CFAES Pre-Convocation and Welcome to Columbus

On Aug. 21, 2017, CFAES faculty and staff will welcome over 475 freshman, transition and transfer students to the Columbus campus. You are invited to participate in two events at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center to greet and encourage them. The schedule of events is below.

Click here to RSVP for the events. Thank you for all you do to support CFAES students.

Pre-Convocation for Freshman
7:45 a.m.  Meet faculty, staff and students of CFAES
8:15 a.m.  Move to Bob Evans Auditorium for morning program
8:25 a.m.  Introductions, welcome, and essential information
9:20 a.m.  Meet faculty advisors
10:05 a.m.  President’s Convocation (Schottenstein Center)

Welcome to Columbus for Transfer and Transition Students
10:15 a.m.  Registration
10:30 a.m.  Meet with faculty advisors and department representatives
11:45 a.m.  Lunch
11:50 a.m.  Introductions, welcome, and important reminders and information
12:40 p.m.  Student panel
1:00 p.m.  Table fair
1:04 p.m.  Beginning of solar eclipse


CFAES Staff Advisory Council Annual Awards

The CFAES Staff Advisory Council invites you to nominate an outstanding staff member! Nominate a colleague who helps make this a great place to work!

Shirley Brooks Jones Award – $500 Award
Recognizing a staff member who provides outstanding and ongoing excellence in service to faculty, staff, students and/or others. Enhances the quality of work-life in ways that makes a significant difference for colleagues or customers.

Key Values Award – $300 Award
A service award for dedication, cooperation and positive attitudes in the workplace. Nominations limited to staff members within their first three years of employment.

Innovation Award – $300 Award
For developing and/or participating in project initiatives and/or process operation improvements that enhance CFAES, Extension, ATI or OARDC and its mission.

Special Recognition Award – $300 Award
For going above and beyond job duties; special commitment to tasks, positive customer service, and improving workplace communications.

Nominations are due August 31, 2017. Click here for application and award descriptions.

Questions? Contact Amanda Forquer, or 419.947.1070.


Career Closet – Donate Today

Career Closet donation bins are now out.

Please consider donating your gently used professional clothes and shoes to Student Life Career Closet. All donated clothes will be used to provide a closet where students in need can “shop” for free professional attire.

Donations will be accepted through September 5 and can be dropped off at the Agricultural Administration Building Lobby, Ohio Union Great Hall, Younkin Success Center 2nd floor, 101 Bricker Hall, Gerlach Hall, Wexner Medical Center located at 660 Ackerman Road, and the Office of Advancement located at 1480 West Lane Avenue.

Save a Life at September Blood Drive

Give blood. Help save lives.

CFAES Blood Drive
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Agricultural Administration Building Auditorium

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: buckeyes.

Download the Blood Donor App today. Get your digital donor card, schedule your next appointment, track your lifetime donations, view your blood pressure, and follow your donation on its way to the hospital.

HR Updates

Below are several updates from Ohio State Human Resources.

Seize the Summer Celebration Event August 16
After a summer of adventuring, you are cordially invited to put everything you learned during the Your Plan for Health challenge to practice! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 16, and join us for a celebration on the South Oval from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a variety of activities that embrace all five challenge themes – Move, Think, Feel, Find, Create. Try samples from local food vendors and most importantly, have fun! This event brought to you in partnership between YP4H, Buckeye Wellness and the OSU Health Plan. Click here for more information.

Workplace Violence Awareness online learning module
As part of a comprehensive prevention and awareness effort to enhance the safety and wellbeing of our community, the university has revised its learning module “Workforce Violence Awareness” in BuckeyeLearn. This recently updated 15-minute online course is available to all students, faculty and staff. The course follows the university’s Workforce Violence Policy, which applies to the entire Ohio State community. There is also an additional 15-minute online course available for faculty and staff supervisors.


EHS Safety Brief – Pedestrians

Attached is the latest “Safety Brief” poster from OSU Environmental Health and Safety.  With the fall semester quickly approaching, this month’s safety brief poster focuses on pedestrian safety.

Safety Brief Pedestrian

Please take a few minutes to review the material and pass it on throughout your department. Click here for previous OSU EHS Safety Brief Posters. Click here for more CFAES employee safety information.

Inaugural OSU Extension Internship Program Exhibition

Celebrate the first installment of the OSU Extension Internship Program and learn about the interns’ work experiences. Each of the 13 participants will have a project display and an ignite-style presentation, open for viewing and interaction. Please visit the exhibition to support the interns.

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
Nationwide and Ohio farm Bureau 4-H Center
Project viewing: 10 to 11:45 a.m., Main Lobby
Ignite presentations: 1 to 2:30 p.m., International Room

Click here for more information about the OSU Extension Internship Program. Contact Jared Morrison,, if you have questions about the exhibition.

CFAES Supervisor Training

Effective supervision can be one of the greatest factors in the success and development of your unit and its employees. Whether you’re new to supervision or have years of experience, there are constantly new challenges to handle, but also no better feeling than when you help your staff to excel! This training will focus on core competencies of effective supervisors, how to conduct a fact finding, when to reach out to human resources, as well as addressing common concerns or trouble spots for supervisors.

In Columbus:
August 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
September 6, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In Wooster:
August 30, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
September 13, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00, includes training and refreshments

Amy Burns, PHR, SHRM-CP, Human Resources Manager, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Michelle Gaines, PHR, SHRM-CP, Employee and Labor Relations Consultant, Office of Human Resources

Register by: Monday, August 21 at Noon (12:00 p.m.)
Click here to register.

For more information, contact Amy Burns (

Active Bystander and Implicit Bias Trainings – Zoom Is Available

Registration is now open for the following two workshops. Please note the time change for the August 29 session. The sessions will be streamed via Zoom.

Active Bystander Training.  This is training to provide participants with actionable tools to interrupt bias without causing defensiveness.
Tuesday, August 29
Target Audience: Faculty, staff, and students
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: E 100 Scott Lab
Cost: FREE
Link for Zoom:

Implicit Bias Training and Mitigation Tools in Graduate Admissions
Thursday, August 31
Target Audience: Faculty and staff who focus on admissions and advising (but all are welcome)
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: E 100 Scott Lab
Cost: FREE
Link for Zoom:

CFAES Fall Career Expos

Save the dates and mark your calendars now as CFAES is again hosting multiple career expo events this fall. These events are held so your students have additional opportunities to interact with business and employers for internships, full-time positions, part-time work, and graduate/professional school admittance information.

These events also are excellent opportunities for faculty and staff to discuss industry trends and potential classroom collaboration opportunities with employers.

Fall 2017 Recruiting Events

Construction Career Expo
Monday, October 9, 2017
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center

Ohio State ATI Career Expo
Monday, October 16, 2017
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Student Activity Center (Wooster Campus)

Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Fall Career Expo
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fawcett Center

If you have any questions about these events, want to know more on how you can be involved, or would like to request a quick live event announcement presentation for your class (only takes 5 minutes), contact


Unconscious Bias Certification

CFAES is partnering with the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Nursing to bring the Cultural Intelligence Center to Ohio State to provide our units with Unconscious Bias Certification.  This certification prepares you for facilitating the “Culture Matters” workshop for faculty, staff, and students in CFAES.  Although this training is complementary to the Cultural Intelligence Training Level 1 Certification provided in 2013, you do not have to be a Cultural Intelligence Facilitator to apply.

Space is limited.  Applications are being accepted until August 11.  The training will be in Columbus on September 14 and 15, location to be determined.  There is no cost for the training for your unit other than mileage and overnight if needed. You will be expected to facilitate at least one session for the college per year.

If interested, complete the online application.

Contact Kathy Lechman,, if you have any questions.