Consent Needed for Electronic Delivery of Tax Form 1095-C

Your 1095-C is a required tax form that provides important information about the health care coverage you had or were offered by Ohio State during 2017. If you consented to receive the form electronically, it will be available from Equifax with secure access through Employee Self Service. Equifax will email you when your 1095-C is available.

If you have not consented, you have until Wednesday, Jan. 17 to do so; otherwise, the form will be mailed to your home address on file in the HR System by Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Click here for more information about form 1095-C.

SERC Seed Grant Solicitation

The Ohio State University Subsurface Energy Resource Center (SERC) was established to advance and disseminate our understanding of energy resources from underground sources and the intertwined environmental and socioeconomic issues. New for this year, we are expanding the scope of our Seed Grant Solicitation to include research under the broadest umbrella of energy and environment related research. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • alternative and clean energy sources;
  • environmental and social issues as related to specific or broader energy and resource management issues;
  • economic, environmental, and social costs/benefits of energy development (alternative and fossil fuel);
  • hazard and risk assessment of different methods of energy production on various endpoints/receptors;
  • development of frameworks for managing energy development; and (f) restoration/reclamation of lands
    damaged by energy extraction.

To promote and facilitate cross‐disciplinary research and collaboration at OSU, SERC is seeking applications from OSU faculty and research staff for seed grant funding. The total expected budget is $50,000, from which we will fund 3 to 4 proposals. Priority will be given to Seed Grant proposals that demonstrate the potential to leverage the SERC funding as a first step to obtaining high return to the university (e.g., extramural funding from NSF, DOE, NIH, or foundational dollars).

To build synergy and foster cross-disciplinary collaboration at OSU, we would consider funding 1 to 2 collaborative projects in the $20,000 range. Some example metrics for this return include the development of campus-based or online courses, workshops, publication of review papers that establish avenues for future fundable research, submission of proposals for competitive funding sources, and funding obtained from proposals that were generated, in part, from seed funds (e.g., proof‐of‐principle experiment or new model leading to a viable proposal). We will also entertain proposals to support modest travel costs to attend energy‐related workshops, and proposal or project planning meetings. Conference travel will not be considered through this funding mechanism. Proposals that demonstrate cross‐campus integration and have a diversity of departmental and institutional affiliations will be evaluated highly. Cost share is not required, but it will be considered in the applications. The purpose of these funds is not to support individual research projects unless they identify proof‐of‐principle concepts that lead to a follow‐on extramural proposal.

Proposals should be submitted to Mike Kositzke ( by January 31, 2018. The SERC Management Team will review proposals and make their decision by February 15, 2018. The body of the proposal should be no longer than four pages including the narrative, figures, references and a budget. The proposal should include a title, team members and their affiliations, project summary, background, proposed work, expected outcomes and two page CVs of the PIs.

For proposals to receive serious consideration, they must demonstrate a clear relevance to energy-related issues in areas such as technological advances, environmental impacts and/or socio‐ economic issues. The funding is for one year and requires a mid‐term and final report. The final report should detail the success of the project and outline the next steps to be taken that leverage the SERC funds for any follow‐on effort.

Questions pertaining to this solicitation should be directed to Prof. David Cole, Interim Director, SERC

EHS Safety Brief – 12 Days of Safety

Attached is a new “Safety Brief” poster from OSU Environmental Health and Safety.

The December Safety Brief is “The 12 Days of Safety”. It’s the holiday season, but whether you’re decorating your cubicle or office, remember to keep safety a top priority and follow all departmental policies and protocols. In this edition of the Environmental Health and Safety brief, learn 12 tips to keep your office a safe environment.

12 Days of Safety

Click here for more information on CFAES employee safety.

CFAES LinkedIn

Please join the college’s newly launched LinkedIn group!  The group was launched this week and is open to current and retired faculty and staff, alumni, students, donors, volunteers, and friends of the college.

This is a great space to network, give or receive career advice, reconnect with friends, and share CFAES memories.

We will send an invite out to external stakeholders shortly, but wanted to let you know first.  Please join and help spread the word.

Tobacco Free Ohio State Policy 7.20

This is a reminder of the Tobacco Free Ohio State Policy 7.20.

Ohio State strives to enhance the general health and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, students and visitors, to become the world’s healthiest university. We desire to support individuals to be tobacco free, achieve their highest state of health and to launch students into their careers at a high level of health and wellbeing. To support this commitment, we intend to provide a tobacco free environment.

Smoking and the use of tobacco are prohibited in or on all university owned, operated or leased property including vehicles.

Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including and not limited to, cigarettes (e.g., clove, bidis, kreteks), electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, hookah smoked products, pipes and oral tobacco (e.g., spit and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff) and nasal tobacco. It also includes any product intended to mimic tobacco products, contain tobacco flavoring or deliver nicotine other than for the purpose of cessation.

2017 Faculty and Staff Holiday Appreciation Celebration

You are cordially invited to join Dean Cathann A. Kress, the Faculty Advisory Council and the Staff Advisory Council at the 2017 CFAES Faculty and Staff Holiday Appreciation Celebration.

Wooster Campus
Thursday, Dec. 14
3 to 4:30 p.m., light refreshments
The Arden Shisler Center, Ballroom

Columbus Campus
Tuesday, Dec. 19
3 to 4:30 p.m., light refreshments
Agricultural Administration Building, Auditorium

RSVP for your preferred location by Wednesday, Dec. 6.

D.C. Days 2018 RFP

The CFAES  Office of  Research and Graduate Education and the Grant Development Support Unit (GDSU) are once again offering CFAES faculty the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC. The Grant Development Support Unit will arrange a group visit (2 to 3 days) in May 2018.

This trip allows researchers to become more competitive by providing an opportunity to visit with federal program officers. This enables researchers to determine whether their basic concept is a good fit with the sponsor’s mission, to seek advice concerning project design and appropriate funding track, and to better understand the peer review process. Meetings with program officers will take place at federal agency offices in Washington, D.C.

Faculty from the College of Education and Human Ecology will also accompany the CFAES group, through the EHE program, to encourage collaborative grant seeking. We hope to provide this experience to six to eight CFAES faculty this year, determined through the competitive application process.  Applications will be accepted from any interested faculty member; however, priority will be given to those with the rank of Assistant Professor, especially those who have grant writing experience. Please contact Pam Schlegel or Lori Kaser with questions.

DC Days RFP 2018

The application deadline is December 15, 2018.

Distinguished Staff and Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Awards

Nominations for both the Distinguished Staff and Distinguished Diversity Enhancement awards opened Dec. 1, and can be submitted through January 12, 2018. This is a great opportunity to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the university.

The Distinguished Staff Award annually honors 12 individuals for their outstanding achievements, service, leadership and dedication to The Ohio State University. The Distinguished Staff Award is the highest honor bestowed upon staff at the university since its inception in 1984. Click here for more information and to access the nomination form.

The Office of Human Resources and the Senate Diversity Committee annually recognize diversity efforts at The Ohio State University. Faculty, staff, students, student organizations and alumni can nominate their colleagues to be selected as one of five recipients. Click here for more information on the Distinguished Diversity Enhancement awards and to access the nomination form.

National Land-Grant Diversity Conference

Intentional Connections: Education & Application in a World of Differences
February 14-16, 2018

Registration Cost:
$65    Pre-Conference  (Feb. 14)
$195    Conference  (Feb. 15-16)

About the Conference
The Conference is hosted by five land-grant universities from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It is designed for administrators, faculty, and staff from Cooperative Extension, research, and academic programs; private and public university representatives; K-12 educators; community outreach leaders; health and social services professionals; employers and supervisors; human resource staff; elected and appointed officials; and all others wanting to expand diversity efforts and increase cultural understanding in their communities and workplaces.
For additional information click here.

Seminar On Wheels
Brand NEW this Year – Travel by charter bus to sites throughout Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati that were important in the march to freedom during the time of underground railroad.  The tour features a visit to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and includes a delicious four course meal at the famous Hofbräuhaus in Newport Kentucky.  Seminar limited to 45 participants.

Registration is open! (Early bird $195 special deadline is January 15.) Click here to register.

Pre-Conference: Join us a day early (Feb. 14) for a tour (transportation and lunch included) of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and other sites, plus a 4-course meal at the famous Hofbräuhaus. Only $65. Limited to 45 participants!

Keynote Address:  Karima Samadi and the Ohio State University Kirwan Institute. Hear Karima’s story (immigration, integration, and inclusion). Participate in a World Cafe discussion (personal reflection, storytelling), and civic engagement training.

Capnote Address: Jasmine Roberts, Ohio State University School of Communication, strategic communication lecturer and author of “Writing of Strategic Communication Industries,” an openly-licensed textbook and writing guide for those interested in the strategic communication field. Topic: Open Education: Accessible and Affordable, Unrestricted and Open for All.

International Banquet:  Thursday evening will feature unique dishes from four parts of the globe.  The hotel chef is a master at preparing a wide array of international dishes.

The goal of this diversity conference is to learn more about ourselves and others, to network, and to link resources to integrate diversity into programs, policies and practices for creating community well-being.


Be Prepared for Winter Weather

Safety is the university’s top priority and Facilities Operations and Development (FOD), CampusParc, Transportation & Traffic Management (TTM) and the Department of Public Safety work together to offer services during the winter months to keep you safe.

As snow and ice start to collect, FOD teams are dispatched to treat campus roadways and sidewalks. They remain on campus throughout the day and night treating and plowing as needed. CampusParc crews will also be on campus treating parking lots and garages, with garage rooftops remaining open, when possible.

TTM posted an update about these services along with other tips on how to be prepared for winter weather. Click here for more information.