Benefits of Employee Assistance Program

Ever wondered what MORE the EAP has to offer besides complimentary counseling sessions? Do you know how to take advantage of the EAP services? Do you want to learn more about professional development offered by the EAP? Thanks to a strong partnership with IMPACT Solutions, Ohio State offers robust services to faculty and staff on all campuses and in all 88 counties. Come learn more about the OSU EAP and discover something new. It might be just what YOU or someone you know needs.

Presenter:  Lisa M. Borelli LISW-S on behalf of Ohio State Employee Assistance Program
Date:  Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time:  10 – 11 a.m.
Location:  The Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 214 Gehres Room
RSVP: (Please respond whether you will attend in person or view through Zoom)

CFAES employees interested in viewing, who are not available to attend in person, may connect through Zoom:

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Meeting ID: 989 451 994

Chadwick Arboretum Arbor Day Celebration

Friday, April 27
10 a.m.
West entrance to Kottman Hall
2021 Coffey Road, 43210

Join Mrs. Drake and the CFAES community as we celebrate our Lorax Award recipients (those who speak for the trees), and dedicate the trees planted during ArboBlitz 2017. We’ll also celebrate our 7th year of receiving the prestigious Tree Campus USA award at The Ohio State University.

A reception will follow.

Conference on Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Ohio State Academy of Teaching’s
Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning
Creating Inclusive Connections
Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Academy of Teaching’s Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning will be held Thursday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. This free event is for members of The Ohio State University community to share innovative and interesting, evidence-based ideas for the improvement of teaching effectiveness and student learning. The theme is “Creating Inclusive Connections.”

Join us for discussions about how we cross geographic, interpersonal, disciplinary, technological, instructional, societal, and many other boundaries to connect our students with ourselves, one another, and our subject matter.

Register here!

New Intellectual Property Policy Effective April 15

On April 6, the University’s Board of Trustees approved the revised Intellectual Property Policy, which provides for ownership of copyright for traditional works, rights in patents and inventions, and rights in software for faculty, staff and students. Because the current policy was last revised in 1989, the revised policy was updated to better encourage the creation and dissemination of knowledge, and promote the commercialization of intellectual property. The updated policy:

  • clarifies the rights of faculty members with respect to their scholarship, instructional works and artistic works
  • addresses the rights of software creators
  • revises the process for the commercialization of inventions, discoveries and patents
  • addresses the rights of staff members with respect to their intellectual creations
  • adjusts the royalties-sharing mechanism
  • establishes a dispute resolution mechanism

Click here to learn more about the policy.

Activities and Programs with Minor Participants Policy Registration Requirement

Ohio State is committed to providing quality programming for youth and promoting the safety and welfare of minors entrusted to the university’s care. As a reminder, Ohio State’s Activities and Programs with Minor Participants policy requires annual registration of programs and activities that involve minors. Registration should be completed 60 days before the activity or program begins.

What you need to do:

  • Understand the registration requirement listed in the Activities and Programs with Minor Participants policy and go to the Minors on Campus webpage for more information.
  • Consult the Background Check Resource Guide for detailed information on how to obtain background checks.
  • If you have questions, contact

BuckeyeLearn Redesign

On April 11, the BuckeyeLearn team introduced a streamlined homepage design that will improve the learner experience by allowing a direct way to review available trainings on your transcript and search for additional training experiences. Change highlights include:

  • more prominent “My Training” widget that provides a quicker view of your specific registered training
  • less cluttered home page
  • revised “To Do” widget that shares priority items for you and your direct reports
  • new “Pending Evaluations” widget that allows direct access to open training evaluations

Questions about BuckeyeLearn? Contact the IT Service Desk at 614-688-4357 or through Self Service.

Campus Campaign Update Plus Donation Perks

A big thank you to everyone who has given so far.  You have until April 30 to make a one-time or monthly gift to any OSU fund you like.  Help us show the world just how much CFAES cares!

Featured fund:  ATI Student Leadership Opportunity – 315636

Thom Janini submitted this fund to be highlighted. It supports professional development opportunities for students including registration for events, travel, and lodging.  This fund is near and dear to Thom’s heart because it’s a need he identified last year and was able to help start the fund.

Did you know some donations come with perks?

You can make a donation via Campus Campaign and become a member of one (or all!) of these programs:

Chadwick Arboretum – 601179
$5 a month or $40 one-time gift

Secrest Arboretum – 606449
$35 one-time gift

WOSU – 303227
$5 a month for basic; $7 a month for WOSU member card

Wexner Center for the Arts – 309039
$6 a month for friend level

OSU Alumni Association – 999999
$10 a month or $75 one-time gift to the association or any Ohio State fund; must be an Ohio State alum

Check out each program’s website for member perks.  This is a great opportunity to give back and take part in some fun membership opportunities!

Raise Your Hand for Ohio 4-H Youth

The Raise Your Hand campaign has just kicked off again.  We are asking all 4-H alumni and friends to raise their hand by voting for Ohio.

Click here to raise your hand!

The state with the most hands raised wins $20,000 for youth programming. Ohio won last year, and we’re determine to win again this year!  Please help by raising your hand and asking friends and family to do the same.

Buckeye Bonanza and Open House

The Buckeye Bonanza Open House and Sale Preview is a great opportunity to come out and learn about the Ohio State Equine Program. Come to the open house and explore the farm! Meet the sale horses and get to know their student trainers.

This is an open house for the equine facility, and we will offer a petting zoo, sale horse demos, and much more! There will be fun for the entire family, young and old! Food vendor will be present on premises.

The Buckeye Bonanza and Open House will be held Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  at the Ohio State Equine Facility (3658 Kays Ave., Dublin, OH 43017).

COMPAS Colloquium: Food Pyramid Scheme with Christopher Carter

Ohio State’s COMPAS Program, the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, and InFACT are partnering to present “Food Pyramid Scheme” with Christopher Carter, Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego.

The event, which will be held from 1:30 – 3 p.m. on April 16 on the 11th floor of Thompson Library, will explore the structural inequalities that exist in the domestic food system for both producers and consumers, paying particular attention to the underlying sociological and theological assumptions that permit the current food system, whose shortcomings disproportionately affect communities of color, to be viewed as normative.

Click here for more information.

Farmer’s Share at Waterman

Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) is hosting its annual Farmer’s Share event at Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory for Ohio State students, faculty and staff.

Friday, April 20
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Waterman Dairy Farm

There will be wagon rides, tours of the dairy facility and interactive agricultural education activities at the event. There will also be cows and free ice cream!

Tours and activities at the farm are free of cost and include transportation. Buses will be departing from the Ohio Union each hour starting at 10 a.m. and will make a loop to the farm and then back to the Union. With the activities planned, we expect people to spend around 2 hours at the farm.

Click here to register.

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Retirement Celebration for Lauren Farr

Lauren Farr is springing into retirement. Please join Marketing and Communications as we celebrate at a spring garden party in her honor!

Friday, April 27
4 – 6 p.m., Remarks at 5 p.m.
Kottman Hall Lobby and Chadwick Gazebo Garden
2021 Coffey Road, Columbus

Please RSVP by April 19.

If you would like to contribute to a gift for Lauren or send a card, picture, or personal note for a memory book, contact Morgan Dailey by April 16.


Campus Campaign Update

As of March 28, 27 percent of CFAES faculty and staff have participated in the campaign.  Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has given so far.

If you have yet to make a gift, please consider doing so.  You can make a one-time gift or sign up for payroll deduction.  If there is a cause close to your heart and you can’t locate a corresponding fund, check with your ambassador or email Claire Badger for assistance.

And if you are currently giving via payroll deduction and would like to change your gift, its easy enough to do online.

Upcoming Events
On Monday, April 16 at 9:30 a.m., there will be a Campus Campaign light breakfast event for Extension employees in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium (before the JCEP committee meetings).

All CFAES Faculty & Staff are invited to join the CFAES Staff Advisory Council and the CFAES Campus Campaign team for breakfast on Wednesday, April 18 in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium from 8 – 9:30 a.m.
SAC CC Breakfast

Wooster campus is also holding a breakfast that same day.  Look for details on that soon!

Stories of Impact
We all know that OSU faculty, students, and staff do work that changes the world. Here are a couple of stories of people who have benefitted from OSU programs:

Tredella Floyd shares how OSU Extension changed her life so she could provide a better life for herself and her foster children.

Jeff Austin was able to farm again after being paralyzed by cancer thanks to AgrAbility.

Cailea Williams is able to get the nutrition she needs from the Garden of Hope while recovering from brain cancer.

You can support any of these programs via Campus Campaign:

Extension – 306726
AgrAbility – 313467
Garden of Hope – 301383

Water Quality Task Force Open Forums

Help design CFAES’s water quality initiative. The CFAES Water Quality Task Force seeks input from college faculty and staff to help design a future Water Quality Initiative (WQI) for the college. These open forums are an opportunity for us to get your input about:

  • What types of water quality issues or challenges should be a focus for the WQI?
  • What should the college WQI do? How can it best support your work on water quality?

April 4, 2018
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Columbus, Agricultural Administration Auditorium

April 6, 2018
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Wooster, Research Services Room 130

April 9, 2018
ZOOM Meeting, #789611552

April 12, 2018
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Columbus, Agricultural Administration Auditorium

RSVP is encouraged to help plan for seating and refreshments. If registering for the ZOOM session, the link will be sent to you. Click here to register.

CFAES WQTF Open Forums Flyer

If you have questions, contact Andrew Bahrou.