Bucks for Charity – Make Your Pledge, Today!

Dear Colleagues,

As we cross the half-way point in the Bucks for Charity drive, we appreciate the generosity of many faculty and staff who have contributed toward our goal of raising $1,150,000.

Through Bucks for Charity, we have the opportunity to make a big difference.

Last month, we learned the difference our contributions make to the community when we visited St. Stephen’s Community House, an organization close to campus that helps teach self-sufficiency with programs and services for education, hunger, employment and childcare. We saw the need in our community first-hand and we were inspired to witness what is made possible through our donations.

There are many fantastic organizations benefitting from your donations. We encourage you to learn more about all of the participating agencies who benefit from the generous support of Ohio State faculty and staff who contribute through Bucks for Charity.

Please select a cause that you believe in to support, whether it benefits education, health, environment, hunger, social justice or other community needs. Then make a pledge through Bucks for Charity, a simple way to support your favorite charity – conveniently one-time or online through payroll deduction.

We have the opportunity to take action and give back. Please join us in this important effort by making your pledge before November 13. To pledge now, visit bucksforcharity.osu.edu.


Miechelle O. Willis
Deputy Director, Athletics
Chair, Bucks for Charity

Michael Hofherr
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Co-Chair, Bucks for Charity

Gateway to Learning, A New Professional Development Resource

Gateway to Learning, A New Professional Development Resource
Gateway to Learning is a new robust website that supports faculty and staff professional growth. Created by the Office of Human Resources, the website offers resources for career planning and growth, managing and leading others, handling change, mentoring and many other topics. It also includes descriptions of training in BuckeyeLearn and provides links to learning opportunities across campus.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to engage in the many forms of professional development – through experience, working with others and training. Leverage the resources that are available and work with managers, mentors and peers to continually identify professional and career development opportunities. Development can include on-the-job experiences, tasks and problem-solving, feedback, coaching, working with mentors, reading, classes and webinars.

What you need to do:
Be sure to visit the link to Gateway to Learning: http://gatewaytolearning.osu.edu/.
Visit Gateway to Learning to learn more about professional development and explore development opportunities. Descriptions of trainings offered in BuckeyeLearn are also included on the website.

Flu Vaccinations Available to Faculty and Staff

Benefits-enrolled faculty and staff and their dependent family members (over 7 years old) may visit a network retail pharmacy (for example, Costco, CVS, Giant Eagle, Kroger, Medicine Shoppe, Rite Aid, Target, and Walmart) for their flu vaccination at no charge and without a prescription. They simply present their OSU Health Plan medical/prescription drug ID card, and the vaccine will be covered with no out-of-pocket expense. Please note: The flu vaccine must be administered by the pharmacist at the network pharmacy itself, not at the “clinic” associated with the pharmacy.

Benefits-eligible faculty and staff may obtain a free flu vaccination at a convenient on-campus location while supplies last. To register for a flu vaccine, visit https://linktohealth.osu.edu. Faculty and staff may also visit their primary care providers for a vaccination.

For more information, visit osuhealthplan.com.

What you need to do:
osuhealthplan.com for more information.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is an annual opportunity for faculty and staff to thoughtfully assess benefit options, review dependent enrollments and plan ahead for anticipated needs. Enrollment options for 2016 include health plans, flexible spending accounts and dependent life insurance. Changes to review include medical plan contribution tiers, adult-child eligibility, frequency change for biweekly deductions and the prescription drug formulary.

What you need to do:
Learn more and make elections at hr.osu.edu/oe by October 30.


OIA International Research Funding for OSU Faculty and Students

Sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Research and PHPID

This grant competition, with separate tracks for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students, is sponsored by the Office of International Affairs (OIA), the Office of Research and PHPID.

PHPID co-sponsors a specific track for faculty research projects engaged in a wide spectrum of interests and subject matter related to the Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Disease initiative.

Proposals are sought for a wide range of research projects, including those that:

*  Promote active research collaborations between Ohio State faculty and partners
*  Address global issues (e.g. public health, public policy, climate change, sustainability) in a regional context
*  Connect discipline-specific research to the implementation of projects and programs in diverse geopolitical and cultural settings
*  Explore the languages, cultures, arts, politics, economy, or socio-demographic aspects of an international region
*  Promote the understanding of countries, cultures and peoples though academic study

Grant Categories
International Affairs Research Grants are available in the following categories:

*  Faculty Research
*  Faculty Research (PHPID track)
*  Graduate Student Research
*  Undergraduate Student Research
*  Project Criteria

The competition supports proposals from all academic disciplines for proposed research projects in any world region, addressing any of the Discovery Themes (Health and Wellness, Energy and Environment, and Food Production and Security, Humanities and Arts.)

Preference may be given to projects involving the Global Gateway countries (Brazil, China, India) or certain countries with increasing collaborative activity (Ethiopia, Tanzania and Turkey.)

Proposals for specific research projects can request funds to support:

*  Travel expenses related to research or a research collaboration (transportation, lodging, airfare, other)
*  Research project expenses (acquiring data, supplies and materials, other)
*  Development of faculty manuscripts and publications
*  Costs for development and hosting of a conference, workshop, speaker series (professional conference travel is not eligible for support)
*  For students: PhD dissertation and pre-dissertation research, MA thesis projects, faculty guided undergraduate student research projects

The total amount of funding available to award in this competition (across all tracks) is approximately $90,000-100,000. The competition will fund between 10 and 15 awards of $ 3,000 to $ 8,000

Applicants with winning grant proposals will be informed during spring semester 2016.
Award funds are distributed in the form of a budget transfer to the applicant’s home department.
Funds may be accessed during the term of the award from Spring 2016 to Summer 2017.

For student applicants:

Student activities are subject to university requirements regarding travel to risk-designated countries. http://oia.osu.edu/application-and-policies/travel-to-risk-designated-countries.html

All Ohio State students traveling abroad for academic purposes must be enrolled in international supplemental insurance, providing not only health insurance, but coverage for emergency assistance, evacuation and repatriation.

Proposal Preparation:
Proposals from students must include:

*  The 2015 International Affairs Enrichment Grants common application and budget form
*  A brief abstract, not to exceed 1 page (double spaced, 12 pt. font)
*  A 3-5 page (double spaced, 12 pt. font) narrative proposal
*  A short (not to exceed four pages) curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé of the student applicant
*  A copy of the student’s advising report (available for download from Buckeye Link)
*  A letter of recommendation from an Ohio State faculty member, such as the dissertation/thesis advisor if appropriate

Proposal Submission:

Academic Enrichment Grants Common Application 2015

Complete applications must be submitted electronically in PDF (preferred) or Word format via email to: oia-grants@osu.edu

Application deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2015 by 11:59 p.m.

Contact Information:
For more information or to ask questions regarding applications, please send an email to oia-grants@osu.edu or call 614-688-5482.

The Women’s Place partners on NSF grant

Ohio State, through The Women’s Place, has been named a partner in North Dakota State University’s Advocates & Allies program, which recently received a National Science Foundation grant. The program is designed to help transform the climate of Ohio State by increasing men’s engagement in gender equity efforts. It will teach male faculty skills and strategies to bring about positive changes concerning gender in their departments and colleges. It will also further university-wide efforts to understand and counteract privilege and bias at Ohio State.
Read more: womensplace.osu.edu

New CFAES Human Resource Website

Today (10/20) there will be changes implemented related to the human resource related websites in the college.  As the new college-wide HR site is launched, you will notice that previous links and sites are being redirected.  We appreciate your patience as this launch takes place this afternoon.

There will be additional communication about the new HR site in the near future.

Reminder: Open Enrollment starts October 19

Reminder: Open Enrollment starts October 19
This is a reminder that Open Enrollment starts Monday, October 19, and ends Friday, October 30. Please encourage faculty and staff in your college or VP unit to visit hr.osu.edu/oe during Open Enrollment and click on the “Enroll Now” button to review existing or make new elections. Faculty and staff can get a head start by using the site to review plan changes and rates. In addition, information about benefits forums for faculty and staff is included at hr.osu.edu/oe.

Tuition Assistance Seminar November 4
Whether completing courses for interest or working towards a degree, eligible employees can take advantage of their education benefits. Join Admission Counselor Lauren Mungin for “Thriving in Education through Ohio State Tuition Assistance” on November 4 in Enarson 311 to understand the steps of becoming a student. Costs, deadlines, courses and the Tuition Assistance program for staff and dependents will be discussed in this interactive presentation.

Two sessions are available. Register for 4-5 p.m. or 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Contact Lauren at mungin.5@osu.edu for more information.Re

33rd Annual Blood Battle

Bleed scarlet and gray? Show your OSU spirit by donating blood at Agricultural Administration Building on Thursday, November 5 from 10am to 4pm. Your donation will help us beat Michigan in the 33rd annual Blood Battle! Make your appointment with the Red Cross today at www.redcrossblood.org sponsor code: buckeyes or call 1-800 RED CROSS.

Come to give & get a Blood Battle T-shirt, BOGO Chipotle Coupon, plus a chance to win 2 OSU-Michigan game tickets! For more information about blood battle and to check the score visit: http://www.redcrossblood.org/info/centralohio/ohio-state-vs-michigan-blood-battle-1982

Innovation Seminar Series

Innovation in Higher Education Seminar is planned for Friday, October 16, at 10 a.m.

Dr. Judith Cone from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be presenting. She will deliver the presentation from 130 Research Services at OARDC in Wooster, and it will be video linked to Room 140G Ag. Admin. on the Columbus Campus.

Please register at this web address. http://biohioresearchpark.org/cone-innovation-seminar-registration/ Please indicate from which location you will be attending.

Please check the attachment for further information about the seminar and information about the speaker.

Cone Innovation Seminar Announcement 10.16.15

Betty Aylsworth

Program Coordinator
College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
OARDC//BioHio Research Park
320A Pounden TDC, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691
330 263-3715 Office / 330 263-3713 Fax