Fallfest Tailgate

It’s that time of year again when our alumni head back to campus to celebrate Ohio State’s Homecoming activities. CFAES is once again hosting our Fallfest Tailgate on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, and would like to invite faculty and staff to attend this annual event.

Tickets are $35 per guest and can be purchased with a personal credit card by phoning the Alumni Association Customer Service Center at 614-292-2281.  They are open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Registration ends Wednesday, Sept. 26. We are sold out of game tickets, but still have room at the tailgate!

Note – We are moving back to the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center for this year’s event.  We hope to see you at the tailgate!  Direct any questions to CFAES-events@osu.edu.

IT Transformation Project September Update

Several areas throughout our college spent the better part of August gearing up for a new academic year.  Likewise, IT teams within the OCIO and CFAES were hard at work during this period, collaborating to move units within the college to new Managed IT Services, and provide solutions for unique mission-specific requests.

Network improvements will drive many solutions, and continue to be a main first focus within CFAES – we are excited about the implementations that have taken place, and well as others slated to take place over the next few months.

As a follow-up to our last update, we are continuing to examine the question of “How will we pay for these services?”  A Cost Allocation Strategy workgroup has been established within our college, and will meet several times over the next few months to continue shaping options and recommendations.

Attached is the September update of our progress with the CFAES IT Transformation Project. As a reminder, updates on the CFAES IT Transformation can be found at https://it.osu.edu/cfaes.

CFAES IT Transformation September Update

BuckeyePass to Protect eLeave, eTimesheet, Carmen and Vita

OCIO’s highest priority is protecting our data – whether the information belongs to you, the university, students, or customers. Ohio State is expanding its use of multi-factor authentication to increase the level of protection that prevents unauthorized individuals from accessing your information.

To continue to improve security, OCIO plans to add BuckeyePass multifactor authentication to eLeave and eTimesheet on Sept. 30.

BuckeyePass will be enabled for Carmen during Autumn Break on Thursday, Oct. 11. At this time, BuckeyePass will also be enabled for Vita, which faculty may be using to manage and track scholarly activity. Adding BuckeyePass to the login process for the Carmen learning management system not only reduces the risk of credential theft, but also helps address academic misconduct.

BuckeyePass is a self-service tool. That means employees can add, modify, and remove devices at any time as needed. OCIO recommends having at least two devices registered, in case your primary device is lost, damaged or stolen. Click here for more information on how to make changes and manage your devices.

Affordable Learning Exchange

The RFP is now open for Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) grants! ALX is a cross-campus partnership between the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, University Libraries, Undergraduate Student Government, and the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Our mission is to reduce the cost of textbooks and other course materials at Ohio State by advocating for open educational resources and other low-cost alternatives. These goals are directly in line with President Drake’s 2020 Vision. We have already funded 48 projects and are on track to save students $10M by 2020.

Grant award amounts range from $1,000-$24,000 per project. We are looking for projects of all sizes, from high-enrollment GE courses to small seminars and everything in between. Our goal is to continue to support the excellent and innovative teaching and learning practices of our faculty, while providing significant savings for our students in the process. Award amounts are flexible based on a project’s needs, and there are varying levels of support available. Grants may require matching funds from your department.

This first phase of the application process will remain open throughout Sept. 12, and is meant to simply collect your ideas. All you need to supply is some basic information and we’ll be in touch to help you through the next phase, where you’ll complete the full proposal.

Proposals can be submitted on the website.

Books and Brews: CFAES Alumni Society Scholarship Fundraiser

Join the CFAES Alumni Society for a unique and fun scholarship fundraiser at Land-Grant Brewing Company to not only network with fellow alums, but also raise money for CFAES scholarships!  The event takes place after the Career Expo so we hope to see many out-of-town alumni in attendance as well.

Click here for more information and to RSVP. You also can RSVP by emailing CFAESAlumni@osu.edu.

Diabetes Prevention Study

Want to lose weight? Are you at risk for diabetes?

A study at Ohio State is recruiting employees to participate in an 18-month research study to help people lose weight. The study includes a group-based nutrition and physical activity program. You may be eligible if you are eligible for employee benefits, at least 21 years old, and have an elevated glucose level.

Please call 292-4772, contact diabetesimpactstudy@osu.edu or visit https://u.osu.edu/impactstudy for more information.

Diabetes Prevention Study Flyer

CFAES Columbus Campus AED Program

Earlier this year, during an event in the Agricultural Administration building on the Columbus Campus, an individual suffered a medical event requiring cardiac intervention. While emergency services responded promptly and the outcome was okay, it was determined that an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) would have been extremely beneficial during the medical emergency.

Currently there is no university-wide program to provide and maintain AEDs in the buildings on the Columbus campus.  As a result of the incident, CFAES has committed to taking the lead within the university by establishing an AED program and purchasing AED units to be disbursed across buildings on the CFAES Columbus campus. The Wooster campus has successfully maintained an AED program for several years and this model was used to implement additional AEDs on the CFAES Columbus campus.

Here are the locations where AEDs are currently installed:

  • Ag Engineering Building has two units, one on each floor
  • Kottman Hall has one unit on 2nd floor center of building
  • Turfgrass Research Facility has one unit in the center of building

Ongoing maintenance and upkeep for the units will be centrally funded within CFAES and managed by Kent McGuire, CFAES Health and Safety Coordinator. In addition, as units are installed, personnel from CFAES will coordinate trainings on the operation of the units for building occupants.