Workday Trainings

Training curriculums are currently in development in preparation of the Workday implementation. More information will be announced soon on this webpage. Training opportunities will begin in spring 2020, ahead of the summer 2020 implementation of Workday.

Workday – Staff Training
Staff fall into two categories: core users (HR, Finance, Supply Chain, and Payroll Professionals), and casual users (all others). The difference between the two is how much time and what transactions you may need to perform in Workday.

As a staff casual user, you can access everything needed as an employee related to your personal information, travel, spend authorizations, expenses, and purchasing.

  • Optional: 15-minute “Navigating in Workday” eLearning.
  • Frequent Travelers: “Spend Authorizations and Expenses” videos.
  • Purchasers: 1-hour  “The Purchasing Process in Workday” webinar
  • Additionally, you will have access to 30+ on-demand support resources including job aids and/or videos related to topics such as:
    • Updating your personal information
    • Updating your direct deposit and tax information.
    • Using time clocks.
    • Time tracking processes.
    • Updating your benefit elections.
    • Finding job postings and applying for internal jobs.

Training for HR, Finance, Payroll and Supply Chain professions will be offered in various formats including in person, self-paced eLearning and on-demand job aids. Individuals will participate in courses that align to their security role in the system. As a result, the duration of training will vary. More information regarding training for HR, Finance, Payroll, and Supply Chain professionals will be available soon.

If you questions on Workday, please contact one of the CFAES Enterprise Project Change Ambassadors.

Registration for Pelotonia 2020 opens on February 20! Join OSU Team Buckeye: CFAES Sustains Life

Pelotonia is an annual bike ride to raise money for cancer research. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (The James). To date, Pelotonia has raised over $230 million for cancer research at Ohio State University. This year, the event will take place from August 7-9, 2020, however fundraising begins as soon as registration opens!

After registration launches at noon on Thursday, February 20th, make sure to join our college’s team. To register, go to their website and click on the appropriate registration (rider, virtual rider, volunteer, described below). To request to join our Peloton, you must select it (CFAES Sustains Life) from the drop-down during the registration process. Our team captain, Gary Pierzynski, will then accept your request to join the peloton. If you’re looking for a Peloton, check out the Pelotons page. Note, this page will not be live until February 20.

How can you get involved?
Can you ride a bike?
Riding in Pelotonia is an amazing experience. There are a variety of routes you can sign up for. The 25, 45, 55, 75, and 100-mile Riders will complete their routes on Saturday, while the 135, 155, 180, and 200-mile Riders will stay overnight at Kenyon College on Saturday and continue the second portion of their ride on Sunday of Pelotonia weekend. The 35-mile Riders will start and finish their route on Sunday.

Note, there is a $100 registration fee and there are minimum fundraising requirements for riders (ranging from $1,250-2,500 depending on the chosen ride). Student riders can join the student team, which has lower fundraising minimums. Additionally, those who need a bike can participate in OSU’s bike lease program (more details about this to come).

Can you volunteer?
Volunteers can participate in many activities ranging from pre-event activities, at the Opening Ceremony, at every start and finish location, every rest stop along the route on Saturday and Sunday, and for post-event activities. There are also options throughout the summer if you are unable to volunteer during event weekend. Fundraising is encouraged, however there are no fundraising requirements for volunteers.

Do you have a phone?
Virtual Riders are individuals who choose to participate in Pelotonia by only fundraising instead of riding or volunteering. There is no registration fee, however, there is a minimum fundraising commitment of $100. For more details, please see the Virtual Riders page which is located under “Fundraising: Virtual Riders” on the website.

Other ways to get involved
We will be organizing periodic fundraising events and sending out communications about our college’s team throughout the spring and summer. We are also planning to host an informational webinar for anyone interested in joining this year (details to come). Have questions? Read the online FAQ or contact Kayla Arnold.1065. You can also read more about Team Buckeye online.

Call for Proposals Spring 2020 Faculty Advisory Council and the Dean of CFAES Grant

Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) invites lecturers, clinical, assistant, associate and full professors (with a minimum 75% appointment for a 9 or 12-month period) to submit proposals for the 2020 FAC/CFAES grant competition. The objectives of this call for proposals are:

  1. To increase collaboration and a sense of community among the faculty within CFAES.
  2. To improve the working relationship between the Faculty Advisory Council and the faculty in CFAES.
  3. Provide funds to support projects that find it difficult to receive funding from other sources
  4. To promote the core values of CFAES in teaching, research and extension.


  • The general guidelines for the proposal will be the following:
    • PIs must be from faculty in CFAES and can be untenured or tenured faculty on tenure track positions, lecturers, clinical, research or professional practice faculty.
    • Tenure-track assistant professors with more than six years employment (pre-tenure) are ineligible to be PI, Co-PI or collaborator on a proposal.
    • PIs and Co-PIs must come from at least three departments in CFAES.
    • Proposals must address aspects of teaching, research and extension. At least two aspects would be acceptable. PIs should make a deliberate effort to balance the emphases between the chosen aspects.
    • Proposals must state how the funds will be used to benefit a wide distribution of faculty and students in CFAES and potential student in CFAES.
    • The duration of a funded project must be no longer than two years.
  • Faculty members listed as PIs or Co-PIs on projects approved for funding, are ineligible for funding on future projects for a period of two years after receiving such funds.
  • Proposals that focus mainly on pure research, extension or curriculum development alone or seek only to acquire or use technology (e.g., to purchase computers or other equipment) rather than explore its impact on broader college-wide issues, will not be considered.
  • Funded proposals are not allowed to support any faculty salary.

Typically, one or two proposals will be selected for awards ranging from $10,000 to $15,000. After the review process in the spring of a funding cycle, PIs will be notified of the outcome of the proposals by April 15th.  Funds will be available from May 1st. During the fall funding cycle, PIs will be notified by October 15th and funds will be available from November 1st.

Instructions and forms for submission of grant proposals can be found on the OARDC Seeds website. Details about the submission process will include the following:

  • All proposals should be submitted by 5pm on March 1, 2020 using the SEEDS grant submission portal on the website located at  The competition name to select from the drop-down options, once you enter the submission section, will be Fac. Grant. Website submission errors/questions should be directed to David Lohnes at
  • Proposals should be printed on 8.5-inch by 11-inch paper and submitted as a PDF file.
  • Proposals should be 12-point type size with 1-inch margins and single spaced.
  • Proposals should be no longer than 5 pages excluding the cover page, CVs and supporting letters.
  • A maximum of 4 supporting letters are allowed for each proposal.
  • Each CV submitted should not be longer than 4 pages in length.
  • All pages in the proposal should be numbered except the cover page, CVs and supporting letters.
  • All tables and figures must be included within the 5-page limit. Proposals over the page limit will not be considered for review.
  • The cover page is limited to one page and should show the name(s), campus addresses, emails, phone numbers and affiliates of all of the PIs, Co-PIs and collaborators, proposal title, start and end date of the project, amount of funds requested and a summary of the proposal consisting of not more than 250 words.
  • The proposals should be divided into the following sections:
    • Rationale and significance, to include the following:
      • A detailed explanation of how the proposal addresses a need within the CFAES
    • The approach, to include the following:
      • A detailed explanation of how the proposal meets the stated goals of this RFP
    • Budget narrative
    • Collaborative arrangement with PIs, Co-PIs and collaborators
    • The project timeline


  • The Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) will select a proposal review committee annually to review proposals submitted for funding during a given school year. The committee will report to the FAC and make funding recommendations based on based on the objectives and selection criteria contained in the RFP.
  • Faculty members who are named on proposals as PIs or Co-PIs are ineligible to serve on the proposal review committee during a given funding cycle.
  • Faculty members who serve on the proposal review committee can only do so for a maximum of two consecutive one-year terms.
  • A faculty member who is serving as a member of the FAC is ineligible to be named as PI, Co-PI or collaborator on a proposal until he/she completes his/her term or resigns from the FAC.
  • Proposals that are late, incomplete or not prepared according to the guidelines will not be reviewed.
  • The review panel will evaluate proposals using the following criteria:
    • Does the proposal have potential to encourage new scholarly teams among faculty from diverse disciplines?
    • Has the proposal integrated at least two of the following themes – teaching, research or extension?
    • Would the deliverables of the proposal have a positive impact on a large number of faculty members and students in CFAES? This also includes potential students.
    • Are the objectives of the proposal measurable and achievable within the stated timeline?
    • Would the deliverables of the proposal have a positive impact on the Grand Challenge areas in CFAES?


  • Funds for successful proposals will be administered by the SEEDS Program Coordinator.
  • Funds will be monitored to ensure they are being used as presented to the FAC in the funded proposal.
  • Authorization to make changes to the approved project plans, budget and project timeline must be approved by the SEEDS Coordinator and the FAC.
  • An annual report will be due to the SEEDS Coordinator and the FAC on all funded proposals on a two-year timeline.
  • At the end of its timeline, a complete report on the deliverables of all funded proposals will be due to the SEEDS Coordinator and the FAC.
  • Any investigator with an outstanding annual or final report will be automatically disqualified from participating in future proposals until the reporting obligation is met.

CFAES Biometric Screenings Events on the Columbus Campus – March 25th and June 9th

Each year the Your Plan for Health (YP4H) program offers incentives when you annually complete a verified Biometric Screening and a Personal Health & Well-being Assessment (PHA).  Medical plan enrolled employees can reduce the cost of their medical contributions by $25 per month or by $40 per month if they and their enrolled spouse completes the PHA and biometric screening.

To help you Know Your Numbers and earn YP4H incentives, we would like to invite you to participate in one of two CFAES Human Resources and Staff Advisory Council sponsored Biometric Health Screening events.

Biometric Health Screening:A verified biometric screening can be completed in one of three ways:

On-Campus Screening Event
On March 25th and June 9th,  the OSU Health Plan’s (OSUHP) RN Health Promotion Specialist(s) will be in our department to complete complimentary biometric screenings*.  After completing an on-campus screening, OSUHP will provide verification to Virgin Pulse that you have completed a biometric screening.  See below for screening registration details.

On-Campus Biometric Screening Registration:
If you would like to register for the upcoming biometric health screening event in our department, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the registration portal here.
  2. Log in with your Ohio State credentials (last name.# and password)
  3. Click “Schedule Appointment or Class”
  4. Select “Biometric Health Screening” as the appointment type.
  5. In the “Appointment Code” box type in AA20   Do NOT copy and paste as this doesn’t always work to activate the code. 
  6. To search for an available time, click “Find Appointments or Classes”- This will show only the appointments available for this screening event.
  7. Complete registration to schedule the appointment.  If you experience any difficulty, please contact OSUHP Customer Service at 292-4700 with your Appointment Code.

Personal Health & Well-being Assessment (PHA)
Once you complete a verified Biometric Screening, you will need to complete the PHA.  The PHA is an online self-evaluation of your overall wellness and only takes about 15 minutes to complete.  Please note, that the values you obtain from a screening are not pre-populated in your PHA, you will need to self-enter your screening results.   Log in to Virgin Pulse to complete your PHA.

Verify Screening & PHA Completion
When your verified Biometric Screening and PHA have been processed, it will be reflected in your Virgin Pulse account.  Log in to your account and select the “REWARDS” tab.  When you see a green/white checkmark and date by the Screening and PHA activities, you have completed the requirements for this calendar year to receive the premium credit in 2021.

This screenshot represents a member account who has completed their 2020 PHA and Screening.

Privacy & Participation
Participation in YP4H biometric screenings, PHA and the incentive program is completely voluntary. To learn how your personal information is protected, please visit the Privacy Center.

*As a reminder, you are only eligible for one on campus screening per calendar year.   If you are unsure of when your last screening took place, please log in to LinktoHealth and click on the “Biometric Health Data” tab to view your history.


CFAES Human Resources and Staff Advisory Council

The Service Testing and Research Laboratory

STAR Lab is entering its 21st year of providing OSU researchers with laboratory analyses.

STAR Lab provides routine chemical analyses on a variety of different sample materials.  We run widely accepted analytical procedures on soils, plant tissues, waters and many other types of samples.  Our main focus is on the elemental analysis of samples for nutrients and minerals.  We offer complete elemental analysis of samples with our Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer and anion analysis by either Ion Chromatography or Flow Injection Analysis.  We can also analyze for Total Carbon and Nitrogen with our combustion analyzer.  Our mercury analyzer is capable of sub part per trillion determinations.

If you are interested in having research samples analyzed for any of the above mentioned criteria please visit our webpage at the address listed below.  You can find a complete list of all the analyses we provide and our current fees schedule on our website  Use the fee schedule to estimate future analysis costs for current projects or future proposals you may be considering.  Contact Sunjeong (Sunny) Park for a quote on specific analyses if you have any questions.

We would like a chance to extend our services to you or any research associates you may have at other universities or colleges.  Please feel free to contact Sunjeong (Sunny) Park, with any special analysis needs you may need completed.