Vice Provost & Director of University Libraries Candidates

Open Forum (Open to the Campus Community):

The Search Committee for the Vice Provost & Director of University Libraries invites you to attend the Open Forum with three final candidates. Each candidate will begin with a brief introduction followed by a question and answer session.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 – Damon Jaggars
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
165 Thompson Library

Monday, October 5, 2015 – Lisa Carter
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
165 Thompson Library

Thursday, October 8, 2015 – Faye Chadwell
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
150 A/B Thompson Library

Service Testing and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab)

The Service Testing and Research Laboratory, or STAR Lab, was established in 1999. The lab is located in Williams Hall at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center on CFAES’s Wooster Campus.

STAR Lab is available to Ohio State University researchers and associates to analyze environmental and agricultural materials for a variety of elemental constituents. We strive to accommodate Ohio State researchers by providing inorganic chemical analyses.

We are a small lab, but we have a wide range of instrumentation useful in soil fertility and water quality testing and in plant and compost analyses.

We also offer elemental analysis of acid-digestible materials, such as compost, biosolids, animal tissue, serums, milk and insect tissue.

Please contact us to find out how we can enhance your research project, provide quotes for developing proposals and future grants, and help determine the best analyses to provide useful and informative results.

Visit our website, You can also email us at .

Open Enrollment Reminder

Open Enrollment Updates to Include Compensation Tiers, Plan Changes

Communications about Open Enrollment will continue on September 29 with a follow-up email to faculty and staff about specific plan changes, including tiered contributions. Starting January 1, 2016, medical plan contributions for full-time regular and term faculty and staff (75-100 percent FTE) will be based on the individual’s pay, which will include base pay as of Oct. 1, 2015, plus additional earnings that were paid from October 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015. Medical plan contributions for part-time (74 or less percent FTE) and temporary employees will not be determined by compensation.

Full-time faculty and staff will receive a letter at their home addresses by Oct. 16 identifying their compensation tier. Once an individual’s compensation tier has been established, it will remain the same for the entire 2016 plan year. When Open Enrollment begins Oct. 19, 2015, full-time faculty and staff logging into Employee Self Service to review benefit elections or make changes will see the appropriate medical contributions based on each individual’s compensation tier.

Faculty and staff should review the Open Enrollment website for detailed information.
Open Enrollment is coming October 19-30.
Individuals will receive a letter by October 16 informing them of their compensation tier after this information has been established in the HR system.
Direct faculty and staff to information about compensation tiers and other important plan changes, including FAQs, at

OSU Extension BaseCamp News!

We have been notified that CFAES will discontinue supporting BaseCamp archives in accordance with university policy. BuckeyeBox is the only university-approved file-sharing system that should be used at this point to collaborate on shared projects, per previous communication from the dean’s office.

As such, OSU Extension will discontinue payment of the BaseCamp maintenance fee as of October 30, and files posted on BaseCamp will no longer be available.

If you would like to save any files that are posted in any of your BaseCamp projects, please do so by October 30. The link to access your files in BaseCamp is

If you have questions about BaseCamp or need instructions about how to reset your BaseCamp password, please contact Melissa Leaders (; 614-292-2011).

Best regards, Greg

Gregory Davis
Interim Director, Ohio State University Extension
2120 Fyffe Road, Room 3 Ag. Admin
Columbus, Ohio 43210
614-292-1842 fax: 614-688-3807

Farm Science Review Lunch Programs (Review Invitation)

As you know, we will be having two lunches at the 2015 Farm Science Review.  Many individuals in the college received an invitation to one or more of the lunches.

Please make sure you review your invitation and attend the lunch(es) that you RSVP’ed.  We are nearing our capacity of 400 people at each lunch.  You may view the live stream of the lunches by clicking on the name of the event, below.

Celebration of Ohio Agriculture – Tuesday September 22

Celebration of CFAES – Thursday September 24



Dear Ohio State University Faculty and Staff,

Today I’m pleased to introduce a new opportunity for faculty and staff to engage in professional development at Ohio State. BuckeyeLearn is a new university-wide online tool that provides greater access to professional learning and training.

Professional development and training is frequently identified by staff, and faculty as well, as an area of opportunity in many areas and departments. We listened to input from those who shared that identifying opportunities was often challenging, as non-academic development courses and other tools were available but hard to find and impossible to track over time.

Through BuckeyeLearn, as an Ohio State faculty or staff member, you will be able to easily access training opportunities to continually pursue professional development and complete required training, empowering you to initiate and monitor your own career development. Throughout the next year, BuckeyeLearn will expand to include trainings from colleges and units across the university and Wexner Medical Center, including some non-academic courses that are currently offered in Carmen.

I encourage you to explore the features of BuckeyeLearn and participate in learning opportunities across Ohio State. BuckeyeLearn offers access to online courses, registration for in-person trainings, a catalogue of opportunities offered by colleges or units, and 24/7 access to training. It also offers a transcript feature to help you document all of your professional development activity.

There are also special considerations to highlight for the following audiences:

BuckeyeLearn will not replace Carmen. However, non-academic training currently offered in Carmen may be moved to BuckeyeLearn over time. Academic courses will continue to be managed in Carmen.

Wexner Medical Center
Next spring, BuckeyeLearn will replace the current NetLearning system, implementing one training system for non-academic courses for Ohio State. Specific communications will be sent to you in the coming weeks and months on how you should engage with each system.

BuckeyeLearn provides specific features for managers that have not been available in previous university systems, such as the ability to assign training and track its completion. These features are described in depth in the manager training provided in BuckeyeLearn. Managers should encourage their teams to use BuckeyeLearn and work with their staff to identify professional development opportunities.

To help you become familiar with all of the great BuckeyeLearn features, training resources, such as courses, a video and reference guides, are available. Learn more about BuckeyeLearn by visiting

Andraea (AJ) Douglass
Senior Vice President
Talent, Culture and Human Resources

CFAES Equity & Inclusion Update


Please share the following information with your units.

I am pleased to share that the CFAES Equity and Inclusion web page is live, . The web site contains information on topics related to equity, inclusion, and diversity. College, university and external events are featured in the “Events” page. A monthly blog is available and individuals can subscribe. I hope that the blog allows for interaction and conversation on topics related to equity, inclusion and diversity. If you have suggestions for the site please feel free to share them with me

Professional Development Opportunities

The college’s Equity and Inclusion Initiative will sponsor 5 people to attend the American Council on Education Women’s Network Ohio (ACE Network Ohio) Annual Conference. The conference starts on Thursday, November 5 with an opening reception and keynote address. Friday, November 6 features a Presidential Panel and concurrent workshops on leadership topics for women in higher education. To be considered for this opportunity please complete the ACE Network Ohio Application by September 30. If selected, you are responsible for following travel policies and procedures for reimbursement.

New way to request professional development

In addition to the opportunities listed in the Events section of the Equity and Inclusion site there are several internal options available. Please complete the Training Request Form if you would like to schedule a professional development opportunity for your department or unit. In addition to, Open Doors, Cultural Intelligence, and Search Committee Training you may request a specific topic. I am willing to travel to Wooster Campus, regions, and county offices for a minimum of 10 participants.

Professional Development Training Support Fund

I am pleased to share that CFAES will once again support faculty and staff who are interested in professional development opportunities that will provide knowledge and skills that can be used to enhance our equity and inclusion efforts. The fund can support 10 requests up to $5000. Once all funds are awarded no more applications will be accepted. The Professional Development Training Support Fund Application is a fillable PDF and you may have to save it onto your computer to complete the form.

Kathy Lechman, PhD

Director, Equity and Inclusion
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 247-7176 Office / (614) 292-5100 Fax

Buckeyes ACT

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Sexual misconduct and relationship violence are of deep concern to us all. Today, Ohio State is announcing a comprehensive plan to combat these issues called Buckeyes ACT (Action, Counseling, Training).

Buckeyes ACT combines policies and programs developed over the last year with a robust set of existing initiatives — and includes a task force of students, staff and faculty to identify best practices and explore innovative approaches in this important area.

We are one of 27 universities across the nation that participated in the Association of American Universities’ campus climate survey on sexual assault and sexual misconduct this past spring. Results are expected soon and will help to inform and enhance Buckeyes ACT moving forward.

I encourage you to visit the Buckeyes ACT webpage to learn more about the many resources available.

This announcement is in conjunction with a visit to campus today from Vice President Joe Biden as part of the national It’s On Us campaign to prevent sexual assault. We are honored to welcome the vice president to discuss these issues. We are particularly pleased to focus on our own outstanding students who have been very involved in this initiative since the beginning.

Campuses must be safe places to learn and grow. Ohio State is actively working to prevent and respond to these issues, and we must continue to do more.

I look forward to our ongoing work together on this important effort.


Michael V. Drake, MD

Wooster Print Shop – Staff Changes & Completing Your Projects

As some of you are aware, Gary Warren will be leaving Ohio State to move to be closer to his family, at the end of September. Gary’s commitment to the digital print center in Wooster and his customer service approach will certainly be missed, but we wish him all the best as he moves to North Carolina.

With Gary’s departure, we have some work to do to determine how the Wooster based print shop will be operated in the future and to the extent the service is offered in the college. We are actively working through different scenarios and options so that decisions can be made in the next couple of weeks. At the same time, we know that individuals rely on the services provided and will be impacted with Gary’s departure. For the short-term, we are suggesting the following outlets to have jobs completed:

Uniprint,, 614-292-2219 (8-2-2219, calling from Wooster campus.)

Murr Printing and Graphics, , 330-264-2223, 201 N Buckeye St., Wooster OH. Murr’s is the closest location to the campus.

Wooster Post Net,, 330-345-7447, 343 W. Milltown Rd., Wooster OH.

Staples, 330-345-4320, 3761 Burbank Rd., Wooster OH. Staples charges by the sq. ft. for posters, $2 per sq. ft. for lamination.
* Posters not laminated can be done the same day.
* Posters over 24”x36” to be laminated are sent out of house and turn-around time is usually two days.

At different times, we may have the ability to complete simple, file-ready poster printing and basic print jobs. We will not be able to do any banners, business cards and/or jobs that require extensive layout or any jobs that require short turnaround time. Decisions about accepting a potential project/request will be made by April Martin and myself.

As we move through the decision process regarding the Wooster Print Shop, we’ll be in touch to share more information. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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)