CamRelay and Mediasite Webinar – March 24

Determined Engaging eLearning Propulsion (DEEP)

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For this week’s DEEP story and minute to stop, breath deep and reflect, I wanted to let you know of an upcoming webinar the eTeam has put together for March.  Here is more info:

Are you interested in recording class lectures, seminars, or guest speakers? The CFAES eTeam will be hosting a webinar on recording basics and welcome you to participate and learn what tools are available to faculty, staff, and extension employees. The webinar will cover recording tools such as MediaSite, CamRelay, and provide examples of possible recorded content. The webinar will be held on CarmenConnect on Thursday March 24 at 10:00 AM. The link for the CarmenConnect room is: See the flyer for more specific topics planned for you.  Have questions? Contact Meredith Luikart,


Deana Namuth-Covert, PhD  

Professor, Director of Online Education and Outreach

The Ohio State University

Ohio State ATI and the College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

 Wooster, OH 44691

402-483-1338 Office

SEEDS Deadline Extended

Due to a slight delay in issuing Round 1 funding notices, the Round 2 SEEDS submission deadline for Industry Small and Matching grants has been extended from March 2 to March 16.  Please review the RFP for more details:  All proposals must be submitted online no later than 5pm on March 16.  Contact Sarah Elvey ( if you have any questions.

International Programs in Agriculture – 2015 Annual Report

The Office of International Programs in Agriculture is pleased to share with you a copy of our 2015 Annual Report. The report provides an overview of the many international activities conducted by faculty, staff, and students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and is intended to convey the breadth and depth of the College’s international engagement. Also integrated into this report are success stories and personal perspectives of students and faculty highlighting their experiences and perspectives on/in international agriculture and natural resources management.

I hope you find this report informative and that it encourages both faculty and students to actively pursue opportunities related to international agriculture and natural resources management while at The Ohio State University.

This report and previous Annual Reports may also be found on our website at


Mark Erbaugh

Dr. J. Mark Erbaugh, Director
International Programs in Agriculture
160 Bevis Hall
1080 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-6479 Office / 614-292-1757 Fax

Director of Marketing and Communications

On March 1, Michelle Ball will begin as the new Director of Marketing and Communications for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  Most recently, Michelle worked for the Department of Jobs and Family Services as Assistant Bureau Chief and prior to that worked at the LearningWork Connection and Center for Learning Excellence here at Ohio State University.  Michelle brings diverse experiences related to strategic planning, marketing, communications, professional development and organizational change to the position.  In her role with CFAES, Michelle will provide overall leadership to our marketing and communications initiatives and lead a team of 26 individuals on the Columbus and Wooster campuses.

Michelle is looking forward to beginning the position in the college and connecting or reconnecting with the outstanding professionals across the university.  Michelle will be housed in 267 Kottman Hall and may be reached, by email, at ball.1893.

Veterinary Medical Center Enhancement and Expansion to Temporarily Reallocate Parking

Beginning Thursday, March 3, 2016, the Veterinary Medical Center will begin the next phase of the Enhancement and Expansion project. As a result, the client parking currently located directly in front of the Veterinary Medical Center will temporarily close. In support of the medical center’s mission to put clients and their patients first, additional spaces will be reserved for client parking in Kottman Lot directly across the street. This phase of the project, which will provide a renovated and expanded lobby and waiting area, is expected to be complete in autumn 2016.

 During this time, alternative proximate staff parking is available in Sisson and Animal Science Lots and along Coffey Road. Additionally, parking is available in Vivian and Ag Administration Lots.

Detailed Permit Parking Information

Enhancement and Expansion Information

Chris Kovitya
Concession Manager
1560 North High Street · Columbus, OH 43201
614.688.1546 · ·

Fechheimer Lecture Series in Animal Breeding and Production

Dr. Heather Huson will be the 2016 speaker for The Nathan Fechheimer Memorial Lecture Series in Animal Breeding and Production. Dr. Huson is the Robert & Anne Everett Professor of Dairy Cattle Genetics at Cornell University in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She has studied genetic influences in animals from sled dogs to dairy cattle and other livestock. The seminars will occur in Columbus Thursday (3/3) 10:00 a.m. in 212 Animal Science Building and in Wooster Friday (3/4) 10:00 a.m. in 122 Gerlaugh Hall. A student seminar is scheduled Thursday (3/3) at 6:30 p.m. in 212 Animal Science Building. 

Campus Campaign Kickoff


Campus Campaign – Learn More!

Campus Campaign 2016 starts tomorrow, March 1, and will run through Saturday, April 30. Help us exceed last year’s results of 38% and reach 45% participation this year!

Every gift counts, no matter the size or destination. Or choose from the following CFAES funds highlighted for this year:

· 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

Please visit our Campus Campaign 2016 Webpage for an easy way to give!
Help us connect the dots and reach 45%!

Ohio State Alumni Awards Nomination Process

I write today to encourage you to submit nomination(s) for the 2016 Ohio State Alumni Awards. These awards are presented annually by the Alumni Association and recognize the institution’s most accomplished alumni.

We are coordinating a nomination process for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in hopes that we will have alums nominated across the College.  It is a great way to recognize alums for their work, accomplishments and contributions.  The applications are due March 31st – however, I am asking that you submit your nomination forms and materials to the below address by Monday, March 28.  If you plan electronically nominate please let Jody Poth know your intentions. Our office would be more than happy to help assist with the process in any way that might be helpful.   Please feel free to send this message to others who might have an interest in submitting a nomination.

For more information on past recipients and award categories, visit To nominate an alumnus, visit

CFAES had three alumni award winners last year because of your commitment to submitting nominations – which was the most representation from any college/unit.  Please help keep our alumni at the forefront of the university by taking the time to submit nomination(s).

Please submit nomination materials to:

CFAES Advancement
Attn: Jody Poth
216 Howlett Hall
2001 Fyffe Court
Columbus, OH 43210

Please let me know any questions you might have.



Jody L. Poth
Director of Alumni Engagement
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
256c Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Court, Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-0250 Office / 614-580-2405 Mobile

One Health Conference: An update for public health officials, veterinarians, & Extension professionals

Coordinated by: Drs. Bill Saville & Jeff LeJeune

Veterinary Extension will host a One Health Conference on March 17-18, 2016 in the Veterinary Medical Center Auditorium. The purpose is to provide updates on information and exchange ideas about the epidemiology and current research on persistent, emerging, and re-emerging issues of concern to veterinary and public health. Conference speakers will address surveillance, research, and outreach activities related to these public health threats. Through this dialogue between researchers and public health practitioners, the program committee hopes to increase communications and interactions among all individuals involved in protecting the public from infectious diseases shared between humans and animals.

The agenda and registration information is available on the website at:

Professional Development Opportunities Available

Professional Development Opportunity for Managers – Feedback Skills

Feedback conversations can be intimidating, but this two hour in-person workshop can help managers learn to deliver feedback with greater confidence and success. You will leave the workshop with a set of feedback skills you can directly apply. Register in BuckeyeLearn for the Feedback Skills workshop on Friday (2/26) from 9-11 a.m. at the Office of Human Resources, 1590 N. High St.

What you need to do:

  • Share this information with faculty and staff in your college or unit.
  • Visit for additional professional development opportunities.

Professional Development Opportunity – Working Through Difficult Conversations

This 2-hour in-person workshop provides tools and practice to help increase skills and comfort in engaging in difficult conversations. Learn how to prepare in advance, start the conversation effectively, and maintain a productive environment. It also covers how to handle conversations that become difficult in the moment and how to anticipate and respond to other’s reactions. Register in BuckeyeLearn for this workshop on Friday (3/4) from 9-11 a.m. at the Office of Human Resources, 1590 N. High St.

What you need to do:

  • Share this information with faculty and staff in your college or unit.

Visit for additional professional development opportunities.

Flexible Spening Account Blackout Period March 14-22

Ohio State’s Flexible Spending Account (FSA) vendor, TASC, will transition to a new system platform during March 2016. The transition will include a short blackout period affecting claims processing for faculty and staff with Health Care and Dependent Care FSA accounts.

During the blackout period, March 14-22, 2016, faculty and staff cannot submit claims for reimbursement, use their Health Care Flex Cards or use their FSA accounts online.

Should participants incur eligible expenses during the blackout period, faculty and staff should pay for the expenses and submit a claim after March 22 to be reimbursed after the transition period.

As of March 23, 2016, all current FSA participant information will be transferred to TASC’s new system. OHR will send a direct email and a postcard to all Health Care FSA and Dependent Care FSA participants in early March regarding this transition.

What you need to do:

  • Direct affected faculty and staff to for additional information.

Plimpton Award Announcement – Nomination Period Open

The Rodney F. Plimpton Outstanding Teacher Award is intended to recognize and encourage CFAES faculty members with the rank of assistant or associate professor who exemplify excellence in and commitment to teaching.  No more than two awards will be presented and each award includes a plaque and $500.00 for the recipient and $500.00 for the home department/school to enhance its teaching program.

The nomination process is now open; please take a moment to review the attached materials and prepare nomination(s) and submit to Linda Martin.1371 by March 21, 2016.

Plimpton Letter 2016

Plimpton Criteria 2016

Plimpton Application 2016