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Join the Blue Jackets on Friday, Nov. 4 as the team takes on the Montreal Canadiens hockey team and help support Bucks for Charity.

Tickets start at $34, and a portion of every ticket purchased supports Bucks for Charity.

The annual Bucks for Charity campaign supports our community through faculty and staff donations to local organizations, conveniently one time or online through payroll deduction.

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Seminar: Dr. Ann Lichens Park, USDA NIFA National Program Leader

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Competitive Funding Opportunities for Plant Pathologists.

Dr. Ann Lichens-Park
National Program Leader, USDA-NIFA, Washington D.C.

Tuesday, Nov. 8
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Fisher 121 (Wooster), video-linked to Kottman Hall 244 (Columbus)

All interested are welcome to attend.

CFAES Office of Marketing and Communications Relocates to Riverwatch Tower

As of Oct. 21, 2016, the CFAES Office of Marketing and Communications relocated from 258 Kottman Hall to Riverwatch Tower, 364 West Lane Avenue, Suite B120.

The following team members are now located at Riverwatch Tower:

Michelle Ball
Tim Bowman
Dave Davisson
Lauren Farr
Martha Filipic
Heather Gates
Melissa Leaders
Mitch Moser
John Rice
Jeremy Santaguida
Dave Scardena
Suzanne Steel
Tracy Turner Robinson
John Victor
Walter Warkus
Kim Wintringham
Kelly Zachrich

Please update your mailing and distribution lists for those employees. Individual employee phone numbers have not changed, and you can still reach the office at 614-292-2011.

CFAES Military and Veteran Student, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Gathering

The CFAES Academic Programs Office cordially invites you to attend the CFAES Military and Veteran Student, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Gathering on Wednesday, November 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium. In support of Veteran’s Day on November 11, the aim of the gathering is to pull together CFAES military and veteran students, faculty and staff to extend appreciation to the men and women who have served and are part of the CFAES community.

The gathering will be catered by City BBQ beginning at 4:30 p.m. A short program will begin at 5 p.m.

This is open to all CFAES faculty and staff. Please RSVP here by Friday, October 28 if you plan to attend the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Ben Carignan (

2017 Open Enrollment

2017 Open Enrollment
November 1-15, 2016

What’s New for 2017
One of the primary enhancements for 2017 is the introduction of Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA) to connect your personal wellness and participation in Your Plan for Health (YP4H) activities with the amount you pay for health care.

A Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) is an employer-funded, tax-advantaged account that can be used to help employees cover out-of-pocket health expenses. Beginning January 1, 2017, faculty and staff enrolled in an Ohio State medical plan will be eligible to earn HRA credits instead of Amazon gift cards. Learn more about Ohio State’s Health Reimbursement Accounts.

For additional information or to view the recorded webinar, please visit,

Webinars listed below: 
This 90-minute webinar will provide you with information about changes to your health and welfare benefits for the upcoming 2017 plan year. From November 1 through November 15, 2016, you will have the opportunity to make new benefits elections and make changes to your existing elections for an effective date of January 1, 2017.

During these sessions, Benefits Consultants will describe 2017 plan changes and will address issues you need to consider when making your elections. I strongly encourage you to view one of the webinar sessions below.

October 24, 2016 (Wednesday), 3-4:30 p.m.
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October 25, 2016 (Tuesday), Noon-1:30 p.m.
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October 27, 2016 (Thursday), 8-9:30 a.m.
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November 1, 2016 (Tuesday), Noon-1:30 p.m.
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November 3, 2016 (Thursday), 5-6:30 p.m.
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November 4, 2016 (Friday), Noon-1:30 p.m.
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November 8, 2016 (Tuesday), 1-2:30 p.m.
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Safety Brief – Fall Protection

Attached is this a new “Safety Brief” from OSU Environmental Health and Safety.  This safety brief discusses fall protection and emphasizes a fall protection system using a full body harness. There are some instances that we do use this type of system.  However, keep in mind, there are other ways to implement fall protection in the workplace for elevated work surfaces over 4 feet. This includes using railings, guarding, or coverings for elevated surfaces, floor openings, stairs, platforms, and fixed ladders.  Many of these we already have installed or implemented throughout our CFAES facilities to help prevent falls.

Fall Protection

If you have any questions about fall protection and elevated work areas, feel free to contact me.

Kent McGuire
CFAES Safety and Health Coordinator
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
OSU Ag Safety and Health Dept. of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
260A Ag Engineering Building, 590 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-0588 Office / 740-341-7589 Mobile

Bucks for Charity

Give to your favorite charity one time or throughout the year through payroll deduction, and both can be done online. Make a donation to local nonprofit organizations that support our families, friends and neighbors. Donations at any level, even just $1 a day, significantly make a difference in our community.

New this year, make a pledge and you’ll be entered to win great prizes throughout the campaign, including an iPad mini. Buckeyes, let’s rally together to support causes that are important to all of us. The more Bucks, the better!

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Equity and Inclusion – Events and Activities

Connection information:
October 20 Cultural Competence in the 21 Century
Please log in a few minutes early to ensure audio and visual

Panel Presentation
Education and Human Ecology Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE) Critical Scholars Panel

October 25
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ramseyer Hall, room 260
Cost: None
Registration: Not required

Ashley Woodson (Pittsburgh)
Arash Daneshzadeh (San Francisco)
Cheryl Matias (Denver)

The scholars will share their research and discuss the ways participants and communities of color encounter violence. They also will address questions on engaging in critically conscious research.
For questions,

Women in Bioscience

Date: November 9
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Villa Milano, Columbus Ohio
Cost: $75 for students/government employees
Registration: Click here, use code WOMEN50 and you will receive half-price registration

The CFAES Gender Initiative will provide registration to a limited number of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to attend. Please contact Dr. Sandra Velleman, Faculty Lead for the CFAES Gender Initiative at or Dr. Shauna Brummet, President & CEO BioHio Research Park, at if you would like to attend the Women in Bioscience Conference.

Students and post-docs MUST register through Dr. Velleman or Dr. Brummet to take advantage of the registration support – DO NOT register online.

Transportation will be provided for all Wooster participants to the conference.  Columbus attendees – the location is Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Rd., Columbus, OH 43229

Articles of Interest
Closed Doors: Black and Latino Students are Excluded from Top Public Universities – Center for American Progress
University of Michigan Implements $85 M Diversity Strategic Plan – Insight into Diversity
University of Washington Renews Diversity Efforts – The Daily from the University of  Washington

ATI Director Search Update – Candidates Coming to Campus

We are excited to share an update on the Ohio State ATI Director search.

The search committee has completed a first round of confidential interviews and provided recommendations to Interim Dean Lonnie King. On-campus interviews are now scheduled with three candidates. There will be opportunities for various individuals and groups to interact with candidates while they are on the Wooster and Columbus campuses.

Candidates include:

  • Kristina Boone, Professor and Department Head, Department of Communications and Agricultural Education, Kansas State University
  • John Foltz, Professor and Special Assistant to the President for Agricultural Initiatives, University of Idaho
  • Thomas Mitchell, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University

Campus-wide opportunities to meet the candidates will include:

October 25 – 1 p.m. Seminar; 3:30 p.m. Reception
November 1 – 1 p.m. Seminar; 3:30 p.m. Reception
November 22 – 1 p.m. Seminar; 3:30 p.m. Reception

Seminars will be on the Wooster Campus – ATI, Skou Hall, Room 100 (video link to Columbus Campus – Kottman Hall, Room 202F).

Receptions will be held at ATI in Skou Student Lounge.

More information on the candidates and schedules will be available soon at

Again, we are looking forward to having the candidates on campus soon, showcasing what CFAES and Ohio State ATI have to offer, and your feedback on the candidates as you have a chance to interact with them and consider their strengths as our next Ohio State ATI Director. Please reach out to Graham Cochran, Interim Senior Administrative Officer, or Thom Janini, Interim ATI Director, if you have questions about next steps with the interview process.

Carol Aneli and Charles Goebel
Search Committee Co-chairs

Equity and Inclusion – Events and Activities

Ohio Diversity Council 9th Annual Diversity & Leadership Conference
Diversity & Inclusion 2.0 Aligning Purpose, People and Performance

October 20
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: The Columbus Athenaeum 32 North 4th Street Columbus, OH 43215
Cost: $349
Click here to register

Challenging Myths, Fears, and Vulnerabilities for Hiring, Interviewing and Employing Individuals with Disabilities

October 25 and 26
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Gateway Building C, Room 425 A
Register through Buckeye Link

Barbara K Fergus Women in Leadership Lecture Series
The Diversity Dilemma featuring Irshad Manji

For acclaimed author and educator, Irshad Manji, diversity doesn’t stop at demographics. Being truly inclusive means we must equip ourselves to explore different points of view within identity groups. Here’s the diversity dilemma: How do we hold honest and therefore occasionally offensive conversations in our era of righteous rancor? According to Prof. Manji, it starts with developing moral courage in ourselves. In this latest Barbara K. Fergus Leadership Lecture, Irshad Manji will guide us through the taboo-riddled terrain. Expect to be inspired, unsettled and invited to disagree – in the name of real diversity.

November 5
Time:  4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: The Ohio Union
Cost: $20
Registration opens October 13
Click here for more information

Articles of Interest
Food Insecurity for College Students – Washington Post
Holistic Admissions Review: Crafting a Diverse Community That Enhances Education – Insight into Education
Oklahoma State Takes Top-Down Approach to Building an Inclusive Campus Community – Insight into Education

October is Campus Sustainability Month – Funds Available for Projects

Funding is available for sustainability projects that will positively impact any Ohio State campus by advancing current programs, creating campus cultural change and directing sustainable campus policy or project development. Sustainability Fund projects must contribute to sustainability, provide campus impact and be used to seed, catalyze or gap-fill funding on projects. Projects also cannot be covered by an existing university operating budget. Details and application forms are found on the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability website, under “Involvement.”

Click here to read more about other funding opportunities and activities occurring during Sustainability Month.



CFAES Department of Animal Sciences Chair Search Getting Under Way

We are excited to announce that the search and screen committee for the Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences has been formed and will meet soon to begin its work. Committee members include:

Jeff Sharp, Professor & Director, SENR (Committee Chair)
Andy Niehaus, Associate Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Chanhee Lee, Assistant Professor, Animal Sciences
Clint Gasser, UG Student, Animal Sciences
Eric England, Assistant Professor, Animal Sciences
Julie Morris, Administrative Associate, Animal Sciences
Mike Bumgarner, President and CEO, United Producers
Pasha Lyvers-Peffer, Associate Professor Animal Sciences
Steve Moeller, Professor, Animal Sciences
ZT Yu, Professor, Animal Sciences

Equity and Inclusion – Activities and Events

5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Event
Sponsored by the James Cancer Hospital Wexner Medical Center
Celebrating Latino Role Models presented by Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz, MD

October 6
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: James Cancer Hospital Conference Room L035
Refreshments will be served. No registration necessary.

Contact: Milly Valverde at

OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) Cluster Meeting
Broadening the Diversity Conversation

October 13
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4 :00 p.m.
Location: Bowling Green State University Student Union, Room 201
Registration: Click here
Cost: Free
Contact: Amanda Schaffer at

Articles of interest

How to Do a Better Job of Searching for Diversity – Chronicle of Higher Education
Florida State’s Shared Responsibility for Diversity and Inclusion – Insight Into Diversity
Leading Conversations About Racism on Predominately White Campuses – Insight Into Diversity
Changing Biases: An Entity vs. Incremental Approach – Insight Into Diversity

New Faculty Information System Coming April 2017

As you may be aware, we were informed last year by Thomson Reuters that our Faculty Information System, Research in View (RiV), is being retired. Over the course of the last year, the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) along with a committee of 27 faculty and staff members evaluated tools to replace RiV. This committee evaluated all options in the marketplace and chose Vita, a new tool powered by Symplectic Elements, as the best fit for The Ohio State University.

ODEE is now in the process of migrating our Faculty Information System from Research in View to Vita. The new Vita tool will be available starting in April 2017, and the timeline for this project will impact faculty members completing the promotion and tenure process beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year reviews.

For 2017 and 2018 tenure candidates

Candidates for tenure in 2017 and 2018, please note:

  • Those completing the P&T process during the 2016-2017 academic year: Continue to use the current tool, Research in View.
  • Faculty members going through the P&T process during the 2017-2018 academic year: You will be the first to complete this process in Vita. You will be receiving extra support from ODEE closer to April. Contact your promotion and tenure coordinator for guidance if you’d like to start the P&T process sooner.

ODEE will be reaching out directly to faculty members in these two groups to arrange training and support.

For all faculty members

All profiles and data in Research in View will be automatically moved over to Vita, so there is no need to re-enter scholarly activities you have already recorded. However, as with every migration of this sort, you should review your content next year to ensure everything transferred correctly. Ample support will be provided by ODEE to make this transition as smooth as possible.

I am excited for this change to Vita, as the new tool will bring an improved interface, more diverse measures of impact and an easier way to make connections between faculty members at The Ohio State University.
For more information, please contact your promotion and tenure coordinator.

Kay N. Wolf, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND
Vice Provost for Academic Policy and Faculty Resources