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.

Navigating the PI Portal

Presenter: Angie LeMaster, CFAES Finance

Join us to learn tips on how to use the PI Portal system to manage financial aspects of a project, verify remaining balances, reconcile outstanding expenditures, monitor cost share activity, and review commitments and personnel appointments. We will also review project deadlines, uploaded documents, invoices/payments, expenditure allocation, important alerts from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and how to use the Portal to close Purchase Orders.

*This is a basic/novice course, ideal for new investigators/grant awardees.  This session was offered in October 2016.

May 16, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Wooster Campus, Fisher North

May 24, 2017 (Date changed from May 17 to May 24)
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Columbus Campus, Ag Admin 205

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Please contact Pam Schlegel ( if you have any questions.

Ohio State West Campus Science and Technology Festival

The West Campus Science and Technology Festival will be held Saturday, May 20 in the courtyard of West Campus, at Carmack Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Bring the family and experience the many science labs and research centers housed on Ohio State’s West Campus. This family-friendly event will feature displays and hands-on activities highlighting research at Ohio State, as well as tours of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Lab, enCORE Solar House, Center for Automotive Research, and the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center.  COSI and the Franklin Park Conservatory will also be there to provide hands-on activities. Food trucks will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

Annual Review of Personal Information

Just like we do an annual spring cleaning at home, we are recommending that everyone review and update their personal information, especially things like emergency contacts, via Employee Self-Service [].  As a reminder, if you have not done so already, you will have to sign up for BuckeyePass [] in order to access your Employee Self-Service portal.

Once in the portal, click on the link entitled “Personal Information Summary.”  Here you can review and update your preferred name, your home and business mailing addresses, your phone numbers, emergency contacts, email addresses and update your race/ethnicity information.

Please reach out to your HR support staff member if you need help in accessing your information.

Final Chance: Your Gift Does More – Michelle’s Story

I joined the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences on March 1, 2016. I joined during the Campus Campaign. One of my employees sent updates to the team promoting the campaign and how to give. This employee also encouraged our team to contribute to our fund. I was surprised to learn that we had our own fund, so I inquired as to how it was used. The team uses the fund to celebrate team accomplishments, individual employee milestones, or mourn the loss of loved ones.

The photo above is a flower arrangement we just sent to one of my team members last week that just had her first baby. Having come from state government where everyone had to chip in to do these types of things, I thought it was a great way to support the college and my team. So, I signed up. I like knowing that my support is going directly to support my team in their times of joy and sorrow.

If you haven’t donated, I encourage you to find something to support that either gives you joy or gives joy to others. The campaign ends Sunday, April 30, so please consider donating. Your gift – no matter how big or small – does more.

Michelle Ball
Marketing and Communications

Featured Units:

Marketing and Communications
Furtherance of Cooperative Extension Information 307960

OSUE Agricultural and Natural Resources
ANR Agronomic Systems Support 314617
Agricultural and Resource Law Fund 314725

OSUE Horticulture & Crop Science
OSUE Master Gardener Endowment Fund 645365

And don’t forget this year’s CFAES highlighted funds:
Students First, Students Now Scholarship Fund in FAES 313122
Welcome and Education Center at the Secrest Arboretum Fund 312597
Ohio 4-H Program Fund 310225

The 2017 CFAES Campus Campaign co-chairs are Greg Davis ( and Thom Janini (

2017 Fulbright Week at Ohio State

During the week of April 17-21, 2017, Ohio State will be holding the 8th Annual Fulbright Week, an initiative co-organized by the Office of International Affairs, the Graduate School, and the Undergraduate Fellowship Office.  These three units have combined their efforts to provide a full week of events acknowledging past Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays recipients and hosting workshops, information sessions and open houses designed to inform potential Ohio State faculty, undergraduate and graduate student applicants about the international opportunities available through the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs. All faculty, professionals and students are welcome to participate.

View a complete schedule of activities here.

Your Gift Does More – Greg’s Story

Up until about 18 years ago, it was difficult for me to understand the idea of giving the dollars I earned from my employer back to my employer. It was about that time that I had a chance to learn about the Cooke Castle during a work trip to Stone Lab at Lake Erie.

I learned that the Cooke Castle was the stately limestone home built on Gibraltar Island in the 1800s. The old home was beautiful, but sorely in need of repairs. Being a lover of history and quality craftsmanship, I knew I could help in its preservation and restoration.

I didn’t give much, but what I did contribute made me feel good. I have been contributing to the Cooke Castle Restoration Fund 301508 ever since. My seemingly small contributions are combined with those of so many others, past, present and future, to support some of the things about OSU I value most.

Now I look forward to seeing how my contributions support these things, whether they be professional development scholarships, cash achievement awards or Cooke Castle renovations. I have also come to realize that if we don’t care enough about these things to give ourselves, how can we expect anyone else to do so?

I encourage you to find a cause that speaks to your heart…chances are there is a fund to support it. Then, give what you can and prepare yourself for the happiness that will result from knowing that you are helping others.

Greg Davis
Assistant Director
OSUE Community Development

Featured Units:

ACEL Centennial Endowment 483150

OSUE Agricultural and Natural Resources
OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Professional Improvement Fund 312761
AG/NR Team Support 305079

And don’t forget this year’s CFAES highlighted funds:
Students First, Students Now Scholarship Fund in FAES 313122
Welcome and Education Center at the Secrest Arboretum Fund 312597
Ohio 4-H Program Fund 310225

The 2017 CFAES Campus Campaign co-chairs are Greg Davis ( and Thom Janini (

Innovate 2017 – Registration Now Open

Are you looking for new ways you can use technology to make an impact in your work? Join the Office of Distance Education and eLearning in the Ohio Union on May 16 for Innovate 2017, Ohio State’s annual learning technology conference. Our conference brings together educators, administrators, and tech industry professionals from Ohio State and beyond to explore recent advancements, best practices, and provocative approaches to teaching and learning with technology.

With Impact as our theme for 2017, we’re sharing innovations that let educators re-imagine their instruction without sacrificing pedagogical quality and rigor. Our conference schedule is packed full with inspiration for educators at any level of experience using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Don’t miss out on this free professional development and networking opportunity – reserve your spot today!

2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Core Competition Now Open

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2018-2019 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about these opportunities, and hundreds of others, by visiting the Catalog of Awards. The application deadline for most awards is Aug. 1, 2017.  U.S. citizenship is required.