CFAES SAC Professional Development Summer Series

This summer CFAES Staff Advisory Council has come together to bring you a lunch and learn professional development series with distinguished speakers from across our university. These events are free for all CFAES employees and are available at three CFAES locations.

SAC Professional Development Series

Bring your own lunch to one of three locations: 250A Ag Admin, 200 FABE Wooster, or Piketon South Centers Large Auditorium (also via zoom).

Tuesday, June 26
Dr. Jeff King, Emotional Intelligence for Everyday Success
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Tuesday, July 17
Dr. Claire Kamp-Dush, Coping with Digital Distraction
Noon to 1 p.m.
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Tuesday, August 7
Jodie Leister, Drowning Out Negativity
Noon to 1 p.m.
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Reference Guide to Support Victims Who Report Sexual Misconduct

Last week, Ohio State Announced that it is dissolving its Sexual Civility and Empowerment unit based on an external review.

The university has engaged nationally recognized experts Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie M. Gomez from the Philadelphia-based law firm Cozen O’Connor to help create a redesigned, best-in-class model to support victims of sexual assault and conduct a thorough evaluation of the broader Title IX program. Cozen O’Connor’s work includes two objectives.

  • First, they will work with Ohio State to develop a new student support program. Its goal will be to emulate national best practices in this evolving and complex arena. The university will have the changes in place before the beginning of the fall semester.
  • Second, they will assess compliance and recommend enhancements to the university’s policies, procedures and practices related to sexual- and gender-based harassment and violence under federal law.

“Ohio State will do all that we can to be a national leader in preventing and responding to sexual misconduct,” said President Michael V. Drake. “Our campuses must be safe places for all members of our community to learn, work and grow. We remain steadfastly and unwaveringly committed to this goal.”

The university released a reference guide, Buckeyes ACT to assist victims/survivors who report sexual misconduct.

If you have questions about your reporting obligations under Title IX, university policy, state or federal law, please contact the Title IX coordinator or Deputy Coordinators in Human Resources, Student Conduct or the Office of University Compliance and Integrity. More information about reporting and support resources, training for faculty, staff, and students, and a resource brochure is also available on the Title IX and Buckeyes ACT websites.

Chadwick Arboretum Open House

Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens is hosting its annual open house Sunday, July 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring family and friends for an afternoon of refreshments, canoeing, fishing, education, and fun! This free event is the best nature immersion of the summer.

The open house will be at the Arboretum North site, northwest of the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive. There will be free parking across Fred Taylor Drive in Gray Lot 3.

Click here for more information.

Chadwick Arboretum Fall Plant Sale

Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens is having its fall tree sale Friday, Sept. 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The sale will be at the Arboretum North site in the operations compound behind the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive. Parking is available at the sale site.

A variety of native trees from locally sourced seed will be featured in 3 gallon containers, 4′ to 5′ tall. Most will sell between $35 and $45.

Species include, but are not limited to, various varieties of Aesculus, Asimina, Carpinus, Carya, Castanea, Cercis, Diospyros, Frankliniana, Gymnocladus, Lindera, Magnolia, Nyssa, Prunus, Quercus, Stewartia, and Viburnum.

CFAES Staff Award Nominations – June 30 Deadline

The nominations for CFAES Staff Recognition Awards for the Shirley Brooks Jones Citizenship Award and the Key Values, Innovation, and Special Recognition Awards are due by June 30.

The Shirley Brooks-Jones Citizenship Award ($500)
Awarded to a staff member who:

  • Provides outstanding and ongoing excellence in services to faculty, staff, students, and/or others
  • Enhances the quality of work-life in ways that makes a significant difference for colleagues or customers
  • Develops creative solutions to problems that result in significantly more effective and efficient college operations
  • Contributes to positive changes in the college
  • Promotes the college core values and college goals; college core values are: discovery, life-longlearning, science-based knowledge, academic freedom, civility, professionalism, and diversity

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

Innovation Award ($300)
For developing and/or participating in project initiatives and/or process operations improvements that enhances CFAES, Extension, ATI, or OARDC and its mission.

Special Recognition ($300)
For going above and beyond job duties, for having special commitment to tasks and positive customer service and improving workplace communications.

Click here for more information and to access the nomination forms.

All applications are to be sent to Staff Advisory Council Awards Committee c/o Joy Bauman, CFAES Center for Cooperatives, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, OH 45611 or email to

Farm Science Review Office Relocated

On June 14, 2018, the offices of the Farm Science Review/Molly Caren Agricultural Center relocated to the R. Craig Fendrick Headquarters Building at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. All staff are now combined to improve daily communications and reduce travel time for frequent meetings in London. A consistent address and presence at the site will assist in serving the customers of FSR/MCAC more effectively.

The office phone number, 614-292-4278, remains the same. All US mail and deliveries should be directed to:

Ohio State University
Farm Science Review/ Molly Caren Agricultural Center
135 State Route 38 NE
London, OH 43140

Finding Joy in Diversity

Internationally acclaimed and nationally-known stand-up comic, humor educator, and motivational speaker Karen Williams visits Wooster campus to present her workshop, Finding Joy in Diversity!

Thursday, June 14
Research Services Room 130
Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Light lunch and conversation at noon; presentation at 12:15 p.m.

Space is limited. RSVP required to Jason Owens.

Live stream is also available at

This workshop is designed to explore some of the barriers imposed by race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability, and cultural differences. Discussions will focus on the use of appropriate humor to raise sensitivity, and to generate creative and positive action in our daily lives. With its accent on leadership training, this session will empower participants to appreciate differences, embrace similarities, and promote harmony and empowerment in our respective environments and communities.

Karen’s workshop clients include Parker-Hannifin, Aultman Hospital, Girl Scouts of America, Cleveland Clinic, Lubrizol, United States Department of Agriculture, twelve State Departments of Health, and colleges and universities across the country.

We hope that you will take advantage of this unique opportunity and join us for Finding Joy in Diversity!

Innovations & Conversations Featuring Kirsten Leute

Join Ohio State’s Technology Commercialization team for lunch at the upcoming Innovations & Conversations featuring Kirsten Leute, Senior Vice President for University Relations at Osage University Partners. The luncheon event will be held from noon – 1 p.m. on June 27 in the Faculty Club North Dining Room.

Osage is a venture capital fund that invests in startups out of academic institutions. Luete is responsible for relationships with more than 90 OUP academic partner universities. She previously worked at Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing, handing a diverse caseload of biotechnology and high technology inventions. She also has experience with software, trademark and copyright licensing. She published articles on technology transfer in the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, Community Genetics and Medical Innovation and Business and co-wrote a chapter on bringing university technology to the private sector in The Creative Enterprise. She earned her biology degree from Wellesley College and her MBA from Santa Clara University concentrating in international business and management of technology and innovation. Leute is also a registered patent agent.

Innovations & Conversations is a quarterly, informal gathering for faculty to network with business, technology commercialization and industry partners. Conversations focus on the cycle of innovation from discovery to marketplace. For more information, contact Tracy Preston.

Click here to RSVP for the event.

Future of Waterman Taskforce Update

The Future of Waterman Task Force has been hard at work. Task force members gathered input from more than 150 people in April and May, through multiple listening sessions and interviews. Stakeholders included college and university faculty and staff, students, elected officials, Waterman neighbors, alumni, commodity groups, friends of the college, and more.

The task force then synthesized more than 6,000 data points to work toward a shared vision. The research showed strong consensus among the diverse stakeholders. For example, there was broad agreement that Waterman should be known as a showcase for experiential learning and discovery in the areas of food, agricultural, and environmental sciences.

The research also revealed agreement on the trends that will affect food, agriculture, and environmental sciences. Examples include a heightened interest in how food is grown and a demand for balance between food production and environmental sustainability.

There is still time to provide input. Please contact John Foltz, Graham Cochran, or any member of the task force with your thoughts. Check the Waterman webpage for more information and for task force member names.

In next steps, the task force will share research results with those who participated in listening sessions and interviews and start work on the Master Plan. The team is excited to share its progress with the college’s leadership in early July.

Dependent Tuition Assistance Deadlines Approaching

The Ohio State University offers eligible employees and their dependents the opportunity to advance their education at Ohio State. The Dependent Tuition Assistance Plan (Plan) pays a portion of the instructional and general fees for an eligible employee’s spouse/same-sex domestic partner, eligible unmarried dependent children, and eligible unmarried dependent children of their same-sex domestic partner, who take courses at Ohio State. A dependent of one eligible employee will receive 50 percent off the cost of instructional and general fees. The benefit for a dependent of two eligible employees is 75 percent. An eligible dependent may receive tuition assistance benefits for up to eight semesters or 140 semester hours of enrollment, whichever is greater.

Dependent tuition assistance applications must be submitted each term. The summer 2018 term enrollment window closes Friday, June 15. The autumn 2018 term enrollment window opens Monday, June 25, and closes Friday, Aug. 24. Faculty and staff can apply online using Employee Self Service or paper applications. The student must have a social security number on file with Buckeye Link to receive dependent tuition assistance.

What you need to do:
Apply online using Employee Self Service or visit the dependent tuition page to complete a paper application. Direct questions to the Office of Human Resources Customer Service Center at or 614-292-1050.

New University-Wide Contract – Photography Services

A new university-wide contract for photography services was recently awarded to five suppliers by the Strategic Procurement team. The Strategic Procurement team has pre-negotiated terms and hourly rates with the awarded photographers as part of a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP). The scope of these contracts include headshots, corporate, editorial, event, features, portrait, food, and sports action photography.

University employees are not mandated to use the five suppliers; however, use of these suppliers does provide continuity in pricing, service delivery, and image usage. The portfolios of the awarded suppliers and specific contract info can be found at

For additional contract details, please contact Procurement directly. See the full article for the vendor list and additional purchasing guidance.


Plastic Pot Recycling

Following Chadwick Arboretum’s very successful Spring Plant Sale & Auction, we know there are approximately 14,000 plastic pots, cell packs, and trays out there that need to be recycled or re-used. There are many materials in our community that can be recycled and kept out of our general trash collection. Join us to reduce this waste and help our planet.

Saturday, June 16
7:30 – 11:30 a.m.
2001 Fyffe Court

We’ll be partnering with Phoenix Recycling and accepting horticultural plastics such as pots, cell packs, and trays.

WE WILL NOT BE collecting non-food grade Styrofoam such as the material that your computer or TV is packed in. This is no longer recycled at Phoenix.

We hope to fill a semi-truck with these horticultural plastics as we have in the past. You are also welcome to stand by and take any of these plastics that you might need for your home projects.

Please note that Chadwick Arboretum won’t be able to accept any materials prior to the morning of June 16 OR past the time of the event.

Please spread the word and invite others to the event page, so we can meet our goal and have the largest turn out to date!

Chadwick Arboretum will host a membership table during this event so you can join or renew your support of our programs and gardens as your vehicle is being unloaded by our volunteers, students, and staff.

Thanks for continuing to support our programs and operations!

Position Posted – AEDE Department Chair

Applications and nominations are invited for outstanding candidates for the position of chair of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. The new chair will be uniquely positioned to build on the strengths of the department and will drive the department forward towards its mission of scholarship, education, and dissemination of knowledge through application of economic principles to society’s challenges in agriculture, the food system, the environment, and economic development.

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University provides world-class teaching, research and outreach in applied economics, with concentrations in the areas of agricultural economics and agribusiness, environmental and resource economics, international and development economics, and regional and urban economics. The department has 19 tenured and tenure-track faculty and a dedicated group of 9 program staff personnel.  The department offers academic programs leading to a B.S. degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics; a B.S. degree in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability; a Masters of Applied Economics (MAE); and a Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. The faculty produce nationally and internationally renowned programs to fulfill its land grant university missions in teaching, research, and extension education.

Responsibilities: The department chair is responsible for leadership, strategic planning, finances, administration, academic affairs, and external relations of the department. The chair will be committed to enhancing the education, research, and service missions and will possess an exceptional scholarly record, leadership skills, and strategic capacity to advance the department.

Responsibilities include oversight of personnel including performance reviews, administration of merit pay increases, development of workload assignments, and management of budgets and facilities. The chair may also carry on instructional, research, and outreach activities commensurate with his/her administrative responsibilities. The chair is responsible for establishment and maintenance of a financial and operational environment that is focused on appropriate internal controls. This should include, but not be limited to, appropriate segregation of duties in the processing of financial transactions, appropriate mandatory approvals, appropriate procedures to maintain effective custody over university resources, appropriate monitoring and oversight, and appropriate mandatory reconciliations. The chair reports to the Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in agricultural economics, economics, or a related area, and must have distinguished academic credentials and eligibility for appointment to the rank of professor with tenure in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. The applicant must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and should have a proven record of using sound judgment in identifying, prioritizing, and solving organizational problems in an academic or related setting; as well as experience working with industry to drive ongoing communication and partnerships. Additional essential qualifications include successful administrative experience, the ability to effectively engage a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure: Review of applications will begin September 1, 2018, and continue until a qualified candidate is identified. Nominations and applications from qualified individuals are invited at any time.  Qualified applicants are requested to submit the following: letter of application; statement of the applicant’s vision and administrative philosophy; leadership experiences and qualifications; a one-page statement of philosophy and perspective related to inclusion and diversity, and how they can help us achieve our goals related to diversity and the mentoring of underrepresented groups; and curriculum vitae including names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five references. Initial nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential; references will be contacted only upon approval of the applicant.

Application materials should be sent electronically (PDF format) to Mary Roberts.

Questions should be directed to:

Dr. John C. Foltz
Chair of the Search Committee
Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
The Ohio State University
110B Animal Sciences Building
2029 Fyffe Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Telephone: 614-292-1242

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, and encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.