Communiqué July 23, 2014


OSU Extension Centennial Celebration Updates

Cheryl Buck, executive assistant to the director, OSU Extension

Ohio State Fair
We are promoting the Extension Centennial in numerous ways during the Ohio State Fair. A slide show will be playing in the 4-H Youth Center to entertain 4-H parents during judging and educate visitors. It contains highlights about important dates, as well as interesting photos from Memories and Milestones of Ohio State University Extension.

While you’re at the state fair, also look for our Centennial banner in the livestock barns and the dog show area and Extension information in the Ohio State area of the Ag and Hort building.

We are also sharing talking points, the national Extension Centennial coasters and OSUE pens at several state fair events – for example, the Ohio Ag Council Ag Hall of Fame breakfast, the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame luncheon, and the Ohio State Fair 50-Year Club meeting.

OSUE Centennial Slide Show
Counties are welcome to use the OSUE Centennial slide show during any of your local Centennial celebration events, and you can also add slides to personalize the information and photos for your county. I have posted the slide show and other items to BuckeyeBox for our county Extension directors, due to the size of the files. CEDs should refer to my July 22 note and download the applicable files for your local use.

County Celebrations
Keep sending me information about how you have already celebrated or plan to celebrate the Centennial. The county celebration page at is up-to-date with any information I have received. When available, we have posted photos of celebrations (e.g. Licking, Coshocton), displays (e.g. Delaware, Lucas) and parade floats (e.g. Trumbull), etc. Everything is posted alphabetically by county. Check out the page and see what your peers are doing!

OSUE Display for Counties
Per a discussion with the JCEP marketing committee in late June, we will be creating a general OSU Extension tabletop display, to give counties an option besides the pull-up banner that each county received in April. There will be some static elements, as well as some elements that can be personalized by each county for use at various events. More details will be coming by early fall.

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OSU Extension Budget Update

Brian McClain, business manager, OSU Extension

The state budget for FY15 is $30,000 less than the FY14 state budget, because this is the second year of the state biennial budget. The reduction relates to the in-school 4-H STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) projects that are being piloted in Cuyahoga and Hamilton counties. The funds allocated for these projects were an earmark in the biennial budget, but the supply budget was reduced by $30,000 in year two.

The Smith-Lever 3(b) and 3(c) appropriations in the FY13 federal budget were reduced by the federal government rescission, which impacted Extension’s appropriation by approximately $830,000 (fiscal year 10/1/12-9/30/13). Funding has been restored for FY14 (10/1/13-9/30/14), and the appropriation is $11.2 million, or a $1.25 million increase. Because the Farm Bill was not passed until early this calendar year, the amount for OSU Extension has been certified, but no funds have been received yet.

Calendar year 2014 county budgets increased by nearly $100,000, or an approximate increase of 1 percent.

Fiscal year 2014 journals and transfers were allowed until July 21, so “other” revenue totals are not available at this time. A full 2014 “other income” statement will be shared in a future issue of Communiqué.

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Peer Review Procedure for A&P Educators and Faculty

Ken Martin, department chair and associate director, programs, OSU Extension

At least one, and preferably two, peer evaluations of teaching should be arranged each year. Peer evaluations of teaching are helpful for all faculty and educators. For those anticipating a promotion and/or tenure review, peer evaluations should be conducted by individuals who are at or above the rank to which the faculty or educator would be promoted following a successful review. The letters become a part of the promotion dossier. Additional information can be found at

To locate a list of A&P educators and Extension faculty, go to:

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JCEP Leadership Conference – February 2015

-Kathleen Olson, Minnesota, JCEP Leadership Conference chair

Make plans now to participate in the JCEP (Joint Council of Extension Professionals) Leadership Conference to be held February 11-12, 2015 at Las Vegas, Nevada. Who should attend this conference?

  • Professionals seeking a top-quality professional development opportunity and leadership development training.
  • State and national leaders of any of the six JCEP member associations.
  • Professionals who are active at the state level and may be ready for a national committee or board leadership membership.
  • Professionals with a leadership role on-the-job such as a county director, district or regional director, or other administrative position. 

Proposals for presentation submissions are being solicited on leadership development topics for the conference. Three submissions will be granted complimentary registration to assist them in participating at the conference. The link for the RFP and the submission forms are posted online:

In addition to a nationally known keynote speaker, participants will receive updates from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). Association time and presentations from the 2014 JCEP team award winners, as well as peer-reviewed concurrent sessions related to leadership will be provided. Note that the format for the conference has been changed to two full days. Visit for more information.

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CFAES Development Brown Bag Lunch – August 7

Have you ever wondered about how CFAES Development works? Have questions about check deposits, endowed funds or scholarships? Would you just like to meet the CFAES Development staff?

Join us for a brown bag lunch from noon to 1 pm on August 7 in room 205 of the Agricultural Administration building. If you'd like to join from Wooster, feel free to use Research Services room 200. You can drop in and out as you please, whether you have questions in mind or just want some good lunchtime conversation!

If you can’t make it on August 7? No worries -- Development will have another lunch meeting in the fall.

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StrengthsFinder™ Workshop – August 7

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 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 it reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success.

  • 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 on August 7 from 1:30-4:30pm in room 105 of the Agricultural Administration building. The fee is $60 per participant; register online

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Strengths-Based Communication Workshop – August 13

Utilizing StrengthsFinder™ in teams gives everyone a language to describe work styles. Employees achieve work goals when using their strengths. Your strengths determine how you communicate with others. In addition, adjusting how you communicate with a co-worker based on his or her strengths will increase the effectiveness of your communication at work.

Sometimes we misunderstand what someone is saying based on his or her strength. Using positive intent allows us to realize that each of us uses the lens of our own strengths when we communicate. Knowing and understanding our personal strengths and the strengths of our teammates helps us choose words so others hear and understand what we are saying based on their strengths.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Gain a better understanding of how they communicate using their strengths.
  • Learn more about how to communicate with others who do not have the same strengths.
  • Help build a greater sense of team by communicating to others using our personal strengths.

*To participate in this workshop, you must have attended a StrengthsFinder™ awareness workshop.

Beth Flynn will facilitate this workshop from 9am to noon on August 13 in room 105 of the Agricultural Administration building. The fee is $60 per participant. Register at

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Increasing Sales Using Strengths Workshop – August 14

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 your sales team, 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 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™ awareness workshop. Beth Flynn will facilitate this workshop from 1:30-4:30pm in room 105 of the Agricultural Administration building. The fee is $75.00 per participant. Register at

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What is Your Personality Color Spectrum? Workshop – August 19

The Spectrum Temperament Development Model is a fun and exciting method for helping people better understand themselves and others. In our interactive workshops, participants are introduced to the different personality styles using the language of color. They gain an understanding of their own strengths, needs, and motivators while also learning to value the differences among the people around them.

The research-based Spectrum Temperament Spectrum Development Model is founded on the philosophy that individuals and organizations have the ability to increase and develop their potential if provided with applicable knowledge and skill. Spectrum Development emphasizes the key components for achieving optimal success: an awareness, appreciation, and development of self and others.

Spectrum Temperament Development is used to help team members with:

  • Positive conflict resolution
  • Effective communication
  • Building strong teams


  • Participants will gain an understanding of their strengths, needs and motivators.
  • Participants will gain an awareness about how they can improve their workplace by learning more about their co-workers.
  • Participants will learn to value the differences among the people around them.

Beth Flynn will facilitate this workshop from 9am to noon in room 105 of the Agricultural Administration building. The fee is $75 per participant. Register at

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"Project Reach: Inspiring Female Entrepreneurship at Ohio State and Beyond" Workshop – August 21

Join us for networking and sharing of ideas to move your research or innovation toward commercialization. The event will be held 4-6 pm at the Technology Commercialization Office, 1524 N. High Street, Columbus. More details will be available soon.

The reception is hosted by Gender Initiatives in STEMMProject CEOS, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Technology Commercialization Office at The Ohio State University.

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