National Safety Month – Week 3

June is National Safety Month. National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. Each week of June is dedicated to a different safety topic, and National Safety Council has provided materials for each topic.

Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters

Tip Sheet: English & Spanish

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OSU Environmental Health and Safety Website

The Ohio State University’s Environmental Health and Safety has updated its website. Please take a few minutes to navigate through the site and become familiar with how to locate program area information, request EHS services, and access on-line safety training.

Links on the OSU CFAES Employee Safety page that refer to the OSU EHS website also has been updated creating a seamless transition for gathering your safety materials.

Academic and Professional English Workshop

The Postdoctoral Advisory Council in collaboration with English as a Second Language Programs will be offering the Academic and Professional English Workshop again this summer from June 26 – Aug. 15, 2017. This spoken English workshop is geared towards international postdocs looking to improve their presentation and networking skills.

The cost of the course is $350. The PAC will be offering scholarships to cover half of the cost. The scholarship application can be found here, and the deadline to apply is June 14.

For more information, please see the flyer below.

ESL Course Flyer 2017

University Construction – Traffic Signal Installation

The university is investing in improvements to support transportation and parking changes related to the upcoming relocation of Cannon Drive, expected to begin as early as September. West campus construction will begin this week and run through the summer. The work will enhance shuttle service, increase capacity, create easier entry/exit points and add traffic signals.

In addition, work to provide enhanced access to west campus will take place at Lane Avenue and Carmack Road as well as Kenny Road and Carmack Road. One specific change is the installation of a traffic signal at the Lave Avenue entrance to the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory.

Specific traffic impacts and dates will be communicated so that motorists may plan accordingly. Click here for construction updates.

Click here to see the map for full project details.

National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month. National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. Each week of June is dedicated to a different safety topic and National Safety Council has provided materials for each topic:

Week 1: Stand Up to Falls
Tip Sheet: English & Spanish
Related Articles:

Week 2: Recharge to Be in Charge (Focusing on Fatigue)
Tip Sheet: English & Spanish
Related articles:

Remaining Inclusive Excellence Training Dates for 2017

Inclusive Excellence Training is a 1-hour session created by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, OSU ADVANCE, and The Women’s Place to aide OSU in enhancing the diversity of faculty hires. As a result, all university units have been asked to provide this training for those who serve on search committees.  Our college has determined that staff in addition to faculty should participate in this training.  CFAES currently has 450 faculty and staff who have completed the training.  Here is a list of the remaining sessions scheduled for 2017.

June 23, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
August 18, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

You can always contact Kathy Lechman ( schedule a session at your location (minimum of 10 participants).

All sessions will be in Columbus with a video link to Wooster Campus. Click here to register. For more information, go to the CFAES Equity and Inclusion page and view Upcoming Events.

Chadwick Arboretum Hosts Events This Summer

Chadwick Arboretum is hosting its popular Plastic Pot Recycling Event, which will be held on Saturday, June 10, 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the turnaround drive in front of Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Court, 43210. Horticultural plastics (pots, trays, and cell packs) aren’t recyclable and are typically sent to the landfill. We engage with partner Phoenix Recycling to keep these plastics out of the waste stream and landfills, and they render them into useful products. We also accept non-food grade Styrofoam at this event. We will fill a semi-trailer in 4 hours and we encourage all staff to participate and alert their neighbors and friends to this ‘green’ opportunity.

The second event is our popular Open House, which will be held on Sunday, July 23, 1 – 4 p.m. at our Arboretum North site, which is just north of the Ohio 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive. Chadwick Arboretum volunteers and staff will provide tours of the site, as well as tours of the enCore Solar House. We’ll have fishing experts on site, and we will distribute lead-free sinkers and talk about the species of fish that are in our catch-and-release pond; a basket weaver will demonstrate his crafts among our willow collections; pollinator and bee experts will be on site to talk about habitat and what you can do to protect desired species in your yard; and plein air artists will be sketching and painting at various locations. Franklin County Master Gardeners will answer your gardening questions, and we’ll also serve root beer floats. Canoes will be available throughout the day. This free event is a restful way to spend a summer afternoon. Free parking will be provided in lots adjacent to the site.

Chadwick Arboretum Events Flyer

EAP Benefits Faculty and Staff

Most of you are probably aware of the Ohio State Employee Assistance Program (EAP), but we know that some of the critical information about the EAP sometimes gets buried, so we wanted to take a moment to remind you that the EAP offers a variety of programs that would be beneficial for faculty and staff. The EAP offers five complimentary and confidential counseling sessions to faculty, staff, family members, parents, parents-in-law, and anyone living in your household who is eligible for services.  The EAP counselors can certainly see you when stress is building, and they can also see you to get to the root cause of stress before it gets to the tipping point!

Please see Prezi below for more information or click here for more information on EAP services. For more information, you also can contact 1-800-678-6265.

Click here to view EAP Prezi:

Chadwick Arboretum’s Spring Plant Sale & Auction

Chadwick Arboretum’s Spring Plant Sale & Auction is May 11-13, 2017.

Thursday, May 11, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. we will host our Friends of Chadwick Arboretum Reception. This is a festive and well attended members-only event that features first pick of the plants, food, and entertainment. Memberships will be available at the door.

Friday, May 12, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 13, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. is open to the public.

There will be a plant auction all three days of the sale; 6 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

This sale will feature an inclusive selection of plants from vegetables and herbs to perennials and woodies. Many student organizations, Franklin County Master Gardeners, and local businesses and artisans will also participate.

Free parking. Click here for plant lists and more details.

CampusParc Deadline for Parking Upgrades or Downgrades

CampusParc is preparing for the new permit year that begins August 1.

If you are interested in requesting an upgrade or downgrade, you must submit your request no later than Friday, May 26, 2017. You can request an upgrade or downgrade by logging in to your account and clicking on “Add/Edit Waitlists.” If you submit a request, we will send you an email prior to the start of permit sales in early June to let you know whether your request has been approved.

Following are important reminders:

  • Upgrade and downgrade requests must be submitted every permit year, even if you were awarded an upgrade or downgrade in previous years.
  • Upgrades and downgrades are awarded at random.

Click here for additional details regarding the process.

Lastly, if you just need to renew your permit, stay tuned. An email with the necessary details will follow within the next few weeks.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the CampusParc Customer Service Center at or 614-688-0000.

Professional Development Training Program for Graduate Students and Postdocs

This two-day training program will provide graduate students and postdocs with a series of professional development workshops. Participants can sign up to attend open sessions on Friday, to attend the full-day session on Saturday, or to do both.

The Ohio Union
May 12 and 13
Click here to RSVP

You can find the schedule of events attached here.

If you have any questions, please contact Marcela Hernandez (

Building Ohio State Exhibit – Open Two More Weeks

There are two weeks left, until May 14, to visit The Ohio State University Libraries’ exhibition, Building Ohio State: From Forest to the Renovation of the Thompson Library in the Thompson Library Gallery.

Building Ohio State tells the story of the unique connections and history shared between The Ohio State University and Ohio’s forests. From its beginnings as a land-grant institution to the renovation of the Thompson Library, the University has been instrumental in promoting forest research and education and demonstrating sound management of Ohio’s forests.

The exhibition examines the past, present, and future of Ohio’s timber resources. From near-complete removal at the beginning of the 20th century, Ohio’s forests made a comeback thanks to The Ohio State University’s many contributions to forestry research, acquisitions of forest land, and its sustainable management. Building Ohio State celebrates the 10th anniversary of the renovation of the Thompson Library with white oak (Quercus alba) harvested from Ohio’s Zaleski State Forest. The exhibition highlights sustainable forest management and its continuing role in education, sustainability, and economic development in the state of Ohio.