AED Program and Installations Update

The CFAES Safety team has installed nine new Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in multiple locations on the Columbus campus, including Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, and Molly Caren Agricultural Center.  The Wooster campus has successfully maintained an AED program for several years and this model was used to implement the additional AEDs.

The locations where the new AEDs were recently installed include:

  • Agricultural Administration Building – 1st floor by the auditorium
  • 4-H Building – 1st floor west wall by restrooms
  • Plumb Hall – 1st floor east wall center of building
  • Howlett Hall – 1st floor north wall center of building
  • Parker Food Science – 1st floor west wall by food court
  • Animal Science Building – 1st floor west wall center of building
  • Waterman Laboratory Headquarters – East wall center of building
  • Molly Caren Agricultural Center (London, Ohio) Headquarters Building – South wall break-room area
  • Molly Caren Agricultural Center (London, Ohio) Gwynn Conservation Cabin – North wall

Locations on the Columbus campus that already had an AED included:

  • Ag Engineering Building – (2 units) 1st and 2nd floors
  • Kottman Hall – 2nd floor by elevators
  • Ohio Turfgrass Facility – Main hallway

Kent McGuire, CFAES health and safety coordinator, will manage ongoing maintenance and upkeep for all AED units on the Columbus campus. In addition, personnel from CFAES Safety will coordinate trainings on the operation of the units for faculty and staff as needed. If you or members of your team would like more information:

  • Click here to view a tutorial video of the new Cardiac Science G3 AED units
  • Click here for additional information

If you have any questions about the CFAES AED program in Columbus, please contact either Seth Walker ( or Kent McGuire (

University Email Service (UES) Access Changes for Employees Leaving Ohio State

Currently, employees who leave the university on good terms have emails forwarded to a designated email of their choosing for 60 days regardless of Lifetime Email Forward Service (LEFS) eligibility. Effective Nov. 7, 2018, employees leaving the university will immediately lose access to their University Email Service (UES) mailbox and will not have any email forwarding allowed for 60 days.

This change is inclusive of LEFS eligible users, including former employees. After the initial 60 days following separation, former LEFS eligible employees will be able to choose the option for LEFS; however, they will no longer be automatically changed. Exceptions will be if the department/college places a request with the Data Access team to not have a particular former employee receive this privilege for business reasons. All interaction with former employees will need to be made through their personal/home email address on record, accessible to HRPs. To note, it is important to verify the forwarding personal/home email address on record to confirm it is not an * or *@* address.

For questions or assistance, please contact Derek Marquardt (, university email service manager, or Dee Lohmeyer (, identity management manager.

Reminder: Complete PHA and Screening for 2019 Premium Credit

Employees may receive a premium credit to reduce the cost of their medical plan contributions with the completion of the Personal Health and Well-being Assessment (PHA) and a verified Biometric Screening. Enrolled faculty and staff can receive $20/month by completing both requirements, and $30/month if their enrolled spouse does as well. Complete both steps in 2018 to lock in receiving the full premium credit for 2019. Visit for more information.

USCIS Policy Changes Impact International Student Employees

In August, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS ) published a memorandum outlining changes in policy specific to, Unlawful Presence for Nonimmigrants in Academic Student (F), Exchange Visitor (J), and Vocational Student (M) Status. It is very important that supervisors and managers of international student employees be made aware of these updates to ensure that these students do not work more than 20 hours per week while school is in session. Failure to comply with this limitation of work hours could potentially result in the student being barred from re-entry to the U.S. for as long as 10 years. Please review the official USCIS notice and share this update with all those who may manage international student employees. (Note that the 20-hour per week limitation does not apply to J-1s in non-student categories – e.g., Research Scholars, Professors, etc.)


Wellness Opportunities

I encourage you to take advantage of the many wellness opportunities that our university has to offer. Don’t forget to complete your PHA and biometric screening so that you can earn 2019 health insurance premium credit. Also, I’d like to call your attention to the upcoming Hit the Road with the Buckeyes physical activity competition as well as the new the stress reduction resources, you’ll find more information on each of these below.

Earn 2019 Premium Credit
If you plan to enroll in an Ohio State medical plan for 2019, you may receive a premium credit to reduce the cost of your employee medical plan contributions with the completion of the Personal Health and Well-being Assessment (PHA) and a verified Biometric Screening. Enrolled faculty and staff can receive $20/month by completing both requirements, and $30/month if their enrolled spouse does as well. Complete both steps below in 2018 to lock in receiving the full premium credit for 2019.

  1. Visit your primary care provider and submit a provider fax form to the OSU Health Plan.
  2. Schedule a complimentary on-campus biometric screening.

If you have not already registered for the new wellness portal through Virgin Pulse, you will need to do so prior to completing the PHA. For help with registration, visit the Quick Start Guide for step-by-step instructions.

If you have questions about earning premium credits, visit

Hit the Road with the Buckeyes
Your Plan for Health’s signature team walking challenge – Hit the Road with the Buckeyes – returns for its 9th edition this fall. This year’s challenge will be a unique and interactive experience that you don’t want to miss! As we crisscross the Midwest, you will learn about the academic and athletic history of our conference companions. Work together as a team to unlock content about each away Big Ten football opponent. Teams will need to walk over 5.6 million steps to reach all destinations.

The challenge starts on Oct. 1 and continues through Dec. 2. Pre-register your team of up to 10 benefits-eligible faculty/staff and enrolled spouses today.

Just Breathe
Created by the One University Faculty & Staff Sub-Council, JustBreathe is a new resource center designed to equip faculty and staff with effective techniques to reduce stress.

Click here to check out this wonderful resource for stress reduction.

Ohio State Releases Active Aggressor Video

It’s scary to think about, but an active aggressor could strike any place, at any time. That’s why Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety has released a new “Surviving an Active Aggressor” video to educate the campus community.

The nine-minute video provides important updates to the university’s original safety tutorial released in 2015. The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority and we encourage all Buckeyes to watch.

Click here for more information and to view the video.

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 or visit 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.

Motorized Scooter Guidelines

With more than 100,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus each day, we all need to look out for our fellow Buckeyes while walking, biking and driving.

Please be aware of the increasing scooter traffic on campus. Motorized scooter users must follow all applicable state and local laws, ordinances and university policies. The university recently published motorized scooter safety guidelines. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these guidelines.

  • Wear a helmet
  • Never block pedestrian walkways or ADA access
  • Stay off sidewalks
  • Slow down to get around
  • The Oval is a walk-zone: scooters, bikes and skateboards are prohibited

Pedestrians can enhance safety by using marked crosswalks and sidewalks. Everyone should eliminate distracted behaviors by refraining from texting, removing earbuds and being aware of your surroundings.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Buckeye Football Game

President Drake announced the fifth year of the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Buckeye Football Game. A large number of faculty and staff have an opportunity to be randomly selected to each receive four complimentary tickets to the Ohio State vs. Tulane University football game on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Everyone is required to “opt-in” at by July 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. for the opportunity to receive football tickets. Tickets will be distributed via a randomized selection process. For more information and details about the game and related activities, visit the FAQs.

The Opt-in webpage will close on July 31, 2018, and faculty and staff will be notified of their selection status around Aug. 10.  If recipients are not able to use their tickets, they are being asked to return the tickets to their Human Resources Professional by Sept. 5.

Staff Appreciation Week

In celebration of Ohio State staff members’ contributions to the university, Staff Appreciation Week activities are planned, beginning with the annual Ice Cream Social on the Oval Monday, July 23 from 1-4 p.m., with a brief program around 1:40 p.m.

Additional activities include a Columbus Crew SC game, Ohio State Fair discount admission, Ohio Stadium tours, Ohio State Planetarium shows, Wexner Center for the Arts tours, and local restaurant and retail discounts.

Share your Staff Appreciation photos using #OSUStaffWeek.

Click here for more information about Staff Appreciate Week activities.

Open Faculty Position – AEDE

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) at The Ohio State University seeks an associate or full professor with teaching, research, and outreach/extension responsibilities in agricultural economics and policy.  Applicants should have teaching and research interests related to U.S. and other countries’ agricultural policies, and the ability to explain the impacts of these policies to local, state, national and international audiences.

The appointee will have an academic year (9 month) appointment with competitive salary and benefits package and is expected to develop and maintain a world-class research program in their field of inquiry, and teach the equivalent of two to three classes in our undergraduate, masters, and/or PhD programs.  The appointee is also expected to develop a visible outreach/extension program focused on explaining the impacts of agricultural policies to local, state, national, and international audiences.

Applicants must possess a PhD in agricultural economics, applied economics, economics, or related field and have an academic record sufficient to obtain tenure in AEDE.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received before August 15, 2018, will receive priority consideration. Complete applications include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and the names of three references.

Applications materials should be submitted to the Agricultural Economics Search Committee Co-Chairs at Questions about the position can be directed to either Brian Roe ( 614-688-5777) or Ian Sheldon ( 614-292-2194).