, or we can choose to allow conflict to make the positive changes within our organization. On the other hand, we can choose to work collaboratively or cooperatively together to further the goals of our organization. It's a choice we make, so what will it be today?

Participants will:

  • Understand why conflict in the workplace happens.
  • Identify the ways cooperation increases productivity.
  • Explore ways to collaborate together.

Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop from 9am to noon in room 105 Ag Admin. Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus. Cost is $75 per participant. To register, go to

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Action Leadership Retreat – September 28-29

Participants are currently being recruited for a professional development opportunity in 2015 called Action Leadership Retreat. Designed for Extension educators (or others with similar responsibilities) with 18 months to three years of experience, the Action Leadership Retreat (ALR) is a professional development opportunity built around simulated on-the-job experiences. Led by a facilitator and two experienced Extension professionals who are trained as observers, ALR is designed to help you evaluate and reflect on your skills in 12 key areas (e.g., conflict management, communication, and interpersonal skills) important for success as an Extension professional.

Space is limited to seven participants for each event. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first-served basis! For additional information and to register, visit If you have questions, contact Graham Cochran ( or Jody Termeer (, OSU Leadership Center.

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