Apply now for the University Outreach and Engagement Awards

The university is seeking nominations of programs, scholars and community partners for the 2020 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 Scholars, and Community Partner. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2020.

More detailed information about how to apply is available at

2020 OAFCS Conference

This year's Ohio Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (OAFCS) Conference, February 13-14, is fast approaching. Go to the website to register and learn more. The conference is located at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center, 100 Green Meadow Drive South, Lewis Center, Ohio. 

Ohio's Emphasis:

The Ohio FCS Conference: "The Power of One" Encouraging Sustainable Living program will provide an opportunity for attendees to become aware of the great things that are happening in Ohio. It will give an opportunity to prepare and support professionals to learn more about consumer sustainability in three major areas: personal action, community vitality, and global interdependence.    


This year's OAFCS' conference is a precursor to the XXIV International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE) World Congress 2020 - - "Home Economics: Soaring Toward Sustainable Development" that will be held August 2-8 in Atlanta, Georgia. Go to Tentative Program-at-a-Glance agenda-df64e24cf1f64596ad83baaa8c57e21c.aspx 

Ohio FCS' Relationship with IFHE and AAFCS

Ohio AFCS is an affiliate to the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).  AAFCS holds membership in the International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE), with status as a Non-Governmental Organization with the United Nations. 

Family & Consumer Sciences Discipline:

The primary goal of FCS  is the improvement of the quality of life for individuals, families, and community.  The quality of the environment has a direct impact on the quality of life for all.

Ellen Swallow Richards - Family & Consumer Sciences Connection with Ecology and Consumer Sustainability:

  • On March 3, 2009 during Women's History Month, Ellen Swallow Richards (1842-1911), founder of Home Economics, was one of the five women recognized by President Obama in "taking the lead to save the planet".
  • Ellen Swallow Richards was elected the first AHEA president from 1909-1910. The American Home Economics Association was founded in 1909, and had a name change in 1993 to American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences.
  • Her early work involved testing water quality.  She is recognized for beginning the ecology movement. 
  • Ellen Swallow Richards was known for communicating clear and meaningful messages.  It is documented that she would conclude her letters by writing "Keep Thinking".  

I wanted to share my thoughts of why this year's conference is relevant for each of us, as we all have an important role in encouraging consumer sustainability.  

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

Apply now for the University Outreach and Engagement Awards

The university is seeking nominations of programs, scholars and community partners for the 2020 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 Scholars, and Community Partner. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2020.

More detailed information about how to apply is available at

Katy Varney positing with committee members Schott Scheer and Robert Agunga

Congratulations Kaitlyn Varney

Kaitlyn Varney, SNAP-Ed program coordinator, state office, successfully defened her master’s project, Ohio SNAP-Ed Youth Facilitation Curriculum. A special thanks is also extended to her committee: Scott Scheer, Ph.D., and advisor, Robert Agunga, Ph.D. Congratulations Jessica!

Jessica Lowe

Congratulations Jessica Lowe

Jessica Lowe, program assistant, Pickaway County, successfully defened her master’s project, Implementing Farm to School in Pickaway County Head Start Centers. A special thanks is also extended to her committee: Caryn Filson, Ph.D., and advisor, Scott Scheer, Ph.D. Congratulations Jessica!

Heal, Repair, Recover: A Learning Community for Agents Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace or Community

12 - 1 p.m. | Offered Nov. 4, 11 or 18

Led by Whitney Gherman & Johnnie Jackson

Community organizers and educators leading or engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work are generally highly committed but have odds stacked against them. The chance for social change can feel slim and the resistance we face can feel painful. Together we must take turns feeling what is happening to and around us, and letting our feelings guide us into solidarity action for systematic change in university and community settings.

eXtension invites you to participate in a Heal, Repair, Recover, a learning community that explores the gap between institutions’ symbolic commitments to diversity and the experience of those who embody or advance diversity in their communities. The series will be a brave space for conversations on interdependence, healing centered care, resiliency, and practices for emergent strategy. The learning community will place a special emphasis on racial diversity, equity, and inclusion in rural settings.

Whitney Gherman is an experienced intergroup dialogue facilitator, emergent strategist, pleasure activist, and a graduate of the University of Michigan. In her current appointment at Ohio State University Extension, she works in Marion County where her primary area of focus is community engagement, collective impact, coalition building, community accountable scholarship, and social equity. Grants have supported her work on bottom-up organizing and shared group leadership. In addition, she has received funding from the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grant Program (SNAP-Ed) to increase healthy food access through policies, systems, and environmental change.

Johnnie Jackson lives in Marion Ohio, the city of his birth. He is a Black male scholar doing scholarship and community engagements that centers critical race studies and the Black theories of social change. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University. He Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business from The University of Findlay. He has taught in American and Korean colleges of education. His scholarship can be read in The English Journal and Journal of Educational Studies.


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

2020 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 1-14. Everything you need to know for your 2020 benefits year is at

Great Lakes Apple Crunch

October is Farm to School Month

It is officially National Farm to School Month and the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch is October 10 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 10. 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 2019 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!

Buckeye Biography: Enroll in free online course about Ohio State's 150-year history

You may never learn how to properly pronounce "sesquicentennial," the word for 150th anniversary, which Ohio State University is celebrating this school year. But you can learn about the years of history that led to it - thanks to a new, free online course from Ohio State.

The online Buckeye Biography course is non-credit bearing and is open to the public, with rolling registration throughout the 2019-'20 school year. The course includes nine topic areas or modules. For each, Ohio State history professor David Staley and university archivist Tamar Chute tried to consider assumptions made about the university that might not be true, or that may hold a longer story.

Sesquicentennial Edition of the Ohio State Alumni Magazine

In honor of our sesquicentennial, the Alumni Association and Sesquicentennial Office worked in collaboration to produce a commemorative sesquicentennial edition of the Ohio State Alumni Magazine. This special edition was produced for all Buckeyes to share with stories focusing on our past, present and future and is being sent to students, faculty and staff, alumni, and donors across the world.
As a faculty or staff member at the university we wanted to let you know you should be receiving this magazine through Campus Mail in the next few weeks. If you do not receive the magazine by mid-September please reach out to the Sesquicentennial Office at We hope you enjoy the great stories featured in this magazine, including some on the exciting work all of you are doing, and are ready for an exciting academic year as we celebrate 150 years together. Please visit for more details on the celebration.

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