Continuum – Distribution Process Changes

Last month, we sent an email to contacts in each department/unit inquiring about the distribution of the college newsletter. We appreciate those that took the time to respond and help us understand how and to who the Continuum is being distributed. Following were our goals and some outcomes based upon what we learned:

(1) identify any external individuals/organizations that departments/units were sending printed issues to and including those in our large mail merge. This will eliminate an individual or group receiving multiple copies and also save time and resources in departments/units. If you have questions about someone you want to send a copy to, let us know so that we can determine if they are already on the mailing list.

(2) determine who is receiving printed copies; in many cases, departments/units were not receiving enough copies for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Change in process for the next issue: To ensure that everyone receives the Continuum an email will be sent with notification to all faculty and staff with access to an electronic version. We would ask that departments forward to graduate students, as they see appropriate.

(3) Change in process for next issue: A limited supply of printed copies will be sent to each department, county Extension office, campus administrative offices, and research station for display and distribution to guests or visitors.

Please let me know if you have any questions; if there is something we missed in our efforts to understand how the Continuum is being used/distributed, please let me know so that we may work with you!


Ryan J. Schmiesing, Ph.D.
Chief Administrative Officer &
Interim Director, Marketing and Communications

College of Food, Agricultural, & Environmental Sciences
140B Ag. Administration Building
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210

614-688-4278 (O)
614-519-3780 (M)

Autumn Semester Dependent Tuition Assistance

The Ohio State University offers eligible employees and their dependents the opportunity to advance their education at Ohio State. For dependent tuition assistance, applications must be submitted each term. Autumn 2015 semester enrollment window closes Friday (8/28). Faculty and staff can apply online using Employee Self Service or paper applications.

What you need to do:
Direct interested faculty and staff to for more information.
Direct questions to the Office of Human Resources Customer Service Center at or 614-292-1050.

Revised Sexual Misconduct Policy Effective September 1

Effective September 1, in interim status, the Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, and Relationship Violence policy will serve as a unified campus policy. It will replace the current Sexual Harassment policy. This policy will apply to the entire Ohio State community, including faculty, staff, students, student employees, graduate associates, appointees, volunteers, vendors and visitors. In addition to broadening the scope to all sexual misconduct, the policy provides appropriate guidance for handling allegations. It also provides additional definitions, details and xpanded reporting requirements for employees, as well as contact information.
Read more
Elayne M. Siegfried, Esq.
Human Resources Director
College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Research Services, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691-4096
330-263-3932 Office / 330-263-3695 Fax

Outreach and Engagement Opportunities – 2015 New Faculty

The Office of Outreach and Engagement is again offering welcoming events to the 2015 New Faculty, and we would like to open up registration to you as well. We hope that you will extend an Ohio State welcome and share your experience with our new faculty.

Listed below are some free and fun opportunities for you to interact with each other and with New Faculty. Please register for those events you would like to attend.


Wednesday, August 26
Ohio State Columbus Campus Walking Tour
4pm-5:30pm Meet at the Ohio Union
Do you know which campus building houses the bell tower? Walk the campus with Stephen Myers and one of our amazing student ambassadors and learn some fun facts along the way.
Register at Registration limited to 15. If you register for August 26, do not register for the September 3 walking tour.

Saturday, August 29
Community Commitment Day
8:30am-1:30pm. Meet at Ohio Union Potter Plaza
Sponsored by the Office of Student Life.
After meeting in the Ohio Union, participants travel to one of many agencies across Columbus where they serve alongside one another. Past projects have included working at COSI, local food pantries, the Columbus Zoo, and at a variety of other nonprofit agencies!
We will register faculty as a group under Outreach and Engagement.
Register at no later than August 27 if interested.

Thursday, September 3
Ohio State Columbus Campus Walking Tour
4pm-5:30pm Meet at the Ohio Union
Do you know which campus building houses the bell tower? Walk the campus with Stephen Myers and one of our amazing student ambassadors and learn some fun facts along the way.
Register at Registration limited to 15. If you register for September 3, do not register for the August 26 walking tour.

Tuesday, September 22
City Road Trip
Ohio State University Farm Science Review, London, OH
Description: With over 600 commercial exhibitors, learn the latest in agricultural production, technology and education, at the Farm Science Review, which attracts visitors from all over the U.S. and Canada. Join Columbus Metropolitan Club members for this event.
Transportation provided from Lennox Center parking lot near Cup O’ Joes.
Register at Registration limited to 10.

Saturday, October 3
City Road Trip
Highbanks Metro Park, 9466 Columbus Pike (23N) Columbus, OH
Several hiking trails ranked from easy to difficult.
Transportation provided from Longaberger Alumni House, Olentangy River Road
Spouse/partner, children welcome to attend.
Register at by September 29.

OSU Extension Director Candidate Presentation

This week we are excited to have our third candidate on campus to interview for our OSU Extension Associate Dean and Director leadership position. This is your opportunity to engage with the candidates and hear about their experiences, aspirations and vision relative to this key role. It is also the time for the candidate to evaluate the Extension organization, the college, the university, and our community, so please ensure that you provide a welcoming environment as the opportunity arises.

Following is information related to the candidate seminar and reception occurring Wednesday, August 19.

Paul Brown
Seminar 9:00-10:00am at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
Reception 10:00-11:30am at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
Curriculum Vita available on the search website
Live Stream:
Evaluation Form:

I look forward to your participation in this important process and will appreciate your thoughtful feedback on strengths and weaknesses of each individual.

NEW Ohio Farm Employment Handbook Webinar

Do you remember the old Ohio Farm Labor Handbook by Dr. Bernie Erven? It’s been a very popular resource over the years, assisting Ohio’s farm businesses with understanding and complying with the laws, regulations and nuances of hiring farm labor. The old edition has become outdated, so it’s time to update our resources to continue to serve Ohio’s farm businesses in this area. An OSU Extension team has been revising the handbook and converting it to an online format with new sections and chapters relating to everything from hiring to termination. Please join us for a webinar on Friday, August 21 at 10 a.m. to learn about the soon-to-be-released Ohio Farm Employment Handbook online resource tool.

The NEW Ohio Farm Employment Handbook:
A resource for Ohio’s farm families and farm businesses
Friday, August 21, 2015, 12pm
At that time, log on to:
QUESTIONS: Peggy Hall – or Eric Barrett –

Blood Drive – OSU Ag. Admin.

Donate blood at the Agricultural Admin Building on Wednesday, September 9 and receive a BOGO ticket offer from the Blue Jackets Game!

Blood Drive
Wednesday, September 9
Agricultural Administration Building
10am to 4pm
Sponsored by: Towers Agricultural Honorary
If you donated on or before July 15 you may be eligible to donate at this drive.

Please schedule an appointment at: search sponsor code: buckeyes or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Helpful Links:
Why donate blood?:
Tips for a Successful Donation:

Save the Date – October 27 Energy Programs In-Service

Save the Date! – October 27, 2015 Energy Programs In-service

Communities and individuals across Ohio are impacted directly by the Energy boom – through shale horizontal drilling, related business growth, and by pipelines crisscrossing all parts of the state. Energy companies are approaching landowners to lease their land and communities are experiencing an influx of workers and their families impacting social services, housing and schools.

Extension is being increasingly asked to help individuals and communities make sense of this energy boom – where it is going, what is likely to happen in the future, what are the social, economic and environmental changes to expect, and how might this effect me as a landowner.

Please save October 27th for an all day in-service that will help us to address these questions as they arise with our clientele and our community leaders. Some highlights of this in-service include:

  • The future of the shale oil and gas industry and the impact for Ohio,
  • Pipeline and infrastructure development across the state and how will this effect individuals and communities,
  • Regulation of pipelines – who is responsible and how are they involved,
  • Understanding landowners and community’s rights

Concurrent breakout sessions will follow two tracks: Landowner issues and community issues. Landowner issues will address good agricultural practices for pipeline development, financial management, legal aspects of leases, and buying and selling leases as well as other key topics.

Community issues will address public official’s roles, responsibilities and jurisdiction, working with pipeline companies, economic opportunities and challenges, and preparing for social, environmental and economic changes as well as other key topics.

October 27th will be an all day in-service to be held at the 4-H Center. Please look for more details to follow!

For further information, please contact Chris Penrose at or Myra Moss at




Professional Development Grant Applications Accepted Until August 31

The Office of Human Resources, in partnership with USAC, have two opportunities for staff and managers to apply for professional development grants.

The Staff Career Development Grant provides staff with an opportunity to further their growth and development. Eligible staff can apply for a grant of up to $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for groups to use for professional development, education or training costs related to job and/or career goals. Applications can be submitted via mail to the Office of Human Resources or via email to The application period is August 3-31, 2015.

The Staff Manager Development Grant provides managers with an opportunity to enhance their management and leadership skills. Eligible staff can apply for a grant to fund participation in management workshops, programs or conferences held at The Ohio State University. Applications can be submitted via email to the Office of Human Resources or via email to

What you need to do:

Share this information with staff members in your college or unit.

Learn more about the Staff Career Development Grant and Staff Manager Development Grant.

Print this flyer and post in common areas or distribute to staff.