Raise Your Hand for 4-H

Ohio 4-H youth development and CFAES could really use your help in winning a competition that will bring funds for STEM education and leadership training to thousands of Ohio youth. Many 4-H youth go on to become CFAES students and alums. If you could help promote the national Raise Your Hand for 4-H campaign, we’d really appreciate it.

Ohio is in a national competition to see which state can have the most people raise their hands for 4-H youth.  We are in the number one spot right now, and we want to keep it that way!

A few tips:

  • If you raised your hand last year, you can do so again. Please do!
  • You can participate if you are a 4-H volunteer or alum or even just a friend / admirer of 4-H. The addition of friends of 4-H is new this year.
  • If you can spread the word via social media and to friends, family, and coworkers, that would be great.
  • Some companies and organizations have agreed to promote the campaign for us as well. If you have a connection to help spread the word, let Beth Frey know.
  • The winning state gets $20,000 to support youth programming. Ohio 4-H will divvy the entire winnings between the top 35 counties with the most hands raised.
  • We won this contest last year, and we REALLY want to win again.

Click here to raise your hand or to share this link with others who can raise their hands in support of Ohio 4-H.

Campus Campaign Updates and Events

Don’t forget to take part in one or more of these faculty and staff activities this week!

April 16
Extension Campus Campaign Breakfast
9:30 a.m. in Ag Admin Auditorium

April 18
Columbus Campus Campaign & CFAES Staff Advisory Council Breakfast
8 – 9:30 a.m. in Ag Admin auditorium

Wooster Campus Campaign Breakfast
8 – 10 a.m. in the Shisler Conference Center

Highlighted Funds:

Helen Thompson has suggested the Arts, Science & Business Technology Fund (#308533) for the good of the division.  It supports important work at Ohio State ATI.

Other OSU funds to consider:

  • Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation – Because everyone matters – Fund 312040
  • Nourishing Success Scholarship – Provides a meal plan for a CFAES student who demonstrates financial need – Fund 315732
  • Star House – A shelter for homeless youth – Fund 312330
  • Military and Veterans Services – This office helps veterans transition to student life at Ohio State – Fund 314337
  • The James Fund for Life – Supports cancer research – Fund 31092
  • Veterinary Care Endowment – Used to provide veterinary services to animals whose owners cannot afford them – Fund 627487
  • Ohio Military Kids 4-H Fund – Supports camp and youth development for the children of service members –  Fund 311984
  • TAP Fund – Supports a program in College of Engineering to adapt toys for children with disabilities – Fund 315339

No matter the size of your gift, your support will help create a better world for us all.  Please make your gift by April 30.

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!

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

What’s Your Story – Campus Campaign Updates

Keep an eye on this page for Campus Campaign updates and stories.  If your department is doing fun things for the campaign or you have photos of campaign activities, please send them to badger.50@osu.edu to post on the page.

Our campaign goal is all about participation. CFAES has over 1,800 faculty and staff members. Imagine what wonderful things we can make possible if everyone gives a little!

Day of Giving – Feb. 28, 2018

Some Ohio State students don’t know how they’ll pay for their next meal.

It’s a very real problem, but we don’t often hear about it: after paying tuition, rent and the rest of their bills, some students don’t have enough left for healthy meals. While they’re working hard on their education, they’re not getting the most out of it – because a hungry student can’t concentrate or learn as well as a nourished one.

Save the date for Ohio State’s Day of Giving on February 28, 2018. Make your gift to buy a student’s next healthy meal.

Click here to watch a video and learn more about Ohio State’s Day of Giving.

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.

Nominate a CFAES Alumni

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society recognizes outstanding alumni every year.  They need your help in determining who should be honored this spring!

If you know a CFAES alumni that the board should consider for an award, please nominate them.  All that’s required is to fill out this one-page nomination form and submit it by November 13.

The board bestows four awards every year:

  • Meritorious Award
  • Distinguished Alumni Award
  • International Alumni Award
  • Young Professional Achievement Award

For more information, visit the alumni award page or contact Claire Badger at 614-292-0250 or badger.50@osu.edu.


Final Chance: Your Gift Does More – Michelle’s Story

I joined the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences on March 1, 2016. I joined during the Campus Campaign. One of my employees sent updates to the team promoting the campaign and how to give. This employee also encouraged our team to contribute to our fund. I was surprised to learn that we had our own fund, so I inquired as to how it was used. The team uses the fund to celebrate team accomplishments, individual employee milestones, or mourn the loss of loved ones.

The photo above is a flower arrangement we just sent to one of my team members last week that just had her first baby. Having come from state government where everyone had to chip in to do these types of things, I thought it was a great way to support the college and my team. So, I signed up. I like knowing that my support is going directly to support my team in their times of joy and sorrow.

If you haven’t donated, I encourage you to find something to support that either gives you joy or gives joy to others. The campaign ends Sunday, April 30, so please consider donating. Your gift – no matter how big or small – does more.

Michelle Ball
Marketing and Communications

Featured Units:

Marketing and Communications
Furtherance of Cooperative Extension Information 307960

OSUE Agricultural and Natural Resources
ANR Agronomic Systems Support 314617
Agricultural and Resource Law Fund 314725

OSUE Horticulture & Crop Science
OSUE Master Gardener Endowment Fund 645365

And don’t forget this year’s CFAES highlighted funds:
Students First, Students Now Scholarship Fund in FAES 313122
Welcome and Education Center at the Secrest Arboretum Fund 312597
Ohio 4-H Program Fund 310225

The 2017 CFAES Campus Campaign co-chairs are Greg Davis (davis.1081@osu.edu) and Thom Janini (janini.4@osu.edu).

Your Gift Does More – Greg’s Story

Up until about 18 years ago, it was difficult for me to understand the idea of giving the dollars I earned from my employer back to my employer. It was about that time that I had a chance to learn about the Cooke Castle during a work trip to Stone Lab at Lake Erie.

I learned that the Cooke Castle was the stately limestone home built on Gibraltar Island in the 1800s. The old home was beautiful, but sorely in need of repairs. Being a lover of history and quality craftsmanship, I knew I could help in its preservation and restoration.

I didn’t give much, but what I did contribute made me feel good. I have been contributing to the Cooke Castle Restoration Fund 301508 ever since. My seemingly small contributions are combined with those of so many others, past, present and future, to support some of the things about OSU I value most.

Now I look forward to seeing how my contributions support these things, whether they be professional development scholarships, cash achievement awards or Cooke Castle renovations. I have also come to realize that if we don’t care enough about these things to give ourselves, how can we expect anyone else to do so?

I encourage you to find a cause that speaks to your heart…chances are there is a fund to support it. Then, give what you can and prepare yourself for the happiness that will result from knowing that you are helping others.

Greg Davis
Assistant Director
OSUE Community Development

Featured Units:

ACEL Centennial Endowment 483150

OSUE Agricultural and Natural Resources
OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Professional Improvement Fund 312761
AG/NR Team Support 305079

And don’t forget this year’s CFAES highlighted funds:
Students First, Students Now Scholarship Fund in FAES 313122
Welcome and Education Center at the Secrest Arboretum Fund 312597
Ohio 4-H Program Fund 310225

The 2017 CFAES Campus Campaign co-chairs are Greg Davis (Davis.1081@osu.edu) and Thom Janini (Janini.4@osu.edu).

Celebrate Giving – Pancake Breakfast and Campaign Luncheon

Dear CFAES Faculty and Staff,

The end of March marked the halfway point for this year’s Campus Campaign. At this time, our participation rate is 28 percent, so we need to connect with only 306 more participants representing the various mission areas of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to reach our goal of 45 percent. We are very pleased with the number of people who have already made a commitment to the campaign; there is no doubt the students and others who benefit from these contributions are grateful.

Most likely many of you intend to contribute again this year, as you have for many years, but you have buried your Campus Campaign packet in the “to do” pile on your desk or just not gotten around to it yet. Please take a moment, right now, to unearth your pledge packet or go online to the Campus Campaign 2017  website and renew your support for the worthwhile things our students and colleagues are doing as part of The Ohio State University.

Finally, we have a couple of events for the Campus Campaign coming up on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, so please mark your calendars.

In Columbus, there will be a Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium.

Later that day, a Campus Campaign Luncheon will be held in Wooster from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Fisher Auditorium South Exhibit Area. We hope to see you at one of these events.

If you have questions or need additional info, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Greg Davis, CFAES Campus Campaign 2017 Co-chair
Thom Janini, CFAES Campus Campaign 2017 Co-chair