Welcome Fest

Dean Kress cordially invites all faculty and staff to attend the CFAES Welcome Back Celebration Sept. 7, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Ag Admin Auditorium.

CFAES Welcome Back Celebration Invitation

Brief comments start at 2:00 p.m. from Dean Kress. Light refreshments will be served.

Welcome Fest is sponsored by CFAES Administration, Faculty Advisory Council and Staff Advisory Council.

Zoom Office Hours Available This Week

It has been three months since the CFAES IT Services unit introduced Zoom, and the response has been outstanding.  Over 2,000 employees have signed up for a Zoom account and are using it every day!  Some of you may have questions about how to use Zoom or may not be aware of all the features.  Now is your chance to get those questions answered.

Join Ken Kulka for his “Zoom Office Hours” session Thursday, Aug. 31 at 1:30 p.m.  Ken will be on hand to answer your questions about using Zoom and will cover new Zoom features each week.

Click here to join: https://osu-cfaes.zoom.us/j/6142922012

If you have not signed up for your Zoom Pro account, go to the CFAES Zoom portal.

Inclusive Excellence Training Sessions Scheduled

CFAES Equity and Inclusion has scheduled the next round of Inclusive Excellence training for both staff hires and faculty hires.

These one-hour trainings focus on best practices for ensuring all reasonable efforts to attract a diverse candidate pool for open staff or faculty positions. Participants will examine the role that implicit bias often plays in screening applicants.  Strategies for advertising and creating avenues for underrepresented applicants will be presented.

This trainings are available face to face in Columbus and via streaming in Wooster, as well as via Zoom.

The below links provide a list of all the upcoming training dates for each session.

Staff Hire Trainings

Faculty Hire Trainings

Chadwick Arboretum Hosting Gentle Yoga

On Monday, August 28, 5:30 p.m. Chadwick Arboretum is hosting an hour of relaxation and rejuvenation yoga in the Lois B. Small and Gladys B. Hamilton Labyrinth Garden. This gentle yoga session will be hosted by Dr. Marianna Klatt and OSU Medicine and the Arts.

Flyer – Gentle Yoga

The Chadwick Arboretum Labyrinth Garden is located at the northeast corner of the Agriculture Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, 43210. Rain will move the event into the Agriculture Administration Building Auditorium. Pay-n-Display parking is available in the parking lot on the east side of the building. This event is free and open to the public.

Judith Hartmann Lecture: Global Energy Leadership

Dr. Judith Hartmann, executive vice president and chief financial officer for ENGIE, will present a lecture on “Creating a Trajectory for Executive Roles in Multinational Companies” at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, in Scott Lab Room E100.

ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure are equity partners in Ohio State Energy Partners, Ohio State’s new energy management partner. ENGIE is a $60 billion global energy company with over 150,000 employees worldwide. Hartmann will share her experiences as a leader in the energy industry with students, faculty and staff.

Flyer – Judith Hartmann Lecture

If you have questions, contact Gina Langen, langen.2@osu.edu.

Share the Road

Share the road and look out for fellow Buckeyes. Your safety is our top priority.

With more than 100,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus each day, we all need to look out for our fellow Buckeyes while walking, biking and driving.

The Department of Public Safety encourages everyone to Share the Road and keep traffic safety in mind while traveling. Pedestrians should use marked crosswalks and sidewalks. Eliminate distracted behaviors by removing earbuds and being aware of your surroundings rather than your cell phone. Motorists should keep an eye out for pedestrians and bicyclists.

In addition, please plan ahead and allow extra time as areas around Neil Avenue, Herrick Drive and High Street are currently impacted by construction. Take a moment to view pedestrian maps to help navigate campus this fall.

We all Share the Road and the responsibility.

CFAES IT Services – New Help Desk Phone Number

To simplify service for our CFAES customers statewide, the Information Technology Services group has adopted a new phone number for the CFAES IT Service Desk. You may now dial 614-514-IT4U (4848) to reach our service desk. In addition we have added 844-614-IT4U (4848) as a toll free option for County Offices and Outlying Research Stations. For Resident Instruction, Classroom Support, and Videoconferencing needs select Option 1. For Columbus Campus support select Option 2. For Wooster Campus support and Outlying Research Stations select Option 3. For County Office support select Option 4.

In addition, you can also contact the CFAES IT Service Desk via email or on the web at http://go.osu.edu/ITServiceDesk.

The older numbers 330-263-3772 (Wooster) and 614-292-9110 (Columbus), will remain in effect for the time being.

If you are experiencing any issues with the new call tree service or the web service desk portal, please contact Chris Dicus, CFAES ITS Customer Service Relations Manager, dicus.1@osu.edu, 330-263-3784. Any feedback is appreciated as we streamline our CFAES ITS customer service experience.

CFAES IT Services Review Update

This update is on one of the important planning efforts we have underway in the college, the CFAES IT Services Review and Planning initiative.

As a reminder, we collaborated with Ohio State’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and an external company on an IT Services Review and Planning initiative that will help the college make future IT budget and staffing decisions in the context of the college’s strategic objectives in teaching, research and extension.

CFAES IT Services Review: Findings and Recommendations

Summary of Critical Recommendations:

  • Invest in security to meet the university information security standards and reduce risk
  • Resolve network and connectivity issues, particularly for our distributed county locations
  • Refresh computers that are out-of-warranty and fund an ongoing computer refresh program with standardized configurations
  • Continue to address important help desk/support needs identified in the review

Summary of Longer Term Priorities:

  • Increase wireless, mobile support, and seamless experience across all CFAES locations (Mobile First)
  • Focus on video conferencing, distance education, and web sites to support innovation in teaching and collaboration
  • Increase specialized support for big data and research to advance key research priorities

Now that the review is complete, Matt DeVore and others from our college leadership team are working together to develop several options for how we move ahead in addressing the recommendations. Over the next month, we will evaluate these options and will have more to share with you about next steps. Click here to view the full report.

2017 – 2018 Advisor Development Series

The CFAES Office of Academic Affairs is kicking off the academic year with an advisor development series.  The purpose of the series is to equip advisors with the tools necessary to provide a successful advising experience for students.

We realize some session topics may be of interest to faculty, staff and TAs that are not advisors. Therefore, we’re opening up these development opportunities to anyone in the college who is interested in attending.

The first session will be:

Advising Basics: An overview of the responsibilities, answers to common inquiries, and resources available to advisors and students within the college and on campus.

  • Wed., August 30
  • 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Facilitators: Dr. Steve Neal, Paul Heimberger, and Ben Carignan, CFAES Academic Affairs
  • Where:  Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, International Room
  • RSVP:  by Friday, August 25 to miller.4325@osu.edu.
  • Parking: After RSVPing, a parking permit will be emailed to you

A continental breakfast will be provided.

Also, please save the date for future sessions during this academic year.  All of the following sessions will be at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau Center in the International Room. An email invitation will be sent separately for each event.

Tuesday, Sept. 26
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Surviving an Active Shooter: How to prepare for an active shooter situation or aggressor situation. Learn about the national “Run. Hide. Fight.” best practice.
Facilitators: Ohio State Police Department

Monday, Oct. 23
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Helping Students in Distress: How to handle a student in distress or causing a disruption and linking students to the resources available on campus.
Facilitators: Dr. Mickey Sharma, Office of Student Life, and Det. Cassie Shaffer, Ohio State Police Department

Tuesday, Nov. 14
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Implicit Bias and Mitigation Strategies: Implicit bias is concerned with unconscious cognition that influences understanding, actions and decisions. By taking the time to understand your personal biases, you can begin to mitigate their effects.
Facilitator: Dr. Kathy Lechman, CFAES Equity and Inclusion

Friday, Jan. 26
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Advising Basics: An overview of responsibilities, answers to common inquiries, and resources available to advisors and students within the college and on campus.
Facilitators: Dr. Steve Neal, Paul Heimberger and Ben Carignan, CFAES Academic Affairs

Thursday, Feb. 22
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Managing Disgruntled Students and Parents
Facilitators: TBD

Wednesday, March 28
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Working with Underrepresented Students
Facilitators: TBD

If you have any questions, contact Julie Miller, academic program coordinator, at miller.4325@osu.edu.

Grant Development Support Unit – Workshop Survey

The Grant Development Support Unit is currently planning the workshops that will be offered during the upcoming academic year. If you have not done so already, please take about 5 minutes to complete the following survey to help us determine which topics you would find the most beneficial.

Click here to access the survey.

If you have any questions or comments about the survey, please send them to Kayla Arnold, arnold.1065@osu.edu.


Cannon Drive Closure

CFAES has many employees, alumni, donors and stakeholders that travel to the Columbus campus. The below information highlights the impacts of the Cannon Drive closure.

In conjunction with Framework 2.0, the university continues to invest in improvements to support transportation and parking changes related to the upcoming relocation of Cannon Drive. Please watch this educational video for a 3-minute overview of upcoming changes.

You can also view a pair of maps providing an overview of future CABS routes.

The first phase of CABS updates will take effect August 1, 2017, to align with the new parking permit year. Route changes include:

  • Med Center Express: Shifting from Buckeye Lots (Fred Taylor Drive) to west campus Carmack Lots.
  • Campus Loop North: Servicing Buckeye Lots (Fred Taylor Drive) rather than Carmack Lots.
  • Campus Loop South: Servicing Buckeye Lots (Fred Taylor Drive) rather than Carmack Lots.

Starting August 1, the Med Center Express bus route will service West Campus rather than the Buckeye Lots providing similar service times to the Wexner Medical Center while no longer stopping at Vet Med. Enhanced service, offering pick up intervals of three minutes during peak service hours, is expected to begin as early as September when the new Herrick Transit Hub is complete. In addition, North Express service will shift from the Carmack Lots to the Buckeye Lots August 21.

Click here for more information on the closure.

Ohio Fruit News – August Issue Available Online

The Ohio Fruit News is put together by a team of Ohio State experts in fruit production and protection to provide timely and important plant pest and seasonal information. The goal is to reach as many of our diverse fruit growers in Ohio as possible!

Within this edition, articles with updates on tree development, stink bug impact, and blackberry production can be found as well as additional resources found on the last page.

Click here to check out the August issue.

CFAES Pre-Convocation and Welcome to Columbus

On Aug. 21, 2017, CFAES faculty and staff will welcome over 475 freshman, transition and transfer students to the Columbus campus. You are invited to participate in two events at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center to greet and encourage them. The schedule of events is below.

Click here to RSVP for the events. Thank you for all you do to support CFAES students.

Pre-Convocation for Freshman
7:45 a.m.  Meet faculty, staff and students of CFAES
8:15 a.m.  Move to Bob Evans Auditorium for morning program
8:25 a.m.  Introductions, welcome, and essential information
9:20 a.m.  Meet faculty advisors
10:05 a.m.  President’s Convocation (Schottenstein Center)

Welcome to Columbus for Transfer and Transition Students
10:15 a.m.  Registration
10:30 a.m.  Meet with faculty advisors and department representatives
11:45 a.m.  Lunch
11:50 a.m.  Introductions, welcome, and important reminders and information
12:40 p.m.  Student panel
1:00 p.m.  Table fair
1:04 p.m.  Beginning of solar eclipse


CFAES Staff Advisory Council Annual Awards

The CFAES Staff Advisory Council invites you to nominate an outstanding staff member! Nominate a colleague who helps make this a great place to work!

Shirley Brooks Jones Award – $500 Award
Recognizing a staff member who provides outstanding and ongoing excellence in service to faculty, staff, students and/or others. Enhances the quality of work-life in ways that makes a significant difference for colleagues or customers.

Key Values Award – $300 Award
A service award for dedication, cooperation and positive attitudes in the workplace. Nominations limited to staff members within their first three years of employment.

Innovation Award – $300 Award
For developing and/or participating in project initiatives and/or process operation improvements that enhance CFAES, Extension, ATI or OARDC and its mission.

Special Recognition Award – $300 Award
For going above and beyond job duties; special commitment to tasks, positive customer service, and improving workplace communications.

Nominations are due August 31, 2017. Click here for application and award descriptions.

Questions? Contact Amanda Forquer, forquer.13@osu.edu or 419.947.1070.