Distinguished Staff Award Nominations

Nominate exceptional staff members who have made an impact at Ohio State. The Distinguished Staff Awards recognize and celebrate staff for their significant achievements, leadership, dedication and service to the university. It is the highest honor for Ohio State staff members, and 12 recipients are annually selected. Each recipient receives a $1,500 cash award, an increase of $700 to his or her base salary and a commemorative trophy. Additionally, recipients are honored at a spring luncheon and recognized on the field during an Ohio State football game. Nomination deadline is Fri., January 12 at 5 p.m. Read more  Contact

Inclusive Excellence Trainings

These one-hour trainings focus on best practices for ensuring all reasonable efforts to attract a diverse candidate pool for open staff or faculty positions. Participants will examine the role that implicit bias often plays in screening applicants. Strategies for advertising and creating avenues for underrepresented applicants will be presented.


This trainings are available face to face in Columbus and via streaming in Wooster, as well as via Zoom. Click the links below to register for upcoming training sessions.


Click here to register for Staff Hire Trainings – January 12, February 8, March 8 and April 5

Click here to register for Faculty Hire Trainings – January 19, February 23, March 23 and April 19

Registering – Community Engagement Conference

A couple of things to note as you register for the upcoming Community Engagement Conference:

  • To register, you need your chartfield AND an eRequest to the new internal vendor: OSU Extension Event Services
  • Don’t forget that if the traveler is staying overnight, they will need a T# before they register.
  • Please put the T# in the comments section of the Internal Order eRequest.


There will be a reduced rate for support staff at a later date if they just want to attend the January 23, Extension only portion of the conference. They should wait unless they want to register for all three days of the Conference. The Extension portion of the agenda is still being finalized.


To register visit https://engage.osu.edu/conference

Weather Policy Reminder

In accordance with University policy during snowy and icy weather, the following short term closing procedures must be followed:


  • If the county in which a person works is under an emergency Level 3 and the office is closed, then the employee is not required to report to work and would not be required to take vacation.
  • If the county commissioners close the building where the Extension office is located (regardless of snow emergency level), then the employee is not required to report to work and would not be required to take vacation.
  • If an employee lives or travels through a county that is under a Level 3 snow emergency, but his or her office is located in a county not under a Level 3 and the county commissioners have not closed the building, and the employee chooses not to report to work, then that employee is required to take vacation, compensatory time or leave without pay. Details of these arrangements need to be determined by the employee and his or her immediate supervisor.
  • Employees are encouraged to use their own best judgment in deciding whether to risk driving to the office in Level 1 or Level 2 snow emergencies. They cannot be forced to come to work; but if the office is open and he or she chooses not to report to work, then that employee is required to take vacation, compensatory time or leave without pay. Details of these arrangements need to be determined by the employee and his or her immediate supervisor.
  • County directors and unit heads are required to report to their immediate supervisor if the county is under a Level 3 snow emergency and/or if the county commissioners close the building where their office is located.
  • County directors may not close the office unless the above conditions are met for snow and/or severe weather emergencies.

OSU Policy

Weather and other Short-Term Closing Policy 6.15 – http://hr.osu.edu/policy/policy615.pdf

Revised 4/15/2014

Employee Assistance Program

You will be receiving an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Brochure via campus mail. The EAP offers tools and resources to help address complex issues that can be affecting employees mental and emotional well-being. EAP service are available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff and their immediate families, members of their household and parents and parent-in-law. An employees does not have to participate in OSU medical insurance to utilize the EAP. For additional information please visit https://hr.osu.edu/benefits/eap/.

designEXT FAQs

As promised, the most frequently asked questions to-date about the designEXT process have been summarized and approved by the OSUE Executive team. The current FAQs are now posted on our website at http://go.osu.edu/designEXT.


This is a “living document,” meaning that we will add other FAQs to clarify details as we move forward with our structure updates. As questions are added, they will be dated so you are aware of when specific information and decisions were finalized during the process.


Anytime you have additional questions (from yourself or clients), you can forward them to Cheryl Buck (buck.19@osu.edu) and she will share them with our administrative team.

In the Spotlight – Laura

Laura Rohlf

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

Henry County

In December of 1990 Laura was hired as a 4-H Program Assistant with Wood County OSU Extension. In January 1994 she became the 4-H Educator in Henry County and has been there ever since.

Working with all 4-H’ers but especially teens, equine programming and camps are all highlights of Laura’s work life. She and her husband Tracy have been married 18 years and live on a small farm in rural West Unity, Ohio. A huge point of pride for Laura is having been blessed with three “step” children (Denny, Krysten and Michael) that she raised with Tracy. Having five grandchildren- 3 granddaughters (Shaeleigh, Jalynn, Lilly) and 2 grandsons (Kye, Levi) has also brought great joy to her life. In her spare time Laura enjoys spending time with Trac who is an avid Buckeye fan, being out in the barn with the horses and working on various sewing projects.


In the Spotlight – Rachel

Hello! I’m Rachel Hoverman and I started working for Van Wert County Extension in June of 2017. My job is 50% Master Gardener Volunteer Program Coordinator and 50% 4-H Program Coordinator which I have been told is the strangest job in Extension.

Originally from Akron, Ohio, I moved to Van Wert in 2006 after graduating from the Ohio State University with a degree in Landscape Horticulture. Before working for Extension, my professional experiences were in the nursery and landscaping industry.

I jumped at the opportunity to work for Extension for many reasons but mainly it was the county’s excellent reputation of service to the community. Our Master Gardener Volunteers have built an amazing Children’s Garden here and we have many different ways to serve youth in traditional and nontraditional 4-H clubs. Honestly, one thing I was really going to miss when I took this position was having to give up my winter job as a substitute teacher. Fortunately, Extension allows me to work with two groups of middle school students and I was an advisor for a garden project that a great group of fifth grade girls was working on.

In my free time I love to travel just about anywhere but I especially enjoy middle-of-nowhere destinations that allow for hiking and camping. I am really hoping that I can travel with the Master Gardeners and the Tandana Foundation on their annual trip to Ecuador in the near future. Additionally, I have a much too big garden, a shelter pup named Rosemary and the best husband ever who get the rest of my energy.

The first six months here have been really great and I’m looking forward to a long career with Extension.

Asset Management

In September, changes were made to the Asset Management forms used to add or modify UNIV assets. Effective January 1, 2018, all form submissions will be required via the DocuSign format only. Any PDF, paper, scanned attachments, or previous versions of forms received after January 1 will be returned.

DocuSign demonstrations are available via CarmenConnect. Equipment Coordinators or other asset administrators can contact Asset Management to schedule.

Hold the Date – 2018 Leadership Summit

Please save the date for the 2018 Leadership Summit. Planning is led by the Alber Enterprise Center and other Extension colleagues, in collaboration with various university departments. This year’s keynote speaker will be Mark Sanborn, author of the Fred Factor and The Potential Principle. Full agenda and registration information to come in January.