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W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award

The Office of Outreach and Engagement is seeking applications from community engagement programs for the internal process to select Ohio State’s nominee for the 2021 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award

The award, from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, recognizes extraordinary community engagement initiatives. Universities can only nominate one program per year. The Office of Outreach and Engagement will work with the selected nominee to complete the full Kellogg Award application during spring semester. 

The program selected to be Ohio State’s Kellogg Award nominee will receive a $5,000 grant to use in its community engaged scholarship efforts. The runner-up program will receive a $2,500 grant.

To learn more and apply, visit Applications for Ohio State’s internal selection process are due by December 11, 2020.

For questions and more information, contact Assistant Vice Provost Nicole Nieto at

Apply now for the University Outreach and Engagement Awards

The university is seeking nominations of programs, scholars and community partners for the 2021 University Outreach and Engagement Awards, which honor faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement in producing engaged scholarship and community impact. Awards will be given in three categories: Community Engaged Program, Community Engaged Scholar and Community Partner. The deadline to apply is Jan. 8, 2021.

More detailed information about how to apply is available at

Automatic Live Transcription in CarmenZoom

CarmenZoom now offers a tool that generates speech-to-text transcriptions automatically. The meeting host must enable the Live Transcription feature in their account settings to be able to turn the feature on during a meeting. If enabled, participants in the meeting can view subtitles or a full transcript and may be able to save a copy of the transcript at the end of the meeting, if the host allows. For accessibility considerations, review the Live Captioning FAQ provided by Ohio State’s Digital Accessibility Center. 

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2021 Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 1

Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to review Ohio State sponsored health plans, flexible spending accounts and dependent life insurance for the coming year. It runs from November 1-15. Everything you need to know for your 2021 benefits year is at

October is Farm to School Month

It is officially National Farm to School Month and the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch is October 8 at Noon.

The Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch is a fun activity that encourages healthy eating and supports farm to school and other local food purchasing initiatives throughout the region. It’s also a fun way to connect food and agriculture to classroom curricula – from science to art and more!

Join Ohio in celebrating National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples at NOON on Thursday, October 8. Although we aim for a simultaneous Crunch at NOON, it's important that everyone get a chance to Crunch, so we welcome you to Crunch any day or time in October that works for you!

Participants of all ages and at all different sites are encouraged to Crunch!

For more information about the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch and to register for free, visit the Apple Crunch website and click on “OHIO”. Immediately after registering, you will receive the 2020 Apple Crunch Guide filled with tips on where to buy local apples, apple based activities and recipes for the classroom. Every Crunch is unique and can include apple-based games and activities or it can be as simple as tasting a few varieties of local apples.

If you have questions, please contact Farm to School Program Assistant, Haley Plahuta,

Bucks for Charity Needs your Donation

It's still not to late to donate funds to the Bucks for Charity campaign. It is is an important way The Ohio State University gives back to the central Ohio community. Annually, Ohio State faculty, staff and retirees can donate to one or more local nonprofit organizations through the fundraising campaign. Make your pledge today!

Sanja Illic talks with local news reporter about romaine lettuce recall

Romaine Lettuce Recall

Sanja Ilic, College of Education and Human Ecology assistant professor and Extension state specialist, was interviewed by ABC 6 On Your Side news reporter Jesse Pagan regarding the ongoing E. coli infections stemming from the massive romaine lettuce recall. The CDC continues to advise that consumers not eat and retailers not sell any romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California. As of December 10, bags were spotted on local shelves. Consumers should check labels and make sure the lettuce is not from Salinas, California. Read more and view the video at

My 2020 Calendar

Download and print your own My 2020 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 2020 printed calendar is available by clicking this link. (click here for 2019)

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

Ohio NEAFCS Makes Buckeye Food Alliance Donation

In recognition of the 85th anniversary of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS), during the month of October the Ohio chapter pledged to collect and donate at least 85 items to a local charity.

That goal was accomplished on October 24 at the fall Ohio Family and Consumer Sciences conference. Thanks to the support of donations collected by the FCS conference participants, over 300 toiletry items were taken to Buckeye Food Alliance, a local panty on Ohio State University’s Columbus campus.

Buckeye Food Alliance, a pantry located in Lincoln Tower, primarily services students. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Buckeye Food Alliance serviced 411 families and had 901 individual visits. In the next year, BFA plans to open a second location that will provide even greater access to those in need.

In late December 2018, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a 62-page report detailing food insecurity on college campuses nationally. While Buckeye Food Alliance remains the only on-campus pantry at Ohio State, they are not the only resource for food insecure students.

Please keep in mind that nationally, many students qualify for SNAP benefits. Buckeye Food Alliance isn't alone.

Kudos to the Ohio affiliate NEAFCS 85th anniversary committee for reaching out to BFA: Shannon Carter, Carol Chandler, Dennis DeCamp, Jami Dellifield, Donna Green, Misty Harmon, Margaret Jenkins, Jenny Lobb, Patrice Powers-Barker, Heather Reister, Melissa Rupp, Cheryl Spires, Courtney Woelfl, Lesley Workman and Candace Heer, Ohio Affiliate NEAFCS President.

Details regarding NEAFCS is available at Buckeye Food Alliance details are at

New University Social Media Policy

The university recently released a new, first ever, policy on social media. The policy, Institutional Social Media Accounts for Marketing and Communications Purposes, applies to staff, faculty, student-employees, and other individuals who create and/or maintain institutional social media accounts for university marketing or communications purposes.

All county social media sites should be reviewed for compliance. An audit, in the form of a Qualtrics survey, will be administered in the coming weeks for administrators and users who maintain sites or postings in the name of Ohio State. Examples of platforms used for marketing and communications at Ohio State include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. To make sure the site you maintain is within university compliance, please review the policy at

Dunfee Serving on State Suicide Prevention Board 

Lorrissa DunfeeLorrissa Dunfee, Ohio State University Extension Educator, Belmont County, is serving as a board member of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. Her term is three-years. “I wanted to be able to bring to light issues here in Belmont County related to mental health and suicide, and then see across the state how other areas are dealing with it," she said. The mission of OSPF is to act as a catalyst and steward of statewide suicide prevention efforts by supporting community-based efforts to reduce stigma, promote education and awareness about suicide prevention, and increase resources and programs to reduce the risk of lives lost to suicide. Read more at

Healthy Living Resources: Working Through Foreclosure

Healthy Living Resources specialists Amanda Woods, Amy Meehan and Stacey Baker discuss "stress of foreclosure - where to get help, and what steps to take" with Greene County Educator Melanie Hart.

Healthy Living Resources: 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.

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