Distinguished Staff Award Nominations 

The Distinguished Staff Awards recognize and celebrate staff who have made an impact at The Ohio State University. It is the highest honor bestowed upon Ohio State staff members. Each recipient receives a $1,500 cash award, an increase of $700 to his or her base salary and a commemorative trophy. Additionally, the recipients are honored at a spring luncheon and recognized on the field during an Ohio State football game. The nomination deadline is Friday, January 18, at 5 p.m. Read more or make a nomination:

Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Awards Nominations

The Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Awards celebrate diversity efforts at Ohio State and reward individuals and groups for their commitment to diversity. Honorees are recognized for their impact in making diversity and inclusiveness a part of university best practices by changing daily operations, program components or cultural awareness on the basis of any diversity qualities. Faculty, staff, students, student organizations and alumni can nominate their colleagues and peers to receive a commemorative certificate and $1,200 cash award, along with being honored during a spring event and recognized on the field during an Ohio State football game. The nomination deadline is Friday, January 18, at 5 p.m. Read more or make a nomination:

My 2019 Calendar

Download and print your own My 2019 Calendar. The handy one page calendar highlights important Ohio State University academic dates, university holidays and other US holidays and observances. Code is also available to stay up-to-date on the go (ICAL) (HTML) for your smartphone or online calendar. A PDF of the 2019 printed calendar is available here. (2018)

Details regarding how to import/subscribe to the calendar in Outlook is available at

Nominations for Marilyn Spiegel Award

The deadline is rapidly approaching for submitting a nomination for the annual Family and Consumer Sciences development fund award. Please take advantage of this opportunity for recognition and professional development:

  • Marilyn R. Spiegel Excellence in Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Award -- This $1,500 cash award recognizes an FCS Extension professional for significant programmatic strengths, major contributions, and innovative approaches achieved over the course of their Extension career. Nominations must be made by an OSU Extension peer or team. Deadline is December 14. Details available at

Send nominations to Sarah Beaumont-White at

Registration is Open for 2019 Community Engagement Conference

Registration is now open for Ohio State’s 2nd Annual Community Engagement Conference, featuring keynote speaker Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland. Faculty, staff, students and community partners are invited to the conference for two days of insights and new connections that will expand your professional horizons. The theme for the conference, which takes place January 23-24, is Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future.

Register by December 7 for the early-bird price of $85. Special registration for students is just $30 for two days or $20 for one day. Register and learn more at

Contact: Ben Lewis, or Jared Morrison,

Healthy Living - Dealing with Holiday Stress

Healthy Living Resources specialists Amanda Woods, Amy Meehan and Stacey Baker discuss "Stress and Your Mental Health During the Holiday Season" with Hardin County Educator Jami Dellifield. 

CFAES Leadership and Administration Class

Are you interested in personal or professional development? Did you know you can take an Ohio State graduate course without enrolling in a grad program? Brian Raison is teaching leadership and administration spring semester (January-April, 2019) on the Columbus campus and university staff may enroll as Graduate Non-Degree and get a fee-waiver. Apply by December 31 (to allow processing and enrollment). For more information, click this link.

AEE 8420:  Leadership and Administration in Agricultural and Extension Education
Thursdays, 1:50-4:35 p.m. in Room AA211 - 3 credit hours. Class ID: 29513

About the course:
This course focuses on putting leadership theory into practice for administration and management. It closely examine your personal leadership styles in order to help you apply them in real-life settings.

The course is designed to familiarize current and future leaders with fundamental concepts of leadership and administration/management within Extension, education, and community organizations. Participants will:

  • Understand functions and differentiate leadership, management, and administration within your role as a leader.
  • Understand and apply selected leadership theories/frameworks to elements of organizational and program management and administration. 
  • Develop or enhance skills for successful leadership and supervision of others.
  • Develop or enhance knowledge of effective personnel management and human resource development processes.
  • Develop or enhance skills to be a successful leader with administrative responsibilities.

Note: This is a for-credit class (but employees get the OSU fee waiver). It will count toward a master’s or PhD program if you apply and are accepted into ACEL’s graduate program. Feel free to call or email mDean Cathann A. Kresse with any questions.

CFAES Dean’s State of the College Address

Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean Cathann A. Kress delivered her 2018 Dean’s State of the College Address to faculty and staff at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. You can watch the State of the College at or on the CFAES Facebook page.

BuckeyePass Tips and Tricks

Now that BuckeyePass, powered by Duo, is shielding access to more of your Ohio State personal information, OCIO is offering some tips and tricks for making BuckeyePass work for you. [Read more...]

Two New FCS Pull-up Display Banners

FCS has added two new 6 foot retractable pull-up display banners for attracting visitors to your booth or table at conferences or events. To reserve one of the display banners, contact Sarah Beaumont-White at

Lake County Extension Grant

Ohio State University Extension Lake County received funding from the Cardinal Health Foundation’s Generation Rx Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention Education for Youth grant program. “This grant will support our efforts to train dedicated school and extra-curricular youth leaders in the Health and Opiate-Abuse Prevention Education (HOPE) curriculum and building youth protective factors as a prevention effort in medication and opiate misuse that often leads to heroin use,” said Sandra Allison, OSU Extension educator. Read more...