Annual Review of Personal Information

Just like we do an annual spring cleaning at home, we are recommending that everyone review and update their personal information, especially things like emergency contacts, via Employee Self-Service [].  As a reminder, if you have not done so already, you will have to sign up for BuckeyePass [] in order to access your Employee Self-Service portal.

Once in the portal, click on the link entitled “Personal Information Summary.”  Here you can review and update your preferred name, your home and business mailing addresses, your phone numbers, emergency contacts, email addresses and update your race/ethnicity information.

Please reach out to your HR support staff member if you need help in accessing your information.

Final Chance: Your Gift Does More – Michelle’s Story

I joined the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences on March 1, 2016. I joined during the Campus Campaign. One of my employees sent updates to the team promoting the campaign and how to give. This employee also encouraged our team to contribute to our fund. I was surprised to learn that we had our own fund, so I inquired as to how it was used. The team uses the fund to celebrate team accomplishments, individual employee milestones, or mourn the loss of loved ones.

The photo above is a flower arrangement we just sent to one of my team members last week that just had her first baby. Having come from state government where everyone had to chip in to do these types of things, I thought it was a great way to support the college and my team. So, I signed up. I like knowing that my support is going directly to support my team in their times of joy and sorrow.

If you haven’t donated, I encourage you to find something to support that either gives you joy or gives joy to others. The campaign ends Sunday, April 30, so please consider donating. Your gift – no matter how big or small – does more.

Michelle Ball
Marketing and Communications

Featured Units:

Marketing and Communications
Furtherance of Cooperative Extension Information 307960

OSUE Agricultural and Natural Resources
ANR Agronomic Systems Support 314617
Agricultural and Resource Law Fund 314725

OSUE Horticulture & Crop Science
OSUE Master Gardener Endowment Fund 645365

And don’t forget this year’s CFAES highlighted funds:
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

The 2017 CFAES Campus Campaign co-chairs are Greg Davis ( and Thom Janini (

2017 Fulbright Week at Ohio State

During the week of April 17-21, 2017, Ohio State will be holding the 8th Annual Fulbright Week, an initiative co-organized by the Office of International Affairs, the Graduate School, and the Undergraduate Fellowship Office.  These three units have combined their efforts to provide a full week of events acknowledging past Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays recipients and hosting workshops, information sessions and open houses designed to inform potential Ohio State faculty, undergraduate and graduate student applicants about the international opportunities available through the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs. All faculty, professionals and students are welcome to participate.

View a complete schedule of activities here.

Your Gift Does More – Greg’s Story

Up until about 18 years ago, it was difficult for me to understand the idea of giving the dollars I earned from my employer back to my employer. It was about that time that I had a chance to learn about the Cooke Castle during a work trip to Stone Lab at Lake Erie.

I learned that the Cooke Castle was the stately limestone home built on Gibraltar Island in the 1800s. The old home was beautiful, but sorely in need of repairs. Being a lover of history and quality craftsmanship, I knew I could help in its preservation and restoration.

I didn’t give much, but what I did contribute made me feel good. I have been contributing to the Cooke Castle Restoration Fund 301508 ever since. My seemingly small contributions are combined with those of so many others, past, present and future, to support some of the things about OSU I value most.

Now I look forward to seeing how my contributions support these things, whether they be professional development scholarships, cash achievement awards or Cooke Castle renovations. I have also come to realize that if we don’t care enough about these things to give ourselves, how can we expect anyone else to do so?

I encourage you to find a cause that speaks to your heart…chances are there is a fund to support it. Then, give what you can and prepare yourself for the happiness that will result from knowing that you are helping others.

Greg Davis
Assistant Director
OSUE Community Development

Featured Units:

ACEL Centennial Endowment 483150

OSUE Agricultural and Natural Resources
OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Professional Improvement Fund 312761
AG/NR Team Support 305079

And don’t forget this year’s CFAES highlighted funds:
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

The 2017 CFAES Campus Campaign co-chairs are Greg Davis ( and Thom Janini (

Innovate 2017 – Registration Now Open

Are you looking for new ways you can use technology to make an impact in your work? Join the Office of Distance Education and eLearning in the Ohio Union on May 16 for Innovate 2017, Ohio State’s annual learning technology conference. Our conference brings together educators, administrators, and tech industry professionals from Ohio State and beyond to explore recent advancements, best practices, and provocative approaches to teaching and learning with technology.

With Impact as our theme for 2017, we’re sharing innovations that let educators re-imagine their instruction without sacrificing pedagogical quality and rigor. Our conference schedule is packed full with inspiration for educators at any level of experience using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Don’t miss out on this free professional development and networking opportunity – reserve your spot today!

2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Core Competition Now Open

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2018-2019 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about these opportunities, and hundreds of others, by visiting the Catalog of Awards. The application deadline for most awards is Aug. 1, 2017.  U.S. citizenship is required.

National Geographic Documentary – Looking for Scientists

National Geographic and the international production company Darlow Smith Productions are joining forces with NASA to document a study that will use a large biosphere located in the Arizona desert to simulate the human exploration of Mars.

They are currently looking for scientists from various fields of expertise, including agricultural scientists of various specialties who might be interested in contributing to and participating in the study over the course of a year.

If faculty or students think they would be a good fit, contact Michael Churven at or 310-243-6641.

Safety Brief – Keep Your Eyes on Safety

Attached is the latest “Safety Brief” poster from OSU Environmental Health and Safety.  This safety brief, “Keep Your Eyes on Safety”, is a very timely poster considering we are gearing up for spring planting, summer research projects, and other activities around the college. Job-related eye injuries are far too common. You only have two eyes, so make sure you keep them safe. In this Safety Brief, learn the common causes of eye injuries and what eye protection is right for you.

Keep Your Eyes on Safety

Please take a few minutes to review the material and pass it on throughout your department. Click here for previous OSU EHS Safety Brief Posters.

Click here for more CFAES employee safety information. If you have any questions, contact Kent McGuire at or 614-292-0588.

Celebrate Giving – Pancake Breakfast and Campaign Luncheon

Dear CFAES Faculty and Staff,

The end of March marked the halfway point for this year’s Campus Campaign. At this time, our participation rate is 28 percent, so we need to connect with only 306 more participants representing the various mission areas of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to reach our goal of 45 percent. We are very pleased with the number of people who have already made a commitment to the campaign; there is no doubt the students and others who benefit from these contributions are grateful.

Most likely many of you intend to contribute again this year, as you have for many years, but you have buried your Campus Campaign packet in the “to do” pile on your desk or just not gotten around to it yet. Please take a moment, right now, to unearth your pledge packet or go online to the Campus Campaign 2017  website and renew your support for the worthwhile things our students and colleagues are doing as part of The Ohio State University.

Finally, we have a couple of events for the Campus Campaign coming up on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, so please mark your calendars.

In Columbus, there will be a Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium.

Later that day, a Campus Campaign Luncheon will be held in Wooster from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Fisher Auditorium South Exhibit Area. We hope to see you at one of these events.

If you have questions or need additional info, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Greg Davis, CFAES Campus Campaign 2017 Co-chair
Thom Janini, CFAES Campus Campaign 2017 Co-chair

Opportunities to Meet Dr. Cathann Kress

Faculty and staff are invited to meet Dr. Cathann Kress, the new Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Ice cream social
3 to 5 p.m., remarks at 4 p.m.
Agricultural Administration Building, Auditorium, Columbus

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Light refreshments
9 to 10 a.m., remarks at 9:30 a.m.
Fisher Auditorium, North Exhibit Area, Wooster

RSVP by location on or before Monday, April 24, 2017.

The Nathan Fechheimer Memorial Lecture Series

The Nathan Fechheimer Memorial Lecture Series in Animal Breeding and Production

Dr. Joy Pate, Professor of Reproductive Physiology, C. Lee Rumberger and Family Chair in Agricultural Sciences
Penn State, College of Agricultural Sciences

The overall goal of Dr. Pate’s research program is to improve reproductive efficiency of dairy cows. The main focus of the research is to understand the cellular mechanisms that regulate the lifespan of the corpus luteum (CL), which is the ovarian structure responsible for progesterone production and the maintenance of pregnancy. Work from this laboratory has provided insight into cholesterol metabolism for steroidogenesis, the roles of endogenous prostaglandin production in luteal function, and the mechanisms by which exogenous prostaglandin results in the demise of the CL.

Thursday, April 13
1:00 p.m.
122 Gerlaugh Hall, Wooster
Video link to 212 Animal Sciences, Columbus
2:30 p.m. Round table with students

Friday, April 14
2:00 p.m.
212 Animal Sciences, Columbus
Video link to 122 Gerlaugh Hall, Wooster
Presentation oriented towards students

Click here for more information. If you have questions, contact Ale Relling, Ph.D.,

Grant Writing and Finding Funding Workshops

Please join us for two workshops on April 27, 2017, with Jeff Agnoli.  Registration is required for each session. See link below.

Finding Funding Workshop (SPIN)
April 27, 2017
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Wooster Campus – Fisher Conference Room (111)

Participants will learn strategies for finding funding with SPIN (funding opportunities database) and how to create and save searches that generate funding alerts. We will also discuss: additional funding strategies, tools for the identification of collaborators, preparing for a visit/talk with program officers, and how to access grant writing resources, e.g., sample proposals. We recommend bringing your laptop for this workshop.

Grant Writing: An Introduction
April 27, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wooster Campus – Fisher Conference Room (111)

Join us for this interactive workshop on grant writing. We will address some of the similarities and differences between the funding process from federal/state agencies and private foundations. Topics include best practices for seeking funding, including the SPIN Funding Opportunities system and other resources, and examples of writing that is both persuasive and clear. We recommend bringing your laptop for this workshop.

Registration is required for both workshops.  Click here to register.

Click here for more funding resources.

Contact Pam Schlegel (, if you have any questions.

Graduating Senior Lunch Invitation

Every year, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Academic Programs Office congratulates its graduating seniors prior to Spring Commencement at an annual Graduating Senior Luncheon. We look forward to this year’s event as students, faculty, and college administrators come together for a luncheon and short program.

This is also a time to wish the graduates well and to welcome them as alumni. The 2017 Graduating Senior Luncheon is planned for Friday, May 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Bob Evan’s Auditorium, located at Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Please accept this as a formal invitation. Please RSVP to Susie Sheller ( by noon on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Your Gift Does More – Emily’s Story

Study Abroad program to Brazil with 
Alpha Zeta Partners.    

Long weekend trip to Rome, while studying abroad in the Czech Republic.

As a CFAES alum, CFAES Advancement staff member and CFAES donor, I have experienced every aspect of the generosity and support our college receives and has to offer.

While I was a student, my Study Abroad travels took me to Brazil, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Rome and the Vatican City. I learned about the diversity of other cultures, the devastation and rebirth of communities and countries, the beauty and pride of historic cities, the different innovative agricultural practices to observe and, of course, the variety of cuisines to enjoy. At the risk of sounding cliché, these experiences truly helped broaden my horizons and strengthened my character.

I give to the CFAES Study Abroad Fund 314112, so any students who are interested in exploring the world and want to open their minds to other ways of life have fewer obstacles to taking advantage of one or more of the 23 Education Abroad opportunities CFAES has to offer.

Emily Jewell
Stewardship Program Coordinator, Advancement

Featured Units:

International Programs
International Programs in Agriculture Special Fund 302757

Dr. M. Eugene Cravens Scholarship Fund 621350
Ag Econ Annual Fund 308712

CFAES highlighted funds:
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

The 2017 CFAES Campus Campaign co-chairs are Greg Davis ( and Thom Janini (