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Communiqué May 13, 2015


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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Conflict of Interest and Work Outside the University

Ohio State University employees are expected to devote their time at work to functions of the university. If an employee does engage in external work, this work should not interfere with his or her duties and responsibilities to the university, or create a conflict of interest with his or her assigned university tasks. If a staff person would like to pursue external work that may present a potential conflict of interest or ethical concern, he or she must complete a Staff External Work Reporting Form prior to beginning this work.

Click here to review the entire Conflict of Interest and Work Outside the University policy and to find the Staff External Work Approval Request Form.

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Ohio State Branded Clothing Order Reminder and Updates

For complete compliance with the university brand standards, remember to follow the promotional item guidelines posted on the CFAES Finance Office website at this link – – including the approval process for trademarked items (anything using the university logo, symbols, etc.). Design tips and approval process information are also available on the CFAES brand webpages at

Group Order Option
At this time, we are aware that Proforma TCL is offering group ordering of OSU Extension employee apparel until June 10, 2015. This allows counties who might need fewer items than the typical minimum order amount to order the exact number of items they need, and the vendor will “group” the order from multiple units to meet manufacturer requirements, minimize set-up fees and keep prices low. The Extension showroom is available at

Just-in-Time Production Option
American Solutions for Business uses a just-in-time production approach to handle orders for as small as one apparel item. The process is integrated into their eStore to reduce delivery times and eliminate manual processing of orders. For more information about using this service or order options, contact Chip Brady at

Design Approval FYI
If you order any of the pre-approved items from these vendors – or any of the other Ohio State-approved vendors, you can bypass the design approval process that is outlined in the Extension promotional items guidelines. However, ANY variation of the examples posted on the vendor websites must go through the complete approval process with the college brand advisory team, as well as Ohio State Trademark and Licensing.

Note: Ohio State-approved vendors such as Proforma and American Solutions for Business are approved to sell to units of the university, but not to individuals.

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OSU Extension Annual Report Story Banners Available to Borrow

Extension has several pull-up banners created for the legislative luncheon earlier this year that are available for counties to borrow and use at your county fair, legislative activities or other programs. The titles of the banners are:

  • Certified Crop Advisers
  • Water Quality
  • Urban Renewal
  • 4-H Youth Development
  • Safety on the Farm
  • Energy for the Future
  • Healthy Bees
  • A Safe Food Supply

The attached PDF shows what each banner looks like. Contact Cheryl Buck ( if you would like to borrow one or more of these banners – available on a first come, first-served basis – for a local event.

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Congratulations to the 2015 OSU CARES Seed Grant Recipients

Recipients of the 2015 OSU CARES Seed Grants, as well as other outreach-related grants programs, were recognized at last week’s Patterson Lecture and Outreach and Engagement Forum (see The faculty and staff projects recognized by the OSU CARES Seed Grant program illustrate how engagement is being embedded in colleges across the university. They also showcase how Ohio State is sharing expertise broadly across the entire state and deepening relationships with community partners. Listed below are the grants that were awarded; a brief description of each can be found online at

All of these grants support partnerships between OSU Extension and another Ohio State department to broaden the university’s engagement with communities. Visit the OSU CARES Grants Program webpage at for more information about OSU CARES grants and how to submit a proposal for 2016.

Chefs in The City

  • Principal investigator(s): James Warner, program director, Food and Nutrition, Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University
  • Partner(s): Marilyn Rabe, Extension educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, OSU Extension – Franklin County; Jermaine Kennedy, director, Columbus Bilingual Academy; Mary Duchi, Beth Urban, Lisa Gibson, and Peggy Murphy, steering committee members and Master Gardener Volunteers, Highland Youth Garden c/o Gladden Community Center; Kerry McCarthy, programs manager, Agency and Program Services, Mid-Ohio Foodbank; Ken Roth, Fresh Serv Produce Company

Teaching Food Safety and Nutrition to Visually Impaired Students: Content Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Teachers

  • Principal investigator(s): Sanja Ilic, assistant professor, Human Sciences, Education and Human Ecology; Irene Hatsu, assistant professor, Human Sciences, Education and Human Ecology
  • Partner(s): Tiffany Wild, assistant professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Education and Human Ecology; Linnette Goard, associate professor and field specialist, OSU Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Dan Remley, assistant professor and field specialist, OSU Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Intergenerational Youth Development through Urban Food Systems

  • Principal investigator(s): Gary Straquadine, department chair, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Laquore Meadows, program director, OSU Extension – Franklin County, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Lindsay Breuler, graduate research associate, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
  • Partner(s): Tressa Augustine, program coordinator; Kwodwo Ababio, executive director of New Harvest Café and Urban Arts Center; Stacie Burbage, program coordinator – Young Scholars Program, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Academic Affairs

Greene County Health Literacy Addressing Infant Mortality (Hl-Aim)

  • Principal investigator(s): Melanie Hart, Family and Consumer Sciences educator, OSU Extension – Greene County; Valerie Blackwell-Truitt, director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion and associate director of Medical Education, College of Medicine; Karima Samadi, student, College of Public Health
  • Partner(s): Robyn Fosnaugh, community health service director, Greene County Combined Health District; Shari Martin, social worker, Greene County Combined Health District; Jane McClelland, pre-natal coordinator, Greene County Combined Health District; Lorraine Wallace, director, AHEC Clear Health Communication Program and associate professor, Family Medicine and adjunct associate professor, Human Sciences

Making the Future Bright: The Solar Energy Curriculum Consortium (SECC)

  • Principal investigator(s): Kristen Fussell, executive assistant, Center for Lake Erie Area Research, Office of Research and College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Eric Romich, assistant professor and Extension field specialist, energy development, OSU Extension, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Aparna Dial, university Energy and Sustainability engineer, Facilities Operations and Development
  • Partner(s): Kristin Stanford, education and outreach coordinator, Center for Lake Erie Area Research, Office of Research and College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Lyndsey Manzo, education specialist, Center for Lake Erie Area Research, Office of Research and College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Angela Greene, education specialist, Center for Lake Erie Area Research, Office of Research and College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

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New CFAES Faculty Council Representative

Congratulations to the newly elected Extension representative to the CFAES Faculty Council, Jeffrey Fisher. Jeff will begin serving a three-year appointment on Council as the Central Region representative effective July 1, 2015. Jeff replaces Jeff McCutcheon, whose appointment on Council ends June 30.

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County Website Drupal Training

As you may know, the OSU Extension county websites are now based in the Drupal 7 content management system. The county website structure and content types are unique to the county sites. Following a round of training for county website builders in fall 2014, Extension and CFAES Communications held 10 additional training sessions around the state in January and February 2015. When scheduling, we chose a variety of dates that worked for the training host sites and the training team, and that did not conflict with too many other scheduled activities. We tried to maximize the use of everyone’s time by offering several off-campus locations as well as several sessions on main campus.

Communications has added monthly Drupal training sessions in 2015 for the Extension county websites. Carmen Connect is not conducive to this type of hands-on training, so all county website trainings will continue to be held in person with small groups. In addition, the computer lab in Kottman Hall is our most efficient set-up for hosting this training.

At this time, our web team has determined that the monthly county website training sessions on campus (fourth Friday of each month, 9am-1pm) are the most effective way to handle the number of Extension employees who need to be trained in Drupal before they are given access to update their county website. Space is limited, and the sessions are filled on a first come, first-served basis. Email Bonnie Scranton ( about which session you would like to attend and which county site you will be editing after training. Visit for more information.

Bonnie Scranton and Cheryl Buck will compare notes in mid- to late summer and see if there is a need to once again hold a few off-campus training sessions around the state in the fall. However, if you want access to update your county site in the near future, sign up to attend one of the monthly training sessions, because you must be trained before you are given access to log into your website.

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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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StrengthsFinder ONLINE Workshop – June 3

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 his or her 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(r) 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." For more information, visit

  • 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 is facilitating this workshop from 9 to 11am. Cost is $75 per participant. Register at

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Emotional Vampires at Work Workshop – June 11

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 one hundred in an organization, affect workplace productivity and lowers 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 12 noon, Ag Admin building, room 105. Cost is $75 per participant. Register at

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